Meeting Clipboard (and RYLA): 5/16/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (12): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Phil Kellerman,  Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Debbie Rodriquez, Roberto Martinez.

Guests (7): RYLA students Shannon Tacy, Derrick Rosetti, and Emily Smith; parents Paul Tacy, Terry Smith, and Karen Rosetti; teacher Jackie Hill.


MEETING NOTES: President Andy Leyhane welcomed members, RYLA students, their parents and teacher Jackie Hill. … Event coordinator Murray Forth reminded everyone the Recycling & Shredding Day this Saturday begins at 9 a.m. at the Wainschaf Associates facility behind Target. Anyone who can volunteer to help staff the day is asked to contact him ASAP. … Phil Kellerman thanked the club for supporting last week’s concert that raised $450 for the Oley Foundation. …

Jim Leyhane provided an update on plans for the Rotary 10K/5K Run in September. We have been working with the chief of the Chatham Police Department to coordinate security and safety from the Columbia County Fairgrounds with the sheriff’s department and State Police. He now advises that five months is not sufficient lead time to adequately plan for a 10K run and that we should consider reducing the event to only a  5K run. The problem with that is that 5K runs are extremely commonplace throughout the region, bring in far less money, and probably would put us in the red. The inclination is to postpone until the fall of 2020. Jim asks that anyone wishing to comment on the situation contact him ASAP.


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Recent RYLA grads (from left) Shannon Tacy, Emily Smith, and Derrick Rosetti.

Three of the four Maple Hill High School juniors who SRC sponsored for the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) session visited to talk about their experience.

They were Shannon Tacy, Derrick Rosetti, and Emily Smith. A fourth student, Emily Burns, was unable to attend.

Their participation in the course, which included students from throughout District 7190 as well as several Rotary Exchange students studying here for the academic year, covered numerous individual and group dynamic activities. For example: team building exercises, a public service project (making lap blankets for elderly invalids), planning and time management, public speaking, and improving self-esteem.

Their faculty advisor, Jackie Hill, expressed Maple Hill’s appreciation for SRC’s support over the years for RYLA participation.


 

Meeting (& concert) Clipboard: 5/9/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (17): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Phil Kellerman, Julius Frankel, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Peter Berry, Dick Drumm, Ray Hanna, Debbie Rodriquez, Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Becky Raymond, John Justino.

Guests (18+): From Rotaract, Lindsey Riback, Dustin Moore, Yisen Zheng, Christofer Joseph; from the Oley Foundation, Joan Bishop, Lisa Crosby Metzger, Roslyn Dahl, Mary Wootten, Natalie Wootten; plus, Robert Schulman, Debbie Reep MacLeod, Dave MacLeod, Mario Sevayega, Mike McCarthy, Cherrie Corr, Mary Drumm, Kara Leyhane, Betty Brewer, and various unaffiliated concert guests.


Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 11.55.09 PMMEETING NOTES: President Andy Leyhane welcomed the 35+ members and guests. … Jim Leyhane issued a reminder of this Saturday’s 11 a.m. defensive driving course at Quigley’s. Walk-ins are welcome. … Danes Rotaract President Lindsey Riback reported that the club SRC sponsors will be donating another $200 to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation raised from proceeds from their happy hour fundraisers. She also said she and Yisen Zheng will be graduating from the UAlbany School of Public Health, where the Rotaract chapter is headquartered, at the end of the current semester. Dustin Moore will succeed her as president in September. …

Recycling IconOur next Recycling & Shredding Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at the Wainschaaf Associates warehouse facility in Rensselaer, needs more volunteers to staff the event. Check the flyer, then contact Murray Forth to lend a hand. … At next Thursday’s dinner meeting, local high school juniors we sponsored for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program will join us to discuss their experience.


PROGRAM: “An Original Concert for the Oley Foundation”


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Joan Bishop of the Oley Foundation’s local chapter

Joan Bishop, executive director of the local chapter of the Oley Foundation, explained the program, introduced one of the patients, and thanked SRC for its ongoing support and for hosting the fundraiser.

The hour-long concert featured music from “One Step Forward,” a new CD created by guitarist/singer Michael Francis McCarthy and lyricist Phil Kellerman, an SRC member who organized the event. Flutist Deb Reep MacLeod of Albany was featured on two of six songs. Opening the show was international independent music artist Mario Sevayega, playing five original songs.

President Andy Leyhane offered comments on Rotary, noting that it can be what you want it to be as long as you are doing good. He gave as examples the polio eradication effort and Phil’s dedication to the Oley Foundation.

A few images from the event, courtesy of Roberto Martinez:

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Lyricist and event organizer Phil Kellerman (2nd from right) with (from left) guitarist Mario Sevayega, flutist Debbie Reep MacLeod, and guitarist Michael Francis McCarthy.
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Mario Sevayega performs solo …
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… while Debbie Reep MacLeod and Michael Francis McCarthy join musical forces.

Meeting Clipboard: 5/2/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (13): Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Bill Dowd, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Ray Hannan, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Becky Raymond.

Guests: None.


MEETING NOTES: Murray Forth and Phil Kellerman presided in the absence of President Andy Leyhane. … Terry Brewer and Bill Dowd reported on their participation in an organizational meeting for a Troy club. District 7190 has allocated $2,000 in seed money for startup costs, and SRC has been designated the sponsoring club. Another planning meeting and a public informational/recruitment event have been scheduled in May and June. …

Murray distributed a signup sheet for volunteers to staff the Saturday, May 18, Recycling & Shredding Day. … Phil Kellerman reported that plans have been completed for next Thursday’s special meeting, “An Hour of Live Musicfundraiser for the Oley Foundation. A pizza-and-wings member dinner will be held from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., concert 6:30 to 7:30. The event is open to the public.


PROGRAM: “An Introduction to Yoga”

SRC member Becky Raymond, a certified yoga instructor, presented an introductory talk about the positive effects of yoga. That was followed up by a session of “chair yoga,” with Becky leading attendees in a series of stretching and bending exercises accompanied by a narrative of what such moves do physiologically and mentally.

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A group stretching exercise.
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Becky Raymond explains proper technique.
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Debbie & Peter Brown aren’t hiding … honest! It’s part of a warmup exercise.

 

Meeting Clipboard: 4/25/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (12): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Bill Dowd, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Debbie Rodriguez, Peter Berry, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, Maggie Forth.

Guests (1): Jeremy Forth.


Screen Shot 2019-03-28 at 10.32.11 PMMEETING NOTES: President Andy greeted members and guest Jeremy Forth. … The main order of business was presented, at Andy’s request, by Bill Dowd: Nomination of a slate of officers for the 2019-20 Rotary Year. Although special, personalized invitations had been sent to all members to participate — especially those members who rarely participate in club activities, we barely put together a quorum. As Bill explained, all SRC members had been forwarded a list of candidates to be voted on at this meeting to accomplish two things: (1.) to put a Board in place in time for our application for a District Grant by the June 1 deadline, and (2.) to put a presidential succession plan in place before the end of the current fiscal year as required by our Bylaws. Bill also noted that nominating Dick Drumm as President-elect would put him in line to be club president during our 60th anniversary year — an unusual combination of a charter member serving as president for a 60th anniversary, certainly a first. The slate of candidates for 2019-20, approved without dissent by those in attendance and giving us the maximum allowable of 11 members:

President: Phil Kellerman
President-elect: Dick Drumm
Vice President: Terry Brewer
Immediate Past President: Andy Leyhane
Secretary: Pat Bailey
Treasurer: Murray Forth
At-Large Members: Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Dean Calamaras

Recycling Icon… Murray Forth said he will circulate next week a volunteer signup sheet to work the Saturday, May 18, “Recycling & Shredding Day,” a major fundraiser for scholarships and youth programs. … … Bill also reported that he and Terry Brewer, the District 7190 membership chair, would be attending an organizational meeting on Monday as part of an effort to revive a Troy club to succeed the one that went out of existence several years ago. If it comes to fruition, SRC will be the sponsoring club. All discussions so far have been via electronic means; this will be the first in-person session. …

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 1.02.22 PMIt was reported that Ray Hannan successfully underwent a medical procedure this week, and hopes to resume Rotary activities next week. … The Advertiser published our full news release on our Oley Foundation fundraiser, “An Hour of Live Music with Phil Kellerman & Friends,” scheduled for Thursday, May 9. We will have a members-only pizza-and-wings dinner from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., concert at 6:30. … Next Thursday’s dinner meeting will begin with Becky Raymond’s brief  “Introduction to Yoga” session, THEN dinner. Please be sure to RSVP when dinner coordinator Debbie Brown sends out her weekly request for invitations.


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PROGRAM: Bill Dowd presented his 5th annual Great North American Whizbang Trivia Test, a friendly competition won by a different person each year. That held true again, with the team of Maggie and Jeremy Forth edging out Debbie Rodriguez in a tiebreaker session.

The winners received a pristine copy of “Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac,” written by the all-time winningest contestant on TV’s long-running “Jeopardy” game show series.


 

Meeting Clipboard: 4/18/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (15): Andy Leyhane, Jim Leyhane. Pat Bailey, Phil Kellerman, Bill Dowd,  Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Debbie Rodriguez, Peter Berry, Terry Brewer. Geoff Brewer, Ray Hannan, Dick Drumm, Robert Martinez, Charlie Foote.

Guests (1): Betty Brewer.


Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 8.18.07 PMMEETING NOTES: President Andy greeted attendees. … Medical update: Terry Brewer returned this evening, recuperating well from knee replacement surgery. Murray Forth, who last week underwent the same procedure, is expected to return in a few weeks. … Project coordinator Debbie Brown reported that 106 baskets were delivered to Circles of Mercy for the organization’s annual Easter baskets drive for needy kids. Our partners this year providing a combination of donations, packaging, and delivering the baskets were the Greenbush YMCA, Cub Scout Pack 253, and the Danes Rotaract club. Thanks to them and to all SRC members and friends who donated basket items. … Jim Leyhane shared information on Rotary shirts available from Dawn Vavala and her Night Owl Marketing company. They come in 18 different colors and several different styles. See Jim if interested. …

Recycling IconA little more than $200 was raised at the most recent Rotary Home Cooking dinner, hosted by Dean and Doris Calamaras. This was the second event in the series, but we have no others on the schedule. Anyone who would like to create and host an event for May or June is asked to contact President Andy ASAP with details of theme and date. … Members were reminded to save the date of Saturday, May 18, for our next Recycling & Shredding Day (click on the link for details), a major fundraiser for youth scholarships and other community service efforts. Next week we will circulate a signup sheet for volunteers for the event. It’s a fun few hours for any who wish to participate, and a easy way to be involved in community service. …

Screen Shot 2019-04-10 at 3.48.04 PMTerry, who is the District Membership Committee lead, reiterated that he and Bill Dowd are working with Past District Governor Fred Daniels to help facilitate the resurrection of the Troy club that folded several years ago, leaving SRC as the lone Rotary club in Rensselaer County. Several options have been presented, including folding any interested Troy people into the existing Hudson Shores club (Watervliet, Green Island, etc.), or recreating a standalone Troy club with SRC as its sponsor. …. Phil Kellerman reminded everyone of the benefit concert scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at Quigley’s to benefit the Oley Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides education, advocacy, and networking opportunities to people living on home IV nutrition and/or tube feeding. The hour-long concert will feature music from a new CD titled “One Step Forward.” That week only, the club dinner will be held from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., with the concert at 6:30.  Go here for more details. … Next Thursday, April 25, we’ll hold the 5th annual Great North American Whizbang Trivia Test (click on the link for details). Guests are welcome to this event which has had a different winner each year. This year’s winner will receive a copy of the “Jeopardy” all-time champ’s book, “Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions In 365 Days.”


Screen Shot 2019-04-19 at 1.45.33 PMPROGRAM: Bill Dowd, who is working on a collection of his original short stories based largely on travels during more than four decades of journalism, read four of the stories to the audience.

They included, “Headed South In North America, and Vice Versa,” a trip to the Canadian border and to Mexico; “Into the Sort-of Rain Forest,” a strange interlude with wild boars and beer on the Caribbean island of St. Croix; “Times Are Tough In Bunker Hill,” antiquing and haggling in the West Virginia panhandle portion of the Shenendoah Valley, and, “A Lemon Frock and a Cold Wadadli,” a journey to a steel drum concert on the former British island colony on Antigua with an ephemeral  visitor.


Meeting Clipboard: 4/11/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (14): Andy Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Ray Hannan, Bill Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Becky Raymond, Phil Kellerman, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Peter Berry.

Guests: None.


Recycling IconMEETING NOTES: President Andy greeted attendees, noting this meeting had been designated as a Club Assembly to discuss current business and projects. … Medical updates: Murray Forth’s knee replacement went well this week and he is recuperating at home. Terry Brewer continues recuperating from his knee replacement, and says he will rejoin us when he gets medical clearance to drive. … Several attendees asked if a new date had been set for the “Recycling & Shredding Day” postponed from this Saturday due to a conflict with Rensselaer County’s free recycling day. Webmaster Bill Dowd reminded them that everyone should already have been aware of the new date — Saturday, May 18 — because they had been emailed a revised flyer back on April 5 with the new date and other information. Plus, the new date has been posted on the website and Facebook page and entered into the website Calendar page since April 5.  …

Rotary CashDiscussion was held concerning plans to apply for a 2019-20 District Grant. Becky Raymond and Bill Dowd reported on the grants management seminar they attended last Saturday on behalf of the club. Details of the grant plans will be on the discussion agenda of the next SRC Board meeting (scheduled for next Thursday, April 18, after the regular meeting). Currently, we are considering applying for one $1,500 grant to cover both youth scholarships and support for the Freedom From Fistula Foundation. … We will have a student contingent joining us on May 16 to talk about their Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) experience. Several suggestions were made about requiring, rather than simply inviting, all students who receive RYLA tuition from SRC to attend a dinner meeting to discuss their experience, and to speak to their schools about the series to help spark ongoing student interest. …

screenshot2019-01-31at11.05.47pmJim Leyhane reported on a meeting with the police chief and the new mayor of Chatham in conjunction with planning for the October 12 trail run we are organizing. The event, for which we hope to include food trucks, entertainment, and so forth to create a festival atmosphere, will  be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. … Terry, who is the District Membership Committee lead, and Bill are working with Past District Governor Fred Daniels to help facilitate the resurrection of the Troy club that folded several years ago, leaving SRC as the lone Rotary club in the county.  … Roberto Martinez volunteered to look into setting up a credit card account for the club to be used to accept payments for dinner meeting fees, recycling day payments, and other needs.


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COMING UP: Next Thursday, April 18, Bill Dowd will present a reading of original short stories involving offbeat travel. … The following Thursday, April 25, we’ll hold the 5th annual Great North American Whizbang Trivia Test. Guests are welcome to this event which has had a different winner each year. … Becky Raymond will lead a brief exercise as part of her May 2 program “Exploring Yoga.” We’ll have dinner after that, rather than at the beginning of the meeting. … Phil Kellerman reminded everyone of the benefit concert scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at Quigley’s to benefit the Oley Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides education, advocacy, and networking opportunities to people living on home IV nutrition and/or tube feeding. The hour-long concert will feature music from a new CD titled “One Step Forward.” Go here for more details.


Meeting Clipboard: 4/4/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (15): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Carol Orvis, Bill Dowd, Phil Kellerman, Peter Berry, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Pat Bailey, Charlie Foote, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras

Guests (1): Valerie Rapson.


Recycling IconMEETING NOTES: President Andy greeted members and guest Valerie Rapson of the Dudley Observatory. … Bill Dowd reported that our scheduled April 13 shredding and recycling day was being jeopardized by a free recycling event the Rensselaer County government has scheduled for the same day. He suggested postponing our event until May to avoid competition that could hurt this major fundraiser. The consensus was that we would follow his suggestion and he and Murray Forth would work on rescheduling the necessary recycling companies and publicize a new date. We also decided to expand the list of what items we will accept to include batteries which most such events do not accept. We have a buyer for such items. …

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 1.02.22 PMPhil Kellerman handed out an announcement about a benefit concert the club is sponsoring to aid the Oley Foundation, a nonprofit that provides education, advocacy, and networking opportunities to people living at home on IV nutrition and/or tube feeding. (Phil works for the local Oley office.) It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Quigley’s when the performers and Phil debut their just-completed CD. (The members-only dinner will be held from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.) Suggested donation to the foundation  from members of the public in attendance is $10. … Doris Calamaras mentioned the possibility of several small fundraising ideas — customized pens, gift teas. They will be discussed at the next Board meeting. …

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 1.04.33 PMJim Leyhane reported the Saturday, May 11, defensive driving course at Quigley’s now has enough people enrolled to become official although registration  for the 11 a.m. event remains open to Rotarians and others. Please see Jim if you are interested. …Becky Raymond and Bill Dowd will represent SRC at this Saturday’s District 7190 Rotary Grant Management Seminar in  Schenectady. … Next Wednesday, April 10, is the reservation deadline for the Rotary Home Cooking dinner being hosted by Dean and Doris. Please contact them if you wish to attend.


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Valerie Rapson, Ph.D., astronomer at the Dudley Observatory.

Charlie Foote introduced our guest speaker, Valerie Rapson of the Dudley Observatory in Schenectady. She was appointed head astronomer there in 2015. Valerie has a Ph.D. from the Rochester Institute of Technology in astrophysical sciences and technology. Earlier, she earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Rochester. She also has extensive research experience and is an expert in astronomy education for people of all ages.

Valerie explained the changing mission of the Dudley, which was founded in 1856 in Albany on what was known as Goat Hill, near what now is the Arbor Hill Elementary School. A successor observatory was built in 1893 on South Lake Street on land that today is home to the Capital District Psychiatric Center.

Over the years, the Dudley transitioned from research to education as celestial sciences changed and small ground-based observatories became less important. It moved to the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady in 2013, and in 2015 entered into a partnership with miSci to provide astronomy programs and education.

Valerie explained the numerous outreach programs ranging from working with students to holding observation sessions and other programs for seniors and the public at large. The Dudley also allows non-staffers to access its archives for research. Among the many documents and books are hard-copy versions of every one of its Astronomical Journal magazines published since the 1860s.

However, the Dudley hasn’t completely gotten away from being a functioning observatory. Last summer, a modest observatory building was constructed to house a 14-inch computerized telescope. And, Valerie said, a long-range goal is to build a new domed observatory and classroom to house the reassembled 1893 Pruyn telescope currently  in storage.

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