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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
In person starting July 9, 2021. Zoom will also be available for those unable to attend in person.
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August 27, 2021
Kevin Case
Superintendent, Canton Public Schools
Members Present: 34
Zooming in: 4
Guests: Deborah Altschwager (prospective member), Princess Hyatt (Speaker)
Visiting Rotarians: Dave Tedeschi, Asst Governor
Happy Dollars: $17
Raffle: $20 to Greg DeManche
Fines: None.
Birthdays: None.
Happy Dollars:
Alicia Canning was very pleased that the pencil boxes for Kennelly School are ready to be delivered on Wednesday. She thanked all the members and spouses that attended on Sunday and Monday to sort and pack the boxes. Alicia thanked Larry Sullivan for being her "Errand Boy" picking up all the materials for the pencil boxes. Alicia's sister is visiting from Atlanta. They will be spending some time in RI.
Gary Roman spoke of the New Hartford Inn fire last week. He said eleven of the twelve residents are still homeless. The Community Service Committee is granting $1000 go the New Hartford Neighbors to Neighbors Fund.

Gary Miller was happy to be playing in the Fore Autism Tournament right after the meeting. The tournament is an annual fundraiser for the Focus Center for Autism. He asked everyone that wished to have their comments heard and recorded in the Early Riser to please face his way and speak up. He is getting hearing aids on Tuesday afternoon from the VA.
Gary Miller provided the status of the Golf Tournament which is doing okay for golfers, but ad sales are only half of last year's target. We are a long way from hitting the $100,000 gross from the past two years, since the ad booklet alone is about a third of the goal. Tee signs are the low hanging fruit and an easy $200 for signs we already own. Gary will be sending the list of outstanding tee signs to everyone. If you recognize one or two, please talk to your contact and get them to renew.
Alicia Canning is working on getting new Club shirts for new members and anyone wishing to update their shirt. A clipboard was passed around at the meeting. Let her know if you are interested and what size you need.
Jim Gordon said that we fed 130 seniors at the Senior Luncheon at the Avon Senior Center. He thanked the 25 members that cooked, served, waited on tables and cleaned up afterward. He was very appreciative of Robin Dinicola and Ann Clark for arranging the luncheon and Chuck Joseph for all the donated food and supplies from ShopRite of Canton.
9/13 Rotary Club of Avon/Canton golf tournament
Induction of New Members:
Debbie Altschwager became a new member today. Debbie is sponsored by Natasha Haims who is a student at Debbie's pottery studio on Gildersleeve Avenue in Canton. Debbie has been active in recent Rotary events and was welcomed by Membership Chair Jim Gordon and President Chris Lamadrid. Debbie was inducted using our traditional ceremony conducted by members reading the charges of membership.
Foundation Chair, Joanne Santiago, presented some new jewelry to Dr. Arnie Goldman. Arnie has earned his Paul Harris +1 pin.
Community and International Service Grants
Gary Roman announced that $1000 was being sent to the New Hartford Neighbors to Neighbors fund to aid the victims of the New Hartford Inn fire.
Horizons at Ethel Walker School
Princess Hyatt, Executive Director
Sue Budde introduced Princess Hyatt, our speaker. Princess is a Hartford native and loves being involved in the very community in which she was raised. She is an active member and volunteer in the Hartford community. She is so glad to be exercising her love for philanthropy, education, and women/girls' empowerment in her new role as the Executive Director at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury. She is so glad to have reunited with the Horizons families, students, staff and partners this year for a "back in person" summer. Princess and her program are recipients of grants from the 100 Women Who Can, who spoke with us two weeks ago. She and Sue met each other at one of their meetings. 
Princess started her talked with a "clap response" to ensure she had our attention just as she does with the girls in the Horizons program. Princess started her new role just days before the pandemic caused the program to move online. 
This summer was the first "in person" experience. the 120 girls in the program all come from the Hartford area. Horizons is a safe haven for many of the girls who come from unsafe neighborhoods and domestic situations. The mission of Horizons is to help girls in Hartford public schools from underserved families improve their educational outcomes. We do this by providing year-round academic and swimming instruction, cultural enrichment opportunities, mentoring and educational guidance in a nurturing community of dedicated professionals and volunteers.
We are the first all-girls Horizons program in the country, and the first Horizons program in the Greater Hartford, working with underserved girls from Hartford public schools that qualify under free/reduced federal lunch guidelines, to prevent and reduce summer learning loss.
Horizons relies on community partners who provide funding, programs, and assistance in many ways:
  1. Have your workplace sponsor our upcoming events
  2. Become a speaker focusing on STEAM
  3. Assemble or contribute book bag & school supply drive
  4. Submit a video or testimonial of why you support our program
  5. Participate on Giving Day on March 2022!
  6. Become a board member or committee member
  7. Become a volunteer and participate in read-a-loud or mentorship program
  8. Host an informational session/meet-and greet
  9. Like, Follow and Support our FB page and subscribe to our e-newsletter
Horizons has a busy schedule including a 6-week summer enrichment program, mentorship and EWS Big Sisters, Cultural Enrichment, weekly swimming lessons, weekly field trips, Super Saturday Academy, STEAM education and Homework assistance helpline. Princess welcomed our members to become involved as community partners.
The budget for the program is $500,000 which pays for staff salaries, transportation, daily breakfast and lunch. A partnership is LEGO provides $200,000. They also received funds from non-profit foundations and grants.
The girls have a very strong bond with the students at EWS. 
Mike Mezhiritskiy and Brian O'Donnell talked about extending our chess program to Horizons. Several other members also expressed interest and provided their contact information to Princess, who can be reached at:

Princess Hyatt, Executive Director
Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, 

Special Announcements: None this week.
Mail Bag: None this week.
Photo Credits: Mike Mezheritskiy [Unless otherwise indicated]
Technology Credits: Mike Mezheritskiy [Unless otherwise indicated]
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