Alert: RSVP by Tuesday for dinner on Thursday

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Any way you slice it, lasagne is a Rotary favorite.

We’re a mere 30 days from the start of spring, plus Thursday’s weather forecast is for temps in the high 40s, but we still need hearty dinner fare.

So, be sure to plan to participate in our 6:15 p.m. meeting at which the menu will feature Quigley’s popular lasagne entree, accompanied by an antipasto salad, chef’s choice of sides, bread, dessert, and beverages. Plus of course, the cash bar always is available.

We have a good early RSVP list of Rotarians who plan to attend, but if your name isn’t on it please be sure to email dinner coordinator Debbie Brown at no later than Tuesday evening. We need to know who’s coming, and whether they’re bringing guests, so we can have sufficient food on the buffet and seating at the tables.

Here’s the will-attend list so far:

  • Pat Bailey
  • Terry Brewer
  • Debbie Brown
  • Peter Brown
  • Bill Dowd
  • Dick Drumm
  • Charlie Foote
  • Murray Forth
  • Ray Hannan
  • Ray’s guest
  • Phil Kellerman
  • Andy Leyhane
  • Jim Leyhane
  • Roberto Martinez
  • Debbie Rodriguez

Calendar note: Breakfast no longer being served

breakfastOur monthly Third Thursday Breakfast meetings have been put on hiatus until further notice. Dwindling attendance is the culprit, but the Board will revisit the effort if we get enough requests from members.

Meanwhile, thanks to Terry Brewer for creating the alternative meetings that helped bring in a number of new members, and to Shannon Romanowski  for hosting the breakfast sessions at the Greenbush YMCA.

Meanwhile, please make a point of checking the website CALENDAR page for news of what events are on the schedule for the club and the District. Just click here to get caught up.


It’s time for another New Year’s party

Screen Shot 2019-02-01 at 2.04.58 PMNext week the world ushers in the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year as it is known in some areas.

To mark that occasion, SRC will have a Chinese New Year-themed dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Where? Where else but at an Irish-named sports bar — in our very own Quigley’s meeting room.

In addition to having an Asian-accented buffet dinner from the Quigley’s kitchen, Bill Dowd is putting together a brief fun quiz focusing on the nation and culture that gave rise to this major international holiday.

Debbie Brown will be sending out her weekly RSVP request in a few days. When she does, please be sure your name is on the reservation list or email her  ( to have it added so you can join your fellow Rotarians in a social setting.

Looking forward to seeing you on February 7!


Special needs require food pantry aid

screen shot 2019-01-24 at 10.19.06 pmFood pantries in the Capital Region supply a lot of demand year-round. However, special circumstances sometimes add to the pressure.

Right now, Code Blue weather emergencies and the temporary partial federal government shutdown reportedly are pushing more people than usual to seek assistance from the pantries. So, as SRC member Shannon Romanowski informs us, the local YMCA branches and the CP Com Federal Credit Union are making an effort to help, and are asking members of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club to assist in the effort.

Through Thursday, February 28, YMCA locations such as those in East Greenbush and Troy will serve as drop-off locations, as will all CAP COM branch locations. They will be accepting non-perishable food items and personal care items.

Items in high demand:

Canned tuna
Canned chicken
Kidney beans
Black beans
Peanut butter
Pancake mix

Obviously, any other non-perishable food and personal hygiene items (diapers, oral care, feminine hygiene products, powdered milk, uncooked pastas, canned fruits and sauces, etc., would be helpful.

Food and funds will be distributed to benefit the following locations in Rensselaer County and elsewhere:

• Hope 7 Community Center, Troy
• Joseph’s House, Troy
• Unity House, Troy
• Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Albany
• Food Pantries for The Capital District, Albany


Save the date for ‘Blankets for Vets’ workshop


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A scene from our first no-sew blanket making session in 2016.

Sharpen your scissors. We’re going to host a no-sew “Blankets for Vets” work session at our Thursday, January 31, meeting.

For those of you new to such an effort, we began back in 2016 holding occasional hands-on sessions in conjunction with the Blue Star Mothers organization to make blankets for military veterans. This year’s output will go to the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

It will be a convivial session requiring only a sharp pair of scissors, a willingness to help out, and, of course, your presence. No special sewing or weaving skills are needed with this sort of creative effort.

Blue Star Mothers, with whom we partner on a regular basis, is a volunteer organization with chapters across the country that provide assistance and support to active and veteran military personnel and their families in many ways year-round. SRC has helped the organization in the past with financial grants from our annual “Bowling for Vets” fundraiser, BSM dinner gala attendance, and hands-on cooperative efforts.

This certainly is a more-the-merrier sort of event that should appeal to most of our members, so please mark your calendars and plan to join your fellow Rotarians.


2 meetings this Thursday; pick your spot(s)

screen shot 2019-01-14 at 1.17.52 pmIt’s that time again, the one week in the month when we have the choice of whether to attend a Rotary dinner meeting, breakfast meeting, or both.

At the 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s, visiting Rotarian Kirk Pogge will speak about the Colonie-Guilderland club’s upcoming “Amazing Race of Recovery” event to be held at Crossgates Mall.  (Click here for details of the event.) The menu will feature Quigley’s popular ziti and meatballs, plus antipasto salad, chef’s choice of sides, bread, dessert, and beverages. The deadline for emailing your reservation to Debbie Brown ( is this Tuesday evening.

At the 7 a.m. Third Thursday breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA, fellow Rotarian Shannon Romanowski will be sharing her experience as executive director of the local Y and how her work interfaces with community organizations and families. The deadline for emailing your reservation to Terry Brewer ( is this Wednesday noon.

We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events this week.