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August Luncheon and Speaker

Our final event of 2022 was the August luncheon held at Ekwanok. With 78 attending we had a full house! Everyone who attended had made a reservation which means our new system is working.    

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Marian Bottome Putting Championship:

Martha Dale, President, welcomed everyone, and  opened the luncheon by presenting 

the Marian Bottome Putting Championship to Pat Barnett. Pat has won this  championship

many times. Congratulations Pat!  

Martha Dale then introduced those new members who had joined since July and also introduced our guests.


Welcome New Members:


Karol Digan

Laura McDermott

Mary Wight

Kathy Ross

Gisela Brett

Liz Ruffa

Leslie Brodie



Raffle Ticket Winners:

During lunch Margie Kaat, Raffle Chairman, and Martha Dale

pulled the raffle tickets and announced the winners:




Speaker Dr. Buzz Land:

Margie Kaat introduced our speaker, Dr. Buzz Land, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at UVM Larner College of Medicine who's been in practice for 40 years. Over the last two decades, he's seen a significant decline in the number of kids coming in with serious physical ailments.


During that same time period, however, he's seen a 20 percent increase in the number of children who require inpatient mental health services.


He spoke about forces driving the deterioration in children's mental health which are numerous, complex and intertwined with other social problems.


He no longer sees patients on a daily basis. Instead, he's made it his mission to ensure that the next generation of pediatricians, whether they're coming from UVM's Larner College of Medicine or other medical schools, get the mental health training they need.

And to top everything off - Dessert!

As always, the Ekwanok served a delicious dessert. Waffle with maples syrup, walnut, maple walnut ice cream and whipped cream.  Yum!

We again had many guests:

Sharon Davidson – Gay Blaicher

Diana Stugger --  Gisela Brett

Judith McThail – Barbara Brittingham

Abbie Daley – Margie Kaat

Katie Wainright – Tina Long (her daughter)

Mary Fitzgerald – Diane Maher

Susan Williams – Linda O’Connell

Marybeth O’Donnell – Barbara O’Donnell (her daughter in law)

Rebecca Tarwater – Katharine Senn

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