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Our Rotary Club Leadership

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Our Club Board

Dana Rozycki, Co-President
Vicki Wilson, Co-President
Beth Wallace, Past President
Mary Rogers, Secretary
Kathy Sollien, Treasurer
Cindy Hudson-Knapp, Community Service Chair
Doug Krause, Youth Services
Michael Day, Club Service
Mike Nigro, Sergeant at Arms
Betsy Rathbun-Gunn, International Chair

The Board of the Bennington Rotary Club starts work on July 1st with the usual mixture of new and old Board members. They will be forming committees to do what needs doing within the community as Rotarians maintain their mission of Service Above Self.

Membership continues to be important and Rotarians will want to invite people in the community to join who subscribe to the principals of the Four Way Test.

There is a Club Assembly at the end of June and at that time the Board Members will probably outline some of their goals for the coming year. The new District Governor will also be visiting the club within the next few months.

Current Board of Directors

Dana Rozycki

Member Bio. - Coming Soon!

Vicki Wilson

Vicki is a lifelong native of Vermont. She joined Rotary in 2014 when she left an administrative job in real estate and began her career in real estate sales which allowed her more flexibility with her time and commitments. She is a Past President of the club and is currently on the PR and Rotaract committees. One of her favorite things about Rotary is the way she and the Club can contribute to not only the local community but nationally and internationally in large and small ways. She is currently a Sale Agent at Maple Leaf Realty, which is owned by another or our Rotarians, Kathy Sollien.

Past President
Beth Wallace

Beth was born and raised in Shaftsbury, Vermont. A graduate of Mount Anthony High School in 2003, Beth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont in 2007. After college, Beth spent a short time living in New Jersey before returning to the Green Mountains to start a family.

A licensed elementary and early childhood education teacher, Beth was raised by social workers and ultimately found her calling as the Family and Community Partnership Manager at Bennington County Head Start/Early Head Start. Beth enjoys connecting people, organizations and businesses to maximize positive social impact in her community.

Beth is involved in many community clubs and organizations including Bennington Rotary Club, Second Congregational Church of Bennington, Shires Young Professionals, Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club, and formerly served as the Chair of the Southshire Community School Board of Directors.

In her free time, Beth loves traveling with her daughter, reading and running with her yellow Labrador retriever.

Mary Rogers

Mary grew up in Wilmington Delaware, which was bigger than Bennington, and close to Philadelphia. She went to the University of Delaware as an undergraduate and did graduate work at Virginia Poly Tech which was completed at the University of Delaware.

Mary and her second husband, Mark, have been married for eight years. They built their home on Matt Drive in North Bennington. seven years ago. Mary has a son, Philip, from her first marriage

Mary's passions are gardening and running. She is starting to get into Yoga. She was an avid reader and is starting again, enjoying histories.

Mary joined Rotary because she wanted to be involved in the town that she considers the best in the country. Her primary goal is to get to know who is who and what are the issues and what are the needs and what can be done to help people.

Although Mary feels you shouldn't bite off more than you can chew, she has many good ideas for service above self in terms of both the young and older people. We look forward to working with her on some of these ideas.

Kathy Sollien

Kathy is a native of Texas who relocated to Bennington with her husband Alan in 1990 and has never looked back. Staying active in her community by way of Rotary; the Better Bennington Corp and the Chamber of Commerce has kept her busy and in the middle of what is happening in Bennington. She is a Real Estate Broker and co owner of RE/MAX Maple Leaf Realty.

Community Service Chair
Cindy Hudson-Knapp

Cindy (Lucinda) Hudson-Knapp enjoys a wide range of interests, from singing in 2nd Congregational Church choir and sewing mission kits, to organizing the Empty Bowls Supper for our area, to designing and installing gardens with Rotarians at GBICS and Community Gardens, to creating bird, animal and imaginative pottery bowls. You can tell Cindy is a retired high school art teacher. Cindy also cares a lot about the environment which shows in her work at the annual Sun and Fun Festival and working with Climate Advocates Bennington 350VT.  These interests have led her to chair our Rotary Community Service team.

Youth Services
Doug Krause

Doug lives in Old Bennington with his wife Marny; and has been a Rotarian actively involved in the Coordination of Rotary Exchange Programs for many years.

Club Service
Michael Day

Mike moved to Shaftsbury in 2012 after retiring from a 40-year career in engineering and product management at Goulds Pumps/ITT Corp. Mike and his wife, Jan, lived in Seneca Falls, NY and raised two daughters prior to moving to Vermont. We were attracted to Vermont from taking many vacations in this area over 30 plus years.

Mike was familiar with Rotary from close associations with Rotarians in Seneca Falls. It seemed a natural extension to join Rotary to serve and learn about the Bennington community. In addition to serving as Club Service chair, Mike and Jan enjoy traveling the country and internationally.

Sergeant at Arms
Mike Nigro

Member Bio. - Coming Soon!

International Chair
Betsy Rathbun-Gunn

A former teacher; Betsy is responsible for developing and implementing the four major components for the Head Start Program: health; education; social services, and parent development. Her additional duties include budget development; local and statewide community networking on early childhood programs; and supervision of The UCS Infant Toddler Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County.

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