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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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October 9, 2020
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Courtney Brown
This virtual meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from President Alicia Canning.
We are using a recurring ID, etc.
Sgt-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 31
Visiting Rotarians: Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: Margery Winters (Speaker)
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
None today 
Today's Birthday Celebrant  (10/5)  is Phil Worley, who reminded us quite sagely that you get old when a lot of years pass. After some good natured ribbing, Phil was serenaded with a spirited but off key rendition of Happy Birthday. 
Regretfully absent for their celebration were Josh Gillooly October 6th and  Steven Mitchell October 7th
Happy Moments
Robin DiNicola: Celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.  She and her husband got away for a few days to the Water's Edge, which she described as her happy place.
Gary Miller:  Shared a sad moment with happy memories.  The family had to but their cat Bucky down after 18 years.   They were very complimentary  of Arnie and his staff for their care over the years.  Gary received a card from Arnie and his staff sharing their memories of Bucky, which was very  much appreciated. 
President Alicia Canning:  Shared with the club that she had a biopsy on Tuesday and the results indicated that she has breast cancer.  She does not yet know what her treatment will look like and how it will affect her presidential duties.  Everyone expressed their concern, a willingness to help, and their positive thoughts and prayers.
President Alicia Canning wanted those that knew Ted Cowles that his wife Jan has passed away. 
Sean Blacker had a minor setback and spent a night in the hospital.  He would love to have visitors.  His address is:  164 Secret Lake Road, Avon.
Don Bonner wanted to inform the club that Dale Bronson was having some issues and had to go back to the hospital to have another small cancer removed from his tongue. Far as he knows they got it all and that he is now recovering. Dale wrote the following…"Hi, Don. I'm back home after having another bit of cancer removed from my tongue this morning.  I now have the worst sore throat ever, but the doctor says he got all of the cancer, and I should be fine.  Please share this with the group and tell them I send love. I should be back next week. It just hurts too much to talk now. 
Finally, be aware that Tuesday  October 6th at 5 pm, there will be a pub night at Capri's farm. Plan to BYOB and a folding chair.  Please RSVP to Alicia
Induction of New Members
None this week.

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

Margery Winters

Margery is Asst director at the Roaring Brook Nature Center where she manages the native plant garden.  She Chairs the Simsbury Inland Wetland Conservation Commission, President of the Simsbury Land Trust, serves on the Simsbury Open Space Committee and is involved in the Pollinator’s Pathways Initiative.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in geography and geology from Miami University in addition she has a Master’s Degree From Queens University in Canada.

Margery gave a very interesting and informative presentation.  She presented a couple of main themes.  She emphasized the importance of pollinators as many species require them and hopes that all of us have or will plant pollinator gardens.  A major concern is that we are loosing a lot of important insect species which in turn can cause the loss of other plant and animal species that depend upon them.


    CT has over 300 species of native Bees.  A key point that she made was that native insects grew up with native plants, which attract and feed native species.  Imported plants do not feed the native insects and the seeds and berries that they produce do not feed the birds and animals that are native to our area.
What makes life difficult for the bees to do what we need them to do.  Well it is us!
Everything is interconnected in ways we don't even consider.  We all love song birds but....
Why is this important?  Because caterpillars are baby bird food and 
What can we do?  The speaker is encouraging participation in the development of a pollinator pathway to connect the various green areas.  She is also hoping  we will do less with lawn and more with native flowering plants, shrubs, and trees.
To connect our various lawns, gardens and opens space together.  We can have a home grown national park.  In the USA, we have 40 million acres of lawn, the size of New England.   If we cut the size of our lawns in half and planted what, it would leave an area larger than all of the national parks in the lower 48 states to.  Think of all we can do together to help.
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