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.


One of the awards was recognition of the Club for its signature project, the Colchester Holiday Basket project that the Club has been in charge of for almost 10 years.  This past year the club, with help from many other community organizations such as the Malletts Bay Fire Department and Boy Scouts, provided 151 families (613 people) with food and books.

In addition to its recognition for community service projects such as the Holiday Baskets, the Colchester Milton Rotary Club is very proud of its record of financial contributions to local communities and Rotary International projects throughout the years.  While the Holiday Baskets is the most costly project for the Club, with over $6,000 per year being spent on food, other projects and local organizations have received an average of almost $27,000 per year for the last 10 years.  

In its fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, the Club donated almost $21,000 to local, non-profit community organizations such as Meals on Wheels, VT Youth Orchestra, Therapy Dogs of VT, local food shelves, Winter Carnivals in Colchester and Milton, community youth organizations in Milton and Winooski, Boy Scouts, community band and chorus, and the National Guard Foundation for its Polar Express train ride.

Other recipients of the Colchester Milton Rotary Club’s donations are the schools in Colchester, Milton, and Winooski where $4,500 was donated for such things as literacy projects in the elementary schools, scholarships, and Rotary leadership programs for high school students.

Last, but not least, the Club donated $1,500 to Rotary International projects in three other countries, including Lac-Megantic, Quebec, the site of the tragic explosion and fire last fall.

The Colchester Milton Rotary Club members are very proud of all of the things the Club does each year for the local and international communities.  If you would like to be a part of this effort, please join us for lunch any Thursday at noon at the Hampton Inn or contact Bill Thompson at 878-4739 for additional information about joining the Club.