NOTE: Those of you who regularly access the meeting minutes on this website will notice a change in the format since we resumed weekly meetings this month. Because our club secretary no longer is keeping minutes of the proceedings, we’ve switched to this format, written primarily in note form, so we still will have a record for the club archive.
Members Attending (14; quorum achieved): Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Rodriguez, Terry Brewer, Jim McHugh, Phil Kellerman, Dick Drumm, Julius Frankel, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Ray Hannan, Dean Calamaras, Kevin Leyhane.
Guests (1): Tina Lee.
Program: The issue of mental health touches on all aspects of our society, all too frequently being front-and-center in the news when it comes to such darker topics as suicide, bullying, and drug abuse.
Tina Lee, the Community Education and Outreach Manager for The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New York State, has begun speaking to Rotary clubs in District 7190 on the overall topic of “Raising Mental Health and Awareness in our Communities.” On Thursday, she visited SRC for a presentation on that topic.
Formerly executive director of NAMI’s Mid-Hudson Region, among her efforts since moving up to a statewide role, she has been working with the East Greenbush Central School District on such issues as suicide prevention and the opioid epidemic.
The annual Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, at the SUNY School of Public Health in Rensselaer. So far, SRC members Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, and Jim Leyhane have indicated interest in participating. The club, which historically has had a strong participation in the program, will pay registration fees for all who wish to enroll, as well as up to 10 members of the Rotaract Club at the School of Public Health that we sponsor. Bill Dowd, a graduate of the three-year RLI program, is available to provide details of what the curriculum entails, and will handle enrollment details for everyone. …
Members are urged to work on sales of $20 raffle tickets for the Cafe Capriccio private dinner described in flyers sent to all SRC Rotarians as a fundraiser to support the club’s youth programs. Tickets are available from President Andy Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez. …
Club member Jim McHugh, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the East Greenbush Central School District, will be the speaker when we resume our monthly Third Thursday breakfast meetings at 7 a.m. on September 20 at the Greenbush YMCA. … At that evening’s dinner meeting, Courtney Moore of the Schenectady Rotary Club will speak on the “Clean Water for Haiti” program. … The program assignment chart has been posted at the bottom of our webaite’s CALENDAR page. Check it to see what date you have.