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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
via Zoom
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
January 29, 2021
AdvanceCT Support for Business Development 
Sadie Colcord 
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the club.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 38
Visiting Rotarians: Rick and Chris Heath, Paul Mikkelson, John Ackenhusen (Speaker), Carol Reitz, Madu Bishnu,
and Rod Fivelstad
Guests: Shanée Hoyt (Prospective Member)
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Fines: None today.
Steve Morris - Steve was celebrating his birthday with Cherie Walton. Steve was reluctant to divulge his age, but Cherie's had gestures would lead us to believe that his age has something to do with five fingers on one hand and one on another. Go figure.
Happy Moments
Larry Haber had received his second dose of the Covid vaccine after which he felt like he had been run over by a truck. He was happy to have completed the series.
Rollie Sterrett reported that he was scheduled for his first dose at St. Francis Hospital where had heard they had an efficient system set up.
Larry Sullivan said that he and Brenda were headed to UCONN to get their first shots today.
Chris Heath has talked in the past about her granddaughter who has been receiving therapy for developmental issues. She has graduated yesterday.
Jolly Lux thanked everyone for selecting she and Kurt for the District Service award that they received on Wednesday during our District Foundation recognition virtual dinner. It was a surprise and a delight to have been recognized and its truly humbling especially for myself since it’s the most significant event in my Service Above Self journey. Jolly said that this is for us all as Rotarians from the Avon-Canton club as you are the power behind the work we do together. The club provides the fuel that energizes us, your counsel, your friendships, your prayers and guidance but more so the funding that is transforming the lives of so many in my home country. She congratulated all of us for the support.
Bill Barnes shared a few humorous moments from his collection.
Paul Mikkelson was pleased that his grandson, Tommy, turned one this past week. Despite his trials with cystic fibrosis, Tommy is doing very well and is a very cute little boy. Paul also had birthday wishes for Steve Morris and said they needed to go to Mt. Washington again sometime.
President Alicia Canning had spoken to Sean Blacker recently. Had had been in the hospital briefly but was back home and in his usual great spirits. The club recently approved a short-term youth exchange for Canton HS student Charlie Eck. Rotary Youth Exchange is funded entirely by the District and only needed to be approved by our club so that he could participate. 
Alicia declared next week as "CRAZY HAT DAY". Wear something funny for our next meeting!

President Alicia was very pleased with the results of the virtual District Conference last night. It was great to get some many awards recognized for our club: 

  • Jolly and Kurt received the District Service Award, 
  • Personal cumulative gifts of $10,000 went to Major Donors Salin Low and Gary Miller, 
  • Banner recognition for the top 3 clubs per capita giving - our club was 3rd. 
  • Polio plus certificate for clubs that have donated $1500+ to Polio-Plus)
Eileen Rau sent an email regarding the upcoming grant webinars. In order for Rotary Clubs to qualify to apply for District and Global grants next year- 2021-2022, two people from our club must attend a Grant Management Webinar this year – 2020-2021. It would be really beneficial for the club, if the people involved in a potential grant/project attend these webinars. The webinars have been upgraded and refreshed. We are adding a module on The Rotary Foundation 101. The webs will also highlight the changes being made for next year’s grant funded projects. Two sessions are available--Feb 25 and Mar 30.
Induction of New Members
Lou Daniels, a former member, was welcomed back with a formal induction ceremony. Lou has been in the club twice before. Lou is the CEO of Call a Doctor Plus, a national telemedicine provider. He is a Providence College alumni and holds a Masters Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Lou is the President of the Canton Education Foundation and is the Past-President of the Canton Chamber of Commerce and a former Canton Selectman.
Lou was the Chair of our Golf Tournament in 2011 and has offered to help with our next golf tournament on September 13, 2021, at Gary Miller's request. President Alicia and everyone else welcomed Lou back for a return run! He promised to stay for at least another 10 years.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM)
John Ackenhusen
Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club, Poulsbo, WA

Sue Budde introduced John, who has the distinction of being married to one of Sue's best friends, Ruthie. John is from Poulsbo, Washington. John was very impressed that we were a singing club, even though we were a bit discordant with Zoom. According to John, Harry Ruggles (the 5th Rotarian) introduced singing to Rotary. Harry apparently introduced it one meeting to drown out a rather longwinded speaker. John used his presentation to explain and demonstrate how music is recorded and produced via Zoom. 

John introduced his three remote guests with him from as far away as India--Rod Fivelstad (IFRM Global Chair), Carol Reitz (Pianist), and Madu Bishnu. They are all members of the IFRM.

(A PDF version of John's PowerPoint can be viewed at: John Ackenhusen Presentation - audio files not included)

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to singing together:  medical guidance rates expulsion of breath during singing as one of the most contagious means to transmit the virus. 

So how do people sing together? John explained the we can't sing together because of the time delay and other audio and video issues. These hurdles are solved by using "Time-Shifting.
We can use the internet and recordings to combine a few voices into many voices and parts.  For example, Andrey Stolyarov, Director of Music at West Avon Congregational Church, weekly prepares a quartet of himself singing each of four parts of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass choral pieces and uses them in the church services.
We can also reach beyond the community to around the world to collect and combine singers recording themselves in response to a common musical accompaniment into an audio and video choir. John demonstrated mixing 20 recorded voices together with music and videos of each of the 20 members. He said a 3-4 minute song takes about 4-6 hours to produce.
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM), a Fellowship affiliated with Rotary International, has formed a virtual choir that meets every Saturday and includes singers from Australia, Canada, England, France, India, and the United States.  Presentations are collected on the IFRM YouTube channel (find them by going to YouTube and searching on #IFRM). 

“These Are The Ones,” by Rotarian Ginny Kaul, is an Ode to Rotary Service presented by the IFRM Rotary Virtual World Choir.  Its words and music embrace the “Service Above Self” of Rotary, and the video presents the song (with Ginny as one of the singers) and a retrospective of areas of Rotary service:  the quest for polio eradication, local help of poverty challenges abroad, and the themes of Rotary service over the years. Use this link to watch the performance: These are the Ones

International fellowships exist all over the world. Only 25 Rotarians with a common interest are needed to form a fellowship.

John said that six International Yachting Fellowships exist the Tacoma to Victoria region. His Rotary Club is involved in one in Poulsbo.
John Ackenhusen, a Rotarian since 1999, has formed and directs the IFRM Rotary Virtual World Choir, including preparing its accompaniments and rehearsals, conducting the presentations, and performing the audio and video blending that leads to its presentations. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, MI and is Treasurer of the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.

John finished his presentation with the song: "It's a Great Day to be a Rotarian"

Special Announcements
None this week.
Mail Bag
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Photo Credits
Scribe's screen grabs.
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
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