Save the date for District Conference

All Rotarians are invited to attended a virtual District Conference via ZOOM on Saturday, May 15. Please save the date.

The meeting will open at 8 a.m. to allow attendees to to socialize before the official 9 o’clock start when you will be able to get a look inside the workings of the district.

Part of the conference’s agenda will include having Presidents-elect from all clubs in the district to vote on the 2021-22 budget. It also will include a variety of subject reports, followed by a remembrance ceremony for those Rotarians who have left us in the current Rotary Year, followed by a recognitions-and-awards ceremony.

Current DG Rich Griesche will email a ZOOM link for the meeting to all Rotarians shortly. We will include on the SRC website calendar page at that time.


Join Rotarians for event on the environment

Rotary International recently added a seventh item to its official “Areas of Focus” — the environment.

The original six:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

In support of the added focus, you can join fellow Rotarians from around the world for a multi-district conversation titled “Supporting the Environment: Project Ideas, Tools, and Resources You Can Use.” It’s a virtual event, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. this Saturday (April 17), via ZOOM.

Some of the ideas may be surprising, say the organizers, such as “Educating girls is ranked higher for protecting the environment than electric cars or solar power. Join us for this informative discussion to learn more about the issues, hear several examples of projects clubs already are undertaking, and be challenged to take steps both individually and as a club and/or district to help support our environment.”

Rich Griesche, 7190 District Governor, will emcee the event.

Advance registration is required for the free event. You can do that online by clicking here.

Former DG Mike Popolizio dies at 68

Past DG Mike Popolizio

Former District 7190 Governor Michael Popolizio, 68, of Halfmoon, died on Thursday. The cause of death was complications of COVID-19, according to current DG Rich Griesch.

Mike, a member of the Shenendehowah club, was the founder of Camelot Print & Copy Center in Albany, and retired from the company after a 20-year career.

His full obituary is available online.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday, with a 1 o’clock memorial service, at the Catricala Funeral Home, 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Rotary International Foundation. 

SRC qualifies for District Grants

Four SRC members participated in Saturday’s District 7190 Grant Management Training program via ZOOM.

A minimum of two members’ participation was required for our club to be eligible to apply for district or global grants during the 2021-22 Rotary Year, so we are doubly qualified, thanks to President-elect Debbie Rodriguez and current club board members Bill Dowd, Phil Kellerman, and Roberto Martinez going through the training session.

The club will be discussing potential grant undertakings for the new Rotary Year, which begins July 1. In essence, all grant efforts are handled on a very tight time schedule, so Debbie and current President Dick Drumm will be working to be sure SRC is fully in compliance with all requirements.

There are different procedures and requirements for district and global grants. District grants go to individual clubs (sometimes two or three clubs cooperating on a single project), while global grants go to projects with both domestic and foreign Rotary clubs, and sometimes non-Rotary organizations, partnering in the initiative.


Join Becky on a virtual trip to Niskayuna

Becky Raymond

SRC’s Becky Raymond will be addressing the Niskayuna Rotary Club at 7 o’clock this evening. Her topic, which will reflect her volunteer involvement nationally and internationally, is “Partnering For Peace: The Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership.”

To attend, all you need to do is click here sign in to the meeting. The process is the same as we use for our Thursday virtual meetings each week.

Alternately, you can dial in on a mobile phone to 929-205-6099. The meeting ID is 543 488 1418, and the password is 12309.

RI seeks survey input from all Rotarians

If you have a spare few minutes and are looking to fill them, Rotary International needs you.

Jim Barnes, who is RI’s Chief Programs and Member Services Officer, is asking all Rotarians to participate in the “2021 Rotary Programs & Offerings Survey.”

“We know that this has been an atypical year, and this survey is an important opportunity for us to learn how the events of the past year have changed the ways you interact with Rotary,” Jim says. “For this reason, we are asking you to complete this 20- to 25-minute survey about your familiarity and use of Rotary’s many programs, networking groups, and offerings.”

(Note: One SRC member who took the survey said it took less than 10 minutes.)

To begin the survey, click here.

Only one survey can be submitted using this link, so please do not forward or share the email you receive from Jim.



Meeting Clipboard: 4/8/21

MEMBERS ATTENDING (15): Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Terry Brewer, Pat Bailey, Ray Hannan, Roberto Martinez, Phil Hannan, Tony Morris, Charlie Foote, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras.

GUESTS (1): Herb Klotz.

In lieu of our regular business agenda, we turned over the meeting time to Herb Klotz, Past Governor of District 7430 (Allentown, PA, area), the Zone 3 membership coordinator and trainer. He was invited to address the club by our President-elect Debbie Rodriguez who enjoyed his presentation on “Successful Data-Driven Club Membership Growth Strategies” at the recent PETS training.

Herb, who analyzed SRC’s membership ebbs and flows over the past few years, presented a slideshow describing multi-Zone studies and surveys about membership matters. Most of the attendees stayed on after the formal part of the session for a Q&A round with Herb. Here are examples of the slides’ content:

Tax-deductible donations to our new fund

Vice President Terry Brewer, who has been doing yeoman work as part of our Subcommittee On Foundations, today shared the following official information on donating to our in-development Donor Advised Fund (DAF), recently approved by the SRC Board:

“If you wish to donate to the Donor Advised Fund, here’s how: Make your check payable to ‘TRF Donor Advised Fund,’ and in the memo line write ‘The Dr. Richard Drumm Fund,’ and mail your check to Southern Rensselaer County Rotar Club, P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061.”

Donations made in this manner are fully tax deductible. Our DAF, named in honor of our current club president and charter member, is administered through the Rotary Foundation, although we retain control over financial grants and awards made by it.


Cause-based clubs? It’s a virtual forum

Rather than having all individual clubs address a wide range of concerns, Rotary is advocating for the creation of cause-based entities. To that end, a virtual workshop next week will address the particulars of how to go about doing that.

Our District 7190 Governor Rich Griesche tells us, “We are changing things up and we have an interactive workshop planned for you at 7 p.m. Monday.  We have enlisted the help of District 5950 (Minnesota) Governor Tom Gump to give us real examples and time to start to plan ways to reimagine our clubs or start new clubs.

“We will … collaborate on things that would be relevant to our communities here in New York, we will share a lot of content, and make it easy for all of us to form a plan to put into action. I mean, who doesn’t want to join a koala lovers or an international traveling enthusiast club?”

Rich has emailed all Rotarians in the district about the event, and attached to his email a worksheet titled “Making Your Club Vibrant” to use or refer to during the session.

Although the event is free, advance registration is required. Just click here for details.