Meeting Clipboard: 2/4/21

MEMBERS ATTENDING (20): Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Kevin Leyhane, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Ray Hannan, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Carol Orvis, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Charlie Foote, Phil Kellerman, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Tony Morris, John Justino, Andy Leyhane.

GUESTS: None.

MEETING NOTES: President Dick Drumm welcomed attendees. … Bill Dowd reminded all that this week was the start of Easter basket donation drop-offs at the Greenbush YMCA. Anyone who has misplaced the preferred shopping list as well as the project timeline and details can find it on the club website by clicking here. … A reminder that the deadline for online registration for the February 27 virtual Rotary Leadership Institute is February 20. Details on the event and a link to registration are available on the club website by clicking here. … Dean Calamaras announced that the Gift of Life is looking for two board members who have an interest in fundraising for the medical charity. If interested, please contact him. … A reminder that rather than sending out several emails with links to weekly meetings, all members need to do is go to the website calendar page and click on the link for the appropriate date to gain meeting access.

PROGRAM: Kevin Leyhane, who teaches at the Genet School which has approximately 450 students in grades K-5, spoke on how the physical education curriculum is being handled there during the pandemic.

The difficulties of social distancing during physical activities and the need to create alternative activities to the usual sports was emphasized.

Taped-off “boxes” in the gymnasium are used to designate activity space for the students and keep them apart. As Kevin pointed out, anything a student touches — including the “boxes” — has to be cleaned before anyone else can use them. Teachers have integrated calisthenics, dance, and video-led activities to keep the students’ interest while providing good physical training.

He took a series of questions from members, and stayed on in an extended session after the meeting to discuss anything else attendees wished to know.

NEXT MEETING: 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11, via ZOOM.

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