FRO M THE HE A DMA S TE R
Marty’s vast leadership experience at Accenture and on corporate boards makes him an important mentor for me and resource for Avon as the process of change unfolds at school. As I look to next year, I am prepared to savor each day I serve as headmaster and intend to cross the finish line in full stride! This Avonian includes the exciting news that we have made impressive progress during the quiet phase of our capital campaign, Inspiring Boys, Building Men, and are optimistic about attaining our goal of $50 million by June 30, 2019. Board members Bill Austin ’92, Ken Winemaster ’83, and John Edwards have teamed with Jim Detora, our director of development and external affairs; Robin Delnicki, our associate director of development; and our entire alumni and development team to achieve remarkable headway in a relatively short period of time. I look forward updating you about our campaign progress this fall. This March, we broke ground on two important projects identified in our strategic plan. The Riddle Refectory remains an iconic building not only on the Avon campus but also in the United States. However, the servery and kitchen attached to the Riddle Refectory need attention and are currently undergoing an almost $5 million renovation. When complete at the end of the summer, this renovated space will be a state-of-the-art facility and will improve the quality of life for all on campus.
The Jennings-Fairchild Hockey Rink was last renovated in 1989, almost a generation ago. Though our present rink is the setting of many fond memories of exciting victories for players and fans, everyone is in agreement that it needs a major renovation. As soon as the youth hockey groups finished their season in March, we began phase one, which includes all new locker rooms and public spaces as well as new bleachers and other enhancements that will improve the fan experience. As with the kitchen and servery, we expect the rink renovation to be complete by this summer’s end. If your travels take you anywhere near Avon, Conn., in the next few months, please make the effort to find your way back to campus; I promise you will be happy you did. A visit to the Village of Old Farms always brings a smile to one’s face and peace to one’s soul.
We’d like to hear from you! Do you have any special Avon anecdotes? Memories of your time at the Farm? Please send in any thoughts on your Avon experience for possible inclusion in future publications.
The Avonian Spring 2018