Send a card to our latest GOL child

Screen Shot 2020-03-16 at 4.54.41 PMBatnasan, our latest Gift of Life child from Mongolia (where it is common to go by a single name), is recuperating well from cardiac surgery at Albany Medical Center.

If you would like to send a message of encouragement, a small gift, etc., you can send it to the host family where he is staying.

Batnasan
c/o Daniel and Brielle McCarty
41 Green Island Avenue
Latham, NY 12110


 

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.


 

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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Spring cleaning? Keep Gift of Life boxes in mind

If you’re weaning what’s stored in your closets and drawers as part of your spring cleaning project and have unwanted clothes you plan to get rid of, may we suggest one of the Gift of Life dropoff boxes?

The one closest to our SRC meeting venue is behind the Mobil station just off Exit 10 of I-90 — near the Top Form facility. GOL, the childhood medical relief organization, has many 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, with profits going to Gift of Life.

Here are the most convenient clothing 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

What your Gift of Life contributions can accomplish

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This angelic face belongs to Chinguune, who made the journey from his native Mongolia to Albany for lifesaving cardiac surgery supported by the Gift of Life organization.

He underwent the procedure at Albany Medical Center on Wednesday, September 6, and is reportedly doing very well as a post-op patient.

Veteran Rotarians are familiar with the work of Gift of Life (GOL), which our club has long supported financially and with members serving as District 7190 GOL board members. For our newer club members, you can learn more about GOL by clicking here.


RI, Gates pledge $450M more to fight against polio

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Philanthropist Bill Gates (left) and RI President John Germ announce more global anti-polio funding.
(RI photo)

Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 5.49.04 PMAs the world inches closer toward eradicating polio, Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend nearly a half-billion dollars more in an effort to eliminate the disease over the next three years.

Bill Gates joined Rotary President John Germ to announce the pledge at the annual Rotary International Convention that concluded today in Atlanta. It drew nearly 40,000 Rotarians from around the world to a four-day schedule of workshops, panel talks, discussions and reports on Rotary’s various worldwide public service efforts — human trafficking, clean water, education and others. However, it was the latest commitment to polio eradication that made the biggest news.

Beginning July 1, the start of the 2017-18 Rotary Year, the Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment to raise $50 million annually over the next three years on a 2-to-1  basis. That means another $450 million could be added to funds already committed to support efforts to eradicate the disease by 2020.

The matching program adds to a pledge made in 2013, when the Gates Foundation pledged to match Rotary contributions 2-to-1 up to $35 million each year through 2018. With this commitment, the two organizations together will have raised nearly $1.5


Click here to see our new video, “Making Polio History: A Pioneer’s Story.”


billion since 2007 to fight polio.

The money will fund both the administration of oral vaccinations in countries in which children still are at risk for contracting polio, and increasing disease surveillance efforts such as testing sewage water to detect where the virus could still be circulating in communities.

Polio, once found everywhere in the world, now is endemic in only three places — Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. While the disease, which causes paralysis and even death, is is not curable, it is preventable. Elimination comes through a vigorous campaign of  oral vaccine in conjunction with a series of booster doses that maintain the immunity.