Early Riser Newsletters
 
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

 
 
Officers & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Foundation Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
 
Committee Chairs
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
Webmaster
Gary Miller
Golf Tournament 2019 Co-Chairs
Larry Sullivan and Gary Miller
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

Avon-Canton

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
DistrictSiteIcon
District Site
LatestPublishedBulletin
Bulletins
VenueMap
Venue Map
 
 
News About Our Activities and Members
Congratulations to our 
2019-2020 Slate of Officers
 
President Heather Pantano
President-Elect Alicia Canning
Immediate Past-President
Michael Mezheritskiy
Treasurer Gary Hyde
Secretary Chris Lamadrid
Sgt-at-Arms Katelyn Kaplan
 
Directors-at-Large
Dale Bronson and Sue Budde

Lauren Gardner was raised in Farmington, Connecticut in the same house her father grew up in, graduating from Farmington High School in 2011. She pursued her Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, graduating magna cum laude in 2015.

At the age of sixteen, after being encouraged to strengthen her resume for prospective colleges, Lauren began volunteering a few days after school at FOCUS Center for Autism. What she once viewed as an easy way to enhance her resume, rapidly turned into a passion that she followed into a career. Lauren quickly fell in love with the FOCUS clientele, adoring their individuality, honesty and unique perspectives. She also fell in love with the FOCUS organization, its approach and how it transformed lives, including her own.

Yvonne Swanson Gardner grew up in Southington, Connecticut. Her parents still reside in the house where she was raised and have been very involved in the soccer community by volunteering their time and skills in town for over forty years. Yvonne is proud to say they are both in the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.
 

After Yvonne married, she moved to Farmington. She and her husband Greg raised their two daughters in the same house that he grew up in and will be celebrating their thirtieth wedding anniversary on September 9th. Yvonne has worked at FOCUS Center for Autism for seventeen years and says that it is by far the most rewarding job she has ever had. Her older daughter Lauren, “one of the lights of my life” has worked with her in some capacity at FOCUS since she was a young girl. For the last few years Lauren has been a full time employee. She is also a Rotarian. Her younger daughter Kara is “the other light in my life”. She recently graduated from CCSU with a degree in Elementary Education. Yvonne is also a graduate of CCSU. Her degree was in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication.

 
Mike Mezheritskiy, aka, Misha, was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1994, at the age of seventeen his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts. Mike recalls skipping all his English lessons in school, thinking, “Why in the world would I want to learn English? It’s not like I am ever going to use it!” His first job was as a dishwasher at McDonald’s. Within a year he was promoted to Shift Manager - a very big deal for him at the time. Next he went to work at the Doubletree Hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts which was frequented by a number of local and visiting sports figures. During his time there he met Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins, Rick Pitino, and Bobby Orr. He even helped Kenny Anderson jump-start his Cadillac.

 

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.

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.
 
 
   
 
The Rotary of Avon-Canton 
is a charitable 501c3 organization
 
 
 
Contact us by email
Or use our mailing address:

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


 
Member Directory
 
June 2019
S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
31
01
02
03
04
05
06
08
09
10
11
12
13
15
16
17
18
19
20
22
23
24
25
26
27
29
30
01
02
03
04
05
06
 
Meeting Make-Up Report
Enter your email address and the message you want to send.
* fields are required
 
Suggest a speaker for an upcoming meeting
 
Speakers
Steve Erie
Jun 21, 2019
Fresh Start Pallet Products. LLC
Jason Jakubowski
Jun 28, 2019
Foodshare
No Meeting
Jul 05, 2019
Kathy DiCocco
Jul 12, 2019
The Hope Foundation
Stephen Morris
Jul 19, 2019
Rotary/FAVAHR Building
Maria Coutant-Skinner
Jul 26, 2019
Lions' Addiction Task Force
Jim Walter
Aug 02, 2019
Dog Star Rescue
Wendy DeAngelo
Aug 09, 2019
Hospital for Special Care
Dave Murphy
Aug 16, 2019
Oil Drum Art-an NFP to Benefit Haiti