Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
March 30, 2017
Members Attending (18): Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Roberto Martinez, Phil Kellerman, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Ray Hannan, Monika Annis, Ron Annis, Bill Dowd, John Sawchuk, Stewart Wagner, Dick Drumm, Julius Frankel, Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Becky Raymond.
Guests (4): Jeff Simons, Kathleen Curtin, Maggie Forth, Jeremy Forth.
PROGRAM: “East Greenbush Schools Capital Budget Referendum”
Terry Brewer introduced Jeff Simons, who became superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District eight months ago. Jeff’s topic was the district’s $39.7 million capital budget proposal that will go before the voters on May 16. His PowerPoint presentation can be found on the club website’s page at https://srcrotary.org/program-presentation-archive/
ANNOUNCEMENTS / BUSINESS
DISTRICT SEMINAR DEADLINE — This Friday is the final day to register for the Saturday, April 1, District Training Seminar. Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez will rotate to three different classrooms with three different classes of Rotarians, and ask them to explain their clubs’ best practice in membership. Each time there will be a facilitator present to draw out participation with the class and work them to achieve our goal. Debbie Rodriguez, Becky Raymond and Ron Annis will represent our club during the Grants Management training portion.
EASTER BASKET PROJECT — President Debbie thanked Bill Dowd and John Sawchuk for their organizational efforts on behalf of our project creating baskets for Circles of Mercy’s annual “Easter Baskets for Cate’s Kids” effort. Tonight was the deadline for donations.
COOKING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Three more volunteers are needed for each of two meals the club will be preparing at Ronald McDonald House in Albany. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare breakfast on Saturday, April 27, contact Terry Brewer. If you would like to help prepare dinner on Wednesday, May 31, contact Bill Dowd.
POLIO HISTORY FILM — This joint project with CASDA, the UAlbany School of Public Heath, and Rotary District 7190 is near the editing stage after some reshooting. It still is on course for its debut at the District Conference in May.
CLUB ASSEMBLY TOPICS — Two club assemblies are scheduled in May, one for viewing the above-mentioned polio film, the other for a club awards ceremony.
SAVE-THE-DATE ITEMS — The outdoor sign has gone up at the Wainschaf Associates warehouse to publicize our next electronics recycling/paper shredding effort there, set for Saturday, April 29. A print ad also will be published. A.J. Amato is underwriting costs of the shredding equipment. … The next Rotary Home Cooking event will be hosted by the Forth family, with a menu to be announced. … There still is time to register for the May 5-7 District Conference in Lake George. Just go to the district website (it’s under the links list on our website).
NEXT MEETING — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 6. The speaker will be a detective from the Colonie Police Department on internet predators.