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The President's Corner

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President
Beth Wallace
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Dear Fellow Rotarians
Another eventful month has passed. By distribution of this month's newsletter, we will have successfully completed our first GarlicFest Brochure fundraiser, will have put in our time volunteering at the annual festival and will have made a vibrant showing in the Bennington Battle Day Parade! What a month! Big thanks go out to Kathy Sollien, Mike Day, Marylou Albert and Victor Verzar for their extraordinary efforts supporting these endeavors.

This has been a month of visibility for Bennington Rotary Club. The hope is that the more visible we are, the more interest is generated in Rotary Membership and the more our club can grow and thrive. To that end, I have proposed offering a Family Membership to prospective (and current!) Rotarians. The Family Membership provides an opportunity to include adult household members as Bennington Rotary Club members and encourages members to treat Rotary events as family events! This new membership option allows adult children to identify themselves as Rotarians and become valued members, volunteers and participants from the very beginning of adulthood. This option also allows spouses to attend as full voting members, to join committees and to contribute to attendance. As times change, we must be flexible in meeting the changing needs of our membership. In so doing, we will ensure that we can continue to engage and serve our community as a vibrant and thriving club.

Yours in service,
Beth Wallace
Club President

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