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President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
Committee Chairs
Membership Co-Chairs
Len Dunstan
Phil Worley

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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Robin DiNicola grew up in Newington, Connecticut. She attended Newington High School and Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Robin spent many years in community banking and is now a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Southington, Connecticut.

Robin has run three marathons, raising over $15,000 for charity. She is especially proud of being an Avon-Canton Rotarian and currently serves on the board. She is also a Paul Harris recipient and has served the Club as an editor of the Early Riser, Sergeant-at-Arms, Secretary and President-elect. Robin is a long time member of the Avon Chamber of Commerce, having served as president and as a board member. For her service and dedication, the Chamber honored her with the Loren Bristol Spirit Award. Other organizations Robin has been involved with include the Salvation Army, the Exchange Club of Wolcott and the Junior Women’s Club.

Larry Sullivan was born in New London, Connecticut. He married his wife Brenda in June of 1964 and graduated University of Hartford on their first anniversary. Their oldest daughter Colleen was born the day before. All-in-all they have five children (three boys and two girls) and eleven grandchildren.

In September 1968 Larry went to work at O’Neill’s Chevrolet and took over the dealership in 1986. Later he expanded to two adjacent dealerships in Torrington with Chevrolet, Pontiac and Oldsmobile in one store and Chrysler and Jeep in the second. Around 2006, he added Cadillac, Buick and GMC in Torrington (after Pontiac and Oldsmobile were discontinued). In 2013 he purchased a Honda dealership, also in Torrington and at about this time, turned the management of the dealerships over to sons Sean and Kevin. He also turned over his Car Biz Collision and Towing Center off Old Farms Road in Avon to his son Tim.

Chuck Joseph grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Debbie. They raised their family in Sparta, New Jersey and moved to Avon in 2010 to start their family business, operating ShopRite grocery stores in West Hartford and Canton. Their son, Chuck III who also works in the business, his wife Paige and granddaughter Morgan Joseph (better known as MOJO) live in West Hartford as does Chuck and Debbie’s daughter, Liz.

Chuck attended Boston College as a pre-med student. After college, he began his supermarket career as Director of Operations for Heartland Food Warehouse stores. During that time he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee for the town of Mansfield, Massachusetts. In New Jersey, Chuck was the General Manager for the ShopRites of Hunterdon County. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Morristown YMCA and was Vice Chair for Junior Achievement of Northern New Jersey. In Connecticut he is Chairman of the Connecticut Food Association, is a member of Focus on Canton and serves on the Board of Directors for the Avon Chamber of Commerce.


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.
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Rotary Club 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
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