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 2017-18 Rotary Year
President: Roberto Martinez
Co-Presidents-elect: Ron Annis, Jim Butterworth
Vice President: Ray Hannan
Treasurer: Murray Forth
Secretary: Patricia Bailey
Immediate Past President: Debbie Rodriguez
Directors-at-Large: James C. Leyhane, William M. Dowd, Andrew Leyhane, Terry Brewer
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.
We conduct dinner meetings at 6:15 p.m. each Thursday from September through June at Quigley’s restaurant, 593 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY. And, we hold one-hour continental breakfast meetings at 7 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Greenbush YMCA, 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY.
If you would like to attend either or both of those meetings, please let us know no later than Tuesday evening the week of the event. Email contacts: for dinner, Debbie Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org); for breakfast, Terry Brewer (email@example.com). Dinner price is $18, continental breakfast $5, which goes to support Y summer camping scholarships.
During July and August, we meet at various members’ homes for informal picnic-style events, or participate in such club-wide excursions as 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. All of these events are designed to be social and family friendly.
The Southern Rensselaer County Club is part of Rotary District 7190, which covers 41 individual clubs in a seven-county area of Upstate New York and which itself is a segment of Rotary International, a global organization of more than 1,230,000 members.
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. Rotary members have persevered in the fight against this infectious disease, one that once occurred everywhere on Earth, for more than 30 years, and now have helped eradicate endemic polio in all but three countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. In each of those countries, our immunization efforts have been stymied by ongoing terrorist attacks against polio volunteer workers and even against their police and military protection.
In Southern Rensselaer County and environs we are involved in sponsoring a variety of community activities. Here is a sampling — and it truly is just a sampling:
• Recycling Days — An initiative we started just this year, giving the public an inexpensive opportunity to get rid of papers, documents, outmoded electronics, and the like. Proceeds after expenses go entirely to help underwrite our other community service projects.
• Winter Indoor Simulator Golf Tournaments: Each winter, we hold a series of such events open to the public at the Burden Lake Country Club. Revenues have gone to a variety of charitable organizations, such as Ronald McDonald House in Albany, ShelterBox and PolioPlus internationally, and others.
• Bowling for Vets: An annual bowl-a-thon open to the public to support programs for a local service working with the Wounded Warriors program, and the Blue Star Mothers military family support group.
• Scholarships: We provide grants of varying amounts to cover student participation in college study and vocational training, and such programs as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) training academy, summer enrollments at camps run by the Boys Scouts and the YMCA, etc.
• Scouting: Support for the local Troop 41 to encourage following the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America, and sponsorship of plaques at Columbia High School honoring the highest achievers in local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations.
• Food Programs: Periodic community drives in support of a number of local food pantries.
• Ronald McDonald House: We provide a series of financial grants and hands-on culinary services to the family facility that aids out-of-town guests temporarily using facilities at the nearby Albany Medical Center.
• Holiday Family Aid — We “adopt” families and children at Christmas and Easter to provide holiday cheer for people who might otherwise go without.
• School Aid Initiatives — We have underwritten special elementary school tutoring programs that help students prepare for Common Core testing. And, we outfit children returning to school after summer break with all the requisite equipment they need.
In addition, the club provides financial and in-kind grants for a variety of community projects and activities each year — family shelters, emergency services, local and global relief aid, historical groups, civic projects, local schools’ programs, libraries, children’s clothing collections, and many, many other activities — supported by annual membership dues, individual member contributions, and various fundraising projects.