Meeting Clipboard: 4/1/21

MEMBERS ATTENDING (14): Dick Drumm, Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Ray Hannan, Pat Bailey, Charlie Foote, Terry Brewer, John Justino, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Andy Leyhane, Debbie Rodriguez, Phil Kellerman.

GUESTS: None.

MEETING NOTES:

Easter Baskets: The club delivered, courtesy of drivers Jim and Roberto, 126 baskets to Circles of Mercy in Rensselaer for the annual “Easter Baskets for Cate’s Kids” drive. Thanks to Shannon Romanowski for coordinating the drive this year, and to all Rotarians, families, friends, and Greenbush YMCA staff and members for their generous donations of baskets, contents, time, and money.

Upcoming programs: On Thursday, April 8, Herb Klotz, PDG District 7430 in Pennsylvania, will speak on “Successful Data Driven Club Membership Growth Strategies” (thanks to Debbie Rodriguez). On April 15, Dave Hannan, PDG District 7021 in western New York, will speak on progress in polio eradication (thanks to Ray Hannan).

BOARD MEETING NOTES:

After the weekly club session, the SRC Board met via ZOOM. The full Board was in attendance, two by proxy. It discussed and approved, without dissent, two items:

The Dr. Richard Drumm Fund: This is a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), operated within the Rotary Foundation but with local control. Details have been discussed at various club meetings and has been the subject of a Board subcommittee’s research, consultation, and discussion for several months. Once in place, it will allow members and others to make financial contributions that are fully tax deductible, and provide an avenue for formal grants and awards to other 501(c)3 organizations in Rensselaer County and elsewhere in conjunction with then club’s community service efforts. It is named in honor of our current club president and lone remaining charter member.

Rotaract: In line with recent changes at the national level, the Danes Rotaract club recently voted to change some items in its own bylaws and submit them to us for sponsor approval. Included are the removal of an upper age limit for members, and a name change to NYSCR Danes Rotaract (the initials denoting “New York State Capital Region). The target demographic for membership will continue to be graduates and graduate students at the UAlbany School of Public Health, plus young professionals in the community.

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