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Larry Haber
Speakers
Dec 02, 2022
Seasonal Music
Dec 09, 2022
Dress for Success
Dec 16, 2022
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Dec 30, 2022
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Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
Immediate Past President
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Rotary Foundation
 
Board Member-at-Large
 
Board Member-at-Large
 
Interact Chair
 
Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Avon-Canton
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
Fax:
(860) 760-6364
All meetings are hybrid both in-person and Zoom available
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December 2, 2022
Avon HS Choir 
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.
 
NOTE:  On November 25, The Lonely Rotarians will meet at LaSalle Mkt at 7:30 AM
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Report - 
 
 
Rotarians Present: 26
 
 
Visiting Rotarians:  
 
Guests: 

Daniel Keller - Dish N Dat

Jackson Keller - Dish N Dat

Chef Steph - Dish N Dat

Jill Jackson - Town of Canton Holiday Giving Program

Maria Mascoli - Guest Speaker Avon High School Transition Program

 
 
Happy Dollars: 28
 
Raffle Winner: No Winner
 
Fines: None today.
 
 
 
Birthdays
 
None this week
 
Happy Dollars

Greg DeManche was at UConn for the football game with Liberty.  He noted it was one of the best football games he has ever seen.  Even the non football fans should pull up the highlights on U-Tube and watch that 4th quarter catch.
 
Arnie Goldman hasn't been able to attend much as he is still traveling back and forth to Chicago as he is running for President of the American Veterinarian Association.  He also has been back and forth to NY trying to get his parents house ready for sale.  His advice to all of us is to clean out our houses before we pass and not leave it to the kids.
 
Gary Miller has been busy with getting two dozen quilts ready to be shipped off to Quilts for Kids, which is a PA based organization.  He brought in an extra one this morning which he donated to the Dish n' Dat Christmas Day Dinner
 
Salin Low is really happy.  Her plus 2's daughter got married on Saturday.  Salin is usually only in charge of good weather for the golf tournament but his daughter wanted an outdoor wedding.  It was raining that morning but the sun came out and it warmed to the 60s.  She also reported that we ordered 35 reefs from the New Britain Club, the most we have ever done.
 
Gary Roman wanted to thank the club for all the fund raising that we do that allowed us to help the community
 
Jill Jackson is so excited to be part of such a caring community and wanted to thank us for all the work we do.
 
Brian O'Donnell said that 6 of them from the Avon VFW Post went to Washington, DC, including Rollie.  They read 30 names in two minutes as part of the Veterans Day 60 hour commemoration.  This was very meaningful to them as they go to bond and tell stories.
 
Announcements
 
Cherie Morris along with the Simsbury/Granby club we are sponsoring a Christmas Party for the residents of FAVARH.  The party is December 8 and we need volunteers.  We are also buying gifts for the clients.  If you are able, see Cherie, she can give you a card with the clients wish list.  Please wrap the gift and put the client's name and what group home they are in on the outside. 
 
Calendar
 
Miller Farm Annual Christmas Party on December 6th at 4:00 PM - See Cal Miller-Stevens for details.
 
Induction of New Members
None this week.
Awards
None this week.
 
Community and International Service Grants
The Community Service Committee is giving two awards this week.  The first is to Holiday Giving Program, Town of Canton.
 
 
Jill Jackson received a check for $1,000.  The money will be used to purchase gifts and gift cards for families involved with Canton Social Services with an emphasis on those 18 and under.  Gift cards will be used for teenagers with younger children's families being able to pick out gifts for them.  She also mentioned that they are sponsoring Stuff a Cruiser on December 3 at the Canton Shoppes.
 
 
A check for $2,500 was presented to Dan Keller owner of Dish n' Dat along with his son Jackson and Stef their chief to support their Christmas Day Dinner program which provides a hot meal, presents, and a pantry bag to take home for the elderly, veterans, and families in need.  This is the 3rd year of the program which has expanded to include the Torrington area.  The program has grown, with Dan giving thanks to Jackson and Stef for all their hard work and to the community which has supported their efforts.  They will be serving more than 4oo families this year.  Along with Rotary, Dish n' Dat patrons, local businesses, ShopRite is donating 50 twenty dollar gift cards that will be given out as part of the program.
 
Achieve
Avon High School Internship Program
Maria Mascoli
Coordinator
 
 
Gary Miller introduced our speaker Maria Macoli.  Maria and her husband, Greg, have resided in Avon for twenty years and their four children graduated from Avon High School.  Maria has been an active supporter of the Avon community in a variety of volunteer roles including: Booster Club President, Mini Golf Tournament Chair, Founder of the Love of the Game, Manager for the Avon Little League Challenger Division. Currently Maria serves as Avon High School Hall of Fame, Selection Committee Chair, Avon Education Foundation Grant Reader, and President of Vie for the Kids.  This past summer, Maria was hired by Avon Public Schools to serve as Coordinator of the Avon High School Achieve Internship Program, which was launched in 2014 and has provided hundreds of opportunities for high school students to gain real work experience outside the classroom. Maria is very excited to have the opportunity to continue the valued community partnerships and also forge new ones for the internship program.
 
Due to technological glitches, Maria was not able to share her slides with the audience at the time of her presentation.  The slides she would have presented are shared below.
 
She described the importance of the program in giving students real world experience while earning academic credit.  The program has engaged over 200 local business as well as having been able to do internships in MA, RI, and internationally.  Students typically work 5 -10 hours a week and have a 60 hour commitment.  Maria meets regularly with the students and at the work site.  The experience has helped students really see if what they think they want as a career is really what they want with some students realizing that they needed to go in a different direction.  The mission of the Achieve Internship Program is to enable students to explore an area of interest outside the classroom.  By helping to foster independence and decision-making skills, the program will provide students an opportunity to make a smoother transition from high school to college, the work place, or military service.
 
 
 

Special Announcements

None this week.
 
Mail Bag
None this week.
 
Photo Credits
Gary Miller
 
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
 
Editor's Notes
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