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Officers & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
Committee Chairs
Membership Chair
Jim Gordon
Newsletter Editors
Dr. Arnie Goldman, 
Salin Low,
Larry Haber, Gary Miller
Amber Alert Chair
Tom Voorhees
Public Relations
Phil Worley - Photos
Mike Mezheritskiy - Social Media
Don Bonner - District
Craig Buhrendorf - Member Biographies
Community Services Co-Chairs
Paul Mikkelson, Gary Roman, Peter Vignati
International Service Chair
Craig Buhrendorf
​Rotary Initiative/Favarh
Dale Bronson, Kurt Lux, Paul Mikkelson
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
Gary Miller
Interact Chair Avon and Canton
Alicia Canning
Interact Advisors
 • Avon - John Shea
 • Canton - Kevin Case, Michelle Traub
Program Chair
Ike Eickenhorst
Sunshine Chair
Ann Clark
Gary Miller
Golf Tournament 2019 Co-Chairs
Alicia Canning and Larry Sullivan (Advisor)
Tastes of the Valley 2019 Co-Chairs
Josh Gillooly
Colleen Grasso
Celebrate Avon
Steve Harris
Senior Luncheon
Salin Low
Breakfast with Santa
Dee Boorjian
Tutoring in Hartford
Hank Frey
Chess Club in Hartford
Paul Mikkelson
ByLaws Review Committee
Investment-Scholarship Fund Committee
Craig Buhrendorf
Financial Review & Advisory Committee
Phil Ferrari, Greg DeManche, Robin DiNicola
Rotary Means Business
Jimmy Sseskawaabe



Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973


Service above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Avon Old Farms Hotel
279 Avon Mountain Rd.
Avon, CT  06001
United States of America
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Linda Sue Pendergast was one of four children born to Reverend and Mrs. Boyce Van Osdel in San Bernardino, California. She moved to the Bay Area at the beginning of high school and was in the first graduating class at Skyline High School in Oakland, preceding Tom Hanks by a few years. Other than one year in Colorado, it’s been “C” (California) to shining “C” (Connecticut) for Linda who resides in Avon.

Linda graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology, giving her the credentials to become a Probation Officer for the County of San Bernardino, a job she held for six years. After moving to Connecticut she had several short-lived jobs before venturing into retail. Together with partner Kaye Foland, “Lettres - Stationery of Distinction” was conceived and born in the late 1980’s. Linda sold the business in late 2001, giving her more time to devote to her growing family. Linda has two daughters - Laurie and Shannon. Her husband Paul has three sons - Sean, Kevin and Ryan. Together they are grandparents to twelve grandchildren, ranging in age from two to twenty-two. They also have one great grandchild, age three.

Phil Ferrari grew up in Agawam, Massachusetts and has lived in Hartford, New Britain and Wallingford in Connecticut, before settling in Avon in 1996. Phil graduated from Western New England University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and served six years in the United States Air Force Reserves.
After an eleven year stint as a CPA for KPMG in Hartford, Phil worked for Superior Electric Company in Bristol, Connecticut until it was sold in 1988. From there he went on to become Chief Financial Officer for the Reflexite Corporation in Avon until its sale in 2011. Phil finished his career at Virginia Industries in Rocky Hill before retiring in 2017.

Bob Cave was born in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in West Hartford. He received his electrical engineering degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he accepted a job with Connecticut Natural Gas and later became the Assistant to the President. Bob moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts to take a senior management position with Berkshire Gas Company. Later in his career, Bob spent many years in Washington, DC as President of a natural gas trade association. In 2004 he returned to Connecticut and started a new venture - remodeling homes. To date, he has “flipped” twenty-two homes in our area.


Friday, April 19th
No Meeting
Lonely Rotarians Society
meets at 7:30am
Lasalle Market & Deli
in Collinsville 


The members of the Rotary of Avon-Canton are proud to announce the they have made the first installment payment of $90,000, to begin the outfitting of the Favarh Life Enrichment Building located at 100 Commerce Drive in Canton. The remaining $60,000 of the $150,000 pledge will be paid in 2021 to complete the facility.

This project will help the nonprofit organization provide even greater support for its clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 7,836 square-foot building, located on 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. 

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

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
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.
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.
The Rotary of Avon-Canton 
is a charitable 501c3 organization
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Rotary of Avon-Canton
Attention: Michael Mezheritskiy, President
P.O. Box 11, Avon, CT 06001 

Board of Directors
meets 3rd Tuesday at 4:30 PM
at the Avon Public Library

Community Service Committee
meets 1st Friday at 8:45 AM
Avon Old Farms Hotel

International Service Committee
meets 2nd Friday at 8:45 AM
Avon Old Farms Hotel

Rotary Initiative/FAVARH Committee
meets last Friday at 8:45 AM
Avon Old Farms Hotel

Rotory Means Business - Areas 7 & 9
meets 3rd Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Location set by RMB Newsletter

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April 2019
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