MEMBERS ATTENDING (16): Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, Debbie Rodriguez, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Terry Brewer, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Phil Kellerman, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, John Justino, Kevin Leyhane, Murray Forth.
• SCHOLARSHIPS — Vice President Terry Brewer said he received an inquiry from Maple Hill High School asking whether the club planned to continue its annual scholarship program for graduating seniors. Because the club has the funds to do so, and earlier in the year designated this as a program to continue, Terry will make formal contact with administrators at Maple Hill, Columbia, and Rensselaer high schools to obtain names of one scholarship recipient each and their names so we can invite them to address the club at a ZOOM meeting as we did last year.
• FINANCIAL REPORT — Treasurer Murray Forth updated attendees on money received in the current Rotary Year via small fundraisers and donations from members and friends. Some donors specified programs and recipients, some donated to the general fund. Specific amounts are on hand for food pantries, Circles of Mercy, and Mooncatcher. Terry suggested sending checks to the designated recipients before the end of the Rotary Year in June since that is what many people made the donations for. Bill Dowd requested Murray review the club checkbook to see what regular recipients we have (Miracle League, Boy Scouts, Blue Star Mothers, etc.) and provide a list at our next meeting to ascertain whether (a) members wish to send checks to such organizations and, if so (b) whether the general fund can accommodate that. Murray agreed to do so. He also said our general fund now has about $20,000 after transferring $5,000 to the new Donor Advised Fund (see below) as approved by the Board.
• DONOR ADVISED FUND (DAF) — Our new fund, officially designated The Dr. Richard Drumm Fund and holding tax deductible status for contributors, is now able to accept donations from members, family, friends, and others in the community. Murray and Bill will create and distribute a letter to all members explaining the procedure for donating, the proper way to make out checks, mailing information, etc.
• ROTARY GRANTS — President-elect Debbie Rodriguez reported that she and fellow Board members Bill Dowd, Phil Kellerman, and Roberto Martinez participated in last week’s virtual District 7190 Grant Management Training. Clubs needed to have at least two attendees to be eligible to apply for grants in the 2021-22 Rotary Year, so SRC had twice that number. She said the club would be applying again for a grant to assist in our annual scholarship program and asked Jim Leyhane and Roberto, who handled the chore last year, to draft the grant submission letter again.
• ROTARACT UPDATE — John Justino, faculty adviser for the Rotaract club we sponsor at the UAlbany School of Public Health, reported that Rotaract International had accepted the updated bylaws and name change recently submitted after being approved by the SRC Board. The club, which will seek members from among young professionals in the community rather than just the graduate school, now is called the NYSCR Danes Rotaract (the initials denoting “New York State Capital Region”). He thanked Debbie Rodriguez and Becky Raymond, SRC’s Rotaract liaisons, and Danes Rotaract President Dustin Moore for their efforts.
• PRESIDENTIAL CHANGEOVER — Our last scheduled meeting of the current Rotary Year — on Thursday, June 24 — will mark our annual changeover, with Debbie Rodriguez succeeding Dick Drumm. Since most, if not all, of our members have received the COVID-19 vaccine and government-imposed restrictions on outdoor gatherings are being eased, we have tentatively set an outdoor picnic at the Drumm residence to mark the event. Details will be shared as they are worked out.