Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
March 29, 2018
Members Attending (14): Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Becky Raymond.
Guests (2): Lou and Pat Rubenstein.
OPENING — President Roberto welcomed members and two repeat guests: Lou Rubenstein of the Albany Rotary Club and his wife, Pat.
BYLAWS VOTE — Copies of proposed changes to the Club Bylaws, which had been emailed to all members on March 13, were distributed to attendees. They dealt with modifications to language pertaining to standing committees (Article 6) and to the dues structure (Article 9). Terry Brewer moved adoption of the Article 6 changes, and Bill Dowd seconded his motion. It was passed unanimously. Murray Forth moved adoption of the Article 9 changes, and Jim Leyhane seconded. It, too, was unanimously adopted. (Click here to go to the updated Bylaws page on our website.)
ROTARACT INTERNATIONAL DINNER — We received a thank-you note for our participation in an “International Dinner” fundraiser at the UAlbany School of Public Health, created by the school’s Graduate Student Organization and our Danes Rotaract club there. About $600 was raised for the Save the Children international aid organization. (Click here to see a report on the event.)
RECYCLING DAY CHANGE — Murray Forth reported that the planned May 5 date for “Recycling Day III” will have to be changed because the shredding equipment will not be available on that date. Please do not circulate the flyer for the event any further until a new date has been guaranteed and the flyer has been modified.
ROTARY HOME COOKING — The most recent event in the series, “A Brewer Social, and More,” raised $225 which will go to our Danes Rotaract club to help underwrite their startup activities. Thanks to Terry, Betty, and Geoff Brewer for hosting the event. The next “Rotary Home Cooking” date is Saturday, April 14, when Murray and Maggie Forth will host a “Surf & Turf Night” at their East Greenbush residence. The deadline for making reservations is April 10, so please contact the Forths ASAP if you plan to attend.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE EVENTS — An SRC team will be preparing breakfast at Ronald McDonald House in Albany on Sunday, April 29. And, on Sunday, May 6, another team will be preparing dinner there. For the dinner event, Bill Dowd will be preparing the menu and heading the kitchen crew, assisted by April Dowd. We have asked the Danes Rotaract group if they want to assist by volunteering two people. Depending on their response, we will need several more SRC volunteers, but we do not want a team of more than six because of the size of the kitchen.
EXCHANGE STUDENTS — The infrastructure currently is not in place for this year, so we will skip the next academic year. However, we will begin laying the groundwork for the following school year.
GRANTS SEMINAR — Terry Brewer and Debbie Rodriguez will represent the club at the District’s annual Grants Training Seminar at Skidmore College. A minimum of two attendees is required for a club to qualify. We may be seeking a grant next year to underwrite creation of another Viking Gym, this one in East Greenbush. The original, part of an Eagle Scout project, in Schodack Town Park has proven very popular.
COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE REPORT — The committee is working on ways to participate in a global tree-planting initiative. Possibilities include planting at the Shining Star of Hope memorial on the grounds of the East Greenbush Public Library, and participation in a district-wide work effort.
FOUNDATION & INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE REPORT –– The committee has two events in the planning stages. The first is “An International Wine & Cheese Tasting” set for Saturday, May 19, co-hosted by Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, and Roberto Martinez at the Martinez residence in East Greenbush. The second is a long-range initiative — a 10K run at Schodack Island State Park for September of 2019. Initial thoughts on the run would be to create a festival-like atmosphere with food trucks, beer and soft drink vendors, and live or DJ music. The committee already has met with park officials and with experienced distance runners from the local community to begin mapping out the possibilities.
MISCELLANY — The Third Thursday breakfast meeting on April 19 will be held as usual at 7 a,m. at the Greenbush YMCA. There had been discussion about having a joint breakfast with the Danes Rotaract club, but they start their sessions too late for our members. … The club has been invited to participate in the Town of East Greenbush’s annual Memorial Day Parade. That topic was referred to the Community Services Committee. … Club members have been invited to attend the opening day ceremonies of the Miracle League at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19. … Next Thursday’s (April 5) dinner meeting will feature President-elect Andy Leyhane speaking on the topic “Is the Pharmaceutical Industry Ignoring Alzheimer’s Disease?”