Congratulations to latest 7190 RLI graduating class

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The RLI graduating class of 2019. See anyone you know?

Ten Rotarians were honored on Saturday as the graduating class of Rotary Leadership Institute’s District 7190 training session held in Schenectady.

Last year, SRC had a district-leading 10 people participating, but this year the number dropped off precipitously with Dick Drumm our lone attendee. Dick completed Level 1 of the three-level program needed to receive a graduation certificate. After finishing the three levels, Rotarians may participate in graduate-level classes.


Gift cards sought for Albany Med patients, families

Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 12.54.20 AMThe Glove Cities Rotary Club of Johnstown/Gloversville is asking other clubs to participate in a gift card drive for the Albany Medical Center Neuro/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (NSICU).

The 30-bed unit is the only level one trauma unit in the area, caring for patients from 25 counties in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

The club notes that unexpected and often financially ruinous pressures befall families of people admitted to the unit.

Fellow Rotarians are asked to donate gift cards through the remainder of October for  area restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, transportation, etc., preferably in $20 increments. They will be distributed to families in need via the NSICU. Among suggested locations near Albany Med are gas cards from various brands, CVS, Dunkin’, Subway, Recovery Room restaurant, Uber, Panera Bread, and Stewart’s.

Anyone wishing to donate throughout October is asked to give the cards they purchase to Phil Kellerman who will bundle them for Glove Cities.


Kinderhook Rotary BBQ to support Electric Trail

Screen Shot 2019-08-02 at 1.55.15 PMThe Kinderhook Tri-Vllage Rotary Club is planning a chicken barbecue fundraiser to benefit the Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail (CFET).

The event is set for 4 to 7 Saturday, August 24, at Rothermel Park, 15-19 Rothermel Avenue in Kinderhook. Tickets are $12 for the dinner that includes half a chicken, corn, roll, and dessert. Meals are for eat-in or take-out.

CFET is a group supporting the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, a shared-use bicycling and pedestrian trail along the 35-mile Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley corridor from Hudson to Rensselaer, running through Rensselaer and Columbia counties, and now under construction.

AHET is part of the Empire State Trail, providing a key link between the Capital Region and the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Empire State Trail, when completed next year, will create a 750-mile biking and walking trail from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo.

Here’s your updated calendar for May

What’s coming up in May? Here’s the latest calendar update. If you want to get details of any events, simply click on the colored links.


02 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: “Exploring Yoga,” with Becky Raymond) Note: Dinner after the presentation.
03-05 — Conference of Clubs, The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT.
05 — Work day for Regional Foodbank, Patroon Land Farm, 132 Ketcham Road, Voorheesville
06 — Ramadan begins
09 — Dinner meeting, Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: “An Hour of Live Music,” Phil Kellerman & Friends) Note: Pizza-and-wings member dinner from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., concert at 6:30.
11 — 2nd annual District Peace Summit for Youth, Schenectady (details here)
12 — Mothers Day
16 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: “The RYLA Experience,” with several student participants)
18 —Recycling & Shredding Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wainschaf Warehouse, Rensselaer (details here)
18 — Annual District Day of Service, three locations
18 — Armed Forces Day
23 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic: Peter Berry, SRC’s newest member)
27 — Memorial Day
30 — Dinner meeting, 6:15 p.m., Quigley’s, East Greenbush (Topic TBD)


Annual ‘Day of Service’ offers 3 choices this year

This year’s District 7190 “Day of Service” will offer Rotarians the opportunity to choose from among three different projects on Saturday, May 18.

• In Glenville, at the Animal Protective Foundation break room, we can paint and install new kitchen cabinets. The room is small, so we only need about three volunteers on this project.

• In Scotia, the Route 50 railroad bridge needs painting or applying graffiti-proof decals, depending on progress of the project. Volunteers will be working on a 15-foot-high platform lift, so be ready for that. We need about six to eight volunteers.

• In Saratoga Springs, the facilities that support the Back Stretch Community need our service. They provide housing for and support to Saratoga Race Course workers and their families during the racing season. We will provide a yard cleanup requiring 30 or more volunteers, plus painting projects on various buildings inside and outside for five to volunteers. There also is chainsaw work if you have your own chainsaw, plus demo work and wall re-construction for about six to 10 volunteers.

As always, you can come when you can and leave when you must, but the work programs start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. A simple lunch will be served at all locations.

Click here to respond to event chair Bruce McConnelee and let him know which project you’d like to aid.


Help your student get involved in ‘Peace Summit’

Screen Shot 2019-04-06 at 8.59.35 PMThe upcoming annual “Peace Summit for Youth,” sponsored  by Rotary District 7190, should be of particular attention to all educators and parents of high school students in the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s service area.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the First Reformed Church, 10 North Church Street in Schenectady’s historic Stockade neighborhood just off Union Street.

The summit is open to high school students from throughout the area with the goal of creating an environment in which the youths feel empowered and believe they can become the agents of change — that change is possible, that resources are available, and that just a few voices can create a movement.

Using the “World Cafe Model” and other techniques, the six-hour event will stimulate youths in a thought-provoking interactive manner that keeps them engaged. It will include inspirational participation by Flynn Jeb, a Rotary Peace Scholar who is the regional volunteer services coordinator for the American Red Cross in Massachusetts.

Educators and parents are encouraged to make their high schoolers aware of this opportunity, and to register for it online ASAP because space is limited and the event is open to those in a nine-county area. While there is no charge to participants, there is a cost to Rotary. To help offset that, donations are being solicited from clubs and/or individuals. It costs approximately $50 for each student to attend, so any contribution of $50 or multiples of that amount would be greatly appreciated.

Please make donations payable to the Glens Falls Rotary Foundation, which is helping underwrite the summit, or Rotary District 7190. In either case, please mail your checks to PDG Fred Daniels, 1413 Clifton Park Road, Schenectady, NY 12309.