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Service Above Self

South Burlington

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
870 Williston Road
PO Box 9376
South Burlington, VT  05403
United States
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First Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run/Walk/Roll
Sunday December 10, 2017
Veterans Memorial Park
We are partnering with The Humane Society of Chittenden County for the fun event. Proceeds from the event will help support the Rotary's community service projects and HSCC's Camp Paw Paw.
Consider becoming a sponsor and review our sponsor information on the tab above.
SB high school student and her mom Elizabeth and Katrina Khosravi talked to us at this weeks meeting about her charity project "Two Worlds Coming Together" charity project for India to help with the affected area that the strong monsoon flooding damaged. See her FB page for detail and how to help

The South Burlington Rotary Club gives $5,000 from the proceeds of their 2014 Annual Golf tournament to the Rick Marcotte Central School Legacy Playground project which is scheduled to break ground for Phase 1 in early September.Image


Rotarians delivered dictionaries to all 4th graders on January 9th, 2013.  This annual traditions helps to support our focus on Literacy each year.

It has been about 10 months since Chelsea Keyser left VT to attend the University of Bradford as a Rotary Peace Fellow.  Chelsea is enrolled in the Peace, Conflict and Development Masters Program.  Chelsea recently spoke at our Rotary meeting and she said that the Rotary Peace Fellowship has allowed her to learn about peacekeeping on an international level through the United Nations down to peace building on a local level, using customary institutions to resolve disputes among community members.


Chelsea was able to attend several Rotary meetings and a District conference and a District assembly while in England.  Chelsea is currently interning at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia and beginning in August she will be interning at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping in New York City.   She will return to England in October to work on her thesis and finish her studies at the University of Bradford.


Chelsea truly exemplifies what a Rotary Peace Fellow should be.  She has a great energy and passion about peacekeeping that you can really sense when you hear her speak.  She is a fine role model for folks young and old and is a great representative for Rotary.

The Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) has partnered with SBHS for many years.  The purpose of RYE is to present opportunities for high school students to advance their education, experience new cultures, learn another language and contribute to world understanding.  This is accomplished through experiences gained by attending school while living with host families in a different country. When participating in the exchange, students benefit from the sponsorship, supervision and support of the local host Rotary Club.  

The South Burlington Rotary is sponsoring Alex Pasanen and Samantha Wulfson as exchange participants in 2013-2014..

Alex will be going to France this summer for a short-term exchange and Samantha will be going to Argentina for the full year long exchange.  

This year's Fred Tuttle Award has been awarded to Anne Corley. Anne  retired 18 years ago from South Burlington High School.  She was a teacher when Fred Tuttle was superintendent. She became interested in volunteering in the community at the suggestion of fellow teacher Jane Stickney.  Anne feels strongly about helping those less fortunate and in need. She started helping at the Chittenden County Food Shelf after retiring. About 8 years ago she and Jane (a Williston resident) established the Angel Fund and Shop.  They hold multiple garage sales to help fund the many requests they receive from Social Service Agencies for assistance with fuel and utility bills, help for those re entering the work force or returning to school and much more.  Each holiday, Anne's house turns into a Christmas  shop where parents and children in need can shop for their families. The number of individual's and families who have been helped through Anne's efforts is a testament to why she is the ideal Fred Tuttle Award recipient and a true example of giving back to one's community.

Join us in congratulating, Anne!

John Davis was recognized this morning as South Burlington Rotary's newest Paul Harris Fellow. Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational program. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 or in whose name that amount is contributed. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding.

Congratulations, John!
The South Burlington Rotary Club hosted a special dinner to thank all of the law enforcement officers in South Burlington for their time, bravery and dedication to the community. We appreciate the visit by Governor Shumlin who echoed the thanks of everyone in the community. We can't thank you and your families enough!

The South Burlington (Vermont) Rotary Club presneted Judy Kearns with its annual Frederick Tuttle Award on Tuesday evening, December 13, 2011, at the DoubleTree in South Burlington.  This annual award is given to a community member who has done exemplary work in their vocation and enhanced the South Burlington Community. 


Judy Kearns has worked at the “Other Paper” since 1999 when the former publisher, George Chamberlin, asked her if she could help part-time with the compilation of a service directory.  That work turned into managing the advertising for the paper and when the Other Paper moved into its offices her position became full-time.  She became progressively involved with the paper and when Mr. Chamberlin retired in 2009, Judy bought the paper and became the publisher.


During that time, members of the South Burlington Rotary have had the occasion to work with Judy, and to see how she excelled in service to the readers, advertisers and community of South Burlington.  She has been a pleasure to work with, often anticipating needs before they were expressed.  We have also had the pleasure to continue to see the paper grow under her guidance.  While maintaining a friendly focus on the “friends and neighbors,” Judy, her staff and columnists have helped connect the people, schools, government and businesses of the community.  We also respect and honor their efforts through considerate and open reporting to “foster more engaged citizenship.”


Like Fred Tuttle, Judy Kerns exemplifies how a person’s day-to-day work, their vocation, can enrich the community.

Please join us in congratulating Judy!  

Join us

Sunday June 26th


The Rotary Bandshell at Dorset Park

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Pre-Show Entertainment with Marko the Magician

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   

   Talent Show

Three Categories: Youth, Junior, Adult

Hosted by Jamie Polli of University Mall

Celebrity Judges include

Dr. Lewis First - Vermont Children's Hospital

Sharon Meyer of WCAX-TV

George Mallet of WPTZ 

Join us for Community Fun and Entertainment! 

The South Burlington Rotary Club received special recognition this week and received a District 7850 Literacy Award

Literacy is one our passions and we make sure to focus on a variety of projects each year. We participated in the following projects this year just to name a few:

  • Sponsored the South Burlington Bookmobile
  • Provided Weekly Donations of Books to the Childrens' Library
  • Provided Dictionaries to every 4th grader in South Burlington
  • Supported The Shine Program in South Africa to help provide glasses to Children in Need.
  • Conducted a Speech Contest. 
  • Promoted Literacy Month in March 2010 and had several Literacy speakers 

We are committed to helping to support literacy programs in our local community and worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to become involved in our efforts! 

The South Burlington Rotary Club has received a District Simplified Grant to help bring fresh water to people in Haiti 


Our Club received $600 from our Rotary District for the Bio Sand Water Project for Duchity Haiti.  Rotarian Donna Thomas visited Haiti in early March and was able to purchase 3 bio sand filters with the funds from our grant and transport them to Duchity Haiti.  Our Club’s goal is to provide 3 bio-sand water filters for a new vocational school in Duchity, Haiti.  Donna was able to get one filter installed while there. Our club partnered with the Vermont Haiti Project (under the guidance of Jean Despagne Felix and Donna Thomas), and the Duchity Organization for Vocational Education (under the guidance of Jean Despagne Felix).


Our Club already has a history with the Vermont Haiti Project.  In January 2009 the Club provided $250 for Despagne Felix to attend a water filtration class.  In 2009, the Club also donated school supplies to fill backpacks for distribution to needy Haitian school children and in April 2010 our Club used a District Simplified Grant of $1,000 to purchase books for local Haitian merchants for a school that had no books whatsoever.

South Burlington Rotary replaced two Welcome signs leading into the town.
Lisa DeNatale
Aug 24, 2017
President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont
Kylie deGroot
Sep 07, 2017
Director of Development & Communications, Humane Society of Chittenden County
Trevor Squirrell
Sep 21, 2017
Brain Injury Association of Vermont
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