About our Halloween meeting: Forget about it

Screen Shot 2019-10-22 at 8.11.27 PMIf you weren’t planning to go trick-or-treating this Halloween because it conflicted with an SRC Rotary meeting, dust off that costume and get a couple of plastic bags to hold your swag. The October 31 meeting has been cancelled.

A confluence of two things led to that decision: District Governor Larry Jones, who was scheduled to make his official visit, had to postpone, and — and this was the biggest reason — Quigley’s owner John Walsh decided to close the restaurant at 4 p.m. on Halloween, leaving us without a suitable venue.

After that one-week hiatus, we’ll resume our weekly dinner meetings when guest speaker Kurt Vincent presents “Trolleys Across the Hudson, Part 1: An illustrated talk on the history and legacy of America’s first intermodal electric railroad.”


Albany club’s annual GOL auction coming up

Screen Shot 2019-10-22 at 2.46.26 PMEach year, the Albany Rotary Club holds a major auction evet as a fundraiser for the Gift of Life of District 7190. This year, the event is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11. All are invited.

The venue is the Joseph  E. Zaloga American Legion Post #1520 at 4 Everett Road, Albany. There will be silent auctions, raffle auctions, and a live auction.

Items range in all shapes and sizes and dollar amounts. Payment is to be made by check or cash, with checks made payable to “Gift of Life 7190.”

Tickets can be purchased online for $25, with a December 3 deadline. Admission at the door is $30. Reservations are required for this event so the Legion Post needs a headcount to prepare enough food.


Congratulations to latest 7190 RLI graduating class

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The RLI graduating class of 2019. See anyone you know?

Ten Rotarians were honored on Saturday as the graduating class of Rotary Leadership Institute’s District 7190 training session held in Schenectady.

Last year, SRC had a district-leading 10 people participating, but this year the number dropped off precipitously with Dick Drumm our lone attendee. Dick completed Level 1 of the three-level program needed to receive a graduation certificate. After finishing the three levels, Rotarians may participate in graduate-level classes.


Stay alert for Halloween night meeting news

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Trick-or-treating has come a bit early for SRC. Quigley’s owner John Walsh has just informed us that he will be closing the restaurant at 4 p.m. on that day because of Halloween.

So, we’re working on an alternative site for that October 31 meeting, when District Governor Larry Jones is scheduled to make his official visit.

The SRC Board, already scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening this week, will be discussing alternatives. Please stay alert for email/website/Facebook postings about the outcome of the discussions.

Obviously this does not affect this Thursday’s meeting marking World Polio Day.


Polio pioneer our special guest this week; RSVP now

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World Polio Day is celebrated each year on October 24. It was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

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Martha Lepow with one of her Rotary awards.

One of the early pioneers in polio research was our own Dr. Martha Lepow, who will be a special guest at this week’s SRC dinner meeting when we mark the 7th annual World Polio Day. Everyone is invited to stay after the meeting to view a Rotary live-streaming presentation on the polio fight.

Martha Lipson Lepow, professor emerita of pediatrics at Albany Medical College, is considered the nation’s most senior pediatric infectious disease expert. You can read an interview with her online, and you can see her interview in our History of Polio” video. She will speak at Thursday’s meeting along with SRC member John Justino, director of the Center for Global Health and clinical associate professor in the UAlbany School of Public Health.

The menu for this week will feature chicken Marsala, chef’s choice of sides, antipasto salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. As always, the cash bar is available.

If you would like to join us but are not on the list below, please make a point of emailing dinner coordinator Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com no later than Tuesday evening so we can be sure there is a seat at the table for you. And, as always, guests are welcome.

Already on the “yes” list:

Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Murray Forth
Ray Hannan
John Justino
Phil Kellerman
Martha Lepow
Andy Leyhane
Jim Leyhane
Kevin Leyhane
Carol Orvis
Wells Packard
Becky Raymond

What kind of mark is our Clynk project having?

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This chart shows the environmental impact our club is having so far by participating in the ongoing Clynk container redemption/recycling program. In addition, we have raised a bit more than $400.

By participating through the very simple process of tossing all your deposit containers in an official Clynk bag, placing a barcode sticker on it, and dropping it off at any Hannaford supermarket, you’ll be sending all those nickels to SRC for our ShelterBox fundraising purposes, as well as keeping your home or office from being cluttered by all that glass, metal, and plastic flotsam.

If you would like to extend your reach beyond your home to include collecting redeemable containers donated by friends, neighbors, workplaces, churches, etc., please contact Bill Dowd for details on how to do it.

Each redeemed container may be only a nickel received, but it continues to add up since this is an ongoing effort that we’ll be involved in as long as the Clynk recycling company and Hannaford chain maintain their partnership.

If you’d like more information on Clynk — what it is, what it does, where it operates, etc. — simply go online to Clynk.com. Meanwhile, thanks for your participation.



Meeting Clipboard: 10/17/19

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

Members Attending (16): Phil Kellerman, Murray Forth, Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Kevin Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Pat Bailey, Andy Leyhane, Wells Packard, Charlie Foote, Julius Frankel, Carol Orvis.

Guests (1): Paige Johnson.

MEETING NOTES: President Phil presided, welcoming members and visiting Rotarian Paige Johnson. … Reminder to all Board members that we will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the rear conference room of Community Care Physicians, 35 Empire State Boulevard, off Miller Road, Castleton. Sandwiches and beverages will be provided.

screenshot2019-01-31at11.05.47pm… We will be making a go/no-go decision on the proposed 2020 Rotary Run for Good by next week. Peter Brown remarked that he thought that, with proper planning, we could achieve a goal of recruiting at least 60 volunteers to staff the event, one of the major potential stumbling blocks mentioned in last week’s discussion. Wells Packard said he knew in the past the District might provide some matching funds for events that involve more than one Rotary club. Since our preliminary planning mentioned the possibility of including one or two Columbia County clubs, he suggested Dick Drumm check on such funding when he attends the Rotary Leadership Institute this Saturday. (It should be noted, however, that Columbia County is not part of our District 7190, so involvement from there may not be of interest to 7190.)

Screen Shot 2019-10-18 at 1.36.43 PM… Phil said he once again plans to sell gourmet coffees for the holiday season ($15 each, two for $25), with $5 from the purchase price of each package to go toward the club’s ShelterBox contribution. This would help supplement the ShelterBox funds we are raising through the ongoing Clynk container redemption effort. … Next Thursday’s dinner meeting will include a panel discussion for World Polio Day, with polio treatment pioneer Dr. Martha Lepow and Center for Global Health director John Justino. An 8 p.m. live-streaming event will begin at 8 p.m. for those who wish to stay.

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PROGRAM: Paige Johnson, a visiting Rotarian from Vermont who is spending time marketing her family’s local business, presented a brief look at the operation — from its founding by her great-grandparents Fred and Jessie Lemka on June 1, 1910, as the Glenwood Fruit Farm to its present existence as the iconic Kristy’s Barn and Farm, a century farm owned by her parents, Ken and Kristine Johnson.

Glenwood morphed into Appleland and sold its produce on Routes 9 and 20 until the Johnsons moved the sales farm stand to the farm proper and changed the name to Kristy’s. The farm itself covers 250 acres, much of it wooded or wetlands but with about 100 acres under cultivation.

Paige, a onetime Rotary Exchange Student who SRC sponsored for a year in Finland, explained some of the plusses and minuses of modern  farming — location and logistics of marketing in a region where the Hudson River looms as a mental barrier between communities; installation of solar panels; education efforts; labor recruitment — although on the latter topic she said some seasonal workers have been coming  to Kristy’s for 25 years and seem like part of the family; and, the question of what the fourth generation — Paige, her brother, and their sister — will or will not do as far as ownership of the farm. She said her parents are on “the retirement track, looking down the road five or six years or so.”