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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
Kate Sims
Governor District 7890
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
November 9, 2018
Members Present: 44
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: David Coleman (Scott Nardozzi's partner), Laura Iraeta (guest of Jimmy Ssekawaabe), Mae Maloney and Katie Vukas (guest of Robin DiNicola), Don McDonald (guest of Phil Ferrari), Donna and Cory Gabel (check recipients)
Visiting Rotarians: None
Happy Dollars: $240 (donated to Nancy Nation in memory of grandson, Connor Zieky)
Raffle Winner: Jimmy Ssekawaabe
None today
Happy Dollars
Sean Blacker had a flag display at the front of the room with flags of the five services. Rollie Sterrett read the following statement at Sean's request:
Sunday is Veteran's Day.
In honor of the men and women who serve, served, and died.
The flags are in honor and memory of them.
Mike Mezheritskiy announced that all Happy Dollars would be given in memory of Connor Scott Zieky, Nancy Nation's grandson, who passed away unexpectedly on November 4th.
Phil Ferrari was accompanied by his friend, Don McDonald. They and their wives are leaving for a trip to Iceland on Sunday. Phil is hoping to see the Northern Lights.
Scott Nardozzi reminded everyone that FAVARH was having it's annual Gala on Friday night. We have at least two tables reserved.
David Coleman was happy that Scott invited him to breakfast today after ten years.
Gary Miller was happy that he and Debbie were headed up to Pittsford, NY, to visit with their three grandsons this weekend. Gary pointed out the flyers on each table announcing the Canton Chamber's Holiday Party on December 5th at the Canton Historical Museum.
Dale Bronson related a recent conversation with his grandson, Levi, who wisely pointed out that the northern part of New Hartford was the closest point to the North Pole.
Salin Low was delighted that 19 people showed up to enjoy Rotary Pub Night down the hall in the Season's Restaurant bar. 
Don Bonner was happy to report that we now have 81 active and 2 honorary members. He said we all could help attract new members with the motto of "JUST ASK!" When talking with people about joining Rotary, most say they would be happy to join, but no one had asked them.
Phil Worley was also happy with the record attendance at Rotary Pub Night.
Carrie Firestone said that many non-profits don't know about other non-profits. She and several other members plan to meet and develop a clearinghouse listing of organization in our area, many of which Rotary has helped in the past. Carrie asked each member to help with creating a short list of organizations that could be posted on the website.
Joanne Santiago said that the next Tastes of the Valley meeting will be on Dish n' Dat on November 27th.
In lieu of happy dollars many members contributed in Connor Zieky's memory this morning.
Hank Frey asked for 8 more members to help with bell ringing at Walmart on Black Friday, November 24th.
Bruce Sayward announced the next Rotary Means Business event at the North House on December 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Gary Miller announced the Canton Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party at the Canton Historical Museum on December 5th. $20 for registered guests via the Chamber's website or office at 860-693-0405. See the Gallery of the Trees and bring unwrapped gifts or gift cards for the Chamber's Gifts for Canton. Lots of great food and refreshments. Walk-ins are $25 at the door.
Dee Boorjian announced Breakfast with Santa on December 8th at the Canton Community Center from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. She asked for volunteers to help with the event.
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
Paul Mikkelson introduced Donna and Cory Gabel who have been organizing the Gabel Basket Brigade for several years. Paul presented a check for $1500 to them in support of their program. Cory explained that they now distribute the Thanksgiving baskets through 15 charitable partners. Over 800 baskets are distributed. Donna brought a basket to show what one contains. They are each delivered with a turkey.
For more information, visit their website

Dennis Golden
Why Good Health Can Hurt You
Rollie Sterrett introduced our speaker, Dennis Golden, who is a 2-time cancer survivor and the Founder/CEO of the National Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation. Dennis is a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense. He evaluates research and grant proposals for newly emerging prostate cancer treatments. He is the past-president of the National Speakers Association of CT and a member of the Global Speakers Federation. In his role as The Prostate Cancer Coach, Dennis offers support to men and their partners who are often facing the challenging and emotional decisions that surround the prevention, detection, and treatment of prostate diseases. Since his diagnosis in 2013, he has also served on the prostate cancer advisory committee for the Hartford Healthcare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute.
Dennis explained by good health can hurt you. For years he was in excellent shape and always had excellent doctor's visits. The doctors always said, "Your numbers all look great." In 2013, the doctor told him his numbers were all in the normal range, except his PSA number was slightly elevated from previous checks. As Dennis learned, the "velocity" of the numbers meant far more than the numbers themselves. The rate of change in Dennis' case alerted the doctor that further review was advised. Following a biopsy, bone scans and an MRI, and within 30 days of his first diagnosis, Dennis was told that he had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He had surgery to remove the cancer.
Dennis asked us, why won't men talk about their health? Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the US. Dennis talked about the USPSTF (United States Prevention Services Task Force) which reviewed PSA results and decided that the frequency and age for PSA testing should be changed by reducing the frequency and raising the age. Dennis and many others believe this was a grave mistake that has caused many men to go untested and undetected. 
Dennis used the example of women who know everything about breast cancer due to advertising, groups like the Susan Komen Foundation, and many other activities stressing breast cancer examination and treatment. The amount that the American Cancer Society spends on prostate cancer research is a small percentage of the amount spent on breast cancer. Dennis hopes that will breakdown the wall of silence among men. 
Dennis also serves as a health coach on prostate cancer. He helps men take the steps toward prevention and recovery.
The Q&A session was lively with many of our members joining in the conversation with their own experiences.

Mail Bag
None today.
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise indicated.
Editor's Notes
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