35th Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2018-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Buhrendorf

Steve Morris was born in a Navy hospital at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Since his dad was an anti-submarine helicopter pilot, he and his family moved around quite a bit. Steve has been in Connecticut since the 4th grade however, and he graduated from Simsbury High School. Steve attended the University of Rhode Island where he played football and received a BA in Psychology and UConn Storrs where he received his Masters in Public Administration.

Getting to Know Steve Morris Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
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Christine Lamadrid holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. As an elementary school principal, her school was named a National School of Excellence and one of seven schools of curriculum excellence, highlighted in William Bennett’s final report as Secretary of Education. She had the privilege of meeting President Ronald Reagan and Secretary Bennett in Washington, DC. She currently volunteers at the FAVARH Thrift Shop.
Getting to know Christine Lamadrid Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Buhrendorf

Dr. Arnold Goldman is well-known in our community as a veterinarian. After several years working in general practices as well as emergency and critical care practice, he opened Canton Animal Hospital in 1995. Arnie earned his Master of Public Health degree in 2011 and is one of a very few veterinarians accredited as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

 

Getting to Know Arnie Goldman Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Buhrendorf
Raised in New Hartford, CT Michelle is the oldest of seven siblings, spaced over nine and a half years.  She received her BS in Elementary Education from DeSales University and studied Spanish at the University of Granada.  She recently earned her MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute.
 

Michelle teaches Spanish to fifth and sixth graders in Canton and is a roving instructor for the middle and high schools.  Concurrently, she participates in a Fulbright Fellowship program, “Teachers for Global Classrooms”. This program included a one month stay last May in a small village in Senegal, Africa where she taught English and Spanish.  The program includes a rigorous one year online curriculum which she will complete in September.

Getting to Know Michelle Traub Craig Buhrendorf 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Buhrendorf
Getting to Know is the first in a series of profiles of recently inducted new members.
 

Bruce Sayward grew up in Southington, CT doing woodworking with his father, who did it as a hobby.  He eventually became a carpenter and has had his own business, Sayward Companies, LLC for over thirty-three years.  Early in his professional life, Bruce spent eight years living in Colorado and Maine. During his time away from Connecticut, he served in the Air Force as a Munitions Maintenance Specialist and attended classes at Colorado State and the University of Maine.  He returned to Southington where he currently lives with his wife Bonnie.

Getting to Know Bruce Sayward Craig Buhrendorf 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
2018 President's Installation Dinner
Congratulations to our new Officers & Directors for 2018-2019
President Mike Mezheritskiy 
Immediate Past-President Don Bonner
President-Elect Heather Pantano
Secretary Alicia Canning
Treasurer Gary Hyde
Sargeant-at-Arms Sabrina Waqar
 
Members-at-Large Dale Bronson and Robin DiNicola
 
President's Installation Dinner Gary Miller 2018-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary of Avon-Canton Building to break ground in May, 2018!
The new Harry and Renee Haag Life Education Center (12,500 sq ft) and the Rotary of Avon-Canton Building (7,500 sq ft) have been approved by the Canton Planning & Zoning and Inlands/Wetlands Commissions. We hope to break ground on this exciting new project in May.
Favarh-Rotary Building Groundbreaking 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor David Mangs had the honor of inducting two new members on April 20, 2018. Standing with their sponsor, Brian O'Donnell, and President Don Bonner, Eleni DeGraw and Carrie Firestone received their Rotary pins and membership certificates to the rousing applause of our members.
Eleni DeGraw, DG David Mangs, Carrie Firestone, Brian O'Donnell, and President Don Bonner
 
District Governor Conducts New Member Induction Ceremony 2018-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Eight Students from the newly formed Canton Interact Club joined us this morning (Feb 9th) along with their club advisors, Superintendent Kevin Case and teacher Michelle Traub
 
 
Each of the students introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their role and hopes for the club: Alex Leaderman (Co-president), Chris-Ann Brown (Co-president), Zahra Kahn (Vice president), Shian Earlington (social media), Madelynn Dunahoo (PR), Tom Eayton (Treasurer), Anna Melendez (Secretary), and Evan Adams.
Canton Interact Club Visiit 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
 
Craig Buhrendorf presented a check for $4950 to Jolly Lux for Guidling Light Orphanage. The money covers the medical supplies and equipment. Jolly was very grateful for a program that started with no real plans at all and has grown to a wonderful outreach program in her home village in Uganda.
International Service Committee presents $4950 check 2018-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Tastes of the Valley 2018 2017-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2017
A check for $1000 was presented to Jill Brandon, Chair of the Canton Chamber's Gifts for Canton benefit by Rotary President Don Bonner and Gary Roman, Community Service Chair and Chamber President. The check was presented at the Canton Chamber Holiday Party at the Canton Historical Museum. Quite a few Rotary members were also present: (pictured left to right) Gary Roman, Jill Brandon, Ann Gagnon, Gary Miller, President Don Bonner, Sue Budde, Chuck Joseph, Colleen Grasso, Peter Vignati, Paul Nelson, Gary Hyde, and Larry Sullivan.
Check Presentation to Gifts for Canton 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary of Avon-Canton Giving 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Miller on Oct 24, 2017
Don't miss the live streamed celebration from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 
Rotary's involvement in eradicating polio started in 1989 when over 350,000 cases existed in the world. Barely 30 years later, only 10 cases exist--6 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan--in 2017. 99.9% of the cases have been eradicated. Over the next three years, Rotary has pledged to raise $50 million per year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to match these funds 2:1. We must all commit to reaching the goal of ending polio in the world. We are so close.
 

During the month of October, Rotarians in District 7890 have been asked to focus on the goal of a polio free world. To this end, World Polio Day on October 24th presents an opportunity to sponsor programs to highlight our efforts and seek a continuing commitment from our members, friends and business associates.

Special events are being planned around the world. A key event will the live streaming of the fifth annual World Polio Day event at 5:30 PM EST. The website: https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day has a host of materials and planning guides that can be used to plan events and learn what other Rotarians will be doing.

World Polio Day Gary Miller 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

 
Thank you to the 170 golfers who enjoyed a perfect day on a great golf course.  Our sponsors and advertisers paved the way for an extremely successful event.  Thank you to our partner FAVARH for helping us to exceed our fundraising goal. A very special thank you to Tournament Chair, Larry Sullivan, his team, and the staff of the Golf Club of Avon for making the day a most enjoyable event for everyone involved.
 
 
 
 
 
 
34th Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2017
2017 Tastes of the Valley - A Huge Success
 
Thank you to the entire TOTV team for pulling off another successful event. Swaying to the rhythm of the music performed by Mass-Conn Fusion, our members and guests enjoyed great food, wine and other libations.  The event was co-sponsored by Seabury along with Gold sponsors: ENE Realty Associates and Collinsville Savings Society; Silver sponsors: Avon Chiropractic and Raymond James; and Table sponsors: Edward Jones of Avon, Simsbury Bank, NW Auto Group, and Myers, Piscatelli, & Link. 
 
Proceeds from the Tastes of the Valley fund our many local and international initiatives, including our $150,000 commitment to FAVARH toward their building expansion plan.
2017 Tastes of the Valley - Thank You 2017-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017

Rotary of Avon-Canton Pledges $150K for Favarh 

Keeping with Rotary’s commitment to public service, a portion of proceeds from the Tastes-of-the-Valley and the annual golf tournament will go towards the construction of an exciting new Life Enrichment Program (LEP) building for Favarh – The Arc of the Farmington Valley. This project will help the nonprofit provide even greater support for its clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 7,500 square-foot building, located at 100 Commerce Drive in Canton, will enhance Favarh’s day programs for adults who can’t work because of disability and medical complexities or who have retired from work. Favarh day programs place a high emphasis on daily community excursions with a priority on volunteer work.

The new facility will be named the Rotary of Avon-Canton Building.

The Rotary has pledged $150,000 through 2021 toward the project. The new building will be adjacent to the Rails-to-Trails, enabling the inclusion of a Rotary Café operated by Favarh participants where walkers, bikers and their canine friends will be able to enjoy healthy snacks and drinks. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion slated for late 2018. 

Anyone interested in donating to the project can send contributions to:

Rotary of Avon-Canton

Favarh Building Fund

P.O. Box 11

Avon, CT 06001

 

Rotary of Avon-Canton Pledges $150K for FAVARH 2017-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017
(L-R: Peter Vignati, Rebecca Stevenson, Gary Miller, Joanne Santiago, Dennis Bianchi, President Don Bonner, and Josh Gillooly)
 
The Rotary of Avon-Canton presented two Paul Harris Fellowship awards to members of the community on Friday, January 20th.
 

Dennis Bianchi served as a police officer in Avon from 1973 to 2000 and over many years, he has been involved in many community activities, fundraisers and has coached several children's teams in a variety of sports. He has been very involved in the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, where he directs the Citizens Fire Academy and helps raise funds for departmental needs. President Don noted the similarities between Mr. Bianchi and the many Rotarians he knows who are very active in their communities.

Past president Gary Miller introduced our second Paul Harris Fellowship recipient, Rebecca Stevenson. Ms. Stevenson is also a Burlington resident, and is Director of Admissions & Marketing at Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Canton. She has been very involved in her community, participating in community events and fundraising. She serves on the Canton Chamber of Commerce Outreach Committee, and has supported organizations such as Gifts for Canton, Focus on Canton and the Canton Senior Center, as well as the event Walk for Food & Hunger.

 
Paul Harris Community Awards 2017-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Sarah Bonner is the youngest daughter of President Don.  Sarah graduated from the Avon schools in 2010.  While in high school, she was an original member of the school's cappella group, Rhapsody, and an active participant in the Unified Sports program which is a high school  based Special Olympics program.  Sarah attended the University of Mass-Amherst where she was a double major in Social Thought & Political Economy and Sociology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She graduated in 2014 and entered the Peace Corps as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic.  Sarah was a youth, family, and community development volunteer in a small town on the Haitian Boarder.  She recently was a speaker at our club presenting the accomplishments and struggles of being a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Sarah finished her work with the Peace Corps in October 2016 and is now working at a non-profit organization in Boston focusing of attaining housing and basic resources for low-income families.  In recognition of her "service above self" she was presented as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Sara Bonner Receives Paul Harris Award 2017-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
On Friday, Dec 16th, a check for $750 was presented to the FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton for their programs supporting students and young adults on the autism spectrum. Pictured are Community Service Chair, Paul Mikkelson, Lauren and Yvonne Gardner of FOCUS Center for Autism, and President Don Bonner.
FOCUS Center for Autism Grant Award 2016-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

On Friday, December 16th, Foundation Chair, Joanne Santiago, and President Don Bonner presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Sean Blacker, a member of the Avon Old Farms Hotel staff. Sean's award had been announced to his manager, but was a total surprise to him. Sean has been an integral part of the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton for many years. Each Friday he ensures that our meeting room is ready to go by coordinating with other hotel staff and management. He is always alert to room assignments and schedule changes that need to be communicated to our club President and Sgt-at-Arms. Our members are indebted to Sean for his outstanding service.

Paul Harris Award to Sean Blacker 2016-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2016
A check to the Rotary Club of Livingston Parish Louisiana was presented this morning for their Flood Relief project. (L-R) Gary Miller, Immediate Past President; Paul Mikkelson, Community Service Chair; and Don Bonner, President 2016-2017.
Louisiana Flood Relief 2016-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
 
Congratulations to Paul Cioffari and Nancy Nation, who were recognized for their Rotary Foundation donations.  Foundation Chair, Joanne Santiago, and DG Frank Wargo had the pleasure of giving Paul his first PHF pin and medallion.   Nancy received her PHF +3 pin.
Paul Harris Fellowships Gary Miller 2016-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
32nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Thank you to Larry Sullivan and his committee for an outstanding
33rd Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Golf Club of Avon

 

Tournament Co-Sponsor
Farmington Bank

Please say thank you to our 2016 Sponsors and Advertisers 
for making our 33rd T
ournament a success.

33rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2016-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Mercado Global Gary Miller 2016-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Four members of the Avon and Canton community were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships for their public service on April 15, 2016.
L-R:  John Carmon, Dr. Arnie Goldman, LT Kelly Walsh, and Bill Henson
 
2016 Community Paul Harris Fellows 2016-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
A Century of the Rotary Foundation 2016-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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