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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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Chris Schonenderer
July 31, 2020
Ha Phororo Youth Retreat Centre, South Africa 
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
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Sgt-at Arms Report
Members Present: 35 members participated
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: Dr. Jerry Graham, DDS - Our Speaker
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Happy Dollars Moments
Editor's Note: If you missed our Zoom meeting, the full meeting is posted to our Group Facebook Page
President Alicia Canning:  Once Alicia gained control of her second meeting, she asked us to keep Linda Pendergast in our thoughts and prayers. Linda will be undergoing surgery on July 30th. Alicia also announced that she was taking her daughter for a scan following recent surgery and hoped that the pathology report would be favorable. She wouldn't know the results for a few days.
Salin Low spoke recently with Capri Brighenti, who has been dealing the after effects of having COVID-19 following her trip to Australia. She and her family recently placed their mother in a memory care unit. They have created a kickstarter to ensure that families in need get turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Gary Miller just returned from a trip to visit his oldest daughter's family near Rochester, NY. He and Debbie took their granddaughter with them to spend time with her three cousins. They had a wonderful time and enjoyed watching the four grandchildren interact.
Joanne Santiago thanked President Alicia for filling in to present a Paul Harris +7 pin to Chuck Joseph at the ShopRite in Canton.
Golf Tournament Update: Sue Budde shared that we have 8 sponsors, 12 ads, and 6 tee signs paid as of this morning. 52 golfers are registered. Chris Lamadrid said that her sales team has hit the ground running and will be contacting each member to check on progress and offer assistance. Immediate Past-President Heather Pantano is heading up the team for donations and auction items. She is looking into a tool for getting the auction and prizes online. Heather encouraged everyone to think about asking for gift certificates and donations when they visit local businesses. Smaller items will be grouped into baskets. Baskets from members are also welcomed. Co-Chair Gary Miller reminded everyone that the forms are all available on the website, but hard copies are available upon request.
Phil Ferrari shared that the pencil box program is still scheduled for August 24. It will be a bit different this year due to safety measures in place. He will send out more information via email.
Lisa Barall-Matt asked everyone to keep Capri Brighenti, her mother, and Linda Pendergast in their prayers
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
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Dr. Jerry Graham, DDS


President Alicia Canning introduced our speaker, Dr. Gerard Graham, who has practiced general and cosmetic dentistry in Connecticut, for over 30 years. He offers extensive experience in all aspects of general dentistry, including placing and restoring dental implants, crown and bridge reconstructive dentistry, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Graham also mentors dental students from the University of Connecticut Dental School in his office. In an unending journey to continue his education, Dr. Graham travels all over the US to learn the latest techniques in all aspects of dentistry.
Dr. Graham is originally from Lee, Massachusetts and has lived in Simsbury, Connecticut for 20 years. When not working, Dr. Graham can be found playing golf or working out in the gym. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters and two grandsons. Jerry is actively involved in Rotary Club where he chairs the Scholarship Committee.
Jerry's office is in the Avon Wellness Center. Like other dental offices, his was closed for several months. They recently were able to open under the COVID-19 guidelines. 
Jerry explained that the term COVID-19 is shortened from Coronavirus Disease 2019. Coronaviruses are not uncommon. The SARS epidemic was caused by a Coronavirus. The spikes on the virus give it its common name, Corona meaning crown in Latin. Jerry gave us a brief history of the disease.
  • Dec 31, 2019 World Health Organization reported that a "mysterious pneumonia" was sickening dozens of people in Wuhan, China
  • Jan 11, 2020 The first death was reported in China
  • Jan 20, 2020 The first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the US (Washington State )
  • Jan 26, 2020 The first "local" transmission case of Covid-19 was reported in California ( no travel history )
  • Feb 6, 2020 1St death in US
  • Feb 11, 2020 The World Health Organization announces new name for the disease " Covid-19 "
  • Feb 28, 2020 1st death in US without travel history ( In Wash State )
  • March 13, 2020 President Trump declares state of emergency.
Covid-19 is a respiratory virus that has no evidence of passing by touch. The sources is still not confirmed. The common cold is a coronavirus that we are all familiar with. The body fights viruses by developing antibodies that attack and kill the virus. Viruses are parasites that need other cells' energy to replicate. The antibodies make the virus clump together. Two antibodies association with Covid-19 are IGG and IGM. No one to date has been infected twice by this virus, although they may have had a relapse or a recurrence of one of the many symptoms.
Jerry spoke at some length regarding all the precautions his office and staff are taking to create a safe environment for themselves and his patients. Jerry explained about aerosols and how they promote the spread of the disease and the precautions they have instituted specifically to control aerosols.

What are aerosols and how to we protect against them?

  • Aerosols are mini whirlwinds of potential virus particles produced by dental drills, air syringes, polishing cups and ultrasonic cleaners.
  • We have installed extra oral vacuum machines to eliminate and kill viruses with intake at the patients mouth. These machines have UV, Plasma and HEPA filtration build into them.
  • We have installed UV Light air purification units into our HVAC system which runs 24/7. We have also increased the air intake and the speed of the fan motors in our HVAC system which runs 24/7.
  • We have our patients "pre rinse" with hydrogen peroxide for 30 secs before procedures.
  • We limit aerosols whenever possible.
  • We have separated the clinical area from the front desk area with doors
  • We have installed doors between treatment rooms
  • We have humidifiers running in the rooms which containing hypochlorous acid ( this is made on site and ismade by our white blood cells to kill bacteria and viruses.
  • UV Oven that uses Ultraviolet light and heat to sanitize pt safety glasses

Where do we go from here?

  • Caution must be exercised by all of us: social distancing ( the 6 foot rule) hand hygiene, masks whenever in public.
  • Future treatment will be a safe, effective vaccine probably will not available until early late 2020 or early 2021
  • Treatment may also be "antibody infusion" ie: if you are sick, you need to get to an infusion center for antibodies to be given to you by IV

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Editor's Notes
Submission Deadline: Members are kindly encouraged to submit all materials for each week's Early Riser as early as possible. Please note that some editions may be published and distributed as early as the Saturday following our meetings, and during those weeks further contributions to the Early Riser will be included in the subsequent week's edition.
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