Meeting Clipboard: 3/17/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (19): Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Charlie Foote, Phil Kellerman, John Justino, Dick Drumm, Pat Bailey, Becky Raymond, Andy Leyhane. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Ray Hannan, Tony Morris.


President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order, noting the presence of a quorum.


MEDICAL UPDATE — Dean Calamaras informed the club that Doris was discharged from the hospital this week and now is in physical rehab.

3/10 BOARD MEETING– Terry Brewer submitted his resignation as vice president, while remaining a member of Rotary. Pursuant to the Club Bylaws, the Board elected Jim Leyhane to fill the position for the remainder of this Rotary Year. The resulting At-Large vacancy will go unfilled until the 2022-23 Rotary Year. … The Board approved an expenditure of $500 a year for three years to help underwrite the Viking Outdoor Gym project in Schodack. … The Board approved Jim Leyhane’s motion that we spend up to $5,000 annually from our current $20,000 general fund on grants and projects approved by the club. Among the first expenditures is up to $1,000 to the local Boy Scout troop to help offset the withdrawal nationally of Elks Club funding for Scouts.

IMPACT COMMITTEE MEETING — Chairperson Pat Bailey reported that the committee has scheduled a 5 p.m. Zoom meeting for Tuesday, March 22, to discuss plans for its raffle fundraiser.

GRANT MANAGEMENT — Three volunteers are needed to participate in the Saturday, April 2, District Grants Management Seminar, a two-hour commitment. Unless we have a minimum of two participants, we will not be eligible to apply for District Grants. Anyone interested is asked to contact President Debbie ASAP.

ROTARACT UPDATE — John Justino reported that as of March 28, UAlbany will lift all mandatory masking requirements. The CDNY Danes Rotaract club we sponsor will take advantage of that policy change to schedule a number of in-person activities for April and beyond.

EASTER BASKET PROJECT — Debbie Rodriguez reported that non-member Lois Hannan is coordinating this year’s club involvement with Circles of Mercy’s “Cate’s Kids Easter Basket Program.”  She will work with Shannon Romanowski’s effort at the Greenbush YMCA which also is again involved.

MEETING MENU — Beginning with our 6 p.m. dinner meeting next Thursday, attendees will be able to order a la carte salads for $3.49 each, the same as they order beverages — from the waitstaff. That week’s entree choices will be spaghetti and meatballs and chicken Caesar salad.

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