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Getting to Know our Members
Getting to Know AnneMary Gordon
Annemary Gordon was born and grew up in Ghana, West Africa, where she also had her formal education and completed her undergraduate studies. In June of 2014, Annemary migrated to the United States and settled in Avon with her three children - Elijah and Brianna, twins age fifteen, who attend Avon High School and Geri, age fourteen, who attends Avon Middle School.
Annemary graduated May 2018 from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford with a Master of Social Work degree and is currently working for the United States Postal Service in Asset Management as an Inventory Control Specialist. She looks forward to making a change very soon and pursuing her career as a social worker, so that she can have a positive impact on the lives of others within her sphere of life.

In her spare time, “when not being a mum to three demanding teenagers” or committing to other engagements, Annemary enjoys taking nature walks, reading and swimming. Annemary is glad to be a member of Rotary where it’s motto “Service above Self” reflects one of her own ideals of achieving one’s worth by serving humanity.

Aug 16, 2019
Guiding Light
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 30, 2019
Haitian Water Project
Sep 06, 2019
Meeting and Tour at FAVARH
Sep 13, 2019
A Promise to Jordan
Sep 20, 2019
"Greatest Hits"
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
EarlyRiser Presentations
The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio
GLO Fall 2017 Mission Trip
Eastern Europe Trip to Vienna and Prague Presentation
Avon Village Center Project Presentation
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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Upcoming Meeting Speaker
Universal Healthcare Foundation
Lynne Ide
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
April 26, 2019
Members Present: 42
Make-Ups: None  
Guests (2): Rauf Majidian's guest Esam Boraey and our speaker Jeff Gross
Visiting Rotarians: None
Happy Dollars: $32
Raffle Winner: Phil Ferrary and Rollie Sterrett
Michelle Hagan and Christine Heath, neither of whom were present.
Happy Dollars
Sue Budde is going to be a Grandmother at 10:30 AM this morning when her daughter goes in for a Cesarean. 
Paul Mikkelson shared the first of a “How to Series” for our upcoming Golf Tournament:
Starts with You Today Right now- Re Our Golf Tournament
First step-Identify Prospects- Who can you contact= see, call, email, present to & close?
Who do you do business with- Who have you paid money to recently? Accountant, Contractor, Real Estate Agent, Auto Mechanic,       Car Dealer, Oil, Propane & Air­ Conditioning Dealer, Interior Decorator, Gardener, Lawn Maintenance, Bank, Financial Advisor,             Attorney, Doctor, Dentist, Engineer, Architect, Insurance Advisors, Restaurants, Dry Cleaner, Grocery Store, Retail Stores, Pool         Store, Shed Store, Snow-Plow, Furniture Store, Etc.
Who knows you? Who "likes" you?  Who do you know who is doing well financially?  Who do you know who owns a company-?      Think- Relatives, Neighbors, Friends, Religious Contacts, Club Contacts, College Contacts, High School Contacts, Clients, Business Associates, Etc.
Don't know anyone?  Cold Call- this can be Fun!
You can do this alone or do some of the "selling" with another Rotarian- make it fun & this makes a good impression on the Prospect.
More information to follow- For now, ID Prospects- make a list, check it twice- Questions- Ask anyone on our Golf Committee or ask, Paul Mikkelson
Help others reach their goals, by helping us raise money for our Golf Tournament
Linda Pendergast took her 16-year-old granddaughter out to California where the saw the University of the Redlands.  Linda doubts she will go there, but they had the best time.
Katelyn Kaplan hoped everybody had a good time at the Rotary Evening at the Roaring Brook Nature Center.  Almost 30 Rotarians were able to come.  The Center on Saturday, held the version of the Kentucky Derby with a Turtle Derby.
Peter Vignati is heading off with his wife to the Canary Islands.  It is like the Hawaii of the Atlantic just off the coast of Spain.
Ted Cowles reported that he had a very good syrup season and has pints and quarts for sale.
Alicia Canning reported on how much fun she had helping out at the Amber Alert
Tom Voorhees reported that at the Amber Alert they registered 47 kids in 2 hours with help from Alicia, Rollie, and Peter.
Gary Miller finally got to play golf last night as his Simsbury Men’s golf league has been rained out every time.  There next game is Sunday, where rain is again forecast.
Don Bonner congratulated Katelyn on the great Roaring Brook event and also the Canton Interact Club for the very successful Opioid Panel.
Carrie Firestone  reported on the successful “Take Back Day” to safely dispose of unneeded prescription drugs.  She also noted that Avon’s Police Station is the only town around that does not offer a drug disposal.  She felt the club ought to reach out to them and do something about this. 
Bill Barnes is belatedly congratulating his grandson, Chris, who has completed his Eagle Scout Project.  Bill also commented that the new biographical sketch feature in the Early Riser led to a misunderstanding, when Arnie thought he was reading Bill’s obituary.  Both were pleased that they were wrong.
Larry Sullivan pointed out the new golf brochures and asked the members to take and distribute them to potential golfers and sponsors.  He also mentioned that we will have two major trips available for auction, a Fishers Island golf package for 4, and two trips to African each for 2 people.
Mike Mezheritskiy announced that Amazon Smile is now available to benefit the Club when our members and others make Amazon purchases, by each individual designating the Club as their charitable beneficiary for Amazon Smile. Please consider making the Club your beneficiary!
Gary Miller continues to seek a few members to purchase or renew their 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
May 16th: Rotary Night at Hartford Yard Goats, Thursday May 16; Game time 7:05 PM. Tickets $8.00. Contact Paul Mikkelson for details.
May 19th:  Amber Alert at Roaring Brook Elementary School; 12 - 3 PM.  See Tom Voorhees if you can help.
May 31:  Golf Club Committee Meeting, 1 PM at Seasons Restaurant in the Sun Room.  New members are urged to attend to learn about the tournament. 
June 7th:  President's Installation Dinner, 6 PM, Golf Club of Avon
June 10th: Canton Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament at the Farmington Woods Golf Club. Contact Gary or Sue Budde for more information or visit the Chamber's website for registration: Canton Chamber Golf Tournament
June 20th: Rotary Governors Installation at Riverview in Simsbury.
June 21st:  Meeting to be held at the new FAVARH Rotary Building
September 9th: Annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament at the Golf Club of Avon. Please contact Gary Miller if you are interested in working on one of the golf committees.
Induction of New Members
None this week
Club Presentations
Tom Voorhees presented Joanna Santiago with her Paul Harris Plus 8 Award.  Tom also reminded us of the importance of the Paul Harris Foundation and its role in Polio Eradication as well as many other projects.  All of the money donated gets used for charitable purposes and half the money comes back to the district to be used for grants to clubs in support of their projects.

Community and International Service Grants
Craig Buhrendorf, representing the International Service Service Committee presented a check for $1,750 to Cherie Walton who accepted the check on behalf of the Tanzania Nursing Scholarship Fund.  This will fund 2 second year nursing students to complete their education and pay for tuition as well as room and board. 

Electric Vehicles
Jeff Gross
Lead, Transportation For All
Connecticut's transportation sector accounts for 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Cars, trucks and buses and other vehicles on Connecticut roads account for the majority of greenhouse emissions produced in our state.  Nationwide, the transportation sector is accountable for 28% of all carbon emissions, and that number is growing every year.
A switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), which require no gasoline and emit no tailpipe pollution, is a critical opportunity to slash pollution, create American jobs, reduce oil dependence, and forever change the impact of vehicles on our planet.
About Electric Cars:
What is a plug-in electric vehicle?
A fully electric vehicle uses electricity to power a battery. A battery means no gasoline, no dirty oil changes and no more internal combustion engine. Most new fully electric vehicles can drive 70-100 miles on one charge. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles run on electricity for a certain number of miles, and as their battery runs out of charge, a gasoline powered engine or generator kicks in.
Most EVs are charged at home overnight. Using a 220-volt outlet and charging unit, installed by an electrician, a plug-in hybrid electric recharges in about 100 minutes, and a pure electric vehicle in three to eight hours. A regular 120-volt wall outlet will significantly increase charging times but is likely sufficient for plug-in hybrids and for fully electric vehicles for some people.
Emissions comparison:
In almost every region of the country, carbon emissions from the electricity sources used to power EVs are lower than the emissions from conventional cars (during a full lifecycle analysis).
In some areas such the west and east coasts where there are fewer coal plants, emissions are significantly lower for EVs. And that’s today. As we retire more coal plants and bring online cleaner sources of power like wind and solar, the emissions from electric vehicle charging drop even further.
Why should I switch to a plug-in electric vehicle?
​EVs are good for the environment and they're fun to drive. They're also an instant conversation starter.
​Each year, American passenger cars and trucks, through vehicle tailpipe and oil extraction and transport emissions, spew upwards of three trillion tons of carbon pollution into the air by burning about 121 billion gallons of gasoline. In addition to accelerating climate change, our dangerous dependence on oil has resulted in countless catastrophes like the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and more recently the oil train crash in the small eastern Quebec town of Lac-Megantic.
One caveat: when coal supplies the vast majority of power in a given area (which is true in only a small number of US states), electric vehicles may emit more CO2 pollution than hybrid electric vehicles.  This fact does NOT apply to Connecticut.
At this point in the presentation, the club went outside to see two all electric vehicles.  Our speaker brought a BMW i3 and Carrie Firestone showed off her Tessla.

Mail Bag
None today
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise noted.
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