Russell Hampton
Bulletin Editor
Gary Miller
Getting to Know our Members
Getting to Know Margaret Shea McCarthy
Margaret Shea McCarthy grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, the oldest of ten children. She attended parochial schools (“spent my childhood in plaid”) and went on to attend St. Joseph University in West Hartford where she majored in food, nutrition and education. She then taught in the Springfield public schools for seven years and earned an MBA in finance at Western New England University, all before reaching the age of thirty. Margaret moved to the Hartford area, and for close to forty years she has worked in the financial services industry. Early on she worked at Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Peter M. Bakker Agency. Next she started her own consulting company in risk management and then assisted her husband in starting their own family firms - Tim McCarthy CPA and US Wealth Management Farmington Valley. She presently serves as Director of Marketing and Community Relations for the firms.

Margaret’s passion is the mentoring programs she has initiated through her work. This includes sponsoring a scholarship (through Avon Dollars for Scholars) for a young woman majoring in business at the university level and sponsoring a four-year college internship/mentoring program for business majors. She is active with the Avon Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring the Mentoring Avon Professionals (M.A.P.) Program and developing the We Help Avon Members (W.H.A.M.) Program for its Membership Committee. She also serves on the Chamber’s Education Committee. Margaret is very attracted to Rotary because it is a “great charity organizer” providing opportunities to support both local and global charities. Margaret is especially interested in Jolly Lux’s Guiding Light Orphans projects that empower women in Uganda.

In her spare time, Margaret enjoys travel, art, wine tastings and dinners. She has lived in Simsbury, Connecticut for over thirty-five years with her husband Tim. They have one daughter, Meara McCarthy who is an Air Force officer serving in Incirlik, Turkey. They also have three cats. Margaret is very proud of her ten other nieces and nephews who are serving or who recently served in the Army or as police officers.

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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 of America
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Kim Morrison
BeanZ & Company Cafe
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
March 15, 2019
Members Present: 41
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Elaine Chagnon (Speaker), Bruce Deckert (Prospective Member)
Visiting Rotarians: Prasad Menon (Simsbury-Granby), Mark Brady DGE (Simsbury-Granby), Shean Layton (Bristol)
Happy Dollars: $37.00
Raffle Winner: None
Margaret Shea-McCarthy was happy to be back from Florida, sporting a dark tan.
Sean Blacker was very happy and reminded us that he has spent more than half his life with our club.
Happy Dollars
Margaret Shea-McCarthy was happy to be celebrating her birthday with friends.
Carrie Firestone said that she had attended the Opioid Task Force meeting last night. She had learned three preventative steps: (1) Educate yourself about your medicine cabinet. What's in there and do you still need it? (2) Get one of the chemical deactivation bags that completely neutralizes drugs. The sealed bag can be put in your household trash. (3) Keep Narcan handy. Carrie announced that April 27th will be National Return your Prescriptions Day. Gary Miller offered her the chance to present the Taskforce at the Canton Chamber's Volunteer Fair on April 27th.
Debbie Stanwood was happy to be back at a meeting wearing normal shoes after two foot surguries. She had just returned from two weeks in New Orleans visiting her grandson.
Prasad Menon was happy to be back enjoying breakfast with our club. 
Paul Mikkelson reminded us about the Yard Goats night with Favarh on May 16th. Anyone wanting to attend needs to contact Paul. He also had been bicycling in Florida and took the opportunity to visit with Nancy Nation.
District Governor Elect Mark Brady was visiting with Prasad Menon in order to have a discussion with Jolly Lux after the meeting.
Heather Pantano returned from PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) still sticky from the Rotary lemonade bath. She is very happy to be moving up to President in July. She and her family are headed off to the Bahamas on vacation.
Jolly Lux had an amazing trip to Uganda. She went with the goal of training 10 young women and ended up reaching out to nearly 1000. The women were instructed on personal hygiene and other health issues. They are learning how to make liquid soap and sew bags and personal hygiene items.
Josh Gillooly enjoyed Rotary Pub Night on Wednesday. Today is his wife, Lynn's birthday. TOTV plans are moving along. 12 restaurants and 5 alcohol vendors have committed. The push now is to reach the goal of 300 tickets sold.
Alicia Canning reported that her daughter had great news from her daughter's surgery. All her tissue samples were good and she was healing fast. Alicia thanked Colleen Grasso for all the great meals.

President Mike Mezheritskiy reminded everyone that next week's meeting will be at BeanZ & Company.
Rotary Foundation chairman, Joanne Santiago, seeks nominees for our annual Community Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Please contact Joanne or any of the Rotary Foundation Committee members with your suggestions. We typically honor 2-3 citizens each from Avon and from Canton.
Gary Miller is seeks a few members to purchase Rotary website ads, at the excellent price of $100/yr. This funding supports our use of ClubRunner software and our website subscription. The ads cycle every few seconds at the upper left-hand corner of the website and are a good way to promote member businesses. Contact Gary if interested.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
March 22th: Club meeting at BEANZ - behind New England Pasta on Rt. 44 in Avon.
March 30th: Tastes of the Valley will be held Saturday, March 30 at 6 PM. 
May 3rd & 4th: The Rotary District 7890 District Conference will be held May 3rd to 4th  at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Danvers, MA. Five districts including 7890 will be represented. The event starts with the Rotary Foundation luncheon on Friday. For a full schedule and registration information follow this link: District Conference Registration
May 16th: Rotary Night at Hartford Yard Goats, Thursday May 16; Game time 7:05 PM. Contact Paul Mikkelson for details.
Induction of New Members
None today

Community Service Grants
Prasad Menon was introduced by Community Service Chair Gary Roman to receive a check for $1000 toward the Hartford Youth Scholars program. Prasad said you may or may not know about Hartford Youth Scholars Program. It is one of the most successful programs that is helping selected students from Hartford Schools to succeed in life by providing support at all levels up to college graduation.
Prasad was thankful for our Club's help to reach the $6000 goal with partnership from Hartford, West Hartford and Simsbury-Granby Rotary Clubs. West Hartford, Hartford and Simsbury-Granby Rotary Clubs have also committed to support this project to buy iPads for all 30 student scholars chosen.
An education starts in school, but it never stops impacting so many other facets of life afterward, from families to careers and communities. This is why the Hartford Youth Scholars (HYS) is committed to ensuring that deserving students from Hartford succeed in high school and college — so they can achieve even more in the neighborhoods they return to in the years that follow.
With an intensive, 10-year support system for both students and families, and an exceptional academic enrichment program, the acclaimed Steppingstone Academy Hartford, HYS prepares highly motivated middle school students for a rigorous high school education; assists them in gaining acceptance and financial assistance at top college preparatory schools; and supports them through the college application process, college experience, and beyond.
Our goal? Help Hartford’s underserved children realize their true, powerful potential so they can then help their communities and their city do the same.
Why? Because, Education Changes Everything.

Elaine Chagnon
"Africa Education Project"
Craig Buhrendorf welcome Elaine Chagnon back to provide another update on the Africa Education PartnershipElaine is heading off on her 10th trip to Nigeria in May. She has spoken to us before regarding the Graceland hospital and school. The hospital adjacent to the school is now complete. Both the hospital and the school were dedicated in October. Future plans include dormitories for male and female students. The school building houses a computer lab on the first floor and a large examination room on the second. A $1000 grant provided to her on her last visit was used for the computer lab.
On her last visit to Nigeria, Elaine viewed 3 school projects that are progressing slowly. Each of the schools are in remote areas miles outside of the villages served. The schools have no electricity, plumbing or water. The school buildings have no supplies--only teachers armed with a piece of chalk and no other teaching materials. Elaine said that the school buildings are so deteriorated that they are literally failing down around the students. Renovating the schools is extremely slow because water needs to be carried to the site to make  cement. All the school sites desperately need wells which cost about $1500 and need to go down 50-60 meters to reach water. Learn more about these projects at: African Education Projects
Carrie Firestone asked whether their website had the ability for private donations. Elaine said that the site has a donation page. (The page features a picture from Elaine's last visit when she received our grant.) Carrie spontaneously stood to say that she would commit $1000 toward a well. Mark Brady DGE then rose to offer a $100 challenge to completely fund a well. By the end of the meeting members had donated $1500. We brought Elaine to tears with our generosity. 
Craig that an application has been submitted to the International Service Committee for well funding.

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Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise noted.
Editor's Notes
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