Bylaws vote scheduled for March 28

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 6.45.49 PM• The following message was emailed to all SRC Rotarians on March 18, putting it within the required 10-day notification requirement to schedule a vote on changes in club Bylaws:

Fellow Rotarians:

The SRC Board’s recent decision to end, for now, the monthly breakfast meetings necessitates changes in the club Bylaws as described below. Per President Andy Leyhane, we will be voting on the proposed changes at our dinner meeting on Thursday, March 28.

Here are the specifics:

Article 5: Meetings

Section 1: The principal regular meetings of this club shall be held at 6:15 p.m. each Thursday, holidays excepted, from September through June at a location so designated for that purpose by the Board. Breakfast meetings held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 a.m. at a location so designated by the Board also shall be defined as official meetings. During July and August, informal activities may be scheduled in place of formal meetings. (NEED TO ELIMINATE THE WORDS IN RED)

Section 3: Twelve (12) members constitute a quorum at the regular evening meetings of this club. Seven (7) members constitute a quorum at the third Thursday breakfast meetings. (NEED TO ELIMINATE THE WORDS IN RED)

Article 13: Member Definitions / Method of Electing Members

Section 4: The applicant shall be introduced in person to the general membership by the sponsor at both a regularly scheduled dinner meeting and a regularly scheduled breakfast meeting before formal submission and acceptance of a membership application. (NEED TO ELIMINATE THE WORDS IN RED)

We will be proposing these changes at the meeting and, assuming we have a quorum, voting on them.

Our therapy dog Auggie has T-shirts for sale

Auggie the doggie goes to class at Bell Top Elementary.

Auggie the doggie, the therapy dog the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club is helping fund at Bell Top Elementary School in East Greenbush, is keeping very busy.

Jaime Gibbs, school counselor at Bell Top and Columbia High School and one of Augie’s chief handlers, tells us today, “Our friend Auggie is doing great at school! I keep his blog/website updated regularly and hope you’ve been able to keep track of his progress there.

“We now have our spring apparel up for sale, including a very special T-shirt for Auggie which has his donors listed on the back. You might want to check it out. It is another way we can thank all of the donors, like the SRC Rotary, for their generous contributions to our therapy dog in training. All money raised through the sale of these shirts goes back to his fund, too.”

As part of his training to take the therapy dog international test this summer, Auggie has daily practices and weekly training sessions for preparation.

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You, too, can buy an Auggie T-shirt off his blog.
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The back-of-the-shirt sponsors.

Another look at Amazon, other developments

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Jack Conway

Curious about the current state of business development — Amazon and much more — in the area?

You’re in luck. SRC in recent weeks has hosted Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and Schodack Town Supervisor David Harris speaking on such projects and how they affect the region.

This Thursday, we will hear from the final speaker in the series, East Greenbush Town Supervisor Jack Conway, who will be our guest at the 6:15 p.m. dinner at Quigley’s.

Join us to welcome our guest and to take a look at our recently renovated meeting room. Just RSVP top dinner coordinator Debbie Brown when she sends out her weekly email.


‘Rotary Home Cooking’ series is under way

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From left: guests Ray and Lois Hannan, Roberto Martinez, Terry and Geoff Brewer.

Home Cooking logoMurray, Maggie and Jeremy Forth hosted the first “Rotary Home Cooking” dinner of 2019 on Saturday evening, serving a roast beef dinner to guests Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Ray and Lois Hannan, and Terry, Betty and Geoff Brewer. Thanks to the Forths for their hospitality which resulted in funds for the club treasury.

The next “Rotary Home Cooking” event will be a Hungarian dinner hosted by Dean and Doris Calamaras at their East Greenbush residence on Saturday, April 13, the same day we hold our “Recycling & Shredding Day.” Please email them at as soon as possible if you’d like to reserve a seat.

Note: We still have openings for May and June dinner events. If you’re interested in hosting, please contact President Andy Leyhane to let him know your preferred date and dinner theme.

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Guests Betty Brewer (left) and Jim Leyhane (right) flank our hosts, the Forth family.


Meeting Clipboard: 3/14/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (14): Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Debbie Rodriguez, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Charlie Foote, Carol Orvis, Carole Spencer, Peter Berry, Roberto Martinez.

Guests (2): Russ Myer, Nina Seviyaga.

A celebratory cake for the debut of our renovated meeting room.

MEETING NOTES: Phil Kellerman presided in Andy Leyhane’s absence. He welcomed members plus guests Russ Myer of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance and Nina Seviyaga who was visiting to learn more about Rotary. … Tonight was the unveiling of the refurbished meeting room (and here) — complete with a celebratory cake (see above) — and all who were involved in the project were thanked, with particular note made of the work by Murray Forth who built storage space and a display case. … Terry Brewer was thanked in absentia for his work in leading organization of the recent 3rd annual Community Recognition Awards dinner. No report yet on the profit made from the event. …

Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 8.56.26 PMBill Dowd reminded everyone that bags and barcode stickers for people participating in our ongoing Clynk beverage container recycling project are available at every meeting. He asked that anyone interested in participating in the ongoing fundraiser but unfamiliar with the details can check with him and/or check out this video. …. Murray said he can accommodate one or two more people for this Saturday’s Rotary Home Cooking roast beef dinner he and Maggie are hosting at their residence. … Next week we will begin circulating a signup sheet for volunteers to work the April 13 Recycling & Shredding Day. …

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 9.49.46 PMDebbie Brown asked members to begin bringing items next week for our annual Easter basket effort for needy local kids. Items also can be dropped off at the Greenbush YMCA which is partnering with us in the effort. Not sure what items to contribute? Just click here for the shopping list. …Our latest class of high school juniors completed the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, and received certificates last Saturday at the RYLA dinner. We will extend the usual invitation for the students we sponsored, all from Maple Hill High School, to attend our dinner meeting to share with us thoughts about their experience. … Next week’s speaker will be East Greenbush Town Supervisor Jack Conway.


Russ Myer, founder and director of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance, visited to provide an update on CRNA’s activities in the field of adaptive sports for veterans and others with physical and emotional impairments.

Russ noted that CRNA’s lineup of four sports programs — cross-country skiing/roller skiing; biathlon; orienteering; snowshoeing/trail running — has been expanded to include para-bobsled/skeleton.

As a followup to representing the U.S. in the World Orienteering Championships held in Latvia last year, CRNA will be heading a team in the same event in Portugal this year. CRNA also continues its numerous programs at various sites around the Northeast.

SRC has been a financial contributor to CRNA for the past three years. President-elect Phil Kellerman announced the “Spare Change Jar” program will be dedicated to CRNA during his term beginning on July 1. Since April Dowd began that fundraising program in 2013, incoming presidents designate recipients of the jar.

Join us at our renovated meeting room unveiling

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If you’re not on the reservations list for this Thursday’s 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting, it’s not too late to be added. That’s the evening we’ll be unveiling the renovated meeting room at Quigley’s that a hard-working group of volunteers finished up over the weekend. A strong  turnout would be one way of thanking them for their labors.

If you care to join us for a meat loaf dinner with all the trimmings and a surprise dessert, just be sure to email dinner coordinator Debbie Brown no later than this evening (Tuesday) at and she’ll be sure you have a seat at the table and a place in the buffet line.

RYLA students celebrate their success

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Maple Hill High School students (from left): Emily Smith, Shannon Tracy, Emily Burns, and Derrick Rosetti display their RYLA diplomas.

Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 5.36.43 PMFour students from Maple Hill High School were among those celebrating the conclusion of the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) course in District 7190 at a Saturday dinner. The quartet was sponsored by the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.

Emily Smith, Shannon Tracy, Emily Burns, and Derrick Rosetti (see photo above) participated in the leadership training course for junior class members from schools throughout the district. Their achievements were marked at the annual dinner at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

A group of RYLA students delivering lap blankets to the Mary’s Haven community hospice in Saratoga Springs.