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.

Meeting clipboard: 12/5/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (14): Phil Kellerman, Murray Forth, Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Pat Bailey, Becky Raymond, Wells Packard, Ray Hannan, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane.

Guests: None.

Tea for Two
A gift basket idea.

MEETING NOTES: President Phil Kellerman presided. He brought packages of fair trade coffees to sell as a fundraiser for ShelterBox, with $5 from the sale of each package going to the international aid agency. … Murray Forth, who with wife Maggie will be hosting our annual Holiday Party & Themed Baskets Silent Auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 19, gave an update on the event. He also encouraged members to bring gift baskets to be auctioned for charitable causes. (Some suggested themes have been posted on the website.) … Phil reminded members that the “spare change jar” proceeds this year will go to the Capital Region Nordic Alliance (CRNA), which provides adaptive sports activities for disabled vets.

Screen Shot 2019-11-22 at 6.00.46 PM… Debbie Rodriguez gave a brief update on the Adopt-a-Family holiday project. Many gifts were brought to the meeting. The deadline for giving Debbie the donated gifts — gift-wrapped and tagged with the recipients’ names — is next Thursday, December 12, in time for delivery to Circles of Mercy for distribution. PLEASE BE SURE  to gift wrap each item and label it with the recipient’s name. … Becky Raymond gave an update on the Danes Rotaract’s plans to raise funds for the Freedom From Fistula Foundation (FFFF). The club’s goal is to help raise $750. She said the idea of a bowl-a-thon proposed by Terry Brewer would help toward this effort. Terry then proposed that the club host a dual-purpose bowl-a-thon to raise funds for FFFF and the Oley Foundation. He will speak to the bowling center management about a tentative March date. Phil said Oley has many members locally who most likely would participate, and Becky said the Rotaract students could participate as well. Attendees expressed their approval for the event and willingness to help out. … Next Thursday’s after-dinner speaker will be Jodi Sullivan, Maple Hill High School assistant principal.

PROGRAM: SRC Fundraising

Rotary CashPhil led a discussion on current fundraising efforts by the club, and the development of future fundraisers to support our community service projects. Some outcomes:

• Murray said another recycling/shredding event will be organized for mid-April 2020.

• Terry said he is uncomfortable with the fact that some members donate so much of their personal money to support the club’s charitable activities. He thought the club should be distributing some funds from the current treasury balance. As an example, he suggested giving $500 to Circles of Mercy to enable the family aid organization to purchase hygiene kits for those in need. Debbie Brown made a motion to do so, Ray Hannan seconded it, and it was approved overwhelmingly.

• This led to a discussion about the amount of funds in the club’s treasury. Phil agreed the club should distribute some additional money to charitable causes, but that the club needs to consider investing some of the remaining balance to earn interest that can support grants while protecting the principal. The club’s Financial Committee will follow up.

• Since two past Cafe Capricio fundraiser dinners were financially successful through sales of raffle tickets, Andy Leyhane agreed to follow up with the Albany restaurant about setting up another such event.

• It was mentioned that resuming the “Rotary Home Cooking” series of member-hosted dinner parties or other social events could be helpful in raising funds and promoting social interaction.

Time to prep for the holiday party — and baskets!

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Non-basket ‘baskets’

In just 42 days, many of us will be bidding on a lineup of cleverly-designed holiday gift baskets, with proceeds from the silent auction going to the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club treasury.

• The event: SRC’s  annual Holiday Party & Gift Basket Silent Auction on Thursday, December 19.

• The venue: The Forth residence in East Greenbush.

• The reason: ‘Tis the season!

Why? Well, the meal is always hauté, the libations a hit, the company a hoot — and the socializing and fellowship are a heck of a way to lead us into the final week before Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

We’re giving you this advance notice so you can begin working on themed gift baskets to put on the silent auction tables.

For the newer members, please be advised we do not take the word “basket” literally. Gift baskets always are a nice thing for the traditionalists among us, but we invite you to let your imaginations run wild. Anything that holds stuff is good — buckets, colanders, jars, boxes, bags, vases, etc . And, it’s the cleverness of the theme that attracts the most bids.

From time to time over the next few weeks we’ll be showing you some “basket” suggestions. Two of them are shown above. Meanwhile, start shopping for basket items and, above all, save the date for this family-friendly social event.



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.


Albany club’s annual GOL auction coming up

Screen Shot 2019-10-22 at 2.46.26 PMEach year, the Albany Rotary Club holds a major auction evet as a fundraiser for the Gift of Life of District 7190. This year, the event is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11. All are invited.

The venue is the Joseph  E. Zaloga American Legion Post #1520 at 4 Everett Road, Albany. There will be silent auctions, raffle auctions, and a live auction.

Items range in all shapes and sizes and dollar amounts. Payment is to be made by check or cash, with checks made payable to “Gift of Life 7190.”

Tickets can be purchased online for $25, with a December 3 deadline. Admission at the door is $30. Reservations are required for this event so the Legion Post needs a headcount to prepare enough food.


What kind of mark is our Clynk project having?

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This chart shows the environmental impact our club is having so far by participating in the ongoing Clynk container redemption/recycling program. In addition, we have raised a bit more than $400.

By participating through the very simple process of tossing all your deposit containers in an official Clynk bag, placing a barcode sticker on it, and dropping it off at any Hannaford supermarket, you’ll be sending all those nickels to SRC for our ShelterBox fundraising purposes, as well as keeping your home or office from being cluttered by all that glass, metal, and plastic flotsam.

If you would like to extend your reach beyond your home to include collecting redeemable containers donated by friends, neighbors, workplaces, churches, etc., please contact Bill Dowd for details on how to do it.

Each redeemed container may be only a nickel received, but it continues to add up since this is an ongoing effort that we’ll be involved in as long as the Clynk recycling company and Hannaford chain maintain their partnership.

If you’d like more information on Clynk — what it is, what it does, where it operates, etc. — simply go online to Meanwhile, thanks for your participation.



Cleaning out closets? That can help Gift of Life

If you’re looking for an effective way to get rid of old clothes, drapes, sheets, etc., in a more constructive way than simply tossing them in the trash, may we suggest one of the Gift of Life dropoff boxes?

The one closest to our SRC meeting venue at Quigley’s is behind the Mobil station just off Exit 10 of I-90 — near the Top Form facility. However, the childhood medical relief organization has numerous locations throughout District 7190 for its clothing donation bins. There are several in the immediate Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club area, but for those of you who live or work elsewhere — or want to encourage friends, relatives, and co-workers to drop off their unwanted items to help GOL, there are plenty of other options as well.

These bins are placed in conjunction with American Clothing Recycling Company, a Glens Falls business. (Note that other organizations use similar boxes, so please be sure the ones you use are specifically marked for Gift of Life.)

Here are the most convenient bin locations (the list may change from time to time):

In the immediate SRC area:

  • As noted above, behind the Mobil station on Miller Road, Schodack
  • Tractor Supply Store, Schodack Plaza, 1649 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton

Elsewhere in the region:

  • Hewitt’s, Clifton Park
  • Powers Irish Pub, Clifton Park
  • Kelley Farm & Garden, Cobleskill
  • Rustic Gourmet Restaurant, 785 Delaware Ave, Delmar
  • SE Kitchens & Baths, Gansevoort
  • Hewitts, 605 Feura bush Road, Glenmont
  • Faddegon’s Nursery, Latham
  • Grassland Equipment & Irrigation Corp., Latham
  • Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, Mechanicville
  • Watervliet Elementary School, Watervliet
  • State Line Flea Market, Whitehall