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Club Information
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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Upcoming Meeting Speaker
Kevin Farmer
ITN Central CT
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
December 28, 2018
Members Present: 41
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Margaret and Tim McCarthy (Prospective members)
Visiting Rotarians: Kate Sims, District Governor
Happy Dollars: $49
Raffle Winner: No Winner - Pot goes up next week.

Gary Hyde's birthday is on January 2, although he claims to have a lifetime birthday exemption. He thinks that being part of Rotary is one of the best things in life, and he is pleased to continue his lifetime appointment as club treasurer (after all, where could we possibly find anyone else who would be as committed to the club or as willing to share his time and expertise to help with our financial dealings?) Gary looks forward to continuing to serve in this capacity.
Jolly Lux, whose birthday is also January 2, thinks being part of Rotary is like getting to celebrate with a big family. She, too, thinks being in Rotary is one of the best things that has ever happened to her. She thanked Josh Gillooly for his support of Global Light Orphans. She said the club had helped to nurture her dream of helping people in her native Uganda, and now the medical camp she has worked so hard to start and develop has now become a big thing. GLO has now received a Rotary district grant, which makes it possible for Jolly to travel to Uganda in February. She thanked the club for their friendship and help.
Paul Mikkelson's birthday is January 3. First he wanted to thank Gary Hyde for diverting club funds, so they could go Mets games (lol)! While the Mets are Gary's favorite team, the RedSox hold Paul's heart. Paul first joined Rotary in Hartford in 1989 through Tom Kellogg, former member and past president Kay Kellogg's late husband. He has enjoyed his time in the Avon-Canton Rotary - more than 15 years now. And he wanted to thank those who lead the golf tournament and Tastes of the Valley for the work they do which makes it possible for the club to support so many worthy causes in the community and beyond.
Happy Birthday to three great members!
Happy Dollars
Bob Cave had been to Colorado and seen his gaughter and granddaughter. (The scribe needs to listen faster.)
Gary Miller visited his oldest daughter in Rochester, NY. She has three boys and the middle son got a bow and arrow for Christmas. Luckily it only has spongy balls on the tips, but it's still quite a temptation to attack his brothers. Gary wished all a Happy New Year!
Larry Haber was headed to Cape Cod for New Year's.
Sean Blacker had a great Christmas. he got a call from his brother announcing the brother's second grandchild. The midwife who was to help with the delivery was delayed, and Sean's nephew came to the rescue assisting with his child's birth.

Josh Gillooly was pleased that people from Norcom were able to ring the Salvation Army bell at one door of the Walmart in Avon and raise $2400 in a day - the largest one-door day ever!
District Governor Kate Sims gave thanks for being at the meeting.
Josh Gillooly announced that the Tastes of the Valley committee would be meeting on Tuesday, January 15, at 5 pm(?) at Dish & Dat in Canton. Anyone interested in participating in planning for the March 30 event is welcome to attend.
Jolly Lux was excited about the district grant mentioned above. To help raise money for her February 10 trip there will be a Spin-a-Thon at the Zoo Health Club on January 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Contact Jolly to get details and to sign up to spin for an hour or more. You can also go to to get information and sign up.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Taste of the Valley will be held Saturday, March 30 at 6 PM.  More information to come, but we will need some new restaurants as several of our past contributors are no longer in business. 
Induction of New Members
Tim and Margaret McCarthy were inducted into the club. Tim is a CPA and has been an adjutant professor at the University of Hartford. He has been involved with the Avon Chamber of Commerce and with Gifts of Love. Margaret has an MBA in finance and has provided public relations services for the firm She has also been involved with Jolly Lux's GLO and Dollars for Scholars. Tim and Margaret have a daughter in the US Air Force who is currently serving in Turkey. They are happy that she will be returning to the US in May to serve in Florida.
Welcome to Rotary!!

Awards and Community/International Service Grants
None this week.

District Governor Kate Sims
The Role of the District Governor
District Governor Kate Sims  said the job of district governor doesn't come with a package of instructions about what to do during the year as governor, even though there are two years to plan in advance for the DG year. The district now has 59 clubs, but a number of those clubs are struggling, and it seemed to Kate that there needed to be some overall plan to encourage greater engagement throughout the district. District 7890 is alone in this concern. Rotary International is afraid Rotary might be the next Kodak - unwilling or unable to realize that the future is not a mere continuation of the present. There have been significant changes in the culture which Rotary must understand and adapt to. Our district is losing members faster than any other district in New England. So what do we do?
Kate met with past district governors to develop a five-year strategy. They felt that there needed to be a district-wide project to engage our clubs The group felt that addressing the opioid crisis was an important effort and one that should involve all the clubs, because all of us know others or are ourselves affected by this crisis. Kate is an RN who has worked in administrative areas of nursing for many years, so she has been involved with the problems personally and professionally. She told us that in 2016 46,000 people in the US died of drug overdoses. In 2017 that number had grown to 72,000. The average of these deaths is 41, because so many of them begin with prescription drugs.
Kate had worked with a program with the chief of police in Manchester to work with mothers who give birth to babies born with fetal alcohol or narcotic issues. This is critical, because one in five infants in this country has been adversely affected by fetal alcohol problems. No expectant mother should drink a drop during pregnancy, because there are so many ways the fetus can be affected. The progam also involved DCF and DMHS to work with them to help the moms be better. This let mothers stay with their infants and to have a chance to keep the infants rather than to be separated at birth. A group from this area went to South Africa to see what they were doing and found out that they were ahead of us in dealing with this issue.
However the district efforts to address the drug crisis in our area develop, the task force believed the key is to work on behavioral change. Stay tuned for opportunities to help with this effort.
Other ways to make changes to Rotary to recognize the differences in the culture include working to develop Rotoract groups for young people 18-30. It's clear that they aren't interested in weekly meetings just to get together they want to do things to make the community and the world better.
Kate talked some about the changes to the district conference which will be on May 3 and 4 in Danvers, MA. There will be a dinner dance with no speaker. On the second day there will be a brunch at which Interact groups will talk about what they are doing. The hotel where the conference is being held has a water park and is a good place for the whole family to enjoy. The emphasis is on enjoyment, as well as making the event more affordable for Rotarians.
Thanks, Kate, for your leadership!

Mail Bag
The club received a note from Sean Blacker thanking us for our Christmas gift.
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley, unless otherwise indicated.
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