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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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October11, 2019
Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 31
Visiting Rotarians:   
Luke Violette
Happy Dollars: $40.00 / Raffle Prize $40.00
Raffle Winner: No Winner
None this week
Josh Gillooly  has been a member for 13 years ago.  Was reluctant to join at first, but you had to eat breakfast somewhere, he joined.  As time went on and he learned about all of the things Rotary did it came to mean so much to him.  He gave a special shout out to Peter Vignatti and Dale Bronson who were his Rotary mentors as he was coming up through the ranks.
Scott Nardozzi  is starting his 14th year in Rotary.  The club has meant the world to him with the friendships that he has made.
Phil Worley had a birthday in absentia
Happy Dollars & Announcements
Linda Pendergast gave away 2 tickets for this evenings Hartford Stage Performance.
District 7890 Governor Mark Brady gave $20 Happy Dollars because he was happy to be here.
Garry Miller was happy for our Rotary Tot.    We are the only club in the District and perhaps RI to have an official Rotary Tot or two.  Gary and his wife Deb are off to DC and then heading to Gettysburg for a bike trip with friends through the battlefields.
Paul Mikkelson wished Josh and Scott a happy birthday and acknowledged District Governor Mark being in attendance.  He added congratulations to everyone for the golf tournament.  Paul was in England for two weeks for the World Road Bike Championship.  Teams raced for their country.  The US did unexpectedly very well, particularly the younger US team.  Weather was awful but the fun was great and the area beautiful.
Don Bonner said happy birthday to Josh and Scott.  He wanted to alert the club to the problems of using “old nuts”.  As a mental health professional, I was about to be upset about his discriminatory and prejudicial statements, when he clarified that he had tried to fix his dish washer with “old nuts”.  It didn’t work so he had to call Tom up who made some comment on his lack of smarts and the need for “new nuts”.
Tom Voorhees was concerned that he might get into trouble for practicing electrical repairs over the telephone without a license.
District LT Governor Marcel Schmidt for his boss Gov. Mark and past District Governor Tom Voorhees 
Ted Cowles has been invited to help Simsbury High School with a project to build, decorate, and distribute 10 Adirondack Chairs around town.
Gary Roman had a reassurance dollar for Larry Sullivan that the Collinsville Savings Society was NOT going out of business but only changing their name to Collinsville Bank.
Sean Blacker was happy to tell the club that they would be back in the usual room next week.
Of Concern
Larry Sullivan alerted the club that Phil Worley's wife is gravely ill and receiving Hospice Services. Please keep Phil and Kathy in our thoughts and prayers.
Also Bill Barnes's wife is home and doing well.  Dale who has had some health issues is also on the road to recovery.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
October 9, Rotary Pub Night:  Lisa's Crown and Hammer
October 17, FAVARH Halloween Party:  Speak to Ann Clark if you have time to volunteer.
November 7th: District Foundation Dinner at Chez Josef in Agawam, MA, from 6:00-9:00 pm. The cost is $55 per person paid by the club. The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Goldman, the DUNN Global Grant Scholar.  Click here to register. The deadline for registration is October 25th. Let Gary Hyde and Joanne Santiago know that you have registered, so that a check can be sent.
November 22nd: FAVARH Annual Gala featuring Shake-A-Tail-Feather tribute to Motown
March 28, Taste of the Valley  October 16th Kick-off committee meeting.  2nd Tuesday of the month thereafter.  Meetings to be held at Dish & Dat from 5 - 6.
Induction of New Members
None today

None this week
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

District 7890 Governor Mark Brady
Governor Mark gave a wide ranging talk on where Rotary is and where Rotary is going.  For himself, he noted that when he had both medical and financial troubles in the past, his Rotary Family step up and helped.  Without that he wouldn't be in the position to be district governor now so that he can give back.  Growth is important to Rotary's future and our membership internationally has been pretty stagnant.  He did note that our club is the largest or second largest club in the district.  He reminded everyone that the old Rotary rules are no longer valid.  Rotary wants people who are committed to the ideals of Rotary and if they can't make many meetings, so what.  He doesn't think Rotary needs female members or young members, or any type of members other than good members of any age, sex, race, or occupation.  Geographical limitations also don't apply.  If a member is moving, get them in touch with a club where they are going, don't let them just disappear.  He reiterated the Rotary Commitment to Polio because keeping polio eradicated takes constant work and vigilance.  He also made a plea for the Paul Harris Foundation.  Half of the money comes back in 3 years for district grants and this year we could fund less than half of the worthy projects.  He also talked about his addition of two more tests to the four way test.  He has added, "will it be done with love and will it be fun." 
He reminded us of the six areas of Rotary Focus:
1.   Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
2.   Disease prevention and treatment
3.  Water and sanitation
4.  Maternal and child health
5.  Basic education and literacy
6.  Economic and community development

Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits 
Today's photographs courtesy of Mike Mehzeritskiy.
Editor's Notes
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