Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
January 26, 2017
Members Attending (12): Terry Brewer, Murray Forth, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Julius Frankel, Andy Leyhane, Marco Koshykar, Becky Raymond, Carole Spencer, Ray Hannan, A.J. Amato.
PROGRAM: “Law & Order”
Club member Marco Koshykar, a partner with the Albany law firm of Nolan & Heller, spoke on “Law & Order,” or common legal topics many of us have faced, or will face.
Marco, a Columbia High School graduate who studied law at Syracuse University and deals primarily in commercial law, addressed buying and selling real estate; wills (living wills, last will and testament, health care proxy); dealing with traffic tickets, and waivers or liability releases.
While he spoke in some depth on each category, a few of the more salient points were:
• Handwritten wills or changes made by handwritten notations on them are unenforceable, with certain exceptions such as military personnel hand writing a will while in combat.
• Legal forms from the Internet may seem OK as general guidelines, but people make use of them at their own peril.
• Generally, if you pay an admission or use fee at a facility, any waiver of responsibility it asks you to sign is unenforceable. A prominent exception is a paid instructional activity.
• Most lawyers will offer a free initial consultation. Two good sources to find lawyers, besides word-of-mouth referrals, are the websites of the New York State Bar Association and the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.
PRESIDING OFFICER — Immediate Past President Terry Brewer presided in the absence of President Debbie Rodriguez. He noted that one of our two scheduled speakers, Jacqueline Lynch of the American Cancer Society, had to cancel her appearance due to illness.
WEBSITE UPDATE — Terry mentioned that club webmaster Bill Dowd last week presented a hands-on workshop on improving members’ use of the website and its many facets. He suggested members follow up on Bill’s suggestion to sign up to “follow” the site, which means an email message would be sent to them each time the site is updated.
RECYCLING EFFORTS — Strong, positive public response to our recent recycling day prompted setting an April 22 date for a second such event. Because member A.J. Amato has paid for a paper recycling day each year via his company, the thought was to combine the days rather than to compete. A.J. usually does only paper recycling while the SRC effort handled both paper and electronics. The April event would combine the two, with site and details to be determined. Discussion was held about getting exchange students involved since some of the proceeds would go to that program.
CAMP ROTARY — Bill Dowd noted that more than 100 Boy Scouts from Rensselaer and Columbia counties spent last Saturday at Camp Rotary participating in team-building group activities. He said he posted a photo on the website with links to a slideshow on The Record newspaper’s website.
ROTARY HOME COOKING — The winter-spring member-hosted series of casual home dinners begins this Friday with Dean and Doris Calamaras holding a Greek dinner. Debbie and Peter Brown will host on February 11, Terry and Geoff Brewer in March, April and Bill Dowd in April, and Murray and Maggie Forth in May. Closer to each event, the hosts will announce details, seating capacity, and price.
“CANSTRUCTION” FOOD DRIVE — Several clubs in District 7190 are organizing a food drive for The Food Pantries of the Capital Region under the umbrella name of “Rotary Clubs of the Capital Region.” There has been some confusion on dates and deadlines plus erratic communication. Bill Dowd volunteered to get the correct data and report back to the club so we could ascertain whether to be involved.
COMMUNITY RECOGNITION DINNER — Terry passed along information from John Sawchuk who would like to organize a fundraiser dinner through Columbia High School with SRC as the sponsor. It would recognize people of achievement among students and the business community. Dinner would be held at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, priced at $35 per person, $10 or more of which would come back to the club. John was asked to firm up the details and get back to us for consideration.
NEXT MEETING — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, February 3, at Quigley’s. Jennifer Felts, publisher of Our Towne magazine, will be the speaker.