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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
Meeting 6/11/21
The Village
Derek Slap
VP, Advancement
The Village, Hartford, CT
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: 33


Visiting Rotarians: Dave Tedeschi, Assistant District Governor 


Guests: Sharon Cable & Adam Cohen (Speaker)
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when shared.

Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.

Fines: None today.
Cherie Walton celebrated a birthday on May 29th.  She noted that she is not an early riser but absolutely likes our company in the morning and hopes to be more active in the future when she finally retires.
Capri Brighenti, who was not present, celebrated her birthday on 5/28.
Happy Moments
Rollie Sterrett finished up telling his (tall?) tale from his recent bonefish trip to Andros Island in the Bahamas with a story of a shark biting a fish that they had caught in half, inches a way from his friends hand as the were trying to reel him in. 
Salin Low noted that she had booked a trip in 2020 that got canceled because of the pandemic and another scheduled for this June, which also had to be canceled.  The company rescheduled both trips for 2022 for the same week.  She was able to get one switched so now she will be taking two trips a month apart.
Peter Vignati had a great trip to Florida where his nephew got married.  He was able to get in some golf, with a major course hazard being multiple iguanas, one of which was about 3 foot long and had an inordinate interest in Peter's golf ball.
Jolly Lux thanked the club for all the help it has been over the last several years to enable them to apply for the grants to support their work.  She also noted that it is the generoisty of the club members that allows Rotary to fund the charitable work that they and other organizations do.
Sue Budde saw Phil Ferrai and reported that he is doing much better.  He is up in a chair and they have loosened up his leg braces so that he can bend his knee a little.  He says hi to everyone, but it takes too much to get him up in the morning to join us yet for the meeting.
June reminder of the importance of breast self-examinations.  It can be a life saver.
A reminder on the importance of making a contribution to Rotary International's annual fund.  Half of the money comes back to the district to support district grants.  Talk to Joanne Santiago, if you have any questions.
Thank yous to Mike Mezheritskiy for representing the club at Avon Dollars for Scholars and to Salin Low and Alicia Canning for doing the Canton Scholarship presentation.  
Starting in July, our club will be meeting at the Golf Club of Avon with the club voting for a Continental Breakfast.
Northwest bank will be our major sponsor for the golf tournament
Upcoming Dates
6/18 President's Dinner
6/24 District installation dinner at the Aqua Turf
6/25 Avon Dollars for Scholars
6/25 FAVARH, breakfast meeting with food provided by Beanz.  E-mail about signing up and paying for breakfast will be coming out.
7/31 District fundraiser at a Yard Goats game
8/20 Focus golf tournament, Fairview Golf Club, Harwinton
9/13 Rotary Club of Avon/Canton golf tournament
Induction of New Members
None today.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week. 

"Services Cliff"
Sharon Cable & Adam Cohen
along with Yvonne Gardner & Lauren Gardner
Focus Center
Adam Cohen is the Director for Supportive Housing and has been with focus for 20 years working with adolescents and young adults.  The program he runs has three apartments in Torrington with two adults in each apartment who have 24 hour support.  Sharon Cable has been part of FOCUS for many years, starting as a parent when her son participated in the program and is now in charge of Supportive Services for FOCUS.  Currently she is developing support services for adults on the spectrum,
The Services Cliff refers to the lack of services available to adults on the spectrum which occurs when services available through the public schools ends when they turn 21.  The residential program used to be in Canton, but they realized that the young adults who are helped by this program need a more urban environment where they can walk to places such as the grocery store.  The goal of the program is for the clients to be able to live independently, The program works cooperatively with the mental health authority and other groups such as social clubs to accomplish their mission.  We are creating a young adult social environment which is critical for these individuals.  
Currently we have check in meeting where the young adults can come and check in every night on Zoom, which is an informal drop in where people can talk about their day and what is happening.  During the Pandemic, a lot of the discussion was on depression and isolation.  They are now trying to bring people back together in-person.  The ultimate goal is to help folks find the job or volunteer opportunities in the community,   All of this leads to a sense of pride and an ability to be part of and contribute to the community.
Currently for someone on the spectrum, you can go to  high school and then a transition program until your 22nd birthday.  After that their is nothing.  This is what we call the Services Cliff.  In CT, if you don't have an intellectual disability, there are no vocational or other services available.  This is the gap we are trying to bridge.  It's a big gap to bridge.  We are starting with recreational programing and social skills as those are the pieces that keep our folks from getting and keeping jobs.  It is not the ability to do the job but it is the navigating of the social piece.

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