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Speakers
Jul 17, 2020
US Horse Welfare and Rescue, Saving America’s Horse and the Human Spirit
Jul 24, 2020
Covid 19, What we know and don't know and how it effects dentistry
Jul 31, 2020
Ha Phororo Youth Retreat Centre, South Africa
Aug 07, 2020
Canton Historian
Aug 14, 2020
Aug 21, 2020
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Treasurer
 
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Foundation Chair
 
Membership
 
Board Member-at-Large
 
Board Member-at-Large
 
Asst Treasurer
 
Interact Chair
 
EarlyRiser Presentations
A Promise to Jordan
The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio
Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Avon-Canton
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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June 26, 2020
Kathy Taylor
Canton Historian
 
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from Heather.
 
Watch the presentation live on:
 
Sgt-at Arms Report
 
 
Members Present: 36 members participated
 
Visiting Rotarians: Paul Mikkelson, Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: Deb Bibbins, Gary Sekorski,  speakers
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
 
Fines
None today. (Although Larry "Honda" Sullivan came close! Paul Mikkelson being an accessory before-the-fact!)
 
 
Birthdays
No birthdays today!
 
Happy Dollars Moments
Editor's note: If you missed our Zoom meeting, the full meeting is posted to our Group Facebook Page
 
 
Gary Miller: A "Pod" arrived at his daughter's house in Baton Rouge, and they're now packing, and planning to arrive around 6/28, when they will occupy their new home in one of Gary's duplexes. No more flying back and forth for Gary. (And no more cage time for Bucky the Cat!)
 
Sarah Leathers: Thank you for voting for Healing Meals to receive the Red Sox Impact Award, a $10,000 grant, and they are in the lead by a small amount. Michael will resend the link to voting.
 
Sue Budde: An online trivia game is available to benefit Roaring Brook nature Center,. with details available on RBNC Facebook page.
 
Dale Bronson: Last Saturday was his grandson's 9th birthday and the extended family was able to get together.
 
Bill Barnes: In 2 days he will be going out-of-state to Lakeville, Massachusetts to visit his daughter.
 
Susan Fitzy: Grandson #2 was borne weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces.
 
Announcements
 
Gary Miller: Gold Committee to meet on Zoom after today's membership meeting
 
Mike Mezheritskiy: An email went out for the president's installation dinner to be held outdoors at Avon Golf Club.
 
Induction of New Members
 
None this week.
 

Awards
None this week.
 
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
PRESENTATION
 
For All Ages
 
Deb Bibbins & Gary Sekorski
Speaker Biographies:
 
Deb Bibbins – Founder
For All Ages is a CT 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates positive, collaborative experiences between the generations to reduce loneliness and isolation, improve health and well-being, and change negative views on aging. Deb founded For All Ages with a vision to change the aging narrative and promote kindness across generations by implementing impactful programs that improve the health and well-being of people of all ages. Deb received her law degree with honors from UConn after earning an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a BS degree in Finance from UConn. After enjoying success in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years in a variety of finance, legal, and business leadership roles, Deb transitioned to serving the community by providing guidance to a variety of organizations including Girl Scouts of CT, Our Piece of the Pie, Heads Up! Hartford, and Healing Meals. Her passion for making the world a better place led her to found a nonprofit in 2019 that simultaneously impacts current and future generations. Deb is a member of the UConn Aging Research Interest Group and is a certified Dementia Friend. She currently serves on the Foundation board of the Hospital for Special Care.
 
Gary Sekorski – Co-founder
As co-founder of For All Ages, Gary embraces the idea that growing older can and should be an asset to be leveraged to improve the mental and physical well-being of all generations. He is a dedicated advocate of the value of inter-generational connection and is focused on giving back to improve the quality of life for people of all ages. Gary has been actively involved with coaching and youth mentoring programs for the past two decades and is currently in his 6th year as a volunteer mentor in the West Hartford public school system where he mentors 3 boys in grades 5, 8 and 10. Gary also has over 20 years’ experience coaching girls and boys in baseball, softball and basketball. He has worked as a systems, software and sales engineer as well as a product/marketing manager in the aerospace, digital printing and bio-medical industries; and he earned his MS degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after graduating cum laude with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from UConn.
 
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The For All Ages organization:
 
More than 60% of Americans are lonely. That's more than 200 million people. And in Connecticut alone, that's 2.1 million people. Those same people lack the opportunity for meaningful social interactions on a regular basis. Our communities have become segregated by age over the past 50 years, which has resulted in an increase in isolation and loneliness among older adults. And young adults are now feeling more lonely than older adults. Isolation and loneliness have been identified as key social determinants of health; they negatively impact the health and well-being of people of all ages. And loneliness and isolation are not tied to socioeconomic status; rather, they impact members of our communities regardless of education, occupation, and income.  Reuniting the generations improves the health and well-being of individuals and increases community cohesion. And it changes perceptions of aging.
Deb was inspired by her father, who lived to see all his friends pass away before him and his social circle shrank and he became more and more lonely. This was the basis of For All Ages. Our own Ted Cowles was an enthusiastic participant and his family approved the continued use of his image after his death.
 
We're all getting a taste of loneliness during the pandemic, with the need for so called "social" distancing. In China they noted this connection early and deployed psychologists to assist people in Wuhan. The book "Together" by our 19th surgeon general is about the power of human connection in a distanced world.
 
Loneliness increases the risk of dementia by 40%. Medicare looking into the impact and determined they spend $134 a month for every socially isolated individual. Our society now looking at what happens to those who retire and lose their social circle tied to work. People with a negative view of their own aging live 7.5 years less than those with a positive view.
 
Our program is about inter-generational connection: letting youth see that older Americans are vibrant contributing people and older adults connect with youth and share their wisdom.
 
Gary are creating inter-generational communities by bringing people together. 95%, 4.5 million people, are elderly but don't live in nursing homes or close communities. That population is at risk for loneliness.
 
Programs have included rock painting, a planned painted rock "hunt" Adirondack chair design and build and artistic painting of the chairs.
 
Deb: We started the Joyful Note project in which out of school students are creating handwritten greeting cards for the elderly and alone.
 
Upcoming is "Luminary Night" in conjunction with the Simsbury Junior Women's Club which will be re-imagined as creation of flameless illumination kits for elderly residents. Free to the elderly, additional kits will be sold to the public. On December 6th an event is planned around this project within Simsbury. We hope it will grow and become statewide.
 
Another new program, Tea@3 Program. College students will be paired with older adults in 6 towns: Avon Canton, Bloomfield, Farmington, Granby and Simsbury. We will share tea cozies in advance and then once weekly the students and the older people will connect by telephone over tea. It's a tea party focused on the social connection!
 
Gary: We also have fishing derby scheduled for next year at Winding Trails in Farmington. Twenty youths and twenty older adults will gather to learn to fish.
 
With a small not-for-profit like ours, there are many opportunities for volunteer involvement. Our mission applies to everyone because we all know older people as well as younger people. Please reach out to us and get involved.
 
Deb: We plan to expand to include all of Greater Hartford. We have 40 other ideas for the future including holiday events.
 
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Special Announcements
None this week.
 
Mail Bag
None this week.
 
Photo Credits
 
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
 
Editor's Notes
Submission Deadline: Members are kindly encouraged to submit all materials for each week's Early Riser as early as possible. Please note that some editions may be published and distributed as early as the Saturday following our meetings, and during those weeks further contributions to the Early Riser will be included in the subsequent week's edition.
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