Presidential Changeover dinner on Thursday

Each June 30, we mark the end of another Rotary Year and look forward to the next 12 months of community and global service to others.

This year, June 30 coincides with our final meeting date of the year, and is designated as our “Presidential Changeover Dinner.”

Please plan to be on hand this Thursday to see President Debbie Rodriguez hand over the gavel to President-elect Kevin Leyhane for the 2022-23 term.

We’ll begin our session at 5:30 p.m. at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant with a social half-hour before dinner begins. As always, a cash bar will be available, and non-Rotarians are invited to attend the event.

A ‘Summer Casual’ date opens up

We’ve had a change in our July-August “Summer Casual Schedule.”

The Drumms have moved their picnic date from July 28 to August 11, meaning we have that July date plus two August and one September dates open.

If you would like to host an event, or make arrangements for a “field trip” on any open date, please let incoming President Kevin Leyhane know which date you want to reserve and copy Bill Dowd on your note so the calendar can be updated.

Here’s the current schedule:

RSVP to attend Capital Roots thank-you event

In April, the SRC Rotary Club hosted a speaker from Capital Roots, the current incarnation of what started out as a community garden project and has grown considerably in recent years to include feeding the hungry, improving nutrition in the region, and providing educational opportunities.

If that visit piqued your interest in the organization, you’re invited to the organization’s “Spring Donor Appreciation” event — SRC sent a check to Capital Roots — any time from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday at the organization’s headquarters, 594 River Street in Troy.

Drinks and small plates will be served to attendees, but you do need to RSVP if you plan to attend. Contact Capital Roots by email at to do so, or give them a call at 518-274-8685.

For those of you who missed the program in April, you can get filled in on Capital Roots’ many impressive activities by going to the organization website.

‘Summer Casual’ takes us out to the ballgame

It’s Summer Casual time

We’ve reached the point at which we have half of our “Summer Casual” calendar dates filled.

Save the latest date: Thursday, August 4.

That’s when we’ll be gathering at Bruno Stadium on the grounds of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy for a pavilion picnic followed by a Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game against the Ottawa Titans in their new Frontier League affiliation.

Details of time and price (parking remains free) will be shared soon. Event coordinator Debbie Rodriguez says the menu has changed this summer to include barbecued chicken, pulled pork, hot dogs, pasta salad, cole slaw, dinner rolls, and choice of soda or water. Children have the same menu. 

Here’s the SRC event calendar. If you want to reserve one of the remaining July-August dates to host or arrange a social event, please contact Bill Dowd to get on the schedule before someone else snatches up that date.

2nd ‘Summer Casual’ event scheduled

We now have events scheduled for the first two Thursdays of our annual “Summer Casual” schedule.

The Leyhanes — Jim, Kevin, and Andy — and Roberto Martinez have set Thursday, July 21, as a jointly sponsored pool party and cookout at Jim’s East Greenbush residence. It’s a family-friendly event with kids welcome and encouraged.

See the schedule below for remaining July-August dates for you to host or plan field trips. If you want one of the dates locked in, please contact the club at

Opening for 6/2 program presenter

A late withdrawal by our scheduled speaker has created an opening for a program presenter for our Thursday, June 2, dinner meeting at Moscatiello’s.

If you have a program yourself or can supply a speaker, please contact Kevin Leyhane or Becky Raymond ASAP.

As always, the meeting will begin with a 5:30 p.m. social period, then a 6:15 call to order. The entree choices are linguine with white clam sauce or the ever-popular chicken Caesar salad. And, of course, the cash bar is always open.

Driver training survey needs your response

We are looking into the possibility of sponsoring a one-day driver training workshop this summer. We need a minimum of 20 participants (non-Rotarians may sign up as well) to qualify.

Below are potential dates. If you (a) are interested in participating, and (b) prefer one of these specific cates, please respond to this email ASAP with that information. 

P.S. As anyone who has availed themselves of this opportunity in the past knows, successful completion of the workshop qualifies them for a discount on their auto insurance.

• Saturday, July 9

• Saturday, July 23

• Saturday, August 6

Thank you for your cooperation.

District changeover event registration opens

You probably know that SRC’s Presidential Changeover dinner is scheduled for Thursday, June 30. But, two days before that you can attend a Rotary changeover picnic.

That event is the transition of the District 7190 leadership team for the new Rotary Year 2022-23. The family-friendly event is scheduled for the Orenda Pavilion at Saratoga Spa State Park. Here are the details:

‘Summer Casual’ schedule gets 1st entry

Debbie and Peter Brown are planning to host a picnic at their Castleton residence on Thursday, July 14. It will kick off our “Summer Casual” schedule of events that traditionally substitute for formal meetings in July and August.

Details will be provided closer to the day of the event.

Meanwhile, take a look at the calendar below (it’s regularly updated on the club website calendar page) to find available “Summer Casual” dates if you’d like to host or arrange a family-friendly event.

Over the years, we have enjoyed such events as professional summer theater performances, group restaurant visits, ValleyCats baseball and picnic at Bruno Stadium, a vineyard wine tasting, several pool parties, ice cream socials, and various cookouts and picnics on our schedule.

Volunteers needed for Saturday

A note from Rotary Impact Committee chair Pat Bailey:

“The Rotary Impact committee is looking for additional members to assist Becky Raymond and me this Saturday (May 21) at Kristy’s Barn.

We would appreciate at least one other member to join us to greet customers, explain a little about Rotary, collect donations for the Troy YWCA women’s shelter, and local food pantries. 

Time would be about 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. Please contact me or Becky if you can help. Thanks so much!