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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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November 20, 2020
Magna Physical Therapy
Brian Magna
The meeting will be held via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. 
Watch for an email from the club.
For your convenience we use a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 37
Visiting Rotarians: Chris and Rick Heath  
Guests: Speakers Nancy Crouch and  Karen Damon-Callahan
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared. laugh
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers. crying
Fines:  None today.
Song: God Bless America
Invocation: Bill Barnes
Birthdays: None today
Happy Moments
Chris Lamadrid welcomed back Linda Pendergast and Joanne Santiago, both of whom are recuperating after having been seriously ill.
Scott Nardozzi reported Alicia Canning was recovering at home after surgery and improving day by day. He is there helping to care for her and appreciates all that members have done for her.
Joanne Santiago thanked everyone for the cards and well wishes she received during her recovery.
Don Bonner is happy for having a "blow-hard" for a neighbor. Tom Voorhees voluntarily moved all the leaves from the street and yards with his leaf blower. Don is also happy for his family's health and for the new baby that daughter Annie is expecting.
As is our long tradition, Bill Barnes was once again welcomed to speak about friggatriskaidekaphobia. Bill noted today was only the second Friday the 13th we've had this year, with the last one being just before Covid began. Coincidentally that auspicious morning was the last in-person meeting we were able to hold this year. Bill advises us all to avoid ladders, black cats and salt. If not superstitious, just remember anything bad that can occur today, might also occur tomorrow, Saturday the 14th. No need to be afraid because it is an irrational superstition, but knocking on wood is not so bad, just in case! devil
For your information, triskaidekaphobia is fear or avoidance of the number "13." It is also a reason for the fear of Friday the 13th, or friggatriskaidekaphobia, which is also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia. [Graded pronunciation test next meeting-Ed.]
Sue Budde is thankful Bill Barnes tells us about friggatriskaidekaphobia each year. Sue recently returned from her daughters wedding in Georgia, had a negative Covid test and is happy to be back in action.
Salin Low reported that the New Britain-Berlin Club's wreath sale raises funds for scholarships. Wreaths are available once again at $25.00. You can order a wreath by contacting Salin Low at by November 25th. Checks are to be made payable to the New Britain-Berlin Rotary and can be paid at the time of delivery. Delivery will be on Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 p.m., at the St. Ann's Church parking lot. If you cannot meet at that time, Salin will work out alternative arrangements for you.
Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army will be Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving week at the Walmart in Avon. We will only be doing it at 1 door.  2 hour shifts begin at 9 AM and conclude at 7 PM.  It doesn't have to be just Rotarians, so feel free to bring a family member or friend to help out. Salin is also coordinating this. Check with her for remaining available time slots - Currently there are more openings available on the Saturday.
Induction of New Members
None this week.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
Bringing Hope & Health to Masooli, Uganda
Karen Damon-Callahan and Nancy Crouch
Jolly Lux introduced just Nancy Crouch, as at first Karen Damon-Callahan had trouble logging on and was delayed. The topic of their presentation is the medical clinic they helped establish in Masooli, Uganda. Nancy reported that in 2005 she and her husband traveled to Masooli, Uganda to see the health situation of the people first hand. The people there were suffering with Malaria and other preventable diseases. On their return to the US, they reported their observations to their church, which fully supported an effort to build a health clinic in Masooli. The now well established clinic currently has a staff of eleven, including a doctor and several nurses, and have done a great deal to treat Malaria and AIDS among the populace. The Ugandan government has been supportive and they treat 6000 people annually. The clinic needs a facility expansion for added childbirth related services, and they are seeking funds to do so. They deliver 20 children yearly now, but they could help a lot more people if they had more space and more equipment.
Despite having received needed health care at the clinic, people must subsequently return to their villages, which generally do not have running water. This is a serious hazard for waterborne disease transmission, due to the unsanitary water sources, such as a nearby river, they are forced to use. We hope to eventually provide them with a well or other system ensuring safe water. Jolly has taught the clinic leaders how to use local people as community workers in the clinic and in performing its operations. This is also important to help the local people develop faith and confidence in the clinic itself, and the community workers they employ.
After just a few minutes, Karen Damon-Callahan successfully joined the video conference, and shared a slide presentation about Masooli Uganda, and the clinic they established there.
Karen is a former accountant, nurse and director of global health at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. That is where she got her start in global health work, first in Cameroon while still a student, and later in Uganda. The Ugandan clinic is called the Faith Mulira clinic, named after a local woman who escaped the Amin regime and returned later to assist the people. The clinic is designated as a Level 3 center, providing 20 -30 deliveries yearly, well care and family planning. The clinic includes exam rooms, an obstetrical area, a pharmacy and a laboratory.
The first important emphasis of today's presentation is the clinic's work to assure access to clean water for the populace.  WHO has declared access to clean water a human right.
Fecal contamination of water is the primary issue, as the use of the river as a latrine upstream, leads to disease in those accessing drinking and cooking water downstream. Diarrheal diseases caused by such organisms as Giardia lamblia or intestinalis, Entamoeba histolytica and Cryptosporidium lead to much morbidity and mortality, particularly among children and the elderly.
Clean water access methods include harvesting rainwater, digging wells or by water treatment methods including solar, chlorine tablets and flocculents, which sediment contaminants. Filtration by slow sand filtration is another method that Karen is very experienced with and hopes to implement in Masooli.
The clinic itself uses a rainwater catchment system. Most homes catch rainwater in buckets, but without any filtration.
The sand filtration system was the subject of Karen's master's thesis. It's effective because it can be built with locally available resources. Sand and gravel for concrete and copper tubing are required and locally available. The top layer is the "bio-layer" which catches the eggs of waterborne parasites, and then the water filters downward where it becomes continuously purified.
The second important aspect of emphasis in today's presentation is the establishment of a community health initiative in Masooli, in which caregivers travel to those with chronic conditions who are unable to travel.
The overall health system in Uganda is structured under the National Ministry of Health. Village Health Teams, the active arm of the community health initiative, are considered "Level 1" and are closest to local people within their communities.
Village Health Team members go out into their community to identify those in need.
Pneumonia is just one of several serious health risks for young children in Uganda. Dental care is also a pressing need.
The third important aspect of emphasis in today's presentation is a desired expansion of the existing clinic's infrastructure. They have the land, but not the funds, to make the necessary expansion and improvements.
The existing space is too small and inadequately equipped for the need. They seek funding to expand their infrastructure.
The desired improvements will assist in preventing many postpartum and neonatal deaths.
Q: Larry Sullivan asked how long the sand filtration systems last before needing replacement or rebuilding. A: Karen reported they can last 30 years if properly maintained by stirring the biolayer regularly. They do not have these sand filters in Masooli yet, but they have been successful in Bawa, Cameroon, where Karen worked previously. They cost approximately $200 each to build and Masooli needs about 200 of them to serve everyone individually, but in the beginning they could make a good start with just 10, providing one within each compound.
Special Announcements
None this week.
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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