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The Hampton Inn
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Colchester, VT  05446
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The Colchester Milton Rotary Club was named Club of the Year in its District, which is composed of 42 clubs from Quebec, Northern Vermont and New Hampshire.  The Club also received five other awards during their district conference held in the spring.  These awards recognized the achievements the Club made in the areas of membership growth, community service projects and other Rotary International criteria.


This fun run / walk will begin at Bayside Park on the bike path in Colchester, ending back at the park. All ages welcome. Run or walk. Proceeds will help Food shelves in Colchester, Milton, and The Islands, with a portion going to the Charitable fund of the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club.


Join us for an evening of great fun, fine food and a chance to win $2,000. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and every 10th ball wins a prize! Tickets are $150 which gets you one Ball and a Vermont Culinary Resort Dinner for 2. Only 100 tickets will be sold!

Interested in learning more about polio? On Wednesday, January 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Burnham Memorial Library will host a showing of the HBO documentary The Final Inch, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colchester-Milton; the film is about the efforts to eliminate polio worldwide. After the film, Dr. Alicia Jacobs, MD, will speak about polio and the importance of vaccines. Refreshments will be served.
Again this year, the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club is assembling baskets of food, books and other small gift items for the less fortunate in our community during this holiday season.

The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club will once again be supporting Our Military Families this Christmas Season with our project called Operation Polar Express #4. In our previous years, We have provided free Polar Express tickets for the children and the families of Our deployed soldiers here in Vermont. Polar Express has again reserved the noon train on December 15 for our Military Soldier family. Tickets are now $22 a piece And we have 235 slots to fill.


On Thursday October 31st the Colchester-MIlton Rotary Club presented Burlington Meals on Wheels Director Peter Carmoli with a check for $4,000 for a new commercial oven.


A happy Winooski JFK Elementary 3rd grade class thanks the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club for another successful My Wet Shoes project.

A new location, a new time and a new look! We are revamping our annual auction this year to make it more exciting, fun and convenient for you to bid on those items that you really want.

This year’s Colchester-Milton Rotary Club Auction will be at 6:00 PM on November 16th at the Hampton Inn, Colchester. There will be food and beverages available and a new and improved list of items for you to bid on. Viewing will begin at 5:45 PM.


On September 12 2013 Rotary International District 7850 President Steve Dates and Colchester-Milton Rotary Club Foundation Chair Dick Kruger presented Colchester-Milton Rotary member Kiki Leech with the Paul Harris Society Member award.

The Colchester-Milton Rotary club sponsored a matching district grant to help fund the Vermont Youth Orchestra Tour of the Northeast Kingdom and master classes to be held at their home base at Elley Long in Colchester.

Rotary News

Polio's Retreat
As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio. Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard...
Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water. Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in...
Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...
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