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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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November 6, 2020
Connecticut E-Waste Program
Stacy Gray
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the club.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 28
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath (soon to be back as members); Dave Tedeschi, Assistant District Governor and Speaker.  
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Fines: None today.
Birthdays: Brian O'Donnell had a birthday last week. He missed hearing us sing.
Happy Moments
Gary Hyde was happy to announce the birth of grandson Samuel on October 19th. He is Gary's fifth grandchild and fourth grandson.
Susan Mitchell and husband Steven are driving to Florida for a week. The drive is safer than flying.
Salin Low was happy to be back from visiting her sister and her sister's family in St. Louis. She was especially happy, because she had just received a negative result on a Covid test taken just before she got on the plane. That means she doesn't have to quarantine for 14 days.
Yvonne Gardner was happy to celebrate her dad's 80th birthday. He was a soccer player in Europe and was a referee for many years. She is having lunch with him to celebrate. She was also happy to be wearing Halloween earrings.
Sue Budde was happy to be leaving on Tuesday for Georgia. Husband Bill's daughter is Friday, and they will be returning on Saturday and Sunday.
Lisa Barall-Matt's daughter Leah, who is a clinical cannabis pharmacist in California, thinks our club's meetings are too early for her to be our speaker. However, she is giving a talk on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. You can sign up for the talk at
Joanne Santiago appreciated the cards and calls after her recent surgery. Her recovery is going well.
President Alicia checked with Avon Old Farms Hotel about the possibility of meeting there soon, but they do not plan to service breakfast or lunch for the foreseeable future. The board will be reviewing options. The Golf Club of Avon would be willing to host the club in the spring. Details of menu and cost need to be worked out.
Art Schaller and Anne Ruwet tried to attend last Friday's meeting - not realizing we are now on Zoom. They are promoting the wreaths sold by the New Britain-Berlin club to raise funds for scholarships. Wreaths are once again $25. You can order a wreath by contacting Salin Low at by November 13. Checks are made payable to the New Britain-Berlin Rotary and can be paid at the time of delivery. Delivery will be sometime the week of November 30 with details to be worked out.
President Alicia is having surgery for breast cancer on Thursday. She hopes to return to meetings on December 4. President-elect Chris Lamadrid will lead the meetings in her absence.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
Human Trafficking
Dave Tedeschi, A.G. District 7890
Dave Tedeschi is our Assistant District Governor. He graduated from the University of Miami and was a reporter for a number of years. He worked at the Newington Children's Hospital in public relations and for the state banking association. He originally joined Rotary in 1980 but had to reesign due to work obligations. He has now rejoined the Newington club and is obviously quite involved. He lives in Newington with his wife Barbara. He congratulated our club for our golf tournament, for the recent senior luncheon, and for participating in the Rotary Million Mask effort.
Dave spoke on a presentation put together by his club on the subject of human Trafficking. Making people aware of the pervasiveness of human trafficking even in our own communities has been a big effort for the Newington club. They paid $4,500 to have two billboards on the Berlin Turnpike for one month to make people aware of this hidden crime.
We tend to think of human trafficking in terms of sex, but there is also trafficking for labor or services. It's anything which involves one person working to control the actions of another by force or coercion.
The red areas on the above slide show where trafficking is most prevalent. It's not surprising that many of these areas are on the coasts, where traffickers can take advantage of immigrants for forced labor or forced sexual acts. Note that the entry age for a trafficking victim is 14-16. Runaway children are especially vulnerable. One in six are probably victims of sex trafficking.
Often the expected victim of sex trafficking is a young girl. However, many young boys are also trafficked. It's harder to determine and/or convict such crimes because of the shame of the victim. It is estimated that somewhere between 100K and 300K U.S. children are trafficking victims and that there are approximately 40 million victims worldwide. The first U.S. law to protect victims was only passed in 2000. Under this law child under 18 is not classified as a prostitute but as a victim. Young people are especially vulnerable because their brains are not fully developed, and they can be manipulated into a relationship with the trafficker. They are also recruited through the internet.
Certainly there are often ongoing psychological problems when a victim is rescued from trafficking. However, there are also physical problems which may persist throughout the victim's life.
One group took the name Love146 after seeing a young girl being offered in a brothel in Southeast Asia. She had disappeared before the brothel was raided, but the group began to work to provide survivor care and recovery to rescued victims in Asia, the Philippines, and in the United States.
The problem of human trafficking will continue to be addressed by the Newington Rotary and others willing to work with them. They are appealing to other clubs in the area and work with the Salvation Army who sees much of the same problem. They are also interested in presenting material in the schools to make adults and young people aware of the problem and of the part they can play to address and reduce the problem.
Dave's presentation made us aware that we can all play a part in reducing human trafficking in the communities around us.
Special Announcements
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Mail Bag
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Editor's Notes
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