Posted by Sarah Ruef-Lindquist on Jan 01, 2018
Vocational Service Scholarship Recipients
Buckets on the table are for the AIO Food Pantry Backpack program has a goal of $350, and we are $60 short of the goal.
Jim Potter, chair of the Vocational Service Committee, introduced two of the three vocational scholarship recipients for this year. 
Ruby Ianelli is in her first year at UVM, majoring in Bio/Pre Med. She is thinking of a minor in Sociology. She took chemistry, biology and religion, and enjoys being self-motivated. She graduated with a 97.7 GP from high school, and her number of Advanced Placement classes. She loves her roommate and suite mate, and tries to not have expectations that are too defined. She went to Riley school for middle school, then CHRHS, and feels she was well-prepared for college. She is interested in surgery and pediatrics. 
Kelsie Merrill is a freshman at Curry College in Milton, MA.  She continues her work that she began in high school at Quarry Hill, and experience that helped her decide to major in Nursing. She is a tennis player, went to campus early and it helped her to get established and comfortable. She took chemistry, anatomy, psychology, communications, English and labs for both chemistry and anatomy. She graduated with a 97.19 GPA, and got all "A's" her first semester. She feels her transition was easier than most from taking U Rock classes before she went to Curry.  Mary asked her to talk about the Retirement Home Enrichment program she did with 2 other CNA students to raise over $2500 for the Music and Memory program at Quarry Hill, through spaghetti suppers and silent auctions. 
Diaper Fund is dissolving for lack of funding support.
Steve Dailey is looking for volunteers to sign up to help park cars at the Snowbowl February 10 and 11, and sheets will be at meetings starting next week.
Bob Rubin announced final figures for tree and wreath sales: $23,870 gross with a net $9,666.46.
Chili Challenge volunteers are needed for February 10, and Etienne announced we have half of the chili needed, the event is 4:30-7:30p at the Sea Dog.
Mike Coursey said January 13 would be another Habitat project in Rockland, a rehab of a duplex, likely inside work. The committee is exploring ways to help the Midcoast Recovery Coalition, President Mik's project. They are looking for people to help be spokespeople in the community to respond to the stigmatism and stereotyping people attach to addiction.