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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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June 19, 2020
Deb Bibbins
Founder of For All Ages
The meeting will be held on Zoom. 
Watch for an email from Heather.
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Sgt-at Arms Report
Members Present: 37 members participated
Visiting Rotarians: Paul Mikkelson, Craig Buhrendorf, Chris Heath, Rick Heath  
Guests: Steve Klots, Speaker
Happy Dollars Moments: More valuable when they are shared
Raffle Winner: No Raffle.
None today.
Colleen Grasso was celebrating her birthday by sleeping in. Happy Birthday!
Happy Dollars Moments
Editor's note: If you missed our Zoom meeting, the full meeting is posted to our Group Facebook Page
Robin DiNicola was having a rough time because her son's hockey teammate had been killed in a car crash in Torrington earlier that week. The boys were heartbroken, no doubt more so because of the difficulty of having funeral services.
Sue Budde was happy that Joanne Santiago had helped her dad when he needed help with his back over the weekend. The treatment really helped him.
Linda Pendergast was happy that she and Paul have a grandson who received his doctorate in physical therapy at Texas Christian University. They also have high school graduates in Indiana and granddaughter Hannah is graduating from Conard High School in West Hartford. Congratulations to all!
Joanne Santiago was making a bit like James Corden's Carpool Karaoke as she watched the meeting from her van while daughter Joelle was driving them to Hammonasset State Park for the day. Joanne was happy to report that Joelle had received an award from the state chiropractic association for her leadership in researching COVID19. This is especially noteworthy for someone as new to the field as Joelle. Congratulations!
Joanne also announced the members receiving this year's Paul Harris Fellows recognition: Jim Gordon, Heather Pantano, and Gary Roman. These will be awarded at the President's Dinner in July. Well deserved!
Jolly Lux was happy to have received a plaque from UCONN for her part in designing a biodigester for Global Orphans in Uganda. The machine will turn biological waste into energy for the various projects in which GLO is involved. It will also provide manure for farming/gardening and sanitation for the area. This is a significant award which honors Jolly's dedication and creativity in pursuing her dream of improving the lives of the people in Masindi.
Craig Buhrendorf, former head of the International Service Committee of the club, congratulated Jolly on her progress and recognized the hard work she has devoted to thee project. He was also happy to have gotten a haircut (the pandemic has made us appreciate a number of simple pleasures). He and Jeane had closed on the sale of their condo in Avon, which marks an official end to their time in CT. We miss them and are glad that Zoom helps us to stay in touch.
Chris Heath has evidently been pretty active in the real estate market in Florida. She and Rick bought a house that they decided wasn't right for them, so they moved to a one-storey house instead. Fortunately they received the full price for the house that didn't work. Don Bonner has offered some art for their new abode.
Paul Mikkelson was happy that all was good - now. He had n extremely painful gallbladder attack He has been through a lot with his cancer, but this was even worse. He checked in with the doctors and determined that this had nothing to do with his previous cancer. We're glad he's on the mend. He said he likes the Zoom meetings, and we're always happy to see him. Be well, Paul.
Gary Miller was happy to attend a virtual 50th reunion of his graduation from Dartmouth. His class met in small groups in this new normal. His class is going to combine with the class of 1971 for a reunion next year. He made masks with the Dartmouth logo. Kay Kellogg, former member of the club, saw them and asked Gary to make a mask for her granddaughter Madeline, who will be attending Dartmouth this fall.
Alicia Canning thanked Christine Lamadrid and Kershwin Singh for help with the installation dinner. She also encouraged members to vote for Sara Leathers's Healing Meals to receive the RedSox Impact award of $10,000. Five CT. companies are competing. Here is the link to vote for Healing Meals.
President Heather is now Secretary Heather. No, it's not a demotion. She is District Secretary for the coming year. She comes by this service honestly. Her uncle Frank Wargo has been district governor twice.
Gary Miller says that the Golf Club of Avon is prepared to host our President's Dinner on July 10. It will be on the patio with tables for four spaced at least 6 feet apart. Attendees will have to wear masks when they get up from the table. Temperatures will also be taken. Gary and Phil Ferrari are still working with Northwest Community Bank about their sponsorship. They will also meet with the Shepherds, Nancy Nation's family, about their support.
President Heather announced that Zoom meetings would be held at least through June. There will be no meeting on July 3 and the President's Dinner on July 10. In person meetings may resume on July 17, depending on the governor's orders and the ability of the hotel to host us.
Induction of New Members
None this week.

None this week.
Community and International Service Grants
None this week.
The Rev. Steve Klots
Rotary Scholar in New Zealand
Thanks to the assistance of Zoom, the scribe was able to take notes and introduce the speaker at the same time. The Rev. Steve Klots has served as chaplain of South Kent School for 26 years (18 of which were spent working with the Rev. Bill Low).  A native of Tennessee, he attended Trinity College in Hartford, graduating in 1984, and in time studied at the divinity schools of Harvard and Yale before his ordination to the Episcopal priesthood in 2000.  Perhaps most significantly, he spent all of 1990 studying at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship  In addition to serving as chaplain at South Kent, he teaches English, coaches the cross country team, and is the longest serving member of the teaching faculty. Salin has known Steve for 24 years and has been trying to get him to speak to the club for a number of years. Zoom made this much easier to accomplish, because Steve didn't have to drive the hour from South Kent to Avon.
Steve was sponsored by a club in East Tennessee when he became a Rotary Scholar. His work was on religion as a source of conflict and reconciliation. He was required to apply to five schools in three countries. The scholarship paid all expenses of his year of education and his travel to and from New Zealand. Since he really only spoke English, he applied in English-speaking countries. He studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Dunedin was founded by Scottish immigrants, and the area still has strong British ties. One club Steve visited sang God Save the Queen at the beginning of their meeting. The Treaty of Waitang signed in 1840 was significant, because it established British sovereignty over New Zealand and made the Maori (indigenous people) British subjects.
Steve spoke in a number of Rotary clubs in New Zealand. One of the clubs was Cromwell, a town known for its pinot noir wine. The town had to be moved due to water development. Rotary created this sign to help the town develop a new identity.
Steve did quite a bit of traveling around the country. He said it was easy to get around, because hitchhiking was acceptable and considered quite safe. The picture on the left was Steve jumping off what was supposed to be the highest bungee jump, maybe in the world. On the right is Craig Buhrendorf making the same jump. The facilities had been greatly improved after Steve's jump.
Steve ran cross country for the university, which was generally treated as a club sport. His team did well and he made the All New Zealand team. One benefit of the scholarship was that he made lifelong friends. He was best man in one friend's wedding in 2002. He spoke to another friend recently through the magic of Zoom. He also got to know Charlotte Eckman of Sweden, who was also a Rotary scholar, and they got together 25 years later. His year in New Zealand gave him a better appreciation of the distances between countries. He appreciates the improvements in communications over the last 30 years which make it much easier to stay in touch with friends.
Steve said he developed a better understanding of himself during his time in New Zealand. He realized what gifts he could use in his vocation as a school chaplain. New Zealand is a more secular country, and that experience helps him adjust to the growing secular nature of our country. He thinks that clubs who sponsor scholars don't always realize the lasting impact that experience has on the scholar and on those with whom he or she interacts.
Steve stopped in Hawaii on his return to the U.S. Despite the beauty of the place, what really struck him was how American it was. Viva la difference! In the years since his Rotary experience, Steve has certainly demonstrated an understanding of Service above Self, and he has set an example of that to generations of young men.

Special Announcements
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Mail Bag
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Editor's Notes
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