About 30 people, including SRC Rotarians Bill Dowd and Terry Brewer, turned out for the first public meeting of the under-development Troy Rotary Club on Wednesday evening at the Troy Kitchen food hall and entertainment venue.
The group of curious Troy residents and business people was treated to finger foods and a cash bar as well as a presentation by Past District Governor Fred Daniels and District Governor-Elect Larry Jones. Terry and Bill both spoke to the crowd in their roles as liaison between the Troy club and SRC, which is its sponsor.
Interest in formally applying for Rotary membership appeared strong, and we picked up three guaranteed corporate memberships. Several people stepped up as officer candidates (RI requires a minimum of a president, treasurer, and secretary to form a club), and one volunteered to create a closed group on Facebook to facilitate club communications.
Although this was the first public meeting, the project has been in the planning stages for several months. A summer schedule has been outlined that will include several networking sessions and public service project dates. The next open public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, again at Troy Kitchen, 77 Congress Street. (Its owner, Cory Booker, was the first recruit for the club, which is being spearheaded by Kareem Jandali, already a Rotarian.)