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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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September 24, 2021
Footwear with Care
Abby Moore
Founder and Executive Director
Members Present: 36
Members Virtually: 3

Bill Budde - Sue's Husband

George Pavlakis - 2nd Lieutenant US Army -  who the club has given a scholarship which will allow him to get a master's degree in Germany, gave the club a brief update as to his summer assigned to the State Department in Washington, DC.  He reported that he had an incredible experience in seeing what was happening behind the scenes with the withdrawal from Afghanistan.  He got to contribute to intelligence reports and was able to see the briefing slides that were being prepared for use.  He did hear that  he has been accepted by the Technical University of Munich, which is were he wanted to study.  He has enrolled and will be starting there next week.  He also has made contact with the Munich International Rotary Club.

Cindy Archibald - Veteran's Base Camp

Bill & Lynn Olson  Full Moonshine 

Chris Sayer - Brewery Legitimus

Tony Camilleri - Toro Loco

Neil Rousnseville- M&R Liquors

Shayna Griffin & Trish Barrios - ShopRite

Dan Keller, Jackson, Marisa & Chef Stef - Dish N Dat

Visiting Rotarians: David Tedeschi, Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7890
Happy Dollars: $28
Raffle: $20.00 - Greg DeManche - Donated to Foundation
Fines: None.
Happy Dollars:
Alicia Canning is going to visit her daughter Stephanie in Atlanta on Wednesday.  On a much sadder note, Alicia informed the club that Scott Nardozzi’s mother is in the hospital and was not doing well.  She was hospitalized for COVID-19 and then had a heart attack.  He is down there with her buy isn't allowed to touch her.   (Subsequent to the meeting, we were notified that she had passed away.)  All our thoughts and prayers are with Scott.
Linda Pendergast wanted to thank Gary, Phil, and Sue for their leadership of the golf tournament.  She also reported that she went on to Facebook and had a friend request from Nancy Nation!
Jolly Lux, when she was over in Uganda, wondered what else she could do to help the environment and beautify the place, so she planted 500 trees. 
Heather Pantano reported that she is happy to be back.  She had to stay home because her son's classroom had a Covid exposure.  Everyone is healthy and things have returned to normal.
Richard Heath just wanted to let us know, that they were on location at the golf course in Scotland that was showing as his background on Zoom, during our last two meetings.  Seems that tee-times interfered with his attendance. 
Asst Dist Gov. Dave Tedeschi commended us for all our work and thanked us for participation in the District golf tournament.  
Karen Sterett sent a thank you letter for the truly gorgeous mums plant and to say that she is on the road to recovery.
Gary Miller announced the winners and prizes of our Golf Tournament sales contest: 
     1st Place to Sue Budde - 19 Points (3 Sponsors, 12 Ads, 4 tee signs) - Winner of 500 Paul Harris Recognition Points
     2nd Place to Larry Sullivan - 12 Points (3 Sponsors, 1 Ads, 8 tee signs) - Winner of 250 Paul Harris Recognition Points
     3rd Place to Lisa Barall-Matt - 7 Points (1 Sponsors, 4 Ads, 2 tee signs) - Winner of No Annual Dues for 2022 -2023
     4th Place to Phil Ferrari - 6 Points (3 Sponsors, 3 Ads) - Winner of $50 off Annual Dues for 2022-2023
     5th Place to Brian O'Donnell - 5 Points (1 Sponsor, 2 Ads, 2 tee signs) - Winner of Dinner for Two at next years Golf Tournament
Heather Pantano announced the formation of the People of Action Committee, which is a new service committee focused on planning hands on service projects for our Club, will have its first meeting, Tuesday, October 5th at 5pm at Heather Pantano’s home. Meeting will be held outside if the weather is nice 16 Cobtail Way, Simsbury.  Please reach out to Heather to confirm your attendance.  All welcome.
October 5, People of Action Committee Meeting - Heather's house (see above)
Induction of New Members: None today.
Community and International Service Grants:
Gary Roman presented a $ 1,500 check to Cindy Archibald for support of the Veteran's Base Camp project.  Cindy has been a speaker at the club in the past to talk about the project which helps homeless veterans and those suffering from PTSD to reconnect with family.  They have restored a former camp to provide housing with 7 veterans currently living there along with other services.  We hope in the near future to provide the camp with a day of service to help with needed repairs.
Taste of the Valley Sponsor Thank You!
If the club is honoring an individual, we can transfer club points to the foundation to give a Paul Harris Award but cannot do that for businesses.  The equivalent is transferring the points for a Certificate of Appreciation, according to our Paul Harris Chair, Joanne Santiago.  This will be to recognize the people who were with us before Covid and stepped up to the plate and came back this year.  "The Certificate of Appreciation reads:  The Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and all those who benefit from the Foundation's education, humanitarian, and cultural programs appreciate your generous support." 

M & R Liquors, represented by Neil Rounseville,noted that they were the originator of the idea of Taste of The Valley, when they started donating wine tastings and have been a major help ever since. 

Dan Keller who owns Dish & Dat along with his son Jackson, Marisa, & Chef Stef accepted the award. Dish & Dat has been a big supporter of our work and the community.

Shayna Griffin store dietitian and Trish Barrios who manages the deli accepted the work on behalf of Shop Rite.  Our purpose at Shop Rite is to care about people and help them eat right.  This was the perfect event for us to support.


Tony Camilleri from Toro Loco is new to our organization and to the Valley.  His restaurant just opened as Covid was hitting.  They have another location on Park Road in West Hartford and will be opening a third in two weeks.  As a company they want to give back to the community.


Chris Sayer from Brewery Legitimus along with his wife opened the brewery 5 years ago.  They have been supporting the Taste since 2017.  We look forward to the even and supporting various causes in the community.


Bill & Lynn Olson of Full Moonshine, who did not bring samples this morning :-}, says it is truly a pleasure to participate in Taste of the Valley and look forward to continuing.


Lisa Wright represented the Golf Club of Avon, who has been so assume to us in may ways.  They are honored to be host to the club on Friday's and she is humbled to be part of this group.  I have never been part of a group that works so hard.


Pomoaa Pete's, whose tagline is comfort food done right,  could not be here but they were so gracious before and after Covid.


Please support the restaurants that support us and the community,  Let them know you are from Rotary and appreciate their contributions.



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