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Club Information
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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Upcoming Meeting Speaker
New Tax Law
September 28, 2018
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
September 21, 2018
Members Present: 37
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Jim Lewis (speaker), Stu Lewis (Jim's dad), Susan Prybison & Michael Olivieri (Gifts of Love), Sarah Leathers (Prospective Member)
Visiting Rotarian: none
Happy Dollars: $ 10.00
Raffle Winner: Scott Nardozzi, $20.00 (It was definitely his day)
Scott Nardozzi was getting ready to celebrate the big 5-0! He has been a member since 2005 and is thankful for his involvement in Rotary. He has to drive more than an hour to get to meetings, which shows his commitment. Rotary obviously means a great deal to Scott, and Scott has been a very active and valued member of Avon-Canton Rotary. Happy Birthday!
Happy Dollars
Phil Ferrari gave $2 because for the next two weeks he'll be in Uganda with Jolly Lux at GLO's medical camp. Jolly was already there and Phil was joining her on Wednesday.
Larry Sullivan was happy that the RedSox had clinched their division and very happy that Mookie Betts is having such a good year.
Steve Harris was happy that Ed Quierolo was donating the use of trucks and equipment for Celebrate Avon on September 29. He also reminded the club that there are baseball teams outside the Northeast. As of Friday morning the Atlanta Braves had a magic number of 4 to get into the playoffs. As of this writing they are the only National League team which has clinched its division.
Joanne Santiago was happy for the end of summer and the beginning of fall.
Gary Miller had attended a beautiful wedding in Boston on the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). He was heading to Dartmouth for the weekend.
Gary Roman went home for lunch one day when he experienced a first - a moose going by the window. Later he was going down his driveway and had a scary encounter with a bear. He certainly had no trouble with backing away from the bear. However, he did scream in surprise rather than quietly moving away. And he might not have gone slowly. Ah, the joys of living in the country!
Ann Clark read a thank you note from a student at Wish School for the pencil boxes provided by Avon-Canton Rotary.
Tom Voorhees announced two upcoming Amber Alert sessions, including one at Celebrate Avon. He needs helpers for two-hour sessions. No experience needed. He will provide on-the-job training.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Celebrate Avon Day will be held Saturday, September 29: Steve Harris announced that he still needs volunteers for the event.
Induction of New Members
Nancy Nation presented AnneMary Gordon who was previously a member of our club and was originally a Rotarian in Ghana, where she waas born and grew up. She came to this country with her three children in 2014.Her twins, Elijah and Brianna, are 15 and attend High High School. Her daughter Geri is 13 and attends Avon Middle School. AnneMary graduated in Mary from the University of St. Joseph with a Masters of Social Work and currently works for the U.S. Postal service in Hartford. When she isn't seeing to the demands of three teenagers, she enjoys taking nature walks and swimming. She is glad to be a member of Rotary with its motto of "Service above Self."
Raul Majidian, who was presented by Jimmy Ssekawaabe,  is from Tajikistan and immigrated to the United States in 2009. He speaks five languages, some of which most members had never heard of. He attended Brooklyn College. He is married to Laura, and they have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. He is a mortgage banker at Residential Mortgage Services.
Welcome to Rotary!
Awards and Community/International Service Grants
Paul Mikkelson and Gary Roman who head the Community Service Committee presented a check for $ 3,000 to Gifts of Love, represented by their Executive Director Susan Pribyson and by their Food Pantry Coordinator Michael Olivieri. The grant will be used to purchase heavy duty shelving for the food pantry. Gifts of Love serves 20,000 clients each year. They had just received 1,000 pounds of food from a local synagogue, and shelves are desperately needed. Avon-Canton Rotary has supported Gifts of Love's work for many years, and Ed Quierolo is on their board.
Digital Lens Grinding in the Optical Industry
Jim Lewis
As Bob Cave was introducing Jim Lewis of Harvey & Lewis, Nancy Nation gave a Happy Dollar to thank the company for their continued support of the club's golf outing. Jim Lewis is actually the fourth generation of his family to head the firm which was founded in 1890. His dad Stuart was also at the meeting. Jim has been very involved with Rotary in Hartford, and his great-grandfather was one of the founders of the Hartford club.
Here are some of the pictures which show the history of Harvey & Lewis.
The last picture is a photo of a Norman Rockwell painting that was based on a visit by the artist to Harvey & Lewis with a note of thanks he sent after the visit.
Jim reminded us that opticians differ from ophthalmologists in that the latter are concerned about the eye from the surface into the eye, while the latter is concerned with the surface out through the lenses which aid in vision. So he has given the same presentation to a group of ophthalmologist that he gave to our Rotary.
Lens technology began with glasses developed in Florence, Italy in 1286 from bean-shaped pebbles. From the Italian word for beans, similar to lentils, comes the word for lenses. In 1784 Benjamin Franklin developed the first bifocal glasses. Through the 1950's lenses were made of glass. As plastic lenses came into use in the 60's and 70's, it was possible to have larger lenses and lighter frames. In the 1980's progressive lenses were developed which allowed for lenses suitable for several distances. In the 1990's high definition lenses were developed in Germany which allowed for grinding the backs of lenses as well as the front.
The development of a small computerized grinder by Gerber Scientific in South Windsor made it possible to grind and polish lenses in one hour with less danger of breakage. However there are huge inventory requirements for this sort of equipment. To cover all the options 3500 different items must be available per lens design, and there are hundreds of designs. Today lenses are created from a high definition machine using a $400,000 machine according to calculations created by the physics department at the University of Madrid. Each design is purchased online as it is needed. The advantage of this sort of system is increased accuracy, greater area of visibility, and much better adjustment for astigmatism. Of course this machine is much bigger than the former desktop model, so all the grinding for the various Harvey & Lewis locations is done in East Hartford on a machine still produced by Gerber Scientific in South Windsor using a $ 1,500 diamond chip. Most of the frames worn today require a great deal of handwork.
Now you know why glasses cost so much!
Mail Bag
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Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise indicated.
Editor's Notes
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