Dinner Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
May 11, 2017
Members Attending (18): Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Dick Drumm, Geoff Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, A.J. Amato, Maggie Forth, Ron Annis, Terry Brewer, Phil Kellerman, Ray Hannan, Andy Leyhane.
Guests (4): Rotarians Kevin Markham, Tom Rogers, Charlie Perry; Jeremy Forth.
PROGRAM: 3rd annual Great North American Whizbang Trivia Test
Triviamaster Bill Dowd conducted the annual brainteaser event. The scoring was done on the honor system for answers in five categories — television, food and drink, American history, sports and geography. Questions ranged from easy to very challenging, and all required serious contemplation.
Debbie Brown, Terry Brewer and visiting Rotarian Tom Rogers wound up tied with 24 of a possible 40 points each. After a series of tie-breaking questions, Debbie and Tom remained tied, but Tom won a coin flip to get the top prize — a boxed set of the party game “Hollywood Game Night” — and Debbie was awarded a book of 250 word puzzles.
Business & Announcements
VISITING ROTARIANS — President Debbie Rodriguez welcomed a trio of visiting Rotarians — Kevin Markham of the Glens Falls club and Tom Rogers and Charlie Perry of the Salem club — who all spoke at great length about the District’s Rotary Youth Exchange program, including their experiences, tips for finding host families, and how to engage with incoming students. A.J. Amato, our club’s Youth Exchange Officer, thanked the visitors for being so supportive of him during this academic year. It also was announced that Ella Câncio, SRC’s student from Brazil, will remain with her current host family through the end of her stay here.
BUSINESS CARDS — Debbie distributed new club business cards, asking members to use them to help attract interest in Rotary and to use when seeking donations to the club. She also thanked Bill Dowd for designing the cards and having them professionally printed.
WORK DAY SIGNUP — Members are asked to sign up for a volunteer work day project at the Shaker Heritage Site in Colonie, an effort being put together for next Saturday, (May 20) by Assistant District Governor Jack Faddegon. Volunteers are asked to bring tools — shovels, hammers, handsaws, rakes, etc. — suitable for some landscaping and repair chores. A picnic lunch will be served. Anyone who did not sign up at this meeting but wishes to participate is asked to contact Debbie Rodriguez ASAP.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES — A sign-up sheet is being circulated to solicit suggestions for summer club activities. We especially are looking for ideas to attract our younger members with children to engage with all members.
VIKING PLAYGROUND — Murray Forth reported for Ron Annis that work is progressing at a rapid pace on Leonardo Gonzalez’s Eagle Scout project (click here and here for photos) that will result in creation of the initial phase of a Viking Gym at Schodack Town Park. A sign already has been installed. The project is being undertaking in cooperation with our sister club in Gefle, Sweden, Monika Annis’s hometown.
SCOUT NEWS — Murray also reported receipt of an invitation from Boy Scout Troop 41 to participate in the community Memorial Day parade. Scoutmaster Dennis Cicchino will visit the club on May 25 to update us on the Scouts’ activities.
NEXT MEETINGS — On Thursday, May 18, two meetings are on the calendar. Jim Leyhane will show a version of the polio history video at the 7 a.m. Third Thursday breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA. At the 6:15 p.m . dinner meeting at Quigley’s, club member Mike Bennett, assistant superintendent of the Schodack Central School District, will accompany juniors from Maple Hill High School who participated in the 2016-17 RYLA program. Their tuitions were paid for by the SRC club.