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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 a.m.
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
All meetings are hybrid both in-person and Zoom available
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June 28, 2024
Club Meeting
The meeting will be held both in person and via Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the Club for Zoom access and
please note we use a recurring ID for your convenience.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Rotarians Present: 29
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Susan Hoffman (Healing Meals), Louis Lyman (Speaker)
Happy Dollars: $16
Raffle Winner: Tom Voorhees
Fines: None today.
No birthdays this week
Happy Dollars
Linda Pendergast enjoyed a fantastic trip to Ireland! When her return flight home was canceled, she ran into Kevin Sullivan, who had been golfing in Ireland, and another acquaintance from home!
Joanne Santiago was happy to avoid issues with the heat!
Salin Low helped at Loaves and Fishes for the first time and thought it was a wonderful experience. She hopes each Rotarian can participate in this service opportunity. She was also happy about the last board meeting they had the night before; it was a fun night making pizzas!
Lyman Louis thanked the club for inviting him today. He was also proud to celebrate his 62 wedding anniversary with his wife and his 89th birthday!
Bill Barnes had a wonderful time visiting his daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons in Massachusetts this past weekend. His eldest grandson landed a job working on submarines with Electric Boat, and his younger brother returned from a semester abroad in Europe, where he skied the Alps and toured around. He is currently an international business major and hopes to import leather goods from skilled Italian artisans into the United States one day.
Gary Miller has been spending a lot of time with Brian O'Donnell! They have been playing in charity golf tournaments across Connecticut and were looking forward to the next one benefitting FOCUS Center for Autism Fresh Start School.
Tom Wood was thrilled to announce his daughter is expecting a child!
Lauren Gardner thanked Luke Violette for renting out his Block Island timeshare to her and her husband last week. The weather was nearly perfect, and they spent every day enjoying the island and taking part in the Glass Float Project, looking for glass floats/"orbs" that are intentionally hidden throughout the summer on trails and public spaces but did not have luck this year!
Jolly Lux was pleased to report that GLO has helped treat 327 patients with epilepsy, and 85% are now seizure-free! The Epilepsy Foundation finds this success unbelievable, and she is grateful for the support!
Joanne Santiago reminded club members that to have our fiscal year donations counted, we must donate to the foundation by June 30th to get credit.
Sue Budde passed out tournament advertisements to be displayed in yards. Keep looking out for more information on how to support the tournament.
Salin Low put out another plea for a scribe. Lauren Gardner is going to be Sergeant at Arms and needs a replacement. The scribes work well together and the commitment is about once a month. Gary Miller does a great job training and as tech support (Editor's note: it's true, it's not that bad!! The only skills needed are some computer proficiency, listening and note taking, and you learn a lot about the club and its members! Help our scribes out!)
July 5 - No meeting. Lonely Rotarians
July 8 - Torrington-Winsted Rotary Golf Classic at Torrington CC
July 17 - Loaves & Fishes (see Bob Cave)
July 22 - District 7890 Golf Outing at Twin Hills CC in Longmeadow MA
July 27 - Rotary Day at the Yard Goats 
August 21 - Loaves & Fishes - See Bob Cave for additional days
August 30 - No meeting. Lonely Rotarians
September 9 - Avon/Canton Rotary Golf Tournament
Induction of New Members
None this week.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
The club presented Susan Hoffman, the Community Engagement Manager at Healing Meals, a check for $2240 that will fund an ice-making and refrigeration machine at their facility - essential for this heat! They are currently producing a large number of meals that exceed their budget, providing for 3500 people each week. They have 650 volunteers, including 84 high school seniors who are learning the value of service above self! 
Rotary Youth Exchange
Lyman Louis
Sue Budde introduced Lyman Louis from Farmington Rotary Club and has been active with Youth Exchange for over 20 years.

Rotary Youth Exchange is an important program for several reasons, primarily due to its profound impact on both the individual participants and the broader global community. Here are some key points that highlight its significance:

  1. Cultural Understanding and Tolerance:

    • The program promotes cultural exchange, allowing young people to immerse themselves in different cultures, traditions, and ways of life. This exposure fosters greater understanding and appreciation of diversity, helping to break down stereotypes and prejudices.
  2. Personal Growth and Development:

    • Participants often experience significant personal growth. Living in a new environment away from their comfort zone encourages independence, resilience, adaptability, and problem-solving skills. It also helps in building confidence and self-esteem.
  3. Global Citizenship:

    • Rotary Youth Exchange helps participants develop a global perspective. By experiencing life in another country, they learn to see the world from different viewpoints, fostering a sense of global citizenship and responsibility towards international issues.
  4. Language Skills:

    • Immersion in a foreign country provides an excellent opportunity for language learning. Participants often become fluent in a new language, which can enhance their academic and professional prospects.
  5. Building Lifelong Friendships:

    • The program creates lasting friendships across borders. These connections often lead to lifelong relationships and networks, which can be beneficial both personally and professionally.
  6. Promoting Peace and Understanding:

    • By fostering direct person-to-person interactions, the program contributes to international peace and understanding. Young people who participate in these exchanges become ambassadors for peace, spreading the values of cooperation and mutual respect.
  7. Academic and Career Advantages:

    • The experience gained from participating in Rotary Youth Exchange can be a significant advantage in higher education and career opportunities. Universities and employers often value the maturity, international experience, and skills that participants bring.
  8. Community and Rotary Engagement:

    • The program strengthens local Rotary clubs by involving them in the lives of young people and their families. This engagement fosters a sense of community and service, aligning with Rotary’s mission of promoting peace, goodwill, and better friendships.
  9. Service Above Self:

    • The program embodies Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self," by encouraging young people to engage in service projects and community involvement, both locally and globally.

What is needed to get involved in Youth Exchange:

  • One person in the club to make it happen 
  • One person as a counselor
  • A high school willing to participate in true student exchange for academic year
  • J1 Visa 
  • Willingness on the club funding $100 a month allowance ($2,000)
  • Attending the District Conference and District Meetings
  • Host families (Do the steps in order and then the last one will fall into place) 
Luke Violette asked what the common obstacles were to exchanging students. Lyman answered when trying to get an exchange student, there are various obstacles to overcome. Dealing with lots of paperwork is the main issue, as well as resistance from stereotyping. Another major challenge is high schools, as they often come up with a multitude of excuses that don't seem to have a basis in reality. It helps to have backing from the club. It is a wonderful endeavor and what better way to be of service!

Special Announcements

None this week.
Mail Bag
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Photo Credits
Photos by editor
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
Submission Deadline: Members are kindly encouraged to submit all materials for each week's Early Riser as early as possible. Please note that some editions may be published and distributed as early as the Saturday following our meetings, and during those weeks further contributions to the Early Riser will be included in the subsequent week's edition.
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