7190’s ‘Capital Cabaret’ looking for local talent

Screen Shot 2019-02-19 at 12.24.01 PMIn its inaugural year it was called “Rotary’s Got Talent.” That name didn’t lie, with entertainment ranged from dancing gymnasts to bowling ball freaks to a spoken rendition of iconic rocker Meatloaf’s “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” and the event was a great night out with friends.

This year, the name has been changed to “Capital Cabaret” as Rotary District 7190 seeks to top last year’s $5,000 raised for the Rotary Foundation. And, the organizers are on the hunt for more talent.

“Capital Cabaret” will be held on Thursday, April 18, once again at the Lucky Strike Social Club at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. Which club will be the best?  Which will take home bragging rights that their talent won the $500 top prize?

We’re inviting Rotarians, their relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc., to consider sharing their talents in song or performance, some kind of unique skill, magic or tricks with their pets, and on and on. There are no limits, so long as the act is rated G or PG.

Talent submissions are due by Friday, March 1, and the flyer gives the necessary details. Incidentally, if you bring along a prospective member that person will be admitted at 50% off!

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Alert: RSVP by Tuesday for dinner on Thursday

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Any way you slice it, lasagne is a Rotary favorite.

We’re a mere 30 days from the start of spring, plus Thursday’s weather forecast is for temps in the high 40s, but we still need hearty dinner fare.

So, be sure to plan to participate in our 6:15 p.m. meeting at which the menu will feature Quigley’s popular lasagne entree, accompanied by an antipasto salad, chef’s choice of sides, bread, dessert, and beverages. Plus of course, the cash bar always is available.

We have a good early RSVP list of Rotarians who plan to attend, but if your name isn’t on it please be sure to email dinner coordinator Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com no later than Tuesday evening. We need to know who’s coming, and whether they’re bringing guests, so we can have sufficient food on the buffet and seating at the tables.

Here’s the will-attend list so far:

  • Pat Bailey
  • Terry Brewer
  • Debbie Brown
  • Peter Brown
  • Bill Dowd
  • Dick Drumm
  • Charlie Foote
  • Murray Forth
  • Ray Hannan
  • Ray’s guest
  • Phil Kellerman
  • Andy Leyhane
  • Jim Leyhane
  • Roberto Martinez
  • Debbie Rodriguez

Calendar note: Breakfast no longer being served

breakfastOur monthly Third Thursday Breakfast meetings have been put on hiatus until further notice. Dwindling attendance is the culprit, but the Board will revisit the effort if we get enough requests from members.

Meanwhile, thanks to Terry Brewer for creating the alternative meetings that helped bring in a number of new members, and to Shannon Romanowski  for hosting the breakfast sessions at the Greenbush YMCA.

Meanwhile, please make a point of checking the website CALENDAR page for news of what events are on the schedule for the club and the District. Just click here to get caught up.


Membership Summit nears, and you’re invited

District 7190 Area 1
Assistant District Governor

Registration is open for the next Rotary District 7190 Membership Summit — this one titled “Back to Basics — Boot Your Membership.”

The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, at the Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road, Glenville. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the program at 6 p.m. While there is no charge to attend, reservations are requested to assure sufficient food and seating.

There are many clubs that already have or possibly could have membership issues in the future.  As a result, club meetings and activities are changing with the goal in mind of how to attract members of the younger age groups and retain members of all ages.

Clubs need members who are active and who volunteer for projects and help guide the club forward.  It is amazing how many members have held the office of president and other offices again and again.

It is so easy to just say every member has the responsibility of bringing in new members.  Well, if it is so easy why are we not overwhelmed?  I guess it isn’t that easy.  I have asked members how they would approach someone and what they would say. Suddenly there is silence, and shuddering trying to find the right words.  Most don’t have a proper script in mind just how to invite someone.

Also, younger prospective members are part of a changing environment. They may not want to attend a meeting every week, or if they miss too many meetings they get a comment or letter in the mail, or sometimes nothing.

Clubs are changing. Many are trying different approaches or changing meeting times and activities. But, what is or is not working is in constant change.  It is hard to develop a single answer for what will work in your club. Rather than use a trial-and-error approach, attend the “Rotary Membership Summit” and learn what other clubs are doing — what is working, what is not.

Please take advantage of this opportunity. Once you network, you also will have names you can call for an update or to discuss ideas.

To get the most out of the summit, have two or more of your club members attend so you get more sets of eyes, ears, and thoughts to share with your club.  There will be a lot of discussions at the event. There are no answers that fit all clubs. If you have a membership chair who can’t make it, have someone fill in.

Please sign up online on the District 7190 website.

Meeting Clipboard: 2/14/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (10, no quorum): Andy Leyhane,Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Maggie Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Dick Drumm.

Guests (1): Jeremy Forth.

Rotary CashMEETING NOTES: It was announced that the Board has authorized two financial grants — $500 to the Colonie-Guilderland Club’s Global Grant initiative to support a clean water project in Haiti; and, $2,500 in seed money for our SRC Rotary 5K/10K Trail Run event to be held in October. … For the Run, lead organizer Jim Leyhane reported he is trying to contact Tom Curran, mayor of the village of Chatham, to discuss participation. Earlier, Jim had reported that the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham is the leading prospect to host the event. …

Rotary Home Cooking loogoWe’re looking for people interested in hosting events in our annual Rotary Home Cooking series of social fundraisers. If you’d like to reserve a date and/or get more information on how the series works, contact Andy Leyhane or Bill Dowd … Today is the final day to submit sponsorships ($100) to Jim Leyhane for our 3rd annual Community Recognition Awards dinner to be held on Tuesday, March 5, at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant. Tickets are $35. Among the honorees will be Murray Forth as the “breakout Rotarian” for his efforts remodeling our meeting room at Quigleys. Most recently, he replaced all the ceiling tiles, removed the ceiling fans, and wired a microphone. …

Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 11.00.11 AMPhil Kellerman is putting together a live music evening as a fundraiser at our May 9 dinner meeting. Proceeds will go to the Oley Foundation. Save the date, and stay tuned for details and updates from Phil. … As announced last week, our Danes Rotaract group will hold a social fundraiser — a happy hour at Wolff’s Biergarten on Broadway in Albany —  from 7 to 9 p.m. this coming Monday; $1 from the purchase of each non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink will go to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation. … We’re still waiting for information on what next Thursday’s program will be.

CLUB ASSEMBLY: President Andy displayed a list of last year’s initiatives and asked each member to pick the two they most enjoyed.  He then asked how they were  funded and where the money was going. This led into a wide-ranging discussion of concerns about the source of funds to support our many initiatives.

Andy said we may be boxing ourselves into a corner by being too strict on categories and that we may need to be more general.  They group thought it could be OK to have some percentage come back to the club.

Of the initiatives listed, some were funded fully by donations from club members, and some funds came from fundraising efforts.  Unfortunately, even some of the broader fundraisers were profitable only because of member-paid sponsorships.  Efforts are being made for the upcoming 5K/10K Rotary Trail Run to become an event that would raise money  by more than just club members’ sponsorship.

It was suggested that we develop a brochure explaining where club funds could go.  And, it was noted we should resume filling out the initiatives form Roberto Martinez introduced during his presidency to record and preserve a history of what we are doing in the club.


Another satisfied ‘Wine Dinner Raffle’ winner

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Raffle winner Becky Raymond (head of the table) and Cafe Capriccio chef-owner Jim Rua (wearing cap) pose with their guests.

Becky Raymond was the first-prize winner of SRC’s second “Wine Dinner for 12” raffle at Cafe Capricio in Albany. Here is her report:

“What a memorable evening I and my book club members and husbands had last night. Chef Jim and his staff gave us not just a meal, but brought us into the Cafe Capriccio family, and made us feel as if we had landed in Italy for a marvelous family meal. And what a meal! It was way more than we could eat.

“Every aspect of the meal was explained to us, from the ingredients (mostly locally sourced), to the regional origin of each dish. We also learned about Cafe Capriccio’s semi-annual culinary trips to Italy. At least one of our members says she would like to go and bring her son, a chef.

“We were very pleased that Debbie and Chuck Rodriguez could join us. Debbie was able to answer Jim’s questions about Rotary.

“Thank you for arranging this amazing event. It’s a great fundraiser and one we hope will happen again. Not for us, but so that others may also experience it.”

Meeting Clipboard: 2/7/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (14): Andy Leyhane, Phil Kellermen, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Maggie Forth, Terry Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Debbie Rodriguez, Carole Spencer.

Guests (1): Jeremy Forth.

screenshot2019-01-31at11.05.47pmMEETING NOTES: Jim Leyhane reported on changes in planning for the SRC Rotary 5K/10K Trail Run. It had been scheduled for Schodack Island State Park, but park administration recently rescinded permission because of the projected large size of the event and suggested other venues. We have considered Grafton Lakes State Park, RPI Tech Park, Taconic State Park, John Boyd Thatcher State Park, and the Columbia County Fair Grounds in Chatham. The Chatham venue appears to be the best bet now, and the date would be changed from October 19 to Saturday, October 12, on the Columbus Day Weekend. … Terry Brewer reported on plans for our 3rd annual Community Recognition Awards dinner. It will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant. Tickets are $35. After expenses, proceeds will go to the club treasury to support scholarships and youth services. We hope to raise $4,000 through ticket sales and event sponsorships at $100 each. Anyone wishing to donate a business, organization, or individual sponsorship should contact Terry or Murray Forth no later than Friday, February 15. …

Danes RotaractAttendees voted to cover RI payments for members of our Danes Rotaract club. Debbie Rodriguez reported that the students have two activities coming up. They will be hosting their first “Happy Hour” of the spring semester from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, February 18, at Wolff’s Biergarten on Broadway in Albany. As always, $1 from every drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) purchased will be donated to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation. Then, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 23, they will be volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany, making baked goods for the house residents. They are looking for Rotary volunteers but are limited to four slots, so Rotaractors will be given first preference. Signup can be done by clicking here. … Our program was a Chinese New Year Trivia Quiz created by Bill Dowd. In his absence, it was emceed by Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez. Terry Brewer and Pat Bailey tied for first place. … Next Thursday has been designated as a Club Assembly. President Andy Leyhane will create a discussion agenda.