SRC Rotary Minutes 5/11/2023 Moscatiellos
Members in Attendance: Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown Dick Drumm, Murray Forth, Ray Hannan, Phil Kellerman, Andy Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane;
By Zoom: Charlie Foote, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez
Proxy: Carol Orvis, Becky Raymond
Guests: Ed Kellerman and wife, Sarge: Will Potts
MH check for Iron Giraffe Project: Phil reports no news, and Murray will check to determine if the check has been cashed.
Scholarship: Columbia has reported their selection; still waiting to hear from Maple Hill and Rensselaer HS. Principals from those schools need to sign the grant application to ensure participation in the next round
Slate of Officers 2023-24: Six specific Board positions are required to apply for Rotary Grants. Murray Forth moved to accept the following slate, the motion was seconded by Kevin Leyhane, and passed unanimously.
President, Peter Brown; President Elect, Roberto Martinez; Vice President, Jim Leyhane; Secretary, Pat Bailey; Treasurer, Murray Forth; Foundation Chair, Jim Leyhane; Membership, Terry Brewer; Public Relations, Kevin Leyhane
District Grant Updates: Letters of participation needed from the schools; Slate of Officers posted on Club Runner; and Goals from 2023-24 submitted. All is in order for the submission deadline.
Gift of Life: Barrow of Booze drawing is May 26th and tonight is the deadline for purchasing tickets ($20 or 2 for $30). The Gift of Life Tournament is scheduled for September 14th. Details to follow.
Summer Nights in the Park: Sign up sheets were circulated for both Music in the Park on Tuesdays, and Movie Nights on selected Fridays. Phil K and Pat B are negotiating with “What’s Popping” to provide popcorn to be sold at all events.
Summer Calendar Program Update: With the addition of a visit to the USS Slater, the only date still unfilled is August 31st. The Slater and Jersey Boys at MacHayden will require advanced sign up.
Presidential Changeover: July 6, 2023 at the Browns
Reminder: Dues are due by June 1st, $175, or 2 installments
Membership update: Kevin introduced Will Potts, Manager of the soon to be open Chick-fil-A on Rt 4 who will be joining our club. The new owner of Casey’s Restaurant has expressed interest in becoming a member as well.
Next Week’s Speaker: Dr. Kathy Platoni, speaking on PTSD, hosted by Phil Kellerman
Purchase of a new banner for display at events: The current banner for our club is too big to easily hand on a table or from a canopy. Pat Bailey moved the club purchase a smaller one and would make those arrangements. Andy Leyhane seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.
Will Potts is from the South, the son of a Baptist Minister. During college he worked at the local Chick-fil-A and was given the training and experience to “move up the ladder” One of his mentors was a Rotary member and encouraged Will to consider connecting with Rotary clubs as he moved locations. Most recently he opened a Buffalo site as interim manager and 5 weeks ago relocated with his wife to this area to open the Chick-fil-A on Route 4 in East Greenbush. Welcome, Will!!
Phil introduced his older brother Ed and his wife Sarge who live in Gainsville, Florida. Ed has recently retired as a Professor at the University of Gainsville, and gave an overview of life as a Floridian as well as that of Phil’s older brother