A visit to the Northville Rotary Club

The Northville Rotary Club’s annual woodworking and crafts show is a tremendous fundraiser and draws large crowds to the Great Sacandaga Lake community. Among the visitors this year were our own Geoff Brewer and Terry Brewer, shown here flanking former SRC member Chas Owens who, with wife Sue, co-chairs the event.


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1st pool party & cookout a good time for all

Southern Rensselaer County Rotary’s  first pool party and cookout of our “Summer Casual” season went off in fine fashion Thursday evening at Canadian Meadows, otherwise known as the Forth residence in East Greenbush. Many thanks once again to hosts Maggie and Murray for their generosity.

We have several other family-friendly events scheduled before the second pool party and cookout (August 10 at Chez Leyhane). Next up is our annual outing for a picnic and ValleyCats pro baseball game at Bruno Stadium next Thursday. All tickets in the reserved block have been sold, so if anyone else wants to attend they will have to obtain tickets for that date on their own. Then, on Thursday, August 3, we’ll be having a picnic at Roberto Martinez’s residence. Check the club calendar for the other events on the August schedule.

Meanwhile, here are a few scenes from Thursday’s get-together.



Sis & Bro

Bill & April July 2017

Murr & Marr

Chow Line


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Last call for ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ tickets

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Event coordinator Debbie Brown today issued a last call for reservations for SRC’s excursion to the Mac Haydn Theatre in Chatham to see  “Monty Python’s Spamalot” on Thursday, August 17.

If you would like to join us for this date on our “Summer Casual” schedule, Debbie needs to know by this Friday so she can arrange the tickets. Senior tickets are priced at $33, and general admission at $36.

Here are the people whose reservations have been received so far:

Pat Bailey
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
April Dowd
Bill Dowd
Jeremy Forth
Maggie Forth
Murray Forth
Jim Leyhane
Roberto Martinez
Bonnie Nasca
Phil Nasca
Chuck Rodriguez
Debbie Rodriguez
Carole Spencer

Deadline tonight for Thursday’s get-together

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 2.48.29 PM​1. Are you planning to attend this Thursday’s “Summer Casual” 6 p.m. pool party and cookout at Murray and Maggie Forth’s residence in East Greenbush?

2. Are you planning to bring guests to this family-friendly event?

3. Have you let the Forths know you’re coming and how many will be in your party?

If you answered “yes” to the first two questions, but “no” to the third, tonight is the reservation deadline, so please call the Forths ASAP so they can get a proper headcount. And, please plan to contribute a small appetizer or dessert to the festivities.

FOOTNOTE– As everyone has been notified several times, our annual school supplies drive for needy kids is under way. Please check the shopping list posted on the club website and bring your tax-deductible donations to one of our summer get-togethers. Thank you.


RI President-elect, Sam Owori of Uganda, dies

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The late Sam Owori

From The Daily Monitor of Uganda

Rotary International President-elect Sam Owori has died in the United States due to complications after a leg operation.

RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, who took office on July 1, confirmed the news, saying Owori died Thursday night. “Sam had undergone some surgery in Texas that he had been planning for some time, and there were post-operative complications from which he couldn’t recover. I will provide appropriate details when they are known. In this time of great loss, I ask you to keep Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts,” Riseley in a statement.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss. From the perspective of Rotary administration, we in Evanston are looking at what needs to be done as a result of Sam’s passing,” Riseley added.

Owori was nominated last August to head Rotary International as president for 2018-2019. He was a professional banker in his native Uganda, only the second African to be nominated to Rotary International, the  body responsible for the administration, policy formulation and financial control of Rotary clubs worldwide.

After his election, Owori said he saw in Rotary “an incredible passion to make a difference.” As president, he planned to “harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity.”

Owori was chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda.
Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.
He studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, microfinance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.

Since becoming a Rotarian in 1978, Owori had served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership coordinator, RI Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-Habitat, and RI director.
He was also a member or chair of several committees, including the International PolioPlus Committee, the Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the Audit Committee.

Most recently, Owori served as trustee of The Rotary Foundation, chair of The Rotary Foundation’s Finance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee, according to the Rotary website.


‘Project Legos’ just keeps on delivering

Screen shot 2017-07-14 at 1.45.03 PM“Project Legos,” meant to refresh the spirit of Xavier Schmitt, Debbie and Chuck Rodriguez’s grandson, as he goes through a three-year-long, arduous treatment for leukemia, continues to do its work.

In this latest photo, Xavier, now home after another lengthy hospital stay, clearly is enjoying the most recent addition to his Legos collection.

“Project Legos” was conceived and originally funded by Jim Leyhane, who continues to handle the research and purchasing of various Legos kits. Anyone who wishes to help defray the costs of this ongoing effort can contact Jim directly.

And, of course, it can only help to send out good thoughts and prayers to Xavier and his family.


‘School Supplies Drive’ gets under way

Screen shot 2017-07-14 at 1.14.26 PMOur annual “School Suplies Drive” for pre-school and high school students in the Rensselaer City School District is under way.

Andy Leyhane has taken over coordinating duties this year from Bill Dowd, and is working with the sponsoring Circles of Mercy organization to collect as many items on the checklist below as possible. (Contributions are tax deductible.)

“I’ll be present to collect donations at our ‘Summer Casual’ events or will arrange to have a helper collect in my absence,” Andy says. “If you can’t make any of the events but still want to donate, not a problem. Just reach out to me and we can coordinate a pickup that is convenient for you.”

As always, the club encourages members and friends to involve their kids, grandkids, etc., in this drive as part of a “kids helping kids” effort. Anyone who would like to involve their business, non-Rotary organization, neighborhood, etc., in this drive is welcome to collect donations and get them to Andy. Please remember when purchasing items that our focus is on high school and pre-school students.

Circles is requesting the following types of school supplies:

• pencils (regular lead #2 and color)
• pencil sharpener
• pencil erasers
• pens (black or blue)
• markers (dry erase and color)
• pocket folders (assorted colors)
• 3-ring binders (in 2” and 3” sizes)
• looseleaf paper (college ruled)
• graph paper
• spiral subject notebooks (1, 3 and 5 subject, college ruled)
• subject dividers
• plastic zipper pencil cases / boxes
• 3×5” index cards
• yellow highlighters
• rulers (standard measurement with metric)
• Kleenex tissues
• hand sanitizer (small bottles)
• Post-It notes
• backpacks (no rollers/wheels)
• looseleaf reinforcement stickers
• combination locks (for gym lockers)
• flash drives
• ear buds (for computer use)
• scientific calculators


This is how the District 7190 newsletter, The Toolbox, covered our effort last year.

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