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Gary Miller
Jul 28, 2023
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Canton Schools
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District Plans for Coming Year
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Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
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Board Member-at-Large
Interact Chair
Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
All meetings are hybrid both in-person and Zoom available
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May 5, 2023
 Michelle Lipar
A Journey Home
The meeting will be held both in person and via Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the Club for Zoom access and 
please note we use a recurring ID for your convenience.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Rotarians Present: 25
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Lauren Clarke (NWC Bank), 20 student from the Canton HS Interact Club, Bruce Corbet, and Pierce Tabescio (Lou Daniels grandson)
Happy Dollars: $30 (Going to Beanz & Co GoFundMe)
Raffle Winner: No winner
Birthdays: None
Happy Dollars
Ann Clark was happy to wish Sue Budde and husband, Bill, well wishes and a safe trip on their cruise to Alaska.
Sue Budde was looking forward to the cruise to Alaska, but no so much the long flights to Vancouver.
Jolly Lux has been back from her last trip to Uganda two weeks ago. She was excited about the new large greenhouse that has been installed and is now full of plants.
Salin Low, who was filling in for President Chris Lamadrid, welcomed the 20 Interact students from Canton High School. The students included three students who would be attending RYLA in June.
Larry Sullivan was showing off a check from Peter Vignati for his Golf Tournament sponsorship.
Lou Daniels, who is also Chair of the Canton Board of Education, recognized Michelle Traub for her investment in time as the advisor to the Interact Club.
Bill Barnes introduced Bruce Corbett who is a retired teacher from Lewis Mills High School in Burlington. 
Kevin Case thanked Michelle Traub for all her work with the Interact Club. He said the club exists because of Michelle.
Guest Bruce Corbett thanked the Rotary of Avon-Canton for all the work we do with FAVARH. He was especially pleased with the Christmas party for group home residents.
Colleen Grasso reminded everyone that TOTV 2023 is on Friday next. We still need volunteers to monitor the bottle pull and other parts of the event. She was still looking for more bottles of booze.
AG Heather Pantano said that our Rotary Day of Service in May 20th. ShopRite is putting together bags groceries that shoppers can purchase to donate.
May 6, 2023 -  Tastes of the Valley at Golf Club of Avon
May 20, 2023 - Rotary Day of Service
June 9, 2023 - President's Dinner
September 11, 2023 - Annual Charity Golf Tournament
October 19, 2023 - Club's 50th Anniversary Dinner
Induction of New Members
None this week.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Every year High School Sophomores are chosen from the Avon and Canton High Schools to attend RYLA. RYLA is a program for young persons that was officially adopted in 1971.  Conducted at District 7890's level, RYLA offers local clubs a special opportunity to take part in developing the leadership qualities and good citizenship among our young adults. Our club typically sponsors 4-6 students each year. Our club covers the $175 per applicant cost. This year RYLA will once again take place at Springfield College on Saturday, June 6th.  Gary has been working on reforming the Interact Club at the Avon High School. We hope that the three Avon HS students will form the nucleus of the Interact Club there.
This year's applicants are the following: 
Avon High School
Mariae Lee Ek
Shaunak Chimade
Harshmit Verman
Canton High School
Sama El-Hadad (far left)
Rita Gorbenko (2nd left)
Kendall Forslund (right)
The three Canton students were each presented a certificate on the meeting by our club's RYLA Coordinator, Gary Miller.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week
Michelle Traub
with Canton HS Interact Club Members
Interact Club Activities Presentation
Kevin Case, Canton Public Schools Superintendent, introduced Michelle Traub, who is a Spanish teacher in Canton. Kevin stated that Michelle not only teaches the language but also the culture. She is the advisor for the Global Citizen's Club and the Interact Club. Michelle saw Rotary in action while participating in the Fullbright Teacher Exchange program in Senagal. She approached Kevin to ask if a Rotary program could be started at the high school. Kevin, a member of our club, of course said, "Yes." Michelle has since also become a member of Rotary. 
Michelle introduced the students that had accompanied her and then invited a number of them to talk about the activities in which they have participated over the past year or so. The activities include their first project, Footware with Care which provides footware and other clothes to homeless people in Hartford. The club has helped with Opioid awareness through A Promise to Jordan. They have raised funds with an Open Mic Night at the Maple Tree in Simsbury. They have volunteered at SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center and Healing Meals. Some of the students have personal projects that the club has adopted, such as, supporting the Ukraine, The African Education Project, and Brian's Angels. They are looking forward to working with us on the outdoor classroom project along with Asst. Superintendent John Bishop.

Special Announcements

None this week.
Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits
Mike Mezheritskiy
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
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