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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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Upcoming Meeting/Presentation
 July 26th at Avon Old Farms Hotel
Maria Coutant-Skinner
Lions Addiction Taskforce
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 38
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Ravi Prajapati and Jeff Borges - prospective members
Happy Dollars: $153.00
Raffle Winner: Peter Vignati
Ted Cowles joined Rotary in 1986 after retiring from The Travelers. At one meeting, a presentation was made by the Simsbury-Granby club about a shelter they were building for the bike trail in 2004. Ted had been building similar structures for AMC and the Canton Land Trust. He decided our club should build a shelter for the trail in Canton. Under his leadership the shelter in Canton was erected in 2005 on the portion of the trail near Public Works. Since then Ted has been instrumental in creating raised garden beds for Gifts of Love and a new handicapped access entrance for the Roaring Brook Nature Center. Ted read member names from the original work crew sheet for the Nature Center project.
Kevin Case, Vaughn Young, and Paul Nelson, not in attendance, were also recognized for their birthdays.
Rotarians in attendance all sang Happy Birthday for our birthday celebrants!
Happy Dollars
Arnie Goldman paid a fine for misnaming Jim Gordon in the last EarlyRiser. 
Salin Low was happy for all the help at the Seniors Luncheon on Thursday. The lunch was a great success as usual. Salin enjoyed time in the Berkshires with a her new friend. She also had a funny joke about a minister playing golf.
Steve Harris was happy to report that his granddaughter turned 12, grandson turned 5, and his daughter turned 40. Steve has been married for 44 years. He joined Rotary 40 years ago.
Jolly Lux has returned from her latest trip to Uganda. The young women she is training had a very productive time make soap and other products to sell. The project is funded under a District grant from last year. The next grant has been approved for funding.
Gary Hyde attended a 3-day tax seminar in Washington DC.  He actually said it was "fun". Gary also reported that the Rollie Sterrett tax case continues. Gary is headed up to Saratoga Springs for his grandson's first birthday and some time at the track.
Bob Cave was happy to share that he was very impressed with Don Bonner's painting skills. Don had shared some photos of recent paintings prior to the meeting.
Alicia Canning reported that her daughter, Sarah, threw out the first pitch at a recent Yard Goats game.
Sue Budde was heading off next week for a family wedding.
Phil Ferrari reminded everyone that the annual Pencil Bod event will be at Nancy Nation's home on August 14th.
Paul Mikkelson made a pitch for the annual golf tournament. His wife and daughter have decided to be a lunch sponsor under their business, "Living without Chemicals". Paul also encourage members to send out email to their associates requesting support of the tournament.
Gary Miller reported on the District Foundation Grants meeting. Our District had received grant applications totaling over $104,000 with only just under $56,000 in funding from The Rotary Foundation. The annual per capital giving from the requesting clubs was a factor in determining how much to fund each project. Thankfully our club has a per capita annual giving level of over $200. Our District has quite a few clubs that do not meeting the expected $100 per member contribution level.
Calendar of Upcoming Events & Announcements
August 14th: Pencil box assembly, at Nancy Nation's house.
September 9th: Annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament, at the Golf Club of Avon.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

Club Forum
Jim Gordan, Membership Chair
President Heather Pantano introduced Jim Gordon to lead the club forum on Membership. Jim reported on the work done by the recently reconstituted Membership Committee by inviting members of the committee up to the podium to talk about each segment. Jim cleaned up a few possible misconceptions about the process of joining Rotary--orientation, acceptance, board approval, and the first six months of membership. The memberships of the committee will act as mentors to the sponsor and the new member.
Salin Low discussed the new membership information form used to collect vital information on prospective members to learn about their personal and fundraising interests. Much of this information is used to create the member profile in ClubRunner.
Larry Sullivan reviewed the duties of each sponsor. Once the sponsor proposes someone for membership, their responsibilities don't end. The sponsor needs to ensure that the new member is welcomed into the club and gets to meet all the members. Typically a new member will be a Greeter at next 4-6 meetings. The sponsor should also assist with attendance and committee activities.
Phil Worley stated that Rotary Pub Night is a good social opportunity for new and prospective members to meet current members on an informal basis. 
Chris Lamidrid mentioned the guide that has been created for new members. The guide contains everything a new Rotarian should know about Rotary International and our club. 

Concluding Formalities
Four Way Test and Raffle Drawing

Mail Bag
No Mail this week.
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise noted.
Editor's Notes
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