Meeting Clipboard: 1/17/19

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

Members Attending (11, no quorum): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Bill Dowd, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Debbie Rodriguez.

Guests (1): Kevin Pogge.

NOTES — We now are in the final week of selling $20 raffle tickets for the Cafe Capriccio Wine Dinner for 12. The drawings for that prize as well as 2nd prize (a custom quilt made by local artisans) and 3rd prize (a pair of tickets to a Capital Rep performance of “Shakespeare In Love”) will be made at our January 24 dinner meeting. … Details and potential dates were discussed for several upcoming annual events — the Community Awards Dinner, Bowling for Vets, and Rotary Recycling Day. We will be attempting to space out the events since the dinner and bowling events in particular rely on sponsorships to make a profit and we do not want to “go to the same well” too often in a short period. …

… Terry Brewer reported that he attended the latest District Membership Committee meeting on Wednesday evening. Plans are being made for a “Back to Basics” program to help clubs attract and retain members. He also reported that although SRC is the lone remaining Rotary club in Rensselaer County now that the Lansingburgh club has surrendered its charter, there is the possibility of the defunct Troy club being revived, with Troy realtor Kareem Jandali heading up the effort. Terry volunteered SRC to be the sponsor of the new club, and Bill Dowd volunteered to be our liaison to the incipient group since he lives in Troy. … We have collected more than 4,300 redeemable cans and bottles for the Clynk program, which means several hundreds dollars for the club treasury. Bill reminded members that the specific plastic bags and bar code stickers needed are always available at dinner meetings or, if someone cannot make it to a meeting, he will see to it that they receive the materials if they notify him.

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Colonie-Guilderland’s Kirk Pogge

Kirk Pogge, president of the Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Club, was the guest speaker. He provided details of the Pure Water for the World program in Honduras his club has been supporting. Colonie-Guilderland is working on a Rotary Global Grant in conjunction with District 7190 and several other clubs here and in several other states.

He also shared details of the “Amazing Race to Recovery” event (click here for details) his club is holding on Saturday, January 26, at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, It is a fundraising event to support the organization Second Chance Opportunities Inc. that is planning to open a community recovery center in Albany.

Kirk said more than 60 people have signed up to compete in the event, which is modeled on the long-running “Amazing Race” TV series, with detours, roadblocks, pitstops, etc. Teams will earn points for completing tasks throughout the mall and some tasks may be judged on time. Note: This is not a foot race, and no running is allowed in the mall.


Breakfast meeting of 1/17/18

3rd Thurs LogoSRC Third Thursday Breakfast Meeting
Greenbush YMCA
20 Community Way, East Greenbush

Members Attending (4): Murray Forth, ]im Leyhane, Shannon Romanowski, Marco Koshykar.

Guests: None.

A quartet of SRC Rotarians braved the 11-degree weather this morning to attend the initial Third Thursday breakfast meeting of the new year. Unfortunately, that is our lowest-ever turnout for the monthly events.

The group discussed the Greenbush YMCA and its connections to the town.

The next scheduled breakfast meeting is 7 a.m. Thursday, February 21. No program has yet been set for that date.

Save the date for ‘Blankets for Vets’ workshop


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A scene from our first no-sew blanket making session in 2016.

Sharpen your scissors. We’re going to host a no-sew “Blankets for Vets” work session at our Thursday, January 31, meeting.

For those of you new to such an effort, we began back in 2016 holding occasional hands-on sessions in conjunction with the Blue Star Mothers organization to make blankets for military veterans. This year’s output will go to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

It will be a convivial session requiring only a sharp pair of scissors, a willingness to help out, and, of course, your presence. No special sewing or weaving skills are needed with this sort of creative effort.

Blue Star Mothers, with whom we partner on a regular basis, is a volunteer organization with chapters across the country that provide assistance and support to active and veteran military personnel and their families in many ways year-round. SRC has helped the organization in the past with financial grants from our annual “Bowling for Vets” fundraiser, BSM dinner gala attendance, and hands-on cooperative efforts.

This certainly is a more-the-merrier sort of event that should appeal to most of our members, so please mark your calendars and plan to join your fellow Rotarians.


2 meetings this Thursday; pick your spot(s)

screen shot 2019-01-14 at 1.17.52 pmIt’s that time again, the one week in the month when we have the choice of whether to attend a Rotary dinner meeting, breakfast meeting, or both.

At the 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s, visiting Rotarian Kirk Pogge will speak about the Colonie-Guilderland club’s upcoming “Amazing Race of Recovery” event to be held at Crossgates Mall.  (Click here for details of the event.) The menu will feature Quigley’s popular ziti and meatballs, plus antipasto salad, chef’s choice of sides, bread, dessert, and beverages. The deadline for emailing your reservation to Debbie Brown ( is this Tuesday evening.

At the 7 a.m. Third Thursday breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA, fellow Rotarian Shannon Romanowski will be sharing her experience as executive director of the local Y and how her work interfaces with community organizations and families. The deadline for emailing your reservation to Terry Brewer ( is this Wednesday noon.

We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events this week.


Have you picked up your raffle tickets?

You can buy them for yourself, sell them to others, hand them out as gifts, etc . Any way you do it, there’s a good chance you can win a Cafe Capriccio Wine Dinner for 12, a handmade custom quilt, or tickets to a Capital Rep production for just the purchase of a $20 raffle ticket, an excellent return on investment. The drawing is just 10 days away!

January SRC Raffle


Meeting Clipboard: 1/10/18

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

Members Attending (18): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Phil Kellerman, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Bill Dowd, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Jim Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Carol Orvis, Becky Raymond, Roberto Martinez, Charlie Foote, Dean Calamaras.

Guests: None.

Tonight’s meeting was a Club Assembly, with Terry Brewer presenting the results of the recent member survey he conducted.

Terry noted that 25 people responded, which is more than 50% of our total membership list and a solid number to statistically present a cross-section of opinions.

He presented responses grouped into categories:

• Membership background and interests

• Membership and meetings

 Membership projects and participation

• Club leadership and new members

• General comments on increasing membership, participation and engagement

The presentation was followed by a general discussion.

We have two weeks remaining to sell Wine Dinner for 12 raffle tickets. The drawing for winners of the dinner, the handmade quilt, and CapRep theater tickets will be held January 24. … Phil Kellerman reported that the holiday period sales of coffees raised $80 for the Capital Region Nordic Alliance. … January meetings: 17th– 7 a.m. Third Thursday breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA, with Y Executive Director  Shannon Romanowski speaking on “My Life With the Y.” 17th — 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s with Kirk Pogge of the Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Club speaking on his club’s upcoming  “Amazing Race” event at Crossgates Mall.  (Click here to see the event flyer.) 24th — Drawing for the Cafe Capriccio Wine Dinner raffle and other prizes at our 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s.