We WILL have a Rotary meeting this Thursday. Well, in a manner of speaking.
You can join other Rotarians from our neighboring District 7210 at 4 p.m. this Thursday for their first district-wide web meeting.
It’s important for all of us to stay connected, share ideas, and continue the valuable service of Rotary. While some clubs have been able to connect with virtual meetings, others have not, until now.
This will provide an opportunity for all Rotarians to continue to meet and have a gathering place. While we cannot physically meet together, we can stay involved through technology using the GoToMeeting app.
Here’s how it works:
• Plan to participate in the meeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone online.
• For audio only from your smartphone use one touch: tel:+16692243412,,946824069#
• For audio only on other phones: 669-224-3412, access code 946-824-069
• New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts.
Despite the many restrictions on purchasing of food and beverages during the coronavirus pandemic, most of us still consume bottled beverages and need to redeem the containers.
SRC’s robust participation in the CLYNK recycling program via Hannaford supermarkets continues during this emergency period, but CLYNK is asking for some slight alterations in the effort. Here is the Maine-based company’s statement:
“CLYNK is a redemption company born out of community. You rely on us to get you back your deposits, and our hardworking employees value your business as it gives them dependable income and basic benefits. Never has this been truer than during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“CLYNK is open for business. We are committed to keeping this little corner of your life easy and convenient even while the rest is anything but. We are taking extra precautions to keep our employees safe, including increased vigilance on the use of personal protective equipment. If you see a driver decked out in unusual gear, please give them a thumbs up (or virtual elbow bump) from us.
“To the same end, we’d like to ask for a voluntary safety pledge from you. After filling your CLYNK bag and tying it tight, please hold on to it for three days before you drop it off at any [Hannaford supermarket]. This will help to dramatically reduce the risk of surface-to-human contamination. To signal you have done this please tie a bright piece of ribbon/string/anything to the handle of your bag. We are calling this a ‘3 Day OK.’
“Never fear, we will process your bag with or without the ‘3 Day OK’ tie. But, when we see the tie, our employees will know they can breathe a little easier. Thank you in advance for this small sign of solidarity. We love our CLYNKer community.”
SRC Treasurer Murray Forth displays the winning ticket drawn for our latest Cafe Capriccio wine dinner. And, Carol Orvis is the winner of the chef’s private dinner for 12, the third different winner in three such raffles.
Our special thanks to Murray for staking out the Quigley’s parking lot this evening to receive ticket sales money in lieu of our regular meeting, cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A SPECIAL NOTE: Although our weekly dinner meetings and other activities have been indefinitely postponed because of the current public health crisis, you can keep up to date with global, regional and local Rotary news by making a point of regularly checking our website and Facebook page. Even in times of trouble, Rotary perseveres.
We thank the following organizations and individuals for being $100 lane sponsors for our Foundation Bowl-a-Thon event, held on Sunday, March 1, at the East Greenbush Bowling Center.
COMPANIES & ORGANIZATIONS
Capital District YMCA
Forth Sports Floors
Amato Wealth Management
Recovery Sports Grill
Schodack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics / Community Care
INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES
Bill and April Dowd
James Leyhane Family
Debbie and Peter Brown
Terry and Betty Brewer
Debbie and Chuck Rodriquez
Lois and Stewart Wagner
Batnasan, our latest Gift of Life child from Mongolia (where it is common to go by a single name), is recuperating well from cardiac surgery at Albany Medical Center.
If you would like to send a message of encouragement, a small gift, etc., you can send it to the host family where he is staying.
c/o Daniel and Brielle McCarty
41 Green Island Avenue
Latham, NY 12110
Growing government restrictions on public events because of the coronavirus pandemic have necessitated some changes on the District 7190 calendar. Here are actions taken by the District Board:
• The Foundation Dinner scheduled for March 26 has been cancelled. Refunds will be available for those who registered, although the Board is asking that Rotarians consider leaving their payments in place for credit to the Foundation. “If you were planning to make a donation to the Foundation, please consider accelerating that payment so it can start earning while the financial markets are down,” said District Governor Larry Jones.
• The District Training Assembly/Grant Management Seminar scheduled for April 4 will be reformatted to become an online experience. Details will be announced.
• The District Conference scheduled in Albany for May 15-17 has been suspended. “While we do not anticipate being able to hold even a scaled-down conference, we have not worked out the final details on cancellation,” Jones said. “We will continue to hold a raffle for a ‘Wheelbarrow of Booze’ that was to be a fundraiser for the conference.” At the least, we will have an online meeting to conduct the business required by our District By-laws, to recognize outstanding service, and to remember those who have passed on to higher service.
• All other District face-to-face sessions will be delayed at least through May 31.
We need to collect the money for all of the raffle tickets for the Cafe Capriccio wine dinner our members have purchased or sold.
If you have not yet turned in your money to Treasurer Murray Forth, the deadline for doing so is this Thursday.
Even though we will not be meeting at Quigley’s that evening, Murray will be in the parking lot at 6 p.m. to accept your payments and to draw the winning raffle ticket. Please don’t stand him up. (if you need to contact Murray in advance, you can call his cell at 518-441-8783.)
Obviously, because the state has ordered all restaurants to cease normal operations as of this evening, and for the foreseeable future, the Cafe Capriccio dinner will have to be rescheduled. We will be in contact with the owner to make suitable arrangements.
Thank you for your cooperation.