The Rotary Club of 
Barre, Vermont
Chartered 1924
District 7850
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
Granite Chips
A River Flows Through It

A Snowy  Welcome
After the Pledge of Allegiance and a rousing rendition of My Country 'Tis of Thee, President Nicole expressed gratitude for Tony and Eddie attending District Training over the weekend. We then sang Let it Snow in recognition of our first snowstorm of the season.
Since Last We Met
No birthdays or anniversaries.
On this day in history:  British explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya).
Actor Clark Gable, who epitomized the American ideal of masculinity for three decades and was known as the “King of Hollywood,” died of a heart attack, days after finishing work on The Misfits (1961).
Guests: Rebbeca Owen, Danielle Owczarski and Art Zorn.
A Constitutional Moment
DG Caroline focused her moment on the Vice President.  She began with succession. Article II, Section I of the  Constitution provided that if the President is unable to serve, then the Vice President ascends to the Presidency and that if both are unable to serve then the Congress declares which Officer shall then serve. While revisions to succession took place over the years, the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 established that the order consists of the Vice President followed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and then by the members of the cabinet. Nine times in the history of our country a vice president has ascended to the office of president due to the death or resignation of the president. DG Caroline pointed out that the duties of the Vice President include presiding over the Senate, breaking tie votes in the Senate and formally presiding over the receiving and counting of electoral ballots cast in a presidential election.  The role of the Vice President has expanded as presidents have called on their vice presidents to take on special projects, acting as envoys and providing advice on a wide range of issues. Another great lesson from DG Caroline. Thanks so much.
The Basket Overflows
DG Caroline started things off with four Happy Dollars for: the polio the cylinder; the “glow;” and Rebbeca and Daniel (guest speaker) being here. She added a Bitter-Sweet Dollar in recognizing the life of her son’s friend Donavon who recently passed away.
George was up with  five  dollars for the four birds that visited their tuna fish can bird feeder and for the peaceful passing of his wife Linda’s mother at the age of ninety-two.
Art added a Happy Dollar in thanking Summer Street for helping him complete his trip to New Cannon, CT and a studio being donated to him there. He added another two dollars for his courage to travel to India on a future trip.
{Among the fury of dollars flying into the basket, Eddie managed to show off his t-shirt that was given to him by the Window Dressers for his work with them.}
Joe threw some dollars into the basket for: Art being back; the polio cylinder; Let It Snow being sung and while he was shoveling his walk; and for Danielle and him and all being here.
Tom dunked one in the basket in noting that he flew first class for the first time. Bob, who flew to China among other trips, chimed in with the comment that it wasn’t all that glamorous.
President Nicole came up with five dollars for: the polio cylinder; our guests; and requesting help for a friend who needs some tires.
Rivers Flow Through Barre 
Tom introduced our guest speaker Danielle Owczarski, State Lands Ecologist, Barre Office. Before working at the Fish and Wildlife Department, she spent  four years with Forest, Parks and Recreation as a park attendant and thirteen years with the Department of Environmental Conservation as a Wetland Ecologist and Watershed Planner. Danielle earned her B.A. in biology at Vermont State University in Johnson and a M.S. in the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. As the department's state lands ecologist, Danielle is responsible for the inventory, assessment, and monitoring of natural communities and important ecological features. She also works on developing long-range management plans for state lands. When she isn’t identifying plants and exploring Vermont’s finest natural communities, she spends her time sewing, reading, running, mountain biking, and backcountry snowboarding. She is here today to speak on the work of the Barre City River Access Task Force.
Danielle presented the vision of the Task Force: “The people of Barre City are connected to their local river through access areas and river corridors that are friendly, safe and accessible to everyone.” And the mission is: “Promoting and increasing river access, through community engagement and understanding, creation of river access areas, education and outreach activities.” The work of the Task Force includes three rivers that flow through Barre City: Stevens Branch; Gunner Brook; and Jail Branch. Among the 2022 accomplishments of the Task Force were: developed a mission and vision; developed a strategic plan for 2022; participated in Green Up Day; monitored five quality sites; developed a river access map; captured drone photos of important areas of the river; and led a community walk at Rotary (fur, flowers and fish). Included in next year’s plans are: producing materials that answer questions posed by Barre City residents; implementing a local art project to increase awareness about clean water; staring work on scoping and planning for potential river access sites with the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission; and co-hosting a clean up the river in September. She listed the following volunteer opportunities: water quality monitoring; river clean-up on September 16, 2023; table events; and participation in community events. For those wishing to contact the Task Force you can email ( or call/text at (802) 505-7345. Her presentation was laced with photos and delivered with enthusiasm. At the conclusion of her talk, Rotarians showed their appreciation with a hearty round of applause.
Club Assembly on November 30th.
DG Caroline announced that sponsorships are needed for the District Celebration in April at Jay Peak. They will be welcomed anytime in the next few months.
Until next time…, that’s all folks.

Club Information
We meet every Wednesday
at 12:00 at the
Aldrich Public Library
6 Washington Street
Barre, VT.
District Site
Call 802.476.07550 for more information
or email President Nicole DiDomenico 
Nov 23, 2022
Enjoy being with your family
Nov 30, 2022
Club Assembly
Dec 07, 2022
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Dec 14, 2022
Five Avenues of Service
Dec 21, 2022
Christmas music with Art Zorn and Lianne Martinelli
Dec 28, 2022
Club Assembly
Jan 04, 2023
Meals on Wheels - What we do and who we serve
Jan 11, 2023
Five Avenues of Service
Jan 18, 2023
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Song Leader
Youth Exchange
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Spouse Birthdays
Larry Bowling
November 3
Join Date
Caroline Earle
November 26, 2014
8 years
Ted Goulette
November 30, 1994
28 years
Upcoming Events
Barre Rotary Club's Meeting Nov 30, 2022
Aldrich Public Library
Nov 30, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:07 PM
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