SOUTHERN RENSSELAER COUNTY ROTARY CLUB
P.O. Box 71
East Greenbush, New York 12061
Geographic Designations: Club #4919, Area 8, District 7190, Zone 5
Board of Directors for the 2019-20 Rotary Year
President: Phil Kellerman
President-elect: Dick Drumm
Vice President: Terry Brewer
Treasurer: Murray Forth
Secretary: Patricia Bailey
Immediate Past President: Andy Leyhane
Directors-at-Large: James Leyhane, William Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Dean Calamaras
The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club was chartered on March 2, 1960, as the East Greenbush Rotary Club. The name was changed in the 1990s to reflect the expansion of its area of membership and service.
From September through June, we conduct dinner meetings at 6:15 p.m. each Thursday at Quigley’s sports pub, 593 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY.
If you would like to attend a meeting, please let us know no later than Tuesday evening the week of the event by emailing dinner coordinator Debbie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Buffet dinner is $18, but your first meal is on the house.
During July and August, we hold a series of social events such as meeting at various members’ homes for informal picnic-style events, participating in such club-wide excursions as attending professional summer theater performances, professional baseball games and picnics, etc., and, we hold an annual December holiday party and gift basket silent auction event, with proceeds from the latter going to the club treasury to support numerous public service initiatives. All of these events are designed to be social and family friendly. (Click here for a revolving calendar of our activities.)
SRC is part of Rotary District 7190, which covers 40 individual clubs in a nine-county area of Upstate New York and which itself is a segment of Rotary International, a global organization of more than 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries comprising the 1.23-million-member organization now in its 113th year of public service.
The men and women of Rotary are volunteers working together in an inclusive manner in many fields to improve the lives of people everywhere.
Rotarians focus our efforts in six areas:
1. Promoting peace
2. Preventing diseases
3. Providing access to clean water and sanitation
4. Enhancing maternal and child health
5. Improving basic education and literacy
6. Helping communities develop
We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. For more than 30 years Rotarians have persevered in the fight against this infectious disease that once occurred everywhere on Earth, and have helped eradicate endemic polio in all but three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. In each of those remaining countries our immunization efforts have been stymied by ongoing terrorist attacks against polio volunteer workers and even against their police and military protection. Yet, we persevere.
Here is a sampling — and it truly is just a sampling — of SRC’s work:
Locally, we regularly provide assistance in the categories of:
• youth scholarships, leadership training, and foreign exchange study
• aid to military veterans and their families
• curriculum and supplies for schools
• food pantries
• holiday adoptions of children and families in need
• recycling and conservation
• athletes with disabilities through The Miracle League
• assisting helping-organizations such as Circles of Mercy, Ronald McDonald House, the YMCA, and Scouting
Globally, we support:
• lifesaving pediatric cardiac surgeries through the Gift of Life program
• aid to victims of natural and man-made disasters through the ShelterBox relief agency
• ongoing vaccination efforts through PolioPlus that have nearly eradicated the once-prevalent disease from the planet
• hygiene and medical training programs for women in African nations through the Freedom From Fistula Foundation