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Salin Low
Speakers
Jul 08, 2022
Installation Dinner
Jul 15, 2022
Ukraine Update
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Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
Immediate Past President
 
Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Foundation Chair
 
Board Member-at-Large
 
Board Member-at-Large
 
Interact Chair
 
Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Avon-Canton
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
Fax:
(860) 760-6364
All meetings are hybrid both in-person and Zoom available
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June 10, 2022
Food Security
 
The meeting will be held both in person at the Golf Club of Avon and via Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the Club for Zoom access and
please note we use a recurring ID for your convenience.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
 
 
Rotarians Present: 29 in person + 6 via Zoom
 
Visiting Rotarians:  ADG Dave Tedeschi; Past President Richard Kisiel who will return to Avon-Canton as of 7/1
 
Guests: Avon Dollars for Scholars board members & scholarship recipients.
Happy Dollars$30.00
Raffle Winner: No winner
 
Fines: None today.
 
Birthdays: Lauren Gardner (5/27); Capri Brighenti (5/28); Cherie Walton (5/29). None were present. 
 
 
Happy Dollars
 
 
Salin Low was happy to be taking three trips: first to Germany, where she will have the opportunity to visit with our international scholarship recipient George Pavlakis; next to Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies by train; then to Kansas City for a family get together in early August. She was sad to be missing so many Friday mornings, although she expects to be able to attend the President's Dinner on July 8.
 
Larry Sullivan told a baseball joke. The punchline is, "You're pitching Tuesday." You can fill in the blanks.
 
Dale Bronson was sorry that most of his family has had COVID, but he's glad that he has only had 17 negative tests. He told a story about a friend of his whose wife was tired of being stuck at home and wanted him to take her to someplace expensive. So he took her to the gas station.
 
Gary Miller displayed a quilt that has squares for the signatures of veterans. He encouraged members to sign a square. The quilt will be given to a veteran.
 
Bob Cave was happy that the scholarships were given to high school students and reminded members that Dollars for Scholars was started in Avon and Canton by Rotary.
 
Linda Pendergast was happy that a new treatment provides a breakthrough for the cure of pancreatic cancer. She was also happy to have attended to attend graduation ceremonies at Harvard and to see her granddaughter be one of the graduates.
 
Natasha Haims is happy to be in Rotary -- the only place where she as a Russian can get along with a Ukrainian - Michael Mezheritskiy.
 
Larry Haber was happy to go to a wedding in Washington D.C., although getting there was a challenge. Three flights were cancelled on Friday. He finally got a flight on Saturday - from Baltimore. He had to Uber to D.C. Pictures he showed indicated the spectacle was worth the effort.
 
Gary Roman was happy to announce that Veterans Base Camp, is now able to refinance the purchase of their property. They needed $150k to get the loan. Cindy Archibald did extensive fundraising and even managed to make an appeal on television. Her work paid off: they raised $250k. This is important, since the camp provides a residence for nine and provides meals for 100 families. The club will probably have a work day there in the fall.
 
Alicia Canning reminded us that the first Friday is the time to do a breast self-examination. she encouraged us to remind loved ones as well.
 
Announcements
 
 
The Rotary Foundation Committee nominated and the Board approved four members receiving Paul Harris Fellowship awards at the President's Installation Dinner in July. The recipients will be Larry Haber, Ike Eickenhorst, Mike Mezheritskiy, and Chris Lamadrid.
 
Salin Low is looking for at least one additional scribe to prepare the Early Riser one time a month. The current crew has worked together for about six years. They have a number of scheduling conflicts this summer, so it's a good time to try out your editorial skills. Gary Miller is a pro at training new scribes, so it's a fairly smooth learning curve. If you are willing to be a summer intern, please let Salin know.
 
Calendar
 
July 8th: President's Dinner at Golf Club of Avon. Dinner cost is $55. Meal choices are: chicken marsala; grilled salmon; filet mignon; and a vegetarian option. You can sign up and pay on the club website now.
 
Induction of New Members
None this week.

 
Awards
None this week.
 
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
PRESENTATION
Avon Dollars for Scholars
Rotary Scholarship Recipients
Joanne Beers, Board Member
 
 
 
 
President Chris introduced the program commenting that presenting the scholarships to the Avon and Canton was one of the highlights of her 50 years in education as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. She also commended past president Michael Mezheritskiy, who has been president of the Avon Chamber and is VP of Avon Dollars for Scholars (ADFS), for his service to the community.
 
Michael introduced Joanne Beers who is the past president of ADFS. She has more than twenty years of experience in leadership and volunteer positions with non-profit organizations including Avon Dollars for Scholars, Avon Chamber of Commerce and Avon Education Foundation, bringing executive and operational skills learned in the managed care industry to these organizations. Before becoming a “professional volunteer,” Joanne gained almost 30 years of diverse experience in the managed care industry working for Aetna including: benefits administration, account management and underwriting; business transition planning and management; business process management; and marketing, product development and provider network management.
 
Joanne was thankful that the amazing generosity of the people lof Avon made it possible  Avon Dollars for over $73,000 to be awarded to 63 graduating seniors in 2022 with only two students receiving more than one scholarship. The scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 with different criteria based on the priorities of the donors. Generally need and merit are demonstrated by the recipients. It is significant that ADFS allows scholarships to students from Avon and students of Avon High School who may come from other towns.

Joanne reminded us that the recipients are not just scholars. They're artists and athletes, musicians and mathematicians. They're some of Avon's most exceptional and deserving high school seniors. These scholarships can help start them down a path for a fantastic future. 

Scholarship recipients are - Community Service Award - Ethan Percival, Yilan Tang, Cole Trautman, Allison Wall, Zachery Wasserman:  Donald Studley Memorial Scholarshop - Hanah Blume; Bill Noble Service Scholarship - Annie Sweeton. They are various scholarships including Mt. Holyoke, Skidmore, Rensselaer, Dartmouth, and Bucknell. An impressive group that makes us proud to be able to help them grow into even more impressive and accomplished adults.

Special Announcements

None this week.
 
Mail Bag
None this week.
 
Photo Credits
Mike Mezheritskiy
 
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
 
Editor's Notes
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