GOL Golf Tournament seeks sponsors, volunteers

Are you a golfer? Are you golfer adjacent? Are you interested in helping the District 7190 chapter of Gift of Life run its annual golf fundraiser that will help GOL bring children from around the globe with life-threatening heart conditions to the Capital Region for surgery that will prolong and improve their lives?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you’re needed.

The district’s annual Gift of Life Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, September 20, at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland. Its organizers are looking for golfers, sponsors, and event workers. You can get the details on all these avenues of service by going online today.

SRC already has a foursome ready to play in the event, but we can always use another quartet of golfers. We also are looking for people to buy a tee sign, donate a raffle item, or staff one of the necessary stations that help the tournament functions such as the hole-in-one contest, registration desk, auction setup, and perhaps even drive the beverage cart. If you would like additional details, please contact Dean or Doris Calamaras, our club’s GOL liaisons.

How you can get involved with GOL golf

SRC’s team in last year’s GOL Golf Tournament

The 22nd annual District 7190 Gift of Life Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 20 at the Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland.

That might seem a long time off, but planning for such a major GOL fundraiser takes quite a while and it’s just 14 weeks from now.

Dean and Doris Calamaras, SRC’s current ambassadors to GOL, inform us we should be putting together one or two foursomes to compete for honors in the event, even as organizers are seeking volunteer helpers, financial sponsors and donors.

So, if you wish to lend a hand as a volunteer worker on the day of the event, or buy a program ad, or make an outright financial donation, please contact Dean for details.

Save the date for ‘dueling’ changeovers

As so often happens, a District 7190 event conflicts with SRC’s meeting schedule. But, in the spirit of unity, we advise you that the District Presidential Changeover is scheduled for Thursday, June 24.

That is when Rich Griesche passes the gavel to Bruce McConnelee for the 2021-22 Rotary Year. A link to the virtual event will be distributed to Rotarians in the District closer to the event.

Meanwhile, save the same date for the SRC Presidential Changeover when Dick Drumm passes the gavel to Debbie Rodriguez at a 6 p.m. outdoor picnic event at the Drumm residence for all fully vaccinated SRC members and friends. Closer to the event we will be sharing details as well as asking for your RSVP.

Get your plants from Schenectady Rotary

If you’re looking for hanging plants, patio pots, and other sorts of seasonal decorations, Saturday is the last day you will be able to purchase them while helping a sister Rotary club.

Schenectady Rotary is partnering with the Schenectady Arc Horticulture Program to selling such plants, which will be available for pickup on Saturday from the Arc Maple Ridge Day Center, located at 2999 Hamburg Street in Rotterdam.

Customers are asked to place orders in advance by going online.

$250 will buy you $1,000 Paul Harris status

Rotary District 7190 has announced a program to help Rotarians achieve Paul Harris Fellow status (or adding PH levels +1, +2, etc.) by contributing $250 to the Rotary Foundation.

The District then will add 750 District Donation Points to that payment to reach the 1,000 dollars/points needed for each PH level.

All individuals need to do is make the $250 donation no later than May 30 (click here to download the Foundation donation form) then notify District Governor Rich Griesche (richg851.aol.com@clubrunner.email) that you have done so, and he will take it from there.

Last-minute District Conference signup open

The annual District 7190 Conference, a virtual event for the second straight year, will take place Saturday. If you haven’t registered but have had a change of heart and would like to participate, you still can do so even though you’re cutting it close.

All you have to do tonight or Friday by 1 p.m. is go online to sign up, and the event organizers will send you an access link.

The event will take place in three phases:

• The social gathering beginning at 8 a.m.

• The business meeting, which includes a roll call of clubs, a number of committee reports, a vot by the clubs on the proposed district budget for the 2021-22 Rotary Year, and “a few surprises.”

• After a short break, the Remembrance Ceremony will honor Rotarians in the district who have passed away since last year’s convention. That will be followed by recognitions and awards.

Note: The agenda and the proposed budget both have been attached to emails sent to all Rotarians by DG Rich Griesche.

Past RI president to join us via Zoom

Barry Rassin, past president of Rotary International, will be the featured speaker at a pre-District Conference multi-district Zoom event on Tuesday, May 11.

The 7 p.m. session is open to all Rotarians in District 7190 as well as Districts 7120, 7150, and 7170, although advance registration is required. Rassin will be speaking on new changes in Rotary that affect us all. Attendees also will hear from RI Director-elect Drew Kessler on changes being proposed for our Zone 5.

As announced earlier, the District 7190 Conference, still will be held on Saturday, May 15, with details to be announced.

To register for the pre-conference May 11 session, click here. You then will be sent an email containing the link to enter the Zoom meeting.

Save the date for District Conference

All Rotarians are invited to attended a virtual District Conference via ZOOM on Saturday, May 15. Please save the date.

The meeting will open at 8 a.m. to allow attendees to to socialize before the official 9 o’clock start when you will be able to get a look inside the workings of the district.

Part of the conference’s agenda will include having Presidents-elect from all clubs in the district to vote on the 2021-22 budget. It also will include a variety of subject reports, followed by a remembrance ceremony for those Rotarians who have left us in the current Rotary Year, followed by a recognitions-and-awards ceremony.

Current DG Rich Griesche will email a ZOOM link for the meeting to all Rotarians shortly. We will include on the SRC website calendar page at that time.


SRC qualifies for District Grants

Four SRC members participated in Saturday’s District 7190 Grant Management Training program via ZOOM.

A minimum of two members’ participation was required for our club to be eligible to apply for district or global grants during the 2021-22 Rotary Year, so we are doubly qualified, thanks to President-elect Debbie Rodriguez and current club board members Bill Dowd, Phil Kellerman, and Roberto Martinez going through the training session.

The club will be discussing potential grant undertakings for the new Rotary Year, which begins July 1. In essence, all grant efforts are handled on a very tight time schedule, so Debbie and current President Dick Drumm will be working to be sure SRC is fully in compliance with all requirements.

There are different procedures and requirements for district and global grants. District grants go to individual clubs (sometimes two or three clubs cooperating on a single project), while global grants go to projects with both domestic and foreign Rotary clubs, and sometimes non-Rotary organizations, partnering in the initiative.


Cause-based clubs? It’s a virtual forum

Rather than having all individual clubs address a wide range of concerns, Rotary is advocating for the creation of cause-based entities. To that end, a virtual workshop next week will address the particulars of how to go about doing that.

Our District 7190 Governor Rich Griesche tells us, “We are changing things up and we have an interactive workshop planned for you at 7 p.m. Monday.  We have enlisted the help of District 5950 (Minnesota) Governor Tom Gump to give us real examples and time to start to plan ways to reimagine our clubs or start new clubs.

“We will … collaborate on things that would be relevant to our communities here in New York, we will share a lot of content, and make it easy for all of us to form a plan to put into action. I mean, who doesn’t want to join a koala lovers or an international traveling enthusiast club?”

Rich has emailed all Rotarians in the district about the event, and attached to his email a worksheet titled “Making Your Club Vibrant” to use or refer to during the session.

Although the event is free, advance registration is required. Just click here for details.