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Larry Haber
Getting to Know our Members
Getting to Know Carrie Firestone

Carrie Firestone grew up in a rural area in central New York with her younger sister, Jennifer and her service-minded parents. She studied English and anthropology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Inspired by her work with Chinese students at a summer program, she moved to Taiwan five days after graduating to teach English in a remote town. Carrie discovered she loved teaching English to speakers of other languages and decided to pursue her Master's degree in TESOL (Applied Linguistics) at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Carrie settled in New York City and taught American history and government at a Manhattan Comprehensive High School where she worked with young people from more than thirty nations. She started a community service club to share her love of service with her students. One day, at a New York Sports Club on the Upper East Side, Carrie met Michael, young radiology resident. They married two years later. Recently, Michael and Carrie returned to the gym to show their daughters Emily (a freshman at Avon High School) and Lauren (a seventh-grader at Avon Middle School) where it all began. Michael is a huge poker fan and currently a partner at Radiology Associates of Hartford. They have two dogs - Murphy, a mix and Roxie, a loveable pitbull.

Since moving to Connecticut in 2004, Carrie has done extensive volunteer work in the areas of environmental advocacy, refugees/immigration, social services and education. Some of the organizations she has volunteered for or supported include: 100 Women Who Can, The CT Brain Tumor Alliance, My Sister's Place, The Village, and The Aurora Foundation. Most recently, she co-founded ForwardCT, a civic empowerment and service organization.

After turning forty, Carrie decided to begin writing. She has since published two young adult novels and is currently working on a third. When she's not writing, teaching writing, or volunteering, Carrie loves to travel with her family. Their favorite trips so far have been to Palm Springs, Iceland, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Ireland, and Portugal. Most of these trips involved plenty of sightseeing and the consumption of extensive amounts of gelato.

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President Elect
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
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Asst Treasurer
Interact Chair
EarlyRiser Presentations
The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio
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
Dennis Golden
"Why Good Health Can Hurt You"
November 9
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
November 2, 2018
Members Present: 39
Make-Ups: None  
Guests: Kevin Anderson, owner of CycleBar - guest of Brian O'Donnell and Chris Soline, new pastor of the Avon Congregational Church - guest of Phil Worley
Visiting Rotarians: 
Happy Dollars: $41
Raffle Winner: Jolly Lux
Happy Dollars
Don Bonner was thrilled to announce that he has a Grandson who arrived at 8'2" and was named Jackson.  ad $5 to celebrate her 16th wedding anniversary with husband, Bill, a successful voyage to Nova Scotia, and news that show was going to be a grandmother in the summer.
Natasha Haims wanted to say thanks for having her here.
Brian O' Donnell told us that literaly while we were singing happy brithday to him last week, his first grandchild was being delivered in Portland, ME.  A Rotary welcome to Owen Brian.  
Joanne Santiago was happy that she got to flirt with Richard Heath this morning.
Gary Miller reported that at last night 80 folks gathered at Farmington Woods for the Chamber of Commerce Stars of the Town Dinner to see Claire Cote honored for Service to the Community. Jay Kaplan from Roaring Brook Nature Center received the Business of the Year award, and Kathy Taylor of @Collinsville receive the award for Service to the Business Community.
Don Rossler was happy that his wife hasn’t hurt him yet, as they are renovating their house and she has to share a bathroom with their teenage sons.  Don is also going on a road trip with his sons to Indiana to see his alma mater DePauw play Wabash for the 125th anniversary of the Monon Bell Classic.  The winner gets bragging rights and a 350 lb. railroad bell.  His frat house is reopening and celebrating their 40th anniversary.
Hank Frey is glad to be here after missing about 10 weeks.  He also wanted to remind folks of our upcoming commitment to ring the bell for the Salvation Army, which will be on Black Friday and the Saturday before Christmas.
Phil Worley reminded us that the next Rotary Pub night is Wednesday, November 7th at Sessions Pub.
Jolly Lux is happy to be back from a very successful mission trip to Uganda.  They were able to treat 1,155 patients. Kurt was also very happy to welcome Jolly home.  Joanne Santiago led the club in a round of applause to acknowledge all of Jolly’s efforts.
Phil Mikkelson to acknowledge all the work that so many club members do.  He also was glad to see Hank and Nancy back at the club.  Dollar 3 was for it being UConn Basketball Season Again.  He also wanted to celebrate the 4 wins that made up the World Series victory for the Red Sox. 
Don Bonner, was proud of the multiple awards that we received at last evenings foundation dinner in Agawam.  Alex Leaderman, President of our Canton Interact Club received a RI Presidential Citation for their work.  An amazing feat for their first year of operation.   We received an award based upon all of the work that we accomplished this year in 30+ categories, as well as receiving awards for our donations to the Foundation and another one for our contributions to Polio Plus.

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Rotary Pub Night is Wednesday, November 7th at Sessions Pub.
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.
Breakfast with Santa, December 8,  8 -11 AM - Details and Sign Up to Follow.
Induction of New Members
The Avon-Canton Rotary Club extended a warm welcome to our newest member Natasha HaimsNatasha came to the US in the early 70s as part of the first group of Russian Immigrants to settle in the Hartford Area.  You will be able to learn all about Natasha in an upcoming edition of the Early Raiser.
Awards and Community/International Service Grants
None today
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower 5K
November 2, 2018
Joseph Piccirillo
Our guest speaker today is the Reverend Joseph Piccirillo who is the pastor of Avon’s Memorial United Methodist Church.  Joseph was here to talk about his other life as a volunteer firefighter for the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, which is celebtating it’s 75th year.  tHe fire company is a volunteer department and if you have the time and interest they are recruiting new members.
Joseph has also been actively engaged in a number of charitable events that support the American Lung Association and the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation.  For the American Lung Association, Joseph participated in their “Fight for Air Climb” which required him to climb, as fast as he could, up all 35 stories of the Hartford 21, while wearing the full 80 lbs. of firefighter gear.  Most of us probably couldn’t make it up to the top without gear let alone accomplishing this in under 10 minutes.  This years event will be on April 13, 2019 with a goal of raising a $175,000.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001.  Stephen who had just gotten off duty ran back to the station to get his gear and then  drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.  This annual run retraces his route with the funds going to support first responders.
Mail Bag
None today.
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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