Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
November 2, 2017
Members Attending (21): Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Debbie Rodriguez, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Dick Drum, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Becky Raymond, Phil Nasca, Bonnie Nasca, Terry Brewer, Ray Hannan, Carole Spencer, Ron Annis, Monika Annis, Phil Kellerman, Dean Calamaras.
GOL MISSION — Jim Leyhane displayed a photo showing the District 7190 Gift of Life contingent currently in Bucharest, Romania. He explained their mission, which is part of an ongoing series of visits in which they provide training in pediatric cardiac surgical procedures to local medical staff as well as perform lifesaving work.
ROTARACT — Tentative plans for creation of a Rotaract Club (ages 18 to 30) at the UAlbany School of Public Health were updated. Debbie Rodriguez and Becky Raymond will act as liaisons with a club we would sponsor if it comes to fruition.
2 FOOD DRIVES — The dropoff deadline is November 10 at the Greenbush YMCA for contributions to the Thanksgiving “Community Basket Brigade,” being coordinated by Shannon Romanowski. Details on what is needed are available by clicking here. … A delivery date of November 21 has been established for nonperishable food items to The Anchor food pantry in Castleton under an initiative by Columbia High School. You can drop off donations at the school.
COFFEE SALES — Phil Kellerman will be selling specialty coffees again this year as a fundraiser for the Capital Region Nordic Alliance, which offers adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans. Price: $13 per package, or 2 for $25, with $5 from each package sold going to CRNA. Please see Phil if interested,
WEBSITE NOTIFICATIONS — As of tonight, 34 SRC members have signed up to automatically receive email notifications any time something is posted to the website. Our goal is to get as close to 100% participation as possible to improve intra-club communication.
HOLIDAY PARTY — The club’s annual Holiday Party will be hosted by Murray and Maggie Forth at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at their East Greenbush residence. A major part of each year’s event is the Gift Basket Silent Auction, which raises funds for our general treasury. Webmaster Bill Dowd said he has posted suggestions and images on the website on various baskets that can be created. Click here to see them. Images also are available on the club’s Facebook page.
FOUNDATION DINNER — The reservation deadline for District 7190’s annual Rotary Foundation Dinner — this year themed “People of Action” — has been extended to Monday, November 6. Click here to register online for the Thursday, November 16, dinner that will be held in the 90 State Street event space in downtown Albany (valet parking available). As of tonight, eight SRC members have made reservations. Our club will be contributing a gift basket to the silent auction.
ADOPT-A-FAMILY … OR TWO — April Dowd reported that the club once again will participate in the “Adopt-a-Family for Christmas” program through Circles of Mercy, and that details of the family’s makeup and its needs are expected shortly. Terry Brewer will be checking with Doors of Hope on whether it will have a family to adopt as we did last year.
FELLOWSHIP DINNER — Mark Daniel Maloney, who will be president of Rotary International for the 2019-20 Rotary Year, will be the keynote speaker at the 92nd annual Eastern Cities Fellowship Dinner to be held in Rochester on Wednesday, December 6. Earlybird tickets are available at a $5 discount. Full registration information is available by clicking here.
CALENDAR REMINDERS — A Court of Honor ceremony to install Lorenzo Gonzalez of our Scout troop 41 as an Eagle rank is set for 2 p.m. Friday, December 10, at the Elks Lodge. Several SRC members will attend. … A District Membership Training session is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 8. Terry Brewer and Ray Hannan will attend; anyone else who wishes to participate should contact Terry ASAP…. No dinner meeting on November 16 because of conflict with the Foundation Dinner. However, we will have a 7 a.m. breakfast meeting that day at the Greenbush YMCA.
NEXT MEETING — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, November 9, at Quigley’s. Terry Brewer will provide an overview titled “Developing and Supporting SRC Rotary Programs and Activities.” This should be of high interest to members seeking insights into our service efforts, how they are funded, and where we are heading.
Program: An Overview of the Board Retreat
President Roberto Martinez thanked members for the strong turnout to hear his review of the recent SRC Board retreat that examo9ned numerous facets of the club.
The entire 11-person Board plus three other members of the club at large participated in redefining the club’s efforts and goals; reviewing the current budget as to thoroughness and effective allotment of funds; evaluating club activities and whether we can successfully sustain the many initiatives we can undertake, and other topics.
Among the outcomes:
• Hold more working sessions — i.e., Club Assemblies — and schedule fewer guest speakers as a way of getting more members actively involved in planning and execution of projects.
• Evaluation of activities as to funding (via donations, fundraising, grants, etc.).
• Cluster efforts into four categories — Youth Involvement, Community Involvement, International & Foundations, and Club Sustenance — and have the budget and the activities calendar reflect that.
• Realign standing committees to be in step with club goals, and be sure all members are included and actively involved.
Both the November 16 breakfast meeting and the November 30 dinner meeting will be used to continue and refine this discussion. And, next week Terry Brewer will speak about the club’s capacity to maintain and fund its current heavy schedule of activities.