The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641


Barre Rotary in fine form for guests
A Busy Start to a Full Meeting
15 Rotarians, 6 guests, and a speaker sat down to the usual fare, and President Caroline got things started with a happy dollar in appreciation of our guests from Community National Bank.  Sarah White added a happy dollar for the beautiful snow we were receiving that day, and said she'd gotten a message from Tom saying he was on the mountain and missed none of us.  Never one to miss a money-making opportunity for the club, yours truly proposed a fine of one and nine on Scott for a rather indiscreet comment regarding the pregnant lady's weight; the fine passed.  Bob Pope was next to fill the coffers with a sad dollar after his son pointed out to him Rock of Ages' having earned the distinction of being named Vermont's most over-rated tourist attraction.  The list appears to include such sites nation-wide as Bourbon Street in New Orleans, the Alamo, and the Liberty Bell, so Rock of Ages is at least in good company.
Eddie announced that he'd recently taken the Montpelier Rotary's youth exchange student on a tour of Barre to learn more about the granite industry.  The student greatly enjoyed it, and Eddie will be bringing him as a guest to a Barre Rotary Club meeting soon.  
President's Report
Caroline announced that as The Quarry could not accommodate our meeting on Valentine's Day, we would not meet on the 14th and the Barre Town Dog Park Committee's presentation would be rescheduled for a later date (which we now know will be March 7).  She also extended the Dog Park Committee's invitation to their Calcutta, silent auction, and dinner to be held at the Canadian Club on March 10.  Calcutta balls can be reserved by emailing David Rouleau.  Caroline also gave us an update on the tree projects: Cindy Gauthier put Caroline in touch with Amanda Garland from the Barre Career Center, who is also working on a tree-planting project within Barre.  If we choose to direct club funds in this way, this connection means trees could be planted by the club in Berlin, Barre City, and Barre Town.  She will be in touch further with a budget proposal for the club to consider.
Secretary’s Report
Joe Preddy introduced four of our guests: David Rubel, Kristin Hayes, Amanda Garland, Heather Campbell, and Regan Howard, all from Community National Bank in Barre.  CNB is submitting an application for corporate membership, so hopefully we will be seeing more of all of them in the future!
Sarah introduced our other two guests, Barre Town Selectman and Library Trustee Tom White and Library Board Vice President Rob Spring.
Treasurer's Report                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Elizabeth, Caroline, and Bob presented Sarah, Rob, and Tom with a check for $14,338.32 to support the Aldrich Public Library.  These were the amazing proceeds from 2017's delicious and well-attended Rotary Breakfast.  Rob expressed the Board's sincere appreciation for Rotary's steadfast support each year and reminded the club that only about 60% of the library's operations are funded by taxes each year; the rest comes from community support like this, and Rotary is a critical piece of the funding puzzle that makes sure Aldrich can keep serving everyone in Barre.Check presentation to library
Membership Matters
The meeting started with all of the M&Ms concentrated in one spot on the table.  I believe the metaphor was that we can't always keep looking in one place for new members because they won't always be there, but there was also an implied metaphor about the value of sharing the joy of Rotary (and the joy of chocolate!) with others.
Speaker: Barre City Mayoral Candidate Lucas Herring
Democracy Rocks, Part 1
Lucas Herring has been the IT Director for the Vermont Department of Corrections for the last eight years and has served as a Barre City Councilperson representing Ward 3 since 2011.  His service record includes many local and regional positions, including serving with BYSA, the American Legion, the Spaulding High School Board, the Barre Partnership Board, the Vermont Granite Museum, the BCEMS Board, and the Barre City Supervisory Union Board.  He has a BA in Business Management from Johnson State College and an MBA in Performance Management from Champlain College.  In 2016, he was the recipient of the Barre Joint Service Clubs Community Service Recognition Award.
Lucas is focused on continuing Barre's positive momentum.  He wants to minimize property tax increases while expanding employment and educational opportunities and addressing the opioid epidemic.  With a great deal of turnover inevitable in the City Council this year, he urged support for re-electing Jeffrey Tuper-Giles in Ward 1 and Michael Boutin in Ward 2.  They share a number of priorities, including revitalizing the pool, increasing grocery options, redeveloping Merchants Row, supporting downtown revitalization, and growing the Grand List through development.
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Club Information
Barre, VT
We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Quarry Kitchen & Spirits
210 North Main Street
Barre, VT  05641
United States
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Feb 21, 2018
Speech Contest
Feb 28, 2018
Part II of Democracy Rocks! Barre City Mayoral Candidate Sue Higby
Mar 07, 2018
Barre Town Dog Park
Mar 14, 2018
A Cruise up the Mighty Hudson River and through The Champlain Canal into Lake Champlain
Mar 21, 2018
Update from our Interact Club at SHS
Apr 04, 2018
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