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

Scandal underlines OVWG calls for end of gambling monopoly

first_imgShare Interwetten named main sponsor for Greek Super League August 4, 2020 Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Submit Share The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) is pushing for more transparency in the country’s gambling laws after a series of police raids investigating corruption between politicians and the country’s monopoly operator.OVWG, which counts among its members bet-at-home, Interwetten, Mr Green and Kindred Group, believes that the controversy around the appointment of former Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) politician Peter Sidlo as CFO of Casinos Austria in May underlines the need for a transparent licensing system. The investigation surrounds the accusations that Sidlo’s appointment was linked to changes in the law around online gambling and slot machines in Vienna. Last week, the prosecutors carried out further raids as part of their investigation following on from their initial searches back in August. The OVWG is understandably not happy with the revelations. It has released a statement calling for change: “The developments of the past few days have shown one thing: Austria urgently needs to rethink its gambling monopoly. “On the one hand, this concerns the multiple function of the Federal Minister of Finance as supervisory authority, licensing authority and co-owner of the monopolist. On the other hand, there is the unjustifiable fact that there is only one national online gaming licence and that there are considerable concerns about its conformity with EU law.”OVWG believes that a modern gambling regulation in line with market conditions must serve to create a transparent and safe gaming environment. It highlights player protection for customers, legal security for companies and comprehensive control as well as guaranteed tax revenues for the state.The association points at jurisdictions such as Denmark to demonstrate that these objectives can be achieved by introducing a licensing system in which licences are not limited in quantity but linked to high standards of player protection. It added: “There are already a large number of responsible online operators in Austria who pay around 100 million euros in taxes each year, create around 1000 jobs and invest around 50 million euros each year in Austrian sport. And all this in compliance with the highest player protection standards.”OVWG is pushing back against the argument only the monopoly can provide protection and control, saying that view can no longer be defended. “The online sector in particular offers a multitude of technical possibilities that ensure comprehensive state control,” it explained. “For example, a safe server system allows the state to access the provider’s data. “A comprehensive control and the introduction of a blocking database across all providers and game forms ensures that a blocked player cannot play with any other provider. It is also noteworthy that in Denmark the monopolist has not even lost market share through the abolition of the monopoly and the introduction of the licensing model.“Model countries such as Denmark show that such licensing systems lead to a significant improvement in player protection. Digitalisation in particular opens up completely new possibilities in the area of player protection, and Austria should take a proactive approach to this with modern legislation and licensing.”Claus Retschitzegger, President of OVWG, added: “We have scientific studies from the University of Munich and the University of Vienna which clearly come to the conclusion that the current monopoly is contrary to EU law. “If Austria is really serious about player protection, it is high time to introduce a transparent, fair and EU-compliant licensing system and an independent supervisory authority. These licences must be put out to tender in a public and transparent procedure and may not be tailored to a particular company.”Casinos Austria denies any wrongdoing and is also conducting its own internal investigations into the allegations but it is the one being held by the Office of the Public Prosecutor for Economic Affairs and Corruption (WKStA) which OVWG will be hoping highlights the need for a change in the licence system. StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020last_img read more