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Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Avon-Canton
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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October 30, 2020
Human Trafficking
Dave Tedeschi, A.G. District 7890
 
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from Alicia.
We are now using a recurring ID, etc.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Report 
 
Members Present: 29
 
Visiting Rotarians: (2) Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: None
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle. No Winners. No Losers.
 
Fines: None today.
 
Birthdays: No birthdays today.
Happy Moments
 
Rick Heath shared that his baby brother is turning 68 and was looking forward to a game.
 
Rollie Sterrett couldn't believe that his firstborn granddaughter was turning 18 (even though he is only just a few years older than her). She is a senior at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts, currently studying remotely.
 
Chris Heath shared that her granddaughter is turning 8 years old. She is lucky that she only lives 10 minutes away from her granddaughter and shared an adorable photo of her with the Jaguars mascot at Publix.
 
Sue Budde couldn't believe that she and her husband Bill are celebrating 18 years of marriage. Sue said it feels like yesterday that they were first married!
 
Dale Bronson told a story about his recent trip to the eye doctor. The eye doctor asked if Dale had experienced any trauma in his eyes to which he replied only when he watched the Yankees lose the playoffs! 
 
Alicia Canning was happy the press release Bill Barnes wrote about the pencil box event was published in the Valley Press and thanked Bill/
 
Announcements
 
President Alicia Canning shared that Sean Blacker has been in the hospital for the past two weeks. His heart is only functioning at 10% but he finds comfort in his faith in God. 
 
Alicia shared that she will be taking a leave to undergo mastectomy and reconstruction surgery beginning November 5. Alicia hopes to return the first week of December. During this time, Chris Lamadrid will be filling Alicia's role.
 
Joanne Santiago is home recovering from surgery. 
 
Paul Mikkelson shared that his good friend Bobby Parker passed away. Bobby helped ring the bell during the holidays and loved Thurman Munson. Paul also thanked all who supported his daughter Liz's Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser to help find a cure for her son Tommy. He shared that the fundraiser raised over $53,000. 
 
Ann Clark shared a note that Peter Vignati wrote the club thanking us for our thoughts and prayers on the loss of his brother. He also shared his gratitude for his Rotary family.
 
Induction of New Members
None this week.
 

Awards
None this week.
 
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
PRESENTATION

Guiding Light Orphans

Jolly Lux

 
President Alicia Canning introduced our own Jolly Lux as the presenter today. There was an unexpected change in the speaker and thanked our club member Jolly for speaking today.
 
Jolly shared updates on the projects her non-profit Guiding Light Orphans is working on. They are currently working to officially open their health clinic in rural Uganda to serve its community members. 
 
The health clinic is being opened after Jolly saw an incredible need in the community. Pregnant women were dying giving birth from simple issues such as unhygienic conditions and lack of materials as simple as lacking proper tools like gloves or trained midwives. The health clinic will give community members a place to receive treatment from trained individuals. 
 
Using this example, Jolly shared a video that gives example of how such little things can have such a large impact and a huge change. The video is extremely powerful and can be viewed here.

Examples of how small donations can create a large impact

$5 provides a mosquito net that prevents Malaria - a disease that kills many children

$10 provides enough PPE for their village healthcare workers for one week 

$15 buys 1,000 units of minerals and vitamins for nourishment 

$25 can immunize and provide health assessments for 5 young children

$50 can hire a midwife for prenatal care for up to 5 women in one day

$100 can hire a doctor and a nurse in the clinic for one day

After the video, Jolly expressed her deepest gratitude to our club members, sharing how much of an impact the Avon-Canton Rotary club has on the village. She said the people know our name, we are on the shirts of the medical professionals, their water, and their clinic, and ask about the Rotarians all the time. We have touched their lives. Jolly thanked our club for believing in the mission of GLO and being a part of their world. It takes a village to raise a village and this work would not be possible without the club.

After many Rotarians wiped their tears from being so touched, Jolly answered questions.

Yvonne Gardner commented that Jolly was such an inspiration and how it's incredible that what some of us spend daily on coffee could save a life if paid forward to GLO.

Scott Nardozi asked about the impact COVID has on Uganda. Jolly said thankfully the cases are still low and only about 15 people have passed away from COVID.

Rollie Sterrett asked Jolly about malaria medications. Jolly said that it is more complicated because people in Uganda need to take the medication more frequently due to increased exposure to the disease. 

Kershwin Singh asked if the Ugandan government has considered introducing an animal species like bats to combat the mosquitoes. Jolly said that she hasn't thought about that nor has she heard of anything similar and is interested to look into it. Kershwin also asked Jolly what is the most common question that the people of Uganda ask her when she visits. Jolly replied they are very curious about how Americans live their lives.

Don Bonner asked what the next big project for GLO is. Jolly said she wants to focus on getting clean water after the clinic is established. She is working on connecting with the UCONN School of Engineering. They discussed that the water table is likely close enough that it could make for easier access.

Gary Roman commented that many of Jolly's stories start out sad, but always end uplifting and full of hope. He further asked how the government plays a role. Jolly replied that it can be very tricky as the government is corrupt. She focuses on creating positive personal relationships with individuals to gain access to the resources she needs to make her projects a success.

To support Guiding Light Orphans you can visit the website at http://www.guidinglightorphans.org

 
 
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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