Meeting of 10/19/17: ‘Being Mortal’

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmDinner Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY

October 19, 2017

Members Attending (16): Roberto Martinez, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Terry Brewer, Julius Frankel, Ray Hannan, Kevin Leyhane, Carol Orvis, Phil Kellerman, Carole Spencer.

Guests: None


BREAKFAST MEETING — This morning’s Third Thursday breakfast at the Greenbush YMCA was attended by 12 Rotarians and one guest. Peter Brown was the speaker, on violence in the schools. It was announced that the club will assist the “Caring Community Basket Brigade” effort to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families. Click here for details.

Screen shot 2017-10-20 at 1.34.51 PMFOUNDATION DINNER DEADLINE — District 7190 has set a November 1 deadline for submitting online reservations for the annual Foundation Dinner. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, at the 90 State Street event facility (the address also is the name of the site) in downtown Albany. The dinner theme is “Persons of Action.” We are hoping enough SRC members will attend so we can have a table. Reservations are $100 per person, or $175 per couple. 90 State Street is run by Mazzone Hospitality (Angelo’s 677 Prime, Glen Sanders Mansion, Saratoga National, Tala Bistro, etc.). Click here to go to the District’s online reservation form.

RECYCLING DAY UPDATE — President Roberto showed slides of our third recycling/shredding day, held on Saturday, October 14. Treasurer Murray reported that we cleared about $1,800 for scholarships and the general treasury. Thanks to the many club  members who staffed the event, and a special thanks to Josh Wainman for once again making the Wainschaf Associates facility available to the club at no charge.

IN MEMORIAM — The club has made a $500 donation in memory of longtime Rotarian Russ Edberg to the Doors of Hope charity in West Sand Lake with which Russ and his late wife Dottie long were affiliated.

HURRICANE RELIEF EVENT — The club has contributed $300 toward purchase of food to be sold during a Questar III professional development workshop at Columbia High School this Friday. All proceeds from the sale will go to domestic hurricane relief efforts.

BOARD RETREAT — Roberto reported on the October 16 SRC Board retreat held at Community Care. All 11 Board members and three other club members attended the three-hour session. Among the topics discussed were e-attendance, e-voting, expansion of e-mail notifications to all members anytime the website is updated, activities aligned with projects and goals, and more. We will have club assemblies on November 2 and November 30 to allow other members to contribute ideas and further discuss the new concepts.

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 2.16.15 PMON THE CALENDAR — “World Polio Day” will be marked at the UAlbany School of Public Health on the Heath Sciences Campus (formerly called the East Campus) in Rensselaer from 5 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday, October 24. All are welcome. The club is donating refreshments. … Members are asked to support the annual Rotary float project now under way for the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade. (Click here for details on the project and how to support it.) … Eight club members are signed up for the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training workshops on Saturday, October 21, at the Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer. … The second Community Celebration Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, at Moscatiello’s Restaurant in North Greenbush.

NEXT MEETING —  6:15 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at Quigley’s. Dean Calamaras will provide a presentation on “The Sights and Sounds of Iceland.”

PROGRAM: “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End”

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Peter Brown

Peter Brown based his presentation on the book “Being Mortal” by Dr. Atul Gawande. Peter’s key points:

  • This is a hard topic to discuss, but it affects us all.
  • Medicine wants to cure illness and disability but it can’t prevent death.
  • Aging is a natural part of life and we need to prepare for and address it.
  • Change from independence to dependence is normal, but how we do it can be comfortable or uncomfortable depending on our choices.
  • The health care system often doesn’t ask us the right questions as we approach the end of life.

Click here to access Peter’s entire presentation.


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