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'Chipping Away at Poverty' raises $11k

BRATTLEBORO >> Picture-perfect weather and 20 teams of cheerful golfers made for an enjoyable day of golf at Southeastern Vermont Community Action's 15th Annual "Chipping Away at Poverty" Benefit Golf Tournament at the Brattleboro Country Club on June 24. The four Tournament co-sponsors — Black River Produce, Mutual of America, IPG Employee Benefits Specialists, and Westview Terrace Apartments — along with 15 other major sponsors, other donors, and golfers — raised over $11,000 to support SEVCA's essential anti-poverty programs serving low-income individuals and families in Windham and Windsor counties.

Weatherization and Crisis Fuel Program vendors, local and regional businesses, local service providers, staff members, and other SEVCA friends and supporters sponsored and/or engaged in friendly competition to raise money for the agency, many returning from previous years. A Hole-In-One Contest sponsored by Brattleboro Ford-Subaru gave participants the chance to win a new Subaru Crosstrek and other valuable prizes. One player hit a shot that landed only a few feet from the cup on the car prize hole, but unfortunately, no one drove away in a new car this year. A $5,000 cash prize for the Putting Contest also went unclaimed, though Sheldon Scott from Whitney Blake won a smaller cash prize for getting closest to the cup. Players participated in a 50/50 raffle and a 'Vegas Hole' competition in addition to the team and individual golfing competitions.

Tournament winners included 1st Place Team — Mutual of America; 2nd Place — Raven Bay Associates; 3rd Place — Convenience Products; Women's Closest to the Pin: Tracy Sloan; Men's Closest to the Pin — Chris Kibbe; Women's Longest Drive — Tracy Sloan; Men's Longest Drive — Jake Obar.

In addition to the co-sponsors listed above, SEVCA wishes to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their sponsorships and other support: 'Double Eagle' Level Sponsor — Kinney-Pike Insurance and The Stove Depot, Inc.; Putting Contest Sponsor — IPG Employee Benefits Specialists; Golfer Bag and Gift Sponsors — Mutual of America and Black River Produce; Golf Ball Sponsor — Streeter, LLC; Hole-in-One Sponsor — Brattleboro Ford-Subaru; Breakfast and Luncheon Sponsor — Harriman's Heating; Hole Sponsors — Clark's Quality Foods, Cocoplum Appliances, Durand Toyota Ford, EFI, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts P.A., Northeast Delta Dental, Simon Operation Services, Sovernet Communications, Unifirst Corporation, Westview Terrace Apartments, The Windham Foundation, and WW Building Supply; Team Sponsors — Brattleboro Country Club, Canon Solutions America, Convenience Products, Farnum Insulators, Paul & Carol McDonnell, Raven Bay Associates, LLC, Sunset Tool, Inc., and Whitney Blake Company; General Supporters — Burtco, Inc., Claypoint Associates, Don's Heating LLC, Hits the Spot Yoga, Hugh Haggerty, Magee Office Products, PayData Workforce Solutions, and Westminster Auto Service; In-Kind Contributors — Bellows Falls Country Club, Brattleboro Country Club, Crown Point Country Club, Killington Resort, Putney Food Co-op, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A., Sunset Tool Inc., United Natural Foods, Walmart.

SEVCA extends a special thanks to Brattleboro Country Club and their staff for their assistance in hosting the tournament this year.

SIT introduces new director of alumni engagement

BRATTLEBORO >> Carla Lineback, World Learning/SIT's new Director of Alumni Engagement, has a remarkable connection to the organization.

"I grew up on this campus. My connection with the organization — it's part of my family. It's in my blood."

In 1954, Lineback's father, Alvino Fantini, participated in The Experiment in International Living's program to Mexico. He later led Experiment groups and became a full-time staff and faculty member. His wife, Beatriz, is an alumna of SIT Graduate Institute and just retired after 50 years with the organization. Following in Alvino's footsteps, Lineback and her brother, Mario, participated in The Experiment and led groups. Lineback also is an alumnus of SIT Graduate Institute.

Lineback has filled many roles at SIT over the last 14 years, and before that, did peace and education work elsewhere. At World Learning, she's worked with The Experiment in International Living, taught Spanish to SIT Graduate Institute students, and most recently served as associate dean for academic affairs for SIT. She grew up and now lives in Dummerston with her husband Eric and two-year-old daughter, Alina.

Beyond her on-campus work, Lineback's experiences and studies have taken her across the world; she holds a master's degree in peace and conflict resolution from International Christian University in Japan. As an undergraduate, she studied Italian language and literature. She is a Rotary World Peace Fellow, and co-founded NewGen Peacebuilders, which brings peace education to students ages 14 to 24. Carla is also president of the board of Groundworks Collaborative and a member of the Brattleboro Rotary Club.

"My interests have always aligned with World Learning and SIT," Lineback says. "I've had a longtime connection to teaching English, peace issues, and development/sustainability. Maybe this place shaped my interests, or my interests just match well."

Lineback hopes that her own experiences will offer an easy connection with alumni of World Learning/SIT. She's already got plans for fostering connections in the global alumni network, beginning with looking for volunteers to help with alumni gatherings domestic and abroad via regional alumni clubs. Other plans include newsletters, mentoring programs, and a particularly helpful online addition.

"Right now, people who are looking for other alumni have to email us. We're launching a new online platform so people can do their own directory searches."

She also invites alumni with ideas for ways the office can offer support to get in touch.

"We want to get them engaged. And we want to hear what they're doing, so we can help celebrate that. We want to share their stories."


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