Rotary partnering with Habitat for Humanity to expand reach

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 1.25.54 PMMore than 1 billion people around the world live in inadequate housing according to the United Nations Center for Human Settlements. Now, through a partnership between Rotary and Habitat for Humanity, more will have access to safe and affordable housing.

The partnership will facilitate collaboration between local Rotary clubs and local Habitat for Humanity organizations, enabling Habitat to extend its volunteer pool by tapping into Rotary’s 1.23 million members in 200 countries and regions.

“Habitat’s aim to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope aligns perfectly with Rotary’s commitment to make positive, lasting change in communities around the world,” said Rotary General Secretary John Hewko. “With Habitat’s expertise and the power of Rotary’s volunteer network, we will help build the foundation for stronger communities.”

“The values of our organizations are so closely aligned, and the desire to help others runs deep for both groups. That makes us such a perfect match,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan T.M. Reckford. “So many Rotarians have worked alongside Habitat and the knowledge, experiences and connections that are so strong in local Rotary clubs will make them valuable Habitat partners in many communities worldwide.”

Rotary members develop and implement sustainable projects that fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children and grow local economies. These projects are supported by more than $200 million awarded through Rotary’s grants programs.

Habitat for Humanity joins a list of Rotary service partners including, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Peace Corps, Dollywood Foundation, the Global FoodBanking Network, and Youth Service America (YSA).


RSVP by Tuesday for ‘Peter Brown Thursday’

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Thursday’s dinner entree

This week we’ll be marking “Peter Brown Thursday,” with our very own PB scheduled to be the speaker at both our 7 a.m. breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA and at the 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

His breakfast topic: “Reducing School Violence.”

His dinner topic: The book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End,” by Dr. Atul Gawande.

Our dinner menu will feature roast pork, chef’s choice of sides, antipasto salad, rolls, dessert, and beverages. And, of course, the cash bar is available.

As always, we need to know no later than Tuesday if you plan to attend either or both  meetings, and whether you’re bringing guests. Please email Jim Butterworth ( to reserve a breakfast seat, and Debbie Brown ( for a dinner seat.

The following members already have made RSVPs for the dinner:

Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Murray Forth
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Jim Leyhane
Kevin Leyhane
Roberto Martinez
Debbie Rodriguez

3rd ‘Recycling & Shredding Day’ drew a good crowd

SRC’s third “Recycling & Shredding Day” went off well on Saturday, with a steady stream of people dropping off documents, outmoded TV sets, electronics, and even some big appliances for recycling. Many of them expressed hope we will hold another such session in the spring.

We had a good group of volunteers working on several shifts, and stalwarts Murray Forth, Terry Brewer, Roberto Martinez, and Jim Leyhane working the entire 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. event with Murray also making residential pickups. Thanks to them along with Dean Calamaras, Kevin  Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Josh Wainman, Geoff Brewer, Charlie Foote, and Julius Frankel for their outside work, and to Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Phil Kellerman, Becky Raymond, and Ray Hannan who staffed the payment-table shifts. Once again, thanks to Josh for making the Wainschaf Associates facility available to the club.

Here some scenes from the day:


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Meeting of 10/12/17: PT and Essential Oils

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
October 12, 2017

Members Attending (15): Roberto Martinez, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Dean Calamaras, Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, Terry Brewer, Julius Frankel, Jim Butterworth, Kevin Leyhane, Jennifer Felts, Carol Orvis, Stewart Wagner.

Guests (1): Deborah Ciprioni.

PROGRAM: Physical Therapy & Essential Oils

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Deborah Ciprioni at work in her Castleton offices.

Club member Jennifer Felts introduced Deborah Ciprioni, owner of Comprehensive Physical Therapy Solutions in Castleton.

Deborah, born and raised locally, has been a practicing physical therapist for more than  20 years and has been operating her own business for about five. Her staff includes two part-time therapists as well as her mother.

She said she wanted to get into business for herself to increase the amount of time she can spend with each client. She said she spends about a half-hour on average with each one she treats compared to 10-15 minutes while in group practice. She said this allows her to get to know her clients much better which, in turn, improves their treatment regimen.

Deborah said her clients range in age from 8 to 92, with needs ranging from accident and injury recuperation to post-stroke therapy. She also has worked with high school football and soccer teams on conducting balance assessments which help in improving training programs.

Deborah also is involved in therapy using essential oils: i.e., compounding natural distilled ingredients for use as topical and aromatherapy applications. She said there are literally hundreds of products available for a variety of concerns. She displayed a sample box and distributed samples. Deborah also holds educational workshops on roughly a monthly schedule for the public.


ROTARY HUMANITY T-SHIRTS — President Roberto said a few shirts still are available to members at no charge.

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RUSS EDBERG IN MEMORIAM — Longtime member Russ Edberg’s funeral on Wednesday was attended by a number of members, several of whom served as pallbearers. A post-burial gathering was held at the East Greenbush Fire Department where Russ was a longtime  member and officer. SRC will make a monetary donation in Russ’s memory to the Doors of Hope charitable organization Russ and his late wife Dottie worked with for many years.

WORLD POLIO DAY — SRC hopes to have a table at the event to introduce the public to Rotary on Tuesday, October 24, at the UAlbany Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer. Roberto displayed a promotional brochure for the event. Click here to see it on the website.

HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDRAISER — SRC will make a financial contribution to the effort planned during the October 20 professional development day sponsored by Questar III at Columbia High School. Our money will be used to purchase lunch items, which will be sold to attendees to raise funds.

COMMUNITY APPRECIATION CELEBRATION DINNER — The followup to our February dinner that raised about $4,500 for the club treasury will be held on Tuesday, December 5, at Moscatiello’s Restaurant on Route 4 in North Greenbush. We will be honoring community leaders in emergency services, military, education, and other fields. Tickets will be $35 per person, and sponsorships will be available at $100.

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 7.28.40 PMFOUNDATION DINNER — Because the Thursday, November 16, District event will conflict with our weekly dinner we will not meet that evening. However, members are urged to attend the breakfast meeting scheduled for that day. Members are urged to enroll for the Foundation Dinner. Simply go to the club website to find a posting about the event and click on the link to the reservation form.

RECYCLING DAY — Murray Forth said more volunteers are needed to staff  Saturday’s recycling and shredding day at the Wainschaf Associates warehouse in Rensselaer.

BOARD RETREAT — The SRC Board of Directors will meet in  a working session from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, October 16, at Schodack Internal Medicine. Roberto will send out an updated agenda.

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 7.35.39 PMROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE — Registration for the Saturday, October 24, training session has closed. SRC has eight members signed up which, we are told, is the largest contingent from any club. They are Dean and Doris Calamaras (Level 3), Roberto (Level 2), and Jim Butterworth, Ray Hannan, and Jim, Andy, and Kevin Leyhane (Level 1).

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP TRAINING — Terry Brewer, who is chair of the District Membership Training Committee, said the next training session will be held on November 8 or 9. Vice President Ray Hannan also will attend as the club’s representative. Anyone else who wishes to attend is asked to contact Terry.

NEXT MEETINGS — Peter Brown will do double duty next Thursday, speaking at the 7 a.m. breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA on the topic of “Reducing School Violence,” and at 6:15 p.m. at Quigley’s on the book “Being Immortal.”

District switches its raffle grand prize

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Those who have been online to register for District 7190’s annual Foundation Dinner no doubt noticed that the registration form included the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets. However, the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean forced a change in the grand prize.

Instead of a trip to Puerto Rico, still reeling in the aftermath and no doubt facing years of rebuilding, the top prize now is a Florida vacation.

District Governor Fred Daniels says the new package is a stay in a two-bedroom suite at a resort in Kissimee FL — that boasts 14 pools on site — plus free transport to all of the major theme parks in that area, including Disney World.

Organizers of the November 16 dinner are asking anyone interested in attending to please make their online reservations no later than November 1 — just 19 days from now.


RSVP by Tuesday for dinner on Thursday

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On the dinner menu.

We will be having a “neighbor” as our guest speaker at this Tursday’s 6:15p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

Deborah Ciprioni, owner of Comprehensive Physical Therapy Solutions, has her offices in the former Community Care building where Ron and Monika Annis operate their Top Form practice.

The dinner menu will include beef tips with mushroom gravy, salad, chef’s choice of sides, bread, dessert, and beverages. And, as always, the cash bar is available.

And, speaking of availability, please be sure you have reserved a seat for you and any guests with dinner coordinator Debbie Brown at no later than Tuesday evening so we have sufficient food and seating.

Here’s who has signed up so far:

Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
Jim Butterworth
Deborah Ciprioni (guest speaker)
April Dowd
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Jennifer Felts
Murray Forth
Jim Leyhane
Kevin Leyhane
Becky Raymond
Debbie Rodriguez

Foundation Dinner’s online reservation glitch fixed

Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 6.42.18 PMFor those of you who ran into technical problems while trying to make reservations online for this year’s Foundation Dinner sponsored by District 7190, relax. The problem has been fixed.

The glitch was in a setting that did not allow completion of the reservation without entering incorrect information that affected the final charge. District Governor Fred Daniels got the error  fixed literally within hours of being notified of it.

The Foundation Dinner, using the theme “People of Action,” will be held close to SRC’s bailiwick for the first time in recent memory. The venue is the 90 State Street event space (yes, its name is the same as its address) in downtown Albany.

Tickets are $100 person, or $175 per couple for the November 16 dinner, with proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation to support its many philanthropic initiatives. The District is asking that reservations for the November 16 event be made no later than November 1, so there is not a lot of time remaining. Simply click here to go to the online form.