Russell Hampton
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President's Installation Dinner
Jul 17, 2020
US Horse Welfare and Rescue, Saving America’s Horse and the Human Spirit
Jul 24, 2020
Covid 19, What we know and don't know and how it effects dentistry
Jul 31, 2020
Ha Phororo Youth Retreat Centre, South Africa
Aug 07, 2020
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Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
EarlyRiser Presentations
A Promise to Jordan
The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio
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 of America
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May 29, 2020
Justin Lipe
Quantum Biopower
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from Heather.
Watch the presentation live on:
Sgt-at Arms Report
Katelyn gave the Sgt-at-Arms report solo and outside, because Jayden was asleep inside.
Members Present: 35 members participated
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath, Paul Mikkelson, Craig Buhrendorf  
Guests: Michal Klau-Stevens
Happy Dollars Moments: Valuable beyond measure
Raffle Winner: No Raffle.
None today.
Lauren Gardner
Lauren will be 27 on the 27th. She has been a member of Rotary for a little more than a year. She was happy to join the club. She enjoys Friday mornings and the friends she has made. She has become one of the scribes for The Early Riser and has been quick to help when she can. She works with her mother Yvonne at Focus Center for Autism in Canton. Happy Birthday, Lauren! We're glad you're part of Rotary!
Capri Frank has a birthday on May 28. We look forward to seeing her soon.
Happy Dollars Moments
Editor's note: If you missed our Zoom meeting, the full meeting is posted to our Group Facebook Page
Craig Buhrendorf was happy that his Lake Norman - Denver club had held its first Zoom meeting with 50+ people attending. Gary Miller had sent them some masks.
Don Bonner had taken a walk at Roaring Brook Nature Center and saw no one else on the trail. He encouraged members to take advantage of this.
Yvonne Gardner was happy that Focus Center had been honored as Small Business of the Year by the Avon Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was held at the Pleasant Valley drive-in movie. She was also happy that her husband's restaurant, J. Timothy's, had opened the day before.
Joanne Santiago was happy to welcome Michael Mezheritskiy as President of the Avon Chamber of Commerce. Fortunately Michael's duties as Past President are about to end, so he will have time to head up the Chamber. Clearly he is a strong leader.
Linda Pendergast was having bittersweet thoughts, because their house at Black Point sold in two days. They had five offers, all above their asking price. They sold it to a family which had been coming to Black Point for years and now wanted to own a place. She was glad that they have done so well on the sale, but she was sorry to leave Black Point.
Larry Sullivan has fond memories of Black Point. It's where he met his wife Brenda about 60 years ago.
Jolly Lux was picking up groceries at the ShopRite in Canton and saw Chuck Joseph. He said hello, but he's been
incredibly busy during the pandemic. He hopes to be back in a month.
President Heather announced that Chuck Joseph had made a $1,000 donation to the club.
Heather also announced that the Board of Directors had reviewed the finances of the club in light of the canceled Tastes of the Valley in March and the reduced expectations for the golf tournament in September. They decided to cut the budget for the International and Community Service Committees by 30%. The club still has a financial commitment to FAVARH which they expect to be able to meet. They want to be fiscally responsible and conservative as they start the new Rotary year.
After the meeting golf chairs Gary Miller and Phil Ferrari, as well as Chris Lamadrid, were meeting with Lisa Wright and Steve at the Golf Club of Avon to decide if the tournament will take place and what options for modification there might be. Gary was considering writing a letter to prior sponsors asking if they would be willing to make a donation to the club, possibly with credit for ads and golfers next year.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
Michal Klau-Stevens
Community Health Resources'
Multidimensional Family Therapy Program
Natasha Hams introduced Michal Klau-Stevens. She has a background as a volunteer leader of a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on maternity care improvement. To advance her ability to create social change, she returned to graduate school, attending a dual degree program at UCONN. She completed a Masters in Social Work in 2018 and a Masters in Public Health in 2019. She is currently working towards her clinical social license, and is an Outreach Therapist at Community Health Resources providing in-home/telehealth services to adolescents with substance use and mental health disorders and their families through the Multidimensional Family Therapy program.
After observing that 7:30 in the morning was way to early for her most days, Michal gave an interesting talk about CHR - Community Health Resources.
CHR has many locations. It is mainly focused on the eastern part of the state. It offers a wide array of evidence based programs to deal with mental health, addiction, and trauma. It employs approximately 800 professionals, including therapists, psychiatrists, and case managers who work with approximately 27,000 people each year. Referrals come from many sources, including doctors, parents, the Department of Children and Families, and emergency room personnel. CHR accepts virtually all forms of insurance for full or partial payment for services. Grants help fill the gap between insurance and costs.
MDFT is the main treatment method at CHR. It focuses on youth from nine to eighteen years of age and works to improve the family system. Generally CHR works with a famil for four to six months. They are make presentations in schools teaching skills to teens. MDFT is a protocol which has been used for 30 years and has been studied extensively. It focuses on the present situation without trying to determine past causes. It has been found to reduce behavioral problems with teens and with other members of the family.
A therapist works with the young person and possibly a parent one hour per week. CHR tries to be in touch with every area of a kid's life. The intent is to work with a situation that may feel hopeless and give hope by showing how to solve problesms, both for the youth and his or her parents. This can reduce stress in the family and improve performance in school.
There are a number of ways to support CHR and its work. A significant need is for men of color to act as mentors to young people growing up in single parent homes. Michal also described other needs. The Manchester office of CHR is the best place to make donations of various sorts.
An important need for all programs which try to work with the mental health of clients is for society to reduce the stigma or acknowledging mental health and addiction issues. Then families and individuals would be more likely to seek and accept the help they need to address these issues.

Special Announcements
None this week.
Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits
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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