Amsterdam Rotary celebrating 100th anniversary

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SRC extends its congratulations to the Amsterdam Rotary Club, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The club will hold a gala this Friday to mark the occasion.

The club is the third oldest in District 7190. The two older clubs are Albany and Schenectady.

In the photo above, from left:

Secretary Cindy Rivera (11-year member), President Peter Rose (5-year member), Past President Ladan Alomar (27-year member), Past President Jeanne So (19-year member), Howard Samuels (31-year member), and Past President Fred Quist (37-year member).

Exactly how busy are you?

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Please note the Rotary pin on Prince Charles’s lapel.

It takes all kinds to make up Rotary International. Such as, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy, astronaut Neil Armstrong, entrepreneur-artist Walt Disney, President Ronald Reagan, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, food pioneer Colonel Harland Sanders, inventor Thomas Edison, aviation pioneer Orville Wright, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, President Woodrow Wilson, movie producer-director Cecille B. DeMille, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Pope Francis, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Holly Comption, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Nobel Prize-winner Guglielmo Marconi, Walmart founder Sam Walton, Mayo Clinic co-founder Dr. Charles Mayo …. and so many, many more.

If they could fit Rotary into their busy schedules, how difficult can it be for us to do the same?


New Rotary Year dues are now (over)due

Rotary CashYour dues for the 2019-20 Rotary Year were due to be paid by June 30. That’s nearly two weeks ago, so if you missed that deadline, please make a point of getting your check to SRC Treasurer Murray Forth at 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. But again, that first date ws nearly two weeks ago, so speed is of the essence. The initial payment for individuals is only $87.50 per individual, or $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups.

Dues help support local and global initiatives of the club, the district and Rotary International. And,  even if you are tardy in submitting dues, the club is liable to make its overall payment to Rotary on time.

Thanks for your attention.


Your ‘elevator speech’ and a follow-up

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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 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.)

First look at our new SRC promo flyer

If you’d like to help get out the word about Rotary to your work, church, synagogue, mosque, fraternal organization, school, etc., we have a new tool for you to use.

Below is our newest flyer that succinctly explains the impact SRC and Rotary International have on the community and the world. If you want to download a copy and print it out for distribution or to post to social media, feel free to do so.

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Rotary partnering with Habitat for Humanity to expand reach

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 1.25.54 PMMore than 1 billion people around the world live in inadequate housing according to the United Nations Center for Human Settlements. Now, through a partnership between Rotary and Habitat for Humanity, more will have access to safe and affordable housing.

The partnership will facilitate collaboration between local Rotary clubs and local Habitat for Humanity organizations, enabling Habitat to extend its volunteer pool by tapping into Rotary’s 1.23 million members in 200 countries and regions.

“Habitat’s aim to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope aligns perfectly with Rotary’s commitment to make positive, lasting change in communities around the world,” said Rotary General Secretary John Hewko. “With Habitat’s expertise and the power of Rotary’s volunteer network, we will help build the foundation for stronger communities.”

“The values of our organizations are so closely aligned, and the desire to help others runs deep for both groups. That makes us such a perfect match,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan T.M. Reckford. “So many Rotarians have worked alongside Habitat and the knowledge, experiences and connections that are so strong in local Rotary clubs will make them valuable Habitat partners in many communities worldwide.”

Rotary members develop and implement sustainable projects that fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children and grow local economies. These projects are supported by more than $200 million awarded through Rotary’s grants programs.

Habitat for Humanity joins a list of Rotary service partners including, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Peace Corps, Dollywood Foundation, the Global FoodBanking Network, and Youth Service America (YSA).


Longtime Rotarian Russ Edberg dies (updated)

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Russ Edberg (left) chatting with Terry Brewer at SRC’s 55th anniversary dinner in 2015.

Russ Edberg, an honorary member of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club and one of the club’s longest serving members, died Saturday morning.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, from Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home Inc. 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer.

For the benefit of new members who may not have been acquainted with him, Russ was an active SRC member for 45 years until recent years when his health prevented him from participating in Rotary activities. He also was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Russ had moved to the Evergreen Commons retirement facility in East Greenbush in 2013, about four years after Dorothie Ann “Dottie” Edberg, his wife and a longtime Rotary supporter, passed away.

Click here to read the obituary Russ’s family created.