Meeting Clipboard: 10/29/20

Meeting held virtually via ZOOM videoconferencing.

MEMBERS ATTENDING (14): Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Becky Raymond, Kevin Leyhane, John Justino, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown.

GUESTS (6): Lon Penna and Alice Marcus; Rotaractors Dustin Moore, Aubrey Racz, Lindsey Ribac, Felipe Xavier Costa.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 7.36.06 PM ALICE MARCUS

MEETING NOTES: President Dick Drumm welcomed a group of Danes Rotaract members from the UAlbany School of Public Health, as well as special guests Lon Penna of the Niskayuna Rotary Club and Alice Marcus from Nigeria. The bulk of the meeting was given over to an explanation of the Mooncatcher Project and educational efforts Lon, Alice, and others are working on for a Rotary Global Grant.

The project is intended to provide feminine hygiene training and items to young women in Nigeria for whom menstruation and its attendant needs is sometimes a health and cultural problem.

It also is intended to expand on the theme “How To Uplift a Village” by  empowering women through educational efforts using memory cards with vocational videos, supplying refurbished laptop computers, and providing large containers of books; plus, gathering micro-loans for business enterprises.

After the presentation by Lon and Alice, 10 SRC members and three of the Rotaractors stayed online following the regular meeting for additional discussion with them. Rotaract will consider taking on efforts to help the project because it has two connections to its members — Rotary public service and their connection to public health.

Meanwhile, anyone wishing to make individual monetary donations in support of the Mooncatcher and educational efforts may send checks made payable to “William Green III – Niskayuna Rotary DAF#451” to:

Lon Penna
39 Saint Stephens Lane East
Glenville, NY  12302

Every $10 pays for three Mooncatcher hygiene kits after Rotary’s 50% match.


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