Meeting Clipboard 2/2/23

MEMBERS ATTENDING (14): Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Phil Kellerman, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Becky Raymond, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote. John Justino, and Pat Bailey. By Zoom: Terry Brewer.

GUESTS (1): Cathy Stone.

President-Elect Peter Brown called the meeting to order.

Theme for the YearGrowing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally.” 

Hybrid Meeting:  Please let Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane or Roberto Martinez know if you plan to join the weekly meeting via Zoom.

Proxy Votes:  If unable to attend please submit your proxy votes to President Kevin Leyhane or any board member who will be attending the meeting. Proxy votes can also be submitted using the Remind App. Text to the number 81010.

MEETING NOTES

District Reorganization:  Our three upstate NY districts (7150, 7170, and 7190) will become one district as of July 1, 2024. We are not looking at this as a “merger,” but as an opportunity to create something new, called CNY Rotary. Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane and Dick Drumm joined the District Zoom session this past Monday night to learn more about the direction CNY (Central New York) Rotary is heading.  The new District will have a President instead of a Governor. The CNY District will encompass 100 clubs. They are working out the details of the executive and club structures. The districts will be combining their expertise. District 7190 does a lot of projects, whereas the other two Districts excel at attracting new members. The Exchange Programs, Shelter Box, Polio and donations to the Foundation all remain unchanged. The district’s financing will have to merge. Many things are still in the discussion stage. There are a few more opportunities to find out about the District Reorganization. The next Zoom meeting will be held on February 9th. We also encourage you to visit the CNY Rotary Website (CNY Rotary.org), District 7190 website and visit the FAQ, and the Facebook page.

Rotary Bowling Event:  Per Phil Kellerman, April 2nd (Sunday) is available. The lanes open at noon. It will cost $16 per person for 2 hours of bowling and this includes the shoes. We can do noon to 2 pm and/or 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm. If we choose two sessions, then we have to change sides and lanes. We can accommodate 48 to 80 participants per session. We can also do a food drive for the local food pantry and offer a discount for each food item donated. Phil requested a decision by next week.

Bylaw Change: The Bylaw changes were read again and put to a vote. The changes were unanimously approved.

          Current Bylaw:  Section 3: Twelve (12) members constitute a quorum at the regular meetings of this club. Written proxy votes submitted to the president in advance of a meeting may be counted toward achieving a quorum.

          Proposed Bylaw:  Section 3: Ten (10) members constitute a quorum at the regular meetings of this club.  Written and electronic proxy votes submitted in advance of the meeting to any board member attending the meeting may be counted toward achieving a quorum.

Viking Gym: Ron Annis Zoomed in from Sweden to join Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm and Debbie Rodrigez at the meeting at the Schodack Town Hall. Rotary members met with Charles Peter, Schodack Town Supervisor, and Kevin Konig, Parks Supervisor. Ron Annis had emailed some pictures of equipment from a company he identified. The equipment ranges in from $1100 to $3200 per piece. Shipping is included and we can do the installation. The equipment is guaranteed for 10 years. Per Mr. Peter, he has had a preliminary discussion with the Town Board about the project. Beside the current location at the Schodack Town Park, Mr. Peter also offered the land next to the Town Hall for the Viking Gym. Mr. Peter also wants to explore corporate sponsorships for the project which could be acknowledged on the donated pieces of equipment. Ron will send a pricing request for 5 to 10 pieces of equipment to the company. He will also draft a donation letter and a short description of the project.

Albany Water Project Presentation: Len Tantillo, noted historical artist, and B.J. Costello will speak on March 9th about the proposed waterway in downtown Albany. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Plaque at Moscatellos: It was suggested that a “Rotary Meets Here” plaque be purchased for Moscatellos. Per Roberto Martinez, the Restaurant management will need to see what it looks like.

One District One Book: Jeff Simons, Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District, sent a letter on behalf of their Global Education Committee requesting that Rotary consider purchasing 400 copies of “The Elephant in the Room” for approximately $1500. The Committee is sponsoring a District Wide Project to have the entire District read “The Elephant in the Room” by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 9, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. Our speakers will be students from the Maple Hill International Club.

Entree choices will be Chicken Caeser Salid, Penne in Pesta Cream Sauce and Linguini with Baby Clams in White Wine Sauce.

Cathy Stone presents on The Importance and Benefits of Therapy Dogs.

Cathy Stone has two therapy dogs, Henry Charles and Piper. Both are standard poodles. Poodles do not shed and are hypoallergenic. She has been working as a therapy dog owner for eight years. She got involved with having her dogs be therapy dogs because she wanted to volunteer and have it be meaningful. Owners and their therapy dogs are not paid. It is strictly a volunteer service.

Therapy dogs support people’s mental and physical well-being by providing affection and comfort. Dogs of any age can be a therapy dog. Dogs are temperament screened after birth and they must be very calm, friendly, not afraid of loud noises and not bark all the time. Their owner trains them to sit, stand, lay down, and come when called. They should meet the standards for the Canine Good Citizen Certification. Therapy dogs provide instant satisfaction and calmness. They are uplifting, bring joy, release strain and tension, can lower blood pressure and help with depression. Therapy dogs are used in such settings as pediatric clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Therapy dogs are not emotional support dogs.

Therapy dogs must be licensed by organizations such as Therapy Dogs International and Bright and Beautiful. These organizations screen the volunteer and the dog, provide liability insurance and memorandums of understanding with hospitals, schools and other organizations that use therapy dogs. They also provide education about the importance of having therapy dogs. The dog must be at least one year old to take the Therapy Dog test. There are 13 elements to the test and the dog must pass every element to receive a license. Such elements include food refusal, not responding to loud noises and being able to focus only on the owner in the presence of other distractions. Once licensed, the rest is on the job training. Licenses must be renewed every year.

Join us this Thursday for: “The Importance and Benefits of Therapy Dogs”

Join us this Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 6:00pm at Moscatiello’s and hear our guest presenter Cathy Stone speak about the bond between humans and animals and how it relates to our emotional health. Her presentation will discuss what a therapy dog is, the benefits of animal assisted therapy, how to train and license a therapy dog, and give examples of the different programs in the Capital District.

Once again, if you can’t join us in person feel free to join us via Zoom using the link posted on the calendar page. Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday at Moscatiello’s.

Menu choices for this week: Penne in pesto cream sauce, Rustica salad, and Chicken Florentine

Meeting Clipboard 1/26/23

MEMBERS ATTENDING (12): Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Phil Kellerman, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Terry Brewer. and Pat Bailey. By Zoom: Becky Raymond and Charlie Foote.

GUESTS (2): Betty Brewer and Mary Alice Cardes.

President Kevin Leyhane called the meeting to order.

Theme for the YearGrowing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally.” 

Hybrid Meeting:  Please let Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane or Roberto Martinez know if you plan to join the weekly meeting via Zoom.

Proxy Votes:  If unable to attend please submit your proxy votes to Kevin Leyhane. Proxy votes can also be submitted using the Remind App. Text to the number 81010.

MEETING NOTES

Guest Speakers, Meetings and Calendar:  The Calendar is filling up, make sure you check it when scheduling a speaker. There will be no scheduled meeting during the school break week for February 23rd. Becky Raymond suggested introductions before the meeting begins and giving members a chance to voice what is new in their lives before the meeting is adjourned. Roberto Martinez suggested that we schedule Club assemblies every six weeks. Phil Kellerman suggested asking if the Club could place a “Rotary Meets Here” sign at Moscatellio’s.

Albany Water Project Presentation: Len Tantillo, noted historical artist, and B.J. Costello will speak on March 9th about the proposed waterway in downtown Albany. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Clynk:  Please keep using Clynk. Theis is an easy way to raise funding for the Club’s projects.

Bylaws changes regarding Proxy votes: We are proposing to amend the bylaws to allow members to give their proxy vote to any board member who will be attending the meeting that the member will miss. Also, Terry Brewer has suggested decreasing the number of members to ten members to constitute a quorum at regular meetings.

Current Bylaw

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

Proposed Changes:

Section 3:  Ten (10) members constitute a quorum at the regular meetings of this club.  Written and electronic proxy votes submitted in advance of the meeting to any board member attending the meeting the member will miss may be counted toward achieving a quorum.

Menu: Antipasto Salad, Penne in a pesto cream sauce, Rustica Salad and Chicken Florentine (5 chicken tenders sautéed in white wine with tomatoes and spinach over linguini) were added as menu items.

Cafe Capriccio Raffle:  The winner is …….Dick Drumm! There were 168 tickets sold. Thank you to all who participated. Special thanks to Terry Brewer and Andy Leyhane for planning and organizing the raffle.

Small Project Ideas: Currently, members suggested working on the Star of Hope Garden student memorial located by the WMCA. The stones need to be replaced and the garden refreshed. Roberto Martinez, Ron Anis, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane and Debbie Rodriguez will be meeting next week with the Town of Schodack about starting the Viking Gym project. It was also suggested that the Club plan a bowl-a-thon and plan service projects instead of having the traditional summer social meetings.

Districts Merge: Our three upstate NY districts (7150, 7170, and 7190) will become one district as of July 1, 2024. We are not looking at this as a “merger,” but as an opportunity to create something new, called CNY Rotary. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the direction CNY Rotary is heading.  We also encourage you to visit the CNY Rotary Website and visit the FAQ, and the Facebook page.

If you want to learn more about where the districts are in the creation of the new CNY Rotary, you are invited to attend the upcoming town hall meetings. To sign up for one or more Town Hall Events, please go to this link https://cnyrotary.org/ events/.

Rotaract: Per Becky Raymond, the Rotaract Board met earlier this week. They are planning a member meeting possibly combined with a social event. Ann Williams, US Peace Corp Recruiter, will be speaking at the School of Public Health about how the Peace Corps can be a step in a student’s career. This event is being sponsored by Rotaract. They are looking at planning a service and a social event every month. They also plan to participate in Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA on April 29th. Rotaract members were invited to attend a Rotary meeting.

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 2, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. Our speaker will be Cathy Stone presenting on Therapy Dogs.

Entree choices will be Chicken Florentine, Meat Lasagna and Rustics Salad.

           

This Week’s Meeting Another Club Assembly and our Raffle Drawing

With this week’s scheduled speaker, Julie Ritchie of Bees Knees Bakery, feeling under the weather we have switched this week’s program to a general club assembly to discuss future projects and programs. Julie’s presentation will be rescheduled.

If you are unable to attend in person at Moscatiello’s at 6:00 pm, we will be offering a Zoom link on the calendar page so you may join remotely.

Please remember all raffle tickets and money associated with the tickets is due tomorrow night.

Tomorrow night’s menu: Baked Sausage with Peppers, Antipasto Salad, or Manicotti

Meeting Clipboard 1/19/23

MEMBERS ATTENDING (10): By Zoom: Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Phil Kellerman, John Justino and Dick Drumm. By Proxy: Terry Brewer and Charlie Foote.

GUESTS: None

President Kevin Leyhane called the meeting to order.

MEETING NOTES:

Today’s meeting was switched to Zoom due to inclement weather.

Theme for the YearGrowing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally.” 

Hybrid Meeting:  Please let Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane or Roberto Martinez know if you plan to join the weekly meeting via Zoom.

Proxy Votes:  If unable to attend please submit your proxy votes to Kevin Leyhane. Proxy votes can also be submitted using the Remind App. Text to the number 81010.

Bylaws changes regarding Proxy votes: We are proposing to amend the bylaws to allow members to give their proxy vote to any board member who will be attending the meeting that the member will miss.

Guest Speakers and Calendar:  Following last week’s meeting we booked several speakers and the Calendar has been updated.

Len Tantillo Presentation: Len Tantillo, noted historical artist, will speak on March 9th about the proposed waterway in downtown Albany. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Cafe Capriccio Raffle update:  Due to inclement weather, the drawing was postponed to January 26th.

Clynk:  Please keep contributing, Kevin Leyhane will have barcodes for the bags at the next meeting.

Iron Giraffe Challenge:  The Maple Hill International Club fundraiser for Water for South Sudan.  Their fundraiser runs through April. A few students will join our meeting on February 9th to speak about their fundraiser.

East Greenbush Committee to Promote Global Education:  Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane and Peter Brown attended the Committee meeting via Zoom. Peter Brown spoke about Rotary’s Student Exchange Program. Other attendees included District Administers, Building Principals and English as a Second Language teachers. The Committee is sponsoring a District Wide Project to have the entire District read “The Elephant in the Room” by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

DAF Fund:  Committee members will provide an update of the Fund at the next meeting.

Viking Gym: Kevin Konig, Schodack Town Park Supervisor, will be speaking to Charles Peter, the Town Supervisor, about moving forward with previously discussed plans for adding new equipment to the site at the Schodack Town Park. A Zoom meeting was proposed.

Rotaract: Per John Justino, tomorrow he will meet with Becky Raymond and Debbie Rodriguez regarding planning for this semester.

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 26, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. Our speaker will be Julia Ritchie of Bees Knees Bakery.

Entree choices will be Baked Sausage with Peppers, Antipasto Salad and Manicotti.

January 19, 2023 Meeting Switching to Zoom, Raffle Drawing Postponed Until January 26, 2023

Current Conditions in North Greenbush

Due to the weather conditions rapidly decreasing, we will be switching our meeting tonight to Zoom at 6:00 pm. The link is on the calendar page. Since we are unable to meet in person and collect the last of the raffle tickets, we will have to postpone our raffle drawing until next week’s meeting on January 26, 2023 at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s. Please stay safe if you are out traveling this afternoon and tonight.

Let’s Talk

On Thursday, January 10, 2023, Southern Rensselaer County Rotary member Phil Kellerman was a guest speaker at the Scotia Glenville Rotary Club’s lunch meeting. Phil provided the members with an update on the current state of immigration in the United States. Following his presentation, Phil stuck around to spread fellowship and answer several interesting questions for the group. Thank you Phil, for visiting and supporting other local clubs.

Important Business:

Tomorrow is the drawing for our Cafe Capriccio raffle to benefit our Community Youth Initiatives. Please make sure to bring, or make arrangements to deliver any additional sold tickets along with the money from those sales. Unfortunately the weather may not be cooperating.

In the event of inclement weather: If we feel the weather is unsafe to meet in person we will still meet virtually using the zoom link on the calendar page. If we switch to a virtual meeting I will send out a Remind Text alert along with a quick post on the email. In this scenario we will have to postpone the drawing until the following weeks meeting on January 26, 2023 at Moscatiello’s. Looking forward to hopefully seeing everyone tomorrow.

Meeting Clipboard 1/12/23

MEMBERS ATTENDING (11): Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Becky Raymond, Pat Bailey, Debbie Rodriguez, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Phil Kellerman, and Dick Drumm. By Zoom: Kevin Leyhane.

GUESTS: None

President Kevin Leyhane called the meeting to order.

MEETING NOTES:

Theme for the YearGrowing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally.” 

Hybrid Meeting:  Please let Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane or Roberto Martinez know if you plan to join the weekly meeting via Zoom.

Zoom: The Club voted last week to purchase the business level zoom account (Zoom Pro) to be used by the Club President,

Proxy Votes:  If unable to attend please submit your proxy votes to Kevin Leyhane. Proxy votes can also be submitted using the Remind App. Text to the number 81010.

Dues:  We have reached the midpoint of the Rotary calendar year and second payment is due now, please send your payment to Murray.

Guest Speakers and Calendar:  The calendar has been updated and we are looking to book speakers for the rest of this year:  If you know someone that would be interested, please reach out to Kevin Leyhane, Peter Brown, or Becky Raymond.

Cafe Capriccio Raffle: Tickets are still available from Andy Leyhane. All members were asked to sell ten raffle tickets for $20 each. All tickets are due by January 19 (next week) at the start of the meeting before the drawing. The dinner will be held sometime in February on a date mutually agreeable with the Restaurant and the raffle winner. Raffle proceeds will be used to fund the Student Exchange Program and student scholarships. 

Clynk:  Please keep contributing, Kevin Leyhane has the bar codes for the bags. The bags can be purchased at your local Hanniford store. This is an easy way to raise money for the Club’s projects.

Iron Giraffe Challenge:  This is the Maple Hill International Club fundraiser for Water for South Sudan.  Their fund raiser runs through April. The International Club is willing to have a few students attend a SCR Rotary meeting to speak about their fundraiser.

Student Exchange Program: Peter Brown and Jim Leyhane met last week with Jeff Simons, Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District. They want to continue with discussions on the Exchange Program. Per Peter Brown, there may be opportunities for a summer exchange program. The School District also wants to explore ways that they can collaborate with Rotary. Jim Leyhane, Peter Brown and Kevin Leyhane will join the District’s Global Committee planning meeting on January 17th.

Support Your Fellow Rotarian: Becky Raymond will be singing with the Rock Voices at their concert this Saturday at 7 pm at Shaker High School.

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 19, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. The winning ticket for the Cafe Capriccio dinner for 12 will be drawn.

Entree choices will be Chicken Caesar Salid, Baked Sausage and Peppers and Manicotti.

          

         

This Week’s Featured Guest Speaker…… You

This week we return to Moscatiello’s for a general club assembly. We will reviewing and updating on current and upcoming programs and projects, as well as discussing new ones. We are looking for input from all club members, so please try to join us tomorrow night at Moscatiello’s at 6:00pm. If you are unable to attend in person, you may join us remotely using the link on the calendar page. There will be a board meeting immediately following the conclusion of our regular meeting. Any board members who can not attend may also join us remotely for the board meeting using the same link on the calendar page.

Dinner Choices for this week: Chicken Ceasar Salad, Chicken Marsala, or Baked Ziti

Other Club Business:

The raffle drawing is during next week’s (1/19/23) meeting, please continue to sell tickets. If you have any unsold tickets, please bring them tomorrow night. We have some members who have sold out and are looking for more to sell.

Rotary Dues:

If you chose to pay your Rotary Dues in two yearly payments, your second payment is now due. Please bring a check to this week’s meeting or mail your payment to Murray. Any questions please contact Murray Forth.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night.

Meeting Clipboard 1/5/23

MEMBERS ATTENDING (13): Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Pat Bailey, Ray Hannan, Debbie Rodriguez, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Phil Kellerman, and Dick Drumm, By Zoom: Murray Forth.

GUESTS (1): Richard Zazycki 

President Kevin Leyhane called the meeting to order.

MEETING NOTES:

Theme for the Year: Growing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally.” 

Hybrid Meeting:  Please let Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane or Roberto Martinez know if you plan to join the weekly meeting via Zoom.

Proxy Votes:  If unable to attend please submit your proxy votes to Kevin Leyhane. Proxy votes can also be submitted using the Remind App. Text to the number 81010.

Circles of Mercy Adopt a Family:  Once again, members provided all the gifts from both family’s lists along with additional gift cards. All gifts were delivered to Circles of Mercy on December 19, 2022.  We are looking forward to continuing this Holiday tradition in 2023.

Holiday Party:  Thank you to everyone that invited guests and supported the gift basket auction. The auction raised $675 dollars.

Cafe Capriccio Raffle: Tickets for a dinner for 12 at Cafe Capriccio are still available from Andy Leyhane. All members are asked to sell ten raffle tickets for $20 each. The drawing is planned for January 19th. The dinner will be held sometime in February on a date mutually agreeable with the Restaurant and the raffle winner.

Student Exchange Program: Peter Brown and Jim Leyhane will be meeting with Jeff Simons, Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District, next week.

Guest Speakers and Calendar:  The calendar has been updated and we are looking to book speakers for the upcoming year:  If you know someone that would be interested, please reach out to Kevin Leyhane, Peter Brown or Becky Raymond.

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 12, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page.

Entree choices will be Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Caesar Salad or Chicken Marsala.

Circles of Mercy

Richard Zazycki, Executive Director of Circles of Mercy, spoke about the services and programs provided to the Rensselaer Community.

During 2021, Circles of Mercy assisted “over 1,600 clients who required over 7,000 service transactions.” The thrift store Catherine’s Closet provided more than 150 grants for clothing for adults and children and for baby supplies. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go directly to programs and services. Due to COVID, they were unable to conduct the Walk for Mercy and the Irish Night Out, two of their major fundraisers.

Through the Cate’s Kid Program, Cirles of Mercy collaborate with other non-profit agencies such as the Rensselaer School District, the Rensselaer Boyes and Girls Club, the Rensselaer Street Soldiers, and the CEO Rensselaer Family Resource Center’s Head Start Program. They are able to share resources and/or donated materials.

Eight grade students from the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer participate in the “First Friday Club” where they come to Circles of Mercy once a month to perform community service.

In partnership with the IRS, the annual VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program will begin on or after January 23rd. Low-income clients and seniors will be able to access both in-person and virtual tax preparation services. Last year “377 tax returns filed resulted in combined refunds and tax credits of $524,565.”