7190 GOL finishes latest Dominican visit

Daniel and a GOL volunteer are all smiles.

Gift of Life-District 7190 last week was in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for its ninth training visit there since the COVID-19 pandemic set in.

GOL has treated nearly 180 children on these visits. One was Daniel, age 20, who waited more than 19 years from when he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect to when GOL operated on him this past Tuesday.

Gift of Life has been there for more than 42,000 children since 1975. It now is the largest humanitarian organization in the world providing care to children in the developing world with heart disease. Every three hours, GOL is providing life-saving surgery somewhere in the world.

A no-cost way to help aid Gift of Life

As we change seasons, most of us sort through our clothing closets and drawers to see what we can do without. So, if you find unwanted clothes you’d like to get rid of, may we suggest one of the Gift of Life dropoff boxes?

The one closest to our area of service 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.

Since GOL’s 7190 chapter was formed in 1984, it has been responsible for 355 life-saving surgeries, 200 catheterization procedures, and 17 medical mission trips to six different countries.

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

GOL Golf Tournament seeks sponsors, volunteers

Are you a golfer? Are you golfer adjacent? Are you interested in helping the District 7190 chapter of Gift of Life run its annual golf fundraiser that will help GOL bring children from around the globe with life-threatening heart conditions to the Capital Region for surgery that will prolong and improve their lives?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you’re needed.

The district’s annual Gift of Life Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, September 20, at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland. Its organizers are looking for golfers, sponsors, and event workers. You can get the details on all these avenues of service by going online today.

SRC already has a foursome ready to play in the event, but we can always use another quartet of golfers. We also are looking for people to buy a tee sign, donate a raffle item, or staff one of the necessary stations that help the tournament functions such as the hole-in-one contest, registration desk, auction setup, and perhaps even drive the beverage cart. If you would like additional details, please contact Dean or Doris Calamaras, our club’s GOL liaisons.

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.

GOL International CEO our Thursday guest

Rob Raylman wth a Gift of Life child.

Rob Raylman, a resident of Germantown, Columbia County, who is the Chief Executive Officer for Gift of Life International, will speak to us at our 7 p.m. Thursday meeting this week via ZOOM.

Rob, who has held the GOL post since February 2008, graduated from Hobart College in 1984 with a degree in political science. Directly out of college, he went to work for then-U.S. Senator Alphonse D’Amato (R-NY) from 1984 to 1986. He worked for Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) from January 1987 until 1999, where he was a vice president, and from 1999 to 2007 managed his own political consulting business.

As CEO of Gift of Life International, Rob has focused on the creation of sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery programs in developing countries. Presently he is working to develop programs in Bolivia, Panama, the Philippines, Romania, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.

As always, you can gain access to the meeting simply by going to the club website calendar page and clicking on the appropriate meeting link.


No-cost way to do good for Gift of Life

As we change seasons, most of us sort through our clothing closets and drawers to see what we can do without. So, if you find unwanted clothes you’d like to get rid of, may we suggest one of the Gift of Life dropoff boxes?

The one closest to our area of service 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.

Since GOL’s 7190 chapter was formed in 1984, it has been responsible for 355 life-saving surgeries, 200 catheterization procedures, and 17 medical mission trips to six different countries.

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 if you are looking for something near your place of business or want to let people outside the club know about this possibility for sharing:

  • 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

Gift of Life child’s stay extended by COVID-19

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Batnasan and mom.

Batnasan, our latest Gift of Life child from Mongolia, is doing well after his recent cardiac surgery at Albany Medical Center.

However, he and his mom still are here a month after surgery, sort of stranded because of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.

Dean and Doris Calamaras, our SRC liaisons to Gift of Life, on Easter Sunday dropped off some holiday baked goods for them and their host family. They sat them on the ground by the mailbox and the family later retrieved them.

Dean reports, “All doing well in that household, they said. No telling when mother, child and interpreter will be able to go home.”


 

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.