Dues are due for 2020-21 Rotary Year

Rotary CashIt’s time for the annual reminder that dues for the upcoming Rotary Year should be submitted by July 1.

Checks, payable to “SRC Rotary,” may be given to Treasurer Murray Forth, or mailed to Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club, P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Annual individual 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). If it is easier for you, dues may be paid in two equal installments, by June 30 and by December 31. The initial partial payment for individuals is only $87.50, or $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups.

As explained in our Club Bylaws: “Club annual dues will be based on dues levels set by Rotary International and District 7190 plus a Club membership fee of $20 above RI and District dues for first-year members and $30 above RI and District dues for all members after their first year. A $5 deduction from each member’s dues will become an annual contribution to the Rotary Foundation. All club fees are subject to modification by subsequent votes of the membership. Fees are payable annually no later than the last day of June, or semiannually no later than the last day of June and no later than the last day of December. Per Rotary International regulations, a portion of each payment shall be applied to each member’s subscription to the RI official magazine.”

Thank you for your cooperation.


Board candidates announced for 2020-21

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 8.17.32 PMOur Club bylaws require us to approve a slate of officers (collectively referred to as the Board) “at a regular meeting held at least one month prior to the end of the Rotary Year.”

Because of the ongoing restrictions on group gatherings, our next formal meeting will be via Zoom video conference at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14. At that time, a vote on the Board will be on the agenda. (Should we not have the 12 participants needed to achieve a quorum, a vote by email will be requested the next day with a 48-hour limit on responses.)

The slate of candidates for the 2020-21 Rotary Year, which begins on July 1:

PRESIDENT ELECT: Debbie Rodriguez
TREASURER: Murray Forth
AT-LARGE: Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Dean Calamaras, Kevin Leyhane

(Note: The Immediate Past Present automatically becomes a Board member each year.)

Now hear this, Thursday speaker set

Screen Shot 2020-03-10 at 9.05.14 PMYou’ve probably seen the ads for Miracle Ear, but did you know it’s a hearing aid company based in Italy that consists of a network of franchised and corporately-owned retail outlets throughout the U.S. and elsewhere?

We were just informed a speaker for the company will make a presentation at this week’s 6:15 dinner meeting at Quigley’s about the latest auditory technology.

Dinner menu: The entrée is beef tips in gravy, with chef’s choice of side dishes, specialty salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. And,  always, come early for a social period plus the cash bar.

If you plan to join us — and your guests are always welcome if we know they are coming — please be sure dinner coordinator Debbie Rodriguez has received your RSVP via email at debbanrod@yahoo.com by this evening (maybe you can squeeze in on Wednesday morning, but before 10 a.m.). The following already have reserved:

Pat Bailey
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
Dick Drumm
Murray Forth
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Kevin Leyhane
Wells Packard
Debbie Rodriguez
Guest speaker


60th Anniversary Party discount prices for kids, earlybirds

60th logoMarch 5 will be here before you know it. That’s the date of the SRC 60th Anniversary Party, and we’re now taking reservations for you and your guests. The sooner you RSVP, the more you’ll save.

Prices: $45 per adult, $10 for kids 12 and under — until Valentine’s Day. Then, prices go to $50 and $15, respectively.

Simply respond to this email or to event coordinator Bill Dowd to get your earlybird discounts for the 6 p.m. event, to be held at the Comfort Inn on Miller Road. It will cover you for the free wine-and-soft drink bar, lavish buffet dinner, special live entertainment (details to be announced; guaranteed fun for adults and kids!), and a fun evening to mark six decades of public service. A cash bar will be available.

Join us! You’ll be glad you did.

P.S. Thanks to all who already have reserved. Reservation checks, payable to SRC Rotary, may be submitted to Treasurer Murray Forth at your earliest  convenience.

Have you made your 60th anniversary party reservations?

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The 7120 Hannans

60th logoDave Hannan, district governor of the Rochester-area District 7120, and his wife Pam have sent us us their reservation RSVPs for our 60th anniversary dinner. So, what about you?

We’re hoping to get a solid headcount ASAP so we can let our party planners, chef Jim Mendrysa of Talk of the Town catering, and our special surprise entertainer know how many people they can expect to join us for the gala event.

As noted in prior messages, here are the details:

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites, Miller Road, just off I-90 Exit 10

Who: SRC members, family, friends, and prospective Rotarians

Why: Because we’re celebrating 60 years of community service

What price: $45 per person through February 14, and $55 after that date.

The final deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 20. Reservations will cover a wine-and-soft drinks open bar (plus cocktail cash bar), a lavish buffet spread, live entertainment, and a few surprises.

We’re certainly hoping to have as many current members, past members — especially part presidents, and prospective members join us for this very special event, along with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who we welcome with open arms. Please spread the word and get your reservations emailed ASAP to event coordinator Bill Dowd at BillDowd4Troy@gmail.




Your program assignments are in the mail

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 6.06.52 PMProgram coordinator Dick Drumm today e-mailed the updated assignment chart to all members, so be sure to check your e-mailbox. (The chart looks like that image at the right.)

We’re off to a strong program start so far and want to keep up the momentum.

Please line up your program details (date, topic, speaker, etc.) as soon as possible and notify Dick by e-mail at capitalvetslisa@aol.com and copy Bill Dowd at billdowd4troy@gmail.com so the online calendars can be kept updated on a regular basis.

As always, you can trade dates with another member, if mutually agreeable, but if you do please notify Dick and Bill immediately so we can keep the records straight.


Have you paid your 2019-20 dues?

Rotary CashA gentle reminder that dues for the 2019-20 Rotary Year were due to be paid in time for the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

If you missed that deadline, please make a point of quickly getting your check to SRC Treasurer Murray Forth at P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061, so we can close the books on that category.

Annual individual 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). If it is easier for you, dues may be paid in two equal installments, by June 30 and by December 31. The initial partial payment for individuals is only $87.50, or $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups.

Thanks for your attention.


Your ‘elevator speech’ and a follow-up

Elevator pitch
Do you ever mention Rotary to someone and they ask you what it’s all about?

We’ve all run into that situation from time to time, but some of us may be stumped for a way to succinctly explain it. May we suggest what we call our “elevator speech” — you know, what can be said in a quick trip between floors:

“We’re a volunteer community service organization of more than a million men and women who work to make our community and our world a better place for all.”

As a followup, you can suggest they visit our website at SRCrotary.org and click on “About Our Club.” That page will tell them a lot. (And, of course, there’s nothing preventing you from reading it yourself to brush up what Rotary and SRC are all about.)

We’ve started the countdown to SRC’s 5th annual Great North American Whizbang Trivia Test

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See that hefty tome above? A copy of it will go to the winner of the “5th annual Great North American Whizbang Trivia Test,” scheduled for 6:15 p.m. next Thursday, April 25, at Quigley’s. Start spreading the word!

(We were thinking of having alphabet soup and such brain-friendly foods as blueberries and avocados on the buffet table, but that might be too gimmicky. So, dinner coordinator Debbie Brown will get together with the Quigley’s kitchen staff to come up with an enticing alternative menu. Please remember to RSVP to her by email — mdbrown@nycap.rr.com — no later than next Tuesday, April 23, if you plan to join us. And remember, guests such as Rotaractors, non-SRC Rotarians, and non-Rotarians in general are welcome as well , but please let Debbie know in advance that they’re coming so we can provide sufficient food and seating for everyone.)

This year’s trivia event will see several format changes. Among them will be fewer categories, more tie-breaker possibilities, and a running-score tabulation so you know where you stand throughout the event.

Quizmaster Bill Dowd has created the categories and the questions in them to appeal to trivia players of all levels, from those who never have tried it to those who make a practice of hitting their local watering holes for trivia night competitions.

See you on Thursday. Bring a friend!

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Geoff Brewer honored as a ‘Difference Maker’

SRC’s own Geoff Brewer this week received the annual “AVI Difference Maker Award” from his employer in a ceremony at AVI Foodsystems corporate headquarters in Warren, OH.

You can see in the video above the impact Geoff and fellow recipient Phil Isaacson are having on the Siena College community where they work.

According to the company, which runs the food service at the college as well as numerous other locations around the country and is the largest family-owned and -operated food service company in the nation, “This annual award is presented to team members who exemplify AVI’s vision, mission and core values in all they do. They have the desire, the passion and the heart to make a difference each and every day. The service they provide is unparalleled and an inspiration to all of us.”

Congratulations to Geoff from his fellow Rotarians of SRC.

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Geoff Brewer shown with fellow recipient Phil Isaacson, AVI Siena site manager Rachel Jones, and AVI president Anthony Payiavlas.