‘Vaccination passport’ discussion on Zoom

SRC members interested in the controversial topic of “vaccination passports” may want to join a virtual discussion on the subject from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, April 26, via Zoom.

The event is being sponsored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy with co-sponsors, the Center for Global Health at the UAlbany School of Public Health and the Center for Technology in Government.

Advance registration, which is required, can be done by clicking here.

NOTE: Because Rotary and its clubs does not take positions on political topics, this notice is neither for nor against such “passports.” It is merely for informational purposes.

A rundown on the topic from the Council On Foreign Relations is available by clicking here.

SRC qualifies for District Grants

Four SRC members participated in Saturday’s District 7190 Grant Management Training program via ZOOM.

A minimum of two members’ participation was required for our club to be eligible to apply for district or global grants during the 2021-22 Rotary Year, so we are doubly qualified, thanks to President-elect Debbie Rodriguez and current club board members Bill Dowd, Phil Kellerman, and Roberto Martinez going through the training session.

The club will be discussing potential grant undertakings for the new Rotary Year, which begins July 1. In essence, all grant efforts are handled on a very tight time schedule, so Debbie and current President Dick Drumm will be working to be sure SRC is fully in compliance with all requirements.

There are different procedures and requirements for district and global grants. District grants go to individual clubs (sometimes two or three clubs cooperating on a single project), while global grants go to projects with both domestic and foreign Rotary clubs, and sometimes non-Rotary organizations, partnering in the initiative.

‘Young People Speak’ about life in Rotary

If you missed Monday’s multi-district panel discussion called “Young People Speak,” an insight into what young people experience in Rotary, you may want to give it a try by clicking on the video above.

The panelists, who were from Upstate New York districts, talked about what attracted them to Rotary, what turned them off about Rotary, and what Rotary clubs can do to connect with youths — provide guidance (loosely!), have a strong orientation program, be welcoming, encourage teamwork, be flexible, and be people of action.

Give it a try. You may find the video enlightening and helpful as we try to refresh our club membership.

A very merry unbirthday

Those with a knowledge of the “Alice In Wonderland” stories know one celebration typical in her topsy-turvy world was an “unbirthday” party, of which you can have 364 a year. Unfortunately, Rotary District 7190 may have inadvertently duplicated the idea.

An email sent out to all Rotarians in the District, and copied and distributed by various clubs’ websites and Facebook pages such as ours, provided a zoom link to the virtual 116th birthday celebration of Rotary International and the accompanying online auction fundraiser. Regretably, the email was in error as to the proper link.

A late correction was sent out in an email blast, but there’s no telling how many people didn’t see it in time to particptae in the event. Luckily, the auction had been going on for several weeks before the party, and wound up raising about $4,000, according to District Governor Richard Griesche.

So, apologies if you inadvertently were misled by the District and missed the party, but thanks if you were one of the auction bidders who helped make the fundraiser a success.

Rotary Member Census deadline nears

Have you completed the 2020 Rotary Member Census?

By now, all Rotarians whose email addresses are on file with Rotary International should have received copies of the survey, which is open only until this coming Friday, January 15. The email is from RI General Secretary John Hewko.

It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the electronic form. And, you can decide not to answer sections or specific questions the survey poses if that improves your comfort level.

Nordic Alliance seeking a hand with wheels

Screen Shot 2019-11-06 at 2.41.09 PMThe Capital Region Nordic Alliance (CRNA), whose adaptive sports programs for disabled military vets our club has helped for a number of years, is in need of a truck.

CRNA founder Russ Myer says the organization is receiving a number of onsite programming requests as its involvement in Disabled Sports USA and other adaptive organizations continues to grow, thus necessitating serious consideration to purchase a pre-owned truck capable of pulling the trailer.

“Andy Alessi has been much more than gracious in loaning CRNA his Chevy 2500,” Russ says. “It is too much for what we need and Andy asks us to procure a truck of which he and KeyBank will help if at all possible. We discussed funding at the last Board of Directors meeting and are contacting organizations that have an affinity for what CRNA does.”

Russ said he is “looking at pre-owned $19,500 – $25,000. Sponsorship and/or truck logo for constant marketing/advertising can be worked out.” He asks that anyone with any leads contact him (russmyer08@gmail.com) or Peter Brown (pbrown34@nycap.rr.com).


About our Halloween meeting: Forget about it

Screen Shot 2019-10-22 at 8.11.27 PMIf you weren’t planning to go trick-or-treating this Halloween because it conflicted with an SRC Rotary meeting, dust off that costume and get a couple of plastic bags to hold your swag. The October 31 meeting has been cancelled.

A confluence of two things led to that decision: District Governor Larry Jones, who was scheduled to make his official visit, had to postpone, and — and this was the biggest reason — Quigley’s owner John Walsh decided to close the restaurant at 4 p.m. on Halloween, leaving us without a suitable venue.

After that one-week hiatus, we’ll resume our weekly dinner meetings when guest speaker Kurt Vincent presents “Trolleys Across the Hudson, Part 1: An illustrated talk on the history and legacy of America’s first intermodal electric railroad.”


Stay alert for Halloween night meeting news

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Trick-or-treating has come a bit early for SRC. Quigley’s owner John Walsh has just informed us that he will be closing the restaurant at 4 p.m. on that day because of Halloween.

So, we’re working on an alternative site for that October 31 meeting, when District Governor Larry Jones is scheduled to make his official visit.

The SRC Board, already scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening this week, will be discussing alternatives. Please stay alert for email/website/Facebook postings about the outcome of the discussions.

Obviously this does not affect this Thursday’s meeting marking World Polio Day.


Care for some leaf peeping and a museum visit?

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 1.10.15 PMHere’s an opportunity for SRC members to do some first-class leaf peeping in the Adirondacks and visiting a pioneering public health site that has become a very special museum.

The day trip, set for next Friday, October 18, is via a chartered bus to Saranac Lake, sponsored by the Center for Global Health (CGH) and the Global Health Student Interest Group. The destination is the Saranac Laboratory/Trudeau Sanitorium. And, for those who would like to, you also will be able to walk across the Adirondack treetops at The Wild Center.

The Saranac Laboratory/Trudeau Sanitorium was built in 1894, the first lab built in the U.S. for the research of tuberculosis. The organization Historic Saranac Lake painstakingly restored the building and opened it as a museum in 2009.

SRC member John Justino, the CGH director at the UAlbany School of Public Health, says, “We do this day trip every year with the New Visions high school students, and it is a really fun and informative. This year, the New Visions program has about 10 fewer students than normal going on the trip, so we have space on the bus.

“On top of learning about a fascinating piece of public health history right here in New York, we will be heading up to Saranac Lake right at the peak fall foliage time. This promises to be a great day.”

Time is running short to reserve a spot on the bus, but you can do so in the next few days by contacting John (jjustino@albany.edu) or Aubrey Racz (sph07@albany.edu) at CGH. The fee is $45, which can be given to John on the bus. Checks should be made payable to “The University at Albany Foundation” with “Fall 2019 Saranac Day Trip” in the memo field are accepted.