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


SRC strong for Gift of Life Golf Tournament

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Grace Agwaru, from Uganda, was the keynote speaker at the after-tournament dinner. In 1975, Grace was the first recipient of a District 7190 Gift of Life surgery.
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Gentlemen of leisure at Pinehaven CC before Monday’s GOL Golf Tournament dinner. From left: Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Jim Leyhane, A.J. Amato.
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 Robbie Donno, who founded the GOL in 1960.

Southern Rensselaer County had a strong presence at this year’s Gift of Life Golf Tournament, held Monday at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland.

Dean and Doris Calamaras, who were recognized as “Friends of GOL,” sponsored the post-tournament happy hour leading up to the awards dinner. Terry Brewer and A.J. Amato led foursomes, and Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane joined them for the dinner.

In addition, several SRC members were sign sponsors for the event, a major fundraiser each year for the District 7190 GOL.

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A listing in  the dinner program.

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‘Pints for Polio’ beer social at Wolf Hollow

Screen Shot 2019-09-17 at 3.04.00 PMVarious clubs in District 7190 raise funds in a variety of ways for Rotary International’s anti-polio efforts worldwide. SRC, for example, directs portions of several events toward that effort.

Here’s another club’s idea, “Pints for Polio.” It’s an event created by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Rotary.

The social event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 26, at the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, 6882 Amsterdam Road, Glenville. It is open to all.


District Foundation gala returning to Proctors

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Inside Key Hall at Proctors. (photo courtesy of Proctors)

Several years ago, the annual District 7190 Foundation Dinner gala was held literally on the main stage of Proctors theater in downtown Schenectady. This year, it will return to Proctors, but in a different part of the entertainment complex.

The venue for the Wednesday, November 13, event is Key Hall at Proctors, a lavish event space catered by the iconc Mazzone Hospitality organization.

Details about theme, reservation information, and the like are being worked on, and we’ll share them with you as they are received. Meanwhile, please reserve the date for an evening that always provides good food, entertainment and Rotary fellowship.


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.