Breakfast Meeting at Greenbush YMCA
20 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY
August 17, 2017
Members Attending (9): Peter Brown, Murray Forth, Jim Mendrysa, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Shannon Romanowski, Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Mike Dewey.
Guests (1): Kevin Leyhane.
Business & Announcements
MEETING TRANSITION — Responsibility for the monthly breakfast meetings, which have been shared by Terry Brewer and Shannon Romanowski, director of the YMCA where meetings are held, has been moved to Presidents-elect Jim Butterworth and Ron Annis, along with Shannon. Their “ownership” will begin with the September 21 meeting, at which Terry will speak on the topic of emergency preparedness. The club extends its gratitude to Terry for his efforts in establishing and nurturing the monthly meeting series for the past two years and its role in helping recruit new members.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE — Thanks were extended to Andy Leyhane for taking over coordination from Bill Dowd of our annual school supplies drive for needy students in the Rensselaer City School District. It is a joint effort with Circles of Mercy, a local family assistance organization.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE — Kevin Leyhane, who has submitted an application for Rotary membership, was welcomed by President Roberto Martinez. Also, Roberto has been in contact with Adam Roberts, an East Greenbush resident who was unable to come to this meeting but says he hopes to attend soon. He, too, has submitted an application. … Terry provided an update on the District 7190 Membership Committee on which he sits and noted the possibility of seeing some districts merged if membership drops too far. … On the club membership front, we still are looking to get some of the school district superintendents to join our club, perhaps under corporate membership. We have several other potential applicants in the pipeline. We did lose one short-term member, Bob DeBenedetti, who did not renew for 2017-18. Current paid membership is a strong 48, not counting two people with applications pending.
PROJECT LEGOS — Anyone wishing to help defray the costs of the effort for Debbie Rodrigiuez’s grandson Xavier, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia, may contact Jim Leyhane who originated the effort.
POLIO VIDEO — “The History of Polio” video co-produced by our club is available in various lengths for the use of other clubs. The Niskayuna club will show it at a September meeting.
PROGRAM: “Rotarians Doing Good in the World”
President Roberto Martinez addressed the meeting on highlights of Rotary internationally and locally for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.
Among RI goals are growing and preserving membership; having clubs be financially viable, and developing projects and programs that continue to let us do good in the world, which is our motto for this year.
“This is your club and we are all volunteers,” Roberto said. “Let me know if you are unhappy or need to discuss meetings or projects. We are looking for the newer members to take on new or older projects and run with them. That would help them be engaged.”
He also noted that “timely communications should be a priority, and Bill Dowd is always updating the website.” And, he said, “A good year will be one in which members feel engaged and empowered and feeling like the club is a vehicle for accomplishing our goals.”
Roberto said suggestions received from the membership include bringing in more of the public school administrators as Rotarians; combining our efforts with other organizations’ ; talking with senior groups, and maybe some license plate ribbons or shirts to promote our club and also be used as a fundraiser.
NEXT EVENT: A picnic at Eastwyck Village, 6 p.m. next Thursday, hosted by Ray and Lois Hannon. Please be sure to email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday whether or not you plan to attend, and whether you are bringing guests.