Russell Hampton
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Larry Haber
Aug 27, 2021
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Recent Legislative Session
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Executives & Directors
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Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
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Club Information
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.
District Site
Venue Map
May 14, 2021
Second Inning
Love Bajpai
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the club.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 36 Participants


Visiting Rotarians: 


Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared.

Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.

Fines: None today.
Birthdays:  Chris Heath is celebrating her birthday today (5/7).  Chris declined to say a few words, but we sang her Happy Birthday anyway.
Happy Moments
Larry Haber shared that the family would be spending Mother's Day at Yankee Stadium.  He will NOT be rooting for the Yankees.
Bill Barnes told a funny story that he attributed to Hank Frey.  (Editor's Note:  Jokes lose something in print, so if you want the laugh you need to be at the meeting)
Gary Miller: On seeing Capri in attendance this morning remembered that when he was business manager of Canton Schools, one of his jobs was arranging student transportation.  They used Miller Transportation and he would talk on the phone to this very pretty voice on the other end of the phone many years before he actually met her in person when she joined Rotary.  
Larry Sullivan:  at last weeks meeting both Rollie and Salin mentioned receiving calls from Larry's granddaughter about early lease exchange for their cars.  Larry decided to pay a $50 fine for the advertising but most importantly to honor the fact that with two of his grandchildren in the business which represents the 4th generation.  This very, very rare in family businesses.
President Alicia saw her breast reconstruction surgeon and was told that she didn't have to come back for another check up for a year. 
Capri Brighenti spoke about having her Aunt, who is the ambassador for their family business join the club as she thinks she would make an excellent member. 
Greg DeManche spoke about his oldest daughter Elisa who used to come to Rotary and sit on Greg's lap.  Elisa will be graduating from UConn this Sunday Summa Cum Laude
Jolly Lux related the tale of getting back from Uganda with one day to get all the paperwork in to renew the Rotary Grant for their medical missions.  They met the deadline and had an approval within one hour.  Her other happy moment was that their epilepsy program, which served over 250 patients.  While they have successfully treated 85% of the patients that they have seen, they can't get the medication they need because they can't rely on the government.  Three years ago they reached out and a women who lost her brother to epilepsy reached out to them.  They were a recipient of her foundation grant and she is planning on visiting them this year.
EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!!!  President Alicia wants to remind both the male and female members of the club to do breast self exams. 
To register or review the conference schedule, go to the District 7890 website where you can also sign up for the District Assembly which is Saturday, May 15th and is being coordinated by Heather Pantano who will be an Assistant District Governor as of July 1.
Through May 31: Phil Ferrari will continue to be the recipient of our ongoing Meal Train, every Monday through May 31st.  He seems to be healing well, but still in a tremendous amount of pain in his left knee.
Hartford Foundation for Giving has awarded $100,000 to each of the 29 towns in Hartford County. Katelyn Kaplin and Gary Miller are on a selection committee which will choose an advisory committee. That latter committee will determine which non-profit organizations will benefit from this donation. Check with them if you wish to serve. Avon is a bit further along than Canton, and our own Community Service Committee is working with some of our grant recipients to be sure they know about applying for grants from this source.
Avon Old Farms will not be able to accommodate us for our club meetings when we return in person.  It looks like our meetings will be at the Avon Golf Club.  Details are being worked on and the club will vote next week on the type of breakfast that is wanted.
Upcoming Dates
May 15 - District Assembly 9:00 AM to 12 Noon virtually.
May 15 - Tastes of the Valley - Live at Golf Club of Avon at 6 PM.  Ticket sales are going well.  We want to have a reserved seat for everyone attending so please order tickets in advance and minimize will call or walkins.  Still need a few bottles for the bottle pull and gift baskets for the silent auction.  Please contact the committee if you can help.  Volunteers from the club are also needed to help.  Short shifts so that it does not take away from club members enjoying the evening with friends.
May 28 - NO Meeting.  The Lonely Rotarian Society will meet.
June 18 - President's Dinner
June 25 - FAVARH Breakfast to tour the Rotary Building for those fully vaccinated. Breakfast to be catered by Beanz & Co.  We will need to pay for breakfast as usual.  President Alicia is donating the tree that is to be planted by the Club, while the landscaper will donate the labor. Club Paul Harris awards and membership pins will be given at that time. Virtual participation will also be made available.
Induction of New Members
None today.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
Two grants were approved by the community service committee.  One grant was for Sheppard's Meadow Therapeutic Riding Center out of Bristol, which has a strong connection with the FOCUS Center for $1,250.  Shelly Pope is their executive director.  We also are donating $850 to VFW Post 372 as part of their Poppy Drive.  All of the money raised by the Poppy Drive is distributed, most locally.  Bob Nardiello, who is the Post Commander addressed the club and told us about some of the many projects that this money goes to support.  The VFW Post has a relief fund which is designed to help veterans, their widows and orphans. The fund occasional makes individual grants but usually they donate to local organizations to help their efforts to help veterans.  He gave examples of a number of organizations that they help including the  South Park Inn which is a Hartford based homeless shelter that reserves beds for veterans.  They support the CT Dept of Veterans Affairs as well as the Veterans Home to supplement what the state does particularly the important little things, such as funding a Christmas party.  Project Heal to trains service dogs to help veterans.  It costs 22K to train a dog.  Tunxis Community College has a break room for veterans, the the Post supports.  This is just a sample of the work that they do.

Gary Miller
Past President and Club Web Master
Club Runner & Our Website
Club Runner is the management software that we use to keep track of members information, update Rotary International, send dues to members, manage the magazine subscriptions as well as many other tasks.   Our website is one of the may functions of Club Runner.
Gary is suggesting we all download the mobile app as we can use it to call and email members of the club from our phones.
This is what it would look like on your apple phone and here are some of things that you can do with Club Runner along with a screen shot of a directory entry.
Moving on to our club website
Using Club Runner and our website it is important for us to keep our information up to date.  If you move, your magazine won't follow you, if you don't update the address.
Gary went over the various sections of the website, including sections were you can direct people who want to apply for grants.  Our schedule is here and if you miss a meeting you can log in your makeup.  There is also a section where dues and contributions can be made.  In particular, it is important to know how to sign into the website as a member and keep your information updated.  Gary can be contacted for help.
When you go to the webpage and you see that you are not logged in:   
Click the log in button and this will appear:  
Put in your user name and password.  This will take you back to the home screen where you can click on the member area which will open up the navigation screen:  This is the one thing every member should do.
For most members this is what your screen will look like:    Click on edit my profile and keep your information up to date.
Special Announcements
Mail Bag
Photo Credits
Scribe's screen grabs.
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
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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