Nonprofit news and notes: Mother of the Year now taking nominations


American Mothers, Inc. champions women by honoring, educating, and serving mothers at home, at work, and in the world. Each year, states are encouraged to nominate a mother who is exemplary in and revered for dedication to her family, her community, and her faith. Vermont has selected a Mother-of-the-Year since 1942. Individuals and organizations are invited to submit a nomination. Nominees will be interviewed by past Vermont Mothers-of- the-Year.

Information about American Mothers and the nomination process can be found at Or form more informaition, contact Betty Haggerty at or Carol Willey at

Sunrise Rotary will host Trivia Night to benefit the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sept. 12 from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. The Sunrise Rotary hosts a monthly trivia night at the Brattleboro American Legion the second Monday of every month. Teams of up to six players are invited to compete each month for a cash prize. The entry fee of $20 each (cash or check) includes a dinner entrée and donation to the charity as determined by the rotary club each month. This month's recipient is the Brattleboro Literary Festival. For more information or to register your team, visit

The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 at the American Legion Post 5. More than 40 members of the club work toward improving the community through business and civic partnerships that benefit area programs serving a variety of charitable causes. The public is always welcome.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit

Registration is now open for the Vermont Farm to School Conference taking place Nov. 2 and 3 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and Vermont FEED in partnership with the Vermont Farm to School Network will be orchestrating this exciting two-day event designed to "Grow the Movement" by gathering all members of the Vermont farm to school community to share knowledge, ideas, and inspiration. For more information and to register visit

The November conference will bring together Vermont's key stakeholders in the farm to school program — school administrators, teachers, farmers, food service distributors, government officials, policy makers, non-profit partners, and of course, students. Anyone interested in the farm to school movement is encouraged to attend in order to learn more, share innovative ideas, and be part of strengthening Vermont's growing farm to school movement. The conference agenda will include 26 workshops led by national, regional and local leaders in the farm to school movement, including two extended afternoon sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 2, focused on curriculum design and storytelling. National Director of the USDA Farm to School Program Deborah J. Kane will address the conference as keynote speaker on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Wednesday evening's dinner celebration will include a creative and delicious menu of local foods including dishes prepared using Vermont grown beans. Betti Wiggins, Executive Director, Detroit Public Schools Office of School Nutrition, a 25-plus year school nutrition veteran will present "How F2S Made Me a Triple A Threat" that evening.

The conference is one of 74 projects spanning 39 states receiving support this year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.

"Farm to school programs work — for schools, for producers, and for communities," said U.S. Department of Agriculture's Secretary Vilsack. "By serving nutritious and locally grown foods, engaging students in hands-on lessons, and involving parents and community members, these programs provide children with a holistic experience that sets them up for a lifetime of healthy eating. With results from our farm to school Census indicating schools across the nation invested $785 million in local products, farm to school also provides a significant and reliable market for local farmers and ranchers."

Studies have revealed a wealth of benefits from farm to school activities. Most notably, students are choosing healthier food options both at school and at home and have a new appreciation and understanding of our agriculture systems. Local farmers benefit from the increased demand for their product, thus enriching the local economy and reducing the carbon footprint of food transportation.

Registration rates will increase October 8. To register and receive early rates, visit:


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