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