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Honorary Member, and long time club member, Homer Fitts died August 31, 2021 at the age of 94.
Homer was a great Rotarian and a big cheerleader of Barre, VT.
BARRE – Homer Robert Fitts, 94, of Barre died Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at the Central Vermont Medical Center after months of declining health. He left behind his family and friends, but there will be many memories from his long and fulfilling life.
On a very hot night at the new Alimentari Roscini (AR) Restaurant, the Barre Club held it's annual change-over banquette. At the end of June each Rotary year the new president takes over.
John & Tony ham it up before cutting the cake.
In a year that a lot of folks thought the Barre Rotary Club did not hold the annual breakfast on the Aldrich Public Library because of COVID there actually was one.  The only problem was, that only one person showed up!
Picture below is Jeff Dunn at the breakfast on the lawn all by himself.
Jeff is deceased club member, Ron Parnigoni's son in-law. As you might know Ron ran the breakfast for a long time after his big brother, Dick Parnigoni stopped doing it. Jeff always helped before, during and after the breakfast!
Ron got the donations rolling this last year with a large check with the idea that the club could get other donations to make up for the big loss to the library.  Well with Bop Pope's help the club raised $13,180.00 with out the breakfast!
See large check below.
From Left to right, Lauren Polk, Executive Director of the library, out-going president John Steinman, and board chair Nancy Pope. 
Total donations over the years to the library are now $309,549.00. The 2019 breakfast was the 36th breakfast on the library lawn and the 46 breakfast overall.
Recently club members Ed Rousse & Karl A. Rinker volunteered in the Meals on Wheels kitchen from 9-10am, scooping hot food into containers, plastic sealed, and stacked into insulated delivery totes to be distributed to recipients throughout Central Vermont. 
The Rotary Club of Barre donated 600 re-usable masks to the Barre Supervisory Union to help their faculty, staff and students stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and 2000 single-use masks to the Barre City Fire Department.
Pictured from left to right: Tony Campos, President-elect, Bruce Fischer, Secretary, Eddie Rousse, Past-president, John Steinman, President, and David Wells, BUUSD Superintendent
Pictured from left to right: Past-president Eddie Rousse, President, John Steinman, Fire Chief Doug Brent and, President-elect Tony Campos.
Thank you to the generous people of the City of Barre!  For two hours on Saturday September 5th, eleven Rotarians braved traffic to raise funds for multiple community service projects.  Using collection baskets on loan from St. Monica’s and clad in mask, gloves and yellow Rotary safety vests, Rotarians happily greeted and thanked those who supported out mission. 

At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.





Past President, Eddie Rousse sprays water on the spruced up flower bed in the city parking lot at 106 South Main street.

The garden plots at 106 S. Main St. are getting a much-needed make-over and the bees and butterflies couldn’t be happier!  Starting in mid-July, members Eddie Rousse, Joe Shadroi, John Steinman, Karl Rinker and

Nicole DiDomenico – as well as  friends and four Rotary Club members - began by assessing the plots by first seeking assistance from the Granite City Garden Club for direction.   For example, since the goal of the plots, originally, was to serve as a pollinator’s garden, it was requested that we leave some of the somewhat unsightly milkweed as it is a host plant for (and provides all the nourishment necessary for) a Monarch caterpillar to transform into the adult butterfly!  It also made sense to leave some of the existing perennials that are still healthy, and request the help the Reynold’s House owners for access to watering neighboring plots.

Barre's New Clothing Closet

By Guest Blogger, Mary L Collins, DCF, Family Services Division

Exterior picture of Clothing ClosetWalk past this historic building in downtown Barre and you might never know that inside lies a bounty of clothing, supplies and toys for children and youth that has been gathered over the past year by Recruitment & Retention Specialist, Alona Tate, for the Barre District Family Services Division of DCF. 

Joe Shadroui & PP, Tom Babic Clown Around With Their Goodies!
Barre Rotary continued its long established tradition of greening up the Barre area on Saturday, May 30th.  Rotarians Bob Pope, Joe Preddy, Ted Goulette, Joe Shadroui, Nicole DiDomenico, Caroline Earle, and helpers Ari Jorgenson and Barb Tomasi-Gay fanned out to pick up trash on VT-14 surrounding Hope Cemetery, along the railroad tracks near Depot Square and Enterprise Alley, as well as in a particularly challenging area between the old Bonacorsi & Sons building and Trow & Holden Co.  Finds of the year included a small tv under a train car and a toy sword, which our Rotarians could not seem to put down.  All trash was deposited in the dumpsters behind city hall.  Thanks to all who helped our city shine a little greener this past weekend!
Club members placed totes at the Barre City poles for food to be collected for the SHS food shelf.
Pictured from left to right SHS Junior, and office aid, Kyree Hutchinson and SHS Assistant Principle, Luke Aither in the food shelf room with the totes full of food from the city voting place.
Now they have to sort the food and place it on the shelves.
Club members, Caroline Earle headed up this project with help from Ted Goulette and Karl A. Rinker.
Recently The Barre Rotary Club distributed atlases and dictionaries to five areas schools. 5264 Books have been given out over the years!
Community Involvement:
The Barre Rotary Club has been giving out dictionaries and atlases to the 3rd and 5th graders in Central Vermont for almost 20 years.
The Club has found this to be a rewarding community outreach program as it promotes literacy in our youth.  A special thanks to Joe Preddy and Elizabeth LaPerle as they have been working on this project for a very long time. It is what Rotarians do.
To read the history of this project please go all the way to the end of he pictures.
Barre City students looking over their new Dictionaries and Atlases.President Ed Rousse, Joe Shadroui, Elizabeth LaPerle, President Elect, John Steinman, Ray Bettis and Joe Preddy.
Moruzzi’s (speakeasy-inspired) Lounge in the basement of Ladder One Grill in Barre is not known by many. However, it was the place to be to ring in the new decade, as it served as the perfect venue for our club’s most recent fundraising event: a “Roarin’ 20s” NYE bash to benefit the Family Center of Washington County. By all accounts, it was a wonderful success - attendees had a great time, and after expenses were paid, we raised $2,500 in ticket and raffle sales, as well as through a fun round of 50/50 blackjack, for which our very own Caroline Earle acted as dealer!

A visit from DCF representative Alona Tate to the Barre Rotary Club this past June spurred President Ed Rousse, Bruce Fisher and President Elect John Steinman to take action.  Ms. Tate noted that children who are taken into emergency custody in the nights or on weekends often leave their homes with only the clothes on their backs.  As Ms. Tate explained, DCF, The Family Center of Washington County and the United Way could all benefit from a 24 hour/7 day per week accessible clothing closet where they could outfit these kids quickly on an emergent basis.   Bruce, Ed and John saw an opportunity to assist.

Barre Rotary Club’s Summer Street Mural project was completed on a lovely summer Saturday on June 8th.  After more than two years of design, planning, fundraising and collaboration, the Mural Wall installation went off without a hitch before interested members of the public and many of those who had worked on the project.  Spearheaded by The Barre Rotary Club, the Mural Wall Committee included Rotarians Caroline Earle and Ted Goulette, Mark Browning of Stone & Browning, Sue Higby of Studio Place Arts, local artist and teacher Jim Lund, and Cara Hansen of Downstreet. 
​​​Past President and mural project creator, Caroline Earle installs the final panel on the 2019 mural on the Summer Street wall with Mark Browning of Stone & Browning helping and  Barre City Public Works director, Bill Ahearn looking on, high up at the of top of the wall.
The designer, Kristine Chartrand, center surrounded by The Paletteer members.  AND OF COURSE WE HAVE "BEFORE & AFTER" PICTURES BELOW!

I am pleased to announce that after much preparations and in continuing discussions with the City, we have set an installation date for Saturday, June 8.

Installation will begin at 9 am and the labor will be largely done by Mark Browning’s team with help from a few family members/Rotarians.  Bill Ahearn or one of his designees will be on site to assist.

We intend to have a tailgate lunch party so that friends/interested persons/members of the public who come to watch the installation can buy a hot dog, or grilled cheese, a drink and/or some chips – for a buck each.  Rotarians will be manning the grills and Cara has kindly agreed to let us use the Downstreet lawn.  

Please come by if you have the time and join us in marveling at the culmination of all of our hard work.  We will have a formal ribbon cutting in the near future as well, to which you will all be invited!

Many, many thanks for sticking with us on this long journey, and what will soon be a beautiful ending to our work together!

Belo, Ted Goulette hard at work.

Below, Past President, Tom Babic puts the final protection oat on.

Central Vermont Paletteers began sketching the mural design today (01/23) at the Vermont Granite Museum.  A total of 47 panels will be sketched and painted to complete the mural, which will be installed on the Summer Street retaining wall in Barre City in May/June 2019.  
Painting has begun on the Rotary Summer Street Mural Wall Project at the Vermont Granite Musuem.  We are just finishing up priming our first 24 (out of a total of 44) 5 ft x 7 ft panels.  Once the priming of the panels is complete, the Barre Palletteers will be helping sketch in our mural design prior to the detail painting commencing.
 Shown is volunteer Rob Taylor, who helped us prime the panels. 
Vermont Governor Phil Scott on the right helps Renald Hebert cook pancakes at the 35th, Barre Rotary Club annual breakfast in 2018 on the Aldrich Public Library lawn. All proceeds go to the library. 
                                                                         JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR / STAFF PHOTO
A concrete retaining wall that has seen better days won’t be the canvas for a massive mural Barre Rotarians are planning for Summer Street. It will be the frame.
With the original artwork faded, the Summer Street retaining wall in Barre may soon be getting a more permanent mural decorating it. Karl A. Rinker Photo
BARRE — Local Rotarians don’t want to build a wall, but they’d sure like to beautify one.
Hoping to turn a neglected retaining wall on Summer Street into a welcoming piece of public art, Barre Rotarians are actively exploring what president Caroline Earle described this week as a “legacy project” for the local club.
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