Held at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Members Attending (14, quorum reached): Andy Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Ron Annis, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Ray Hannan, Kevin Leyhane, Carol Orvis, Debbie Rodriguez.
Guests: Richard Zazycki.
PROGRAM — Richard Zazycki (above), executive director of Circles of Mercy, provided an updated overview of the 21-year-old family services agency that SRC has been assisting in various initiatives over recent years — such as Easter baskets for kids, Adopt-a-Family at Christmas, Back-to-School Supplies, etc. Richard noted that 87 cents of every dollar donated to Circles goes to program participants, and in the past year 7,900 service transactions involved 1,600 clients. (Click here to access his PowerPoint presentation.)
SRC will adopt two needy families for Christmas as part of Circles’ ongoing efforts to help families in need, and Columbia High School will adopt a third. Bill and April Dowd again will coordinate our club’s effort at supporting that project. We will collect and donate items from a “wish list” created by Circles volunteers after meeting with the families. Richard said the list and names of individuals in the families will be provided before Thanksgiving.
NOTES — Jim Leyhane moved, and Andy Leyhane seconded, a motion to elect Phil Kellerman president for the 2019-20 Rotary Year. Phil had been nominated by the Board of Directors for the vacant office. The motion was passed without dissent. … The final tally for our October ShelterBox fund drive is $6,340. Fourteen SRC members and one former member contributed varying amounts of money, and thanks go to all of them in carrying us beyond our $6,000 goal. The checks will be delivered by club ShelterBox liaison Bill Dowd to District 7190 ShelterBox coordinator Jack Faddegon on Friday. … In addition to the local survey being conducted by Terry Brewer, SRC has been invited to participate in a Rotary International survey addressing individual Rotarians’ volunteer activities. It’s an online survey with a November 20 deadline. Several members already have completed and submitted the form, which was emailed to all SRC members this week. … Our latest semiannual SRC Recycling Day cleared a profit of $970, according to coordinator Murray Forth, for youth scholarships despite truly inclement weather last Saturday that no doubt scared off a lot of potential recyclers compared to prior events. We will hold another such event in the spring of 2019. …
The Blue Star Mothers organization that we have assisted for several years is attempting to collect enough donated items to fill 1,000 “Freedom Boxes” for the Christmas holidays to send to military personnel around the world. SRC members are asked to bring items from a list to be posted on our website to the November 29 and/or December 6 meetings. … Two meetings are scheduled for next week. The monthly breakfast meeting will begin at 7 a.m. at the Greenbush YMCA (RSVP to Terry Brewer by Tuesday evening), and the weekly dinner meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Quigley’s (RSVP to Debbie Brown by Tuesday evening). We’ll hold a discussion of “Impressions of RLI” from various members who attended different levels of this year’s Institute session. Reminders: No meeting on November 22, Thanksgiving Day. We’ll resume meeting on November 29, when District Governor Tammy Heckenberg pays an official visit. Please mark your calendars to be sure to attend that dinner.