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Officers & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
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
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Sarah Leathers grew up in Simsbury and graduated from Union College, Schenectady, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Afterward she went on to work for Procter & Gamble as an engineer and then worked for two different construction companies as a project manager. She has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors throughout her career.

Sarah is the Founder and Executive Director of Healing Meals Community Project, a nonprofit organization that provides organic meals for free to families going through a health crisis while empowering youth chef volunteers with leadership, job ready skills in addition to purpose and belonging.

Sarah met her husband Alan through their fellowship group at church when they were in high school. Her husband is a private school teacher and coach. Sarah and Alan have raised three children: Samantha,married; Hannah, married and Will, a sophomore in college. They also have a 1 year old granddaughter, Madison.

Carrie Firestone grew up in a rural area in central New York with her younger sister, Jennifer and her service-minded parents. She studied English and anthropology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Inspired by her work with Chinese students at a summer program, she moved to Taiwan five days after graduating to teach English in a remote town. Carrie discovered she loved teaching English to speakers of other languages and decided to pursue her Master's degree in TESOL (Applied Linguistics) at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Carrie settled in New York City and taught American history and government at a Manhattan Comprehensive High School where she worked with young people from more than thirty nations. She started a community service club to share her love of service with her students. One day, at a New York Sports Club on the Upper East Side, Carrie met Michael, young radiology resident. They married two years later. Recently, Michael and Carrie returned to the gym to show their daughters Emily (a freshman at Avon High School) and Lauren (a seventh-grader at Avon Middle School) where it all began. Michael is a huge poker fan and currently a partner at Radiology Associates of Hartford. They have two dogs - Murphy, a mix and Roxie, a loveable pitbull.

Katelyn Kaplan grew up in Avon, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. Since then, she has never passed up an educational opportunity and has traveled extensively to attend conferences related to her field. Katelyn is a naturalist in that she educates people of all ages about the natural world around them. She explains that a man by the name of Baba Dioum described “quite wonderfully” what her occupation entails when he said “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”
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.
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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November 2018
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Kate Sims
Nov 16, 2018
District Governor
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Nov 23, 2018
Nov 30, 2018
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Dec 07, 2018
Salvation Army
Avon HS Choir
Dec 14, 2018
Dec 28, 2018
Kevin Farmer
Jan 04, 2019
Rachelle Harper
Jan 11, 2019
CAVE-Canton youth group