Meeting Clipboard: 3/14/19

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

Members Attending (14): Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Debbie Rodriguez, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Charlie Foote, Carol Orvis, Carole Spencer, Peter Berry, Roberto Martinez.

Guests (2): Russ Myer, Nina Seviyaga.

A celebratory cake for the debut of our renovated meeting room.

MEETING NOTES: Phil Kellerman presided in Andy Leyhane’s absence. He welcomed members plus guests Russ Myer of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance and Nina Seviyaga who was visiting to learn more about Rotary. … Tonight was the unveiling of the refurbished meeting room (and here) — complete with a celebratory cake (see above) — and all who were involved in the project were thanked, with particular note made of the work by Murray Forth who built storage space and a display case. … Terry Brewer was thanked in absentia for his work in leading organization of the recent 3rd annual Community Recognition Awards dinner. No report yet on the profit made from the event. …

Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 8.56.26 PMBill Dowd reminded everyone that bags and barcode stickers for people participating in our ongoing Clynk beverage container recycling project are available at every meeting. He asked that anyone interested in participating in the ongoing fundraiser but unfamiliar with the details can check with him and/or check out this video. …. Murray said he can accommodate one or two more people for this Saturday’s Rotary Home Cooking roast beef dinner he and Maggie are hosting at their residence. … Next week we will begin circulating a signup sheet for volunteers to work the April 13 Recycling & Shredding Day. …

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 9.49.46 PMDebbie Brown asked members to begin bringing items next week for our annual Easter basket effort for needy local kids. Items also can be dropped off at the Greenbush YMCA which is partnering with us in the effort. Not sure what items to contribute? Just click here for the shopping list. …Our latest class of high school juniors completed the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, and received certificates last Saturday at the RYLA dinner. We will extend the usual invitation for the students we sponsored, all from Maple Hill High School, to attend our dinner meeting to share with us thoughts about their experience. … Next week’s speaker will be East Greenbush Town Supervisor Jack Conway.


Russ Myer, founder and director of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance, visited to provide an update on CRNA’s activities in the field of adaptive sports for veterans and others with physical and emotional impairments.

Russ noted that CRNA’s lineup of four sports programs — cross-country skiing/roller skiing; biathlon; orienteering; snowshoeing/trail running — has been expanded to include para-bobsled/skeleton.

As a followup to representing the U.S. in the World Orienteering Championships held in Latvia last year, CRNA will be heading a team in the same event in Portugal this year. CRNA also continues its numerous programs at various sites around the Northeast.

SRC has been a financial contributor to CRNA for the past three years. President-elect Phil Kellerman announced the “Spare Change Jar” program will be dedicated to CRNA during his term beginning on July 1. Since April Dowd began that fundraising program in 2013, incoming presidents designate recipients of the jar.

Join us at our renovated meeting room unveiling

Room Panorama

If you’re not on the reservations list for this Thursday’s 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting, it’s not too late to be added. That’s the evening we’ll be unveiling the renovated meeting room at Quigley’s that a hard-working group of volunteers finished up over the weekend. A strong  turnout would be one way of thanking them for their labors.

If you care to join us for a meat loaf dinner with all the trimmings and a surprise dessert, just be sure to email dinner coordinator Debbie Brown no later than this evening (Tuesday) at and she’ll be sure you have a seat at the table and a place in the buffet line.

RYLA students celebrate their success

Maple Hill RYLA
Maple Hill High School students (from left): Emily Smith, Shannon Tracy, Emily Burns, and Derrick Rosetti display their RYLA diplomas.

Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 5.36.43 PMFour students from Maple Hill High School were among those celebrating the conclusion of the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) course in District 7190 at a Saturday dinner. The quartet was sponsored by the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.

Emily Smith, Shannon Tracy, Emily Burns, and Derrick Rosetti (see photo above) participated in the leadership training course for junior class members from schools throughout the district. Their achievements were marked at the annual dinner at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

A group of RYLA students delivering lap blankets to the Mary’s Haven community hospice in Saratoga Springs.

Renovated meeting room ready for visitors

Room Panorama
A sweeping view of the refreshed meeting room.

The Sunday volunteer group was half the size of Saturday’s, but the “Painting Party” effort that finished off the renovation of our meeting room at Quigley’s was completed as planned.

Special thanks to Murray Forth — who installed the display case and storage cupboards as well as other work — and Terry Brewer for heading up the initiative and laboring both Saturday and Sunday. Also back for a second day were Maggie Forth, Charlie Foote, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez. They resumed work at noon and put the finishing touches on the room at 4:15 p.m.

Here are a few views of the finishing touches and the finished product that will be unveiled to all who attend next Thursday’s dinner meeting:

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

Room 4

Room 6

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Meeting room renovation nears completion

Paint 14

We entered the homestretch of the renovation project on our meeting room at Quigley’s today with “Painting Party I.”  On Sunday, we’ll take on “Painting Party II,” but need more volunteers. Please let Murray Forth or Roberto Martinez know this evening if you can help.

Today’s crew consisted of Murray and Roberto as well as Terry Brewer, Jim Leyhane, Geoff Brewer, Maggie Forth, Charlie Foote, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman, Andy Leyhane and the kiddos, and Kevin Leyhane.

They labored from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a break for lunch, painting walls, ceiling, trim, the cabinets and display case Murray installed earlier, and a little bit of the carpeting by mistake. Murray also put up some additional wainscoting and trim.

Anyone who shows up tomorrow is advised to wear painting clothes and maybe bring a few brushes.

Meanwhile, here are some scenes from the day:

Paint 2

Pain 7

Paint 1

Paint 12

Paint 3

Paint 4

Paint 10

Paint 4

Paint 13

Paint 15

Paint 16

Paint 17

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Paint 8

Sunday help needed for Painting Party II

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Attention all SRC members with time on their hands.

A lot of work was done at the “Painting Party” today as part of the renovation project the club is doing in our meeting room at Quigley’s. However, we need a bit more work to wrap it up on Sunday.

If you can help, please let Murray or Roberto know right away. We had about a dozen people show up for today’s session, and we thank them profusely.

(Check back on the website later this evening for photos of today’s work.)