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EVENTS

2017 ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, September 24
Capitol Plaza
100 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


Registration
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Silent Auction Bidding
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Buffet Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Guest Performer
Linda Radtke
251 In Song

62nd ANNUAL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

RESERVATIONS

  • Advance registration is required. Accepting reservations as of May 1.
  • Friday, September 15, 2017 is the reservation deadline. Cancellation requests will be refunded in full through this date.
  • Member guests are welcome to attend.
  • Reservations are limited to the first 251 members and guests to register.
  • Parking is free in the large lot behind the hotel.
  • Please send a check for $30.00/person to the 251 Club, 100 Gilead Brook Road, Randolph, VT 05060 and include all the name(s) in the reserved party, with their town/state for nametags.
  • Reservations will be held at the registration desk on the day of the event, beginning at noon. Please check in when you arrive.

HOT LUNCH BUFFET

  • Warm Homemade Rolls with Cabot Butter
  • Tossed Garden Salad
  • Two Entrees are included in the Buffet. You do not need to make a choice:
    1. Pan-Seared Chicken with a Creamy Dijon Leek Sauce
        AND
    2. Baked Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce
  • Oven Roasted New Potatoes
  • Chocolate Layer Cake
  • Coffee & Tea

The $30.00 per person cost includes gratuity, tax, and service charge.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

SILENT AUCTION

Auction items will be posted for preview on this site in advance of the meeting.

If you would like to make a contribution to the club's annual fund-raiser, please contact board member Drew Nelson at 603-252-9514, or at handrewn@comcast.net.

Made in Vermont Marketplace
April 1-2, 2017
Champlain Valley Fairgrounds
Governor Phil Scott
Governor Phil Scott, pictured here with board members Jack Carter and Brenda Greika, stopped by the 251 Club exhibit at the 2017 Made in Vermont Marketplace.
2016 ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, October 2
Montpelier, VT
The 61st Annual Meeting of the 251 Club of Vermont was held on Sunday, October 2, at the Capitol Plaza, 100 State St, Montpelier.

VT251 Club 2016 Annual Meeting

Thank you to the generous contributors.

2016 Silent Auction Items & Contributors

Vermont History Expo
June 18 & 19, 2016
Tunbridge Fair Grounds
Tunbridge, Vermont
VT251 Board Members
251 Club board members, George Hooker of Rutland, VT and Jack Carter of Waterbury, VT with Executive Director Sandy Levesque at the club's expo exhibit which featured the unusual quest of members David and Lyn Perrin. The Charlotte, Vermont couple paddled their Old Town Penobscot 16-foot canoe through Vermont's 251 towns on 116 lakes and ponds, 700 miles of rivers, a few brooks, bogs, beaver ponds, and the length of Lake Champlain. They completed their 251 quest in 120 days over a period of four years.
2015 ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, October 4
Montpelier, VT
The 60th Annual Meeting of the 251 Club of Vermont was held on Sunday, October 4, at the Capitol Plaza on 100 State St. in Montpelier.
VT251 Annual Meeting 2015 VT251 Annual Meeting 2015

Thank you to the generous contributors.

2015 Silent Auction Items and Contributors

VT251 Club 2015 Annual Meeting
2014 ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, October 5
Montpelier, VT
The 59th Annual Meeting of the 251 Club of Vermont was held on Sunday, October 5, at the Capitol Plaza on 100 State St. in Montpelier. (Images enlarge)
The Quesnel Clan
BIG DOGS 251 CLUB REUNION: In 2001 David Quesnel of Manchester formed an exclusive club with his grandsons, 7 year-old Zachary and 4 year-old Eric, to interest them in visiting all of Vermont's 251 towns and cities. Three years later they completed their quest on the steps of the State House at their last stop in Montpelier. From left: Megan Barrett (Zach's girlfriend), Paula Quesnel, Eric Shambo, David Quesnel, and Zach Shambo.
The Carpenter Family
ALL IN THE FAMILYThe Carpenters of Fairfax, Vermont. Greg and his 13 year-old son Ian joined the 251 Club in March 2014 and completed their quest just six months later in August with their last visit to the unorganized town of Somerset! They arrived at the annual meeting proudly sporting their self-designed 251 Completed the Quest T-Shirts.
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas
GOVERNOR JIM DOUGLAS, guest speaker at the 2014 Annual Meeting, signs a copy of his newly-released The Vermont Way Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. From left, Claire and Drew Nelson of Grantham, NH, and Dorothy Douglas, who with her husband has been a member of the 251 Club since 1982.
Mary Murphy Blake
MARY MURPHY BLAKE, 251 Club Board Member, warmly greeted club members and guests at the merchandise table.
Vermont 251 Club members who completed their quest
GOOD TIMING for these members who completed their 251 quests in the club's 60th Anniversary Year.
Jon Gailmor Performs
JON GAILMOR, singer song-writer, and 251 Club member, gave a lyrical tip of the hat to the club's 60th anniversary year with Long Ago Lady, an original composition with a memorable chorus that begins with "For the love of Vermont."
Vt251 Club Silent Auction
SILENT AUCTION BIDDERS helped to raise over $2,300.00 in the club's singular fund-raising event of the year. Thank you to the 251 Club Board of Directors who solicited items and to the club members who offered to make personal contributions to the bidding tables.
The Belaski Family
YOU ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR 251! Young quester, two-year old Sophia Katherine Belaski of Milton, accompanied her parents James and Maureen to the annual meeting, as she does on most of their 251 road trips.

Vermont History Expo
June 21-22, 2014
Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds
Tunbridge, Vermont
Vermont History Expo 2014
251 Club member Warren Fageley of Shoreham, VT, stopped by the club's exhibit at the 2014 Vermont History Expo to purchase a ball cap from 251 Club Board President Jack Carter. Other board and club members, including Ted Schultheis, Drew and Claire Nelson, Carla and Dave Hodgdon, and Sandy Levesque, were on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions about the club and to recruit new members.


2013 ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, September 22nd
Montpelier, VT
events2013

quoteWe made it to the Annual Luncheon this fall in Montpelier for the first time since we completed our 251 quest 7-8 years ago. The last time we went to a luncheon (at the Equinox in Manchester), we had come directly from Glastonbury, the last town on our Quest, so we were greeted as conquering heroes when we walked in (once we had been quizzed on how we found Glastonbury and Lewis!).

This year's event was special for us since we had finally moved to Vermont after 20 years of visits, six years of looking at houses and ten years of 251 ramblings. We are now happily ensconced in Mt. Holly (affectionately known as "the Snowbelt" in these parts), and hope to make more of the annual gatherings.

We are considering starting the whole quest over again, but may need to find a side challenge (wineries, breweries, opera houses). While we are mulling this over, we came across what we believe is the earliest written account of the 251 Club, a book called "This is Vermont," written in 1936 by Walter and Margaret Hard. In humorous and worshipful fashion, they describe their attempt to visit all of Vermont in the fall of that year and capture the essence of the state. It is filled with tidbits of wisdom and descriptions of both things long gone and many that are amazingly the same. A great companion book for all those on the Quest.

Thanks for welcoming us to the Green Mountains.

Stu Berry and Jennifer Burrows
Mt. Holly, Vermont


2012 ANNUAL MEETING Sunday, September 30th
Montpelier, VT


Fellow members raise their glasses to long-time 251 Club enthusiast John Goodrich (seated in center) of Littleton, NH at the September 30, 2012 Annual Luncheon Meeting. Photo credit: Orah Moore.

John and his father Maurice Goodrich of Greensboro, VT completed their 251 quests in June 1954, shortly before the 251 Club was chartered. The two were among the first to send in their applications for membership and PLUS status.

John recalls that his father began to whittle away at a personal goal of visiting all of Vermont's towns and cities in the 1930s, often with family in tow.

"When I got my driver's license in 1940, during my third year in high school, I couldn't wait to get out and explore Vermont on my own," recalls John, 251 Club Ambassador Extraordinaire.

Vermont History Expo
June 16-17, 2012
Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds
Tunbridge, Vermont

251 Club board members rallied to represent the club during History Expo weekend. Carla Hodgdon created the exhibit materials. Brenda Greika (photographed below) coordinated logistics and staffed the exhibit with the support of fellow board members: Jack Carter, John Dumville, Drew Nelson and Sandy Levesque.