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Rollie Sterrett was raised in North Haven, Connecticut and graduated from Williston Academy, a boarding school in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He graduated Colgate University in 1965 with a major in political science. As an undergraduate, Rollie was on the varsity swim team and a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He took Air Force ROTC and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at graduation.

In the USAF, Rollie was trained as an air intelligence officer (at Lowery AFB, Denver, Colorado), assigned to the Directorate of Targets at 7th Air Force Headquarters (Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon) and after one year, in 1967, was assigned to the underground Command Post at Strategic Air Command Headquarters (Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska). His duty assignments were as a daily intelligence/operations briefing officer at the Commanding General level, including USAF General William Momyer (Commander 7AF), USA General William Westmoreland (Commander US Forces, Vietnam), and USAF General Bruce Holloway (SAC Commander). Rollie separated from the Air Force as a captain in 1970.

Getting to Know Rollie Sterrett Craig Buhrendorf 2018-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Mikkelson grew up in Hartford, spent some time in Tampa, Florida and now lives in Simsbury, Connecticut with his wife, Ann. Paul and Annie have a son, David who works for the Travelers and is married to Jen, a pharmacist. Their daughter Liz is a consultant who works with women entrepreneurs and is married to Mark, who also works for the Travelers.

As an undergraduate at University of Connecticut, Paul was a marketing major. He earned his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Hartford. Early in his career Paul worked as an Employee Benefits Consultant for CIGNA. Later he became President of Dill, Joyce & Thresher Insurance, working with twenty-eight non-profit organizations. Paul is retired now, but still volunteers and serves as a board member with several of them. He is both a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

Getting to Know Paul Mikkelson 2018-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Joanne Santiago was raised in New Jersey and moved to Avon in 1984. Her extensive education credentials include a BA in Zoology from Rutgers University, an MS in Nutrition from University of Bridgeport, her Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College, a three year postdoctoral resulting in a Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physician and another three year postdoctoral resulting in a Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Internist.

Since she was a child, Joanne knew that she wanted to be a Chiropractic Physician. Her practice is Avon Chiropractic Health Center located across from Avon High School. She is currently President of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association as well as President of the Northeast Chiropractic Council, which are important in her profession.

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Susan Budde was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up in Southington, Connecticut. Since her marriage to her husband Bill sixteen years ago, she has lived in Avon. Sue has two stepchildren: Jessica, age twenty-nine and Ryan, age twenty-six. Jess is engaged to be married and will give birth to their first grandchild in May 2019.

Sue is one of the founders of Dog Star Rescue, an all breed dog rescue that started in 2014. To date they have placed over 2,000 abandoned, abused or neglected dogs into forever homes. She also chairs the Board of Christian Outreach at West Avon Congregational Church. Sue has been an Avon-Canton Rotarian since 2012 and serves on both the Community Service and Membership committees.

Getting to Know Sue Budde Craig Buhrendorf 2018-11-25 05:00:00Z 0


The members of the Rotary of Avon-Canton are proud to announce the they have made the first installment payment of $90,000, to begin the outfitting of the Favarh Life Enrichment Building located at 100 Commerce Drive in Canton. The remaining $60,000 of the $150,000 pledge will be paid in 2021 to complete the facility.

This project will help the nonprofit organization provide even greater support for its clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 7,836 square-foot building, located on Commerce Drive in Canton, will enhance Favarh’s day programs for adults who can’t work because of disability and medical complexities or who have retired from work. 

The new facility will be named the Rotary of Avon-Canton Building.

Rotary of Avon-Canton Building Breaks Ground 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
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I’m a Boston guy” proclaims Jim Gordon. Born and raised in the city, he attended the Boston Public Schools and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Advertising. Jim and his wife Jayne moved to Farmington in 1972 “and here we are...forty-six years later”. They have four grown children: Kathleen who lives in Avon with their two oldest grandchildren, Timothy and his wife Tracie who moved to Colorado this past summer, Chris and his wife Kristen who live outside of Boston and their youngest Matthew who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Sarah. They feel blessed to be grandparents to eight wonderful grandkids: Cameron, Lizzie, Maggie, James, Thomas, Audrey, Yates and Rory.
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Sarah Leathers grew up in Simsbury and graduated from Union College, Schenectady, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Afterward she went on to work for Procter & Gamble as an engineer and then worked for two different construction companies as a project manager. She has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors throughout her career.

Sarah is the Founder and Executive Director of Healing Meals Community Project, a nonprofit organization that provides organic meals for free to families going through a health crisis while empowering youth chef volunteers with leadership, job ready skills in addition to purpose and belonging.

Sarah met her husband Alan through their fellowship group at church when they were in high school. Her husband is a private school teacher and coach. Sarah and Alan have raised three children: Samantha,married; Hannah, married and Will, a sophomore in college. They also have a 1 year old granddaughter, Madison.

Getting to Know Sarah Leathers Craig Buhrendorf 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
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Carrie Firestone grew up in a rural area in central New York with her younger sister, Jennifer and her service-minded parents. She studied English and anthropology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Inspired by her work with Chinese students at a summer program, she moved to Taiwan five days after graduating to teach English in a remote town. Carrie discovered she loved teaching English to speakers of other languages and decided to pursue her Master's degree in TESOL (Applied Linguistics) at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Carrie settled in New York City and taught American history and government at a Manhattan Comprehensive High School where she worked with young people from more than thirty nations. She started a community service club to share her love of service with her students. One day, at a New York Sports Club on the Upper East Side, Carrie met Michael, young radiology resident. They married two years later. Recently, Michael and Carrie returned to the gym to show their daughters Emily (a freshman at Avon High School) and Lauren (a seventh-grader at Avon Middle School) where it all began. Michael is a huge poker fan and currently a partner at Radiology Associates of Hartford. They have two dogs - Murphy, a mix and Roxie, a loveable pitbull.

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Katelyn Kaplan grew up in Avon, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. Since then, she has never passed up an educational opportunity and has traveled extensively to attend conferences related to her field. Katelyn is a naturalist in that she educates people of all ages about the natural world around them. She explains that a man by the name of Baba Dioum described “quite wonderfully” what her occupation entails when he said “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”
Getting to Know Katelyn Kaplan Craig Buhrendorf 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
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Deborah Stanwood was raised in Phoenix, Arizona along with five siblings. She received her Associates degree in 1985 from Phoenix Community College, where she met her husband John. She later pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education at Arizona State University until their first daughter, Kristin was born. Kristin was just six weeks old in 1987, when they moved to Connecticut. They were only supposed to stay here for two or three years but have been in Connecticut ever since. They now have three children: Kristin, who lives in New Orleans with her husband Andrew and two year old son Logan, JohnMichael who lives in Kentucky with his wife April and three daughters - Crystal (age seven), Willow (age five) and Harley (age four), and Jenna who lives in Washington, DC. The only child remaining at home is their eleven year old beagle, Maggie. Deb and John spend their free time traveling to see their kids and grandkids.
Getting to Know Debbie Stanwood Craig Buhrendorf 2018-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Dr. Sabrina Waqar, is currently a dermatologist in Avon CT. She opened her medical practice, Farmington Valley Dermatology & Surgery, in 2014. During various phases of her medical education, she has lived in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology, a Masters in Public Health, and a Doctorate in Medicine. She did an Internal Medicine residency and followed it with a Dermatology residency. She is Double Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Dermatology.

After she completed her Dermatology residency, Sabrina her husband Joel moved to Worcester Massachusetts. After working for two large medical groups, she decided to open her own practice in the Farmington Valley.

Sabrina immigrated from Pakistan with her parents and siblings in 1992, and settled in Oakland California. She met her husband Joel while volunteering at the Berkeley Free Clinic.

Getting to Know Dr. Sabrina Waqar Craig Buhrendorf 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
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Kathleen Parr spent her early years in various suburbs outside of Detroit, Michigan. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree at Michigan State, she moved to London with her future husband Stephen for a six month work/study program. Afterwards, they backpacked through Europe and returned to Connecticut where they worked and finished their Master’s degrees at the University of Connecticut. In 2000 they moved to Bethesda, Maryland where she had accepted a position with PG&E National Energy Group. In 2004 they returned to Connecticut and settled into a home in Burlington where Kathleen consults part-time on energy management for merchant power plants. They currently spend their winters working from their condominium in Austin, Texas.
Getting to Know Kathleen Parr Craig Buhrendorf 2018-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
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Eleni (rhymes with “a-penny”) Kavros DeGraw was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She grew up in Alexandria, VA and moved to Farmington in 1998. Eleni attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA graduating with a B.A. in English and a minor in Technical Writing, with concentrations in Criminal Justice and Italian. She worked as a journalist right out of college and as a marketing writer when she moved to Connecticut. She has spent the last several years writing children’s books.

She met her husband Allen “just like every Greek woman” - working at a Greek diner in Alexandria, VA. They joke that they should probably be getting royalties from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” since much of it is their story. Her husband is a small business owner in Middletown and they have three children, Callista (17), Sabrina (15), and Lucas (8). Eleni and Allen moved to Avon in 2013.

Getting to Know Eleni Kavros DeGraw Craig Buhrendorf 2018-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
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Dan attended UConn, Storrs where he majored in economics and minored in marketing. He was Vice President of the Entrepreneur Club and was very active in other clubs around the campus. He is currently pursuing his MBA as well as a Master’s in Business Analytics and Project Management at UConn in Hartford.

Dan’s parents came to the United States from Madeira, Portugal when they were ten and six years old. A fun fact for international soccer fans is that his grandparents’ house was two houses down from Cristiano Ronaldo’s childhood home and she knew the family very well. Dan is currently single and “looking for the right dog”. He has a brother who is a Chemical Engineer in Fairfield County.

Getting to Know Dan Rodrigues Craig Buhrendorf 2018-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
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Cherie worked as a molecular biologist in a hepatology lab at the UCONN Health Center for twenty years. She now teaches biology, microbiology, as well as anatomy and physiology as an adjunct at Tunxis Community College, Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.

When Cherie was a little girl, she used to daydream about becoming a scientist and traveling to Africa. In August 2016 she found herself in Africa presenting her scientific research to nursing students. At that moment, Cherie realized her little girl dreams had come true!

Getting to Know Cherie Walton Craig Buhrendorf 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
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Jimmy Ssekawaabe grew up in Kampala, Uganda and moved to Connecticut in 2000 at age sixteen. He attended primary and secondary school in Uganda and college at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and University of Hartford. He jokes that he is single and “looking”.

Jimmy is employed by Liberty mutual as an insurance agent. In addition to Rotary, he is a member of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. He is particularly proud that he has been a special ed/paraprofessional for almost five years.

In his spare time Jimmy enjoys basketball and skiing. He also says he has an affinity for dining out.

Getting to Know Jimmy Ssekawaabe Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to everyone that participated in the
35th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Golf Club of Avon at 160 Country Club Road in Avon, CT.

Be sure to join us next year on Monday, September 9, 2019
We appreciate the support of our golfers, advertisers and sponsors.
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Alicia Canning was raised in Providence as one of seven children.  It was there that she started her career at age sixteen with McDonald’s.  In the years that followed, she took business courses at a junior college and met her former husband, a fellow McDonald’s employee.  

In 1979 Alicia (pronounced “ah-LEE-shah”) received her degree in Hamburgerology at Hamburger University in Chicago.  From 1982-1995 she lived in New Jersey. In 2000 she and her husband became owner-operators of McDonald's franchises in Windsor and South Windsor, Connecticut.  They subsequently added franchises in Canton, Granby, Simsbury and Torrington. Alicia ran the Canton McDonald’s from 2009 to 2015, after she and her husband parted ways.

Getting to Know Alicia Canning Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
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Steve Morris was born in a Navy hospital at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Since his dad was an anti-submarine helicopter pilot, he and his family moved around quite a bit. Steve has been in Connecticut since the 4th grade however, and he graduated from Simsbury High School. Steve attended the University of Rhode Island where he played football and received a BA in Psychology and UConn Storrs where he received his Masters in Public Administration.

Getting to Know Steve Morris Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
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Christine Lamadrid holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. As an elementary school principal, her school was named a National School of Excellence and one of seven schools of curriculum excellence, highlighted in William Bennett’s final report as Secretary of Education. She had the privilege of meeting President Ronald Reagan and Secretary Bennett in Washington, DC. She currently volunteers at the FAVARH Thrift Shop.
Getting to know Christine Lamadrid Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
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Dr. Arnold Goldman is well-known in our community as a veterinarian. After several years working in general practices as well as emergency and critical care practice, he opened Canton Animal Hospital in 1995. Arnie earned his Master of Public Health degree in 2011 and is one of a very few veterinarians accredited as a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.


Getting to Know Arnie Goldman Craig Buhrendorf 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
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Raised in New Hartford, CT Michelle is the oldest of seven siblings, spaced over nine and a half years.  She received her BS in Elementary Education from DeSales University and studied Spanish at the University of Granada.  She recently earned her MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Michelle teaches Spanish to fifth and sixth graders in Canton and is a roving instructor for the middle and high schools.  Concurrently, she participates in a Fulbright Fellowship program, “Teachers for Global Classrooms”. This program included a one month stay last May in a small village in Senegal, Africa where she taught English and Spanish.  The program includes a rigorous one year online curriculum which she will complete in September.

Getting to Know Michelle Traub Craig Buhrendorf 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
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Getting to Know is the first in a series of profiles of recently inducted new members.

Bruce Sayward grew up in Southington, CT doing woodworking with his father, who did it as a hobby.  He eventually became a carpenter and has had his own business, Sayward Companies, LLC for over thirty-three years.  Early in his professional life, Bruce spent eight years living in Colorado and Maine. During his time away from Connecticut, he served in the Air Force as a Munitions Maintenance Specialist and attended classes at Colorado State and the University of Maine.  He returned to Southington where he currently lives with his wife Bonnie.

Getting to Know Bruce Sayward Craig Buhrendorf 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
2018 President's Installation Dinner
Congratulations to our new Officers & Directors for 2018-2019
President Mike Mezheritskiy 
Immediate Past-President Don Bonner
President-Elect Heather Pantano
Secretary Alicia Canning
Treasurer Gary Hyde
Sargeant-at-Arms Sabrina Waqar
Members-at-Large Dale Bronson and Robin DiNicola
President's Installation Dinner Gary Miller 2018-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary of Avon-Canton Building to break ground in May, 2018!
The new Harry and Renee Haag Life Education Center (12,500 sq ft) and the Rotary of Avon-Canton Building (7,500 sq ft) have been approved by the Canton Planning & Zoning and Inlands/Wetlands Commissions. We hope to break ground on this exciting new project in May.
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District Governor David Mangs had the honor of inducting two new members on April 20, 2018. Standing with their sponsor, Brian O'Donnell, and President Don Bonner, Eleni DeGraw and Carrie Firestone received their Rotary pins and membership certificates to the rousing applause of our members.
Eleni DeGraw, DG David Mangs, Carrie Firestone, Brian O'Donnell, and President Don Bonner
District Governor Conducts New Member Induction Ceremony 2018-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Eight Students from the newly formed Canton Interact Club joined us this morning (Feb 9th) along with their club advisors, Superintendent Kevin Case and teacher Michelle Traub
Each of the students introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their role and hopes for the club: Alex Leaderman (Co-president), Chris-Ann Brown (Co-president), Zahra Kahn (Vice president), Shian Earlington (social media), Madelynn Dunahoo (PR), Tom Eayton (Treasurer), Anna Melendez (Secretary), and Evan Adams.
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Craig Buhrendorf presented a check for $4950 to Jolly Lux for Guidling Light Orphanage. The money covers the medical supplies and equipment. Jolly was very grateful for a program that started with no real plans at all and has grown to a wonderful outreach program in her home village in Uganda.
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Posted on Dec 06, 2017
A check for $1000 was presented to Jill Brandon, Chair of the Canton Chamber's Gifts for Canton benefit by Rotary President Don Bonner and Gary Roman, Community Service Chair and Chamber President. The check was presented at the Canton Chamber Holiday Party at the Canton Historical Museum. Quite a few Rotary members were also present: (pictured left to right) Gary Roman, Jill Brandon, Ann Gagnon, Gary Miller, President Don Bonner, Sue Budde, Chuck Joseph, Colleen Grasso, Peter Vignati, Paul Nelson, Gary Hyde, and Larry Sullivan.
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Posted by Gary Miller on Oct 24, 2017
Don't miss the live streamed celebration from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rotary's involvement in eradicating polio started in 1989 when over 350,000 cases existed in the world. Barely 30 years later, only 10 cases exist--6 in Afghanistan and 4 in Pakistan--in 2017. 99.9% of the cases have been eradicated. Over the next three years, Rotary has pledged to raise $50 million per year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to match these funds 2:1. We must all commit to reaching the goal of ending polio in the world. We are so close.

During the month of October, Rotarians in District 7890 have been asked to focus on the goal of a polio free world. To this end, World Polio Day on October 24th presents an opportunity to sponsor programs to highlight our efforts and seek a continuing commitment from our members, friends and business associates.

Special events are being planned around the world. A key event will the live streaming of the fifth annual World Polio Day event at 5:30 PM EST. The website: has a host of materials and planning guides that can be used to plan events and learn what other Rotarians will be doing.

World Polio Day Gary Miller 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to the 170 golfers who enjoyed a perfect day on a great golf course.  Our sponsors and advertisers paved the way for an extremely successful event.  Thank you to our partner FAVARH for helping us to exceed our fundraising goal. A very special thank you to Tournament Chair, Larry Sullivan, his team, and the staff of the Golf Club of Avon for making the day a most enjoyable event for everyone involved.
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Posted on Apr 02, 2017
2017 Tastes of the Valley - A Huge Success
Thank you to the entire TOTV team for pulling off another successful event. Swaying to the rhythm of the music performed by Mass-Conn Fusion, our members and guests enjoyed great food, wine and other libations.  The event was co-sponsored by Seabury along with Gold sponsors: ENE Realty Associates and Collinsville Savings Society; Silver sponsors: Avon Chiropractic and Raymond James; and Table sponsors: Edward Jones of Avon, Simsbury Bank, NW Auto Group, and Myers, Piscatelli, & Link. 
Proceeds from the Tastes of the Valley fund our many local and international initiatives, including our $150,000 commitment to FAVARH toward their building expansion plan.
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Posted on Jan 20, 2017

Rotary of Avon-Canton Pledges $150K for Favarh 

Keeping with Rotary’s commitment to public service, a portion of proceeds from the Tastes-of-the-Valley and the annual golf tournament will go towards the construction of an exciting new Life Enrichment Program (LEP) building for Favarh – The Arc of the Farmington Valley. This project will help the nonprofit provide even greater support for its clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 7,500 square-foot building, located at 100 Commerce Drive in Canton, will enhance Favarh’s day programs for adults who can’t work because of disability and medical complexities or who have retired from work. Favarh day programs place a high emphasis on daily community excursions with a priority on volunteer work.

The new facility will be named the Rotary of Avon-Canton Building.

The Rotary has pledged $150,000 through 2021 toward the project. The new building will be adjacent to the Rails-to-Trails, enabling the inclusion of a Rotary Café operated by Favarh participants where walkers, bikers and their canine friends will be able to enjoy healthy snacks and drinks. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion slated for late 2018. 

Anyone interested in donating to the project can send contributions to:

Rotary of Avon-Canton

Favarh Building Fund

P.O. Box 11

Avon, CT 06001


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Posted on Jan 20, 2017
(L-R: Peter Vignati, Rebecca Stevenson, Gary Miller, Joanne Santiago, Dennis Bianchi, President Don Bonner, and Josh Gillooly)
The Rotary of Avon-Canton presented two Paul Harris Fellowship awards to members of the community on Friday, January 20th.

Dennis Bianchi served as a police officer in Avon from 1973 to 2000 and over many years, he has been involved in many community activities, fundraisers and has coached several children's teams in a variety of sports. He has been very involved in the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, where he directs the Citizens Fire Academy and helps raise funds for departmental needs. President Don noted the similarities between Mr. Bianchi and the many Rotarians he knows who are very active in their communities.

Past president Gary Miller introduced our second Paul Harris Fellowship recipient, Rebecca Stevenson. Ms. Stevenson is also a Burlington resident, and is Director of Admissions & Marketing at Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Canton. She has been very involved in her community, participating in community events and fundraising. She serves on the Canton Chamber of Commerce Outreach Committee, and has supported organizations such as Gifts for Canton, Focus on Canton and the Canton Senior Center, as well as the event Walk for Food & Hunger.

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Sarah Bonner is the youngest daughter of President Don.  Sarah graduated from the Avon schools in 2010.  While in high school, she was an original member of the school's cappella group, Rhapsody, and an active participant in the Unified Sports program which is a high school  based Special Olympics program.  Sarah attended the University of Mass-Amherst where she was a double major in Social Thought & Political Economy and Sociology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She graduated in 2014 and entered the Peace Corps as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic.  Sarah was a youth, family, and community development volunteer in a small town on the Haitian Boarder.  She recently was a speaker at our club presenting the accomplishments and struggles of being a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Sarah finished her work with the Peace Corps in October 2016 and is now working at a non-profit organization in Boston focusing of attaining housing and basic resources for low-income families.  In recognition of her "service above self" she was presented as a Paul Harris Fellow.
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On Friday, Dec 16th, a check for $750 was presented to the FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton for their programs supporting students and young adults on the autism spectrum. Pictured are Community Service Chair, Paul Mikkelson, Lauren and Yvonne Gardner of FOCUS Center for Autism, and President Don Bonner.
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On Friday, December 16th, Foundation Chair, Joanne Santiago, and President Don Bonner presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Sean Blacker, a member of the Avon Old Farms Hotel staff. Sean's award had been announced to his manager, but was a total surprise to him. Sean has been an integral part of the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton for many years. Each Friday he ensures that our meeting room is ready to go by coordinating with other hotel staff and management. He is always alert to room assignments and schedule changes that need to be communicated to our club President and Sgt-at-Arms. Our members are indebted to Sean for his outstanding service.

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Posted on Dec 09, 2016
A check to the Rotary Club of Livingston Parish Louisiana was presented this morning for their Flood Relief project. (L-R) Gary Miller, Immediate Past President; Paul Mikkelson, Community Service Chair; and Don Bonner, President 2016-2017.
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Congratulations to Paul Cioffari and Nancy Nation, who were recognized for their Rotary Foundation donations.  Foundation Chair, Joanne Santiago, and DG Frank Wargo had the pleasure of giving Paul his first PHF pin and medallion.   Nancy received her PHF +3 pin.
Paul Harris Fellowships Gary Miller 2016-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
32nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Thank you to Larry Sullivan and his committee for an outstanding
33rd Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Golf Club of Avon


Tournament Co-Sponsor
Farmington Bank

Please say thank you to our 2016 Sponsors and Advertisers 
for making our 33rd T
ournament a success.

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Mercado Global Gary Miller 2016-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Four members of the Avon and Canton community were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships for their public service on April 15, 2016.
L-R:  John Carmon, Dr. Arnie Goldman, LT Kelly Walsh, and Bill Henson
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