Held at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Members Attending (17): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Phil Kellerman, Julius Frankel, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Peter Berry, Dick Drumm, Ray Hanna, Debbie Rodriquez, Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Becky Raymond, John Justino.
Guests (18+): From Rotaract, Lindsey Riback, Dustin Moore, Yisen Zheng, Christofer Joseph; from the Oley Foundation, Joan Bishop, Lisa Crosby Metzger, Roslyn Dahl, Mary Wootten, Natalie Wootten; plus, Robert Schulman, Debbie Reep MacLeod, Dave MacLeod, Mario Sevayega, Mike McCarthy, Cherrie Corr, Mary Drumm, Kara Leyhane, Betty Brewer, and various unaffiliated concert guests.
MEETING NOTES: President Andy Leyhane welcomed the 35+ members and guests. … Jim Leyhane issued a reminder of this Saturday’s 11 a.m. defensive driving course at Quigley’s. Walk-ins are welcome. … Danes Rotaract President Lindsey Riback reported that the club SRC sponsors will be donating another $200 to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation raised from proceeds from their happy hour fundraisers. She also said she and Yisen Zheng will be graduating from the UAlbany School of Public Health, where the Rotaract chapter is headquartered, at the end of the current semester. Dustin Moore will succeed her as president in September. …
Our next Recycling & Shredding Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at the Wainschaaf Associates warehouse facility in Rensselaer, needs more volunteers to staff the event. Check the flyer, then contact Murray Forth to lend a hand. … At next Thursday’s dinner meeting, local high school juniors we sponsored for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program will join us to discuss their experience.
PROGRAM: “An Original Concert for the Oley Foundation”
Joan Bishop, executive director of the local chapter of the Oley Foundation, explained the program, introduced one of the patients, and thanked SRC for its ongoing support and for hosting the fundraiser.
The hour-long concert featured music from “One Step Forward,” a new CD created by guitarist/singer Michael Francis McCarthy and lyricist Phil Kellerman, an SRC member who organized the event. Flutist Deb Reep MacLeod of Albany was featured on two of six songs. Opening the show was international independent music artist Mario Sevayega, playing five original songs.
President Andy Leyhane offered comments on Rotary, noting that it can be what you want it to be as long as you are doing good. He gave as examples the polio eradication effort and Phil’s dedication to the Oley Foundation.
A few images from the event, courtesy of Roberto Martinez: