Danes Rotaract passes the presidency baton

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Outgoing Rotaract President Lindsey Riback congratulates incoming president Dustin Moore as secretary-treasurer Benish Syed and faculty advisor John Justino look on.

Screen Shot 2019-04-29 at 1.56.13 PMLindsey Riback, who has spent two productive years helping create and lead the Danes Rotaract club at the UAlbany School of Public Health, is handing over the reins.

Dustin Moore, who has been quite active during the 2018-19 Rotary Year, will succeed her as president of the group that is sponsored by the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.

SRC extends its thanks to Lindsey and all the Rotaractors, as well as to SRC member John Justino, who has served as faculty advisor, and to Becky Raymond and Debbie Rodriguez who have served as SRC’s liaisons to Rotaract.


‘Recycling & Shredding Day’ a sunshiny event

The weather cooperated on Saturday for the latest “SRC Recyling & Shredding Day” fundraiser. All proceeds go toward supporting our youth scholarship program and other selected community service efforts.

Thanks to all who helped make this another successful effort in support of environmental protection, and special thanks to Josh Wainman for arranging the use of the Wainschaf Associates facility.

Some images from the day:

Murray Forth always gets the best toys.
Three generations of Leyhanes.
Terry and Geoff Brewer play bookends to Andy Leyhane and Phil Kellerman.
Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane survey the treasure pile.
Debbie Rodriguez and Ray & Lois Hannan guard the cash box.
Dean Calamaras and Dick Drumm await the customers.
Carol Orvis joins Debbie & Peter Brown at the checkout table.
Metal items of every description were dropped off.
Roberto shows off his Rotary chapeau.



Clean out that garage and join us on Saturday

Here are the details of our latest community service/fundraising event. You can participate at little or no cost, rid your garage or basement of unwanted items, get rid of those outdated tax records, and help do some good in the community.

All proceeds of the event go to the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s youth scholarship program and other community service activities.

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Meeting Clipboard (and RYLA): 5/16/19

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

Members Attending (12): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Phil Kellerman,  Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Debbie Rodriquez, Roberto Martinez.

Guests (7): RYLA students Shannon Tacy, Derrick Rosetti, and Emily Smith; parents Paul Tacy, Terry Smith, and Karen Rosetti; teacher Jackie Hill.

MEETING NOTES: President Andy Leyhane welcomed members, RYLA students, their parents and teacher Jackie Hill. … Event coordinator Murray Forth reminded everyone the Recycling & Shredding Day this Saturday begins at 9 a.m. at the Wainschaf Associates facility behind Target. Anyone who can volunteer to help staff the day is asked to contact him ASAP. … Phil Kellerman thanked the club for supporting last week’s concert that raised $450 for the Oley Foundation. …

Jim Leyhane provided an update on plans for the Rotary 10K/5K Run in September. We have been working with the chief of the Chatham Police Department to coordinate security and safety from the Columbia County Fairgrounds with the sheriff’s department and State Police. He now advises that five months is not sufficient lead time to adequately plan for a 10K run and that we should consider reducing the event to only a  5K run. The problem with that is that 5K runs are extremely commonplace throughout the region, bring in far less money, and probably would put us in the red. The inclination is to postpone until the fall of 2020. Jim asks that anyone wishing to comment on the situation contact him ASAP.

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Recent RYLA grads (from left) Shannon Tacy, Emily Smith, and Derrick Rosetti.

Three of the four Maple Hill High School juniors who SRC sponsored for the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) session visited to talk about their experience.

They were Shannon Tacy, Derrick Rosetti, and Emily Smith. A fourth student, Emily Burns, was unable to attend.

Their participation in the course, which included students from throughout District 7190 as well as several Rotary Exchange students studying here for the academic year, covered numerous individual and group dynamic activities. For example: team building exercises, a public service project (making lap blankets for elderly invalids), planning and time management, public speaking, and improving self-esteem.

Their faculty advisor, Jackie Hill, expressed Maple Hill’s appreciation for SRC’s support over the years for RYLA participation.


2018-19 Rotary Year hits the homestretch

We have only six dinner meetings left until our annual Presidential Changeover event, and we have a powerful lineup of programs scheduled in that span.

The first of the six is this Thursday at 6:15 p.m. when a group of 11th graders who participated in this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program visits with us to share thoughts about their experience.

Check out this chart, taken from our website’s CALENDAR page, to see what’s coming up. We’d particularly like to see SRC members who have been conspicuous by their absences in recent weeks so we can finish the Rotary Year on a high  note.

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SRC studies ‘driving force’ to save money

SRC is nothing if not versatile in its program offerings. On Saturday, it sponsored a driver training course by Driver Training Associates, an every-three-years educational event, at Quigley’s.

More than two dozen Rotarians and friends attended, learning/refreshing defensive driving skills, new traffic laws, and earning 10% annual auto insurance discounts. Pizza and soft drinks helped the session along.

A few images from the event. Note the various interesting expressions as the “students” filled out their quiz books:

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Instructor Hank Wysocki makes a point.

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Meeting (& concert) Clipboard: 5/9/19

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

Members Attending (17): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Phil Kellerman, Julius Frankel, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Peter Berry, Dick Drumm, Ray Hanna, Debbie Rodriquez, Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Becky Raymond, John Justino.

Guests (18+): From Rotaract, Lindsey Riback, Dustin Moore, Yisen Zheng, Christofer Joseph; from the Oley Foundation, Joan Bishop, Lisa Crosby Metzger, Roslyn Dahl, Mary Wootten, Natalie Wootten; plus, Robert Schulman, Debbie Reep MacLeod, Dave MacLeod, Mario Sevayega, Mike McCarthy, Cherrie Corr, Mary Drumm, Kara Leyhane, Betty Brewer, and various unaffiliated concert guests.

Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 11.55.09 PMMEETING NOTES: President Andy Leyhane welcomed the 35+ members and guests. … Jim Leyhane issued a reminder of this Saturday’s 11 a.m. defensive driving course at Quigley’s. Walk-ins are welcome. … Danes Rotaract President Lindsey Riback reported that the club SRC sponsors will be donating another $200 to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation raised from proceeds from their happy hour fundraisers. She also said she and Yisen Zheng will be graduating from the UAlbany School of Public Health, where the Rotaract chapter is headquartered, at the end of the current semester. Dustin Moore will succeed her as president in September. …

Recycling IconOur next Recycling & Shredding Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at the Wainschaaf Associates warehouse facility in Rensselaer, needs more volunteers to staff the event. Check the flyer, then contact Murray Forth to lend a hand. … At next Thursday’s dinner meeting, local high school juniors we sponsored for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program will join us to discuss their experience.

PROGRAM: “An Original Concert for the Oley Foundation”

Joan Bishop of the Oley Foundation’s local chapter

Joan Bishop, executive director of the local chapter of the Oley Foundation, explained the program, introduced one of the patients, and thanked SRC for its ongoing support and for hosting the fundraiser.

The hour-long concert featured music from “One Step Forward,” a new CD created by guitarist/singer Michael Francis McCarthy and lyricist Phil Kellerman, an SRC member who organized the event. Flutist Deb Reep MacLeod of Albany was featured on two of six songs. Opening the show was international independent music artist Mario Sevayega, playing five original songs.

President Andy Leyhane offered comments on Rotary, noting that it can be what you want it to be as long as you are doing good. He gave as examples the polio eradication effort and Phil’s dedication to the Oley Foundation.

A few images from the event, courtesy of Roberto Martinez:

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Lyricist and event organizer Phil Kellerman (2nd from right) with (from left) guitarist Mario Sevayega, flutist Debbie Reep MacLeod, and guitarist Michael Francis McCarthy.
Mario Sevayega performs solo …
… while Debbie Reep MacLeod and Michael Francis McCarthy join musical forces.