District 7850 History
Revised November 17, 2019
The early emblem of Rotary International was a simple wagon wheel representing “civilization and movement”. It was designed in 1905 by Montague M. Bear, Rotary Club of Chicago, who was an engraver.  Most of the early clubs adopted the wheel in one form or another.  Eventually, in 1922, authority was given to create and reserve an emblem for the exclusive use of all Rotarians.
Accordingly, in 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted, and a keyword added to signify that the wheel was a “worker” and not an idler.  An official description of the emblem was adopted at the 1929 convention in Dallas, Texas.  Royal blue and gold were chosen as the official Rotary colors, and the flag of Rotary was designated as a white field with the Rotary wheel emblazoned on its center.  The emblem worn as a lapel button now identifies Rotarians around the world.
In 2011 the name Rotary was added to the Rotary Emblem as they wanted the public to identify with Rotary projects.
The Object 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 of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.
Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


Le but du Rotary consiste à encourager et à cultiver l’idéal de servir considéré comme base de toute entreprise honorable, et en particulier à encourager et à cultiver :
1. Le développement des relations personelles d’amitié entre ses membres en vue de leur fournier des occasions de servir l’intérêt général.
2. L’observation des régles de haute probite et de délicatesse dans l’excersise de sa profession, la reconnaissance de la dignité de toute occupation utile, l’effort pour honorer sa profession et en éléver le niveau de manière à mieux servir la société.
3. L’application de l’idéal de servir par tout Rotarian dans sa vie personnelle et sociale.
4. La compréhension mutuelle internationale, la bonne volunté et l’amour de la paix, en créant et en entretenant à travers le monde des relations cordiales entre les représentants des diverses professions, unis dans l’idéal de servir.
The Four Way Test is an ideal guide to be used to measure business ethics and practices.  If everybody put into practice the true meaning of the Four Way Test, humanity and human relations would be greatly enhanced.  
Of the things we think, say or do
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 ?
En regard de ce que nous pensons, disons ou faisons
1.     Est-ce conforme à la vérité ?
2.     Est-ce loyal de part et d’autre ?
3.     Est-ce susceptible de stimuler la bonne volonté réciproque et de créer de meilleures relations amicales ?
4.     Est-ce profitable à tous les intéressés ?
As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession,
I am expected to:
1.     Consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve.
2.     Be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community.
3.     Do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation.
4.     Be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship.
5.     Recognize the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful to society.
6.     Offer my vocational talents, to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community.
7.     Adhere to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business or profession.
8.     Neither seek from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
v  JULY                
v  AUGUST          Membership and New Club Development 
v  SEPTEMBER  Basic Education and Literacy
v  OCTOBER      Economic and Community Development
v  NOVEMBER  Rotary Foundation
v  DECEMBER   Disease Prevention and Treatment
v  JANUARY      Vocational Service
v  FEBRUARY   Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolutione
v  MARCH          Water and Sanitation
v  APRIL            Maternal and Child Health
v  MAY               Youth Service
v  JUNE              Fellowship(International Convention and Club Service)
The first Rotary Club in the world was organized in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a young lawyer who gathered together, in a spirit of friendship and understanding, a group of men, each of whom was engaged in a different form of service to the public.  That basis of membership - people from each business and profession in the community – still exists in Rotary.  At first, the members of the new club met in rotation at various places of business of the members and this suggested the name "Rotary".
Since 1905, the ideas of Paul Harris and his friends have become ideals, which have been accepted by men and women of practically all nationalities, and of many political and religious beliefs.  Today, the universal acceptance of Rotary principles has been so great that there are now some 33,000 Rotary Clubs which have a membership of over 1,200,000 organized in 537 districts in over 220 countries and territories worldwide.
The general objectives of Rotary Clubs in every country are the same: the development of fellowship and understanding among the business and professional people in the community, the promotion of community-betterment endeavors, high standards in business and professional practices, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace.  Rotary Clubs everywhere have one basic ideal, the "ideal of service", which is thoughtfulness and helpfulness to others.
By Holland Smith*
In 1926, fourteen New Hampshire and twelve Vermont Clubs formed the nucleus of a new district, District 37.  The New Hampshire Clubs had previously been allied with clubs in Eastern Massachusetts and the Vermont Clubs had been a part of a large district which extended from Newport, VT and St. Albans, VT to New Haven, CT and Greenwich, CT.
The new District added clubs rapidly and within a year the original twenty-six clubs had grown to thirty-nine.  Though the area of the District remained unchanged until 1955, its designation became District 195 in1939 and District 286 in 1949.  By June of 1955, the District had a total of sixty-two clubs and administration of so many clubs had become difficult.  A division was made and the Southern part of the area continued as District 286 while the Northern part, along with part of the Province of Quebec in Canada, became District 287.  In July of 1957, the current numbers 787 (Southern part) and 785 (Northern part) were assigned.
As of July1, 1991, all Districts of Rotary International had a zero added onto the end of their District numbers.  So in 1991, our District 785 ended and District 7850 began.
District 7850 now includes forty-one (41) clubs with twenty-five clubs in Vermont, ten in New Hampshire, four in Quebec, one that spans the USA-Canada border, and one that spans the Vermont-New Hampshire border. 
1919     Sherbrooke, QC
1923    Burlington, VT; Lebanon, NH; Montpelier, VT; St. Johnsbury, VT
1924    Barre, VT; Lancaster, NH; Newport, VT; Randolph, VT; St. Albans, VT
1925    Hanover, NH; Cohase,Woodsville, NH/Wells River, VT
1926    Littleton, NH
1927    Middlebury, VT; Morrisville, VT; North Conway, NH; Northfield, VT; Plymouth, NH; Wolfeboro, NH
1928    Bristol, NH
1935    Boundary (Rotary International’s First International Club),QC
1936    Waterbury, VT
1937    Vergennes, VT
1949    Stowe, VT
1951    Lincoln-Woodstock, NH; Lyndonville, VT
1961    Drummondville, QC
1966    Essex, VT
1971    Charlotte-Shelburne, VT
1973    Central Vermont,VT
1976    Valley, VT (Warren-Waitsfield)
1985    South Burlington, VT
1990    Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg (CSH), VT
1995    Williston, VT; White Mountain-Berlin/Gorham, NH
2002    Burlington Sunrise, Burlington, VT
2007    Greater Sherbrooke, QC
2008    Cambridge, VT         
2012    Drummondville-Malouin, QC
2013    Ossipee, NH 
2015     Randolph Sunrise, VT
The territory that comprises District 7850 is: 
  1. Canada--In Quebec, all territory south of the St. Lawrence River between longitudes 72 degrees and 73 degrees as well as all territory south of latitude 46 degrees between longitudes 71 degrees and 72 degrees.
  2. U.S.--In New Hampshire, that portion of the state west of longitude 71 degrees and north of the southern boundaries of the counties of Carroll and Grafton; in Vermont, all that portion of the state north of the southern boundaries of the counties of Orange and Addison.
1966 North Conway, NH    
1967 Fairlee, VT                                        
1968 Montpelier, VT                                  
1969 Drummondville, QC                           
1970 Gorham, NH                                      
1971 Middlebury, VT                                 
1972 Whitefield, NH                                  
1973 North Conway, NH                            
1974 Fairlee, VT                                        
1975 Hanover, NH                                     
1976 Warren, VT                                       
1977 Lenoxville, QC                                  
1978 Jay, VT                                              
1979 Mittersill, NH                                     
1980 Burlington, VT                                  
1981 Fairlee, VT                                        
1982 Jeffersonville, VT                              
1983 Drummondville, QC                           
1984 Fairlee, VT                                        
1985 Fairlee, VT
1986 North Conway, NH
1987 Fairlee, VT
1988 Stowe, VT
1989 Bromont, QC
1990 Dixville Notch, NH
1991 Fairlee, VT                                                       
1992 North Conway, NH                            
1993 Jay Peak, VT
1994 Bretton Woods, NH
1995 Stowe, VT
1996 Bretton Woods, NH
1997 Waterville, NH
1998 Fairlee, VT
1999 Bretton Woods, NH
2000 Fairlee, VT
2001 Sherbrooke, QC
2002 Colchester, VT
2003 Montpelier, VT (May)
2003 Burlington, VT(Sept.)
2004 Fairlee, VT (Sept)
2005 Sherbrooke, QC(Sept)
2007 Drummondville, QC
2008 North Conway, NH
2009 Vergennes, VT
2010, Burlington, VT
2011 Stowe VT
2012 Lincoln, NH
2013 Burmuda Cruise
2014 Burlington, VT
2015 Stowe, VT
2016 Jaypeak, VT
2017 Lincoln, NH
2018 Mt. Washington, NH  
2019 Sherbrooke, QC           
2020 Jay Peak, VT — Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This, Rotary's First Avenue of Service, involves actions a Rotarian must take within the club to help it function successfully.
Rotary's Second Avenue of Service. Its purpose includes promoting high ethical standards in businesses and professions, recognizing the worthiness of all useful occupations, and fostering the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations.  The role of the club includes developing projects that help members contribute their talents to meeting society's needs.  The role of Rotarians includes conducting themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary principles and                                             responding to projects their clubs develop.
COMM-ENRotary's Third Avenue of Service is comprised of varied efforts that Rotarians make, sometimes in conjunction with others (e.g. a Rotaract or Interact club or a Rotary Village Corps), to improve the quality of life for those who live within their club's territory or community.
INTL-ENRotary's Fourth Avenue of Service comprises all the things that a Rotarian can do to advance "international understanding, goodwill, and peace" by getting acquainted with people of other countries, their cultures, customs, accomplishments, aspirations, problems – through personal contacts, travel, and attendance at conventions, through reading and correspondence, and through cooperation in all club activities and projects – including those of The Rotary Foundation – that will help people in other lands.
The Council on Legislation added Youth Service as Avenue of Service on 28 
April 2010.
The Avenue of Youth Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is the achievement of world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.  The lifeblood of The Rotary Foundation has always been the enthusiastic volunteer support of Rotarians giving generously of their time and financial resources.  It is this support that has made possible the Foundation's varied educational and humanitarian programs.  These programs give Rotarians a sense of great satisfaction and fulfillment and reinforce the powerful network that links Rotarians in International Service.
The growth of The Rotary Foundation's educational and humanitarian programs is a reflection of increasing awareness of human needs worldwide.  The Foundation helps to provide resources and volunteers to relieve those needs.
Charlotte-Shelburne…. ……………………………..Carrie Nedzipovik, Bradford, England
South Burlington…………………………………… Chelsea Keyser, Bradford, England
Hanover………………………………………………Rachel Brooks, Bradford, England

The Rotary Club of BARRE, VT – Admitted to R.I. 15 July 1924

The Rotary Club of BOUNDARY (The Rock Island), QC - Admitted to R.I. 4 June 1935

The Rotary Club of BRISTOL, NH   - Admitted to R.I. 2 June 1928

The Rotary Club of BRISTOL, VT – Admitted to R.I. 15 March 1951 Terminated – Board Action

The Rotary Club of BURLINGTON, VT - Admitted to R.I. 22 January 1923

The Rotary Club of BURLINGTON-SUNRISE, VT - Admitted to R.I. May 22, 2002

The Rotary Club of CAMBRIDGE, VT – Admitted to R.I. 21 July, 2008

The Rotary Club of CENTRAL (Berlin-East Montpelier), VT – Admitted to R.I. 23 January 1973

The Rotary Club of CHARLOTTE-SHELBURNE, VT – Admitted to R.I. 21 April 1971

The Rotary Club of DRUMMONDVILLE, QC – Admitted to R.I. 27 February 1961

The Rotary Club of ESSEX, VT – Admitted to R.I. 13 April 1966       

The Rotary Club of GRAND ISLE, VT – Admitted to R.I. 26 June 1989 Terminated – Board Action

The Rotary Club of HANOVER, NH – Admitted to R..I. 23 April 1925

The Rotary Club of LANCASTER, NH  – Admitted to R.I. 18 October 1924

The Rotary Club of LEBANON, NH – Admitted to R.I. 11 May 1923                      

The Rotary Club of LEBANON-RIVERSIDE, NH – Admitted to R.I. 6 April 1990 – Merged with Lebanon 30 June 2018       

The Rotary Club of LINCOLN-WOODSTOCK, NH – Admitted to R.I. 17 May 1951            

The Rotary Club of LITTLETON, NH – Admitted to R.I. 17 June 1926

The Rotary Club of LYNDONVILLE, VT – A dmitted to R.I. 27 February 1951

The Rotary Club of MIDDLEBURY, VT – A dmitted to R.I. 19 March 1927

The Rotary Club of MONTPELIER, VT – A dmitted to R.I. 9 June 1923

The Rotary Club of MORRISVILLE, VT – Admitted to R.I. 29 September 1927

The Rotary Club of NEWPORT, VT – Admitted to R.I. 5 August 1924

The Rotary Club of NORTH  CONWAY, NH – Admitted to R.I. 17 October 1927

The Rotary Club of NORTHFIELD, VT – Admitted to R.I. 5 May 1927

The Rotary Club of OSSIPEE, NH – Admitted to R.I. 7 August 1924 Terminated – Board Action then readmitted as OSSIPEE VALLEY on February 8, 2013

The Rotary Club of PLYMOUTH, NH – Admitted to R.I. 3 August 1927

The Rotary Club of RANDOLPH, VT – Admitted to R.I. 7 August 1924

The Rotary Club of RANDOLPH SUNRISE, VT Admitted to R.I.  May 20, 2015

The Rotary Club of ST. ALBANS, VT – Admitted to R.I. 22 September 1924

The Rotary Club of ST-HYACINTHE du CENTENAIRE - Admitted to R.I.10 February 2006 Moved to District 7790 in 2015

The Rotary Club of ST. JOHNSBURY, VT – Admitted to R.I. 19 December 1923         

The Rotary Club of SHERBROOKE, QC – Admitted to R.I. 17June 1919

The Rotary Club of SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Admitted to R.I. 28 October 1985

The Rotary Club of COLCHESTER-MILTON, VT – Admitted to R.I. 29 November 1990

The Rotary Club of WHITE MONTAIN, BERLIN/GORHAN, NH Admitted to R.I. 29 June 1995

The Rotary Club of WILLISTON-RICHMOND, VT Admitted to R.I. 13 November, 1995

The Rotary Club of STOWE, VT – Admitted to R.I. 1 August 1949

The Rotary Club of RIVER VALLEY (Bradford), VT – Admitted to R.I. 1 March 1994 Terminated-Board Action

The Rotary Club of VERGENNES, VT – Admitted to R.I. 16 June 1937

The Rotary Club of WAITSFIELD/WARREN, VT (THE VALLEY) – Admitted to R.I. 7 May 1976

The Rotary Club of WATERBURY, VT – Admitted to R.I. 7 December 1936

The Rotary Club of WHITE MOUNTAIN, BERLIN/GORHAM, NH – Admitted to R.I. 29 June 1995

The Rotary Club of WILLISTON-RICHMOND, VT – Admitted to R.I. 13 November 1995

The Rotary Club of WOLFEBORO, NH – Admitted to R.I. 21 December 1927

The Rotary Club of WOODSVILLE, NH/WELLS RIVER, VT – Admitted to R.I. 24 December 1925

1956-58      Douglas A. Stevenson, Sherbrooke, QC*
1984-86      Alonzo Malouin, Drummondville, QC

Old District 37

1925-26           Eaton D. Sargent, Nashua, NH*
1926-27           James F. Dewey, Quechee, VT*
1927-28           Rev. Anthony R. Parshley, Providence RI*
1928-29           Raymond E. Farwell, Wells River, VT*
1929-30           Edgar H. Hunter, Hanover, NH*
1930-31           Edwin Cl Rockwell, Brandon, VT*
1931-32           Dr. L. Lynn Cutler, Berlin, NH*
1932-33           J. Harold Stacey, Windsor, VT*
1933-34           James B. Kemper, Manchester, NH*
1934-35           Maurice L. Kelly, Montpelier, VT*
1935-36            George D. Cummings, Peterborough, NH*
1936-37           Edward H. Mason, Randolph, VT*
1937-38           Guy L. Shorey, Gorham, NH*
1938-39           Rev. Leroy Rice, Barre, VT*

Old District 195

1939-40           George F. Ewing, Sherbrooke, QC*
1940-41           Curtis H. Page, Gilmanton, QC*
1941-42           Robert W.H. Davis, Newport, VT*
1942-43           David Lee Batchelder, Atlantic City, NJ*
1943-44           Guy M. Catlin, Randolph, VT*
1944-45           John H. Foster, Concord, NH*
1945-46           F. Ray Adams, Springfield, VT*
1946-47           W. Earle Goss, Franklin, NH*
1947-48           Olin D. Gay, Cavendish, VT*
1948-49           Harold K. Davidson, Woodsville, NH*

Old District 286

1949-50           James P. Sprague, Barre, VT*
1950-51           Edwin S. Cederholm, Manchester, NH*
1951-52           Frederick O. David, Windsor, VT*
1952-53           Guy L. Foster, Manchester, NH*
1953-54           George V. Kidder, Burlington, VT*
1954-55           S. O. Walter, Concord, NH*

Old District 287

1955-56           F. Manning Moody, Hanover, NH*
1956-57           Richard H. Cowles, Burlington, VT*

Old District 785

1957-58           G. Earl Heath, St. Albans, VT*
1958-59           C. Maurice Gray, Bristol, VT*
1959-60           Frank L. LoSasso, Barre, VT*
1960-61           Robert L. Lower, Ossipee, NH*
1961-62           C. Andrew Herschel, Montpelier, VT*
1962-63           Curtis R. MacLean, Derby Line, VT*
1963-64           Russell G. Sholes, Middlebury, VT*
1964-65           James P. Osburn, Whitefield, NH*
1965-66           Hal C. Miller, Jr. Barre, VT*
1966-67           Frank E. Denny, Bristol, VT*
1967-68            Alexander M. Huntsman, Montpelier, VT*
1968-69           Langdon S. Cummings, Barre, VT*
1969-70           Gaston C. Hardy, Charlemangne, QC*
1970-71           Levi P. Smith, Burlington, VT*
1971-72           Richard Smith, North Conway, NH*
1972-73           Alonzo Malouin, Drummondville, QC*
1974-75           Carl T. Witherell, West Lebanon, NH*
1975-76           George D. Milne, Barre, VT
1976-77           Noah E. Dorius,  Sherbrooke, QC*
1977-78           Robert H. Mason, Randolph, VT*
1978-79           Richard L. Perry, Venice, FL*
1979-80           Gordon B. Loomis, MD, North Harley,QC*
1980-81           Jules Chatot, Barre, VT*
1981-82           Reginald Cram, Burlington, VT*
1982-83           Arthur Bertrand, Drummondville, QC*
1983-84           William J. Carpenter, Montpelier, VT*
1984-85            Stanley J. Amadon, Waterbury Center, VT
1985-86           H.E. "Eric" Erickson, Wolfeboro, NH*
1986-87           H. Wendell Fitts, Barre, VT*
1987-88           Frederick N. Cook, Montpelier, VT*
1988-89            Malcolm W. MacDonald, Stanstead, QC*
1989-90           Herbert G Vinnicombe, Wolfeboro, NH
1990-91           Harley R. Jordan, Northfield, VT*

District 7850

1991-92           Robert F. Porter, North Conway, NH
1992-93           Clifton W. Newton, Newport, VT*
1993-94           Ron Cowan, Lebanon, NH
1994-95           Edward A. Peterson, Montpelier, VT
1995-96           Arnold J. Blethen, North Conway, NH*
1996-97           Bruce "Andy" Milligan, Wolfeboro, NH
1997-98           Daniel H. DiLena, Northfield, VT
1998-99           Richard Bielefield, Littleton, NH
1999-00           Rev. Frank Massa, Newport, VT*
2000-01           Rev. Frank Massa, Newport, VT*
2001-02           H. Clinton Reichard, Colchester- Milton, VT
2002-03           George Rice, Montpelier, VT
2003-04           Ron Tatro, Charlotte-Shelburne, VT
2004-05           Ronald J. Bedell, Lebanon-Riverside, NH
2005-06           Lyse Emond, Sherbrooke, QC
2006-07           Rene LaPorte, Drummondville, QC
2007-08           John Morgan, Wolfeboro, NH*
2008-09           Roth “T” Tall, Middlebury, VT
2009-10           Guy Babb, Burlington Sunrise, VT
2010-11           Bill Thompson, Colchester-Milton, VT
2011-12           Marilyn Bedell, Lebanon Riverside, NH
2012-13           George “Sonny” Holt, Randolph, VT
2013-14           Steve Dates, Charlotte-Shelburne, VT
2014-15           Bruce Pacht, Lebanon, NH
2015-16           Louisa Tripp, Northfield, VT
2016-17           Jay Polimeno, Woodstock, NH
2017-18           Eric Denu, Middlebury, VT
2018-19           Larry Vars, Lancaster, NH
2019-20           Richard Fox, Charlotte-Shelburne, VT
2020-21           Jamie Milne, DG St. Johnsbury, VT
2021-22           Michael Carrier, DGE Plymouth, NH
2022-23           Carolyn Earle,  DGN Montpelier, VT
*- Deceased
General Information
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A team of Foundation specialists are here to help you. Specialists answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
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* Originally published in 1985 & modified by Harley Jordan, Bob Simoneau (2000) Marilyn Bedell (2012) Louisa Tripp (2014) and Ron Bedell (2019)