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Larry Haber
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Board Member-at-Large
Board Member-at-Large
Interact Chair
Club Information
Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
All meetings are hybrid both in-person and Zoom available
District Site
Venue Map
May 12, 2023
Dean Lina and Theresa Greaves
Church Street Eats Committee
The meeting will be held both in person and via Zoom. 
Watch for an email from the Club for Zoom access and 
please note we use a recurring ID for your convenience.
Sergeant-at-Arms Report - 
Rotarians Present: 35
Visiting Rotarians:  Dave Tadeschi (Assistant District Governor)
Guests: Swarooba Ramkymar (Guest of Lauren Gardner), Lauren Clarke (Prospective Member), Michelle Lipar (Speaker)
Happy Dollars:  $230 for BeanZ
Raffle Winner:  Not Won
Birthdays: Chris Heath (5/): Sgt-at-Arms:  "Do you have anything to say?"  Chris:  "Not Much"  
Happy Dollars
Yvonne Gardner, went to a Red Sox game with her husband and brother.  It was tie game in the 9th inning and she decided to go to the bathroom.  She told her brother that she would be right back.  He told her not to go.  I'm in the bathroom. I hear the crowd erupt. It was a walk off home run that she missed!  She also said that her daughter Lauren and her friend were leaving for India tonight for two weeks to celebrate her friends brother's wedding.
Lauren Gardner is thrilled to be going to India tonight with her childhood best friend they are going for two different regions in India for her friend's brother's wedding and will be traveling with their family for a once in a lifetime trip.
Joanne Santiago gave a shout out to Colleen Grasso for the exceptional work in organizing the Taste of the Valley.
Cherie Morris reported that we have 32 silent auction items for the Taste and hopes we would all bid high.
Salin Low was happy that since Alicia is doing a 2nd shift, all the Taste of the Valley jobs are now covered.
Peter Vignati reported that while at his golf leagues first game of the season, he ran into Kay Kellogg's son, Peter 
Dave Tedesco gave $10 because we are a great club and he wanted to wish us good luck at tomorrow night's event.
Jolly Lux noted that for 9 years they have been trying to make a difference in the world.  She is so grateful for Rotary's help and that they have just been awarded a district grant for $2,875.

Bob Cave reported that he has just come back from visiting his daughter and her family in Colorado Two great things happened, one is we got to see the college with our youngest granddaughter that she's thinking of going to out in Colorado.  The second thing is I want to play golf with my son-in-law and I used a driver that I had given him several years ago For some reason in the mile high area, he hit it an extra 50 yards.


Gary Miller gave $20 for BeanZ.
Bill Barnes discussed an upcoming Farmington Valley Concert that will be held on May 14 at 3:00 PM at University of St. Joseph's Hoffman Auditorium.  The concert will be Peter Boyer's Ellis Island:  The Dream of America.  This is a beautiful multimedia presentation for symphony orchestra, pictures on slides, and first-person reminiscences of seven persons who passed through Ellis Island coming to America during the first decades of the 20th century.  This will be the first time it's been performed in Connecticut since the Dedicatory concert with the composer conducting the Hartford Symphony 20 years ago.


Lauren Clarke thanked us for her welcome and looking forward to joining us.
Arnie Goldman expressed condolences to Alicia over the loss of her dog MollyHe also reported that Phil Worley has taken a turn for the worse and had to be moved out of Anthology and over to Cherry Brook after a fall.  Arnie reports that this may be the last stop for Phil.
Alicia Canning wanted to thank Arnie and his staff for all of their kindness over the loss of her dog, Molly
Gary Hyde gave a donation to BeanZ
Dick Kisel reported that he has 7 members who have  volunteered to help out at Food Share.  He could use 1 more.
Phil Ferrari is planning of visiting his daughter in Providence, RI.  Knowing that she now doesn't have a roomate, he suggested that they stay with her instead of getting a hotel room.  She said that was fine and they could stay in her bed.  Since she a two bedroom place and no other person, they wanted to know why the should stay in her room. She replied two bedrooms, but only one bed.  Phil, bring your checkbook.

Larry Sullivan had announced last week that the Golf Ad Book was going digital.  At this years TOTV, there will be a card with a QR code for the TOTV program, so we can all see how it will look. 
June 9, 2023 - President's Dinner
September 11, 2023 - Annual Charity Golf Tournament
October 19, 2023 - Club's 50th Anniversary Dinner
Induction of New Members
None this week.
None this week
Community and International Service Grants
None this week 
Editors Special Note
Utilizing the technical wizardry of Michael Mezheritskiy in conjunction with this scribe,  this edition of the Early Riser was completed with the help of a computer program that automatically transcribed the Zoom meeting and provided an AI synopsis of the program speakers comments.  Let us know your thoughts as we continue to move from Zoom, to QR Codes, and now to AI.
Journey Home
Together We Can End Homelessness
Michelle Lipar, LMSW
Volunteer and Client Support Assistant
Michelle Lipar lives in Simsbury with her two children, husband and dogs.  She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in the 1900s with a BA in English and worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years.  In 2020, she decided to go back to school to get her Masters in Social Work at UCONN.  She interned at Journey Home during her second year of graduate school, and was hired earlier this year as the Volunteer and Community Support Assistant of their warehouse and volunteer program, A Hand Up.  She is a licensed master of social work and She is passionate about increasing access to safe and stable housing and ending homelessness, and she loves connecting with people and organizations who are interested in working towards similar goals.
Michelle Lipar discussed Journey Home, an organization that supports services for those experiencing housing crisis or homelessness. She talked about their goal to make experiences of homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring, and highlighted their program called "A Hand Up" which provides furniture and household items to those moving out of homelessness and into housing.  Michael discussed volunteer opportunities with a group of people, including home makeovers, donation drives, and delivery/pickup days. He also explained how Journey Home helps people experiencing homelessness find and maintain stable housing with the support of funding and services.  Michael discussed how his organization picks up donations from people's houses in the greater Hartford region, but they require pictures and cannot take large items due to space and difficulty in moving them.
In the question and answer period, Lauren Gardner commented on the positive impact of volunteering with the organization had for adult residents in FOCUS's support services program and Linda Pendergast commented on her positive experience in donating to the organization.

Special Announcements

None this week.
Mail Bag
None this week.
Photo Credits
Larry Haber
Technology Credits
Zoom platform management expertise by Mike Mezheritskiy.
Editor's Notes
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