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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 5, 2021
Tanzania Nursing Scholarship Program
Cherie Walton 
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 
Members Present: 34
Visiting Rotarians: Rick and Chris Heath  
Guests: None
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Fines: None today.
Birthdays: None today.
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Crazy Hat Day in the club!
Happy Moments
Alicia Canning asked the club to keep her daughter, Sarah in their prayers for a clean medical scan. Sarah has metastatic breast cancer and gets scanned every six months.
Joanne Santiago shared she was so proud of her daughter Joelle for her lecture on Cultural Competency and Sensitivity in the Healthcare Setting for the American Chiropractic Association's Engage 2021 Conference.
Rollie Sterrett said his happy moment was pulling out his crazy hat - his fishing out of his fishing locker. He has fished from Maine to Venezuela. His most recent trip to the Bahamas has been canceled due to a hurricane and the pandemic but hopes to finally make the trip with three of his buddies on May 15. Rollie also thanked Alicia for handing out jewelry.
Chuck Joseph was so happy to be back. The pandemic has made it very difficult for Chuck to make the meetings on Fridays. 
Salin Low also had a trip planned. She was going to travel to Poland to tour Auschwitz, but unlike Rollie's trip, hers was canceled due to low attendance. She quipped that she has a hard time imagining why anyone wouldn't want to go to during the pandemic.
Jolly Lux was so grateful to receive a $7,000 check in the mail from our club supporting the opening of her clinic in Uganda. Jolly said that for every 25,000 patients there is only 1 doctor and this donation will help reduce that number. The check will also help buy three month's worth of a supplies and a vaccine refrigerator. 
Don Bonner said that he was preparing for a trip to Pawtucket, Rhode Island to help his daughter fulfill a young cancer patient's wish to have an underwater themed bedroom. Don's daughter works for Make-A-Wish and Don will be painting the boy's bedroom to have sharks all over it and other appear as though he is in the middle of the ocean!
President Alicia Canning announced that there will be a Taste of the Valley meeting on February 9. Meetings occur every two weeks. All are welcome to attend. Taste of the Valley will be on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

World Water Day is March 22. There will be a board will be meeting February 16 to discuss raising awareness. The board meets the third Tuesday of every month.
The East Hartford Rotary club invites you to attend their meeting next week (2/3) at 12:00 to hear our guest speaker.
Ed Futa the Rotary International representative to the UN.
Pub Night is February 15 - keep an eye out for emails.
Induction of New Members
None today.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

AdvanceCT Support For Business Development in Connecticut

Sadie Colcord
Sadie Colcord provides support with the development of strategies for growing local business communities and often works directly with businesses alongside local officials and staff, ensuring that municipalities and regions statewide are poised for sustainable economic growth. She utilizes her experience working within local government as well as private economic development organizations to advise communities statewide on the best approach to local and regional economic development work.
Ms. Colcord has worked for the Town of Windsor Department of Economic Development, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Connecticut Main Street Center, and the New Haven Town Green Special Services District. She holds a master’s in public administration and bachelor’s in economics – both from the University of Connecticut. She has been a presenter for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, and is a regular speaker at workshops and events related to municipal economic development statewide. Ms. Colcord has also been a judge for the International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards. She is on the board of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) and the Town of Manchester Sustainability Task Force, a member of the International Economic Development Council, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest program.
Sadie spoke about AdvanceCT (formerly CERC). 

AdvanceCT is a nonprofit organization that works to engage, retain and recruit businesses and advance overall economic competitiveness in Connecticut. 

In collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), AdvanceCT strives to build a place where business, government, higher education, and nonprofits come together to implement high impact and inclusive economic development solutions for the state. 

Originally established in 1993 as the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc., the economic development entity changed its name to AdvanceCT in 2020.

Sadie shared the mission and the impact of AdvanceCT.

Sadie opened up the presentation to questions.
Larry Sullivan commented some of this work must feel like shoveling sand against the tide when it comes to business growth in CT, and asked if there were any recent successes?
Sadie answered that they are currently working on a projects that total 2 million dollar investment and has three major company commitments that can bring the state around 4,000 jobs. The projects are in food and beverage and medical devices.
Gary Roman asked how does the state of CT support AdvanceCT and how is it staffed?
Sadie answered that 50% of the company is funded through the state and the remainder is funded through the members of the organization. After reorganizing, they currently have 10 employees and hope to gain a total of 25-30 employees.
Kerswhin Singh asked what kind of problems does AdvanceCT see? How many outside states do you see moving in?
Sadie answered there are examples of CT companies recruiting globally and that there is a company from NYC that is looking to make CT their secondary location due to the pandemic causing over 20,000 NYC residents to move into CT. 
Special Announcements
None this week.
Mail Bag
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Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
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