Freedom From Fistula event postponed

Screen Shot 2020-03-13 at 10.25.09 PMBecky Raymond, SRC liaison with the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, and club president Phil Kellerman today participated in a meeting of the FFFF Planning Committee via Skype.

It was decided to postpone the scheduled April 20 foundation discussion and fundraiser at the UAlbany School of Public Health at SUNY Albany in light of the school’s recommendation that all on-campus activities be postponed for at least 45 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Because students will not be on campus again until late spring, the group decided to wait until the fall to attempt to hold event.

Phil said that although presidential term will expire before then, he would like to continue to be involved with the FFFF committee.


Foundation Bowl-a-Thon fun for all

The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s “Foundation Bowl-a-Thon” drew about 50 participants to the East Greenbush Bowling Center on Sunday.

The event was billed as a fundraiser for both the Oley Foundation and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, organizations SRC helps support on an ongoing basis.

In addition to the bowlers, we had several event volunteers from the club and from the Danes Rotaract club we sponsor at the UAlbany School of Public Health. And, we had 24 lane sponsors at $100 each.

Here is a slideshow of some scenes from the day:

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You can help spread the word about our ‘Foundation Bowl-a-Thon’


Here again is a copy of the official flyer for the “SRC Foundation Bowl-a-Thon” we will be holding on Sunday, March 1, to benefit the Freedom From Fistula Foundation and the Oley Foundation.

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All members have been sent a (corrected) copy of this flyer. Please circulate it as much as you can to help publicize the event to the public — on social media, office bulletin boards, schools, grocery store notice boards, etc. We encourage people to put together 4-person teams from their churches, schools, places of work, neighborhoods, families, etc.

We also are seeking lane sponsorships at $100 each. Sponsors — businesses, individuals, etc. — will have their names displayed over the lanes, and they will be placed on the SRC website sponsors page for a full year. If you wish to become a sponsor and/or can sell a sponsorship, checks made payable to “SRC Rotary Club” should be given to Treasurer Murray Forth.

Thank you for your efforts in supporting our community services.


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.

Rotaract practices ‘cerveza over self’


Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 6.25.24 PMThe Danes Rotaract Club from UAlbany held another of its periodic social events on Tuesday at Wolff’s Biergarten in Albany to raise funds for the Freedom From Fistula Foundation.

The Rotaractors, who are graduate students at the UAlbany School of Public Health, and several members of SRC which sponsors the club, met for a few hours of socializing during which $1 from the price of each drink purchased went to the Foundation.

Unfamiliar with the Foundation? SRC has been raising funds for several years for the organization that deals with a pervasive obstetric health problem among many sub-Saharan African women. You can get more details online.


Rotary-Peace Corps connection a solid one

SRC’s Becky Raymond at Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership meeting in Denver.

Southern Rensselaer County Rotary member Becky Raymond attended the recent Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership meeting in Denver, CO, that preceded the annual National Peace Corps Association conference. Most of the participants were both Rotarians and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

The purpose of the meeting was to underscore the goals of the “Rotary-Peace Corps Memorandum of Understanding,” and for participants to leave with tools and resources that will help further strengthen the relationship between the two organizations.

At the conference itself, Becky led a breakout session entitled “Collaborative Partnerships.” It highlighted the collaboration between the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Northeastern New York, Rotary, the University at  Albany, and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation to raise funds for prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula.

Speakers included Victor Barnes, Rotary Director of Programs and Grants; Ashley Bell, Associate Director of External Affairs at Peace Corps; Ellina Kushnir, supervisor of the Rotary Service and Engagement portfolio; Ted Adams, Peace Corps Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs; several members of Denver area Rotary clubs, the District Governor, and a Rotary Scholar.

SRC grant delivered to Freedom From Fistula Foundation

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Debbie Rodriguez and Becky Raymond pose with Freedom From Fistula Foundation official Angela McCabe (far left) opposite the United Nations building.

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 11.53.26 AMSouthern Rensselaer County Rotary Club President Debbie Rodriguez and club member Becky Raymond traveled to New York City this week to present a grant from the club to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation.

Angela McCabe, the Foundation’s development director, accepted the $1,800 check, and the trio discussed various Foundation projects being started or already under way in the African nations of Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Madagascar. (Click on the links to get updates on the work in each country.)

They also had the opportunity to have lunch at the United Nations, located across United Nations Plaza from the Foundation office. Each January, the UN hosts “Rotary Day at the UN.”

McCabe will be supplying further details, and Becky and Debbie will head up exploration of potential partnerships with Rotary Clubs in the aforementioned countries. They then will report back to the club with an eye on possibly applying for a Rotary Global Grant with a focus on fistula prevention.

If you need to have your knowledge of the fistula problem refreshed, just click here to see the 2016 presentation Becky made to the club to heighten our awareness of the need for assistance.