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rotaryJerry Albert
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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.
rotaryMary Albert
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rotaryRichard Albert
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Richard Albert moved to Bennington when he was seven years old. He was born in Niverville, New York. The family moved to Bennington when his father realized that there were no air condition contractors in the town, So Jerry started the business in 1979. His first office was on Benmont.

Rich joined Rotary because he wanted to learn more the community. He would read about people and events in the Banner, but Rotary gives him an opportunity for first= hand experience. Listening to the speakers and talking with other members of the club is most valuable. He is also looking forward to working at Garlic Fest and the Car Show.
rotaryTed Bird
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Born and brought up in Bennington County and moved to Bennington in 1952. Graduated from Bennington High School in 1958 and bought Abe Noveck's music and photography store with Cy Shultz in 1962. Established own business in 1967. Joined Bennington Rotary Club in 1968 and was president in the 1973-74 Rotary Year. Married and had three children. Closed business in 1979 and left town for 23 years. Moved back in 2002 because of three children, five grandchildren and one Prom Queen. Started selling Commercial Real Estate for Hoisington Realty in 2003. Also rejoined Benningon Rotary Club in same year. Sings in the Choir at the Second Congregational Church and is a Past President of the Bennington Historical Society.
rotaryBob Brower
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Bob and his wife Judie own Schoolhouse Marketing; which specializes in marketing for horticultural companies and have clients throughout the world. They also own Higher Education Marketing Associates, Inc. which helps colleges and universities recruit students to their schools.
rotaryGerry Butler
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rotaryLisa Byer
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Originally from the Albany; NY area; Lisa came to Bennington in 1996 from Cape Cod were she had lived for a number of years. After taking a position at CAT-TV in 1997, she remained with the organization, which serves as Bennington's local cable access television stations, until finally becoming it's Executive Director in 2003. In addition to the Bennington Rotary Club, Lisa is active in several area and statewide organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Shires Media Partnership/WBTN, Vermont Access Network and Vermont Media Exchange.
rotarySusan Coons
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rotaryMichael Day
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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.
rotaryWilliam Deveneau
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Bill Deveneau was born in Greenfield, Mass. and grew up in Royalton, Mass. His dad worked as a police officer and as an operations manager in an insurance company. His brother, Christopher, also works for the Department of Corrections in the investigations unit. He also works with Bill on some of his ventures.

Bill is interested in Rotary because he wants to give back to the community. He wants to help the community stay a community.
rotaryJon Endres
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rotaryArt Groux
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rotaryDean Hanson
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Dean has been a Rotary member of the Bennington Club for 50+ years. He has served as secretary, President and is a Paul Harris Fellow. A native Vermonter, his early education was in Barton; VT with college work in Boston and Evanston, Ill.
rotaryJennifer Hill
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Jennifer joined rotary in 2017 and has been a sales manager at Brookdale Fillmore Pond since 2013. She has a masters of business administration from the State University of New York at New Paltz and was raised in Orange County, New York. She later moved to New York City to start her career as a sales associate for Aetna and worked in the healthcare insurance industry in NYC for years before moving to Bennington, Vermont and transitioning into senior living. She has been married since 2010 and has a son and stepdaughter. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends who are the most important people in her life. She grew up with a very large extended family and has a large group of friends who are more like family that she met in college. Jennifer loves feeling a part of a community whether that is her town, rotary or even her work community.
rotaryJudy Hill
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Judy works for Suburban Propane and is thrilled to be able to be part of the Rotary Team again.
rotaryBarbara Hoar
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Barbara is a retired Physical Education teacher at MAUHS. She has been the club secretary for many years and is passing that tourch on. She is involved in many community organizations including, BBC, the Chamber of Commerce, and St. Peters Church in Bennington. Barbara is a native of Shrewsbury, Vermont and currently lives in Bennington.
rotaryCindy Hudson-Knapp
rotaryCommunity Service Chair
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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.
rotaryMarshall Hudson-Knapp
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A retired U.C.C. minister and founder of Knapp's Pets & Hobbies, I have enjoyed Bennington Rotary since I was in high school coming to Rotary with my dad, Ron Knapp.  The speakers always enrich my awareness and often stretch my heart.  The mix of people and perspectives of our club's members, and the mutual respect and playfulness we share is a real joy in my life.  Making a difference in the lives of people at the edges of life is a burning concern to me, so working on community service and embodying "Service before Self" speak right to my heart, and why I work on the mission team at Second Congregational Church.   I also treasure meeting new friends, so if you are coming to try out our Rotary I hope we will get to know each other!
rotaryShep Jones
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Born in Bennington, Graduate of Ben-Hi and Middlebury College, I first retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years in the Ordnance Corps of the US Army providing logistics support around the world. We moved 21 times during that period.
rotarySusan Katz
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Susan Katz grew up in Rochester, NY, attended Alfred University and moved to Hartford, CT to work in the insurance industry. She worked in investments and insurance in 5 states for 35 years and in 2000 started her own financial advisor business. She moved to Bennington from Scituate, MA. in 2005 and has been a Rotarian since 1993. She has been treasurer, director and is currently the club secretary.
rotaryDoug Krause
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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.
rotaryTom Lenkowski
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rotaryCatherine McClure
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Cathy was the first generation in her family to go right to college from high school. She was on the edge of the woman’s movement. She went to Hood College and then to Antioch Putney for her Master’s degree. She went to the Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Certificate of Advanced Study.

She entered adminstration because a principal pointed out to her that she saw a bigger picture than just her classroom. She was a Federal Project administrator; a principal and Assistant Superintendent and then a Superintendent. She had retired before she came to Vermont; but she couldn’t stay retired and is now Superintendent. Her goals in her new role are to improve student achievement and communication between the principals and directors; SVU school boards and with the teachers and the community.

Cathy resides in Bennington.
rotaryBrian McKenna
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Brian graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School in 2000, and went on to attain his bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Upon graduation, Brian accepted a position as an equities analyst with Credit Suisse, in London. He returned to Bennington with his wife, Jennifer, in 2006 to join the family firm.

Brian is an involved member of his community and is currently an active participant with many of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce's events, the Better Bennington Corporation's Young Professionals Group, and also the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Vermont.

Brian holds high professional standards for himself and is pursuing the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional certification.
rotaryCarrel Moore
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Carrel and his wife, Mary Beth, moved from Bennington to Brown County, Indiana which includes the towns of Morgantown and Nashville in 2006. They had friends in the area, but primarily moved there to be with their son, Scott. However, six years ago Scott got a job at Campbell University in North Carolina and moved.

Carrel became involved with Rotary and then with Habitat for Humanity. He was on the Board of Habitat for Humanity and was president for three years. During that time the group built ten houses.

The Rotary Club was an early morning club. It was a small club of thirty people. There was not much hands on in the way of projects. They were more of a write a check type club with many retired members.
rotaryDavid Newell
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David J. Newell is President of Wills Insurance Inc.
Joined Wills Insurance in 1979. Before that I was executive director of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce from 1976-79.
Became a Bennington Rotarian in 1976. President of the club in 1985.
BA from Dickinson College; Carlisle; Pa. 1973
MA from Univ of Pennsylvania in 1975
Three children. Wife is Carol Newell. Reside in Shaftsbury
rotaryMike Nigro
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rotaryGeorge O'Brien
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rotaryTom Paquin
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Tom owns T&M Enterprises in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Tom has been an active Rotarian for many years.
rotarySarah Perrin
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Sarah is active in many organizations including the Board of CAT-TV and the Bennington Young Professionals. Sarah is currently running for the Bennington Select Board because at the Food Truck Festival she saw people engaged and realized that activities like this make a difference in a community. She wants to help the town build off the energy of the Putnam Project.

Sarah sees herself as a listener. People want to be heard from and, as she says, "You learn so much more listening to them." What she likes about Rotary is the team aspect of everyone working together for one main goal, whatever it is, at a particular time. She also thinks the speakers are always so great. She continues to listen and to learn.
rotaryBob Plunkett
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Married to the former Eileen Kinney, of Bennington, for 36 years. 2 adult children: Matt and Robert. Robert is a Deputy State's Attorney in Bennington. Matt is a greens keeper at Equinox C.C. and a substitute teacher in the local schools. Eileen teaches at the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing after a 12 year career as a nurse with the State of VT. Health Dept.

I have been in banking for over 35 years, 31 of those years with the Chittenden Bank. Interests include: golf, traveling; low impact exercising and spending time with family. Have lived in Bennington for the past 28 years and besides working, have volunteered my time with various organizations: Rotary, Bennington Museum Board, Chamber of Commerce (years ago), BCIC.

I'm really looking forward to retirement so I can spend more time with my family and finally put a dent in that "honey do list".
rotaryJane Radocchia
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I am an architect. I have been working on old houses for more than 40 years; repairing; restoring and expanding them. Understanding why they were built that way is my avocation. I've been writing about old houses - vernacular architecture - since the 1980's. These days I write about my research on my blog: www.jgrarchitect.blogspot.com.

My husband; Tony; and I live on a 215 year old farm in Bennington; my office is in a shed attached to the hay barn. Two of our children and their families live here too. Our barn; Abruzzi Stables; teaches riding and driving; and trains Morgan horses.

I was raised in Exeter; NH. Tony and I lived in Andover; MA for over 30 years before we came to Bennington.

My degrees are from Oberlin College and MIT.
rotaryBetsy Rathbun-Gunn
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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.
rotaryKristin Reed
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Kristin Reed is a retired CPA, with years of valuable experience in providing tax and financial planning services to individuals and small business owners in southern Vermont. After 18 years as a managing partner of Fisk Reed and Love, a CPA practice providing tax planning and compliance services in Bennington, VT, Kristin sold her interest and started Financial Planning for Independence, Inc., a Fee-Only financial planning and financial education firm located in Bennington, VT.

Kristin's passion for working with individual clients and offering educational programs had left her little time to do the day to day management of her business. By joining Langtree in the Bennington, VT office, she now devotes 100% of her time to clients while maintaining her educational business through Financial Planning for Independence.

Kristin graduated from the University of CT in 1976, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, obtained her CPA license in 1989 and her CFP® certification in 2001.

She is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Garrett Planning Network, as well as the American Institute of CPAs and the Vermont Society of CPAs, where she is a Past-President.

In her free time, Kristin loves skiing, hiking, traveling and cooking. She also is a life-long supporter and volunteer advisor to local child care centers. Kristin volunteers for many community events, including local Rotary projects and truly enjoys the time she sets aside to visit with family and friends.
rotaryRenee Richardson
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I was born and raised in Micronesia, living on Pohnpei, Palau and finally Majuro. In 1974 our family moved to Kauai, Hawaii. From Hawaii I joined the Army and received Russian language training at the Defense Language Institute to be an interpreter/analyst. I spent three years on active duty in Germany. When my enlistment ended in 1984, I enrolled at the University of New Hampshire (UH). I have a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from UH (1989).

I met Art Richardson, a Navy LT in New Hampshire. We were married in 1985 and I switched services from the Army to the Navy. I served as a Russian Language Cryptologist in the Navy Reserves for six years. I received a Direct Commission as a Navy Intelligence Officer with the rank of Ensign in May of 1991.

In 1990 I started a consulting firm, offering translation, communication and access to former Soviet countries who wanted to do business in the US and US businesses wanted to move into the newly opened Russia. During this period my father-in-law, an active member of the Exeter Rotary Club, encouraged me to join Rotary, which I did. I was a founding member of the Raymond NH Rotary club and got to see Rotary in action. However, in 1994 my time with Rotary was cut short when Art and I were recalled to active duty. We remained on active duty in the Navy until retirement.

After an assignment in Korea we returned to DC where I was once again assigned to NCIS and promoted to Commander. For my next assignment I requested the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) to assist in ongoing efforts by DoD to locate and repatriate the missing from the Vietnam Conflict. After two years in the Southeast Asia Division I transferred to the WWII Division. From DPMO my last assignment was at the Pentagon in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs where I served as Deputy Director for Intelligence, Information Operations, Cyber Security and Space. I retired in May of 2014.

My last official act in uniform was to escort PFC Lawrence Gordon, a soldier missing form WWII, home. I served as the Family Escort from Normandy France to Medicine Hat Canada.  I currently serve on the Board of Directors for PFC Lawrence Gordon Foundation, dedicated to serving other families find out the disposition of their loved ones and if possible assist in the recovery and return of the missing service member.

We purchased our first farm in Bennington in January 2014 and the second property in 2017. Our two youngest sons accompanied us to Vermont, and recently our oldest, his wife and granddaughters joined us in VT as well. We have planted over 100 fruit and nut trees, raise pigs and turkeys for fall harvest, and have year round chickens, ducks, geese and most recently 24 Icelandic sheep. Our goal is self-sufficiency and sustainability using organic traditional farming methods.
rotaryRod Rodman
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rotaryMary Rogers
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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.
rotaryDana Rozycki
rotaryCo-President
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rotaryMaria Scully
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rotaryKathy Sollien
rotaryTreasurer
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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.
rotaryLynne Stratton
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Lynne moved to Bennington just over two years ago from Massachusetts. She has four grown children, two grandchildren and another grandchild on the way. She loves to spend time with her family.

She is the manager of Watson House since March. It is a sixteen bed community care home. They provide assisted living. They take care of the whole person, helping with medication, personal care, medical appointments, meals, laundry and everything necessary for the well-being of the residents. They also have as much fun as they can.

Lynne has been working with seniors since 1996. She worked in supportive housing in Massachusetts. When she started working with the elderly and disabled, she fell in love with the work. She was a resident service coordinator for years and received much of her training while working in this position. She worked on obtaining the community resources that were available for low income seniors.

Lynne comes to the Bennington Rotary with ten years of experience in Rotary. She was President of her club in Redding, Massachusetts in 2007-08. When she first moved to Bennington, her employer did not support Rotary at all so that she could not join. However, her current employer does and she is glad to be a part of the club. This club has been so welcoming and she thinks it is a great group of people.
rotarySally Sugarman
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Sally joined Rotary in 1988. She was President of the Club, 2002-2003 and Chair of the District Four Way Test Speech Contest 2005-2007. She was Assistant Governor from from 2007 -2010. Currently, she is the editor of the club's newsletter, The Windmill and a member of the Public Relations and History committees. She is a Paul Harris fellow. Sally is emerita faculty from Bennington College where she taught Childhood Studies for thirty-five years.
rotaryJim Thibodeau
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Jim owns the local State Farm Office in Bennington. Jim is a very active Rotarian. He lives in North Bennington with his family.
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rotaryVictor Verzar
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Victor moved to Vermont for the snow. He has been skiing at Mount Snow since it opened. Victor is a collector. Victor says the difference between a collector and a hoarder is that a collector has places in which to keep his collections.

His collections include cars, motorcycles, boats, four-wheelers, bicycles, clocks, paintings, furniture and many other objects. Once while driving one of his old cars in Bennington, he saw a sign for the Car Show. When he drove in, they had him exhibit his car in the show.

Victor joined Rotary because he likes Bennington and wants to help the community when and how he can. He feels that he has been very lucky in his life and wants to share that with others.
rotaryBeth Wallace
rotaryPast President
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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.
rotaryVicki Wilson
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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.
rotaryDan Zwynenburg
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Dan owns Hallmark Cards & Gifts in Bennington. Dan is also a proud member of the Green Mountain Car Club.
rotaryJay Zwynenburg
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Jay owns Jays Art Shop & Frame Gallery inn Downtown Bennington. Jay has been a Rotarian for many years and enjoys the fellowship.



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