News of this New York State club that practices "Service Above Self"
A volunteer service club located in Rensselaer County, NY, that is part of Rotary International, the 1.23 million-member international organization of men and women serving their community and their world.
Members Attending (15): Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Terry Brewer, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Pat Bailey, Phil Kellerman, Charlie Foote, Becky Raymond, Jim Leyhane, Murray Forth, Roberto Martinez, Andy Leyhane (plus Bill Dowd proxy submitted).
President Debbie Rodriguez presided over our first meeting at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant in North Greenbush.
• Murray Forth reported that Quigley’s has been sold, but no longer is a meeting-venue option for us despite earlier reports. We need to remove our memorabilia from the meeting room and put it in storage space Murray will secure. He will need help on Saturday to attend to that chore and will advise members of the time. All who can volunteer to assist are asked to please do so.
• Three SRC-sponsored foursomes will be participating in Monday’s Gift of Life Golf Tournament at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland.
• The NYSCR Danes Rotaract (the initials are for “New York State Capital Region”) we sponsor at UAlbany is working on several fall projects. Information on the efforts will be shared as they are firmed up.
• For the foreseeable future, we will be alternating dinner meetings at Moscatiello’s with Zoom meetings. Thus, next Thursday we will meet virtually from 7 to 7:30 p.m. (the Zoom access link will be available as usual on the club website calendar page), and the following week (September 30) we will be at Moscatiello’s with District Governor Bruce Connellee as our guest (5:30 social period, 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting).
Rotary partners with a number of other public service-oriented organizations at various times. One upcoming event involves the Peace Corps.
Rotary-Peace Corps Week is coming up, with a webinar kickoff event called “Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership: The Future is Bright.” It is available to all Rotarians and Peace Corps members.
The event, set for 6:30 p.m. next Monday (September 20), will feature Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and Acting Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn discussing the possibilities for partnering and their vision for the future.
Advance registration, which can be done online is required.
Our friends at Circles of Mercy are teaming up with students and staff at Maria College for a “Walk for Mercy” and they are inviting you to join them as volunteer walkers.
The flyer, cover letter, and signup sheet below have plenty of details, but the gist of it is:
The walk will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, starting at the Albany school located at 700 New Scotland Avenue. Proceeds earned through pledges will go to supporting programs and services at Circles and at the college.
Goal No. 1 for SRC in the 2021-22 Rotary Year is to regain some semblance of normality by resuming personal interaction among members, and continuing our record of 60+ years of community service.
To that end, resuming a schedule of in-person events among our fully vaccinated members was a major component. It gained some momentum during the “Summer Casual” period, and will ramp up as of this coming Thursday, September 16.
That’s when we will gather at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant on Route 4 in North Greenbush, just south of Hudson Valley Community College. (Allow for a bit of traffic at the under-construction traffic circle there; for those coming from the south, we advise trying I-90 Exit 8.)
Arrangement have been made to meet there on that date as well as on Thursday, September 30, when our new District Governor Bruce Connellee will visit us. The details are the same for both events — a $25 fixed price covering dinner (your entree choice this week of chicken marsala or cheese lasagna), a social period beginning at 5:30 followed by dinner and meeting at 6:15 p.m. No advance reservations necessary.
In between these two in-person events will be a Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 23. Just check our club website’s calendar page for the hyperlink that gains access to the session.
We hope to see the people we haven’t seen in a long time as well as the regulars we always enjoy seeing. Please join us.
MEMBERS ATTENDING (9): Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Becky Raymond, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Pat Bailey.
President Debbie Rodriguez called the virtual meeting to order via Zoom. We did not have a quorum, so no official business could be conducted. However, a number of informational and scheduling topics were addressed, and Debbie thanked the various members who filled in for her during her absence to attend to a family emergency:
• SCHOLARSHIPS — Roberto reported that District 7190 has informed the club it approved a grant of $1,000 toward our annual scholarship awards for graduating seniors at Columbia, Maple Hill, and Rensselaer high schools next June.
• MEETING ARRANGEMENTS — A club committee scouted out potential in-person dinner meeting sites and decided to try Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant on a trial basis. We will meet there on September 16 and 30 (5:30 p.m. social period, 6:15 dinner and meeting). In between, we will meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 23. The club needs to formalize the sort of schedule we will follow through the fall (all in-person, all-virtual, alternating the two). Details of the Moscatiello’s meetings (times, cost, etc.) will be emailed to all members and posted on the website as usual. Likewise, the link to access the Zoom meeting on September 23 will be on the website calendar page as always.
• GOL FUNDRAISER — The club has put together three foursomes to participate in the annual 7190 Gift of Life Golf Tournament on September 20 at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland.
• RLI SIGNUPS — Links to register for the virtual Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) sessions are available on the club website story on the topic. As always, the club will reimburse members for any registration fees incurred.
Are you a golfer? Are you golfer adjacent? Are you interested in helping the District 7190 chapter of Gift of Life run its annual golf fundraiser that will help GOL bring children from around the globe with life-threatening heart conditions to the Capital Region for surgery that will prolong and improve their lives?
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you’re needed.
The district’s annual Gift of Life Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, September 20, at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland. Its organizers are looking for golfers, sponsors, and event workers. You can get the details on all these avenues of service by going onlinetoday.
SRC already has a foursome ready to play in the event, but we can always use another quartet of golfers. We also are looking for people to buy a tee sign, donate a raffle item, or staff one of the necessary stations that help the tournament functions such as the hole-in-one contest, registration desk, auction setup, and perhaps even drive the beverage cart. If you would like additional details, please contact Dean or Doris Calamaras, our club’s GOL liaisons.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t done much for anyone, but it has made participation in some Rotary activities easier.
Take the annual Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) workshops, for example. They are less expensive, require no travel, and are easier to access. But, sometimes there’s a glitch.
The latest edition of the quarterly RLI Northeast America newsletter you should, by now, have received via email is one such example. It touted the fact that districts would be allowed to hold sessions either in person or virtually (our District 7190 opted for virtual). And, it provided dates, links, etc. However, it also inadvertently provided a broken link to sign up for classes.
All members already have received word that after next week’s hiatus leading into the Labor Day weekend we’ll be meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 9.
Now we have details about the following week — September 16 — when we will have our first in-person dinner meeting of the 2021-22 Rotary Year. Arrangements have been made by a committee of four (Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Debbie Rodriguez) to meet at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, located on Route 4 in North Greenbush just south of Hudson Valley Community College. We’ll have a “re-get-acquainted” session from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., then dinner in a private room that we’ll have until 7:30.
Attendees will be able to select an entree of cheese ravioli marinara or chicken marsala. A fixed price of $25 will include your entree, bread and butter, water, soda, iced tea or lemonade. Coffee is extra. A cash bar will be available. No advance reservations are necessary.
We hope to have a solid turnout as we attempt to return to some semblance of normalcy, and discuss our programs and community service efforts for the remainder of the Rotary Year. Please make a note of the RSVP deadline so we can get an accurate headcount.