Russell Hampton
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Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
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Asst Treasurer
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EarlyRiser Presentations
Promoting the Golf Tournament
The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio
GLO Fall 2017 Mission Trip
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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 Dog Star Rescue
Jim Walter
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 43
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Loretta Fiora (Nautilus Accounting Service; prospective member); Dave Pilon (guest of Rauf Majidian); Sarup Dhungana and Joelle Santiago (guests of Joanne Santiago); Karin Cochiol ) Webster Bank; guest of Yvonne Gardner); Phil Rockwell (Fresh Start Pallet Projects). Also Heidi who came with Maria Skinner and a mystical Robbie, who is a prospective member.
Happy Dollars: $37
Raffle Winner: Rauf Majidian ($20)
None this week.
Happy Dollars
Paul Mikkelson was happy about the Tour de France and a mountain stage. He was amazed that the Red Sox has beaten the Yankees 19-3, a new high for the Sox against the Yankees (and the Sox won the series 4-0). He got an ad from his dentist and committed to an ad from his wife and daughter's company. He was happy about Nancy Nation's ad from Paine's. Alicia Canning was planning to go for ads, and she was willing to take others along. He encouraged members to keep a blue card with them to remind them that some of their contacts or people they do business with are potential advertisers for the golf outing.
Kathleen Parr was happy to remind members that we also need raffle prizes and items for the silent auction. She encouraged people to pound the pavement for donations, especially where members are customers of the business.
Gary Hyde had a family week. He went to Saratoga Springs to the races and celebrated his grandson's first birthday. He placed a bet for each grandchild and his grandson won $44. He's not sure if it's taxable!. He also saw his brother and played golf at Farmington Woods with him.
President Heather was happy to be going to Talcott Mountain for the concert, especially since she had a baby sitter!
Dale Bronson gave $20, because he was ecstatic! He had suffered for two months with severe mouth pain, and none of his doctors could figure out what was causing it. Finally one doctor realized there were cancer cells on the underside of his tongue. He had a four-hour operation and woke up feeling better than he had for awhile. Then his wife reminded him that he had just had a shot of morphine. Now he is cancer free and can eat much more happily and comfortably.
Peter Vignati was happy for Dale and happy and he and wife Suzanne were taking a Windstar cruise around Iceland. He saw it as a trip of a lifetime!
Larry Sullivan told a somewhat religious joke about Father O'Malley in Texas.
Ted Cowles was happy about his granddaughter who received a Master's degree in Philadelphia. She is now teaching chemistry and algebra at Miss Porter's School.
Jolly Lux was happy that the engineering department is working on a project to use biofuels in the new GLO building.
Calendar of Upcoming Events & Announcements
August 14th: Pencil box assembly at 5:00 p.m. at Nancy Nation's house. Phil and Beth Ferrari are organizing the event. Check with him about signing up to help and to bring something to complement the pizza. Or you can contribute to the pizza when you arrive.
September 9th: Annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament, at the Golf Club of Avon.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

Community and International Service Grants
Fresh Start Pallet Products
Gary Roman presented a check for $750 to Phil Rockwell for Fresh Start Pallet Products, which helps homeless people learn how to build furniture out of wooden pallets. This helps them to learn responsibility on the job, how to manage finances, and how to present themselves for other opportunities. The money from our club will be used to buy tools and tool boxes for the workers, so they can feel they have something of their own. Phil told the story of Fresh Start's beginning - building a bench in front of a church for people who gathered before and after and AA meeting. It is a wonderful company with an inspiring purpose.

Opioid Addiction Task Force
Maria Coutant Skinner
Maria Coutant Skinner is a licensed clinical social worker and director of McCall Center in Torrington, which provides psychological services to underserved populations. She is also a member of Torrington Rotary and head of the district's joint task force to fight the Opioid Crisis. She lives in Canton and has two daughters, Emma and Abigail, who have both one scholarships through Canton Dollars for Scholars which were funded by the Avon-Canton Rotary.
She started by saying that the opioid crisis is a tough topic, because it also involved suicides and depression. Opioids have resulted in ore deaths in one year that the Vietnam War claimed in its entirety. One of the things which feeds addiction is weak connections with other people, which leads to depression and vulnerability. While most people use pain medications for pain, some seek out the meds to relieve stress.
A root cause for susceptibility to addiction is trauma, often an adverse experiences. One study which provided some insight worked with people who were severely overweight. They were put on a healthy diet and monitored for an extended period. Most participants lost a significant amount of weight. Then many of them regained the weight. When the participants were interviewed, it was discovered that those who regained the most had experienced childhood trauma, often rape or sexual abuse. Eating to excess was a way to deal with uncomfortable emotions by using the excess weight to be less attractive and to keep potential predators at a safe distance.
Many young people have an opportunity to experiment with drugs, whether at school, at parties, or in their neighborhoods. Many can try the drugs and leave them alone afterward. However, the young person with traumatic experiences will be especially vulnerable. Adolescence makes addiction more threatening because it is a time of greater confusion about identity and less understanding about ways to deal with difficult personal issues.
Although there are other sources of opioids, the most common way to obtain opioids initially is diversion. Diversion is using drugs that were appropriately prescribed for another person. A teenager can find opioids the medicine cabinet of a parent or other family member and share them at a party. People who would never knowingly provide such drugs to their children make access to them possible through carelessness.
Knowing that diversion is something that can be avoided if people are educated and given a way to dispose of potentially dangerous drugs, the Rotary - Lions Addiction Task Force decided to focus Year 1 to preventing diversion. There was Take Back the Drug Day in the spring to let people drop off their drugs which were then safely disposed of. There has been education about ways to dispose of drugs at other times - taking them to police stations who have disposal facilities or using bags which render the drugs useless. If diversion could be curtailed, the source of 65% of the drugs which lead to addiction could be kept from this dangerous use.
Now that steps have been taken to reduce diversion, there is a movement to Phases 2 & 3 of the work to fight the crisis:
Phase 2 is to educate employers about ways to recognize addiction and how to address the problem. Pullman and Comley is developing a module for this purpose. Phase 3 is working with other groups in the community who are fighting opioid addiction, including police, hospitals, and other organizations who could achieve more if they work together.

Mail Bag
We received thanks for the Seniors Luncheon and from Kateri Medical Center for a $2,000 donation to help with medical care in Nigeria.
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise noted.
Editor's Notes
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