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 ( or Peter Brown (


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 ( or Aubrey Racz ( 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.






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.)