Breakfast meeting 5/18/17: Video & Awards

SRC Breakfast LogoBreakfast Meeting at Greenbush YMCA
20 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY
May 18, 2017

Members Attending (14): Debbie Rodriguez,  Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Jim Butterworth, Mike Dewey, Murray Forth, Andy Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Shannon Romanowski, Matt Smith, John Sawchuk, Roberto Martinez, Ron Annis.

Business & Announcements

RECYCLING / EXPANSION — Murray Forth gave an update on our second recycling event, a very profitable fundraiser. He is looking into the possibility of us accepting batteries for disposal at the next such event, which already covers electronics recycling and document shredding.

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Award recipient Matt Smith

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS — President Debbie Rodriguez presented “Innovative Fundraising Awards” to Matt Smith, Mike Dewey and Josh Wainman, the latter not in attendance,  for their efforts with the club’s recycling events. (Murray Forth also was honored for those efforts at an earlier dinner-meeting presentation.) John Sawchuck also received an award for his efforts with the Community Recognition Dinner.

SHAKER PROJECT — A signup sheet was circulated for the multiclub work day at the Shaker Heritage Site this Saturday. Volunteers are needed.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES — A signup sheet was circulated for potential summer club activities. Debbie Brown will look into possible dates for our annual outing to the Mac Haydn Theatre summer playhouse. Terry Brewer already has reserved a block of 45 tickets (at $26 each) for our annual picnic and ValleyCats baseball game vs. the Staten Island Yankees at Bruno Stadium on Thursday, July 27. Anyone wishing to reserve tickets is asked to contact Terry directly. Tickets will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

PROGRAM:  Polio History Video

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Breakfast meeting attendees view the new polio history video.

Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane provided the background and process of the polio history video, and thanked all involved for their contributions to the project. It was a cooperative effort among SRC, CASDA, UAlbany School of Public Health, and District 7190, and a version of it debuted at the recent District Annual Conference in Lake George.

The video was created to provide Rotarians with a historical perspective of the disease for purposes of education and fundraising. It features  Dr. Martha Lepow, an early polio research pioneer and local pediatrician who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases. It covers the early days of polio; thoughts, treatments and impact of the disease on patients and on society as a whole.

It provides viewers with a greater understanding of the following:

• The history of polio

• The disease’s impact on the population before vaccines

• Control of polio through vaccines in this country and throughout the world

• Rotary International’s long and persistent quest to eliminate the disease worldwide and the progress made to date

Roberto and Jim showed the 20-minute version (there are versions in several different lengths) and took questions from attendees.

NEXT BREAKFAST MEETING: 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Greenbush YMCA.


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