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Some Perspectives on the First Year as a Rotarian

May 1, 2015

Michael Day
Approaching the completion of my first year as a Rotarian presents a good opportunity to take stock of my activity and how it measures up to what is expected of a Rotarian. My past connections through knowing and working with many members of the Rotary Club in Seneca Falls, NY provided a good framework for my beginning here in Bennington.

My activities began by volunteering at the car show, bell ringing for emergency heating funds at Christmas, placemat advertising for Italian Night with Judy Hill as well as dishwashing that night and now chairing the Public Relations committee since January. The activities associated with the PR committee have provided a great perspective on the club's history and the nuances found in life in Bennington. Efforts to be more proactive with press releases have been led by Vicki Wilson (another newer member) and are greatly appreciated. Promoting the bell project guided by Jerry Albert is another focal point as we move forward. With guidance from Sally Sugarman, Jerry Albert and Ted Bird, the PR committee will help improve the archived history and documents for this club so the past may be more easily chronicled.

Each of these activities has helped me understand the activities of the Bennington Rotary Club better and also learn about the history of the club and Bennington itself. I have appreciated those members who have sought me out to help explain the club activities and provide insight to current and past activities. From this perspective, I would encourage members to reach out to the newer members to assist in providing the perspective so helpful to integrate new members as active participants in the club activities.

Author: Michael Day

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