Presidential Changeover Dinner 2017

PASS THE GAVEL, AND THE DESSERT — Outgoing President Debbie Rodriguez and incoming President (as of Saturday, July 1) Roberto Rodriguez, holding gavel, show off a special cake (scroll down for a better view) designed for the event.

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmPresidential Changeover Dinner
at Peter & Debbie Brown‘s residence
Castleton, NY
June 29, 2017

Members Attending (17): Debbie Rodriguez, Roberto Martinez, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, A.J. Amato, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Julius Frankel, Charlie Foote, Maggie Forth, Ray Hannan, Phil Kellerman, Jim Leyhane, Bonnie Nasca, Phil Nasca, Carole Spencer.

Guests (5): Ann Amato, Mary Drumm, Effie Frankel, Lois Hannan, Jeremy Forth.

NEW MEMBERS — Phil and Bonnie Nasca, who joined the club several months ago, were formally inducted as our last new members of the 2016-17 Rotary Year by inductor Jim Leyhane and President Debbie Rodriguez. Jim spoke to them about our club history, Rotary International, our efforts to eliminate polio, other club projects, meeting requirements and the Rotary 4-Way Test. Debbie provided Rotary pins and window decals to Bonnie and Phil.

SUMMATION — Outgoing President Debbie spoke about our past year and mentioned the many activities, fundraisers and speakers we welcomed. Our income was in excess of $14,000 and expenditures just over $13,000. … Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, and Terry Brewer were thanked for their part in creation of the polio history video, and each received or will receive an “Academy Award” certificate. Also, in honor of their achievement, the club is providing every member with an “End Polio Now” button and asked to spread the word, and buttons, to friends and family. … Debbie thanked the club for an excellent year. The club gave her a Rotary jacket as thanks for her work this past year. The gavel then was passed to Roberto for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.

MEETING/EVENT SCHEDULE UPDATE — The members present agreed to not hold a meeting on August 31, and to resume the weekly dinner meeting schedule on Thursday, September 7. A schedule will be provided to each member.

THE MENU — After appetizers, an excellent dinner of barbequed ribs and salmon, potato salad, cole slaw, and a green salad was followed by a large cake with the Rotary logo and “Thanks Debbie” and “Congratulations Roberto” written in frosting.

SUMMER CASUAL EVENTS — We will not meet during the July 4th week, but will assemble for a picnic at the Drumm residence on Thursday, July 13. Please be sure to let Dick or Mary know well in advance if you plan to attend. … Debbie Brown asked people to make reservations through her for the August 17 performance of “Monty Python’s  Spamalot” at the Mac Haydn Theatre in Chatham. … And, Terry Brewer is handling tickets for the July 27 ValleyCats baseball game and pavilion picnic at Bruno Stadium (it’s “Rotary Night” again this hyear for all 7190 clubs). No unreserved tickets will be provided at the gate. See Terry ASAP if you have not yet reserved your tickets.


FINAL INDUCTEES — Inductor Jim Leyhane and outgoing President Debbie Rodriguez formally welcome our last two new members of 2016-17, Phil and Bonnie Nasca.
IDYLLIC SETTING — A piece of nature stars in Peter and Debbie Brown’s garden.
HAPPY SMILES — Jeremy Forth and Ann Amato  at left join members (l to r, from middle rear) A.J. Amato, Carole Spencer, Pat Bailey, Debbie Rodriguez, and Jim Leyhane.
3 & 3 — A trio of members — Maggie Forth, Julius Frankel, and Dick Drumm — joined by a trio of guests — Lois Hannan, Mary Drumm and Effie Frankel.
Phil Kellerman, Phil Nasca and Bonnie Nasca enjoy a quiet moment.
Screen shot 2017-06-30 at 10.30.00 AM
Others may be distracted, but the always-smiling Charlie Foote knows where the camera is.
A perfect setting for fellowship.

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