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Getting to Know Jennifer Gonzalez
Jenny Gonzalez was born in 1970 in the small country town of Perry, Florida, where her parents grew up. They moved to Tallahassee when she was four and she grew up with her brother Jon who is seven years older.
Both of Jenny’s parents were hard workers. Her mom was in business administration first in the medical field, then thirty plus years at an environmental law firm until her retirement two years ago. Her dad was a proud Vietnam veteran who had a 32-year career with the Postal Service. He retired early and enjoyed a life of leisure until he was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away three years ago. He was always working on cars, boats, and home improvement projects. In retirement he enjoyed spending time on my cousins’ farm in Alabama bailing hay, feeding cows, hunting, and fishing. His family misses him dearly.
Jenny met her husband in high school through friends they had in common, dated briefly during her junior year, and stayed in touch. When Larry graduated from the University of Florida out of the school of journalism, he moved back to Tallahassee to work. He looked Jenny up, and they decided to get married a month after dating. Jenny had been working at Holland and Knight Law firm as a file clerk and runner until they married a year later in December 1994. This past December they celebrated their 25th Wedding anniversary.
Jenny and Larry moved to Storrs, Connecticut once Larry was accepted to UCONN’s MBA program in 1995. Jenny worked in retail until he graduated, then spent a year matriculating into the CT college system at MCTC. She then applied and was accepted into the BFA program at UCONN. She was able to go to school full-time and completed a Specialized Concentration in Photography, Sculpture, and Ceramics. Larry and Jenny both graduated in 2000. He completed his law degree from UCONN, and she received her BFA.
She worked a few years after graduation as a Manager of the Non-Profit Women’s Exchange in West Hartford Center and went on to work for Capital Properties, first as a leasing agent for a residential property in Rocky Hill, later transferring to a West Hartford property as assistant property manager. She also began her Master’s program at CCSU. An artist at heart, she finished an MS in Art Education in 2007 with a concentration in Ceramics. She felt lucky to have studied with the best professor in her concentration and with one of the most talented students, who is still a good friend. She has had three art shows: a thesis show at Art Space in Hartford, a group show at Art Space with a painter, furniture maker, ceramicist and photographer, and another at the Farmington Library with three other ceramic artists.
Jenny started flying as a contract flight attendant for a small charter company out of Bridgeport and did sub-contracted flights for Netjets and Starflite International while she was finishing her Master’s program. In 2009 she secured a full time position with Travelers Aviation. She and her husband never thought that they would both end up working in the insurance industry, especially with Jenny in such a non-traditional role.
Larry and Jenny are very proud that their achievements have come about through their own efforts. They don’t have any children, but they are the happy to be aunt and uncle of seven nephews and one niece that they visit on trips to Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. They have two spoiled miniature dachshunds, Daisy and Oscar, who bring great joy to their home life. Their first fur-baby child was a Bassett hound named Marlee who was part of their family for the first 16 years of their marriage.
Jenny and Larry have been lifelong Thoroughbred horse racing enthusiasts and have a small stake in a NY breeding partnership and a couple of race horses with friends. Through their small interest they own perhaps a few horse hairs at most. This passion and their need to find a meaningful way to spend free time brought them to Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center. Jenny is on the fundraising committee and acting as Gala Chairperson, and Larry is VP on the Board. They still enjoy mucking stalls and feeding horses on the weekends as well as giving tours and acting as volunteer mentors.
Jenny is happy that Heather Pantano invited her to join Rotary. From the very first meeting she felt like she was home. She looks forward to getting to know all the members and working together to raise money and do good things for the community and beyond. 
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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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March 20, 2020
Eileen Rau
The Rotary Foundation
The next 4 meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. 
watch for an email from Heather. 
Watch the presentation via our
Sergeant-at-Arms Report
Members Present: 25
Visiting Rotarians: 0  
Chip Januszewski, our Speaker
Len Diana, prospective member
Happy Dollars: $63
Raffle Winner: Sarah Leathers
Sarah Leathers' mother passed away on February 25th. The service was held on Sarah's birthday at the West Avon Congregational church. Sarah said she was happy to celebrate her mom's life on her birthday with friends. She has had two role models in her life--her mother and Nancy Nation. She hoped to live up to those two strong women. They were both all about love and caring. She feels honored to be part of our Rotary family.
During Happy Dollars, Joanne Santiago revealed that she had celebrated her birthday So we all got to sing the Birthday Song again.
Happy Dollars
Mike Mezheritskiy was happy that his two children both placed in a recent chess competition.
Steve Mitchell said that he and Susan were in Vero Beach celebrating her mother's 99th birthday. While in Florida, they attended the Vero Beach Rotary meeting.
Alicia Canning attend the PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) last weekend. She is very honored to be our next President.
Phil Ferrari was able to get out and play some early golf with Brian O'Donnell this week.
Kurt Lux went shopping yesterday for COVID-19 supplies and was successful finding water and toilet paper. He hopes that we will all stick together and help each other get through the current health crisis. He was happy that Jolly had returned from Uganda on Sunday.
Larry Sullivan told a story about a guy that came into a bar with a case of beer and a package of toilet paper. Ask him about it when you see him next.
President Heather Pantano confirmed that TOTV had been cancelled. She thanked Josh Giloolly and Colleen Grasso for co-chairing the event. Patrons would be reimbursed unless they wanted to make a donation or put their money toward next year's event.
To be Rescheduled:  Service project in collaboration with Roaring Brook Nature Center on April 4 and 5, weather permitting. Rotarians and girl scouts will pair and build an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant trail at the Roaring Brook Nature Center.  See the information below from the Club Forum.
Cancelled: Hartford Wolf Pack, scheduled for the evening of April 4th.
5/29: President's Installation Dinner at Golf Club of Avon.  Details to follow.
6/??: Rotary Pub Night will be held at President Heather's new home
9/14: 37th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Golf Club of Avon
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week
Chip Janiszewski
Connecting the Dots
Chip Janiszewski
Kurt Lux introduced our speaker. He and Chip have been friends for quite awhile. He said Chip was instrumental helping he and Jolly get Guiding Light Orphans started. Kurt and Jolly had a dream, but Chip helped them make it a reality. Chip is a popular speaker and trainer who works with companies, Chambers, and many other groups. 

Chip‘s business background includes running his father’s 70 employees manufacturing business for several years, taking the company from the “BC” (Before Computers) age to automated manufacturing and accounting systems by the time the company was sold in 1995.

Since 2006, Chip has been an independent consultant for Central Connecticut State University’s Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD). Through ITBD, he has worked with almost 100 businesses to help them with their Business Plans, Strategic Plans, business development strategies, organizational strategies, operations, accounting, and special projects.

He has also done trainings and workshops on various subjects for ITBD. Outside of ITBD, he has done projects and provided services, training and workshops for numerous other businesses and individuals. He is best know for Happiness and Success GPS. Chip is very active in the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce.

Chip's program teaches us how living with the 4 Ps can bring us Happiness and Success. The four Ps are Purpose, Passion, Positivity, and a Plan. 

Chip explained how to Connect the Dots by building a solid foundation for preparation of a strategic plan. All the influences we have when growing up help form our current self. Developing a positive mindset gives us purpose and passion for life. Chip gave us some tools to help with this process. Smiling, writing down a "Victory Log" and creating a "Vision Board" were some of his suggestions. Gratitude was a key element. We should feel and act upon gratitude. Throw out the past detractors, which he call "ear pollution." Having a positive attitude attracts positive things.

Chip said he has a fifth "P" which is Perspective. We own our perspective and should greet each new obstacle as an opportunity. 

He uses the formula O = E + R  An Outcome is the result of an Event and a positive Response. 

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Mail Bag
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Photo Credits 
Photographs courtesy of Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
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1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?