About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Stowe was originally chartered on March 6, 1935, and admitted to Rotary International in August 1949. Membership has grown from an informal group of about 10 in 1949 to its current roster of nearly 40 members. The club meets bi-weekly and the dinner meetings host guest speakers covering many topical issues. In the past the speakers have ranged from Vermont’s Governor to Miss Vermont, from high school students seeking scholarships to the late Chief Justice William Renquist, and from the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network to the Central Vermont Adult Basic Education Network.
The Rotary Club of Stowe is a group of concerned community citizens and leaders who have come together to serve the Lamoille County region. Stowe Rotary continues it’s more than half-century tradition of raising proceeds to fund college and vocational scholarships, to provide support to local and county charities, and for aid to disaster-stricken areas.

The Object of Rotary

The mission of Rotary is to encourage and foster the “Ideal of Service” as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

First

The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

Second

High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

Third

The application of the “Ideal of Service” by every Rotarian to their personal, professional, and community life.

Fourth

The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the “Ideal of Service.”

Further, Rotary International has developed THE FOUR-WAY TEST as a way to assess statements, actions, and practices:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Four-Way Test has been called the shortest effective code of standards of correct practice so far devised. It is now being used by numerous trade associations, service clubs, corporations, professional institutions, and by thousands of individuals as a simple measuring stick to assist in determining what is “right” in human relations. That which deserves to live invariably lives on and its usefulness spreads.

Officer and Directors

James Hodge

President

Jim became President of the Stowe Rotary in 2021. He has spent significant time in Vermont since he was a boy. He and wife, Robi, built a home in Stowe in 2012. Jim is a retired economist and financial executive. Jim was a financial executive at several companies including IBM, AT&T and CA Technologies. He also has worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and taught graduate economics through 2018 at NYU as an adjunct professor.

Richard Litchfield

Secretary

Rich joined the Stowe Rotary Club in 2022 and was appointed interim Secretary in July, 2022. He and his wife, Pamela, moved to Stowe in 2020 after raising two children in the Boston area. He is a Senior VP and Partner at Maple Capital Management in Montpelier and specializes in fixed income investments. Prior to joining Maple in 2019, Rich was the Head of Portfolio Management at Opus Investment Management, part of The Hanover Insurance Group. Rich is also President of the Riverwalk Association, a homeowners association in Stowe.

Philip Bongiorno

Treasurer & Past President

Phil has been a Stowe Rotary Club Member since 2011. He is the current Treasurer. Phil served as President of the Club between 2019-2021 and he is a winner of the Paul Harris award for service. Phil owns Policy Inspector, Inc. and is a Chartered Financial Consultant earned through The American College. Phil and his wife Anne moved to Stowe in 1989 and raised 3 children in town.

Christian Carey

Director

Tad Davis

Director

Michael Havemeyer

Director

Larry Heath

Director

Thomas Hubbs

Director & Past President

Caren Merson

Director & Past President

Trish Rick

Director

Harold Stevens

Director

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Rotary’s Four Way Test to Make Decisions

First

The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

Second

High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

Third

The application of the "Ideal of Service" by every Rotarian to their personal, professional, and community life.

Fourth

The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the "Ideal of Service."