Each 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.
“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.
• 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:
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 botha 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.
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.
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.
Please take a brief moment out of your busy schedules to RSVP to three upcoming SRC events. We need accurate headcounts for planning purposes, so please extend that courtesy to the event coordinators. (And, as always, guests are welcome, but we’d like to know they are coming.)
Weekly dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m. Thursday, December 15, at Quigley’s. We have a lot planned for this one: (1) a vote on proposed changes to our club Bylaws — you received them on 12/4 by email, and also can find them on the website; (2) webmaster Bill Dowd will give us a presentation on best uses of the SRC website and our social media presence, so bring your cellphones, pads, laptops, etc.; (3) the menu will include Chicken Marsala, chef’s choice of sides, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Tuesday, December 13, deadline for RSVPs.
Holiday Party and Basket Silent Auction. Murray and Maggie are hosting the annual event at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 22. The menu will include Prime Rib and all the fixin’s from club member Jim Mendrysa’s Talk of the Town catering. The price will be $25 per person. Members whose last names begin with A through K are asked to bring a dessert serving six, and those who are L through Z an appetizer serving six. And, of course, don ‘t forget to bring your themed gift baskets for the silent auction, always a fun component of the evening and a good fundraiser for the club treasury. Monday, December 19, deadline for RSVPs.
P.S. This week only, do NOT reply to Debbie Brown who usually coordinates our meeting dinners. As you can see above, Murray is handling that duty this week.
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.
It may sometimes seem like all the good public service ideas have been taken. Don’t fool yourself. Energetic, imaginative Rotarians around the globe keep coming up with ways to improve the world.
The impact tracker shown above gives you an idea what has been accomplished in just this Rotary Year. And, we’re always looking for ideas large and small that we can put into action. As SRC Board member Jim Leyhane usually explains to new members during their induction, “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”
If you’re looking for ideas for a project that may interest you, one you’d like to discuss with your club, check out the “Rotary Showcase” website for inspiration. It has a slideshow of projects, and an easy-to-use dropdown search facility that lets you browse the database by category, topic, location, and other terms.