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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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September 27, 2019
Bevin Mugford
"Using your personality strengths"
We are back in the Towpath Ballroom
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 31
Visiting Rotarians: Craig Buhrendorf (Our Speaker)  
Jeane Best - Craig's wife
Don McDonald - Friend of Phil Ferrari
Happy Dollars: $38.00 / Raffle Prize $20.00
Raffle Winner: Bob Cave
Ann Clark received a fine. Her picture appeared in the Hartford Courant Community news as a speaker at the last Garden Club of Avon meeting. Town Council Chair, Heather Macguire, was also on hand to read a proclamation for the Garden Club of Avon's 75th Anniversary.
Salin Low was celebrating a significant event. Her t-shirt might give a small clue to which event. Salin had Foundation check for her 24 ½ years of Rotary service. She said that Rotary has been an important part of her life. Years ago she wrestled the Senior Lunch away from Rollie Sterrett who had run the event for several years. She thanked Rollie for his gift to the club. Salin served as our Foundation Chair. She also thanked Craig Buhrendorf for chairing the International Service Committee.
Happy Dollars & Announcements
Ann Clark was happy that her oldest grandchild had received her white coat in ceremonies that were broadcast live, so Ann was able to watch. Ann thanked Linda Pendergast for serving as the President of the St. Francis Auxiliary. Ann said she had to leave the Golf Tournament early to receive the Garden Club of Avon proclamation despite getting a fine at today's meeting.
Peter Vignati celebrated his 30th Anniversary with Suzanne in Nantucket. They ran into Rollie and Karen who were also visiting the island. 
Rollie Sterrett reported that he and Karen were having lunch at the Brotherhood of Thieves when a woman came up behind him and covered his eyes. He was thankful that it was Suzanne, and not some former girlfriend.
Kevin Case (finally showed up at a meeting) had $10 for Salin who was his paster at St. Johns in Pine Meadow. He was very appreciative of her.
Larry Sullivan was pleased to report that despite losing 30 golfers from last year, the tournament made $104,000 gross revenue and $67,000 net. He thanked everyone for their work with the event. He set a challenge for next year's tournament Chair, Gary Miller, to match.
President Heather Pantano announced that Bill Barnes wife, Pat, fell and fractured her hip. She also pointed out that thank you notes were on each of the tables from the students that received pencil boxes.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
November 7th: District Foundation Dinner at Chez Josef in Agawam, MA, from 6:00-9:00 pm. The cost is $55 per person paid by the club. The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Goldman, the DUNN Global Grant Scholar.  Click here to register. The deadline for registration is October 25th. Let Gary Hyde and Joanne Santiago know that you have registered, so that a check can be sent.
November 22nd: FAVARH Annual Gala featuring Shake-A-Tail-Feather tribute to Motown
Induction of New Members
None today

None this week
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

Craig Buhrendorf 
Greatest Hits
Craig Buhrendorf and traveling/life partner, Jeane, have long enthralled our members with their photo journalism from travels abroad. This morning Craig, soon to be a permanent resident of Norman, North Carolina, entertained us with highlights from travels in South Asia during from 2005 to 2015. Without the beautiful pictures this write-up will not do justice to the presentation--you had to be there!
Bankok, Thailand, is a favorite city and country for Craig and Jeane. The Grand Palace is the former home of the Kings of Siam.
Cambodia and Angkor Wat were the next stops. With $1300 raised from personal and club donations, they visited a school to present supplies to the children.
Myanmar (formerly Burma) requires all cash to travel--no banks, ATMs, etc. A private guide is need to help negotiate. Craig and Jeane traveled by balloon one day and spent time at Inle Lake. They were able to celebrate Jeane's birthday at the home of their guide.
In Vietnam they visited the Ho Chi Minh Museum and a Military History Museum. The latter had a lot of US military hardware on display. The Hanoi Hilton was a very dreary looking place. Craig said it wasn't hard to imagine the ordeal suffered by our POWs. They spent an overnight on a Junk and traveled by train to the Hmong tribal region.
Bali is a land of terraced rice fields and Hindu temples. Most of Indonesia is Muslim but Bali remains Hindu. The scenery is beautiful.
Sri Lanka is a trouble country which had an ongoing civil war while they were visiting. They were not able to travel to some areas. A Tsunami had hit the country not long before their trip. While there, they went on a mini-safari. They also saw the renowned fire-eaters and fire-walkers. They stayed in an old home and traveled along the "tea trails" in the land of Ceylon Tea.
The Kingdom of Bhutan measures its gross national happiness over its wealth. This trip included another school visit to hand out supplies. They were also there at a time of costumed parades and festivals.
The Taj Mahal was the backdrop for the India trip. They were able to take an elephant ride--a practice that has since been banned. A tiger safari included a stay in a tent camp. To see the rare tigers, they traveled by jeep. Udaipur is a favorite place. The city palaces are magnificent. At one point they came upon a school talent show. They highlight of this trip was meeting up with Chloe Gummer, a former Rotary Exchange student from Canton sponsored by our club.
Thanks to Craig for the series of travelogues that he has presented over the years. We hope that you will come back to visit and entertain us in the future.

Mail Bag
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Photo Credits 
Today's photographs courtesy of Mike Mehzeritskiy and Salin Low.
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