Another Successful Summer Casual Event in the Books

Summer Evening on the Farm

Members in attendance: Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Murray Forth, Maggie Forth, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Ray Hannan, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Roberto Martinez

Guests in attendance: Jeremy Forth, Mary Drumm, Karen Drumm, Kevin Drumm, Patrick Drumm, Lois Hannan, Joe Corr, Cherrie Corr, Debbie Rodriguez’s grandchildren.

A very successful Rotary Picnic hosted by the Drumm’s is in the books. Members of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club along with family and guests, enjoyed fun with family and friends, dined on fine food, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Items of Business: Several raffle tickets for both the Gift of Life raffle and the Barrow of Booze raffle were sold. Tickets for both raffles are still available through Dean and Jim and may be purchased at upcoming summer casual events.

School supplies to support Circles of Mercy’s back to school program were collected. Next week’s summer Casual event is the last opportunity to collect school supplies for this program.

After several conflicts it was decided that the ValleyCats tickets will be held until next season and then exchanged for tickets to that season.

Next week’s summer casual is Steak by the Pool hosted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez at Jim’s home. Once again we are asking for a small fee of $15 per Rotarian and $20 per family. Please feel free to bring an appetizer. The menu will include filet mignon, baked potatoes, garlic bread, and cowboy beans. This is the last summer casual event where school supplies will be collected for Circles of Mercy. Looking forward to seeing everyone again this Thursday.

Change of Venue for Next Week’s Summer Casual and a Few Reminders

As we prepare for tonight’s summer casual at the Drumm’s Farm, a few quick reminders. We are still gathering school supplies in support of Circles of Mercy’s back to school program. School supplies will be collected at any of the summer casual events by any of the Leyhanes. We have until August 21st to collect so time is running short. We are also selling tickets for two separate raffles. The first is for a cash prize in support of the Gift of Life, and tickets may be purchased from Dean or Jim. The second raffle is for a barrow of booze and may be purchased from Jim Leyhane.

Lastly, there is a change of venue for next week’s summer casual. Next Thursday, August 18, 2022 we will be enjoying steak by the pool hosted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez at Jim’s house. This is a rescheduled event from earlier in the summer. Dean and Dorris Calamaris have graciously given up this date to allow Jim and Roberto to host.

Our Next Summer Casual, Dinner on the Farm

Our next summer casual event is scheduled for next Thursday, August 11, 2022 hosted by Dick and Mary Drumm on their farm. The dinner will be catered by O’Kenny’s Express. The caterer is requiring an accurate head count for the event so please RSVP by Friday, August 5, 2022 with either Mary Drumm at (518)339-7459 or with Jim Leyhane at (518) 428-1732.

Another Summer Casual Event in the Books

Members attending: John Justino, Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez

A small group from the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club met for our last summer casual event at Druther’s Brewing Company in downtown Albany. Everyone dined on the highly recommended chicken and waffles, while beating the summer heat with refreshing beverages.

The business reviewed included the ongoing collection of school supplies for the Circles of Mercy Back to School Program. Requested supplies are posted on our club website and may be donated at any future summer event up until August 21, 2022.

We continue to sell tickets for two upcoming raffles, one to benefit the Gift of Life with a grand prize of $500, and the second to benefit our club with the prize being over $300 worth of fine alcohol. Tickets are available through Jim Leyhane and Dean Calamaris and may be purchased at upcoming summer events.

Our next summer casual event, will be taking place this Thursday August 4, 20222 at Joe Bruno Stadium where will will be enjoying dinner and a baseball game. Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday.

Our Next Summer Casual 7/28/22

We will be having our next summer casual event this Thursday July 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm at Druthers Brewing Company located at 1053 Broadway, Albany NY 12204. It will be Dutch treat with everyone ordering off the menu. If you plan on attending and did not notify us during last Thursday’s meeting, please email Kevin at KRL1873@aol.com.

Circles of Mercy Back to School Program

Once again we are choosing to support Circles of Mercy’s Back to School Program. With the economy being what it is today, the need to support the children of our community is greater than ever. Below you will find a list of school supplies that we will be collecting throughout the summer at our summer casual events. If you are unable to attend an event, and would like to arrange a separate pick-up or drop-off, contact Kevin Leyhane at KRL1873@aol.com. Donated supplies will be collected until August 21, 2022. The requested supplies are as follows:

  • Pencils (regular lead #2, colored, and mechanical)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Erasers fo pencils
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Markers (dry erase, sharpies, and assorted colored markers)
  • Pocket Folders (assorted colors)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Protractor and compass
  • 3 Ring binders (1.5 “, 2″, and 3”)
  • Loose leaf paper (college ruled)
  • Graph Paper
  • Spiral subject notebooks (1, 3, and 5 subject in college ruled)
  • Subject dividers
  • Plastic zipper pencil cases or pencil boxes
  • Index cards 3″x5″
  • Highlighters (yellow)
  • Rulers (containing both inches and centimeters)
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer (small bottles)
  • Post-it notes
  • Backpacks (no rollers or wheels)
  • Hole reinforcement labels
  • Combination locks (for gym lockers)
  • Flash Drives
  • Ear buds (for computers)
  • Scientific calculators (TI-84 + graphing)

Change to this week’s Summer Casual Event

Due to circumstances beyond our control, mainly poor weather combined with Covid exposures, has caused us to reschedule this week’s Steak and Swim at the Leyhane’s  to  August 25th.  At this time, we feel that the most responsible course of action, while maintaining our fellowship in Rotary would be to switch this week’s meeting to a remote one using Zoom.  As with previous Zoom meetings we will begin at 7:00.  So mix up your favorite cocktail or pour your favorite pint and we look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday via Zoom.

With next week’s summer casual event being open, we have decided to make it a social event at Druthers Brewing Company in Albany located at 1053 Broadway.  The plan is to meet at Druthers around 6 and order off their menu.  Further details will be discussed on Thursday.

First Summer Casual: Dinner Poolside

Our first summer casual, hosted by Peter and Debbie Brown was a success. Members and guests dined poolside all while enjoying the great fellowship of Rotary.

Items of Business:

The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club will continue its support of the Circles of Mercy with donations of school supplies for the upcoming school year. A list of requested supplies will be posted on the website in the near future and may be donated at any of our up coming summer casual events.

The Gift of Life Program is hosting a raffle as part of their upcoming golf tournament. The Grand Prize is $500, 2nd Prize is $200, 3rd Prize is $100, 4th Prize is $50, and 5th Prize is $25. Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, and 7 for $40. The Drawing will be held on Monday September 12, 2022 at 4:15. You need not be present to win, and winners WILL NOT be allowed to return the winnings to Gift of Life. Tickets are available from Dean and Doris Calamaris or Jim Leyhane.

Barrow of Booze raffle. We will be raffling off roughly $300 worth of quality liquor, wine, mixers, and ciders. Tickets are $5 each and 5 for $20. The earnings from this will go to the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s general fund to be used in future donations. The drawing will be held at our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting on September 15, 2022.

Debbie Rodriguez discussed an upcoming Gala to benefit the Blue Star Mothers. More information will follow in a future post.

The date of July 28, 2022 is still available for anyone wishing to host a summer casual dinner. In the event we do not have a host we are looking into the possibility of returning to Moscatiello’s Restaurant for one night, or meeting out for a drink at a local brewery.

Next week’s summer casual event will be hosted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez. Once again we are asking for a fee of $15 and an additional $5 for each guest, with a maximum of $20 per family. Next Thursday’s menu will feature the following: Filet Steaks, baked potatoes, vegetables, garlic bread and dessert. We ask guests to provide an appetizer. If you have not already signed up to attend please call 518-428-1732 or email Leyhane@aol.com to notify Jim that you plan on attending.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again on the 21st.

New Gift of Life Fundraiser

A raffle is being held to benefit the Gift of Life Program.

The Grand Prize is $500, 2nd Prize is $200, 3rd Prize is $100, 4th Prize is $50 and 5th Prize is $25.

Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20 or 7 for $40.

Tickets are available from Dean and Doris Calamaris or Jim Leyhane.

Drawing will be held on Monday Sept 12, 2022 at 4:15 pm via Facebook Live “Gift of Life Rotary District 7190” You need not be present to win.

Please note: Raffle winners are NOT ALLOWED to return their winnings to Gift of Life.