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Our Rotary Club Leadership

January is Vocational Service Month
every rotarian every year

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Our Club Board

Beth Wallace, President
Steven Dale, President Elect
Jerry Albert, Past President
Mary Rogers, Secretary
Kathy Sollien, Treasurer
Cindy Hudson-Knapp, Community Service Chair
Doug Krause, Youth Services
Michael Day, Club Service
Jim Thibodeau, 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

Beth Wallace

Member Bio. - Coming Soon!

President Elect
Steven Dale

Member Bio. - Coming Soon!

Past President
Jerry Albert

Jerry has worked in the heat transfer industry for 45 years. He is a graduate of the US Army Engineers School, Ft. Belvoir, Va, and has a degree in Industrial Technology from CCV. He is a certified member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and a professional member of HVAC.COM.

He has handed control of Bennington Cooling and Heating, a company he founded in 1979, over to his son Richard. Jerry is still an advisor to that company. The Vermont licenses he holds are for electrical, plumbing, propane and oil. Also he is certified by the EPA for refrigerant usage.

Mary Lou, his wife and he have been married for 42 years and have resided on Main Street since 1980. They are parents of 4 children. Jerry has served as the Club's Sergeant-at Arms and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

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

Member Bio. - Coming Soon!

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

Member Bio. - Coming Soon!

Sergeant at Arms
Jim Thibodeau

Jim owns the local State Farm Office in Bennington. Jim is a very active Rotarian. He lives in North Bennington with his family.

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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