May is a very special month for Rotary

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Meeting Clipboard: 5/2/19

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

Members Attending (13): Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Bill Dowd, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Ray Hannan, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Becky Raymond.

Guests: None.

MEETING NOTES: Murray Forth and Phil Kellerman presided in the absence of President Andy Leyhane. … Terry Brewer and Bill Dowd reported on their participation in an organizational meeting for a Troy club. District 7190 has allocated $2,000 in seed money for startup costs, and SRC has been designated the sponsoring club. Another planning meeting and a public informational/recruitment event have been scheduled in May and June. …

Murray distributed a signup sheet for volunteers to staff the Saturday, May 18, Recycling & Shredding Day. … Phil Kellerman reported that plans have been completed for next Thursday’s special meeting, “An Hour of Live Musicfundraiser for the Oley Foundation. A pizza-and-wings member dinner will be held from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., concert 6:30 to 7:30. The event is open to the public.

PROGRAM: “An Introduction to Yoga”

SRC member Becky Raymond, a certified yoga instructor, presented an introductory talk about the positive effects of yoga. That was followed up by a session of “chair yoga,” with Becky leading attendees in a series of stretching and bending exercises accompanied by a narrative of what such moves do physiologically and mentally.

Group 1
A group stretching exercise.
Becky 2
Becky Raymond explains proper technique.
Debbie & Peter Brown aren’t hiding … honest! It’s part of a warmup exercise.


Buy a ticket to India, get a no-strings free stay

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Marker shows location of Chennai on India’s southeast coast.

To the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club:

Greetings from the Rotary Club of Madras South in Chennai, India.

We were chartered in 1960 [like the SRC] and we are celebrating our diamond jubilee in 2019-20. To share our joy on this great occasion, we are organizing a four-day fun and fellowship event in Chennai from December 18-22. We are inviting all clubs across the world who were chartered in 1960 like ours to share this special bonding.

Screen Shot 2019-05-01 at 2.40.45 PMWe are hosting this event at NO COST for the participants, except travel. We will take care of accommodation, food, transport, sight-seeing and fellowship during your stay at Chennai. And, we are working out post-tour options for whoever is interested, on a paid basis.

We organized a similar international fellowship event in in January 2000. Twenty-one  Rotarians and Anns from seven countries — Argentina, Australia, France, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Malaysia — joined us. It was four days of great fun, fellowship, and bonding for lifelong friendships with visiting tourist and cultural attractions, service projects, and shopping expeditions.

Some feedback from Rotarians who came in 2000:

• Hans Setz from Switzerland said,  “It wasn’t a travel agent waiting for us at the airport, but an ex-Rotary Governor and his wife.” Hans returned three years later to attend the wedding of a daughter of another Rotarian.

• Liz and Olof  Madebrink of Sweden said, “Our trip was like a dream from start to finish. We had a wonderful host couple who did everything for us.”

We invite you and your members to join us in December 2019. Due to logistics and other constraints we will be hosting maximum of 30 members on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will send you more details soon, meanwhile communicate this to your members and let us know who are all interested to join us. Looking forward for your reply and see you all soon in Chennai to experience “Incredible India” and our hospitality.

Warm regards,

Rotarian K. Saravanan    
President, Rotary Club of Madras South

Here’s your updated calendar for May

What’s coming up in May? Here’s the latest calendar update. If you want to get details of any events, simply click on the colored links.


02 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: “Exploring Yoga,” with Becky Raymond) Note: Dinner after the presentation.
03-05 — Conference of Clubs, The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT.
05 — Work day for Regional Foodbank, Patroon Land Farm, 132 Ketcham Road, Voorheesville
06 — Ramadan begins
09 — Dinner meeting, Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: “An Hour of Live Music,” Phil Kellerman & Friends) Note: Pizza-and-wings member dinner from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., concert at 6:30.
11 — 2nd annual District Peace Summit for Youth, Schenectady (details here)
12 — Mothers Day
16 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: “The RYLA Experience,” with several student participants)
18 —Recycling & Shredding Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wainschaf Warehouse, Rensselaer (details here)
18 — Annual District Day of Service, three locations
18 — Armed Forces Day
23 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: Peter Berry, SRC’s newest member)
27 — Memorial Day
30 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic TBD)