Schodack supervisor this week’s speaker

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Steve Harris

This week’s dinner meeting speaker will be Schodack Town Supervisor Dave Harris, who will give us an update on major topics in his Rensselaer County community.

The dinner menu will feature beef tips with mushroom gravy, chef’s selection of side dishes, antipasto salad, bread, desserts, and beverages. And, as always, the Quigley’s cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

And, also as always, we need an accurate headcount for purposes of buffet food supply and seating arrangements. So, please be sure to contact Debbie Brown at no later than Tuesday evening to reserve a seat. Guests always are welcome.

The following people have made their reservations. Please join them.

Terry Brewer
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Jim Leyhane
Roberto Martinez
Debbie Rodriguez
Guest: Steve Harris

ShelterBox in action in Bahamas, elsewhere

Here’s the latest activity report from ShelterBox regarding Hurricane Dorian and the resulting confusion in the aftermath of such a devastating occurence, and other disasters around the globe.

“It’s looking increasingly likely that we will be supporting families in the Bahamas with aid such as tarpaulins and shelter kits.

T”he team still is working hard to clarify where the gaps are and understand who needs help, where those families are, and what kind of support is most needed. This includes traveling to the worst-affected areas and coordinating with other organizations.

“Understanding the number of people who need help and being sure about where they located is a complex task. With so many organizations working to help people in the Bahamas, damaged infrastructure and crowded ports, it is taking time to ensure that we make the right decisions and are able to help people in the best way possible for their future recovery.

“As well as a team in the Bahamas, we also are active right now in Bangladesh, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Syria, and across the Lake Chad Basin in Africa.

“While we are not accepting designated donations for Hurricane Dorian at this time, we are asking Clubs to support ShelterBox generally.  Contributions allow us to respond rapidly when disasters strike.”



Meeting Clipboard: 9/12/19

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

Members Attending (14): Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Ray Hannan, Phil Kellerman, Jim Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez.

Guests (2): Peter Sawyer, Luigi Magliocca.

President Phil Kellerman called the meeting to order and welcomed members and two guests — Peter Sawyer, from the Burnt Hills Rotary Club, and Luigi Magliocca of Miracle Ear in East Greenbush, guest of Ray Hannan… . Debbie Rodriguez will send a card and gift basket to Murray Forth, whose convalescence is going well. He expects to return to meetings in the next week or two. … Debbie and Doris Calamaras have volunteered to succeed Debbie Brown as dinner meeting meal planners. Thanks to Debbie B. for handling that duty for a number of years. …

Dean Calamaras offered raffle tickets for sale for a drawing that will be part of the annual Gift of Life Golf Tournament next Monday at Pine Haven Country Club in Guilderland. SRC has two teams entered in the event. … We are considering meeting with Danes Rotaract on Thursday, October 24, at the UAlbany School of Public on World Polio Day. As to other programs, coordinator Dick Drumm is asking people to pick a date for which they will provide a speaker/program. … Terry Brewer reported that we have four students from Maple Hill High School who will participate in the 2019-20 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, with SRC paying their tuition fees. …

Contents of the “spare change” jar for the remainder of the Rotary Year will go to the Capital Region Nordic Alliance to help its work providing adaptive sports for disabled military veterans. Donations collected up to this point will go to the Danes Rotaract. … Phil suggested we hold another blanket-making session with the Blue Star Mothers. Debbie R. will contact them to arrange a date. … Guest Peter Sawyer announced his club is sponsoring a fundraiser for polio efforts on Thursday, September 26, at the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, 6882 Amsterdam Road, Glenville. It is open to all. … Next week’s guest speaker will be Schodack Town Supervisor David Harris.

President Phil presented his goals for the remainder of the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

• Encouraging each member to bring at least one guest, if not more, to a meeting.

• Setting a goal of recruiting and inducting three new members.

• We will hold at least one recycling/shredding day.

• Following up Bill Dowd’s Clynk update of last week, he is encouraging all members to become involved in the recycling effort that provides funds for SRC to donate to ShelterBox. We will maintain a supply of bags and bar code stickers at Quigley’s.

• In an effort to keep meetings to a reasonable length, speakers will be given a five-minute warning at 7:25 so meetings will end promptly at 7:30. No exceptions. He will personally speak to presenters before their talk to inform them of the time limit.


Amsterdam Rotary celebrating 100th anniversary

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SRC extends its congratulations to the Amsterdam Rotary Club, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The club will hold a gala this Friday to mark the occasion.

The club is the third oldest in District 7190. The two older clubs are Albany and Schenectady.

In the photo above, from left:

Secretary Cindy Rivera (11-year member), President Peter Rose (5-year member), Past President Ladan Alomar (27-year member), Past President Jeanne So (19-year member), Howard Samuels (31-year member), and Past President Fred Quist (37-year member).

Meeting Clipboard: 9/5/19

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

Members Attending (15): Phil Kellerman, Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Ray Hannan, Carol Orvis, Becky Raymond, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaris, Kevin Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown.

Guests (1): Ann Lipinski.

Yoga instructor Ann Lipinski (center),  leads Rotarians in a basic rhythmic exercise after presenting a talk on the experiences she and her students have shared.

President Phil Kellerman welcomed members to the first dinner meeting of the 2019-20 Rotary Year. He said he will present a look at the upcoming months at next Thursday’s meeting. … Dean Calamaras, a board member of the District 7190 Gift of Life, said the next child being brought to the Capital Region for cardiac surgery is from Bolivia. Coincidentally, GOL is sending a medical team to Bolivia to treat and teach. The 21st annual GOL Golf Tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, September 16, at the Pinehaven Country Club, 1151 Siver Road, Guilderland. Ninety-golfers have been registered so far. The cost is $135 per golfer, which includes lunch, greens fees, shared golf cart, opportunities to win golf contest prizes, and a dinner catered by Illium Bistro.

… Bill Dowd, who is both the Clynk recycling chair and ShelterBox liaison for SRC, showed a brief video on the process of handling deposit containers at Clynk’s Maine recycling center. He noted that when the club agreed to create a Clynk account 18 months ago it designated ShelterBox as the recipient of returned deposits. As a result, he presented the project’s first check to the club, for $400. He thanked all members who have been participating in the recycling program and urged all others to join in, pointing out that at just a nickle or so per container it takes quite a while to amass funds but it’s a painless way to do so.

… A  brief discussion was held on potential Rotaract participation in the upcoming Rotary Day at the United Nations, and sponsorship of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in the 2019-20 series. The consensus was to sponsor up to four students as we have been doing for several years. … Dick Drumm announced the upcoming programs, and asked everyone to let him know the speakers and topics they are lining up for the Thursday dinner meetings. A reminder: The running calendar as well as the program assignment chart, both regularly updated as information if given to webmaster Bill Dowd, can be accessed on the club website Calendar page.

Dinner meetings resume, but we need RSVPs

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This week’s menu star.

Late (because of the holiday) reminder: Dinner coordinator Debbie Brown ( needs to know no later than Wednesday morning if you plan to attend this Thursday’s dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

We’ll have a two-part program to welcome us back to our regular schedule of weekly dinner meetings:

• Bill Dowd, our Clynk coordinator, will present a brief video and a check as part of his update on this recycling-for-profit effort.

• Ann Lapinski will offer a presentation on “Yoga for the Disabled.”

This week’s menu will feature roast turkey and all the fixin’s as we gradually slide into the fall portion of our Rotary Year.