Our club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 at the Eastside Restaurant on beautiful Lake Memphremagog

President: Jennifer Harlow, President Elect: Michelle Faust,

Vice President: Chuck Newton, Treasurer: Shannon Couture,

Secretary: Robin Coulter, Past President: Scott Boskind

Upcoming Speakers
Club Assembly
Sep 26, 2023
Committee Chairs (Jennifer)
Ryan Bjerke
Oct 03, 2023
Orleans County Child Advocacy Center (Jennifer)
Mary Hoadley and Chris Planetta
Oct 10, 2023
Borderline Players - The Odd Couple and theatre year wrap-up
Past Speakers
District Governor Susan Cherry
Sep 19, 2023
Newport club visit (Kelly)
Latest News
The Newport Rotary Club presented scholarships at the recent 75thAnnual Rotary Northeast Music Festival held at North Country Union High School.  (L-R)  William Gardyne, Newport Rotarian and Music Festival Chair presented the scholarships to:  Kari Cochran of St. Johnsbury Academy,  Grace Castle of North Country Union High School,  and Emma MacDonald of Lamoille Union High School.  Missing from this photograph is Isaac Chaput of North Country Union High School who also received a scholarship. Mr. Gardyne also recognized Vivian Spates for her work as the festival accompanist for over 40 years.  The festival program booklet had a dedication page for Mrs. Spates. 
A great meeting today to welcome in the month of April.   Sending along a hello to our snowbirds, you haven’t missed the arrival of warm weather. Still pretty cold here.
Elia and Vivian led us in song; we had some fun requests today.  Pres. Bob led us in a moment of silence for our honorary member, Micheline Auger, who passed away this week.  Thank you for keeping the family & many friends of Micheline in your thoughts and prayers.  She was an inspiration to us as a club, to our community, and she will be deeply missed. 
Many thanks to our Music Festival Committee chair Bill G. and housing committee!  Great job to all who helped out this year to make this 75th year a great success!  The talent of students is always fantastic to see.  Our very own Vivian was featured in the program this year; many thanks to Vivian!  Thanks also to Tarin at M/Press for a great job on the program, as well as to Don for the great write up in the paper.
Nice to have Casey back with us, as well as Sherri back from sunny Mexico.  Robin was our mystery greeter  today.  Congratulations to Janet, Bill Graham, and Tom Bailey on their Rotary anniversaries.  We also sang a very Happy Birthday to Kelly today.
  • No Noon meeting on April 16t:h  Instead we will gather at Terrie’s home for our annual Foundation fundraiser event, will be a lot of fun!  6:00pm!
  • Rotary District Assembly @ Lyndon campus April 13th
  • Rotary District Conference in Sherbrooke, Quebec  May 3-5  www.rotary7850.org
  • Our Newport Rotary Agriculture Day will be on June 11th this year.  Lots of time to be thinking of of an Ag friend to invite!
  • Roger noted the Golf Tournament will be June 12th – be in touch with him for details.
Frank gave a great Rotary moment on Rotary’s international efforts to eradicate Polio. The 50/50 cash is still up for grabs for next week!
Our guest speaker today was Jessica Booth, Newport Parks & Rec Director. Jessica shared the great news of a secured grant to help build a paved trail through Prouty Beach, connecting the bike path to the planned Bluffside trails. She also updated the club on the Splash and Play project at Gardner Park; with elements such as: Opening up some new green picnic space, redesigning and updating the playground area /equipment, complete with new fencing, flowers, and a water splash pad for lots of summer fun!
Also included in the plans are some beautiful sail shades that will provide families a great place to
refresh out of the sun. Also, in the works is a redesign of the existing “skate shack” – upgrading the
layout, public restroom facilities to be more family friendly , and adding on an addition for concession
opportunities. Thank you Jessica for coming to share with us today and all you and your team do for
our community!

Elia lead us in song with "sining in the Rain" while noting that the forecast was for a rainy weekend and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".   "It's a big week boys and girls," Elia proclaimed.
Music Festival week with the concerts on Friday and Saturday.  Rotarians volunteered and all support positions were filled.
There will be an Annual Foundation Fundraiser event on April 16th at Terrie's house.  This will include social time and food so mark your calendar! Birthday wishes were extended to Charlie and David.     
Michelle Tarryk introduced the new fundraising calendar that NEKLS is doing, WOMEN OF THE NEK.  It's very nice and available for $15.  See Michelle for one.
Today's Raffle was back to the beginning with 52 cards in the deck for a $398 Jackpot.  Doug Spates felt lucky, but not that lucky. 
Today's program was Patricia Tedesco from the VT Center for Independent Living. 
She explained to us the mission her organization has to provide both Handicap Access improvements to Bathrooms and Entrance Ramps for folks needing them.
They install a lot of the new metal modular Ramps that are fast and easy to install and can be reused at another location when the need for it changes.  Pat stated that for a number of reasons, there is a lot of money currently available for these projects.  They have normally had up to a 2 year Waiting List which is not down to a couple months. Very important work they do to help those who need it most.