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Getting to Know our Members
Getting to Know Carrie Firestone

Carrie Firestone grew up in a rural area in central New York with her younger sister, Jennifer and her service-minded parents. She studied English and anthropology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Inspired by her work with Chinese students at a summer program, she moved to Taiwan five days after graduating to teach English in a remote town. Carrie discovered she loved teaching English to speakers of other languages and decided to pursue her Master's degree in TESOL (Applied Linguistics) at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Carrie settled in New York City and taught American history and government at a Manhattan Comprehensive High School where she worked with young people from more than thirty nations. She started a community service club to share her love of service with her students. One day, at a New York Sports Club on the Upper East Side, Carrie met Michael, young radiology resident. They married two years later. Recently, Michael and Carrie returned to the gym to show their daughters Emily (a freshman at Avon High School) and Lauren (a seventh-grader at Avon Middle School) where it all began. Michael is a huge poker fan and currently a partner at Radiology Associates of Hartford. They have two dogs - Murphy, a mix and Roxie, a loveable pitbull.

Since moving to Connecticut in 2004, Carrie has done extensive volunteer work in the areas of environmental advocacy, refugees/immigration, social services and education. Some of the organizations she has volunteered for or supported include: 100 Women Who Can, The CT Brain Tumor Alliance, My Sister's Place, The Village, and The Aurora Foundation. Most recently, she co-founded ForwardCT, a civic empowerment and service organization.

After turning forty, Carrie decided to begin writing. She has since published two young adult novels and is currently working on a third. When she's not writing, teaching writing, or volunteering, Carrie loves to travel with her family. Their favorite trips so far have been to Palm Springs, Iceland, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Ireland, and Portugal. Most of these trips involved plenty of sightseeing and the consumption of extensive amounts of gelato.

Nov 16, 2018
District Governor
Nov 23, 2018
Nov 30, 2018
Dec 07, 2018
Salvation Army
Dec 14, 2018
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
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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