Dinner Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
January 5, 2017
Members Attending (14): Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Geoff Brewer, Julius Frankel, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Becky Raymond, Phil Kellerman, Charlie Foote.
Guests (4): Russ Myer of Capital Region Nordic Alliance, Donna and Gerry of Blue Star Mothers, and Guests (1): Jean Marie Niederhoffer.
VETERAN AWARDS — President Debbie Rodriguez presented checks of $1,450 each to representatives of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance (top photo) and Blue Star Mothers (bottom photo) veterans assistance organizations. She also presented several no-sew blankets made by the club to the Blue Star group, and Phil Kellerman’s coffee sales effort raised additional funds for the Nordic Alliance. Russ Myer of the Alliance reported that he had just returned from a two-day event with veterans, and spoke about introducing them to various snow events. Five more events are scheduled.
BASKET REVENUE — President Debbie welcomed our guests, wished all a good New Year, and thanked Murray and Maggie Forth for hosting our holiday party in December. Treasurer Murray reported that $535 was raised by the gift basket silent auction to go toward support of our community service projects.
BYLAWS CHANGES — Changes in the Club Bylaws regarding the new-member process, additions to the types of membership categories, and changes in the dues structure were offered for member approval. Terry Brewer moved acceptance of the changes, Murray seconded the motion, and the motion was approved without discussion and without dissent. As a result, annual dues will be reduced to a cap of $150 beginning with the 2017-18 Rotary Year, “Corporate” and “Family” categories will be added to the member categories, and the process will be streamlined for proposing and accepting new members. (Updated version of the Bylaws, with specific new language, available by clicking here.)
ROTARY HOME COOKING — The first member-hosted dinner of the annual winter series will be hosted by Dean and Doris Calamaras on Friday, January 27. They have just four seats remaining, and anyone interested in attending is asked to contact them ASAP. As always, all reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
RECYCLING PROJECT — Terry Brewer circulated a signup sheet for volunteers willing to work the “Resolve to Recycle” day on Saturday, January 14. There will be three shifts of two hours each, and four or five people will be needed for each shift. In addition to widespread social media notices, an article has been published in The Advertiser about the project.
INDOOR GOLF — Plans are proceeding to host the first of two Indoor Simulator Golf Tournaments at the Burden Lake Country Club, set for Saturday, January 21. Volunteers are needed to staff the event, and anyone interested is asked to contact Murray ASAP.
COMMITTEE ACTIVITY — Debbie explained that the focus of the evening’s Club Assembly will be on Youth, Scholarship, Fundraising, and Community Service committees. Members were asked to pick a group and choose someone to take notes and be able to report back next week.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at Quigley’s. A representative of the Stratton VA Medical Center will offer a presentation on services to veterans.