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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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September 18, 2020
Hartford Wolf Pack
Erik Hansen
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from Alicia.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sgt-at Arms Report (Secretary Katelyn filling in for Rauf who welcomed baby boy Cyrus)
Members Present: 34
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Kate Sims (Speaker)  
Guests: 0
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
None today.
Arnie Goldman (9/11) Arnie shared his gratitude being a part of this club and recognized the acquaintances he has made, and even more so friends.
Happy Moments
Sue Mitchell was happy to share that the Beatles cover band Ticket to Ride will be performing at her fundraiser for US Horse Welfare and Rescue on October 9th. The event will be socially distant and held outdoors with plenty of space.
Rollie Sterrett wondered how a young guy such as himself could have celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary. He and his wife celebrated at Millwrights with a 4-course meal, dining near their waterfall. He highly recommends the experience to anyone looking to celebate a special event.
Dale Bronson shared three happy moments. 1) thanked Rollie for a lovely card he sent Dale in the mail 2) he met Heather at Canton Dunkin' and was so happy to see a fellow Rotarian in person and 3) he went to get a spot on his lungs biopsied, but as a part of biopsy protocol, doctors scanned his lungs right before the procedure. During the scan, the doctor noticed the spot had shrunk. Dale was thrilled to hear the doctor tell him "Tumors get bigger, inflammation gets smaller". Dale did not need the biopsy and left with great news!
Paul Mikkelson had a special guest appearance with his adorable grandson Tommy who is doing great. Paul shared he is also slowly recovering after his hit and run accident on his bike.  
Gary Miller shared a story about how he was loading his car at Simsbury Farms when someone asked him about his Rotary sticker. It turned out to be Jim McIntosh's son. They shared a lovely conversation and it brought back many fond memories. 
Sue Budde warned Rotarians she is going in for hugs at the golf tournament. It has been 6 months way too long since she's last seen us. She misses and loves all the club members.
Heather Pantano was happy to receive 47 auction items and can't wait for the tournament. 
President Alicia shared the sad news that Sean Blacker has been additionally diagnosed with colon cancer. She spoke to him and said that he remained upbeat, saying if it wasn't for the heart attack, they wouldn't have found cancer. Sean remains at UCONN hospital, he very much appreciated Alicia calling him and Alicia encouraged other club members to do so.
To call Sean at UCONN call their director at 860-679-2000. As of Friday, September 11, he was in room 328.
GoFundMe page for Sean where individuals can donate:  
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.


Kate Sims - Rotary District Membership Chair

Heather Pantano introduced Kate Sims. Kate is a healthcare executive with a proven track record of providing daily oversight and strategic management for hospital operations. Kate received an associate degree as a Registered Nurse in 1981.  She then received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration 1998.  Advancing her education, she then received her Executive MBA at the University of Hartford Barney School of Business Administration, with a concentration in Healthcare and Finance in May of 2008.  She has held numerous management positions in Nursing and Operations at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Flor, Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Hartford Healthcare, and most recently Charles River Community Health Center where she holds the title of Chief Operating Officer. 

Kate is dedicated to community service where she currently serves as the immediate past District Governor of Rotary International (RI). Kate holds several positions at the local, district, and zone level of RI.  She is currently both the Chair of the NEPETS for the class of 2020-21 but also the Assistant Coordinator for Membership for Zone 32. She is the proud parent of four children and one grandson. 

Kate spoke about the membership and growth of Rotary clubs. 



•1,206,501 ROTARIANS, which is an increase of 11,394 members since 1 July.  
•35,663 CLUBS (down 18 from 1 July). Starting new clubs expands our reach and increases our capacity for service around the world. We know that for many clubs, flexibility has proven a great way to address the varied needs of club members.
•Women now make up 23 percent of our membership, an increase of about 1 percent since 1 July.
•The information in Rotary Club Central suggests that the majority of our members are between ages 50 and 69, though accurate percentages are hard to gauge because 41 percent do not include their age in their membership profiles. 








Last year, Rotary districts received almost 18,000 membership leads that involved prospective, referred, or relocating members. But only 793 were admitted to clubs through the Manage Membership Leads page. 

It may be that some districts or clubs have a separate system for managing membership inquiries, we also know that many of these prospective members are never contacted. Based on membership leads reports, clubs contact only a third of the prospective members assigned to them. 

When we don’t respond to leads, we not only miss opportunities to grow our clubs, we also miss a chance to create goodwill in the community. Of the candidates who don’t hear back from us, 54 percent say they’re no longer interested in Rotary. 

One prospective member wrote: “To my great disappointment, no one from Rotary contacted me. So I ended up joining Kiwanis.”



Kate realized that time was running out, and paused her presentation for conversation with our club. 


Gary Miller asked if we could access the list of leads of people showing interest. Kate said she would get clarification.


Rollie Sterrett asked what defines an inactive member. Kate clarified that Rotary has chosen to take a stance that there are no hard rules on inactive members. If money towards dues is an issue but a Rotarian is very active in the community and the club, the club should not turn them away. Heather Pantano clarified that we do this as a club as long as members are transparent about their role and expectations. We are flexible to make membership work for all.


If you are interested in a copy of Kate's full presentation, you can reach out to Lauren Gardner at for a copy.


Special Announcements
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Mail Bag
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Photo Credits
Kate Sim's Slideshow 
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
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