Meeting Clipboard: 6/30/22

Outgoing president Debbie Rodriguez passes the gavel to Kevin Leyhane.

MEMBERS ATTENDING (15): Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Terry Brewer.

GUESTS: None.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order, noting the presence of a quorum and the fact that it was the last meeting of the Rotary Year.

Debbie passed the gavel to President-elect Kevin Leyhane for the 2022-23 Rotary Year that begins on July 1. She provided some highlights of her year as president. Debbie was given two folding Rotary lawn chairs.  Kevin said he will be collecting thoughts on moving the club forward and is looking forward to another successful year,

MEETING NOTES:

• DONATIONS — By consensus, it was decided make a financial contribution of $100 to the Castleton Girl Scout/Brownie Troop 1762 for its effort to replace the 911 plaque in the Schodack Town Park. The Scouts had emailed and approached Rotary members at last Tuesday’s “Summer In the Park” event.

• VALLEYCATS OUTING — Several tickets remain for the Thursday, August 4, ValleyCats baseball game and pre-game pavilion picnic, part of our “Summer Casual” schedule for July and August. Prices: $30 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under. Please let event coordinator Debbie Rodriguez know if you are interested. Debbie will collect ticket money on July 14 at Peter and Debbie Brown’s picnic. Tickets will be available for pick up at the pool party at the Leyhane house on July 21.

• IMPACT COMMITTEE — Chair Pat Bailey reported that nearly $1,000 has been raised from, and numerous members of the public spoken to about Rotary, a series of appearances at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Kristy’s Barn, and the Schodack Town Park summer music series. There may be opportunities next year.  We were hoping to attract new members through such efforts.  Congratulations and hats off to all committee members and those who participated.

• SHELTER BOX SOLAR LIGHTS — The Shelter Box Starter kit was received this week.  It included 10 small solar lamps and five large solar lamps.  The club funded the first $260, and the lamps sell for $25 for the smaller and $50 for the larger lamp. The net proceeds of $250 will go to ShelterBox.  At tonight’s meeting, nine of the smaller and two of the larger lights were sold. There are one small and three large lights remaining for sale. Anyone wanting any of the remaining inventory may contact Roberto Martinez.

DISTRICT GRANT — The final report of the 2021-22 grant was submitted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto. Many thanks to Terry Brewer for his coordination of the scholarship program, and congratulations to the three students receiving $1,000 scholarships.

• DRIVER SAFETY COURSE — Per Kevin Leyhane, there was not enough response to hold the course this summer. The subject will be revisited in the fall.

• “SUMMER CASUAL” — The first event of the July-August calendar will be a picnic at Peter and Debbie Brown’s residence at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Please bring an appetizer.

Meeting Clipboard: 6/23/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (17): Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Ray Hannan, Kevin Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Becky Raymond, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras.

GUESTS: None.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order, noting the presence of a quorum and the fact that it was the last Zoom meeting of the Rotary Year.

MEETING NOTES:

• DONATIONS — By consensus, it was decided not to make a financial contribution to the Rotary float project for the 2023 Rose Parade.

• MEMBERSHIP — It was reported that all but one current member paid six-month or one-year dues for the start of the 2022-23 Rotary Year. Wells Packard has been removed from the membership roll.

• VALLEYCATS OUTING — Several tickets remain for the Thursday, August 4, ValleyCats baseball game and pre-game pavilion picnic, part of our “Summer Casual” schedule for July and August. Prices: $30 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under. Anyone who has not yet let event coordinator Debbie Rodriguez know of their interest is asked to do so no later than next Thursday, June 30.

• VIKING GYM — Ron Annis reports from Sweden that he’ll begin work on reconstruction of the rustic installment at Schodack Town Park when he returns home in August.

• IMPACT COMMITTEE — Chair Pat Bailey reported that about $800 has been raised, and numerous members of the public spoken to about Rotary, during a series of appearances at Kristy’s Barn and the Schodack Town Park summer music series. The last such event is scheduled for next Tuesday.

• DRIVER SAFETY COURSE — Kevin Leyhane issued a final call for anyone interested in participating in a course on Saturday, July 23, at a venue TBD. A minimum of 20 people is needed. SRC members are eligible, as are friends and family. Contact Kevin at KRL1873@aol.com by this weekend.

• PRESIDENTIAL CHANGEOVER — Debbie Rodriguez will pass the gavel to Kevin Leyhane for the 2022-23 Rotary Year at the 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 30, meeting at Moscatiello’s, our final meeting of the 2021-22 year. As of the next day, July 1, Peter Brown will become President-elect en route to becoming president for 2023-24.

A breakout session at the convention center.

• THE RI CONVENTION — Jim Leyhane (5th convention) and Roberto Martinez (3rd time) were among 22 Rotarians from District 7190 to participate in the Rotary International Convention in Houston June 4-8. In total, more than 11,000 Rotarians were at the first in-person convention in three years.

Roberto and Jim described the range of speakers — from the first woman ever to be RI’s president-elect to a Nobel laureate, to a former moonwalking astronaut, to a Ukranian OB/GYN.

Discussion emphasis was on such global problems as clean water, child trafficking, and women’s rights.

The 2023 convention will be in Melbourne, Australia, and the 2024 session in Calgary, Alberta.

Texas native Roberto shown under a Texas-themed artwork.

Jim says his shoulder surgery won’t let him hold the world. but the moon is another story.

Meeting Clipboard 6/16/22: Scholarship Night, Part 2

MEMBERS ATTENDING (17): Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, Ray Hannan, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman, Murray Forth, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane. By proxy: Bill Dowd, Tony Morris, Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras.

GUESTS (4): Scharlette Wilkins of Unity House, student Chelli Lopez and mother, RHS Counselor Chris Labatagglia.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, noting the presence of a quorum.

MEETING NOTES:

Scholarship winner Chelli Lopez and mom pose with RHS counselor Chris Labatagglia.

• SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS — Last week, we honored the winners of $1,000 SRC Scholarship Awards to students from Columbia and Maple Hill high schools. Tonight, we honored the third student — Chelli Lopez of Rensselaer High School, who was accompanied by school counselor Chris Labatagglia. Chris described Chelli as someone dedicated to community service that is integral to having the school and public communities function together. She tries to provide tools for projects to succeed.  Because it is a smaller school district, she feels connections are more personal than in some others. Chelli also is a member of her school’s varsity softball team.

Chelli, who was presented with a $1,000 cashier’s check and a certificate of achievement from the club, plans to attend SUNY Oswego. 

President Debbie with Scharlette WIlkins from Unity House, holding a check from SRC.

• GUEST SPEAKER — President Debbie introduced Scharlette Wilkins, assistant director of domestic violence services for Unity House of Troy, where she has worked for 17 years.

Debbie presented Scharlette with a check from the club for $382. The money was collected via the “Pocket Change” contribution jug that is passed around at in-person SRC meetings. That method of fundraising for a different, specific purpose each Rotary Year as designated by the current president was instituted in 2013 under then-President April Dowd.

Scharlette explained that Unity House gets its funding from grants and donations. Its programs include assisting women and men in such areas as poverty, domestic violence, and mental illness. Unity House has a regular staff and the assistance of three attorneys plus a cadre of volunteers, serving people from all ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. They even have a gun violence program. Most of their clients pay 30% of the cost of given services. 

• NOTES OF GRATITUDE — We received thank-you notes from ShelterBox and Capital Roots, our two most recent financial recipients.

• SHELTERBOX — Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane are in the process of acquiring a $250 Lumaid starter kit for rechargeable lights offered by ShelterBox, to be sold by the club as a ShelterBox fundraiser. We continue our Clynk container recycling effort to help support the emergency aid organization. Anyone needing bar code stickers for that purpose may contact Bill Dowd.

• IMPACT COMMITTEE — The most recent public meet-and-greet effort was staffed by Debbie and Peter Brown at Schodack Town Park on Tuesday during the town’s summer concert series. Anyone wishing to volunteer a few hours to help at additional weekly events is asked to contact Pat Bailey.

• NEXT MEETING — 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, via Zoom. As always, use the link in the club’s website calendar page to access the session.

Meeting Clipboard 6/9/22: Scholarship Night, Part 1

SRC scholarship winners pose with Rotarians, family, and school officials.

MEMBERS ATTENDING (17): Debbie Rodriguez, Becky Raymond, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Andy Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Murray Forth, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jeff Simon. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Terry Brewer, Bill Dowd.

GUESTS (8): Michael Harkin, Brenna Sambrook, Kelly Sambrook, Brian Sambrook, Megan Sambrook, Hillary Brochu, Ethan Wilkinson, Cathy Wilkinson.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order at Moscatiello’s Restaurant and noted the presence of a quorum.

ROTARY INTRO — For the benefit of our visitors, Jim Leyhane gave an introduction to Rotary from the local to international prospectives. Rotary is the largest non-governmental service club in the world and is represented in more countries than in the United Nations, with 1.4 million members.

SCHOLARSHIP HONOREES — Two of the three $1,000 SRC Scholarship awardees for this year joined us for dinner, with school and family guests. The students were nominated by their school administrators for exemplifying the principles of Rotary in their service to their schools and communities.

BRENNA SAMBROOK / Columbia High School

 CHS Principal Michael Harkin introduced Brenna, who has earned the Gold Award, highest honor from the Girl Scouts of America. She implemented strategies to prevent the spread of invasive species in the East Greenbush Town Park. She built foot brushes and developed signage for placement on waterproof signs that were installed at trail entrances in the park. Brenna also designed an educational website explaining the dangers of invasive species that is featured on the town’s Parks & Recreation page. She created a QRL code that was incorporated into the signage that allows hikers to use their mobile devices to connect to the website.

Brenna  is a member of Students for Environmental Action, Future Business Leaders of America, and
Key Club. She is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. She will be attending SUNY New Paltz to focus on environmental studies.
 

ETHAN WILKINSON / Maple Hill High School

Assistant Principal Hillary Brochu introduced Ethan. He has participated in community service activities
through the Kiwanis Club and his church. He has focused on collections for refugees coming to the Capital Region by raising  $2,000 and a truckload of goods for the Tulip Project and RISSE of Albany. He has participated in ALS walks, raised funds for domestic violence programs and placed flags on
veteran’s gravesites.

Ethan also is a student member of the interview committee to determine the best candidates to join the Maple Hill Community. He is treasurer of both the Key Club and SADD. He will be attending the University at Albany where he plans to major in atmospheric and environmental sciences.

ADDITIONAL MEETING NOTES — Rotarian Jeff Simon, superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District, spoke about the Times Union’s 2022 “Best of the Capital Region” poll in which East Greenbush was voted “Best School District.”

Jeff spoke about the challenges of returning students to school after the worst of the pandemic and
different programs that were implemented to assist them, such as after-school tutoring and transportation.  They also implemented some mental health support programs and worked to increase the resources.

The district had the second highest graduation rates in the region at  98%. He attributes the success
to a very supportive community, teachers, school board, and nurses. The environment was service oriented and they never had to close the school. COVID grants were used to hire more teachers and support staff. Non-traditional programs, which included trap shooting and archery, were added.

NEXT MEETING — Thursday, June 16, dinner at 6:15 p.m. (5:30 social period), at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Speaker: Scharlette Wilkins, assistant services director of
Unity House’s Domestic Violence Programs.

Meeting Clipboard: 6/2/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (15): Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Kevin Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Roberto Martinez, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Ray Hannan. By proxy: Bill Dowd, Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaris.

GUESTS: None.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting at Moscatiello’s Restaurant to order and noted the presence of a quorum.

MEETING NOTES:

• ShelterBox Fundraising — Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez were given approval to purchase a $250 starter pack of SB rechargeable lights if available at the Rotary International Conference in Houston this month. Reportedly, more than 20 Rotarians from District 7190 will be attending.

• SRC Impact Committee — The second phase of our public outreach will begin next Tuesday during the Town of Schodack’s “Music In the Park” series. (Rain date each week is Wednesday.) Anyone who cares to help staff the club’s table at the event is asked to contact Pat Bailey.

• Summer Casual Calendar — As announced earlier, the first two dates of our July-August social calendar have been claimed — a July 14 picnic at the Browns’ residence, and a July 21 pool party at Jim Leyhane’s residence co-sponsored by Kevin and Andy Leyhane and Roberto Martinez. As other dates (see the website calendar) are spoken for, we’ll provide details. Please contact Bill Dowd to reserve a date if you wish to host or plan an event.

• Driver Safety Training — Response to a survey asking about interest in a one-day course this summer was very weak. Presently, it appears we will try again in the fall to sponsor such a course.

• Gift of Life raffle — The District 7190 GOL Board members are selling $20 raffle tickets to win a “Barrow of Booze.”  The drawings will be July 1.  See Dean or Doris Calamaras or Jim Leyhane if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

• Scholarship Dinner — The graduating seniors from Rensselaer, Columbia, and Maple Hill high schools who have been chosen to receive $1,000 SRC Scholarships and their guests have been invited to join us at our Thursday, June 9, dinner meeting at Moscatiello’s. Entree choices are chicken Caesar salad or spaghetti with meatballs or sausage, or marinara or meat sauce.

Meeting Clipboard: 5/26/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (16): Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Kevin Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Tony Morris, Becky Raymond.

GUESTS: None

President Debbie Rodriguez called the Zoom meeting order and noted the presence of a quorum due to the number of proxies.

MEETING NOTES:

• SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS — We have received the names of graduating seniors from Rensselaer, Maple Hill, and Columbia high schools who each will receive a $1,000 SRC Rotary Scholarship. The students have been invited to join us at our June 9 dinner meeting at Moscatiello’s. The club will pay for meals for each student, one parent for each of them, and one representative of each school. All others guests will be asked to pay the same $25 dinner fee as members. Our thanks to Terry Brewer for coordinating the program.

• SUMMER CASUAL SCHEDULE — We have one event scheduled so far for our July-August informal period — a picnic on July 14 at the Browns’ residence in Castleton. Anyone else who wishes to host or arrange an event is asked to select a date from the club calendar then email the club at SRCrotary@gmail.com to lock in the date and details.

• IMPACT COMMITTEE — We finished our series of appearances at Kristy’s Barn in Schodack to meet the public and get out the word about Rotary. Thanks to Becky Raymond, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez for volunteering on Saturday. We now switch to appearances at the Town of Schodack’s “Music In the Park” Tuesday series on June 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Rain dates are Wednesdays.) Anyone who can volunteer to staff the table is asked to contact Pat Bailey ASAP.

• DRIVER TRAINING — We are polling members to ascertain interest in having a summer session of training by a professional (and getting an auto insurance discount in the process). The potential dates are July 9 and 23 and August 6. Interested members are asked to email the club at SRrotary@gmail.com with the preferred date. (Rotarians may invite non-members to participate.)

• NEXT MEETING — We will host local business owner Dan Welch of Sweater Ventures at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Moscatiello’s.

Meeting Clipboard: 5/19/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (19): Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, Becky Raymond, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Ray Hannan, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Andy Leyhane, Tony Morris, Kevin Leyhane, John Justino, Murray Forth, Peter Brown. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras.

GUESTS (1): Jamie Crouse of the YWCA.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the Zoom meeting to order and noted the presence of a quorum.

MEETING NOTES:

• DISTRICT GRANT — Debbie reported that our District Grant application for assistance with our annual scholarship program has been submitted and accepted for consideration.

• SUMMER CASUAL EVENTS — The dates for our July-August “Summer Casual” period have been posted on the website calendar page chart. Anyone wishing to reserve a date to host or arrange a family-friendly event is asked to inform Kevin Leyhane.

• DUES — A reminder that the deadline for receipt of six-month or full-year dues is June 1. Please mail checks, payable to SRC Rotary, to the club at P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Dues remain at just $175 per individual member or $350 for “Family” or “Corporate” group memberships covering an unlimited number of members (although such entities have only a single vote on matters coming before the membership). Dues may be paid in two equal installments, no later than June 1 and December 1. The split payments are $87.50 for individuals, $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups.

• IMPACT COMMITTEE — Pat Bailey reported that the group will hold a public meet-and-greet event at Kristy’s Barn in Schodack on Saturday. She also is lining up volunteers to do the same for the Schodack “Music In the Park” series.

• DRIVER TRAINING — The tentative session scheduled for June 18 has been put on hold. A new date and site are being investigated.

• NEXT MEETING — We will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, via Zoom.

• PROGRAM — Jamie Crouse, marketing development director for the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, which is based in Troy, presented a video describing the organization’s work helping women and children in need of housing, education, safety, and counseling.

Among numerous points made in the video and by Jamie is that the YW houses more than 100 women and 50 children daily, most of them from Rensselaer County. Some are short-term residents, others longer-term, depending on their circumstances. Funding comes from government grants and donations from businesses, service organizations, and individuals

Another effort is a 14-week program preparing women for the work world, which she said has an 83% success rate of graduates obtaining long-term employment or resuming their formal education.

The YW is one of the recipients of any money raised by our aforementioned Impact Committee.

A mentoring session at the YWCA.

Meeting Clipboard: 5/12/22

Opening Day at Camp Schodack, circa 1950s. (See program report below.)

MEMBERS ATTENDING (16): Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, Pat Bailey, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Tony Morris.

GUESTS (1): Matt Krouner.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the Zoom meeting to order and noted the presence of a quorum.

MEETING NOTES:

• BOARD ELECTION — President Debbie presented the slate of candidates for the SRC Board for the 2022-23 Rotary Year as drawn up by the Nominating Committee. She asked for any additional nominations; none were forthcoming. Jim Leyhane moved and Charlie Foote seconded a vote in favor of the slate, which was elected without objection. As of July 1, the Board will consist of President Kevin Leyhane, Immediate Past President Debbie Rodriguez, Vice President Jim Leyhane, Treasurer Murray Forth, Secretary Pat Bailey, At-Large Directors Roberto Martinez, Dean Calamaras, and Becky Raymond.

• IMPACT COMMITTEE — Chair Pat Bailey reported that the next public information effort will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Kristy’s Barn. Volunteers for three-hour blocks are needed. … We also will work on selling rechargeable lanterns as a ShelterBox fundraiser. Roberto Martinez will obtain details from District 7190’s Larry Jones, our ShelterBox liaison, on fundraiser guidelines.

• SCHOLARSHIPS — Maple Hill High School reportedly has selected its recipient of one of three SRC Rotary Club $1,000 scholarships in June. We’re awaiting similar word from Columbia and Rensselaer high schools. We hope to have the recipients join us for a dinner meeting.

• DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS –– Save the date. Arrangements are being made to sponsor a driver safety training session for Saturday, June 18. Several locations are under consideration, and Kevin Leyhane is arranging for an instructor. Completion of the course qualifies licensed drivers for an insurance discount.

• NEXT MEETING — 6 p.m. Thursday, June 19, with speaker Jamie Crouse, director of marketing and development for the Troy YMCA.

• PROGRAM: CAMP SCHODACK — Matt Krouner, the fourth generation owner and director of the residential summer camp for youngsters, spoke to the club and showed photos of the camp through the years. Matt is a licensed psychologist, but is a fulltime camp director.

The facility, which actually is in Nassau, is built on land acquired by Matt’s Russian Jewish great-grandparents in 1908 when they emigrated from Russia to escape persecution. While the land turned out to be poor for farming, the fact it was so picturesque and varied in topography made it ideal for a seasonal hotel, and the old Krouner’s Hotel was a result of that. (The camp itself originally was known as Camp Nassau, but a division of the business resulted in part of it moving to Albany and retaining the name while the second Krouner generation gave the Rensselaer County portion its current name.)

Camp Schodack was shut down by the state during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but rebounded last summer and, thanks to strict safety protocols, had no COVID cases. It now is back to its normal size — 400 campers, 200 staffers, and programs involving the arts, sports, culture, etc.

Campers, who pay $7,750 for a 3½-week stay or $12,450 for a 7-week stay, come from throughout the Northeast as well as some from Europe and Asia. They live in bunk groups of a dozen or so with counselors, and range from about age 7 (just going into second grade) to 15-16 when they can become leadership trainees.

One of the original Camp Schodack buildings, now used as a dance studio.

A bunk house for Camp Schodack campers.

Meeting Clipboard: 5/5/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (18): Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Phil Kellerman, Ray Hannan, Bill Dowd, Kevin Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Dick Drumm, Becky Raymond, Tony Morris, Andy Leyhane. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras.

GUESTS (1): Debbie Morris.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant and noted the presence of a quorum.

MEETING NOTES:

• DRIVER TRAINING — A course to refresh defensive driving skills and earn an insurance discount has been tentatively set for Saturday, June 18, at The Spinney Group. A minimum of 20 enrollees is needed. Details will be forthcoming.

• VIKING OUTDOOR GYM — SRC reps met with the Kiwanis Club of East Greenbush to arrange participation in the restoration and expansion of the rustic facility at Schodack Town Park. The Kiwanians approved a $500 annual grant toward the program.

• HEALTHY KIDS DAY — The event at the Greenbush YMCA drew a substantial number of local kids and parents and SRC had a table — staffed by Phil Kellerman, Ray Hannan, and Pat Bailey, who supplied cookies to attract visitors — to get out the word about Rotary. Phil said he was surprised how few people were aware of Rotary and its work in the community. Our volunteers distributed cards and flyers about Rotary and spoke with adult visitors. … Which leads to the topics of …

• FUNDRAISING & PROSELITYZING — Phil reported that he had reached out to friends and associates about our potential efforts to support a women’s shelter and local food banks. They quickly contributed about $750 to the effort. … SRC will be staffing an information table at such places as Kristy’s Barn in Castleton on Saturdays and Schodack’s “Music At the Park” series on Tuesdays. Volunteers are need to spend several hours at such events. Please contact Pat Bailey if interested.

• DISTRICT CONFERENCE — Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane attended the event last Saturday at The Great Escape in Queensbury. They said the event drew about 80 people, a low figure but it was the first major in-person event since the pandemic began. Among the the things they learned was that the District has lost five clubs in 2022 — Racing City, Corinth, Turning Point, Northern Lake George, and Capital Region. (It lost the Hudson Shores club last year.) Dwindling membership continues to be a problem, and the District now has about 800 Rotarians. A minimum of 1,000 is needed to maintain District status, otherwise districts may have to merge. … Both Roberto and Jim have registered for the RI Convention in Houston in June, and urged others to follow suit.

• NYCR DANES ROTARACT — Becky Raymond, one of our Rotaract liaisons, reported that the club gained three new members as a result of a ShelterBox demonstration for students at the UAlbany School of Public Health. The club is trying to rebound from a 2½-year drought on in-person activities because of university strictures during the pandemic.

• DUES ARE DUE — The deadline for payment of six-month or full-year 2022-23 dues is June 1. Anyone who is not paid up by then may not, by Rotary rules, be listed as an active Rotarian. Please send checks, made payable to “SRC Rotary Club,” to Treasurer Murray Forth at P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush NY 12061.

• RICHARD DRUMM DAF — Phil reported that the club’s investment fund, administered by Rotary, began with a $22,000 initial amount but, due to a volatile stock market performance, has dropped to $20,924. No change in investment strategy is being recommended at this time.

• NEXT MEETING — Matt Krouner, owner and director of Camp Schodack — an overnight summer camp for girls and boys ages 7 to 16, will present to the club at a 7 p.m. Zoom meeting.

• PROGRAM: Mike Moscatiello, second generation of the family that owns and operates our meeting venue, was our speaker. He described some of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry — supply chain woes, lack of staff diverted to unemployment that pays better than working, public reluctance to go out, erratic hours because of state restrictions, etc. He said while overall business is down, the Moscatiellos have been able to find sufficient staff, gradually rebuild their banquet business, and continue slowly developing a second restaurant, The Roosevelt Room, across the street.

Meeting Clipboard: 4/28/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (17): Debbie Rodriguez, Becky Raymond, Roberto Martinez, Phill Kellerman, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Peter Brown, Pat Bailey, Tony Morris, Andy Leyhane, Ray Hannan, Jim Leyhane, John Justino. By proxy: Debbie Brown, Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras.

GUESTS: None.

President Debbie Rodriguez called the Zoom meeting to order and noted the presence of a quorum.

MEETING NOTES:

• HEALTHY KIDS DAY — Phil Kellerman will be staffing a table at this Greenbush YMCA event on Saturday, and is asking for anyone else who can volunteer to do so for all or part of the noon-to-2 p.m. event. SRC will be sharing information on Rotary and, literally, showing the flag.

• FUNDRAISING — Pat Bailey reported that events are being scheduled to spread the word about Rotary. Kristi’s Barn is one such venue on the list. She also is asking for volunteers to help staff events. The size of the volunteer group may impact what we actually schedule.

• VIKING OUTDOOR GYM — Debbie Rodriguez and Ron Annis met with members of the local Kiwanis Club to discuss the renovation project of the gym at Schodack Town Park that Rotary helped spearhead some years ago. Kiwanians have been invited to join us in the restoration/expansion project. Results to come.

NYCR DANES ROTARACT — John Justino said the recent ShelterBox demo program drew another new member. The current club president is taking a new job and a successor will be sought.

• SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS — We still are awaiting nominees from officials at Columbia, Maple Hill, and Rensselaer high schools. One from each school will receive a $1,000 award. We are hoping to have the students as our guests at our June 9 dinner meeting.

• DUES REMINDER — The deadline for half-year or full-year dues payments for the 2022-23 Rotary Year is June 1. Please be sure your checks, made payable to SRC Rotary, are mailed to Treasurer Murray Forth in time to be received by that date: P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061. (The six-month partial payment for individuals is $87.50, or $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups. The full-year rate is $175 and $350, respectively.)

• DISTRICT CONFERENCE — Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane will be attending the District Conference this Saturday at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury.

• NEXT MEETING — Mike Moscatiello, of our host restaurant family, will be our guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo). His topic: “Restaurants In the Pandemic Era.” Entree choices will be spaghetti and meatballs and Chicken Casear Salad and, as always, a cash bar will be available.