Happy (Rotary) New Year is party prefect

SRC Minutes LogoPresidential Changeover
Forth Residence
East Greenbush
June 30, 2016

Members Attending (20): Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, David Taylor, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Marco Koshykar, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Carole Spencer, Melissa Bill, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman.

Guests (11+): Maggie Forth, Jeremy Forth, Kara Leyhane, Deb Dewey, Betty Brewer, Lois Hannan, Mary Drumm, Craig Forth, Amanda Forth, Alice Senrick, Lauren Koshykar, and a gaggle of kids.


Terry Brewer passes the president’s gavel to Debbie Rodriguez as officers Pat Bailey (secretary), Roberto Martinez (president-elect), and Murray Forth (treasurer) provide the backup scenery.

It’s official. Today is the beginning of the new 2016-17 Rotary Year, and the gavel has been passed.

At our annual “Presidential Changeover” dinner, held Thursday evening at the Forth residence, Terry Brewer turned over the presidency to Debbie Rodriguez.

In addition, Roberto Martinez now is president-elect, and John Sawchuk vice president. Treasurer Murray Forth and Secretary Pat Bailey returned to their offices, and carryover at-large board members Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, and Jim Butterworth have been joined by Andy Leyane and Ron Annis on an expanded board.

We had a turnout of 31 adults — including five members inducted this year — and a gaggle of kids, the latter of whom took advantage of the pool and play area. Hosts Maggie and Murray Forth provided the basics of the picnic, with guests supplementing with appetizers and desserts. The club extended its thanks to the Forths for once again hosting a signature club event.

On his last day as president, Terry presented a variety of awards to club members. Earlier, he had presented Murray with an award at the District Conference for his ongoing service. On Thursday, he did the same with separate awards for April Dowd and Bill Dowd. Awards were presented in absentia to A.J. Amato for his youth work and Shannon Romanowski for her work with the new breakfast meeting  group.

Attendees were reminded of two ongoing efforts:

  1. The 2nd annual “School Supplies Drive” will begin on Friday, July 1, with Bill Dowd again coordinating the push to collect items for needy students in the Rensselaer City School District. Members have been emailed about the push, and full details are on the website.
  2.  Our “Summer Casual Schedule” of events will begin next Thursday, July 7, with a cookout and pool party at Jim Leyhane’s residence. Check the website calendar for other events and details.

Here are some other scenes from the “Presidential Changeover” event:

April Award
April Dowd receives the Gift of Life Leadership Award.
Bill Award
Bill Dowd receives an award for his ongoing website and social media efforts.
Murray Award
Murray Forth displays an embossed decanter President’s Award.
Davids Table
This table pays rapt attention to the awards presentations.
Alistair & Kara
Kara Leyhane sends son Alistair into orbit — sort of.
Goodies Table
The goodie table gets plenty of attention.
Jim in a lighter moment.
Itty-Bitty and friend.


A casual chat by a placid fountain.
Carole Spencer and part of the Koshykar clan.
Papa Craig Forth playing lifeguard.
New Rotarian
Mama Amanda Forth accompanied by the SRC Rotary Club president for 2038.
Pat Debbie Alice
Pat and Debbie chat with guest Alice Senrick (right).
Yes, Peter is a happy man.
Pool Group
 A future Navy SEAL Team in training.
A perfect 10 for style!
Terry Shirt
Terry with the Rotary-emblazoned jacket and golf ball he received as “parting gifts.”

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