You’re invited to a fundraiser roundtable

One of the trickiest things about operating a service club is regularly raising funds to make community projects possible. So, Rotary has been hosting monthly online sessions — called “EventGroove / Fundraising Roundtable” — to share best-practice ideas on fundraising. Each is open to any active Rotarian.

The next such roundtable is scheduled for noon Tuesday, August 3. Advance registration is required for admission, although there is no charge to participate.

To sign up, simply click here and fill out the form. You will receive via email a confirmation containing information about joining the meeting in August.

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.

Rotary charity golf event registration open

The Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Club is planning its 16th annual Golf Outing, a sign some normalcy is returning to the region after more than 14 months of COVID-19 shutdowns.

The event will be held at the Mill Road Acres golf course in Latham on Friday, June 18. It is open to anyone, and is designed as a fundraiser to benefit local and global charities such as Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude’s, Polio Plus, The Rotary Foundation, Food Pantries of the Capital Distinct, and ShelterBox.

The registration form and event details are available online.

Tax-deductible donations to our new fund

Vice President Terry Brewer, who has been doing yeoman work as part of our Subcommittee On Foundations, today shared the following official information on donating to our in-development Donor Advised Fund (DAF), recently approved by the SRC Board:

“If you wish to donate to the Donor Advised Fund, here’s how: Make your check payable to ‘TRF Donor Advised Fund,’ and in the memo line write ‘The Dr. Richard Drumm Fund,’ and mail your check to Southern Rensselaer County Rotar Club, P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061.”

Donations made in this manner are fully tax deductible. Our DAF, named in honor of our current club president and charter member, is administered through the Rotary Foundation, although we retain control over financial grants and awards made by it.

CLYNK issues coronavirus-related modifications

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Despite the many restrictions on purchasing of food and beverages during the coronavirus pandemic, most of us still consume bottled beverages and need to redeem the containers.

SRC’s robust participation in the CLYNK recycling program via Hannaford supermarkets continues during this emergency period, but CLYNK is asking for some slight alterations in the effort. Here is the Maine-based company’s statement:

“CLYNK is a redemption company born out of community.  You rely on us to get you back your deposits, and our hardworking employees value your business as it gives them dependable income and basic benefits.  Never has this been truer than during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“CLYNK is open for business.  We are committed to keeping this little corner of your life easy and convenient even while the rest is anything but.  We are taking extra precautions to keep our employees safe, including increased vigilance on the use of personal protective equipment.  If you see a driver decked out in unusual gear,  please give them a thumbs up (or virtual elbow bump) from us.

“To the same end, we’d like to ask for a voluntary safety pledge from you. After filling your CLYNK bag and tying it tight, please hold on to it for three days before you drop it off at any [Hannaford supermarket].  This will help to dramatically reduce the risk of surface-to-human contamination.  To signal you have done this please tie a bright piece of ribbon/string/anything to the handle of your bag.  We are calling this a ‘3 Day OK.’

“Never fear,  we will process your bag with or without the ‘3 Day OK’ tie. But, when we see the tie, our employees will know they can breathe a little easier.   Thank you in advance for this small sign of solidarity. We love our CLYNKer community.”


And, the winner is …

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SRC Treasurer Murray Forth displays the winning ticket drawn for our latest Cafe Capriccio wine dinner. And, Carol Orvis is the winner of the chef’s private dinner for 12, the third different winner in three such raffles.

Our special thanks to Murray for staking out the Quigley’s parking lot this evening to receive ticket sales money in lieu of our regular meeting, cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A SPECIAL NOTE: Although our weekly dinner meetings and other activities have been indefinitely postponed because of the current public health crisis, you can keep up to date with global, regional and local Rotary news by making a point of regularly checking our website and Facebook page. Even in times of trouble, Rotary perseveres.



Our sponsors

Screen Shot 2020-03-19 at 9.37.01 PMWe thank the following organizations and individuals for being $100 lane sponsors for our Foundation Bowl-a-Thon event, held on Sunday, March 1, at the East Greenbush Bowling Center.


Top Form
Capital District YMCA
Forth Sports Floors
Amato Wealth Management
Recovery Sports Grill
Schodack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics / Community Care


Bill and April Dowd
James Leyhane Family
Team Leyhane
Richard Drumm
Debbie and Peter Brown
Roberto Martinez
Phil Kellerman
Terry and Betty Brewer
Geoff Brewer
Forth Family
Debbie and Chuck Rodriquez
Lois and Stewart Wagner
Carol Orvis

Time’s almost up for dinner raffle ticket sales

The drawing for the winner of the latest Cafe Capriccio wine pairing dinner as a club fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday’s dinner meeting at Quigley’s. No need to be present to win.

But, you still have time to buy or sell tickets at just $20 each for a special private-room dinner for 12 people, valued at $1,300, designed and prepared by chef-owner Jim Rua.

If you haven’t picked up tickets from Andy Leyhane or Murray Forth to buy or sell, please call them to do so ASAP. If you already have sold tickets, please get the money to Murray as soon as you can.

(And, speaking of Andy, he’ll be emceeing a session of  musical trivia after dinner on Thursday. Think of it as a one-category warmup for the 6th annual “Great North American Whizbang Trivia Contest” Bill Dowd will be presenting on May 7.)

Here’s the flyer we have been circulating about the dinner raffle. Enjoy!

2020 Dinner Raffle


Fistula Foundation fundraiser planned

Fistula PosterThe UAlbany School of Public Health will host a public engagement event to raise awareness and support for efforts to combat obstetric fistulas among sub-Saharan African women.

It is scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the school, located at the Health Sciences Campus on Columbia Turnpike in Rensselaer. The event is co-sponsored by the Danes Rotaract and Southern Rensselaer County Rotary clubs.

The event will include a silent auction to help raise funds for the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, a Rotary-supported health organization dedicated to helping women in sub-Saharan countries receive education and medical assistance to combat what is a common gynecological problem there.

SRC members are invited to donate items for the silent auction, and may contact President Phil Kellerman at a club meeting, via phone at 352-262-5421, or via e-mail at


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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