Roth Tall honored as Green Up Vermont Citizen of the Year

first_imgRoth “T” Tall Named Governor Deane C. Davis Green Up Citizen of the Year 2008Montpelier: Green Up Vermont named Roth “T” Tall as the Governor Deane C. Davis Green Up Citizen of the year, 2008, with tribute presented at Green Up’s recent Annual Awards Banquet.”T” Tall epitomizes civic mindedness. Without fail, people describe him as: “very public service oriented; very civil minded; willing to serve and help others; amazingly active in his town as well as in the greater picture with Rotary International; no one more civic minded.” It is said that “T” just doesnt say “no;” that he is the guy you go to when everyone else says “no” — he will at least listen and will at least get something going, if not take it on himself. He is said to be first in line to volunteer, whether to pick up Christmas trees or serve on a town board or project.Now living in Cornwall, Vermont, “T” first came to Vermont to go to Middlebury College and in his words, “never looked back.” It was foremost the people here. He majored in geography and was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship by the department. From 1966 to 1968, he served in the U.S. Army Artillery as Captain and Battery Commander in the Korean War.Then, to T’s good fortune, Middlebury College asked him to come back to the campus. For the next eight years he served as Director of Student Activities and then Assistant Director of Development and Director of Annual Funds. He left to become Director of Development and Alumni Relations for an Ohio institution and then a Campaign Director for two national fund raising consulting firms. Having kept his Vermont house, he found his love for Vermont kept bringing him back, so in 1987 he founded his own consulting firm in Vermont, Ulvik Enterprises, for charitable institutions. He also ran his own apple orchard for five years. In 1999 he retired, though he continues to share his knowledge and skills as needs arise.In 2005, “T” and his wife received the Middlebury College Bicentennial Citizen’s Award for Community Service. Some call “T” “Blue Blooded,” which he is . . . that is, Middlebury Blue!”T”‘s past community service with numerous volunteer organizations includes involvement with: Addison County Home Health and Hospice; Addison County United Way; the American Red Cross local chapter; Cornwall Historical Society; National Society of Fund Raising Executives; Rotary Internationals Group Study Exchange with Korea; and Rotary Club of Middlebury. In every case, “T” was always more than a member. He consistently served as Chair or President of boards and committees and worked in financial development and management. Near and dear to our Green Up effort, “T” was a charter volunteer for the first Green Up Day in 1970 and served as a county chair and then President of the Board of Directors.”T” has also served on the Cornwall Select Board, including chairing it, and on the Planning Commission, also having chaired it. He was instrumental in founding the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association and has served as a board member. Although he describes himself as a retired EMT, he remains actively involved when needed. “T” is Secretary of the Middlebury College Class of 1965 and served as 25th Reunion Co-Chair and Class Agent. He is a Vermont Symphony Orchestra volunteer and in conjunction with his hobby of collecting antique toy trains he annually sets up a layout for the Henry Sheldon Museums Christmas festivity.Especially important to “T” these days, is his work with Rotary International. He is District Governor-elect for 2008 2009, commencing in July. He fervently supports the new international theme to “Make Dreams Real,” which focuses on reducing the enormous numbers of infant mortalities world-wide. This effort has roused massive support from many fronts including a one-hundred million dollar contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Green Up Vermont thanks “T” for his tireless and continuing efforts to make his community, Vermont and the world a better place for humankind.last_img read more

Saint turned winner – the future’s bright for Woad

first_img Tags: Surrey, Women and girls’ golf 28 Oct 2019 Saint turned winner – the future’s bright for Woad She could have been a footballing Saint.However, Surrey’s Lottie Woad has found her sporting heaven on the golf course.England Girls’ squad member Woad is one of the country’s brightest young talents and spent last week at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa with her international team-mates preparing for the 2020 season.Had she followed a different path then kicking a ball rather than striking one with a club could have been her sporting pathway.Woad is a talented all-rounder – excelling not only at golf, but football and cricket.At one point she could have chosen to pursue a route into football as a member of Southampton’s academy.But by then Woad had picked up the golfing bug and she’s never looked back.Woad has enjoyed an impressive debut year in the England set-up. She gained experience in team events at the European Young Masters in the Czech Republic and represented England in challenge matches against Switzerland and Ireland.Football’s loss is most definitely England Golf’s gain.“I started playing county stuff when I was nine or 10 and, gradually, I started to focus a lot more on golf ahead of my other sports,” admitted the 15-year-old during a break in sessions at the England camp.“Over time I got my handicap down and started playing for teams and I’ve met loads of new people and have just kept improving.“I used to play lots of other sports, but I have to prioritise golf now.“Now I maybe play a couple of football matches a year – just the cup ones – and the team understands that.“Luckily, I have good hand eye co-ordination for most sports.“I was good at football and cricket and I still play them to a high standard even if I don’t practise them. I’m naturally quite decent at them.“I could have gone down a football route. I played for the Southampton academy when I was 12 but I also played golf and then I decided to go down the golf path more and more.“I preferred golf and carried on.“My dad encouraged me and now my younger sister plays. My dad played a lot but he doesn’t do it so much now as he’s busy taking me everywhere!“I play at Farnham Golf Club and have always been a member there- it’s really nice.”As well as playing in junior events, Woad represented Surrey at the 2019 Women’s County Finals staged at Delamere Forest GC.But it’s on a national stage that the Surrey youngster is keen to impress.She added: “2019 was the first year I played for England. I went to the European Young Masters which was great as it allowed to me play competitive golf abroad for the first time.“I also played against Switzerland and we won and then I played against Ireland and that was a really good course at Hunstanton – just a pity we got drenched!“I also played in lots of ladies’ events on really nice courses such as Sunningdale and the Berkshire.“It was good experience and step up for me.“Finishing sixth at the European Young Masters was the highlight. I shot two good rounds of three under and one under.“It was a new experience for me being away from my parents and playing in a team format.“I’d never been to the Czech Republic and I enjoyed that too.”Now the focus is on 2020. Sessions on the range with England coach Mark Day, on-course tips from head of performance Nigel Edwards and classroom sessions on the mental side of the game are all part of the England Golf experience for the girls’ squad.Woad has a big year ahead of her with GCSEs on the horizon, but she is also excited about what her future holds in golf.“My school has been good giving me time off too for my golf, but with GCSE’s I might not have as much time off this year,” added Woad.“I didn’t play in the British Girls’ championship  last year because I couldn’t make it and that’s a big one for me in 2020.“I want to play Home Internationals and get selected for other teams and help England get good results.“I follow both Men’s and Ladies’ tours – I like Georgia Hall  and Charley Hull for how they played at the Solheim Cup. They are both inspiring.“Justin Rose is another I follow. He’s always been my favourite golfer because of how he swings the club and I like how he talks off the course. He’s really good.“The ultimate aim is to be a professional – I’ll work hard and see what happens.”Surrey has produced some excellent women golfers over the years – none moreso than Dame Laura Davies.“I met Laura when I was much younger,” added Woad.“They picked younger people to have a lesson with her when I was aged eight.“I remember it quite well and she gave me lots of tips. I don’t think my swing was very good back then!”Now playing off plus one, it has clearly improved. And there are plenty of exciting times ahead for one of England’s rising stars.Photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

Hong Kong’s 22BR team wins Thai Polo Open

first_imgAgustín García Grossi, Pedro Fernandez Llorente, Claude Haberer and William Zhao of the 22BR Polo Team from Hong Kong held off a spirited challenge by home favourites Thai Polo Club to win the B.Grimm-BMW Thai Polo Open at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya on Saturday, Jan. 23.The annual contest featuring six teams and many star players from around the world took place over several days, with the finalists being determined after a series of round-robin matches.Thai Polo and 22BR clash in the final match at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya. (Photo/Harpic Bryant)The locally based Thai Polo team, featuring Caroline & Harald Link, Pablo Dorignac and Pablo Jauretche had beaten 22BR 5-1 in a match earlier in the tournament but in the final they got off to a slow start and quickly found themselves playing catch-up.  A valiant fight back saw them put up a serious challenge for the trophy but eventually they were just edged out by a score of 7-6 in a thrilling match. In the play-offs for the minor places, held earlier in the day, La Sarita defeated The Next Level/Macau 8-4 for third place while Royal Pahang edged HLF Polo 5.5-4 in a close match to decide fifth and sixth places.The 22BR team featuring Agustín García Grossi, Pedro Fernandez Llorente, Claude Haberer and William Zhao celebrate on the podium after being crowned the 2016 B.Grimm-BMW Thai Polo Open champions, Saturday, Jan. 23.As is usual for the Thai Polo Open, the event drew a large crowd of sports fans, VIPs, socialites and media, all enjoying the wonderful spectacle laid on by the tournament sponsors and host venue.For socialites this is considered one of the main fashion events on the calendar and many of the ladies in attendance were sporting a wonderful array of headwear, with the emphasis this year appearing to focus on the colours black and white.  At half time in the final match all the spectators took to the field to perform the traditional divot stomping and take advantage of some impromptu photo opportunities.La Sarita defeated The Next Level/Macau for third place. (Photo/Harpic Bryant)The day also featured a fancy dresses parade with children on horses, a show-jumping contest and a kids’ mini-polo match as well as a host of sponsors tents and vendors selling polo related paraphernalia.Guests were asked to contribute 1,000 baht to the day which included lunch, high tea and a buffet dinner.  The proceeds from the event will be distributed to charities in the kingdom under Royal patronage.At the final awards ceremony the 22BR team members, standing under a large picture of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, were presented with the Thai Open trophy as fireworks lit up the night sky.last_img read more