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Salin Low
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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 a.m.
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
All meetings are hybrid both in-person and Zoom available
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June 14, 2024
New Youth Exchange Program
Lyman Louis, Farmington Club
GCOA - Formal Dining Room
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Rotarians Present: 24
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Vanessa, Jerry, and Jack Tanner (Speakers) Eric Cohen, Johnny Guillot (inducted during meeting)
Happy Dollars: $22 (plus $90 from president's dinner))
Raffle Winner: Sue Budde ($40)
Birthdays: Colleen Grasso (6/12) and Gary Hyde (6/15) celebrated elsewhere
Happy Dollars.
Bill Budde was happy to remember his mother who would have been 100 years old.
Gary Miller was happy to be headed to NYC for a cousin’s daughter’s wedding at the Church of the Heavenly Rest. The bride works for Stephen Colbert. That side of the family socializes at a high level than Gary’s sside.
Yvonne Gardner was happy about the news that J. Timothy’s (which Yvonne’s husband manages) had offered UCONN basketball coach Dan Hurley chicken wings for life if he would turn down the L.A. Lakers and stay in Connecticut. A customer had put the word on X (formerly Twitter) and J Timothy’s had gotten a lot of publicity.
Johnny Guillot was happy to be inducted as a new member and also happy that he was not being induced.
Peter Vignati was happy to be celebrating Father’s Day with grilling and minigolf.
Brian O’Donnell was happy to be going to see his daughter in Portland, ME.
Dami Singh was happy to travel to Carmel-by-the-Sea in California. She had a wonderful room that looked out on the Pacific Ocean.
Jolly Lux was happy that a friend has written a book, Fearless Female Leaders, and has included Jolly as one example of fearless leadership. Jolly thanked the club for helping her to make a dream come true.
Incoming President Debby was happy about her older daughter Kristin’s 37th birthday. She also wished the men a Happy Father’s Day
Loren Clarke echoed the Father’s Day good wishes. She was also happy to take her son to Gettysburg and Hershey Park, a place he could act like a normal kid.
Tom Voorhees was happy to welcome Johnny Guiillot as a new Rotarian and promised to teach him the secret handshake before long.
Sue Budde reminded members that the annual luncheon for Seniors will be at the Canton Community Center on Wednesday, June 26. She has begun to recruit help and sent around a signup sheet. If you want to help, contact Sue. It's one of the most fun activities of the Rotary year. Don't miss it!
Sue also spoke about the golf folders that were being distributed. Members received the materials that reflected what they had done in the past. She encouraged members to get their ads and tee signs nailed down sooner rather than later. Many companies spend their allowances for ads and charity during the summer
Salin Low let members know that there is now an opening in the ranks of the scribes -- the individuals who prepare the weekly Early Riser -- because Lauren Gardner has been promoted to Sergeant-at-Arms. The remaining three scribes have all been in place for at least eight years. They're happy to do the Early Riser once a month, at least most months. But they do not want to do it more often. Training is available for any new recruits, and the scheduling takes into account each person's availability. Speak to Salin if you are interested in joining this activity which helps to keep us connected through the year.
President Luke announced that annual dues are being increased due to increased assessments by our Rotary district and by Rotary International. The dues pay for only those things that are for members and guests. Costs also include breakfasts for guests and credit card charges. The increase allows a cushion of 20% to cover other unexpected costs. This should make it possible to distribute a high proportion of the fundraising profits to other groups in our area and around the world.
June 24 - Fore Autism Golf Tournament at Torrington CC
June 26 - Seniors' Luncheon at the Canton Community Center
July 5 - No meeting. Lonely Rotarians
July 8 - Torrington-Winsted Rotary Golf Classic at Torrington CC
July 17 - Loaves & Fishes (see Bob Cave)
July 22 - District 7890 Golf Outing at Twin Hills CC in Longmeadow MA
July 27 - Rotary Day at the Yard Goats 
August 21 - Loaves & Fishes - See Bob Cave for additional days
August 30 - No meeting. Lonely Rotarians
September 9 - Avon/Canton Rotary Golf Tournament
Induction of New Members
Johnny Guillot
Johnny was introduced by Membership Chair Peter Vignati and welcomed by President Luke, as well as the club's other members. He is a veteran, which made it especially appropriate that he was inducted on Flag Day. We are happy to have Johnny as a member and look forward to getting to know him better.
New Member Profile
None this week.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

Fore Autisim

A Father's & Son's Journey
Jerry, Vanessa, & Jack Tanner
Yvonne Gardner introduced the Tanners. Vanessa is a nurse at the CT Sinus Center, and Jerry is a sales representative for Schwan's. The Tanner family is very special to both Lauren and Yvonne, as well as to the FOCUS Center for Autism. Jack began at Fresh Start School in January 2018 and is now a student in the Fresh Start transition program that focuses on social, job, and life skills. Jack recently celebrated his 21st birthday, has a job at Crestbrook Golf Course, and is an excellent golfer.
Jack's father Jerry instilled the love of golf in Jack and inspired the Fore Autism Charity Golf Tournament that our club proudly supports. They spoke on Friday to share their inspiring and heartfelt story and to highlight the importance of creating inclusive communities.
Vanessa talked about the way FOCUS changed Jack’s life. He was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was four. He went to public school in Torrington and began to have problems in middle school and found it hard to make friends. She and Jerry were looking for a place which would help Jack and heard about FOCUS. Jack loved it and began to make friends when he started there in 2018.He will have one more year there, and all in the family are sad that he’ll finish. Jack is now in the transition program which helps him with job skills and transitions. He spends a day at various places including a green house, the community center, and Flatbreads. Jack has benefited from the small classroom with a good teacher to student ratio and more breaks. This helps him to be more confident.
Jerry was grateful when Jack was admitted to the program, because it has made such a difference in Jack’s life. He started the Fore Autism golf tournament to give back to the school which has given his son so much. Golf is something that Jerry and jack have shared since Jack grabbed one of Jerry’s clubs and started whacking. Jerry also appreciates the support that our club has given to the tournament. Part of Jack’s growing confidence was on display when he visited various businesses to obtain donations for the golf tournament. Jerry was really at a loss for words to describe the impact FOCUS has had on Jack.
It was wonderful to hear that Jack’s growth allows him to offer encouragement to others. Jerry says Jack likes to smell the roses when he plays golf. He may be better than his dad by now, but they are not competitive with one another, and Jack always encourages other golfers. Yvonne loves the way Jack greets her at FOCUS: “Hello, my best friends!” Who wouldn’t love the greeting and be happy that a young person is confident and caring enough to shout it out!
We were glad to meet the Tanners and to be reminded that FOCUS is about changing the lives of their students, of the students’ families, and of the greater community. How lucky that FOCUS is part of our community!

Special Announcements

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Mail Bag
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Editor's Notes
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