Meeting of 6/21/18: ‘Scholarship & Review’

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
June 21, 2018

Members Attending (12): Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Charlie Foote, Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Ray Hannan.

Guests (1): Kassidy Berger.

Program: “A Scholarship Winner Pays a Visit”

Kassidy Berger is all smiles after Roberto Martinez presents a $1,000 scholarship check.

Kassidy Berger, literally on the eve of her graduation from Maple Hill High School, was the second of three students to be presented with $1,000 SRC Scholarships checks to help finance their further education.

This morning, Jessica Williams of Columbia High School, received her check when she spoke at our monthly breakfast meeting. (Click here for details.) A third student, Autumn Brown of Rensselaer High School, also will receive a check.

Kassidy, who a year ago was one of the students SRC sponsored in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, will enroll at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut in the next academic year.

She told us about her extremely busy senior year, which included being on her school’s student council, being the first non-voting student member of the district school board, interning in the region’s New Visions program that allows students to divide their time between school and real-word experience in various fields — in a law office, in her case. She did this and other public service and internship work while staying heavily involved in student life. And, she was named a top leader by Zonta International, which works to empower women of all ages.

While Kassidy will be majoring in some form of communications at Quinnipiac, she said she expects to change majors several times because she has so many varying interests. She said she sees herself working in some form of political or public communications.


OPENING: President Roberto welcomed members and student guest Kassidy Berger. He showed the website coverage of this morning’s Third Thursday breakfast meeting, the last such session until September. Click here for details.

Screen Shot 2018-06-21 at 8.53.57 PMPRESIDENTIAL CHANGEOVER: Debbie and Peter Brown will host our annual changeover dinner at 6 p.m. next Thursday (June 28). Attendance is strongly urged as Roberto will be turning over the gavel to Andy Leyhane. A catered dinner, at our standard $18 dinner price, will be served.RSVP deadline is this Sunday, with emails going to Debbie at

CLYNK UPDATE: Bill Dowd asked anyone in need of more of the proper bags and bar code stickers over the summer for our Clynk beverage container refund initiative to contact him and he will see to it that they get the materials needed to participate.

Screen Shot 2018-06-21 at 8.51.42 PMCALENDAR ITEMS: District Officer Changeover brunch, 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 8, at Dunham’s Bay Resort in Lake George. Registration is available online by clicking here. … “Pool Party & Cookout I,” a family-friendly “Summer Casual” event at Jim Leyhane’s residence (co-sponsored by Andy and Kevin Leyhane and Roberto) is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Contact Jim if you plan to attend. … Our annual field trip to Bruno Stadium for a pavilion picnic and ValleyCats baseball game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25. Contact Terry Brewer is interested. … The musical version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham. Contact Debbie Brown if interested. … “Pool Party & Cookout II,” another family-friendly event, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 23, at the Forth residence. Contact Murray or Maggie if interested.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Roberto led us through the discussion topics addresses and the conclusions reached at the recent Board retreat, And, he reviewed a list of highlights of the many, many initiatives and activities SRC was involved in during the current Rotary Year. He noted that we must continue to reach out to the numerous club member who rarely or never get involved if we wish to continue the torrid pace of work we have set. Too few people are doing the bulk of the club’s work, and at least our next two presidents will have full-time jobs that do not allow them to do as much as some presidents who are retired have been able to devote.



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