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Lauren Gardner
Jul 08, 2022
Installation Dinner
Jul 15, 2022
Ukraine Update
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Interact Chair
Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
All meetings are hybrid both in-person and Zoom available
District Site
Venue Map
June 3, 2022
(No meeting next week due to Memorial Day, Lonely Rotarians are meeting at Lasalle's at 7:30)
Avon Scholarships Recipients 
The meeting will be held both in person at the Golf Club of Avon and via Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the Club for Zoom access and
please note we use a recurring ID for your convenience.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Rotarians Present: 35
Visiting Rotarians:  None. 
Guests: None.
Happy Dollars$21.00
Raffle Winner: Steve Morris - Donated to UR Community Cares
Fines: None today.
Rollie Sterrett (May 19) - Everyone settled in for Rollie's birthday speech! Rollie started off with a history for new members - During the summer of 1978, Bob Cave who was president at the time, inducted Rollie. While Bob is a charter member of Avon-Canton Rotary club, thanks to a brief break in membership - Rollie is the most senior member. At the time of joining, the club was composed entirely of men with an annual budget of $3500. The incoming president was given $500 and was expected to increase the treasury by another $3000. Rollie reminisced on the brilliant fundraisers the men had including selling dead Christmas trees, barbecuing inside West Farms mall (leading to a greasy jewelry fiasco resulting in hours of Rotarian elbow grease to clean the merchandise they had soiled). Thankfully, by a slim margin of one or two votes - in which Rollie claims to not recall his vote - Avon-Canton Rotary allowed women to join. Bea Murdock was the first woman to join, Nancy Nation the second, Linda Pendergast was the fourth and Kathy Hines was the first woman as the president of our club. Rollie concluded his speech, saying having ladies join was one of the best decisions our club has ever made. Curiously, fundraisers seem to run much more smoothly and successfully since allowing women to join. 
Happy Dollars
Bob Cave set the record straight – in 1978 they allowed Rollie to join. During that time they used vote new members in and they were the second club in CT to bring women in and that the ladies have done a lot of good!
Sue Budde wished a happy birthday to Rollie and commented that if women were allowed in the club earlier the greasy jewelry debacle would have been avoided!
Linda Pendergast shared that she was seated at table 25 at Tastes of the Valley with Paul. At first it seemed like they were outcasts, with no one joining them. Thankfully, others asked to join her and she was delighted to reconnect with past president Mike Sherbert and other old friends. She says Mike is planning to come back to this area of Connecticut. She also had a great time at the wine pull and worked her sales skills upselling 3 bottles to a guest looking for his favorite number – 13. 
Ann Clark gave $5 happy dollars. She enjoyed Linda’s performance at the bottle pull. She pulled her favorite number – 19 and got a bottle of Crown Royal. She thanked the GCA staff for their marvelous job during the fundraiser. Ann also shared she was excited to attend her grandson’s graduation from UMASS. This graduation is extra special because they couldn’t attend his undergraduate graduation due to the pandemic and this year, he earned a master’s degree in special education. 
Gary Miller said Thank you to all and thanked Colleen and Chuck and Lou who helped call everyone.  He said there is a brief respite from TOTV but then it’s golf tournament time! September 12 will mark our 40th tournament. 
Larry Sullivan had a mixed emotion dollar, he gave congratulations to Linda who did such a great job at the wine pull that he didn’t have to lift a finger! The sad half of the dollar went to Phil Whorley who has moved into Brookside Memory Care.
Lauren Gardner was ecstatic and embarrassed when she shared she graduated from the University of UCONN (otherwise known of University of Connecticut…) with her master's degree in social work policy practice and recently rescued a puppy named Frankie. While she is unclear of where she graduated from, she shared with the club that she did earn a 4.0. 
Phil Ferrari shared that Peter Viganti’s father-in-law recently passed away and announced that Avon Congregational Church is hosting a Civility Training Workshop facilitated by the Institute for Civility in Government on June 4. Registration is open here:
President, Chris Lamadrid, thanked Colleen Grasso and her committee for all the work they have done to plan Tastes of the Valley this year.
The Rotary Foundation Committee nominated and has had the Board approve four of our members to received Paul Harris Fellowship awards at the President's Installation Dinner in July. The recipients will be Larry Haber, Ike Eickenhorst, Mike Mezheritskiy, and Chris Lamadrid.
Salin Low is looking for at least one additional scribe to prepare the Early Riser one time a month. The current crew has worked together for about six years. They have a number of scheduling conflicts this summer, so it's a good time to try out your editorial skills. Gary Miller is a pro at training new scribes, so it's a fairly smooth learning curve. If you are willing to be a summer intern, please let Salin know.
July 8th: President's Dinner at Golf Club of Avon. Dinner cost is $55.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
UR Community Cares
Michelle Puzzo
Yvonne Gardner introduced Michelle Puzzo, President & Co-Founder of UR Community Cares, practiced physical therapy for 20 years and took her knowledge about the complexity of disability and aging in place independently and created a website to better improve people’s lives. She graduated from the University of Connecticut (otherwise known as University of UCONN) in 1998 with her BS in Physical Therapy. 
Michelle shared the following video that demonstrated the need for UR Community Cares.
Throughout Michelle’s work as a physical therapist, she learned about the needs of our aging community and the gaps in services. Michelle opened with a video demonstrating the need for volunteers to become involved in URCommunityCares. In the US, over 10,000 people turn 65 every day, because these folks who need help are often behind closed doors, their needs go unmet.
These needs include
  • Companionship   
  • Housework      
  • Yard work                   
  • Transportation            
  • Errands 
  • Respite Relief to Primary Caregivers
  • Pet Care

UR Community Cares helps fill in the gaps of traditional at-home care services by mobilizing residents to care about and connect with each other. The goal is to link people who can help to those who need help – whether it’s for one hour per week or month or year. The services are provided at no cost to members.
How to participate:


Age 70 and older or 18 and older

with a temporary or permanent physical


•ENROLL and complete our background  check -- online or by phone. Can be signed up by family, social worker, trusted friend if they don’t have the Internet
•INITIATE the requests for help with housework, yard workor companionship visits including errands and localtransportation
•Qualify if have disability: 
•Temporary Disability after surgery, illness, pregnancy, fracture, joint replacement, etc.
•Permanent after Stroke, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, MS, Cancer


Age 15 and older (age 15-17 with  adult consent andsupervision)

•ENROLL online and complete  our background check
•ACCEPT home visit requests convenient to theirschedule,  within in a 15-mile radius

Volunteers can bring cleaning supplies or yard work supplies as needed.

NO Personal Care – showering, etc.

NO Licensed Work – plumbers, electrical, etc.

Volunteers can work in groups – businesses, faith org., colleges, etc.

Using their secure website, interested Volunteers and Community Members each create an online profile and upload an ID-type photo (to allow one another to be recognized upon arrival for the in-home visit). When a Community Member submits a request for a Community Deed, local registered Volunteers are notified by email/text then sign into their account to view and accept or decline it. Volunteers age 15-17 must have parental consent and visit supervision. There is no personal care e.g. showers and no licensed work e.g. plumbing, electric, etc. Volunteers can sign up as indivduals or a group. 
UR Community Cares is currently operating in 125+ towns with 500+ community members and 500+ volunteers saving community members at least $30/hour of work. 
REFERRAL PARTNERS – Looking for Resources to fill in Gaps of Care ideas to help UR Community Cares include connecting the organization to the following:
•Insurance Companies
•CT 211 Helpline
•Human Service Depts.
•Social Workers
•Visiting Nurses
•Senior Centers
•Agency on Aging
•Religious Organizations


Phil Ferrari asked about background checks – Michelle said both members and volunteers undergo background checks.
Larry Sullivan asked about if URCommunity Cares is in Canton. Michelle said she is still waiting to hear if they have received the grant. 
Volunteers can help to spread the word and our club had ideas flowing; Ann Clark is going to help spread the word at the Avon Senior Center. Rollie Sterrett is going to help create a connection with the Avon medical locker in which there is a need between the two services. Bob Cave is also connecting Michelle with Healing Meals and Colleen Grasso with local hospitals. 

Special Announcements

None this week.
Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits
Mike Mezheritskiy
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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