Rotary’s 115th birthday party, and you’re invited

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 10.38.57 PMYou are invited to a very special birthday party.

Rotary will turn 115 this year, and District 7190 will celebrate the milestone with a party including light snacks, music, and, of course, a birthday cake — plus a few surprises.

The details: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road, Glenville. Tickets are just $12 for adults (18 and over), $7 for kids 7 to 17, and those under 6 will be admitted free.

Go here to sign up for the fun.


 

Your countdown to money-saving RSVP is on

60th logoDid you know there are only 24 days until Valentine’s Day?

But, more important, that also is how much time you have left to make your reservations for the discounted price of just $45 for SRC’s 60th Anniversary Dinner.

After Valentine’s Day, the price goes to $55 per person for the big event.

So, please email BillDowd4Troy@gmail.com ASAP and we’ll save you a place at the table at the discounted price.

If, by some strange quirk of the universe, you have not read the details of our celebration of six decades of public service, here they are:


When: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites, Miller Road, just off I-90 Exit 10

Who: SRC members, family, friends, and prospective Rotarians

Why: Because we’re celebrating 60 years of community service

What price: $45 per person through February 14, and $55 after that date


The final deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 20. Reservations will cover a wine-and-soft drinks open bar (plus cocktail cash bar), a lavish buffet spread, live entertainment, and a few surprises.

We’re certainly hoping to have as many current members, past members — especially past presidents — and prospective members join us for this very special event, along with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who we welcome with open arms. We also will have some visiting Rotary dignitaries.

Come on, get those RSVPs in!


Have you made your 60th anniversary party reservations?

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The 7120 Hannans

60th logoDave Hannan, district governor of the Rochester-area District 7120, and his wife Pam have sent us us their reservation RSVPs for our 60th anniversary dinner. So, what about you?

We’re hoping to get a solid headcount ASAP so we can let our party planners, chef Jim Mendrysa of Talk of the Town catering, and our special surprise entertainer know how many people they can expect to join us for the gala event.

As noted in prior messages, here are the details:

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites, Miller Road, just off I-90 Exit 10

Who: SRC members, family, friends, and prospective Rotarians

Why: Because we’re celebrating 60 years of community service

What price: $45 per person through February 14, and $55 after that date.

The final deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 20. Reservations will cover a wine-and-soft drinks open bar (plus cocktail cash bar), a lavish buffet spread, live entertainment, and a few surprises.

We’re certainly hoping to have as many current members, past members — especially part presidents, and prospective members join us for this very special event, along with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who we welcome with open arms. Please spread the word and get your reservations emailed ASAP to event coordinator Bill Dowd at BillDowd4Troy@gmail.


 

 

 

Meeting clipboard: 1/16/20

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

Members Attending (15): Phil Kellerman, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Dick Drumm, Murray Forth, Ray Hannan, Andy Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Wells Packard

Guests (6): Ruth Samuels Russell, Ryan Nowak, Madison Rifenberick, Mrs. Rifenberick, Madison Shumpert, Noah Mujalli


MEETING MINUTES: President Phil welcomed members and guests. … He reported that he and Wells Packard had attended the recent District Membership Training session and will discuss the information at the next Club Assembly, set for next Thursday, January 23. … Terry Brewer reported that the new Finance Committee will meet on Friday with A.J. Amato to discuss club investments and bookkeeping practices. …

Screen Shot 2020-01-18 at 3.37.57 PMWells Packard, who has accepted the role of club Youth Exchange Officer, explained that a student from Maple Hill High School has completed the process to be a Rotary Youth Exchange student next year. Now our club must decide whether to sponsor an incoming student as required by Rotary. He said he believes Maple Hill is receptive and will provide homes to the visiting student. This also will be a topic for the Assembly next Thursday. ….

60th logoCo-chairs Murray and Terry reported that lane sponsorship forms will be available next week for the March 1 Foundation Bowl-a-thon to benefit the Oley Foundation and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation. Businesses and/or individuals are invited to sponsor at $100 per lane. … Members are asked to contact Bill Dowd ASAP to make reservations for the club’s March 5 60th Anniversary Party. … Murray issued a save-the-date reminder that the next SRC Recycling & Shredding Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 18.


PROGRAM: New Visions Students’ Science Research Projects

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Ruth Russell with her New Visions students. From left: Madison Shumpert, Ryan Nowack, Madison Rifenberick, Noah Mujalli.

Debbie Brown introduced Ruth Russell, a professor of chemistry, biology, and mathematics. She is the project leader of the New Visions program’s Scientific Research and World Health Program, located at the UAlbany Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer.

This program involves seniors from high schools in the region who spend five mornings each week researching scientific studies in addition to their usual class load. The program involves 15 to 18 students each academic year.

Ruth introduced four students to explain their projects:

• Madison “Maddy” Rifenberick, valedictorian for Troy High School, discussed mercury toxicity through ingestion or dental fillings and the risk of developing Parkinson ’s disease. Mercury can lead to the loss of dopamine receptors in the brain. Her study shows the majority of her subjects also had exposure to coal and often had a genetic factor. She explained that environmental risks clearly are a concern.

• Noah Mujalli, from Rensselaer High School, discussed his work on the pulmonary effects of hydrogen sulfide contamination from the Dunn Landfill in Rensselear. While the state Department of Environmental Conservation has said that hydrogen sulfide levels should not exceed .010 parts per million, tests show that levels around the landfill often exceed this, yet use permits have been given up to the year 2035. He explained his methods and talked about the risk of tumors and sarcoids (skin tumors)  that increases with higher limits. He recommended that those concerned speak up and attend town hall meetings.

• Ryan Nowak, a senior at Taconic Hills High School, discussed private wells near dairy farms and the risk of E. coli contamination in Columbia County. He said the increase in agriculture, while a good thing, also has added problems due to animal waste, the use of manure as fertilizer, and runoff into local streams. His surveys showed that nitrates were getting into local wells and water supplies, and he discussed possible symptoms of contamination. Ryan also spoke about the use of antibiotics in farming and the concern that this, too, can lead to new, resistant E. coli strains, so more study is needed.

• Madison Shumpert, a student at Shenendehowa High School, spoke on the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol — better known as THC, the primary psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis: i.e., the stuff in marijuana that gets you high — on the development of schizophrenia. Her study covered four countries that have liberal laws on the use of THC products. She said she is 90% confident that the higher use of cannabis can lead to the development of schizophrenia, but study is complicated by the variety of laws and regulations in each country.


 

 

 

District Membership Training

Screen Shot 2020-01-16 at 12.07.46 PMPhil Kellerman and Wells Packard represented SRC ar the recent District Membership Training Session held in the Clifton-Halfmoon Library.

The goal of the training was to develop strategies to increase membership. Presenter Matt Scarchilli (shown above) of Sandler Training spoke about obstacles to gaining members, and strategies to promote positive attitudes, as well as behaviors and actions to bring in more members.

Phil and Wells will discuss their experience and provide a training update during the club assembly on Thursday,  January 23.


 

A blast from the past, a peek at the future

Charter Night Program 1960
A copy of the Charter Night program from 1960.

60th logoOn the evening of March 24, 1960, the fledgling 23-member East Greenbush Rotary Club that had been formed earlier that month held a Charter Night dinner at the Crooked Lake Hotel.

On the evening of March 5, 2020, what now is the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club will hold a 60th Anniversary Party at the Comfort Inn & Suites’ Berkshire Room to celebrate that founding.

We hope you are planning to join your fellow Rotarians by making your reservations via email to BillDowd4Troy@gmail.com as soon as possible. RSVPs already have been coming in.

To make the evening even more special, we are trying to connect with past presidents who no longer are active with the club to invite them to join in the festivities since they are a special part of our history.

If you are in contact with any former SRC members, please feel free to invite them to join us by emailing their RSVP.

Reservations are just $45 per person through February 14, and $55 after that date. The final deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 20. Reservations will cover a wine-and-soft drinks open bar (plus cocktail cash bar), a lavish buffet spread, live entertainment, and a few surprises.


We need your party reservations now

60th logoBack in early November, we sent you a “save the date” letter (see copy below) announcing plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of our club. The gala dinner will be held on Thursday, March 5, at the Comfort Inn & Suites just off I-90 Exit 10.

Now we need to know if you’re planning to attend.

The venue has been reserved, the caterer lined up, the menu selected, and a special surprise entertainment hired. All we need to know is how many people plan to attend. The price per person for a lavish buffet and one-hour open bar is just $45, not a bad rate for a night out with friends, family, and colleagues. And remember, we always welcome guests at our social events.

Please let us know by responding via email ASAP if you plan to attend, and how many will be in your party. (There’s a no-refund policy because once we give the caterer the headcount we’re locked in to that payment). You can submit your payment to Treasurer Murray Forth at any time over the next six weeks, but we need to solidify the headcount quickly so your reply is needed now.


ORIGINAL SAVE-THE-DATE LETTER


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