The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
A Two Speaker Meeting 
A Buck, Three Pies, and a Forum
With rituals completed, thirteen Rotarians sat down to a lunch of linguine and meatballs, salad, rolls and cookies. Tony was first to rise and garner the attention of President Caroline to offer a Happy Dollar for Dick arriving in plenty of time.  Of course, it came after a long story of Tom going skiing, Tony going to Dick’s house and seeing a shiny black car (Karl’s) and seeing Dick’s head on the passenger’s side as the SUV drove out of the driveway.
President Caroline announced the details of the Red Cross blood drive which will be held in collaboration with the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It will be a pie drive, meaning that the snack table will feature homemade pies. She asked for and received contributions of three pies from those assembled. She also asked members to volunteer to staff the snack table and to give blood. The drive will take place on March 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The goal is 25 pints as suggested by the Red Cross.
President Caroline has received a request from a mayoral candidate to address the club. After a short discussion, it was decided that we would invite both candidates to a meeting where they would make opening remarks and then answer questions posed by members. Karl moved and Elizabeth seconded a motion to that effect and it passed unanimously. Eddie will set up a forum for the event.
Secretary’s Report (in absentia)         
     Member Birthdays:                                
     Karl Rinker              Jan 7th
     Jim Catone              Jan 13th
    Ray Bettis                Jan 15th
    Michael Calcagni    Jan 28th
Dick Shadroui                 35 years
Butch Churchill               15 years
Karl Rinker                      48 years
Bob Pope                         27 years
Michael Calcagni              2 years
Second Announcement: Chandra Pollard has applied for membership in the Barre Rotary Club.
Eddie Rousse Inducted
Eddie, a Rotarian for eighteen years and a transfer from the Montpelier Rotary Club, was inducted into our club. Following a warm round of welcoming applause at the conclusion of his induction, he gave his classification talk.
Eddie was born in Barre in 1961 and was raised on Pleasant Street in the North End. His father was killed in a tragic airplane accident on Moose Mountain in October 1968 and the family moved to Barre Town in the 1970’s. He was graduated from Spaulding High School where he played hockey, football and baseball. In 1981 he was graduated from Champlain College with a degree in hotel and restaurant hospitality. He worked in the hospitality industry until October 1991. He then became a career insurance agent with National Life in the home office. In July 2017 he moved into an office in Barre. He brings a wealth of experience as a Rotarian and has already demonstrated initiative by stepping up to take the vice presidential slot as part of the slate of officers for 2018-2019 and by volunteering for           upcoming club activities. We are fortunate to have Eddie as a member.
Advocating and Providing Educational Opportunities for Vermont Elders
President Caroline introduced our next speaker, Ginny Milkey, Executive Director of COVE (Community of Vermont Elders).  COVE is a private non-profit advocacy and education organization serving the needs of older Vermonters. COVE has maintained a strong and consistent voice in public policy decision-making to ensure the dignity, security and well-being of all aging Vermonters.  COVE’s role is to work with older Vermonters and the individuals and organizations that serve them to identify and research both problems and opportunities; develop proposals and strategies; inform and educate the public and policymakers; advocate for or against the adoption or revision of specific laws, rules, regulations or policies; contribute to the process of implementing policies and programs; and, monitor the effectiveness of policies and programs in achieving outcomes and objectives and advancing a higher quality of life. COVE is committed to ensuring that the needs, concerns, safety and wellbeing of older Vermonters who are economically disadvantaged, physically or mentally challenged, or geographically or socially isolated are a central focus in the development and implementation of public policy.  COVE has development educational initiatives in kinship care, protecting older Vermonters against scams and fraud, and preventing healthcare fraud. Among COVE’s legislative priorities are fuel assistance, transportation, senior housing, good nutrition and healthcare reform. Individual membership is available for $35.00 per year. If you want to become a member, make a donation or volunteer, here is the contact information: PO Box 1276; Montpelier, VT 05601; (802) 229-4731; . Web:
‘til next time, that’s all folks
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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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Karl A. Rinker
January 7
Jim Catone
January 13
Raymond Bettis
January 15
Michael Calcagni
January 28
Join Date
Richard Shadroui
January 7, 1983
35 years
Butch Churchill
January 8, 2003
15 years
Karl A. Rinker
January 14, 1970
48 years
Robert Pope
January 23, 1991
27 years
Michael Calcagni
January 28, 2016
2 years
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Barre Rotary/CVCC Blood Drive
Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Mar 19, 2018
11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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