Meeting Clipboard: 4/7/22

Cody Bloomfield and Sean Wyse speak about Capital Roots.

MEMBERS ATTENDING (15): Debbie Rodriguez, Keven Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Charlie Foote, Phil Kellerman, Dick Drumm, Pat Bailey, Becky Raymond, Andy Leyhane. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Tony Morris.

GUESTS: Joan and Emery Maddocks, Mike Stengl

SPEAKERS: Cody Bloomfield and Sean Wyse from Capital Roots

President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order at Moscatiello’s Restaurant, noting the presence of a quorum.


ROTARACT: A ShelterBox was set up in the lobby at the School of Public Health on 4/6/22. Larry Jones, Past Rotary District Governor, spoke about ShelterBox.  There was good student and staff turnout. Rotarians attending were Larry Jones, John Justino, Becky Raymond, and Debbie Rodriguez.

CIRCLES OF MERCY: Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Charlie Foote, Shannon Romanowski and Lois Hanan assisted in packing Easter baskets this afternoon.  Over 40 baskets were assembled and will be delivered to Circles of Mercy tomorrow by YMCA staff.  Thanks all for the assistance.

DRIVING COURSE: Jim Leyhane asked about reconvening the drivers training course which the club last sponsored three years ago.  After taking the course, you will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on your auto insurance. We would probably need a quorum.  There was quite a bit of interest tonight by show of hands and a final count will be taken next week.

HEALTH UPDATE: Doris is receiving rehab at home and is in better spirits.

ROTARY CARD: Debbie has purchased Rotary business card if folks are interested.  They will be used during our fundraising events.

BLUE STAR MOTHERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Debbie Rodriguez reminded us about the Blue Star Mothers benefit golf tournament.  More info is on the website.

GRANT TRAINING: Four club members were in attendance and we are awaiting the MOU from District.

BOY SCOUTS: Dennis Cicchino, Scoutmaster, sent a thank-you letter to the club in appreciation of the $750 donation to the Scouts.

Capital Roots: Cody Bloomfield and Sean Wyse from Capital Roots spoke about their organization. They said food access is a right, not a privilege. Capital Roots’ mission is to cultivate and nourish communities by creating equitable access to fresh food and green spaces in support of a robust regional food system. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and southern Saratoga counties. It was founded in 1975 as a community gardening program.

Capital Roots’ approach is: easy access, making it affordable, top quality, and dignity. Their 12 programs are Community Gardens, Veggie Mobile, Produce Project, Squash Hunger, Taste Good Series, Farm to School, Healthy Stores, Healthy Streets, Veggie RX, Virtual Veggie Mobile, Smart Vending and Urban Greening.

They are looking for support and volunteers and have a retail market in Troy.

NEXT MEETING — We will meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14th.

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