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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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December 18, 2020
Marc Glass
District 7890 Governor
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the club.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
Members Present: 29
Visiting Rotarians: Paul Mikkelson  
Guests: Lou Daniels (Speaker & former member)
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
Fines: None today.
Birthdays: Natasha Haims - December 3
Natasha, who was sponsored by Michael Mezheritskiy, has been in the club for two years. She lives in West Hartford and sometimes has trouble getting over the mountain to our meetings. For her Zoom is easier. She is sorry to miss meetings because she enjoys being with Rotarians and is glad she is part of our Rotary family.
Happy Birthday, Natasha!
Happy Moments
Bill Barnes was happy about a recording that a small ensemble from the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra had made as a way to share music during the pandemic. It is on the Simsbury Community TV website and can be accessed with the following link:  The recording was done with one camera, so Bill can only be seen from the back. in the days of Covid, some of the instruments are having a hard time, because they collect spit when played. Great distancing is required.
Paul Mikkelson was happy to greet everyone. He wished us all happy holidays and encouraged us to reach out to our neighbors to see if they need anything. This goes for Don Bonner who needs to reach out to Tom Voorhees (his next door neighbor).
Sue Budde was happy that her dog was turning 15. She also wanted to encourage all of us to support the Christmas collection taking place at Dish 'n Dat per the flyer below. They have been supportive of our club, and we want to support them as well as the people in need in Canton.The club will probably make a grant of $1,000-$1,500. Sue and her husband have volunteered to help with the distribution on Christmas day.
Gary Miller was in the process of shutting down the Canton Chamber of Commerce, which is merging with the Avon Chamber. He donated some of their memorabilia to the Canton Historical Society and donated their remaining funds to not for profit organizations in town. It was definitely a bittersweet process.
Lou Daniels said that the Avon-Canton Rotary was a good model for the merger of the two chambers. This was a successful effort to regionalize.
Alicia Canning announced that Chuck Joseph is doing well with his recovery. Joanne Santiago is getting over the double whammy of Covid and surgery. She will check on Sean this week.
The club is once again matching members' donations to the Salvation Army. The club with match $1,575 due to the cutback in funds. Members can tell Don Bonner what they have donated in order to contribute to the match. It is probably best to send checks directly to the Salvation Army.
Rollie Sterrett announced that he and Salin Low are working with the District Foundation Committee to obtain a scholarship for George Pavlakis who is a senior at West Point and wants to study for a Master's degree in Germany the foundation committee has asked a question of George, but his response is being delayed by the Army-Navy game. Rollie will keep the club posted.
Josh Gillooly announced that a committee has been working since October to plan the Tastes of the Valley event to be held in May. The Golf Club of Avon can accommodate up to 300 people inside and outside. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month via Zoom. All members are welcome to attend without committing to be a member of the committee. The next meeting is on January 12 at 5 p.m.
Induction of New Members
None this week.
None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
Telehealth and its Evolution 
Lou Daniels
CEO of Call A Doctor Plus 


Lou, a former member of the club and Canton resident, talked to us about the growth of telemedicine. The service had been growing slowly over the past few years, but Covid triggered a major increase in its use. Call a Doctor Plus (CAD) installs plans for Teledoc, which provides the technology. CAD helps with the design and communication with the client. CAD is an add-on to a company's existing health insurance. It provides a number of services at a small marginal cost to the employer While the biggest use of this service is in the area of mental health issues, it can also be used with nutrition, dentistry (especially periodontal), and dermatology, as well as with primary care.
Telemedicine can halp to overcome some of the challenges in treating mental health issues. It provides relatively easy access on demand in a comfortable setting, often where there is a lack of resources, with a licensed. psychologist. said that he personally sees 5 to 10 patients a week in telehealth therapy patients and 75% of his programs are now virtual.
 The concern is that the licensed therapist must be licensed where he/she practices and where the patient resides. Larry said that telemedicine is good after a personal observation to determine what issues the parient has. One side benefit is that approximately 70% of patients with mental health issues also have a medical co-morbidity which can be better identified and treated.
Since obesity now accounts for 21% of medical costs, having nutritionists available can help to reduce these costs. Once again there are resources that are national as well as located within a patient's locale. The same sort of resources apply to dermatology and physical therapy.
Utilization of telemedicine increases when there is no copay for using the service. Utilization has jumped above as high as 50% of costs. The subscription costs employers $4-$8 per month in addition to usual health insurance. A group can be defined as small as three employees.
Lou's presentation reminds us that there have been some good changes brought about by the pandemic. Better health care is definitely something all of us seek.
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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