Meeting Clipboard: 4/29/21

MEMBERS ATTENDING (14): Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Charlie Foote, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Kevin Leyhane.

GUESTS: None.

DONATIONS: Treasurer Murray Forth reported that the club is holding money designated by donors for specific organizations to be dispersed before June 30, the end of the current Rotary Year. It was the consensus of attendees to expedite checks to Circles of Mercy ($600) and a trio of food pantries ($185 each), The Anchor, Doors of Hope, and CoNSERNS-U.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: We have sufficient designated funds in the club treasury to cover this year’s scholarship program consisting of $1,000 awards to one graduating senior each at Maple Hill, Columbia, and Rensselaer high schools. Terry Brewer is in the process of contacting administrators at those schools to ascertain the awardees and to invite them to visit the club via a ZOOM meeting.

SECRETARY TRAINING: Pat Bailey reported on the annual District Club Secretary Training she attended virtually last Saturday. She said much of the 90-minute session went over material not new to first-time secretaries, but she did say emphasis was put on (a) NOT carrying non-dues payers on the club membership rolls until they actually meet their financial commitment, (b) utilizing the online District calendar to publicize club events that may be of interest to others, and (c) creating a backup person for the club treasurer in case of emergency. To that end …

… TREASURER BACKUP: Maggie Forth was designated by consensus of tonight’s attendees to serve as emergency backup to Murray to provide information continuity as needed.

SPEAKERS SOUGHT: President Dick Drumm is seeking speakers to address the club via ZOOM. Anyone who has a potential speaker/program may contact Dick.

IN-PERSON EVENTS: Because virtually the entire club has received COVID-19 vaccinations, we will begin phasing in a resumption of in-person events with an outdoor Presidential Changeover picnic at the Drumm residence at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, when Dick hands over the presidency to Debbie Rodriguez. … Peter and Debbie Brown volunteered to host an outdoor event during the “Summer Casual” period (July and August) when traditionally the club does not hold formal weekly meetings. Anyone else who wishes to do the same is asked to let Bill Dowd and/or Debbie Rodriguez know so we can reserve the date(s) on our calendar.

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