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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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August 23, 2019
Chris Allen
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 32
Visiting Rotarians: none  
Guests: Jim Voorhees, Loretta Fiore, Ravi Prajapati
Happy Dollars: $ 44
Raffle Winner: Salin Low
Chris Lamadrid has thoroughly enjoyed Rotary since joining. She learned about Rotary from Salin Low with whom she plays in a weekly Mahjong group. Salin was always talking about her Friday mornings and other Rotary events. Chris decided to give us a try. She is still amazed how 30-40 people could get up so early on a Friday morning and be happy and bright. Chris currently serves as our Secretary.
Peter Vignati was celebrating his birthday today. He was happy to be here after his bout with a brain tumor which has completely cleared up. He mentioned that his wife Suzanne entered the US on August 16th. Peter said she is the best birthday present he has ever had. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary. They had a great trip to Iceland and last night attended a Zydeco event for his birthday. They are headed to Boston today to visit his brother at Dana Farber. His brother was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Debbie Stanwood (absent)
Happy Dollars
Tom Voorhees was happy to have his son Jim visiting. Beside helping out with pencil boxes, Jim is painting windows and doing other projects on Tom's list.
Salin Low had a great time in Oklahoma as part of her 70th birthday celebration. She also related a "religious golfing" joke.
Sue Budde was happy that Rauf Majidian was able to help her friend get a mortgage for her dream house. Sue also spoke about her mother's recent passing. She was so pleased with all the support from her Rotary family.
Bob Cave was about to leave on a cruise to Ireland, England and Scotland. He will miss a couple of meetings.
Yvonne Gardner was happy to report that it has been one year since her breast cancer diagnosis. She is currently completely free.
Nancy Nation has been married to Craig for 66 years. They are headed to the Hopkins Inn to celebrate.
Phil Ferrari thanked everyone for helping with the pencil boxes. The collection bucket had an excess of $40 which he handed over to Colleen Grasso toward raffle items for the golf tournament.
Jolly Lux was happy that the Canton Interacters are helping with fundraising for GLO. They are participating in the Global Citizens Initiative.
Paul Mikkelson received a donation of $25 from a friend for our golf tournament. He also had foursomes from Blue Fox Run and Simsbury Farms Golf Courses for the raffle.
Jim Voorhees was happy to be helping his dad with chores around the house and celebrating family birthdays.
Larry Sullivan reminded everyone that our golf tournament is only 3 weeks away. Friday the 23rd is the deadline for advertisements for the golf booklet. Colleen still needs raffle prizes or monetary donations. A signup list for "Dinner Only" attendees was circulated. 
Calendar of Upcoming Events & Announcements
August 19th: Calling hours at Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville, 4-6 PM, for Vaughn Young who passed away on August 13th. Funeral services will be on August 20th at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon at 11:00 AM.
September 9th: Annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament, at the Golf Club of Avon. Don't forget to sell those ads and to recruit those golfers. The club wants to do so much in our community, and it depends on the efforts of all members.
Induction of New Members
None today

Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

Guiding Light Orphans Update
Members Jolly and Kurt Lux were our guest speakers today. Jolly began by talking about their activities over the last 9 months. During that time they have expanded their mission to helping villagers with epilepsy and have served over 4000 patients at their clinic. Their mission began in 2014 with limited medical help to people in the remote Ugandan village. Over the past 5 years the mission has expanded greatly with financial support from Rotary and other organizations. GLO just received its second Rotary District grant totaling $7500 ($5000 from Avon-Canton and $2500 from District 7890) to support the latest phase of providing vocational training to the woman of the village. As part of this program, the women learn to sew personal hygiene items, make soap, and other items.
Kurt said they originally planned to replicate GLO in several other locations. After listening to the needs of the current community, they have decided to concentrate their efforts in the one location. The vocation training program is having the most impact by empowering the women to make some much needed income.
The video (above) provides more detail about their work and current needs.

Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise noted.
Editor's Notes
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