Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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Gary Miller
Jan 04, 2019
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CAVE-Canton youth group
Jan 18, 2019
Jan 25, 2019
Guiding Light Orphanage
Feb 01, 2019
Save Nod Road
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
EarlyRiser Presentations
The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio
GLO Fall 2017 Mission Trip
Eastern Europe Trip to Vienna and Prague Presentation
Avon Village Center Project Presentation
Club Information
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
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Upcoming Meeting Speaker
Rev. Joseph Piccirillo
"Tunnel to Towers 5-K Run"
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
October 26, 2018
Members Present: 36
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Natasha Haims, Margaret Shea, Tim McCarthy, Billy Grant, Karen Carchidi (all 5 are prospective members), and Jill Brandon (Gifts for Canton)
Visiting Rotarians: Prasad Menon (Simsbury-Granby), Art Schaller and Jerry Berthiaume (New Britain-Berlin)
Happy Dollars: $67
Raffle Winner: Jimmy Ssekawaabe
Brian O'Donnell - Brian joined the club almost 30 years ago. He enjoys teaching chess in Hartford. Brian presented his annual Foundation check.
Happy Dollars
Sue Budde had $5 to celebrate her 16th wedding anniversary with husband, Bill, a successful voyage to Nova Scotia, and news that show was going to be a grandmother in the summer.
Joanne Santiago thanked Craig Buhrendorf for authoring the very popular Getting to Know our Members series in the Early Riser and on our website.
Art Schaller from the New Britain-Berlin Rotary was making his annual visit to take orders for Christmas wreaths made in a constructive workshop in New Britain. 
Jerry Berthiaume accompanied Art and was proud to say that they hoped to sell 700 wreaths this year. Last year sales funded $9500 in scholarships to high school seniors at New Britain HS, EC Goodwin Tech, and Berlin HS.
Don Bonner reported the imminent birth of a grandson by daughter, Annie.
Phil Ferrari had $2 happy dollars - one for Game 1 of the World Series and one for Game 2.
Prasad Menon congratulated us on eight prospective members.
Gary Roman had $5 for a clean sweep in the World Series.
Alicia Canning announced that she has agreed to be the Chair of our next Charity Golf Tournament on September 9, 2019. She is relying on a lot of help from Coach Larry Sullivan and the tournament committee.
Sean Blacker (Honorary Member and our AOFH host) surprised everyone with $45 to celebrate our 45 anniversary which nearly slipped by. Sean noted that the Winsted Club presented our speaker lectern on October 20, 1973 to celebrate our new charter.
Carrie Firestone has been running a coat collection for children in Hartford. She was lamenting to a friend that she was 45 coats short. The friend put her in touch with a Rotarian in Chicago whose club does a coat collection. They use a fair trade company in China that produces coats for $18 each. The coats arrived on Thursday. Carrie received the 45 coats she needed plus coats for all the children's mothers.
Gary Miller announced the annual meeting and dinner of the Canton Chamber of Commerce on November 1 at Farmington Woods. See Gary for tickets.
Joanne Santiago announced the District Foundation Dinner on November 1 at Chez Josef at Agawam. (The club will pay for members attending. Members pay for spouses or guests. Members pay if they do not honor their reservation.) It's a good time to see how strong the district is, and our club will be getting an award for our level of giving to the Rotary Foundation.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Favarh's 60th Anniversary on November 16th - Featuring the Corvettes Doo Wop Revue - See Scott Nardozzi for reservations or call Ronelle Cipolla at 860-693-6662 ext 116 for tickets.
Induction of New Members
None today.
Awards and Community/International Service Grants
Gary Roman introduced Jill Brandon, Co-chair of the Canton Chamber's Gifts for Canton annual fundraiser for needy families in Canton. Gary and Larry Sullivan presented a check for $1000 to help purchase gift certificates for older members of the 50 families that are annually supported by Gifts for Canton.  From mid-November to early December various business and community locations have large boxes for drop off of unwrapped gifts for all ages. She shared a flyer with all the activities, including Stock the Cruiser on December 8th at the The Shoppes at Farmington Valley from 10 AM to 4 PM and Canton Emergency Response Team collection at Ocean State Job Lot from 9 AM to 2 PM. Gifts and donation are also accepted at the Canton Chamber's annual Holiday party at the Canton Historical Museum on December 5th during the Gallery of the Trees exhibit. Gifts are distributed on the morning December 11th at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall to families that have been identified through the Canton Food Bank and Social Services. 
World Polio Day
October 24, 2018
Gary Miller and Prasad Menon
Click the icon to watch the October 24th World Polio Day YouTube video
Gary Miller introduced Prasad Menon, District Foundation Chair, who would be co-presenting today. Rotary International joined the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago when Polio was endemic in 125 countries around the world including the United States. Since then 122 countries have been declared "Polio Free" by the World Health Organization (WHO). The three remaining countries are Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. 
Afghanistan has had 16 reported cases of the Wild Polio Virus Type 1 (WPV1) in 2018. Nigeria is primarily endemic with the Circulating Vaccine-Derived Polio Virus 2 (CVDPV2) with 17 reported cases in 2018. Pakistan has only reported 6 cases of WPV1, but is still endemic for CVDPV2. Pakistan is the most likely country to be certified polio free.
The CVDPV2 type results from the active polio virus passing through inoculated children and being passed to other children. Usually the virus is weakened so that an exposed child become immune. Occasionally the virus remains strong enough to cause a child to become infected. Because both the WVP1 and CVDPV2 forms of the virus can be passed through contaminated water or soil, constant surveillance is required. The WHO maintains teams and laboratories in 92 countries.
Prasad showed a video detailing the involvement of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has matched funds raised by Rotary International on a 2 for 1 basis. Rotary has raised $1.8 Billion including $750 million from the Gates Foundation.
In 2017 Rotary and its partners reached 430 million children in 39 countries during polio immunization campaigns. Women played a key role in delivering the vaccine due to the fact that in some countries, especially Muslim countries, prohibit men from entering the home. Only women can easily pass from home to home and be easily accepted to deliver the vaccine to small children. Children under 5 are the main target for inoculation.
The GPEI estimates that 17.4 million people who are currently healthy would have been paralyzed by polio without our eradication efforts since 1988.
For a more complete picture read The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio that appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Rotarian.
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Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise indicated.
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