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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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October 8, 2021
Guiding Light Orphanage
Project Update
Jolly Lux
Members Present: 31
Members Virtually: 1


Speaker: Ann Kollegger Executive Director, Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
Visiting Rotarians: 
Happy Dollars: $8
Raffle: No Winner
Fines: None.
Birthdays: None
Happy Dollars:
Gary Miller reported on the district golf outing that they was happy that (Gary Miller, Gary Hyde, Peter Vignati and Brian O'Donnell) played at.  Gary had to cancel out but a 4th was found.  They had a great time at the tournament, with a great lunch, which included a drawing for 3 awards of $2,000 to district clubs (which we were not chosen), followed by a box dinner that they took home.  They recorded their lowest ever score at a golf tournament - ZERO as the outing was rained out.  They did get a certificate to play a round of golf later this year.
Alicia Canning wanted to remind everyone (including men) on this first Friday of the month to do a breast self exam.  She is living proof of the importance of the exam.  She also reported that she will be having breast reconstructive surgery this week.
Gary Miller reported on the preliminary numbers for our golf tournament.  While we didn't do as well as we have in some past years, we will have netted between 45 - 50K.  This will allow us to continue the level of community and internal service that we do.
October 16 Gary Roman has organized a workday at the Veterans Base Camp in Chaplin, CT, on Saturday, October 16th from 9 AM to around 3 PM. Projects include deck repair, interior painting, gardening, and others. Please contact Gary if you are interested. Carpooling can be arranged.
Induction of New Members: None today.
Joanne Santiago presented Phil Ferrari  with his Paul Harris Plus 3.  Phil noted that his recent injury made it even more important to give back. 
Community and International Service Awards: 
Gary Roman presented our member Sarah Leathers, who is also Executive Director of Healing Meals,  with a check for $2,907.  This was a very specific request to purchase some equipment for their new location at Tower Ridge, which will enable them expand their services to even more folks in need.  They have provided 80,000 meals since they started.  They currently serve 65 to 70 people a week and the goal is to be serving a 100 by the end of the year and then expand from their, but we didn't have the equipment that is needed to do so.  For example, they make a homemade pesto from the farm ingredients are donated to them, but they are doing it with a home size Vitamix and needed a commercial size unit. Vitamix Commercial Blender Drink Machine Advance, Red w/ 48 oz. Contai –  ACBM Tech - Restaurant Equipment Supply and Repairs 
They were also able to get a Robot Coupe, which is a commercial size food processor.  
Ann Kollegger
Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
Ann's· experience in both the nonprofit arts sector and for-profit arts merchandising product management makes her uniquely qualified for her position of Executive Director. She shares the Weaving Center’s core values. and has a true appreciation of their values.
Most recently, Ann was a Product Manager for a local consumer product goods company. where she was responsible for the exclusive design and management of arts and crafts products. She Is experienced in all aspects of bringing a new product to market as well as leading a cross functional teams to create processes and efficiencies to effectively maintain programs. Prior to this Ann was the Arts Program Coordinator at Connecticut Children's Medical Center where she ran the therapeutic art and music programs which served thousands of patients-and families. Her years as a professional graphic designer taught her how to balance creativity with solid program management.
As the Executive Director, Ann manages day to day operations arid work with the community of artisans, the Weaving Center. She focuses her energy on expanding our revenue streams to ensure future sustainability and raise community awareness about the Weaving Center and its programs.
Since 2009 the Weaving Center has been dedicated to teaching hand weaving to Hartford area seniors and people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.  Learning this ancient art provides the artisan with self esteem and sense of accomplishment.  It also breaks down some of the isolation that these individuals often face.  The program got its start at Oak Hill as part of their program, but when they decided to stop the program, the individuals named above were able to put together a new organization with the help of donated space to keep the services alive.
There mission is to enhance lives through the sharing of common artistic experience. 
Here are some pictures from all around the center and some community activities that they participate in.  The Center is currently serving 33 participants.  It provides social opportunities as well as a source of income for the participants.
From scarves to towels to pillows, this is some of the beautiful work that is done by the center.
Ann shared the story of some the artisans that have been helped by the center and the volunteers that help.
When an artisan starts, they may have had no experience with weaving as we watch them going through the stages of learning.  There is an application process and they are limited by space.
The Center is supported by a number of local organizations as well as by sales of the artisans work.  One of their major fund raiser is the annual sale and open house.
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Special Announcements: None this week.
Mail Bag: None this week.
Photo Credits: Mike Mezheritskiy and Arnie Goldman
Technology Credits: Mike Mezheritskiy [Unless otherwise indicated]
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