RSVP by Tuesday for dinner on Thursday

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 3.29.28 PMWhat do you really know about the Rotary Foundation? Like, what does it do with the money we donate? What kind of local return do we get on our investment? In general, how does it work?

Sue Austin, District 7190’s Foundation point person, and Jim Leyhane of our own Foundation & International Committee will team up to provide an overview and answer any questions you may have at this week’s dinner meeting.

The menu will include Quigley’s popular pork roast, plus chef’s selection of sides, antipasto salad, bread, dessert and beverages. And, of course, the cash bar is available.

As usual, you need to make your reservation no later than Tuesday evening. What’s different is that you’ll need to send your email to Lois Hannan who is subbing for dinner coordinator Debbie Brown for several weeks. Lois can be reached at

Here’s who has signed up so far:

Sue Austin (guest speaker)
Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
April Dowd
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Charlie Foote
Murray Forth
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Jim Leyhane
Becky Raymond
Debbie Rodriguez

‘Surf & Turf Dinner’ at the Forth residence

Rotary Home Cooking logoMurray and Maggie Forth were the hosts of the latest “Rotary Home Cooking” series event, a surf-and-turf dinner catered by SRC member Jim Mendrysa’s Talk of the Town catering service on Saturday evening.

Enjoying a menu of steak, lobster tails, potatoes, asparagus, chocolate mousse and coconut cream pie were Mary and Dick Drumm; Terry, Betty and Geoff Brewer; Jim Leyhane; Carol Orvis; Pat Bailey; Nicole, Brian and new baby Natalie Anne Forth; Murray, Maggie and Jeremy Forth, and Roberto Martinez.

A few scenes from the event:

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And baby makes three.
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Now, THAT was a meal!
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More dessert? No, thanks!
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We’ve had enough, too.
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Ready to serve it up.
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Does this look like a relaxed group?
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If  not, this does.
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And, as we said at the beginning, baby makes three.
Here to help?

Meeting of 4/12/18: What’s new at Albany Med?

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
April 12, 2018

Members Attending (12): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Bil Dowd, April Dowd, Charlie Foote, Phil Kellerman, Terry Brewer.

Guests (4): Lou and Pat Rubenstein, Kevin Leyden, Pamela Sawchuk.


OPENING — President-Elect Andy Leyhane, presiding in place of Roberto Martinez, welcomed members and guests. Twelve members were in attendance, the minimum for a quorum.

THANK YOU — The club received a thank-you note from member Carol Orvis for the sympathy card and floral arrangement sent to her after the death of her younger brother.

Join Us LogoNEW MEMBER INDUCTION — We will be welcoming new Rotarians and Rotaractors in a joint induction ceremony at our Thursday, May 3, dinner meeting. Membership pins have been awarded for everyone on the list. … Rotaract held a happy hour social at Wolff’s Biergarten in Albany on Monday evening that raised more than $200 for the Freedom From Fistula Foundation. Click here for details.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE — We still are lining up the kitchen volunteers for the April breakfast and May dinner SRC teams will be preparing at the facility. A final invitation to participate has been sent to the Danes Rotaract club. If we do not hear from them ASAP, we will ask club members to fill out the roster so planning can move forward.

TREE PLANTING PROJECT — As part of District 7190’s portion of the Rotary global tree planting project, we will work with Columbia High School in refreshing the Star of Hope memorial area at the East Greenbush Public Library. And, members are encouraged to plant a tree as an individual effort.

Screen Shot 2017-10-03 at 4.05.45 PMSHELTERBOX SPECIAL OFFER — Bill Dowd, the club’s ShelterBox liaison, reported on a special matching funds effort scheduled for May 1 and 2. Each dollar, up to $100 per person, pledged online during that specific period will be matched by a foundation. He noted that many SRC members do not contribute to ShelterBox each year because they may think they have to purchase an entire $1,000 box. However, he emphasized that even a donation of $1, $5, or $10 is appreciated, and this special matching funds plan will double the impact of each dollar given. Details are available on the club website by clicking here.

ROTARY HOME COOKING — Reservations are full for this Saturday’s surf-and-turf event being hosted by Murray and Maggie Forth. The May event in the series will be “An International Wine & Cheese Tasting” at Roberto’s residence, co-hosted with him by Bill Dowd and Jim Leyhane. Please contact any of those three people if you would like to attend. Guests are welcome.

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 1.43.09 PMROTARY’S GOT TALENT / RECYCLING DAY — The talent show and social event being sponsored by the District’s Next Gen Committee on Thursday, May 3, at Lucky Strike in Crossgates Mall, is seeking program advertisers. Terry Brewer moved, and Bill Dowd seconded, that we buy a half-page ad. However, during discussion April Dowd suggested we take out a full-page ad using the flyer for our “Recycling & Shredding Day III” event that will be held the Saturday after the talent show. She said that will help us reach a broader cross-section of potential recyclers. The amended motion was passed without dissent.

NEXT MEETINGS — On Thursday, April 19, at 7 a.m. at the Greenbush YMCA, Principal Mike Harkin will speak to the breakfast group on plans for ties between Columbia High School and SRC and the Rotary Exchange program. And, at the 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s, District 7190 Foundation Chair Sue Austin will present “The Rotary Foundation Explained.”

PROGRAM: “What’s New at Albany Med?”

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Kevin Leyden

Kevin Leyden is a senior vice president at Albany Medical Center “charged with developing non-traditional partnerships and alliances to leverage existing assets and generate new revenue.”

He reviewed AMC’s position in the region’s medical universe, where it is the only Level 1 trauma center in 25 New York and two adjacent New England counties.

He said AMC President James Barba embarked on an effort several years ago to better serve the 16,000 children treated at the facility each year.

Part of that is to provide them with better care without exposing them to some of the harsher aspects of emergency services. And, part of it is the creation of a new pediatric trauma center to open this summer, the only such facility in the region. The $50 million project has been funded by both private and public money.

That is not the only new initiative at AMC. Three years ago, it began a new effort to become an incubator for bio-tech research to complement its other prongs — being a treatment facility and a teaching college. He showed a video that described the facility — called the Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center (BACC). It facilitates research and development efforts combining engineering, science, health, and technology with partners such as RPI. They are looking to increase partnerships possibly with Siena College, Union College, and others.

Kevin also spoke about the “Executive Health Program” that allows plan members a form of “concierge” medicine within AMC. For a $995 fee, members receive such things as: access to expedited appointment scheduling; a broad range of services such as urinalysis, prostate exam, pap smear and pelvic exam, blood chemistry, etc.; long-distance assistance linking up with medical care while on the road; a “nurse navigator” coordinating their care; and an atmosphere more like a luxury hotel than a hospital.



A thank-you from the Oley Foundation

Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 8.47.51 PMOn behalf of the Oley Foundation, I would like to thank our SRC Rotary for the very generous donation of $400 to help Oley continue to provide assistance to patients (and their caregivers) dependent on in-home IV therapy or tube feeding.
In addition, I wish to express my appreciation to Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane for their monetary contribution to allow me to purchase Ensure for two patients recovering from throat cancer. Many of Oley’s clients need four to six cans/cartons of nutritional formula daily to survive since they suffer from cancer, intestinal failure, or other diseases.
I will continue to accept monetary donations to purchase Ensure or other formula as needed, or you may purchase Ensure on your own and bring it to me at our Rotary meetings. I then can mail formula from the Oley office, saving patients the mailing costs.
Phil Kellerman

NOTE: Click here for more information about the Oley Foundation.

Rotaract happy hour aids Fistula Foundation

Danes Rotaract LogoThe new — but already very busy — Danes Rotaract Club at the UAlbany School of Public Health held a successful happy hour fundraiser at Wolff’s Biergarten in Albany on Monday evening.

The event, to benefit the Freedom From Fistula Foundation with which the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club has been aligned for several years, raised more than $200. That’s according to faculty adviser John Justino, also an SRC member.

You can keep up with Danes Rotaract on its Facebook page by clicking here. Meanwhile, here are a few scenes from the event:

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Albany Med update on Thursday’s menu, too

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Thursday’s dinner entree.

One of the largest businesses in the Capital Region is … ?

If you said Albany Medical Center, you’re right. And, it just keeps growing.

Our speaker at this week’s 6:15 p.m. Thursday dinner meeting at Quigley’s will be Caitlin O’Callaghan on the topic of “What’s New at Albany Med?” And, there is plenty that is.

This might be an opportune time to invite a guest to hear Caitlin and to enjoy Rotary fellowship and a meal of lasagna, antipasto salad, chef’s choice of side dishes, bread, dessert, and beverages.

As always, you’ll need to be sure dinner coordinator Debbie Brown has your reservation (via email to  no later than Tuesday evening. Here is who has signed up so far:

Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
April Dowd
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Murray Forth
Julius Frankel
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Jim Leyhane
Roberto Martinez
Becky Raymond
Debbie Rodriguez
Caitlin O’Callaghan (guest speaker)

How to double the impact of every dollar you donate to ShelterBox

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Need more information about ShelterBox works? Just click here.

You’re familiar with the idea of matching funds, right? Usually it’s a matter of contributing $100 — or $500, or $1,000, or $2,000 or so on — and some philanthropic person or organization will match the gift.

Screen Shot 2018-04-08 at 8.03.42 PMHowever, most people may only be able to contribute much less to various causes — say, $1 or $5 or $10. Every dollar helps. But, this year you’ll have a perfect opportunity to make every dollar do double duty by participating in “The Giving Challenge,” a 24-hour fundraising effort that will aid ShelterBox, the Rotary worldwide aid agency.

SRC has a long history of generously supporting ShelterBox, but not all members are in a position to make large contributions. So, “The Giving Challenge” is a great way to give a little but make a greater impact.

Here’s how it works.

Beginning at noon Tuesday, May 1, and running through noon Wednesday, May 2, if you donate simply by visiting the website the Patterson Foundation will match every $1 raised up to $100 per individual, per household! That means double the money and double the shelter and aid that ShelterBox can supply around the world to victims of natural disasters and conflict.