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Club Information
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.
District Site
Venue Map
April 9, 2021
CDT George Pavlakis
Avon-Canton International Scholar
No official meeting on April 2
A few Lonely Rotarians
Will meet at LaSalle Market at 7:30
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the club.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 40 Participants
Visiting Rotarians: Rick and Chris Heath (St. Augustine, FL) and Paul Mikkelson (Simsbury-Granby);  
Guests: Speaker: Jennifer Ferrand
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Fines: None today.
None this week
Happy Moments
Jolly Lux got the award for most distant member on the Zoom She checked in from Uganda where it was 2:30 p.m. She had arrived via Amsterdam on a very long trip. She was sitting in an office that we helped to fund in conjunction iwth a district grant. In the same building there are girls making goods for sale. She is still trying to get COVID vaccine for her village.
Linda Pendergast after many months recovering from surgery and undergoing chemotherapy. She is still feeling the side effects of the chemo including fatigue, but the doctor says her CT scans show she has licked the disease. She was very appreciative of the support she received from the club with calls, cards, and visits. Welcome back, Linda.
It was good to see Jim Gordon. He thought we might be inducting a new member, but something prevented that. We've missed him and hope he'll drop in more often.
President Alicia was thankful for the friendship and support she received during recovery from her recent surgery. She said she hadn't eaten so well since she lived at her mom's house. She is on the mend, although she still has a way to go. She congratulated Lauren Gardner on beginning her graduate work and Jennifer Gonzalez on her EMT progress.
Gary Miller began the golf season now that skiing is over. He had been golfing with Brian O'Donnell and Phil Ferrari (who won't be doing any skiing for awhile, since he feel off his roof and hurt legs and pelvis).
Sue Budde enjoyed Bingo to support Focus for Autism. She was planning to celebrate husband Bill's 61st birthday over the weekend. Salin Low also enjoyed the Bingo and saw several Rotary members there. It might be something our club could enjoy to raise a bit of money.
Bill Barnes is looking forward to the next Friday, the 13th, in August. There just aren't enough of them this year.
Kershwin Singh was sad that Friday was sad that Friday was his last day with Pfizer. However, he was glad that he would be starting a new job on Monday with a company outside Boston. He will spend two nights and three days each week in Boston. He says with a wife and three daughters he needs the time away. We certainly hope he will continue to be part of Avon-Canton Rotary.
Dale Bronson had a crazy two weeks. He and his wife had a second home and decided they didn't want to be landlords anymore. They put one house on the market. It had 43 showings and 9 offers. They accepted one, thinking they would have a month to close, but the buyers wanted to close in two weeks. He said it's a seller's market because millenials have decided they don't want to live in apartments with the virus, and NYC residents want to live in a less dense setting. Chris Heath said she sold a house in four days, partly because it is close to an elementary school. That house wasn't even on the market.
Paul Mikkelson looked good. He was especially glad to see Linda Pendergast. He was a bit worried about the upcoming game between UCONN women's basketball team and Baylor. (He was right to be worried. It was a tough game. However, UCONN prevailed, meaning they are in the Final Four for the 13th year in a row. Good Friday could be sadder than usual if they lose. Easter Sunday could be extra exciting if they make it to the championship game!)
Lisa Barall-Matt was happy to get to Florida to see her mom after 14 months. Since they had been vaccinated they could greet each other with hugs. She came back on Sunday after a good visit.
President Alicia's will be our speaker on April 16.
Lonely Rotarians will meet this Friday, April 2, at LaSalle Market at 7:30 am. We can't move the tables around, but we can have eight people at a table and have a chance to visit in person.
Joanne Santiago, who is our Foundation Chair, announced the Paul Harris recipients in the club who will be recognized at the President's Dinner: Alicia Canning, Chris Lamadrid, and Lisa Wright. Joanne will be receiving her Major Donor recognition, which will be presented by Tom Voorhees.
Josh Gillooly gave the TOTV update. Members are encouraged to donate bottles of wine or liquor, with a value of $20 or more. There will be 12 restaurants participating, as well as 4-5 alcohol companies of various sorts. Participants will get their food and go to their tables. VIP sales are limited to 125, so tickets are almost gone.
President Alicia announced a $500 grant to the Town of Avon for their social services. Chrysalis appreciated our generous continuing support for their Empty Bowls program.
Upcoming Dates
Friday, April 2 - 4-7 pm - Calling hours for Sean Blacker - Carmon Funeral Home.
April 29-May 1 - Multi-District Conference held virtually
May 15 - Tastes of the Valley
June 18 - President's Dinner
Induction of New Members
None this week.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.

Staying Sane in an Insane World
Jennifer Ferrand PsyD
Larry Haber introduced Dr. Ferrand, a Clinical Health Psychiatrist and colleague at the Institute of Living. She is also a classically trained professional singer and lives in Glastonbury with he husband and two children.
Her presentation on loneliness, especially during the pandemic was very moving. The entire slide presentation will be sent to members by a separate email. This will be a short summary of the presentation.
Loneliness was already seen as a public health crisis before the pandemic. Baby boomers have been described as the loneliest generation, because more of them have not married and/or did not have children, and they often moved away from the area where they grew up. In this time of social isolation due to pandemic quarantines, it is important to distinguish between loneliness and solitude.

All of us have experienced social isolation during the pandemic. That is an objective state. Loneliness is a subjective state when we feel detached from others. Solitude is being at peace with being alone.


These are the sort of feelings that are part of being lonely:

There are also several dimensions to loneliness:


The Intimate aspect of loneliness is the emotional level. The Relational aspect considers the quality of our individual friendships. The Collective aspect reflects on being part of a network of individuals with a shared purpose. Being active in Rotary helps to give us the sort of collective connection that overcomes loneliness.


The challenge during the pandemic has been to find ways to counteract loneliness. The above makes several suggestions, not all of which any one person is likely to undertake. As the slide says, "Set realistic goals." One of the most significant ways to help is to help others who may be lonely.



This final slide of the presentation reminds us that we can help others who are lonely. It also reminds us that there is a hotline we can call if our loneliness threatens to become overwhelming.


Dr. Ferrand's presentation touched many if not all of us present. The last year has been challenging to us as individuals and as part of various groups which have not been able to gather as we were accustomed. Part of the service we can give is to reach out to others in a way that reminds them that someone still cares and that we will be around when we can be together.



Special Announcements
Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits
Scribe's screen grabs.
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
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