Dear Fellow Rotarians
As 2019 winds down, I am reflecting on all that our club has accomplished this year. Here, a condensed Bennington Rotary Year in Review:
We hosted a successful Italian Night with record numbers in attendance (Happy Birthday, Sally!). The event was so successful that we ran out of food! When presented with the opportunity to take on the Garlicfest Brochure, our club's members eagerly embraced the project. Members' commitment and enthusiasm combined with supportive mentorship from Mary Lou Albert resulted in a prosperous fundraiser we hope to replicate in the future. Together with Catamount Rotarians and Interactors, our annual bell-ringing to benefit the Share the Heat program raised more funds than last year, despite losing a week of ringing.
Just as important as our accomplishments in fundraising, if not more so, were the strides we made in building community and connections. This year, Bennington Rotarians collaborated on several occasions with Bennington College students working side by side on projects ranging from litter collection to home weatherization. We assisted in the building of raised beds in community gardens and worked together with other service organizations to help feed over sixty local families during the long winter holiday!
This year, Bennington Rotary Club adopted a spirit of innovation. We added the Family Membership option, opening and encouraging club membership and participation to adult family members. Our club also designated funds to a "First Year Members' Project" in order to engage new members in meaningful action. And, finally, the Bennington Rotary Club welcomed six new Rotarians!
Together, we have achieved so much in 2019 - more than any one of us (even the most industrious among us) could have achieved on our own. I can't wait to see what we accomplish together in 2020!