World Polio Day invitation for SRC members

Caucasian woman with short blond hair, RI President Elect Jennifer Jones
RI President-elect Jennifer Jones

If you didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to meet Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones back in November at the online Rotary Foundation Dinner, you’ll have another chance when we celebrate World Polio Day later this month.

Jennifer is scheduled to attend the in-person event, sponsored by four upstate New York Rotary Districts — including our own 7190 — on Friday, October 29, at the Ramada by Wyndham in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool.

To make the event easy to attend, you can take the 7190 bus for just $30 per person. Seating is limited for the bus and the multi-district event itself. Register online before the October 25 deadline. Reserve a bus seat by email or call or text 518-944-3997.

All proceeds of the dinner event will go to the Rotary Relief Fund.

Here is the day’s schedule:

• 2:15 p.m. — The bus leaves Northway 11 Park & Ride

• 2:45 p.m. — The bus leaves Scotia for Liverpool

• 5 p.m. — Cash bar opens at the Ramada By Wyndham, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool

• 6 p.m. — Dinner (four entrees from which to choose)

• 7 p.m. — Keynote speaker Jennifer Jones

A proxy: Next best thing to being here

The topic of obtaining a quorum at meetings to be able to vote on club business has recently arisen since our attendance during the pandemic has been erratic.

Rather than lowering the number of attending members to achieve a quorum, the consensus at our most recent in-person meeting was to remind members of an alternative way to participate.

Our Bylaws (Article 5: Section 3) specify: “Twelve (12) members constitute a quorum at the regular evening meetings of this club. Written proxy votes submitted to the president in advance of a meeting may be counted toward achieving a quorum.”

So, if you are unable to attend either our in-person or virtual club meetings — we currently are alternating them — you still can be counted toward a quorum and have your vote counted by following that simple procedure. Just email President Debbie Rodriguez at in advance of the meeting date and give her permission to use your proxy. If you wish to have her cast your “yea” or “nay” on a particular vote, please be sure to specify; otherwise, she may cast your vote as she sees fit.

Using this procedure should alleviate our quorum problem without tinkering with the Bylaws or lowering standards. Considering that we currently stand at 33 paid members, a 36% attendance (12 members) — in person and/or by proxy — was deemed reasonable by the members at this week’s meeting.

Your invite to a Virtual Zone Summit

For those of you who keep track of such things, SRC is part of Rotary Zone 5. So, why are we spending time and space on an event created by Zones 28 and 32?

It’s because you are invited to participate in it, a “Virtual Zone Summit” that includes parts of the northern U.S., all of Canada and its territories, and Bermuda, an area encompassing some 65,000 Rotarians. The event, set for Tuesday through Thursday, November 2-4, is a cross between a district conference and an international convention.

It will begin each of the three days at 7 p.m., and will be a snap to be involved in since it’s a virtual event. You can register online, and you will be sent an event link closer to the start date. Below are some details of the event that may pique your curiosity and give you an incentive to get involved.

Meeting Clipboard: 10/14/21

Peter and Debbie Brown share their adventures in France. (photo by Bill Dowd)

Members Attending (13): Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Pat Bailey, Andy Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Becky Raymond,Tony Morris, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown.

Guests (1): Debbie Morris.

President Debbie Rodriguez presided over the session, held at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant. She noted the presence of a quorum.

Meeting Notes:

• Two donations were re-proposed and approved, a carryover business item from last week when we did not have a quorum: $150 to the USS Slater, the destroyer escort floating museum docked in Albany, in memory of our late member Bill Wyld, who was a longtime member of the U.S. Navy and volunteer for veterans’ activities; $100 to the District in lieu of a gift basket for the upcoming Rotary Foundation Dinner.

• Debbie issued a reminder that Rotary shirts and sweatshirts are being sold as a Foundation fundraiser. Payment is not required until the items are delivered. Anyone wishing to order should contact her and use the order form that has been posted for some time on the club website.

• The matter of the size of a meeting quorum was discussed. Currently, 12 members are required to be present to achieve that status which is necessary to vote on any business coming before the club. With sporadic Zoom and in-person attendance in recent weeks, it has been suggested we consider lowering the number. Bill Dowd spoke against such a move, saying “I don’t want our club to be like the Postal Service which recently announced it is lowering its service standards so it could meet them. If we dropped to, say 9, as has been suggested, we might as well pack it in. I’d rather we made a stronger effort to improve attendance instead of tinkering with our Bylaws.” He pointed out that the Bylaws already allow members to be present by proxy, and proxies count toward a quorum. As he noted, any proxy must be specific that it is a “yea” or “nay” vote, and should be sent in advance to the President. In addition, Kevin Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, and Jim Leyhane are working on the details of streaming our in-person meetings via Zoom, which would give members a third way to attend and obviate any perceived necessity to lower our quorum. After more discussion, those present agreed by consensus with that stance.

• Bill and Debbie reminded members that our Clynk container recycling effort in support of ShelterBox continues. Bill asked anyone needing barcode stickers to affix to the collection bags contact him. The bags may be purchased at Hannaford supermarket customer service counters.

• Becky Raymond reported that she and Debbie R, have been involved in purchasing supplies for hygiene kits for a joint Rotaract/Graduate Student Organization project scheduled for October 28. Rotarians are invited to participate in assembling the kits in a session scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the UAlbany School of Public Health in Rensselaer. … Becky and Debbie will attend a Rotaract board meeting on Friday.

• In lieu of a speaker, Peter and Debbie Brown shared anecdotes of their recent 13-day trip to France in which they traveled across the Brittany peninsula and visited Paris.

• NEXT MEETING: 7 p.m. Thursday, October 21, via Zoom. Check the club website calendar page for the access link.

In-person Rotary meeting on Thursday

Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant

A reminder:

Our next meeting is scheduled for this Thursday (October 14) at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant on Route 4 in North Greenbush.

(5:30 p.m. social period, 6:15 dinner and meeting. Entree choices: chicken Caesar salad, portabella ravioli, sausage and peppers. Cost: $25, no reservations necessary.

See you there!

Meeting Clipboard: 10/7/21

Members Attending (11, no quorum): Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Pat Bailey, Kevin Leyhane, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman.

Guests: None.

Meeting Notes: President Debbie Rodriguez presided over the Zoom session. There were not enough members attending to constitute a quorum. Thus, no actions could be approved. Two motions reported as “passed” — a $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation for a gift basket to be given at the November 18 Rotary Foundation Dinner and $100 to the USS Slater in memory of our late member Bill Wyld — cannot, by our bylaws, be acted upon until passed at a meeting attended by a quorum.

• It was reported that the club is “paid up” for the year to RI. However, once again we have not collected dues from all people purporting to be members, so the club is in the negative as far as money sent to RI.

• Although it traditionally has been the purview of the president-elect to schedule a lineup of speakers, Kevin Leyhane has agreed to let Becky Raymond handle that chore for the remainder of the 2021-22 Rotary Year after she volunteered to do so. The club will continue covering dinner costs for speakers and student guests. Any others accompanying speakers will need to pay for their dinners. Becky will inform speakers of that policy.

• Treasurer Murray Forth, who underwent knee surgery and subsequent hospitalization, is home and recuperating. He now is able to resume his duties on behalf of the club.

• Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez will meet with management at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant before our next meeting there (October 14) to firm up audio-visual resources for speakers and the club in general.

• Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) dates and registration information are available on the club website. As always, the club will reimburse our attendees for registration costs.

• Ordering information is on the club website for Rotary shirts of various types being sold as a Rotary Foundation fundraiser. Members are asked to bring their needs and orders to next Thursday’s meeting. 

• Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 14, at Moscatiello’s (5:30 p.m. social period, 6:15 dinner and meeting). Entree choices: chicken Caesar salad, portabella ravioli, sausage and peppers. Cost: $25, no reservations necessary.

Peace Fellow to speak at Zoom session

Ana Cutter Patel

Did you know there is an organization called “Rotary Representatives to UN Women”?

One prominent member, Ana Cutter Patel, will be speaking at noon Wednesday via Zoom in an appearance hosted by the Albany Rotary Club but open to any interested Rotarian. (See Zoom link information below.)

Rotary Representatives to UN Women, an all-volunteer group, work to increase Rotary’s visibility and standing within the international community and seek opportunities to collaborate on and advance shared goals.

Ana, a Brooklyn Rotarian who also is a Rotary Peace Fellow, will be speaking on “RI’s Ecosystem for Peace.” Over the past 15 years, she has worked in a variety of areas such as the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding as executive director and currently as senior consultant, deputy director of the International Center for Transitional Justice, and as a lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs from which she also earned a master’s degree.

The talk is open to all Rotarians at no fee. To access it, simply use this link to sign in before the noon start: 

Meeting ID: 846 1778 5750

Passcode: 716497

Getting back in the ‘Rotary habit’

The most important task for any service organization is to keep it going. After all, without a vital membership core, community and global service is not possible.

To that end, Rotary continually works to refine membership recruitment and retention efforts. The latter probably is even more important than the former.

So, please plan to join fellow Rotarians for the next “Membership Monday” virtual workshop, this one scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 18. It’s titled “Being Flexible No Matter the Challenge: How to Get Back into the Habit of Rotary.”,

Come learn the SODAR approach with Rotarians from Upstate’s Districts 7190, 7120, 7150, and 7170. Register and get your Zoom link by clicking here.

What is SODAR? Join us and found out.

Take your pick of RLI sessions and register now

It’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) season.

If you fancy a 180-mile drive to Scranton, PA, for an in-person session at Lackawanna College that is being hosted by District 7410 on Saturday, October 16, you’ll need to register no later than next Wednesday, October 6, to avoid a $10 late fee.

However, if you prefer participation in the virtual RLI session emanating from Rochester on October 16, you have a longer registration window The deadline is Thursday, October 14, and anyone from any District is eligible to attend.

Still doesn’t fit into your busy schedule? Well, you’re in luck, Two other virtual possibilities are on the calendar — Saturday, October 23, out of Harrisburg, PA, and Saturday, November 6, out of Schenectady.

All levels — I, II, III and Graduate (for those who have completed the first three levels) will be offered if enough people are registered — minimum of eight for Levels I, II and III, and six for Graduate Level. To register for any of these sessions, just go online. Then, please remember to download your workshop materials from that site. Please pay in advance, and SRC will reimburse members for all charges.

You will come out of a Rotary Leadership Institute session armed with new tools you can use to enhance your own Rotary experience, your club’s activities, and your District’s performance. And, RLI’s team-building and consensus exercises also can come in handy for your business and recreational pursuits outside Rotary.