‘Summer Casual’ updates, including tonight

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A view from the picnic pavilion at Bruno Stadium.

Those of you with tickets for the pavilion picnic and ValleyCats game this evening at Bruno Stadium on the HVCC campus are in for something extra.

Because Wednesday’s scheduled game with Lowell, MA, was rained out, today’s event is a doubleheader (seven-inning games beginning at 5 and 7 p.m.). Your tickets still are good for the 6 p.m. picnic and also cover both games.

Otherwise on the “SRC Summer Casual” calendar:


PoolsideJuly 25 — “Pool Party & Cookout,” 6 p.m.,  hosted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez at Jim’s East Greenbush residence. Details: Catered meal featuring grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, side dishes, and beverages. Bring a simple appetizer or dessert if you wish. The pool will be open for this family-friendly event that will welcome students from East Greenbush who participated in the recent fundraiser for the Honduras water project.

Reservation deadline:  Monday, July 22, via email to leyhane@aol.com or rrmtz@aol.com.


Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 4.10.00 PMAugust 1 — A performance of “Ragtime: The Musical” at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, preceded by dinner at Yianni’s At The Chatham House. We thank Debbie Brown for once again arranging the field trip for club members and friends.

Reservations for both closed on July 4.


Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 11.34.56 AMAugust 8 — “Picnic at Fox Hollow,” hosted by Dick and Mary Drumm at their residence, 176 Fox Hollow Road, Valatie. Details to be shared closer to the event date, but mark your calendars now.

Reservations to Mary at rmdrumm176@aol.com no later than August 1.


Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 11.39.43 AMAugust 15 — “Sundae Thursday (+ food),” hosted by Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguez at the Rodriguez residence, 121 Lape Road, Nassau (Schodack). Event to begin at 5:30 p.m. with ice cream sundaes and continue with hamburgers, hot dogs, and accompanying salads. Cost: $15 per adult, children free. Proceeds will be split between the Freedom From Fistula Foundation Fistula and the Danes Rotaract club. The pool is open. No need to bring anything (except a bathing suit) to this family-friendly event.

Reservation deadline via email to pbailey7@nycap.rr.com or debannrod@yahoo.com by August 9.


After that — unless someone wishes to arrange or host an event the week of August 22, we have nothing scheduled until resuming weekly dinner meetings at 6:15 p.m Thursday, September 12 at Quigley’s.


 

 

RSVP deadline nears for Pool Party & Cookout

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Registration is open for the second “SRC Summer Casual” event of the season — a Pool Party & Cookout — but it closes Monday evening (July 22), so don’t delay making your reservations.

Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 4.29.32 PMOur co-hosts, Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez, need to know how many of you and your family and/or guests plan on joining them at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Jim’s East Greenbush residence so they can give the caterer an accurate headcount.

The pool will be open, and guests will dine on grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, plus side dishes and beverages. Feel free to bring simple appetizers or desserts to share.

This will be an especially fun time to assemble family and friends and let everyone get acquainted or reacquainted. We will have 25 or so guests from the East Greenbush School District who participated in raising funds for the Honduras water project.

If you have  not already done so, please mail your RSVPs by Monday to Jim at leyhane@aol.com or Roberto at rrmtz@aol.com.


P.S. Don’t forget to bring your donations for our annual “Back-to-School Supplies” drive for needy kids in cooperation with Circles of Mercy. This is the first of two dropoff dates. You can access the preferred shopping list by clicking here.


The rest of the “SRC Summer Casual” calendar:

August 1 — A performance of “Ragtime: The Musical” at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, preceded by dinner at Yiannis At The Chatham House. For reservations for either or both events contact Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com.

August 8 — “Picnic at Fox Hollow,” hosted by Dick and Mary Drumm at their Valatie residence. Contact Mary at rmdrumm176@aol.com.

August 15 — “Sundaes on Thursday (+ food),” hosted by Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguez at the Rodriguez residence. Contact Pat at pbailey7@nycap.rr.com or Debbie at debannrod@yahoo.com.

After that — unless someone wishes to arrange or host an event the week of August 22, we have nothing scheduled until resuming weekly dinner meetings at 6:15 p.m Thursday, September 12 at Quigley’s.


 

New Rotary Year dues are now (over)due

Rotary CashYour dues for the 2019-20 Rotary Year were due to be paid by June 30. That’s nearly two weeks ago, so if you missed that deadline, please make a point of getting your check to SRC Treasurer Murray Forth at P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Annual individual dues remain at just $175 per individual member or $350 for  “Family” or “Corporate” group memberships covering an unlimited number of members (although such entities have only a single vote on matters coming before the membership).

If it is easier for you, dues may be paid in two equal installments, by June 30 and by December 31. But again, that first date ws nearly two weeks ago, so speed is of the essence. The initial payment for individuals is only $87.50 per individual, or $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups.

Dues help support local and global initiatives of the club, the district and Rotary International. And,  even if you are tardy in submitting dues, the club is liable to make its overall payment to Rotary on time.

Thanks for your attention.


 

Rotary Runs planning on a steady track

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From President Philip Kellerman:

On Thursday July 11, Jim Lehayne, Roberto Martinez, and I traveled to the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham to scope out the site of the proposed “Rotary 5K/10K Runs and Festival of Good” for October 10, 2020.

While the proposed fundraising runs and other family activities are over a year off, there is a considerable amount of work to do to prepare, and Jim and Roberto have already spent a considerable amount of time in discussion and planning. Thank you to them.

After viewing the fairgrounds and our lengthy discussion, I am comfortable that we can pull this off. However, we will need everyone to play a role, and if it succeeds the event can generate money for our chosen charities.

At our first official dinner meeting of the 2019-20 Rotary Year — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, September 12 —  we will have an update from the planning committee so we all have the opportunity to ask questions and give comments.


 

Time to chip in for the annual school supplies drive

Screen Shot 2019-07-12 at 12.04.19 PMIt’s time for SRC members, family and friends, to once again help less-fortunate students prepare for their return to school — yes, it’s getting that close! — by participating in the annual Circles of Mercy Back-to-School Supplies Drive.

The program, as in other years, focuses on all high school grades (9-12) and on pre-school students, and SRC is always a major contributor. The shopping list recommended by Circles of Mercy:

• pencils (regular lead #2 and color)
• pencil sharpener
• erasers (for pencils)
• pens (black or blue ink)
• markers (dry-erase and Sharpies, assorted colors)
• pocket folders (assorted colors)
• 3-ring binders (in 2” and 3” sizes)
• loose leaf paper (college ruled)
• graph paper
• spiral subject notebooks (1-, 3- and 5-subject, college ruled)
• subject dividers
• plastic zipper pencil cases/boxes
• 3”x5” index cards
• highlighters (yellow)
• rulers (regular with metric)
• Kleenex tissues
• hand sanitizer (small bottles)
• Post-It notes
• backpacks (no rollers/wheels)
• hole reinforcement stickers
• combination lock (for gym lockers)
• flash drives
• ear buds (for computer use)
• scientific calculators

Donations can be dropped off at the following two SRC Summer Casual events, after which we will deliver them to the Circles of Mercy headquarters in Rensselaer in time to meet its August 19 deadline:

Thursday, July 25 — “Pool Party & Cookout,” Jim Leyhane residence, East Greenbush, co-hosted by Roberto Martinez.

Thursday, August 8 — “Picnic at Fox Hollow,” the Drumm residence in Valatie.


 

‘SRC Summer Casual’ events under way

Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 4.29.32 PMThe first event in the annual “SRC Summer Casual” schedule of July and August events  — a dinner and chatfest arranged by Ray and Lois Hannan — was held at the Schodack Diner this evening. Proceeds from the dinner go to the club treasury.

The remainder of the schedule:

Thursday, July 18 — ValleyCats pro baseball game and pavilion picnic at HVCC’s Bruno Stadium. $26 per person covers meal, souvenir ‘Cats baseball cap, and reserved seat for the game. Event coordinator: Terry Brewer.

Thursday, July 25 — “Pool Party & Cookout,” Jim Leyhane residence, East Greenbush, co-hosted by Roberto Martinez. EG Student Advisory Council as special guests. Bring an appetizer or dessert. $15 per person or $25 per family. Contact Jim Leyhane at 518-477-4881 to RSVP.

Thursday, August 1 — A performance of “Ragtime: The Musical” at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, preceded by dinner at Yiannis at the Chatham House. For reservations for either or both, contact Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com or 518-732-7178.

Thursday, August 8 — “Picnic at Fox Hollow,” the Drumm residence in Valatie. Contact Mary Drumm at rmdrumm176@aol.com or 518-784-2521 for reservations.

Thursday, August 15 — “Sundaes on Thursday (+ food),” co-hosted by Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguez at the Rodriguez residence. Contact Pat at pbailey7@nycap.rr.com or 518-766-0215 or Debbie at 518-766-3451.

We still have the week of August 22 available if anyone would like to host or arrange an event. If so, please contact Phil Kellerman or Bill Dowd.

Meanwhile, here are some scenes from the Schodack Diner event. To get a full accounting of who participated, be sure to check out the man in the mirror taking pictures.

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Roberto (in yellow shirt) records a table for 10.
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Murray, Phil, and Jim get to work out on the buffet.
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Hosts Ray and Lois offer the photographer some great smiles.
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Phil sporting the new official sunglasses of the SRC presidency.
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The man in the mirror materializes for a little dessert.

The History of the Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July — also known as Independence Day or July 4th — has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th Century and the American Revolution.

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Britain, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

But, there is a lot more to this most American of holidays. Click on the links for a package from History.com:

A History of Independence Day

• Early Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July Becomes a Federal Holiday

A Photo Gallery: The Founding Fathers