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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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May 15, 2020
Yvette Young
Village for Families & Children
Sex Trafficking in Connecticut
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from Heather.
Watch the presentation live on:
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 42 in attendance
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: None
Happy Dollars Moments: Virtual currency
Raffle Winner: None
None today.
Chris Heath celebrated her birthday on May 7th. Her husband Rick showered her with roses.
Happy Dollars Moments
Editor's note: If you missed our Zoom meeting, the full meeting is posted to our Group Facebook Page
Don Bonner read a note from the Nation family saying that they were all in good health.
Bill Barnes announced the new Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra's new Wednesday Night series--Symphony on a Sofa. Members of the FVSO will be performing live from home. Watch this week's show at 7PM at FVSO's Symphony on the Sofa
Dale Bronson told us about a Facebook posting that made him chuckle. We did too!
Rollie Sterrett updated us on his brother Cliff. Cliff was scheduled to be released from the nursing home in Sharon, but still tested positive for COVID-19. He will need to stay at the home until he no longer tests positive.
Kershwin Singh and his family have adopted a new puppy. He was three daughters and now has another male member of the family.
Craig Buhrendorf was happy to report that Jeane is clear of the cancer that she had been fighting. Fortunately she received all her infusion treatments for a form of non-hodgkins lymphoma prior to the start of the coronavirus crisis. 
Robin DiNicola said she has been observing the National Day of Prayer each year. This year she was able to observe the day at the John Carmon Funeral Home.
Kathleen Parr and her husband are back in CT from Texas
Joanne Santiago said that she had received a donation from Sue Budde for masks.
Lisa Barall-Matt and Todd are enjoying their new condo in West Hartford. They closed on their former home in Canton yesterday. The new owners are expecting a baby soon.
Paul Mikkelson said hello to everyone. He had a recent gall bladder attack but is fine now and looks forward to getting back to live meetings.
President Heather Pantano reported that her two and half year old son, Sal, is obsessed with Batman. He had been wearing their dog's Halloween Batman costume and will only respond to being called Batman. Heather is looking forward to hosting a virtual Rotary Pub Night from her home on May 12th at 5:00 PM.
Phil Ferrari was happy to celebrate his daughter's 30th birthday today. They have a virtual party scheduled with the family.
Heather Pantano shared that she had learned during the meeting that our dear friend and member Ted Cowles passed away the previous night after suffering from the Coronavirus and being on a ventilator for over 2 weeks. Ted was 87 and a member since February 1990. He was the project leader on many Rotary initiatives including the Roaring Brook Nature Center handicapped entrance, raised flower beds, bike trail shelters and many more. More information will be shared when known.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
Dr. Arnie Goldman
Caring for Pets during the COVID-19 Crisis
President Heather Pantano introduced member Dr. Arnie Goldman, DVM, our speaker for today. Dr. Goldman has served terms on the boards and as president of the Hartford County VMA, Connecticut VMA and New England VMA. He is founder and past-president of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation and created its Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) program and its Companions-in-Crisis program, which serves animal-owning domestic violence victims. His involvement with CTSART led to further disaster preparedness service on the FEMA Pets Act Working Group, the USDA APHIS - FEMA Joint Animal Emergency Response Working Group and the CT-NY-NJ-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, and he served as founding president of NASAAEP, the National Alliance of State Animal & Agricultural Emergency Programs. In 2005 the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association named Dr. Goldman Connecticut Veterinarian of the Year, and in 2017 recognized him again with their Distinguished Service Award. In addition his practice at the Canton Animal Hospital, he is currently the Treasurer of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Arnie began his talk by introducing us to the terms - Fomite. A fomite can pass illness from one object to another. Your pets can act as fomites and be a vector for the transmission of disease. Zooanotic diseases can transfer from animals to humans. The Coronavirus has adapted to humans but in a few limited cases animals have tested positive when in contact with infected people. Strep is a bacterial that can be carried by dogs in their nasal passages and saliva making it possible for them to transmit the disease. COVID-19 was reported to have infected two dogs and a cat in Hong Kong. Several other pets and zoo animals have been tested but never shown to transmit the disease to people. Arnie said that vets have been discouraged from testing animals in order to conserve testing materials. He sees no significant hazard from pets, but we should all exercise caution and follow normal precautions by cleaning leashes, collars, and other materials. 
Canton Animal Hospital staff have observed strict procedures to protect themselves, animals, and pet owners. Access to the office has been limited.
Arnie says that he has seen an unusual number of cases of dogs that have been quilled by porcupines. Otherwise their cases have been routine.
Phil Ferrari asked a question about why the Coronavirus was originally attributed to the "wet market" in Wuhan. Arnie said that wild animals are adaptable to certain viruses, whereas pets were not likely. A wide variety of coronaviruses exist. Some are adapted to cats and dogs that humans can't get. 
Lisa Barall-Matt asked about the wide variety of immune responses in individuals. Arnie talked about "herd immunity" saying that when about 60-70% of the population has developed immunity the available hosts is diminished and the virus spreads more slowly. We have seen this situation yet with COVID-19. A lot has to do with the stickiness of the outer layer of the virus cell which enables the spread of the disease.
Thank you, Arnie.

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Mail Bag
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Editor's Notes
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