Dinner Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
January 19, 2017
Members Attending (15): Debbie Rodriguez, Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Dean Calamaras, Julius Frankel, Carole Spencer, Stewart Wagner, Charlie Foote,
Guests (1): Jean Marie Niederhoffer.
Program: “Our Website, Social Media & You”
Our webmaster, Bill Dowd, presented a discussion of our methods of communication in the past and what still works today, as an introduction to a hands-on workshop on use of our website and social media accounts.
As he compared them, he noted, for example, that many newspapers have lost more than 50% of their circulation in the past decade; that mail has largely been supplanted by email because of its low cost, speed of delivery and ease of use; landline phones, which many families have done away with, have given way to cellphone usage that is portable, has no long-distance surcharges or expensive calling-hour periods; telegrams have virtually disappeared — he said telegrams still exist, but the message is communicated simply by a service calling you on the phone and reading the message to you; there are so many cable TV and live streaming services that traditional commercial TV has a fragmented audience.
He explained a set of research slides showing the sharp increase in social media use in the past decade, that usage is about even between the sexes, that the more educated people are the more they use such communications; that race and age really do not make a difference in usage.
Bill then walked us through the club website (SRCrotary.org) he created and maintains. It combines a blog and 21 interior pages, as well as links to the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and to numerous offsite resources. He described the blog content as a mix of announcements, event coverage, meeting minutes, local and global Rotary news, and other pertinent content.
He also suggested members sing up on the website to “follow” it, meaning they will get email notifications anytime the site is updated so they can link directly to it.
The PowerPoint portion of Bill’s program is available on our Program Presentation Archive website page.
RECYCLING REPORT — Treasurer Murray Forth reported a profit of $2,245 from Saturday’s paper and electronics recycling day, and noted that many members of the public asked if we plan to repeat the event. We will do so in the spring. President Debbie Rodriguez thanked Mike Dewey, Matt Smith, Josh Wainman, Terry Brewer and Murray for their particular efforts in putting together the event, as well as all other members and friends who volunteered to staff it; 22 Rotarians were involved in the project.
GOLF EVENT CANCELLED — The planned January 21 indoor simulator golf tournament at Burden Lake Country Club has been cancelled due to insufficient registration numbers.
ROTARY HOME COOKING SERIES — Dean Calamaras said five seats remain for the January 27 Greek dinner he and Doris are hosting. Please contact them directly if interested in participating. The next dinner after that is scheduled for February 11, hosted by Debbie and Peter Brown. A few seats remain open for that event. Contact either of the Browns if interested.
ROTARY BIRTHDAY PARTY — Members are asked to save February 24 to attend the annual Rotary Birthday Party, this year to be held in Ballston Spa. Details will be shared closer to the date.
NEXT DINNER MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 26. A “2fer” evening, with club member Marco Koshykar, an attorney, speaking on “The Law Today,” and a representative of the American Cancer Society speaking on the Rensselaer County Relay for Life event.
Breakfast Meeting at Greenbush YMCA
2 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY
January 19, 2017
Members Attending (13): Shannon Romanowski, Terry Brewer. Jim Butterworth, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Matt Smith, John Sawchuk, Murray Forth, Melissa Bill, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Ron Annis, Roberto Martinez.
Club member Jim Butterworth, executive director of CASDA (Capital Area School Development Association), spoke about the organization’s work in developing programs for a wide variety of schools and school districts throughout the state.
NEXT THIRD THURSDAY MEETING: 7 a.m. February 16 at the Greenbush YMCA.