The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
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Rotary Happenings in Three Parts
Part I: A Potpourri
After the rituals, fifteen Rotarians sat down to eat lunch and engage in convivial conversation only to be interrupted  by Karl who proposed a fine on Eddie of one-and-nine for not hooking up a toilet in Eddie’s parking lot and claiming he (Karl) used it. Eddie speculated that Karl didn’t actually use it, but this was a ruse to prompt him to get rid of it. Fine passed. Jake Isham, owner of Ceres Greens, was introduced as a guest. The 501 (c) (3) is five signatures away from being a reality. Everything is on schedule for the Rotary Breakfast and the Changeover Dinner. Caroline threw in a dollar for being late and to announce that the mural will be installed on Saturday, June 8th. The first of the panels will be loaded into Karl’s rig on Friday evening. We will have a tailgate party and food will be sold from 11-2 (see story below). Bruce gave five Happy Dollars in recognition of his and his wife’s celebration of their 47th wedding anniversary by traveling to Montreal to attend a performance of Cirque du Soleil which they have done on many occasions. Tony rose to recognize the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and asked for a round of applause for the two veterans with us today. Bob proposed a fine of one-and- nine on Ted for leaving Joe to eat at the money collecting table while he (Ted) got to eat with us. Tony gave a defense that I didn’t follow. Joe’s defense was more coherent, stating that with the expectation of additional late comers, he decided to stay at his station and was happy to do so. John proposed an amendment to include Joe in the fine for dissing us, adding that Ted can’t go after Joe who was just doing his job. Both the amendment and main motion passed. John proposed a fine of one-and-nine on Eddie for being bell shy. Eddie claimed that was his prerogative. Fine passed. Tom told an emotional story of his father-in-law’s participation in the Normandy invasion. D-Day was on the minds of many Rotarians and the respect for those who served and lost their lives was certainly in evidence. Eddie introduced Nicole DiDomenico.
Part II: A Classification Talk
Nicole began her talk with an explanation of her name: di Domenico means “of Sunday.” Her father’s first name was Pascale (Easter) and so his name translated was “Easter Sunday.”
She grew up in Liverpool, N.Y., outside of the Syracuse and graduated from high school with 700 classmates. She has earned the following degrees: BA - English with Print Journalism concentration; BA - Environmental Science; MST - Teaching/Service-Learning curriculum development (All from Plattsburgh State of NY); MPA - Organizational Leadership (Norwich University). She has certificates in: Personal Financial Literacy Teaching/Coaching; Non-Profit Management; and Volunteer Administration.
She joined Rotary in 2002 and has served on many committees and held several offices including: Past-President, Northfield Club, 2011-12; also former secretary; former Community Service Chair; former International Service Chair; former Youth Services Chair; former Youth Exchange Chair, District 7850.
She spoke in detail of her involvement in the Tanzania project. She has served as the Upendo Mmoja organizational consultant since its inception (2011) and has since brought five teams of Rotarians, NU Rotaract and Northfield Interact members to help with the building of the residential and vocational training center in Pommerin, Tanzania. The campus is almost complete, with the main center (which includes girls’ housing), the kitchen, the barn, the carpentry and craft workshop and a soon-to-be boys’ dorm. Future projects include a sunflower oil processing and bottling facility, an aquaponics set-up and the campus’ own solar micro-grid. At capacity, the center will house 40 children, but currently serves nineteen--ten girls and nine boys.
She has served on several boards including: CERV of Northfield, 2003-2005; Green Mountain United Way, 2005-2007; Planting Hope, 2007-2009; and Global Community Initiatives, 2011-present.
Currently she is Director of Civic Engagement, Service-Learning and Campus-Community Partnerships at Norwich University and recently received a $213,000 to complete the work in Tanzania.
She lives in Berlin with her husband Jeremy Jorgenson, step-son Ari Jorgenson, daughter Elliana Sophia Jorgenson, two dogs and two cats.
Rotarians enjoyed her talk and showed their appreciation for living the Rotary motto, Service above Self, with a warm round of applause.
Part III: The Mural is Installed              
On Saturday, June 8th a dozen Rotarians, Paletteers and community members gathered to watch the installation of the Summer Street mural.  Rotarians sold grilled hot dogs, chips, soda, water and cookies all for a dollar each with proceeds goings to the Paletteers’ scholarship fund  and for wall maintenance.
Former Rotary president, Caroline Earle proposed the project to the club nearly two years ago to help beautify Summer Street. The mural was designed by Kristine Chartrand, an art teacher at U-32 Middle and High School. She was in attendance with her husband, daughter and three week old baby. A committee was formed early on, with Sue Higby, executive director of Studio Place Arts, and others offering artistic advice. Eventually, the Paletteers of Vermont, led by Paletteers’ Vice President John Landy, were asked to assist in the painting of the panels, using 10 gallons of house paint from Nelson’s Ace Hardware in Barre. The mural includes all of Vermont’s four seasons, the state’s fall foliage and ski industry, the maple industry, its wildlife and Barre’s granite industry.
This collaborative effort was celebrated with joy by those present who provided more than one round of applause as the last screw found its way through the final panel for the Barre Rotary Club and for the Paletteers and the installation team. At your earliest convenience, this is a must see event.
Source: The Time Argus, Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
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