Have you seen signs of Rotary?

If you are traveling domestically or abroad and see that familiar Rotary sign, snap a photo of it and send it along so we can spread the word of Rotary via our SRC website.

Here is one from Greenport, on the scenic North Fork of Long Island that I shot this week.

– Bill Dowd, webmaster

On the village green overlooking the Peconic River 80 miles east of New York City.

Guess which country visits SRC the most?

Periodically, we like to see who has been visiting our SRC website from around the world.

The latest count says we have had one or more — in some instances MANY more — visitors from 55 different foreign nations in the past 12 months.

Curiously, we have the most visits from people in China, more than four times as many as we have from the Netherlands. our No. 2 visitor.

Here are the double-digit visitors:

• China, 271

• The Netherlands, 59

• Nigeria, 39

• Canada, 36

• United Kingdom, 32

• India, 31

• South Africa, 31

• Germany, 29

• Austria, 23

• Australia, 21

• France, 20

• Ireland, 17

• Bangladesh, 14

• Ecuador, 11

• Philippines, 10

‘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.”