Foundation Bowl-a-Thon fun for all

The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s “Foundation Bowl-a-Thon” drew about 50 participants to the East Greenbush Bowling Center on Sunday.

The event was billed as a fundraiser for both the Oley Foundation and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, organizations SRC helps support on an ongoing basis.

In addition to the bowlers, we had several event volunteers from the club and from the Danes Rotaract club we sponsor at the UAlbany School of Public Health. And, we had 24 lane sponsors at $100 each.

Here is a slideshow of some scenes from the day:

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You can help spread the word about our ‘Foundation Bowl-a-Thon’

 


Here again is a copy of the official flyer for the “SRC Foundation Bowl-a-Thon” we will be holding on Sunday, March 1, to benefit the Freedom From Fistula Foundation and the Oley Foundation.


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All members have been sent a (corrected) copy of this flyer. Please circulate it as much as you can to help publicize the event to the public — on social media, office bulletin boards, schools, grocery store notice boards, etc. We encourage people to put together 4-person teams from their churches, schools, places of work, neighborhoods, families, etc.

We also are seeking lane sponsorships at $100 each. Sponsors — businesses, individuals, etc. — will have their names displayed over the lanes, and they will be placed on the SRC website sponsors page for a full year. If you wish to become a sponsor and/or can sell a sponsorship, checks made payable to “SRC Rotary Club” should be given to Treasurer Murray Forth.

Thank you for your efforts in supporting our community services.


 

Save the date for our Foundation Bowl-a-Thon


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Over the years SRC has held bowl-a-thons to raise funds for a variety of causes — Rotary’s PolioPlus, Blue Star Mothers, Capital Region Nordic Alliance, student scholarships, etc. After a one-year hiatus, it’s coming back as “Foundation Bowl-a-Thon,” scheduled for March 1, 2020.

Please save the date!

Here’s the official flyer with all the details. We will be emailing copies to all SRC members so you can help share it on social media, print out dis distribute it via bulletin boards or as handouts at various events, and any other way you can think of to help publicize the fundraiser for the Oley Foundation and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation.

2nd annual fundraising letter in the (e)mail

From President Debbie Rodriguez (sent via email today to all members):

Last fall, we successfully instituted a fundraising effort that gave members the opportunity to contribute to the club treasury or specific recipients of their choice.

The impetus was the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic on activities usually spent raising funds to support numerous local and global initiatives.

Although things have eased slightly, we’re still not able to undertake some of our past major events such as bowl-a-thons, virtual golfing, and recycling days. So, we’re again asking all members to make direct financial contributions according to their means and philosophy.

To decide on a contribution level, we’re suggesting that since we now are alternating virtual and in-person meetings, you may want to donate the $25 you are not spending for meals on alternate weeks: i.e., we have approximately 20 virtual meetings set for the remainder of the 2021-22 Rotary Year. That means $500 not being spent on dinner meetings over that period.

If you could contribute that amount, or any portion of it, to Rotary, it would help offset the lack of major fundraisers. Your contribution could be designated for the general treasury or toward specific efforts we’ve supported in the past — such as ShelterBox, Gift of Life, Circles of Mercy, Blue Star Mothers, Polio Plus, scholarships, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards seminars (RYLA), various food pantries, Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), etc. — or any combination of those items as you wish. And, if it is more comfortable to do so, you can split your contribution into two separate donations –- one now, one in March, for example.

Your contribution level will be kept confidential. Only Treasurer Murray Forth will have access to that information so he can distribute money as you and other members instruct.

Please send your checks, as soon as possible, made payable to SRC Rotary (with an accompanying note designating how you want the contribution distributed), to SRC Rotary, P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Thank you for your ongoing contributions to the important work of Rotary, whether financial, personal effort, or both. By practicing “Service Above Self,” we do our best to make the world a better place.

How you can support Rotary’s services

(AN UPDATE OF AN EARLIER POSTING)

As we all know, the norm is anything but normal in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is adversely affecting Rotary fundraising efforts that usually entail in-person interaction, group efforts, et al.

Thus, a consensus of your SRC Board of Directors and a followup discussion among other club members several months ago ascertained that we will continue to underwrite at least three (3) areas of our usual financial largesse — (1) Circles of Mercy family and school projects, (2) our youth educational scholarships, and (3) assistance to local food pantries.

We also will continue to consider financial support of other endeavors on a case-by-case basis as the 2020-21 Rotary Year progresses, that depends on the level of ongoing individual donations and the creation and undertaking of fundraising efforts that conform with projects that adhere to stringent COVID-19 pandemic restrictions as well as conforming to Rotary’s Avenues of Service.

To accomplish this, rather than ask for member support on a month-by-month, project-by-project basis as we habitually have done, we have been asking for a one-time (or by multiple installments) financial donation to support the important work of the club to underwrite local and international humanitarian projects.

The level will depend on your personal financial status and your interest in supporting SRC and allied Rotary projects. In judging that level of support, you may wish to bear in mind that we usually have 38 dinner meetings a year, and that would mean a projected saving of $18 every week, or $684 if we do not hold any dinner meetings in 2020-21 as appears to be the case.

In addition, we are not asking for the usual weekly contributions to our “Spare Change” jug; the usual “Summer Casual” events (Mac-Haydn Theatre, ValleyCats pavilion picnic and baseball game, various field trips, etc.) were not held this past summer, so no member money was spent; and, no sponsorships were solicited for various efforts such as the annual SRC Bowl-a-Thon, etc., that have been cancelled.

Thus, members have not been asked to be forthcoming with donations and fees to any degree this year, so much money has been saved individually.

Here is how the new financing system is working — and we thank all who have donated so far:

• One-time or periodic donations. To create your level of support, we acknowledge that different members are financially able or financially willing to donate at different levels. Several members already have submitted checks. The amount(s) is strictly up to you.

• You may designate which local, regional, or international efforts you wish your donations to support: i.e., when you submit your checks simply attach a note indicating how the money is to be divided. If you do not, we will assume you wish your entire contribution to go to the club’s general treasury.

• The level of donation is confidential. This is not a competition. The only person who is aware of the individual donations is, by necessity, be Murray Forth, our club treasurer. He will direct funds to the various efforts in conjunction with your specific instructions and will report to the membership only aggregate, rather than individual, amounts.

A huge caveat: If you wish to donate to non-local or non-club efforts and make your donations tax deductible, you need to take certain steps to qualify. Please submit checks designated for SRC club activities separately from checks meant to support other efforts. (If you need guidance, please contact Bill Dowd about the process.)

For example, to assure tax deductibility:

• Donations to ShelterBox: Checks must be made payable to “ShelterBox,” with “SRC Rotary” entered in the memo line. Please submit all such checks to Bill Dowd, our club’s ShelterBox liaison officer who regularly collects donations and delivers them to District coordinators so our club and the individuals receive credit for donations.

• Donations to Gift of Life: Checks must be made payable to “District 7190 Gift of Life,” with “SRC Rotary” entered in the memo line. Please submit all such checks to Dean or Doris Calamaras, our club’s GOL liaisons who will deliver them to District coordinators so our club and the individual receive credit for total donations.

We hope this methodology will alleviate the periodic stress on members of helping pay for our community service efforts until we achieve some form of normalcy as the pandemic dissipates.

Thank you, as always, for your compassionate efforts. While no one can do everything, everyone can do something. We ask only that each SRC member does that something in a timely manner.


Mailing Addresses for check submissions:

• For the club — SRC Rotary, Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061

• For ShelterBox — Bill Dowd, 7 Hyland Circle, Troy, NY 12182

• For Gift of Life — Dean & Doris Calamaras, 106 Birchwood Drive, Castleton, NY 12033

Our new plan to finance SRC, other efforts

As we all know, the norm is anything but normal in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is adversely affecting Rotary fundraising efforts that usually entail in-person interaction.

Thus, we have ascertained, by a recent consensus of your SRC Board of Directors and a followup discussion among other club members, that we will continue to underwrite at least three (3) areas of our usual financial largesse — Circle of Mercy family and school projects, our youth educational scholarships, and assistance to local food pantries.

While we also may consider resuming financial support of other endeavors as the 2020-21 Rotary Year progresses, that will depend on the creation and undertaking of fundraising efforts that conform with projects that adhere to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions — social distancing, masking, sanitation methods, etc. — as well as Rotary’s Avenues of Service.

To accomplish this, rather than ask for member support on a month-by-month, project-by-project basis as we habitually have done, we are asking for a one-time, or by installment, financial donation to support the important work of the club to underwrite local and international humanitarian projects.

The level will depend on your personal financial status and your interest in supporting SRC and allied Rotary projects. The timeline: “contributions ASAP” so we can firm up our budget as quickly as we can.

In judging that level of support, you may wish to bear in mind that we usually have 38 dinner meetings a year, and that would mean a projected saving of $18 every week, or $684 if we do not hold any dinner meetings in 2020-21. In addition, we are not asking for the usual weekly contributions to our “Spare Change” jug; the usual “Summer Casual” events (Mac-Haydn Theatre, ValleyCats pavilion picnic and baseball game, various field trips, etc.) were not held this summer, so no member money was spent; no sponsorships were solicited for various efforts such as the annual SRC Bowl-a-Thon, etc. Thus, members have not been asked to be forthcoming with donations and fees this year, so much money has been saved.

Here is how the new financing system will work:

We are asking one-time or periodic donations. To create your level of support, we acknowledge that different members are financially able or financially willing to donate at different levels. Several members already have submitted their checks. The amount(s) is strictly up to you.

We are providing suggested ways to donate per a spreadsheet, created by Roberto Martinez, that has been emailed to all members as a guideline.

You may designate which local, regional, or international efforts you wish your donations to support: i.e., when you submit your checks you may attach a note indicating how the money is to be divided. If you do not, we will assume you wish your entire contribution to go to the club’s general treasury.

The level of donations will be confidential. This is not a competition. The only person who will be aware of the individual donations will, by necessity, be Murray Forth, our club treasurer. He will direct funds to the various efforts in conjunction with your specific instructions and will report to the membership only aggregate, rather than individual, amounts.

A huge caveat: If you wish to donate to non-local or non-club efforts and make your donations tax deductible, you need to take certain steps to qualify. Please submit checks designated for SRC club activities separately from checks meant to support other efforts. (If you need guidance, please contact Bill Dowd.)

For example, to assure tax deductibility:

Donations to ShelterBox: Checks must be made payable to “ShelterBox,” with “SRC Rotary” entered in the memo line. Please submit all such checks to Bill Dowd, our club’s ShelterBox liaison officer who regularly collects donations and delivers them to District coordinators so our club and the individual receive credit for donations.

Donations to Gift of Life: Checks must be made payable to “District 7190 Gift of Life,” with “SRC Rotary “entered in the memo line. Please submit all such checks to Dean or Doris Calamaras, our club’s GOL liaisons who will deliver them to District coordinators so our club and the individual receive credit for total donations.

We hope this methodology will alleviate the periodic stress on members of helping pay for our community service efforts until we achieve some form of normalcy as the pandemic dissipates.

Thank you, as always, for your compassionate efforts. While no one can do everything, everyone can do something. We ask only that each SRC member does that something in a timely manner.


Mailing Addresses for check submissions:

• SRC Rotary, Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061

• Bill Dowd, 7 Hyland Circle, Troy, NY 12182

• Dean & Doris Calamaras, 106 Birchwood Drive, Castleton, NY 12033


Meeting Clipboard: 7/9/20

SRC ClipboardHeld via Zoom video conference

Members Attending (13): Phil Kellerman, Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Jim Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Mike Harkin, Roberto Martinez.

Guests Attending (1): Lindsey Conboy.

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Lindsey Conboy

MEETING NOTES — President Dick Drumm called the meeting to order via Zoom video conferencing. He welcomed Lindsey Conboy, who just graduated from Columbia High School, one of the winners of a $1,000 SRC Scholarship. Lindsey said she will be attending Cornell University in the fall, enrolling in both the agriculture and life sciences college and the engineering college to study environmental engineering. At Columbia, she was heavily involved in numerous activities, including tennis, community photography, student council, library volunteers, chamber singing, and the Science Olympiad. Our other two scholarship winners — Shannon Tacy of Rensselaer High School and Mackenzie Brown of Maple Hill High School — joined us via Zoom at our June 18 meeting. …

We will return to Quigley’s restaurant for a “trial meeting” on Thursday, August 20. Owner John Walsh wants to get a feel for the proper layout to accomplish the necessary social distancing protocols, and this will be our first opportunity since meetings there were halted in mid-March. … It was decided to establish a different sort of “Summer Casual” schedule for July and August. We will alternate brief Zoom meetings with social picnics. That will maintain club continuity of activity through the summer. The scheduled Zoom meeting dates also will serve as potential rain dates for social events or, if additional hosts come forward, dates from which they can choose. …

Bill Dowd reported on a conversation he had with Murray Forth about potentially holding our next recycling/shredding day in late summer or early fall because such activities have a good chance of proper social distancing. Some discussion pointed out that members who do the unloading of recycled equipment tend to work physically close together, and that with the recent Chinese pullback on buying recycled materials from the U.S. the number of vendors we can partner with might be smaller than usual. We’ll consider all those factors, although we are in need of fundraising activities since the pandemic cancelled such major money activities as the bowl-a-thon, recycling day, and the Rotary Home Cooking series. Bill mentioned that, thanks to the generosity of Dick and Mary Drumm underwriting our recent outdoor picnic at their home, we raised $680 for the club  treasury.

Here is the “Summer Casual” schedule as agreed upon at this meeting. It will be modified as needed:

• Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. — Zoom video conference meeting.
• Thursday, July 23, 6 p.m. — Catered outdoor picnic, residence of Debbie and Peter Brown.
• Thursday, July 30, 6 p.m. — Zoom video conference meeting.
• Thursday, August 6, 6 p.m. — Picnic at either Jim Leyhane’s or Roberto Martinez’s residence.
• Thursday, August 13, 6 p.m. — Zoom video conference meeting.
• Thursday, August 20, 6 p.m. — Dinner meeting, Quigley’s, East Greenbush.

NOTE: Please check the website CALENDAR page regularity for updates.


Don’t forget, we will meet Thursday via Zoom

Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 5.56.21 PMAttention SRC Members:

We’re doing something a bit different to begin the new Rotary Year.

Normally, we have a busy “Summer Casual” schedule of social events and field trips during July and August. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, we have nothing scheduled — yet. (Two of our traditional outings, for example — a baseball game and a picnic at Bruno Stadium and dinner out followed by a play at the Mac-Haydn Theatre — have been scratched because both the ValleyCats’ season and the Chatham playhouse’s lineup have been cancelled.)

Instead, new president Dick Drumm will preside over a virtual meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. this Thursday. His agenda was sent to all members some time ago. If you have additional items to be considered, please email them to Dick right away at RMdrumm176@aol.com.

One of the things we will be discussing is how to create both social and fundraising events for the summer. The latter is of particular importance since we missed several usually-strong fundraisers (bowl-a-thon, recycling day, Rotary Home Cooking, etc.) during the winter and spring because of the pandemic.

All members have been emailed the links and password for the Zoom meeting. If for some reason you missed it, please contact Peter Brown ASAP  at pbrown34@nycap.rr.com.


 

Catching up on club financial notes

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• We missed several major fundraisers because of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown (bowl-a-thon, recycling day, etc.). Thus, it is with pleasure we can report that Thursday’s Presidential Changeover dinner raised $680 for the club treasury. Many thanks to Dick, our incoming club president, and Mary Drumm for  not only hosting the outdoor event, but for underwriting the catering fee which allowed all monies from several dozen attendees to go directly to the club.

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• We must soon submit our annual payment to Rotary International, which means we are counting on all membership dues to be paid promptly for the 2020-21 Rotary Year. The deadline is July 1, the start of the new fiscal year, as noted in an earlier announcement. Dues remain at just $175 per individual member or $350 for “Family” or “Corporate” group memberships covering an unlimited number of members.  If it is easier for you, dues may be paid in two equal installments, by June 30 and by December 31. The initial partial payment for individuals is only $87.50, or $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups. Please send checks, payable to “SRC Rotary Club,” to Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club, P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

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• We’re still involved in the CLYNK returnable beverage container program. More bags and tags were distributed at the Presidential Changeover event, but if you’ve run out of the official green bags (the only ones that may be used), you can pick up a box for less than $2 at any Hannaford supermarket. If you need the bar code stickers that must be attached to them, just contact Bill Dowd (518-238-1950 or BillDowd4Troy@gmail.com) and he’ll mail you some. All proceeds from the deposit returns go to our club treasury. And, remember you do not have to rinse and sort the metal, plastic, or glass containers. Just stick them in the correct bag, slap on a sticker, and scan the bar code at any Hannaford drop-off window. A very easy fundraiser, so drink up!

Poolside

• Because of ongoing social restrictions and uncertainties, to club events have been scheduled for July and August. That does not mean, however, that we’re giving up on the usual “Summer Casual” period. It’s not to late for some small bit of return to normalcy. If you have an idea about hosting or helping arrange an event — preferably one involving families and one we can use as a small fundraiser — please contact incoming President-elect Debbie Rodriguez (518-766-3451 or debannrod@yahoo.com) as soon as possible.

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As one of his final presidential acts for 2019-20, Phil Kellerman announced that the packet of required documents has been sent to the Internal Revenue Service as part of an effort to regain tax-exempt status for the club. Although it may be a slow process, we’ll be sure to keep club members informed of any progress.