Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Bulletin Editor
Salin Low
Jan 04, 2019
Jan 11, 2019
CAVE-Canton youth group
Jan 18, 2019
Jan 25, 2019
Guiding Light Orphanage
Feb 01, 2019
Save Nod Road
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
EarlyRiser Presentations
GLO Fall 2017 Mission Trip
Eastern Europe Trip to Vienna and Prague Presentation
Avon Village Center Project Presentation
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
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Upcoming Meeting Speaker
World Polio Day
October 26, 2018
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
October 19, 2018
Members Present: 38
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Bruce Donald (Speaker); Steve Mitchell (Friend of Speaker, Prospective Member); Sean Clark (Ann Clark's son); Natasha Haims (Prospective Member); Dana Culligan (Robin DiNicola's guest).
Visiting Rotarian: None
Happy Dollars: $50
Raffle Winner: Len Dunstan
Thor Cheyne - He was absent, but we wish him a Happy Birthday, anyway.
Happy Dollars
Chuck Joseph was happy that the ShopRite golf outing had gone so well and that the club had been a sponsor as well as having members who played. The two Joseph Family Shoprite stores - in West Hartford and in Canton - have donated $160k and about 600,000 meals since Chuck and his family bought them.
Les Zinner was happy that he has been ordained in his spiritual awareness group. He now has his MSI - minister or spiritual awareness.
Paul Mikkelson gave $20 because he was happy about trips to the Cape and to Vermont. During that time the Red Sox won two series in their quest to win the World Series. They beat New York and Houston. Paul was especially happy and surprised that they won three games in Houston. (Not sure if Phil Ferrari was as surprised about the wins in Houston or if he was surprised at Paul's generosity.)
Bill Barnes also was happy about the Sox win and wore a hat that usually only comes out at Fenway. He was happy to see Sean Clark, a former carrier of the year for the Valley Press.
Larry Sullivan was happy about the Red Sox and mentioned that he was once a carrier for the New London Day.
Rollie Sterrett was happy about his weekend spent at alma mater Colgate, which beat UNH in hockey and Cornell in football.
Joanne Santiago was happy that there is now another chiropractor in the family. Her daughter Joell passed her board exams. Joanne is President of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association. Joelle had been a student representative on the board. They wanted to keep her, so she is now the Secretary of the board.
Sean Clark thanked Bill for his mention of his days the Valley Press. Sean has a picture taken for the paper when he was 10 years old wearing a Red Sox cap. He was also happy to be celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary.
Alicia Canning thanked everyone for the $400 collected the week before in support of her daughter Sarah who has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Sarah had gone through her first chemo treatment and was only tired so far. Alicia commended the generosity of the club and siad that sort of spirit is why she is a member.
Gary Miller announced the annual meeting and dinner of the Canton Chamber of Commerce on November 1 at Farmington Woods. See Gary for tickets.
Joanne Santiago announced the District Foundation Dinner on November 1 at Chez Josef at Agawam. (The club will pay for members attending. Members pay for spouses or guests. Members pay if they do not honor their reservation.) It's a good time to see how strong the district is, and our club will be getting an award for our level of giving to the Rotary Foundation.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Favarh's 60th Anniversary on November 16th - Featuring the Corvettes Doo Wop Revue - See Scott Nardozzi for reservations or call Ronelle Cipolla at 860-693-6662 ext 116 for tickets.
Induction of New Members
None today.
Awards and Community/International Service Grants
None today.
East Coast Greenway Update
Bruce Donald
Gary Miller introduced Bruce Donald, who has spoken to our club a number of times. Previously he served as president of the nonprofit Farmington Valley Trails Council for 12 years. He is also a past chairman of the Connecticut Committee of the East Coast Greenway Alliance. In 2014, Bruce was appointed chairman of the Governor’s Connecticut Greenways Council, which coordinates all state stakeholders in planning, implementing, and funding the greenway system. He serves on many other boards and was recognized by the Connecticut General Assembly in a 2016 Official Citation as a regional force in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy. Now as Tri-state Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, Bruce leads greenway efforts in the 350-mile tri-state region.
Bruce grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1979. He went away to college and commuted to Wall Street from Wilton for 17 years. When he came back to Farmington, the town had changed, and he wanted to work for open space areas for bikes and hikers. Hence his involvement with the Farmington River Trails Council.


The 200 miles of the East Coast Greenway that run through Connecticut showcase the state’s diversity, from coast to inland, city to country. The eastern part of the state is the most rural area in the corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. A series of rail trails, including the Air Line Trail and the Hop River Trail, run through this region, connecting historic mill towns such as Willimantic and passing through forests and farmlands.

In central Connecticut, the 47 miles of East Coast Greenway along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail are nearing completion and are a favorite of many Greenway users. Southwest of New Haven along Long Island Sound, the interim on-road route hugs the shore through the suburbs to the Sound Shore communities at the New York line — while we advocate for the development of the 37.5-mile Merritt Parkway Trail, which has not even begun.

Bruce emphasized a change in policy over the last eight years which emphasized recreational bike riding and walking as part of the transportation policy of the state. There has been an effort to create linear parks to foster tourism and economic development. There has been a great deal of bonding to fund the development of trails over recent years. Building a bike trail is slow, expensive work. For instance one trail in Cheshire was begun in 1992 and was just recently finished.

Things needed for successful development of trails include: community support for a design; a strong advocacy group to push the agenda in the community and with government entities; the support of state representatives; a staff to provide continuity.

For much greater detail on the progress in trail development, as well as maps and the results of studies about the benefits of trails in many areas, go to



Mail Bag
None today.
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise indicated.
Editor's Notes
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