Celebrating Bridging the Gap

Pictured: (F) Former Chairs Gov. Ray Keyser, Fred Bertrand, Bill Schubart, Staige Davis (B) Lisa Ventriss (President), Gov. Tom Salmon, Dick Chapman, Maxine Brandenburg (Founding President), Tim Volk, Steve Voigt (Current Chair), Bill Stritzler

With the summer membership meeting behind us and echoes of our 25th anniversary dinner gradually fading, I want to thank everyone for your participation in these events. Our turnout was high with two-thirds of members in attendance and anecdotal feedback has been very positive. If you’d like to give us formal feedback, please click here.

Former Governors Jim Douglas, Tom Salmon, Madeleine Kunin, Ray Keyser

For those of you who were unable to attend, we were privileged to have four of Vermont’s six living former governors in attendance; two former chairs of the Roundtable (Keyser and Salmon), and two newly minted Honorary Members (Douglas and Kunin).  Governor Dean was unable to attend, but he, too, was voted in as an Honorary Member. And we enjoyed the participation and perspectives from eight of the Roundtable’s 12 former chairs (Salmon, Chapman, Keyser, Bertrand, Schubart, Davis, Volk, and Stritzler). Everyone spoke about the relationship of the Roundtable to the policy landscape of Vermont and the influence we have been able to achieve during our 25 years, as well as the frustrations along the way. Their presentations generated many good questions and much discussion throughout the afternoon, not only about the past, but about the opportunities facing us in the future.

(L) Event Chair, Paul Millman | (R) Lisa Ventriss, President, with 2012 Vision Award Recipient, Mary Powell, and Chair, Steve Voigt

The evening’s dinner was a grand celebration kicked off by Event Chair Paul Millman, CEO, Chroma Technology, that included remarks by VIPs Congressman Peter Welch; Jeb Spaulding, reading a letter from Governor Shumlin; and remarks by Board Vice-chair Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power who received the Roundtable’s 2012 Vision Award. Combined with the other state VIPs from Leahy and Sanders’ offices, State Treasurer Beth Pearce, and House Speaker Shap Smith, it was quite a party! And somewhere in the midst of festivities, Chair Steve Voigt, CEO, King Arthur Flour surprised yours truly with a gift to acknowledge my 10-year anniversary as Roundtable president; it was an unexpected and totally delightful twist to the evening.

And because the day’s theme was Bridging the Gap, we engaged the team of Lancaster and Stillman from BridgeWorks to inform and entertain us on the ways in which the four different generations present in todays’ workforce collide, collaborate, and coexist. It was a great way in which to conclude the day’s events in an energized and meaningful way.

Indeed, there was something for everyone on June 14th…but it couldn’t have happened without the support from our sponsors and the talented efforts of our staff. Thank you, again, most sincerely to: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Comcast, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Green Mountain Power Corp., King Arthur Flour, National Life Group, People’s United Bank, Saint Michael’s College, Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Sugarbush Resort… and to your staff, Sherra Bourget and Laura Sharpe.

Happy summer, everyone!