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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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January 31, 2020
Bruce Donald
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Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 37
Visiting Rotarians: None  
Guests: Debbie Baine (speaker), Sue & Steve Mitchell,  (prospective members), 
Happy Dollars: $24.00
Raffle Winner: Sue Budde
Steve Morris celebrated his birthday on January 25th.
Happy Dollars
Sarah Leathers was grateful to celebrate her daughter's 30th birthday. 10 years ago she nearly lost her daughter to a severe case of Malaria. Every birthday is even more special. Sarah shared Nancy Nation has been in her thoughts and is trying her best to do a random of act of kindness daily.
Joanne Santiago was happy to be sitting with Rotary family. They were having too good of a time at the table. She also shared she was excited for a special project which is a secret for the time being!
Alicia Canning asked the club to pray for her daughter who is undergoing a PET scan.
Larry Sullivan was grateful for the hard work of Gary Hyde whose meticulous accounting of the golf tournament has revealed the club raised $69,000 from the Golf Tournament. Larry also asked the club keep Paul Mikkelson's family in their prayers as his newborn grandchild undergoes a surgical procedure. 
Gary Miller congratulated Larry Sullivan for a job well done with the golf tournament. Gary was also happy to be finally skiing on "real" snow, the conditions at Ski Sundown have been excellent. 
Natasha Haims was happy that her granddaughter had her first midterm this week and she thinks she passed.
Don Rossler was happy to celebrate his twin grandchildren's 19th birthday. One aspires to be a landscaper and the other is going for his EMT certification.
Sue Mitchell was happy to share her organization US Horse Welfare and Rescue was hosting a hug a pony event on Sunday and welcomed Rotarians, friends, and family to visit and hug one of the ponies she has rescued from slaughter. 
Jolly Lux was happy to share news from Canton High School's Rotary Interact club. They will be hosting an open mic benefit on February 12th from 7 - 10pm. She also shared she is preparing for three upcoming trips to Uganda this year.
Bill Barnes was grateful that fellow Rotarians did not fall for the scam that a hacker sent out from his email address. He shared that he in fact was not laid up in a gutter in London from a mugging and he did not need money to get back home. 
Calendar of Upcoming Events
2/7: GLO fundraiser at Avon Congregational Church
2/9: GLO fundraiser brunch at West Avon Congregational Church, right after services
2/12: Interact open mic event at the Mapletree Cafe.
2/19: Rotary Pub Night
3/28: Tastes of the Valley tickets available now. $50.00 / regular ticket. $75.00 / VIP ticket, which includes the VIP function 90 minutes ahead of the main event.
9/14: 37th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Golf Club of Avon
Induction of New Members
None Today

Joanne Santiago presented Heather Pantano with a Paul Harris Heritage Award that belonged to Nancy Nation. Nancy wanted the award to go to an outstanding younger rotarian. Congratulations Heather!
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

Prism Health Advocates 
Debbie Bain
President Heather Pantano introduced Debbie Bain founder of Prism Health Advocates. Debbie is an RN, BSN with 39 years of experience in the field including experience as a level II trauma nurse, an IV specialist, VNA, oncology, hospice, and as an Assistant Director of Nursing at a long term care facility.  
Deborah was one of the founding members of Women’s Emergency Services in Litchfield County, CT, an organization devoted to helping victims of domestic violence. She created an emergency 24/7 hot line and provided safe homes (hers included) to women and their children fleeing violence. She also became a certified Foster Home in the state of CT for babies and toddlers who needed a safe situation in an emergency.

Deborah also served in her local fire department for 17 years as an EMT, firefighter and subsequently the Ambulance Chief. She helped create, fine tune and manage crisis management protocol for her local town and county, and was part of an emergency preparedness team as well as a member of a medical rapid response team.

Deborah has been a strong patient advocate throughout her lengthy career, both personally and professionally. She has always believed that it is not just about the clinical aspect of care, but the all-encompassing support of that patient and their family. She has a keen awareness, through years of experience, of how the medical system works in every aspect.

In Prism’s two years, clients across the United States, as well as Americans living abroad, have reached out for assistance with a variety of medical crisis as well as billing, coding, and insurance problems. Corporate clients rely on Prism to coordinate active participation in, and taking ownership of, one’s own healthcare needs, as well as proactively engaging with the greater care delivery ecosystem. This guarantees access to good healthcare, better utilization of benefits, and a significant decrease in costs for both the employee and the employer.

Deborah is expanding her business to assist veterans with navigating the VHA system and getting the care they need and deserve. She volunteers with several groups in an informal way. She is also frequently a guest speaker and blogger. She distributes a quarterly, informational newsletter, highlighting key medical issues in the forefront of people’s needs.

Debbie educated the club to help them and those they love with navigating America's complicated and often unfair healthcare system:

* Always bring someone else to a doctor's appointment - even when it is least expected, doctor's can share life-altering news and it is very difficult to process this on your own. Having someone to take notes and listen by your side will help process important information. 

* Know your body and know your rights - you are your strongest advocate, healthcare settings can often engage in unethical albeit legal practices. Educate yourself and advocate for your needs.

* All bills can be negotiated - when paying for medical bills, Debbie recommends showing up in person to speak to their billing department. Maintaining a polite yet firm attitude will help negotiate your bill. Often times billing is inaccurate and hospitals are used to getting stiffed, so there is always room for negotiation. There are also many payment loopholes - an advocate such as prism can help navigate this difficult system.

* Planned procedures - When undergoing a planned procedure make sure that all doctors, opinions, anesthesiologists and specialists are covered under your insurance. Sometimes these are brought in out-of-network and patients are not notified until they are billed.

* Always have a document ready with your current medications including dosages and prescriber.

* Make sure affairs are in order and legal documents are readily available to your family, lawyer, PCP, and hospital of choice. 

* Do not be afraid to get a third or fourth opinion. Medicine is not black and white.

Prism is transparent with their fees as advocates. 

Visit their website at for more information.

Special Announcements
Josh Gillooly announced that each Rotarian was handed 4 tickets to Tastes of the Valley to sell at $50.00 a piece. If anyone is interested in VIP tickets or a sponsorship please him or Colleen Grasso. Vendors are also needed.
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Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley & Michael 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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