Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
June 7, 2018
Members Attending (13): Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Peter Brown, Melissa Bill, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Ray Hannan, Phil Kellerman, Charlie Foote, Mike Ackerman.
Guests : None.
OPENING: President Roberto Martinez welcomed members and guest.
SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION: We will be awarding our annual $1,000 scholarships to three graduating high school seniors at our Thursday, June 21, dinner meeting at Quigley’s.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE: The annual District 710 Conference held last weekend at the Rivers Casino Resort in Schenectady was attended by about 120 people, including a small delegation from SRC. Roberto showed slides of the activities. Click here to go to District Governor Fred Daniels’ report on the event.
STAR OF HOPE: SRC will join with a group of students from Columbia High School from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday at the East Greenbush Public Library to refresh the Star of Hope memorial area. Plants for the project are being supplied by Faddegon’s Nursey at its cost, approximately $1,200.
SHELTERBOX: Aid is being sent to volcano-ravaged Guatemala, where more than 100 people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced, as part of a ShelterBox effort. This is not the first time Guatemala has need such disaster assistance. Click here for details and how to donate to the effort.
COLONIE COMMUNITY NIGHT: Jim Leyhane spoke about the “Community Night” in Colonie sponsored by their police department. Funding is needed for the event, to be held this Friday, because organizers once again are short of money. Jim said he donated $500, and requested that the club contribute $250. Next year, the Colonie Rotary Club will take over this event. Debbie Rodriguez made, and Peter Brown seconded, a motion to give Jim $250 to defray half his contribution. It was approved without dissent.
WEBSITE REMINDERS: Roberto reminded members that our website regularly displays an up-to-date events calendar, and he spoke about access to current and future information available via the website. (Please note that SRC also has a Facebook presence under “SRC Club.”)
CHANGEOVER EVENTS: The District presidential changeover event is scheduled for Sunday, July 8, at Dunham’s Bay Resort, 2999 State Route 9L, Lake George. Reservations, priced at $32 per person, may be made by clicking here. … The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s presidential changeover dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Save the date, and join us when Roberto passes the gavel to Andy Leyhane.
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: RLI training will be held on Saturday, October 20, at the CASDA facility on the UAlbany Health Sciences Campus (formerly called the East Campus). Members wishing to participate are urged to contact Bill Dowd, who is coordinating our registrations. The club will pay the registration fees. We also learned that Rotaract members will be allowed to enroll.
FUNDRAISER: Debbie Rodriguez reported that a fundraising dinner for Ronald McDonald House is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. Reservations are $75 per person, and may be made by calling Megan Rodriguez at 518-724-5004. Debbie is trying to put together enough SRC members to reserve a table.
SUMMER CASUAL SCHEDULE: The second event on our traditional July-August calendar is being firmed up, with Debbie Brown working on choosing a summer theater production at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham. We already have a picnic and ValleyCats baseball game at Bruno Stadium scheduled for Wednesday, July 25 (note it is not on our usual Thursday activity night), with Terry Brewer handling the arrangements. Click here to see the available dates for summer events.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Quigley’s. Debbie Rodriguez will speak on our club history.
PROGRAM: “Trivia Test”
Melissa Bill presented a trivia test in place of her originally-planned program which was postponed due to a scheduling conflict by the speakers.
It was a multi-category, multiple-choice test consisting of 20 questions on geography, Broadway shows, basketball, music, space, art, and pop culture. The winner was Peter Brown, fresh off a win in our “4th annual North American Whizbang Trivia Test” three weeks ago. Debbie Brown and Phil Kellerman tied for second.