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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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October 2, 2020
Native Plant Gardens & Pollinators
Margery Winters
Roaring Brook Nature Center
This virtual meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from President Alicia Canning.
We are using a recurring ID, etc.
Sgt-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 29
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: (3): Karen Cook(Speaker); Mr. Cyrus Majidian and older sister, Miss. Lola Majidian
Rauf with Cyrus                                             Rauf with Lola
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
None today (though Tom Voorhees suggested Alicia be fined for sharing the wrong virtual link for today's meeting. In Alicia's defense, she discovered and corrected the error well before the meeting. At the very least, this fact should be taken into consideration at the sentencing phase of the trial. Arraignment at a date yet to be determined. - Ed.)
Today's Birthday Boy (9/27)  is Scotty Nardozzi, who, despite being briefly frozen-in-cyber-time this morning, reported he joined us over 15 years ago, and still feels lucky to have us all as his family members. He has 4 closings today and joined us from Old Saybrook.
Regretfully absent was Birthday Girl (9/23) Michelle Traub, who we will pick on at the next convenient opportunity!
Happy Moments
Rollie Sterrett: Thanked Chris Lamadrid for a terrific seniors' luncheon on held on Thursday 9/24. Said Rollie: As a former chair of that event myself, I tip my hat to her."
Sarah Leathers: "We are going to start providing meals to our dear friend Sean Blacker, after his neighbor reached out to Healing Meals."
Also, Chuck Joseph won the Healing Meals auction prize and he's gifting that to our own Linda Pendergast. "That's just like Chuck", said Sarah, "always willing to lend a hand."
Alicia Canning: On Thursday September 25th Larry, Christine and Alicia visited Sean Blacker and noted that except for weight loss, he seemed to be very much himself.  He was upbeat and positive, and said he is buoyed by his faith. Salin also saw him recently  at the grocers, and spontaneously hugged him. Sean also wrote us and said," May God bless us and know that I keep you all in my prayers."
Bronson: Dale remembered Peter Vignati's brother, who had passed away some time ago, also noting what a wonderful guy he was. Dale had two cataract surgeries, one in each eye and now "needs no glasses for the first time since he was in sixth grade."
Jolly Lux announced that the GloFest will be held at Blue Fox Run on October 3rd, 2 - 6 PM, and we are all invited. She's glad the golf tournament went well as it supports all our good work. She and husband Kurt Lux hope to open their clinic in Uganda in 3 months time. Learn more at:
Yvonne Gardner thanked Karen Cook for agreeing to speak today and also thanked Don Bonner for the lovely print of his artwork.
Ann Clark read a note from Linda Pendergast: Said Linda: "What a joy to see many of you on the 14th. I hope it was a huge success. Thank you for thinking of me with the gift of mums which now adorn my front door. They remind me of your hugs and thoughtfulness."
President Alicia Canning  reported that Monday October 5th is the mask challenge, and that they can be picked up in Hartford. Alicia has all the details
Alica also reported that Michelle Hagen was hospitalized for 4 nights and that we will send her a card. She thanked Bill Barnes for his article on the pencil boxes project and further asked him to compose articles on the senior luncheon and on the golf tournament. Bill agreed to assist.
Finally, be aware that Tuesday  October 6th at 5 pm, there will be a pub night at Capri's farm. Plan to BYOB and a folding chair.
Gary Miller noted he has Rotary thank you cards and envelopes available for use by Golf Tournament committee members and all members to thank all those who participated in or supported the Golf Tournament in any way, to make it the success that it was. See Gary to arrange pickup. Gary also has had a request for Rotary masks recently, and has extras if anyone is interested. Again, see Gary for details.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.


Karen Cook


                                     Karen Cook of Stride (This is not a live video link.)
Yvonne Gardner introduced Karen Cook, representing the adaptive ski program known as "Stride." She is an adaptive ski instructor at Ski Sundown, with 40 volunteers under her direction. Together they give over 400 lessons per season to people with physical challenges different than the average skier. She has attained the first level certification already and is pursuing higher certification now. She and her husband Mark own Cook & Kozlak Flooring in Canton.
Karen introduced herself noting that her inspiration for involvement came from her son, who has been a participant in the program.
(Despite having some brief technical challenges with video she intended to show, her Powerpoint presentation was an excellent introduction
to the power and beauty of the Stride program. - Ed.)
See a video about Jessica, here:
See a video about Frannie, a 91-year-old ski athlete, here:
The terminology of the program in part derives from the number of tracks left in the snow by the equipment used by the particular athlete.
Many adaptations are available for ski athletes with a large variety of situations, as depicted in these images.
Can you see the adaptations? Can you count the tracks in the snow of each skier?
Karen concluded by answering particpant questions, before joining us in the 4-Way Test.
Thank you for a great presentation Karen!
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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1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?