Meeting Clipboard 2/9/23

MEMBERS ATTENDING (12): Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Kevin Leyhane, Debbie Rodriguez, Phil Kellerman, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote and Pat Bailey.

GUESTS (6): Debra Oligny, Chris Fowler, Vivian Palmer, Hailee LaRose, Thomas Webb and Jack Willett.

President Kevin Leyhane called the meeting to order.

Theme for the YearGrowing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally.” 

Hybrid Meeting:  Please let Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane or Roberto Martinez know if you plan to join the weekly meeting via Zoom.

Proxy Votes:  If unable to attend please submit your proxy votes to President Kevin Leyhane or any board member who will be attending the meeting. Proxy votes can also be submitted using the Remind App. Text to the number 81010.


Email Account:   The new Club email is Kevin Leyhane will update the website.

Pre-PETS Schedule: Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez joined the Zoom PETS training session on the Topic of Goals and Learning Center this past Tuesday night. Per Peter Brown, members can now access Rotary through The website has more system capability. This was the first of four virtual sessions. Members are invited to participate in these trainings. The remaining sessions are Wednesday February 15 on Club Finances and Insurance, Thursday February 23 on Meeting Formats and Friday February 27 on the RI Foundation. All sessions start at 7 pm. Members must activate their MyRotary account. at

Rotary Bowling Event:  Per Phil Kellerman, the event will be held on April 2nd (Sunday) from 2 pm until 4 pm. It will cost $16 per person for 2 hours of bowling and this includes the shoes. Phil suggested the Club offest the cost of bowling by $3.50 per participant so that they would be charged $12.50. Phil also suggested sponsorships at $50 a lane. He would like to split the funds raised between the Anchor Food Pantry and the Maple Hill Iron Giraffe Project. Pat Bailey and Ray Hannan volunteered to help Phil plan this event.

One District One Book: Jeff Simons, Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District, sent a letter on behalf of their Global Education Committee requesting that Rotary consider purchasing 400 copies of “The Elephant in the Room” for approximately $1500. The Committee is sponsoring a District Wide Project to have the entire District read “The Elephant in the Room” by Holly Goldberg Sloan. The Club agreed to give the district $1000 towards this project.

Rotary Plaque for Moscatiello’s: Roberto Martinez will share the plaque with Moscatiello’s management.

Albany Water Project Presentation: Len Tantillo, noted historical artist, and B.J. Costello will speak on March 9th about the proposed waterway in downtown Albany. Kevin Leyhane proposed limiting the attendance to 50 people. Let Roberto Martinez know ASAP that you plan to attend. Over 40 people are already on the list. Those interested, after capacity has been met, will be invited to join via Zoom.

Viking Gym: Ron Annis emailed Kevin Koing, the Town of Schodack Parks Superintendent, the quote for 10 pieces of equipment for the Gym. The total cost for all 10 pieces of equipment is $24,067.19. Based on the amount of funding already raised, several pieces of equipment can be purchased with additional equipment to be purchased over several years.

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 16, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. Our speaker will be Dr. Maria Coady from LEAD joining via Zoom.

Entree choices will be Antipasto Salid, Chicken Marsala and Cheese Ravioli.


Vivian Palmer, Hailee LaRose, Jack Willett and Thomas Webb, students from Maple Hill’s International Club presented on their Iron Giraffe Project.

They are raising $1000 for Water for South Sudan. Water for South Sudan is a non-profit organization dedicated to digging wells in order to provide clean water in South Sudan. Only 10% of the population has access to clean water. Non-clean water causes water-borne illnesses. It also takes time to walk to water and carry it back to the village. Access to clean water prevents illness and allows people to focus on other things like going to school. Salva Dut founded Water for South Sudan in 2003. It costs $15,000 to drill a well. They have dug 557 wells and also teach about hygiene.

The students were inspired to raise money for Water for South Sudan after reading the book “A long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. The book is about Salva Dut’s life story and about a girl named Nya who walked twice a day for 7 months a year to get water. As a child, Salva Dut was displaced by war in South Sudan. He became separated from his family and walked to a refugee camp in another country. After years in the camp, he had the opportunity to relocate to the United States. He later found that his father was alive in South Sudan but had a disease he got from dirty water. This inspired Salva Dut to start Water for South Sudan.

Why do they call their project the Iron Giraffe Project? The machines that dig the wells look like giraffes. So far, they have raised $230. If you wish to donate, send a check to the Maple Hill Student Activities Fund for the class of 2028. If they make their goal of raising $1000, they have a chance to meet Mr. Dut and Linda Sue Park.

Peter Brown, spoke to the students about the Student Exchange Program and the Summer Exchange Program. There will be a parent information night in March and will be taking applications starting in March. In order to do this, there must be enough families willing to host the exchange student.

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