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Gary Miller
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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
In person starting July 9, 2021. Zoom will also be available for those unable to attend in person.
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Upcoming Meeting & Program
December 17, 2021
Avon High School Choir
No regular meetings on December 24th or 31st
Sergeant-at-Arms Report\
Members Present: 32 and 2 virtually
Guests: Carl Geddo (Prospective Member); Steve Hornstein, (Guest of Larry Haber & Prospective Member); Caroline (Cal) Miller-Stevens, (Of Miller Farms & Prospective Member), Jimmy Ssekaawabe (Potential returning member), Dan Keller, Ann Kollegger, Susan Omillion, John Bishop, Drew DiPippo
Speaker: None
Visiting Rotarians: None
Happy Dollars: $182.00 (Dish 'n Dat Christmas)
Raffle Prize & Winner: $20.00 / Peter Vignati
Rick Heath (12/9): Rick was happy to be celebrating another birthday with his wife Chris, whom he met through Rotary while they were Presidents of their respective clubs in the Coral Cables Florida area. Rick says that despite their years in other clubs, Avon-Canton will always be their favorite.
Natasha Haims (12/11) thanked all 6000 of her friends on Facebook for remembering her birthday. Her son recently was married, and her granddaughter has moved in with her. A cat has also been recently added to the family. Natasha says she's still a work in progess.
Happy Dollars:
Robin DiNicola will be happy to have sons Joe home from college and Jack from Avon Old Farms for the Christmas holidays.
Heather Pantano is heading off to the Dominican Republic with husband, Paolo, and no children to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. She's very nervous about leaving the children for the first time on a vacation.
Peter Vignati is headed to Boston for an Andre Boccelli concert with his brother.
Salin Low is still looking for Salvation Army bell ringers for the afternoon shifts on Saturday.
Jolly Lux is back from her latest trip to Uganda and happy to report that the new well passed the 24-hour test to the delight of the village children who were able to play in the free flowing fresh water.
Joanne Santiago was reviewing previous editions of the Early Riser and was amazed at all the wonderful things that we do as a club. She was also excited that her daughter, Joelle, was taking her to the Cirque Dreams Holidaze performance.
Ann Clark received a thank you card from Diana Boorjian who is recovering from surgery. Diane said, "Thank you so much for the lovely plant the club sent me. It really made my day sparkle. I am humbled by all the support, love, and caring that has come to me from the Rotary. Just knowing that you are there to help me has been such a great blessing. Again many thanks, Lovingly, Diana."
Kevin Case was recovering from unexpected foot surgery and probably shouldn't have been on his feet, but he had to come watch the Canton Chamber Singers perform. He was happy to be accompanied by CHS Principal, Drew DiPippo, and Director of Technology and Innovation, Jon Bishop.
Phil Ferrari was pleased with the response from members for the Salvation Army matching donations. The club will match up to $1500 and we are getting very close to that amount.
Josh Gillooly reminded members that the TOTV Committee will be meeting at Dish 'n Dat on Tuesday at 5 PM. Please join us.
Jim Gordon asked the Membership Committee to meet immediately following the meeting to consider two prospective members.
Heather Pantano that toys for children under 12, gift cards for 12 and older, and food were still needed for the Dish 'n Dat Christmas Breakfast. Contact Sue or Dish-n-Dat to offer your help, cash donations, or toys.
Rotary Christmas ornaments can be ordered by reaching out to Chris Lamadrid (  The cost of these beautiful commemorative ornaments is $10.00.  
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
12/24:   NO Meeting - Christmas Eve
12/31:   NO Meeting - New Years Eve
Joanne Santiago presented a Paul Harris +6 to Scott Nardozzi which represents Rotary Foundation contributions totalling over $6000.
Community and International Service Grants
Gary Roman, Chair of Community Service, presented checks to three recipients this morning.
The committee awarded $2000 to Dan Keller, owner of Dish 'n Dat, toward his Christmas Breakfast fo needy families and children in Canton. 
$2000 was awarded to Susan Omillion of the Avenging Angel Workshops that help women in crisis due to abuse and violence recover and return to a normal life. Susan was a past speaker and said that her workshops were still meeting regularly via Zoom.
Ann Kollegger from the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center received $1200 to help with renovations and machines for the Sewing Room where all the woven cloth is turned into useful products. The sewers are all volunteers. She said the weavers produce over 40 football fields of material each year. The weavers are either vision impaired or elderly. Ann also was a recent speaker.
Canton High School Chamber Singers
The Canton High School Chamber Singers delighted us with an assortment of holiday music directed by vocal music teacher Brian Jones

Special Announcements: None this week.
Mail Bag: Report from 2LT George Pavlakis - Read the attached PDF.
Photo Credits: Gary Miller
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