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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
In person starting July 9, 2021. Zoom will also be available for those unable to attend in person.
District Site
Venue Map
July 30, 2021
Prasad Menon - District Foundation Chair
Kershwin Singh
In-Person - Zoom Available
Let Michael Mezhiritskiy know
if you plan to attend via Zoom.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 35
Visiting Rotarians: 0  
Deborah Altschwager Guest of Cherie Morris
Jay Kaplan Speaker
Josh Kaplan Son of Speaker & Katelyn's husband
Jaden Kaplan Roto-tot extraordinaire
David Tedeschi Assistant District Governor
Happy Dollars: $26.00
Raffle Winner:  ($20.00)
Fines: None today.
Kevin Case (7/19) Lou Daniels (July 25) were both unfortunately absent. Wishing you both a happy birthday!
Happy Dollars:
Gary Miller was happy to be back from vacation. He made a suggestion after watching Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club present a Paul Harris to a daughter of a Rotarian that we may do the same for a our Roto-tot. Gary also shared that his brother in sister in law were impacted by the floods in Germany. Their home is currently uninhabitable and he has established a GoFundMe. Any help is appreciated.
Alicia Canning asks for prayers for her daughter Sara. Sara is going for her six month scan to monitor her metastatic cancer. Please pray for a clean scan. She is happy to be going to the Cape with her granddaughters Chloe and Louisa on Sunday.
Linda Pendergast recently returned from three weeks in Bath, Maine. She noticed that the small town has two Rotary meeting times  7:00 AM and 12:00 PM she opted for 12:00 and learned that there were actually two clubs in one small town. Linda mentioned her visit with Phil Ferrari and encourages our club to continue to lift his spirits through his recovery. We are thinking of you Phil!
Heather Pantano was excited to cheer on her daughter AJ who was invited to join the Junior Championship swim competition through Hopmeadow Country Club. Wish her luck in her competition! 
Don Bonnner had 5 happy dollars. Since recently revitalizing his passion for painting, he has produced around 45 paintings and has sold 12 prints of one in particular. In celebration of his success, he has officially changed his title on his name tag to Don Bonner - Artist!
Dave Tedeschi plans to attend our meetings at least twice a month. You can say we are pretty great club!
Chris Lamadrid was happy to sell her condo and finally move across the street. She had a successful moving day until she attempted to take a shower and discovered there was no hot water in master bathroom. She was able to finagle a shower in a different bathroom, but will had to deal with a missing curtain. She was hoping to close on her house at 11:00 AM later that day.
Bill Barnes comically shared that Linda's happy dollars reminded him of a story his brother told him about asking for directions to a town called Bath in London. He was promptly corrected by the native with an accurate British pronunciation of "Baahth"
Bob Cave was pleased to have a fantastic vacation in the Outer Banks with his family. They had such a great time that they booked the same location within a week for next year.
Gary Miller shared that golf tournament brochures are up and running on the website. Please download and print them when soliciting for donations.
Alicia Canning presented the official membership certificate to new member David Ivounakis. She also said she is taking over the pencil drive and is in discussions to move it to the Kenelly School in Hartford. Alicia is also looking for volunteers to help start a homework reading program.
Yvonne Gardner thanked Rotarians for support of the upcoming Fore Autism charity golf tournament benefiting FOCUS Center for Autism and Fresh Start School taking place on Friday, August 20. There is still time to sign up if there is more interest.
7/22 First every other Thursday meeting of the Golf Committee, to be held at Dish'N Dat at 5:00 PM. 
7/31 District fundraiser at a Yard Goats game
8/17 Rotary Senior Luncheon, to be held at Avon Senior Center. See Jim McIntosh for details.
8/20 Focus golf tournament, Fairview Golf Club, Harwinton
9/13 Rotary Club of Avon/Canton golf tournament
Induction of New Members
None this week.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
Jay Kaplan
Roaring Brook Nature Center
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Rotarian Katelyn Kaplan introduced her father in law Jay Kaplan. Jay Kaplan is the longtime director of Roaring Brook Nature Center and is no stranger to our Rotary Club meetings. Jay holds degrees from Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University.  He is a past president of the Hartford Audubon Society and the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He currently serves as a member of Canton's Conservation Commission and is a board member of the Canton Land Conservation Trust. This morning, he will be talking about the upcoming (tomorrow, 6/24) Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, now in its 26th year.
The butterfly count is centered in the Farmington Valley and includes Avon, Canton, Simsbury, Farmington, West Hartford, and more. 
Don't be alarmed if you see people in the community with nets. Volunteers will be out and about to identify and count any visible butterflies.
Why? Butterflies are environmental indicators, and they reflect the health of the environment. Therefore, the CT Butterfly Association participates in this study to monitor any changes. 
What is the difference between moths and butterflies?
Moths typically have thicker bodies and hairy antennae. They spend most of their life cycle in cocoons that they spin. Some moths may spend over a year in their cocoons. Once they emerge from a cocoon, some never eat and live just for a few days to lay eggs and die.
Butterflies typically have thin antennae and skinny hairless bodies. Rather than cocoons, they create a chrysalis. Once they emerge from a chrysalis, their journey is quite different. For instance, Monarch butterflies born in the North East journey over three thousand miles to Mexico to overwinter and reproduce, new generations of Monarchs begin to journey up North. 
Unfortunately, 90% of the Monarch's population has declined. Their decline may be due to various factors, including agricultural practices, over collecting, climate change, and pesticides. For instance, unusually low temperatures in Mexico have frozen millions of Monarchs to death. 
Other butterflies in the study include many different varieties. Jay discussed why many butterflies like Painted Lady or Viceroy are orange. It's because Monarch butterflies solely eat Milkweed, which is a bitter taste to predators. By mimicking an orange color, other butterflies hope to convey the same message.
Other species discussed included varieties such as Morning Cloak, Swallowtails, and the invasive Cabbage White. Their interesting habits, such as eating mud and other unpleasant organic matter for salt and minerals. This area typically counts 35-40 different species, and other regions like Southbury, CT, have counted over 50.
Volunteers will count in all butterflies in this study, and anyone can participate. Jay asks if you send a list to include a $3.00 donation to the CT Butterfly Association. You can take a picture and send it 
Rollie asked about how a spraying service like Mosquito Joe affects the population. Jay made a point that we know that Round-Up is a proven carcinogen, and we continue to sell it and use it. We must be conscientious of what we put in our lawns because it can take many years to study and understand the effects of these pesticides. The petrochemical business has a strong lobby as well. Jay told a story about a couple devastated by the loss of bluebirds on their property. Their neighbors had been spraying chemicals, and he believes that they died due to their susceptibility to pesticides.
Jay also pointed out pollinator gardens and native gardening is helpful to populations. It is important to have host plants that caterpillars can feed on. However, he warned to be careful of garden centers and the varieties they sell. For example, some garden centers sell Milkweed that is not beneficial to Monarchs, and some Monarchs will mistake that for their host plant and die because it is inedible. Katelyn recommended EarthTones in Woodbury that solely sells native plants.
Don Bonner asked about Jay's butterfly net if it will hurt the butterflies. Jay said the netting is very light and soft, but he can identify butterflies without a net, and it was for entertainment purposes!
Special Announcements
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