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Getting to Know our Members
Getting to Know Kathleen Parr
Kathleen Parr spent her early years in various suburbs outside of Detroit, Michigan. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree at Michigan State, she moved to London with her future husband Stephen for a six month work/study program. Afterwards, they backpacked through Europe and returned to Connecticut where they worked and finished their Master’s degrees at the University of Connecticut. In 2000 they moved to Bethesda, Maryland where she had accepted a position with PG&E National Energy Group. In 2004 they returned to Connecticut and settled into a home in Burlington where Kathleen consults part-time on energy management for merchant power plants. They currently spend their winters working from their condominium in Austin, Texas.

Kathleen feels extremely lucky and gratified to have had a career in the energy industry, having worked for and with some amazing bright people, many of whom she continues to call friends. Most recently she has worked for and as a consultant to Competitive Power Ventures, a power development company based in Silver Springs, Maryland. She has been responsible for the P&L at many power plants nationwide, spending much of her time maximizing profits for distressed assets, which for her has been very rewarding.

Kathleen and her “soulmate husband” Stephen have been married for sixteen years and been partners for twenty-five. Together they have shared a love of travel and adventure, traveling to over one hundred countries, including a recent three-month self-tour of Southeast Asia and Australia. In addition, over the past ten years, their passion for biking and the outdoors has taken them on bike treks to France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Kathleen estimates that they have biked close to one thousand miles to date in Europe. They enjoy hiking as well with their largest challenge being the ascent of Mount Adams, climbing four thousand five hundred feet over five miles.

She is a proud supporter of Rails to Trails, Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She is also proud to be a part of Rotary, chairing the Avon-Canton golf tournament auction and working as a camp counselor during Rotary of Austin’s Project Enterprise, a weekend entrepreneurship workshop and competition for high school juniors.

Kathleen has a love for reading and is a charter member of the Austin Written Script and Open Minds Experience (AWSOME) book club, which has been going strong since 2010. To keep in shape when not traveling, she enjoys doing dance workouts such as Zumba and Cardio Dance.

Oct 26, 2018
World Polio Day
Nov 02, 2018
"Tunnel to Towers 5-K Run"
Nov 09, 2018
Nov 16, 2018
District Governor
Nov 23, 2018
Nov 30, 2018
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EarlyRiser Presentations
GLO Fall 2017 Mission Trip
Eastern Europe Trip to Vienna and Prague Presentation
Avon Village Center Project Presentation
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
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Upcoming Meeting Speaker
Jenn DiCola Matos
Noah Webster
Celebrating the 260th Birthday
Oct 12, 2018
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
October 5, 2018
Members Present: 36
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Natasha Haims (Prospective Member), Sarah Leathers (Prospective Member), Susan Reynolds (Don & Joe Raycraft’s guest) Angelica Sherber (Mike Sherber’s guest)
Visiting Rotarian: Matt Vendetti (Farmington Rotary)
Happy Dollars: $ 25
Raffle Winner: Ann Clark
Phil Worley is happy to be here and looking forward to many more. 
Happy Dollars
Larry Haber is traveling to FL to celebrate his Uncle's 100 Birthday and attend part of his 55 high school reunion. 
Salin Low was in the Boston Area last Friday to attend a wedding.  She tried to get restaurant reservations but couldn't because of all the Yankee Fans in town.  
Don Bonner congratulated the club on the best ever results of the golf tournament.  For the first time ever the club grossed over $100,000 and netted over $60K.  When you add in Taste of the Valley, we will have over $80,000 to spend on worthy causes.
Steve Reberto had one of those defining moments with his son who is a freshman at High Point University in NC.  Steve had always heard that even when kids are away at school, they do call home to get advice.  Steve's son made such a call.  However, the advise that was being sought was on whether Steve liked the design of the tattoo that he wanted to get. 
Gary Miller has the sister of his son-in-law and her two kids who are like his own grandkids staying with them while work is being done on her house.  Gary and his wife are going down this afternoon are going down to Yale where they hope to see Dartmouth trounce Yale in football.
Angelica Sherber was happy for tonight's game that the Yankees are going to win (Editors Note:  Wrong).
Carol Whelan just finished being audited for 8 hours with no deficiencies found. 
Sarah Leathers had a visitor from Denmark, along with the visitors sister, The visitor had been an exchange student at her house 40 years ago.
Carrie Firestone talked about her experience in meeting with a group of girls from Hartford talking about their plans for the future.  The meeting was under the auspices of the Boys and Girls Club, which she finds is a fabulous organization.  Please contact her, if you have want any information about getting involved with them.
Bill Barnes announced the upcoming season of the Farmington Valley Symphony.  He also proclaimed "GO REDSOX"
Craig Buhrendorf who was wearing a Yankee's hat, talked about their plans to go to the FL Keys for their anniversary.  Plans that were canceled by the destruction from a devastating hurricane.  They went to North Carolina instead where the process started that led them to buy a second home there.  This year they are celebrating their 28 anniversary and decided not to go to they keys but to go to their home on Lake Norman instead.  Craig will miss next Friday but will be back the following week to either tip his hat to Red Sox fans or gloat.
Nancy Nation would like folks to take a copy of the add book and use it to say thank you to our advertisers.  It's a great practice that will also help next year.
Tom Voorhees needs some volunteers to help with an Amber Alert which will be held on October 13 from 10 AM to Noon.  Please call Tom if you can help.
Brian O'Donnell could use some help teaching chess in Hartford.  He has a meeting that conflicts this Tuesday as well as having too many kids for one person regularly.  Please call Brian, if you can help.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Favarh's 60th Anniversary on November 16th - Featuring the Corvettes Doo Wop Revue - See Scott Nardozzi for reservations or call Ronelle Cipolla at 860-693-6662 ext 116 for tickets.
Induction of New Members
Sarah Leathers, who has been honored by our club with a Paul Harris Fellowship, was inducted into membership today.  Sarah is the founder and executive director of Healing Meals Community.  Sarah is married and has 3 grown children, a 1 year old granddaughter, and lives in Simsbury with her husband Alan.
Awards and Community/International Service Grants
None today.
Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project
Kyung Pak
Ms. Pak who was wearing a beautiful traditional Korean Gown spoke to the club on behalf of the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion of
greater awareness and understanding of Korean history and culture.  The presentation consisted of two films.  The first video was about the 1,300 year old Sacred Bell of King Songdok, "the ringing of this bell is heard with the mind and not the ears alone -
a fusion of art and science from Korea's ancient past."   The second video showcased Korea Today which has established itself, after the destruction of the Korean War into an economic powerhouse with an educated population and a high standard of living.  More information and previews of the videos can be found at
Mail Bag
A thank you letter was received from the Wish Museum School for the donation of the Crayon Boxes. 
Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Phil Worley unless otherwise indicated.
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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