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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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July 10, 2020
President Installation DINNER
Alicia Canning
The President Installation Dinner will be hosted at Golf Club of Avon at 6:00 PM & on Zoom. 
Watch the presentation live on:
Sgt-at Arms Report
Members Present: 41 members participated
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: 0
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Linda Pendergast - June, 30
Linda was the 4th woman to join Avon-Canton Rotary. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed the young people who have joined the club. She has enjoyed being part of the club over the years.
Bill Barnes - July 4
Bill promised he wouldn’t take 40 mins to make his birthday speech. Bill was born on the 160th Independence Day, you can do the math to figure out his age. He showed his plaque from his time as president during 1988-89, which he considers the highlight of his life during Rotary. Bob Cave originally introduced him, when they both had more hair than they do now. He fondly recounted memories of the club over the years and its positive changes and growth, such as allowing women in the club. He thanked Heather for being such a strong leader during a trying time. He ended his birthday speech with a COVID related grocery store joke.
Gary Roman – July, 4
Gary has been a Rotarian for over 20 years and finds our club to be an uplifting way to end every week. As a birthday gift, he requested the club to withhold our vocal “talents” from singing Happy Birthday via Zoom. 
Robin DiNicola - July 12
Robin remembers Gary Miller inviting her to the club and she has been so grateful to meet the wonderful members of the group.
Happy Dollars Moments
Editor's note: If you missed our Zoom meeting, the full meeting is posted to our Group Facebook Page
Gary Miller shared he and Debbie will be celebrating 50 years of marriage. They were originally planning to go England, but obviously plans have changed. Good news is, his family in Louisiana will be moving to CT next week. 
Larry Haber shared that he is going to take a road trip to visit his granddaughter for her 14th birthday now that rest stops are open.
Linda Pendergast shared that it is her last weekend in her beach house, and is traveling to Indiana to deliver the furniture from her home to her grandchildren.  She is also looking forward to a vacation in Maine. 
Steve Mitchell shared he held an East Coast Greenway meeting. They were planning Ride the State, a ride from New Haven to Southwick. Last week he met his second grandchild.
Kershwin Singh was happy that the Liverpool won the premier after 30 years!
Lauren Gardner was happy to share she has moved to her new house in Simsbury and got WiFi after a long wait, now she finally feels settled.
Greg DeManche was proud of his son who was promoted to Senior Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Hartford.
Alicia Canning was happy that things feel more normal after her three grandchildren stayed over last night. Her five year old granddaughter lost her tooth, but she is going home tonight so Alicia is happy that she doesn’t have to be the tooth fairy!
No meeting July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.
No BREAKFAST meeting July 10th due to the President Installation Dinner being scheduled later that night.
The President Installation Dinner is July 10th at 6PM at Golf Club of Avon to induct Alicia Canning.
We will also set up a zoom option for those unable to make it in person.
The Golf Committee is seeking sponsors.
The Board has decided that virtual meetings will continue via Zoom through Labor Day Weekend.
Heather Pantano shared that this will be her last Zoom meeting as the current president. She expressed her gratitude to the club for being so supportive through the past year. Great job Heather! We are all so proud of you, and grateful for your service during this unprecedented year!
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
Gary Miller 
Avon-Canton Rotary Golf Tournament 
Golf Club of Avon
Monday, September 14, 2020
Gary held an interactive meeting with the club to update the latest on our Golf Tournament during this unusual year.
Typically advertised as best event “ever”  this year we are taking the approach as best event "possible". 
Here are the fast facts:
  • We have 6 weeks to go to make the golf tournament happen 
  • The tournament is in Nancy Nation’s honor and the committee has worked with her family on this.
The volunteer list continues to grow, so far the following Rotarians have committed
  • Lisa Wright on course beverage coordinator
  • Sue Budde will be treasurer, collecting monies
  • Gary Hyde will be course treasurer tracking funds
  • Don Bonner is working on the brochure and will be sending it out soon
  • Mark is organizing registration and ticket sales
  • FAVARH volunteers will help with bags
  • Jeff Borges & Luke Violette will help with tee signs 
  • Heather volunteered to emcee
  • Chris Lamadrid is sales team leader captain
  • Lauren and Yvonne Gardner are doing the putting contest
The golf committee is still looking for volunteers in key roles – Gary will send out emails with what they need.
Concerning Auction & Raffles
  • There is an ongoing discussion about auctioning trips due to COVID and uncertainty of future travel.
  • Gifts & raffles this year are also more low key due to current climate
Indoor Dining/Dinner Commitment to Golf Club of Avon
  • The committee is watching closely on indoor and outdoor dining, and working with the Golf Club on a final “drop dead date” in this regard, so that money is not lost on food.
  • Gary will be contacting past donors & sponsors
  • So far, two major sponsors have stepped forward, which has kickstarted our tournament. 
Thanks, Gary and The Golf Committee!

Special Announcements
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Mail Bag
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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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