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

Board meeting scheduled for 10/10

The SRC Board of Directors is scheduled to meet immediately following the Thursday, October 10, dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

The agenda calls for consideration of an updated budget, a contract with the Columbia County Fairgrounds to host the Rotary running event next fall, and the club IRS return.

If you have any additional items you would like brought to the attention of the board, please contact any board member. They are:

President: Phil Kellerman
President-elect: Dick Drumm
Vice President: Terry Brewer
Treasurer: Murray Forth
Secretary: Pat Bailey
Directors-at-large: Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Dean Calamaras
Immediate Past President: Andy Leyhane


‘Pints for Polio’ beer social at Wolf Hollow

Screen Shot 2019-09-17 at 3.04.00 PMVarious clubs in District 7190 raise funds in a variety of ways for Rotary International’s anti-polio efforts worldwide. SRC, for example, directs portions of several events toward that effort.

Here’s another club’s idea, “Pints for Polio.” It’s an event created by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Rotary.

The social event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 26, at the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, 6882 Amsterdam Road, Glenville. It is open to all.


Schodack supervisor this week’s speaker

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David B. Harris

This week’s dinner meeting speaker will be Schodack Town Supervisor David B. Harris, who will give us an update on major topics in his Rensselaer County community.

Harris, who is in his first term as supervisor, also spoke to the club last March.

The dinner menu will feature beef tips with mushroom gravy, chef’s selection of side dishes, antipasto salad, bread, desserts, and beverages. And, as always, the Quigley’s cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

And, also as always, we need an accurate headcount for purposes of buffet food supply and seating arrangements. So, please be sure to contact Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com no later than Tuesday evening to reserve a seat. Guests always are welcome.

The following people have made their reservations. Please join them.

Terry Brewer
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Jim Leyhane
Roberto Martinez
Debbie Rodriguez
Guest: David Harris

Dinner meetings resume, but we need RSVPs

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This week’s menu star.

Late (because of the holiday) reminder: Dinner coordinator Debbie Brown (mdbrown@nycap.rr.com) needs to know no later than Wednesday morning if you plan to attend this Thursday’s dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

We’ll have a two-part program to welcome us back to our regular schedule of weekly dinner meetings:

• Bill Dowd, our Clynk coordinator, will present a brief video and a check as part of his update on this recycling-for-profit effort.

• Ann Lapinski will offer a presentation on “Yoga for the Disabled.”

This week’s menu will feature roast turkey and all the fixin’s as we gradually slide into the fall portion of our Rotary Year.


Early fall calendar lining up

We don’t resume weekly dinner meetings until Thursday, September 5, but we’re already filling a lot of early program slots.

You can join in by checking out the program assignment chart on our website’s Calendar page, then reserve a date with Roberto or Bill for your particular program.

Meanwhile, here’s a look at what we have lined up so far for September and October. The Calendar page has a running list for the 2019-20 Rotary Year of club, district, and other events.

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District Foundation gala returning to Proctors

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Inside Key Hall at Proctors. (photo courtesy of Proctors)

Several years ago, the annual District 7190 Foundation Dinner gala was held literally on the main stage of Proctors theater in downtown Schenectady. This year, it will return to Proctors, but in a different part of the entertainment complex.

The venue for the Wednesday, November 13, event is Key Hall at Proctors, a lavish event space catered by the iconc Mazzone Hospitality organization.

Details about theme, reservation information, and the like are being worked on, and we’ll share them with you as they are received. Meanwhile, please reserve the date for an evening that always provides good food, entertainment and Rotary fellowship.