MEMBERS ATTENDING (18): Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Ray Hannan, Phil Kellerman, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Tony Morris, Becky Raymond. By proxy: Bill Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras.
GUESTS (3): Dennis Ciccino, Lois Hannan, Debbie Morris.
President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant and noted the presence of a quorum
• HEALTH UPDATE — Former member Stewart Wagner has undergone cardiac surgery. Jim Leyhane said he is not doing as well as hoped. Doris Calamaras, currently in rehab after a hospital stay, is expected to be discharged this weekend.
• BOY SCOUTS UPDATE — Dennis Ciccino, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 41 for the past 30 years, visited to update us on the troop that has produced 83 Eagle Scouts since 1960. He said he currently has 10 Scouts with 10 more in the process of moving up from the Cub Scouts along with one of the Cubs adult leaders. Because the B.P.O. Elks organization has, on a national level, ceased funding Scouting because of the ongoing scandals and lawsuits against the BSA. However, the East Greenbush lodge is renting a meeting room to the troop for the token amount of $1. As a result, SRC has increased its annual support of the Troop, and a $750 check was presented to Dennis to help underwrite camping fees. Dennis said it costs $110 each for Scouts to attend camp, and $90 for each supervising adult. He said the Troop will continue fundraising activities and parents may have to pay more toward camp fees this year.
• EASTER BASKET PROJECT — Volunteer coordinator Lois Hannan collected donated items from members before the meeting for SRC’s portion of the annual Circles of Mercy project to create Easter baskets for needy kids in the community. The club is paying for baskets, artificial grass, and wrapping materials. Baskets will be assembled by the Greenbush YMCA. The last day for donations is Saturday, April 9. at the Y. There is a table set up in the lobby of the Y to accept donations.
• GRANT TRAINING — Eligibility for District Grants each year is limited to clubs that have had at least two members participate in the training program. Debbie R., Roberto Martinez, and Jim Leyhane have volunteered to attend this year, and Tony Morris may be a fourth. The training is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady. Anyone else who is interested should contact Debbie.
• IMPACT COMMITTEE — Committee leader Pat Bailey reported that the group met on March 22 and decided to extend the raffle ticket sales through the end of this Rotary Year (June 30) to take advantage of the Music At the Park series held in Schodack each Tuesday in June. She said they expect to attend the “Healthy Kids” event at the Greenbush YMCA on April 30 to sell tickets, and will continue to work out the details of articles, flyers, and other communications.
• PROGRAM — Peter and Debbie Brown presented an illustrated program on “Iceland In the Off-Season,” their recent trip to the North Atlantic island nation.
• NEXT MEETING — John Justino will present a program titled “Complex Human Emergencies and Global Health.” The meeting will begin on Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31.