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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
via Zoom
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
February 26, 2021
Katari Medical Services
Father Thomas Furrer
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the Club.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Participants: 35
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: None
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Fines: None today.
Gary Miller celebrates his birthday on February 21. Gary reflected on how wonderful the organization is and remembers visiting the club before he was a member and being impressed by the member's high energy and laughter. Phil Worley sponsored Gary, and he was happy to be a president early on his membership because now he gets to relax and enjoy all the club has to offer.
Rauf Majidian celebrates his birthday on February 23. Rauf has been in our club for three years. Rauf shared how as someone who did not know many people when he moved here, he really enjoys how every Friday morning feels like one big happy family get together.
Happy Moments
Phil Ferrari spoke to Craig Nation and with permission, shared that Nancy Nation designated several hundreds of thousands of dollars in her will to be donated to Rotary upon the passing of Craig. Craig is doing well, and Don Bonner asked Phil if he could extend an invite to Craig to join our meetings.
Sarah Leathers was happy to make today's meeting because she typically has conflicting events. She enjoyed seeing Joanne Santiago and Chuck Joseph both looking great on the meeting too. Sarah gave our guest speaker Rohan a shout out. He has been volunteering with Healing Meals for the past year and half and he was recently interviewed by NBC CT and did a great job. Rohan is currently working on an Eagle Scout project on a farm in Simsbury for Healing Meals.
Don Bonner was happy to be receiving his first vaccination against COVID today at St. Francis. Rollie Sterrett said he will be receiving his second vaccination the following day. Larry Haber and Phil Ferrari both warned about the long lines to receive vaccinations at Rentschler Field - make sure you use the bathroom and bring entertainment! Larry Sullivan flew up from Florida to receive his vaccine and has returned and the worst part was waiting in the airport.
Rollie Sterrett and Salin Low have been working with George Pavlakis, a Senior Cadet from Avon at the US Military Academy at West Point regarding his request for a Rotary scholarship in order to receive a Masters Degree in Technology and Politics at the University of Munich in Germany. George hopes to become a Green Beret. They were both very impressed with his application and wanted to share it with members of the club.
Click here to view and read the application:
Joanne Santiago is looking for nominees for the Paul Harris award who have gone above and beyond in service in the club and outside of the club. For suggestions of the next recipient, reach out to Joanne. 
Per Rotary International - There should be no in person meetings for the remainder of the Rotary year to negate the spread of COVID-19.
Newington Rotary spoke last week regarding human trafficking. This upcoming Friday our club and Dave requested that members draw a red letter "X" on their hands on February 25th, make an image of their hand, and then share that image on social media platforms, while also including the following hashtags: #endit, #enditmovement, #endslaverynow. These references allow others to search on the Worldwide Web and find all related posts and links. Dave stated that sharing images of the red "X" on so many hands will help to mobilize the public against this tragic injustice and create a global awareness of the issue. One can learn more at:
February 25, 2021 - Rotary Global Grants presentation session (Details at "Eileen Rau", Happy Dollars section, above)
March 30, 2021 - Rotary Global Grants presentation session (Details at "Eileen Rau", Happy Dollars section, above)
May 15, 2021 - Taste of the Valley Event
June 18, 2021 - President's Installation Dinner (at the Golf Club of Avon)
Induction of New Members
Shanee Hoyt, Branch Manager of the Avon office of American Eagle Financial Credit Union, has been approved by the membership committee to become a member of the Avon/Canton Rotary. Shanee’s name is appearing in this issue of the Early Riser Newsletter for general membership approval. Any questions or concerns regarding Shanee's membership please contact Jim Gordon.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

               Building An Enclosure For Healing Meals: A Troop 274 Eagle Project

Rohan Badrinath

Gary Roman introduced Rohan Badrinth, Rohan is a junior Avon High School and an Eagle Scout. Rohan has been volunteering at Healing Meals for the past year and a half and is planning to combine his efforts at Healing Meals with an Eagle Scout project. Rohan is working with a Simsbury farmer who provides 100% of his fruits and vegetables to Healing Meals by planning to build an enclosure around the plants to protect them from animals. 
The enclosure will be 20x120 feet to be built over blueberry and raspberry bushes this summer. Rohan is submitting his project to the Eagle Scouts for approval on February 24 and has high confidence it will be accepted. The project will cost $4,000 and Rohan currently has $2,000 from sponsors and is actively fundraising for the remaining half. Rohan believes that he will need 5-10 scouts and/or volunteers to help him build the structure once funds are raised and believes the project will be complete by the end of the summer.
Taste of the Valley Update
Josh Gillooly & Colleen Grasso
The Taste of the Valley event is scheduled to take place on May 15, 2021 at the Golf Club of Avon. This will be the 14th year. Per the governor's guidelines up to 100 people can be allowed to gather indoors. While we will be monitoring guidelines closely, Lisa and The Golf Club of Avon is generously donating both indoor and outdoor space that can allow for up to 300 attendees. The main differences of this event from years past will be masking, spacing between guests and vendors. No Shoes Nation, a Kenny Chesney cover band will be the entertainment. Guests who bought tickets last year were given the option to roll over this year, donate the funds or get a refund.
Vendors that have committed:
Dish n Dat
Pamona Pizza
Bento Sushi
110 Grill
Brewery Legitimus
M&R Liquors
The TOTV committee is open to more vendors.
The Taste of the Valley Committee needs:
Baskets, volunteers, participants, vendors, gifts, sponsors! - Whatever you can do is appreciated.
Scribe note - apologies for no photos, the Early Riser platform is giving me great difficulty embedding them!
Special Announcements
None this week.
Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits
Scribe's screen grabs.
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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