Save the date for our Foundation Bowl-a-Thon

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Over the years SRC has held bowl-a-thons to raise funds for a variety of causes — Rotary’s PolioPlus, Blue Star Mothers, Capital Region Nordic Alliance, student scholarships, etc. After a one-year hiatus, it’s coming back as “Foundation Bowl-a-Thon,” scheduled for March 1, 2020.

Please save the date!

Here’s the official flyer with all the details. We will be emailing copies to all SRC members so you can help share it on social media, print out dis distribute it via bulletin boards or as handouts at various events, and any other way you can think of to help publicize the fundraiser for the Oley Foundation and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation.

Your RSVP and input needed for our Holiday Party

SRC Party 2019

You have just four days left to submit your RSVP for our annual Holiday Party & Basket Silent Auction.

We’re planning a traditional holiday prime rib dinner at the East Greenbush home of Maggie and Murray Forth at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 19. It’s just $25 per person for the main meal and beverages.

Here’s your pre-party “to-do” list:

• If you haven’t yet let Maggie or Murray know you’re coming, please do so no later than this Thursday either by letting Murray know at this week’s dinner meeting, or by calling the Forths at 518-477-7433.

• We’re asking guests to bring an appetizer or dessert, but to avoid an overload — or “underload” — in either category it would be appreciated if you would call Maggie well in advance to coordinate your contribution.

• We hope you’re working on  your themed gift basket for the silent auction fundraiser. (If you’re stuck for ideas, check the club website at for some tips.) It’s a major, fun part of the festivities each year.

In the holiday spirit,
Your Rotary Club

P.S. Did you spot the Rotary emblem in the holiday scene above?

How are we doing with our Clynk project?

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ShelterBox to the rescue.

At just a nickel or so per container, it takes what seems a loooong while to accumulate sizeable dollar amounts for our ongoing ShelterBox financial support project. But, that doesn’t mean we’re not making progress. We are, slowly but steadily.

SRC already has raised more than $400 from collecting reclaimed deposits on glass, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers this year, plus $2,050 in member-and-friend pledges collected by our ShelterBox coordinator, Bill Dowd. And, for every package of free market coffee sold by Phil Kellerman during the holidays, we get another $5.

Pennies make dollars, and the citizens of the world who are victims of natural and man-made disasters such as floods, earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, civil war, and the like are helped by SRC’s support of ShelterBox’s international aid efforts.

If you can help with any dollar amount small or large, please let Bill known ASAP. And, thank you all for your generosity and humanity. Each cumulative $1,000 we raise pays for one ShelterBox that contains a tent housing up to 10 people — sometimes for several years each, water purification items, emergency tools, cooking equipment, first-aid kits, sleeping bags or cots, and other basic life-sustaining items.

For more information about ShelterBox, click here and be inspired.

Let’s be creative (and bring your gifts, too)

Screen Shot 2019-11-22 at 6.00.46 PMWith the lengthy snowfall forecast to end sometime tonight, you’ll have plenty of time to shovel out and show up for this Thursday’s 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

It should be a stimulating Club Assembly meeting, with President Phil Kellerman soliciting ideas and fostering discussion for fundraising activities in support of our many community service initiatives.

The menu calls for Quigley’s popular roast pork with chef’s choice of side dishes, antipasto salad, bread, desserts, and beverages, plus the usual cash bar opportunities.

Please remember to bring your wrapped, labeled gifts for our Adopt-a-Family drive being coordinated by Debbie Rodriguez. And, if you haven’t RSVP’d for dinner, please email Debbie at no later than Tuesday evening.

Below is the updated gift chart for the family we are adopting. Remember, we would like to fill the “needs” wish list before beginning to duplicate any other  categories. Several people have been pledging items already spoken for (in yellow on the chart) or items not on the wish list.

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Today’s ‘Adopt-a-Family’ project update


Screen Shot 2019-11-26 at 7.58.25 PMHere is where we stand as of 8 p.m. today (Tuesday) in our annual project to make Christmas for one local family a happy one.

We’re off to a solid start for our annual “Adopt-a-Family” holiday effort in partnership with Circles of Mercy. However, we’re on a short turnaround time and still need help to meet the December 16 drop-off deadline.

The chart above — which we are updating on a daily basis — shows the Hazzard family’s wish list, with items marked in yellow denoting what has been pledged so far. Please note that we’d like to first get all the “Need to have” items accounted for before we begin duplicating anything like clothes, etc.

If you’d like to help make the family’s Christmas morning brighter than it otherwise would be, just email project coordinator Debbie Rodriguez at (copy to Bill Dowd, please, at as soon as you can. She will gather all the donated gifts for delivery.

PLEASE REMEMBER, all gifts must be gift-wrapped and labeled with the recipient’s name.

Thank you for your generosity

P.S. If you’d like to contribute in another way, Circles of Mercy also is in need of personal hygiene kits to distribute to some of its clients. Here is what goes into such kits:

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Here’s the wish list for our Adopt-a-Family drive

Screen Shot 2019-11-22 at 6.00.46 PMAs we head into the holiday season, we plan to mix some giving into the equation as once again we help people less fortunate than we. It’s our annual participation in Circles of Mercy’s Adopt-a-Family holiday project.

This year we have one family, consisting of a mom and dad (ages 45 and 44), a teen daughter (17), a young son (4), and a baby girl on the way. Their “wish list” is modest, mostly clothing and personal items, but with a small smattering of other practical items.

The deadline for delivering donated gifts to Circles of Mercy is Monday, December 16, so we’re on a tight schedule.

Debbie Rodriguez is serving as project coordinator this year. We need your involvement, but we would appreciate it if you would contact Debbie BEFORE you do any shopping to let her know what you would like to provide. That coordination will help us be sure we cover the list without duplications or omissions. (Of course, duplicating clothing items never is a bad thing, but we need the communication nevertheless).

Here is the wish list. Please remember, all gifts (1) need to be gift wrapped, (2) must be labeled with the recipient’s names, (3) and need to be delivered to Debbie in time for her to coordinate her dropoff at Circles of Mercy by the deadline.

Thank you in advance for your generosity in the true spirit of Rotary and of the season.

Hazzard Family Wish List

Looking for Holiday Basket theme ideas?

How’s your planning going for a themed basket for our annual Holiday Party & Basket Silent Auction?

If you’re racking (or wracking, as it sometimes is spelled) your brain for ideas, we have a few below that may help.

Keep in mind that the word “basket” is used loosely when it comes to our silent auction entries. Over the years, we have seen people use buckets, planters, wire baskets, vases, flower pots, colanders, and all other manner of receptacles.

The more imaginative you are, the more guests at our December 19 Holiday Party will bid, and the more we’ll be able to add to our treasury in support of our many community service initiatives.

Crunch Time
We call this one “Crunch Time.” Anything with “crunch” in the name tucked in a basket.
Pamper Pan
This “Pamper Pan” holds a collection of personal bath and grooming items.
Tea for Two
“Tea for Two” is a basket of tea-related goodies in a rustic woven basket.
Bloody Mary Basket
The “Bloody Mary Basket” title says it all.
Breakfast Bowl
This truly is a “Breakfast Bowl.”
Pasta Perfect
“Pasta Perfect” in one neat kit.