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Our Rotary member Phil Kellerman retired recently from the Oley Foundation. Post retirement, Phil is participating with LEAD (Foundation for Language Education and Development). LEAD has been operating since 2003. The Foundation “engages in campaigns and programs that promote education, language development and overall well-being for English learning and bilingual students, families and communities.” LEAD raises approximately $10,000 annually with 90% of the funding going directly to students, educators, and/or families.  “LEAD provides financial and educational support to high achieving students to attend college under the Dare to Dream fund and provides financial support to children of migrant farmworkers under the Pamela Wrigley Scholarship Fund.” You can learn more about LEAD at www.languageeducate.org and/or contact Phil Kellerman. 

How to help Kentucky tornado relief

Part of the tornado damage in Mayfield, KY.

The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club will be sending a $500 check to a Kentucky Rotary club to go toward relief efforts in the wake of devastating tornadoes there.

Any individual Rotarians and friends of Rotary who wish to send checks in any amount large or small are asked to:

(1.) Make checks payable to “Mayfield Rotary Club”

(2.) Enter the phrase “Tornado Relief” in the memo line

(3.) Mail checks to John William Carrico, Administrator, 300 Wexford Court, Paducah, KY 42003

Thanks for all you do.

Save the date for ‘Rotary Day at the U.N.’ trip

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 4.06.23 PMEach year, Rotary holds a special day at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, and any Rotarian is eligible to participate.

It has been several years since the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club has had representatives attend, so this would be an excellent time to resume our participation. Members’ expenses for the trip are paid for by the home club, which includes registration, transportation, and mid-day lunch in the main U.N. cafeteria.

Why the Rotary-U.N. connection? Rotary International’s ongoing efforts to achieve peace in the world have been part of the organization’s fiber since its inception, and RI has been part of the U.N. fiber since it began. In fact, in 1945 it was one of 42 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S. invited to serve as consultants to the United Nations Conference on International Organization, the fledgling organization’s effort to write a constitution suitable to nations of differing philosophies, races, religions, and often-conflicting histories.

Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to an NGO by the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized U.N. agencies. The Rotary Representative Network maintains and furthers its relationship with several U.N. bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies. This network consists of Rotary International representatives to the United Nations and other organizations.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 4.04.12 PM“Rotary Day at the United Nations” each year celebrates the organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the United Nations lead around the world.

And, each year a delegation from District 7190 heads to New York to meet with Rotarians from around the world to participate in seminars and workshops on a myriad of topics of particular concern around the globe.

Click here to visit a site containing the complete history of the Rotary-U.N. connection.


Bylaws vote scheduled for March 28

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 6.45.49 PM• The following message was emailed to all SRC Rotarians on March 18, putting it within the required 10-day notification requirement to schedule a vote on changes in club Bylaws:

Fellow Rotarians:

The SRC Board’s recent decision to end, for now, the monthly breakfast meetings necessitates changes in the club Bylaws as described below. Per President Andy Leyhane, we will be voting on the proposed changes at our dinner meeting on Thursday, March 28.

Here are the specifics:

Article 5: Meetings

Section 1: The principal regular meetings of this club shall be held at 6:15 p.m. each Thursday, holidays excepted, from September through June at a location so designated for that purpose by the Board. Breakfast meetings held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 a.m. at a location so designated by the Board also shall be defined as official meetings. During July and August, informal activities may be scheduled in place of formal meetings. (NEED TO ELIMINATE THE WORDS IN RED)

Section 3: Twelve (12) members constitute a quorum at the regular evening meetings of this club. Seven (7) members constitute a quorum at the third Thursday breakfast meetings. (NEED TO ELIMINATE THE WORDS IN RED)

Article 13: Member Definitions / Method of Electing Members

Section 4: The applicant shall be introduced in person to the general membership by the sponsor at both a regularly scheduled dinner meeting and a regularly scheduled breakfast meeting before formal submission and acceptance of a membership application. (NEED TO ELIMINATE THE WORDS IN RED)

We will be proposing these changes at the meeting and, assuming we have a quorum, voting on them.

RI float a winner in Tournament of Roses parade

The 2017 Rotary International float

The Rotary International float in Monday’s 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, emerged with a major trophy.

The smoke-breathing floral dragon float, titled “Doing Good In the World,” was awarded the Princesses’ Trophy which goes to what the judges consider the best float in the 35-feet-and-under category.


What are these Rotarians doing?


They are putting the finishing touches on signs that will adorn the Rotary International float in the 123rd annual Tournament of Roses Parade, scheduled for Monday, January 2, in Pasadena, CA.

If you want to know about the tremendous effort from scores of volunteers that it took to put together the Rotary float, you can go here for a first-person account from a member of the Pasadena Rotary Club.

And, if you want to see their final product, and lots of other imaginative floats, you can tune in to ABC (WTEN Channel 10 in these parts) beginning at 11 a.m. Monday.



Scenes from our Holiday Party 2016

The annual “SRC Holiday Party & Gift Basket Silent Auction” took place Thursday evening to a packed house — Murray’s and Maggie’s house, to be specific.

In addition  to the usual suspects, this year we had an international flavor with our Youth Exchange student and a Rotarian from South Africa by way of Delmar and then back to South Africa. And, we were graced with the presence of almost the entire Rosetti family who are hosting our Brazilian student while their eldest daughter is an Exchange student in Italy for a year.

Here are some scenes from the evening. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year to all. See you again on January 5.



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Proposed SRC Bylaws changes

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-7-37-32-pmThis message was emailed to all members today.

To: SRC Members
Date: December 4, 2016
Re: Proposed Bylaws Changes

At the December 1 meeting of your SRC Board of Directors, attended by nine of the 11 Board members, a series of proposed bylaws changes was unanimously approved to be put before the general membership for a vote.

The changes would modify two sections of the current bylaws (which are available in full on the club website for your review). One change would reduce the annual dues. The other would amend the types of memberships, adding “Corporate” and “Family” categories as recently allowed by Rotary International, and would introduce a streamlined process for proposing and accepting new members.

In accordance with our current bylaw requirement of a 10-day notice of proposed changes, this email will serve as such notice and allow for a vote to be held at the December 15 meeting or thereafter as designated by President Debbie Rodriguez. Members’ questions will be answered at such a meeting.