Meeting Clipboard (and RYLA): 5/16/19

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (12): Andy Leyhane, Murray Forth, Phil Kellerman,  Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Debbie Rodriquez, Roberto Martinez.

Guests (7): RYLA students Shannon Tacy, Derrick Rosetti, and Emily Smith; parents Paul Tacy, Terry Smith, and Karen Rosetti; teacher Jackie Hill.

MEETING NOTES: President Andy Leyhane welcomed members, RYLA students, their parents and teacher Jackie Hill. … Event coordinator Murray Forth reminded everyone the Recycling & Shredding Day this Saturday begins at 9 a.m. at the Wainschaf Associates facility behind Target. Anyone who can volunteer to help staff the day is asked to contact him ASAP. … Phil Kellerman thanked the club for supporting last week’s concert that raised $450 for the Oley Foundation. …

Jim Leyhane provided an update on plans for the Rotary 10K/5K Run in September. We have been working with the chief of the Chatham Police Department to coordinate security and safety from the Columbia County Fairgrounds with the sheriff’s department and State Police. He now advises that five months is not sufficient lead time to adequately plan for a 10K run and that we should consider reducing the event to only a  5K run. The problem with that is that 5K runs are extremely commonplace throughout the region, bring in far less money, and probably would put us in the red. The inclination is to postpone until the fall of 2020. Jim asks that anyone wishing to comment on the situation contact him ASAP.

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Recent RYLA grads (from left) Shannon Tacy, Emily Smith, and Derrick Rosetti.

Three of the four Maple Hill High School juniors who SRC sponsored for the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) session visited to talk about their experience.

They were Shannon Tacy, Derrick Rosetti, and Emily Smith. A fourth student, Emily Burns, was unable to attend.

Their participation in the course, which included students from throughout District 7190 as well as several Rotary Exchange students studying here for the academic year, covered numerous individual and group dynamic activities. For example: team building exercises, a public service project (making lap blankets for elderly invalids), planning and time management, public speaking, and improving self-esteem.

Their faculty advisor, Jackie Hill, expressed Maple Hill’s appreciation for SRC’s support over the years for RYLA participation.


2018-19 Rotary Year hits the homestretch

We have only six dinner meetings left until our annual Presidential Changeover event, and we have a powerful lineup of programs scheduled in that span.

The first of the six is this Thursday at 6:15 p.m. when a group of 11th graders who participated in this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program visits with us to share thoughts about their experience.

Check out this chart, taken from our website’s CALENDAR page, to see what’s coming up. We’d particularly like to see SRC members who have been conspicuous by their absences in recent weeks so we can finish the Rotary Year on a high  note.

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RYLA students celebrate their success

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Maple Hill High School students (from left): Emily Smith, Shannon Tracy, Emily Burns, and Derrick Rosetti display their RYLA diplomas.

Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 5.36.43 PMFour students from Maple Hill High School were among those celebrating the conclusion of the 2018-19 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) course in District 7190 at a Saturday dinner. The quartet was sponsored by the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.

Emily Smith, Shannon Tracy, Emily Burns, and Derrick Rosetti (see photo above) participated in the leadership training course for junior class members from schools throughout the district. Their achievements were marked at the annual dinner at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

A group of RYLA students delivering lap blankets to the Mary’s Haven community hospice in Saratoga Springs.

New RYLA brochure ready for distribution

Screen shot 2017-05-31 at 4.14.57 PMIf you know any students who will be in the 2017-18 junior class at their school and are looking for something different in the way of life prep — or any school administrators/counselors interested in getting their potential leaders into one of Rotary’s top training courses for young people — you’re in luck.

We have just posted the downloadable 2017-18 RYLA brochure here on our website. Just click here to go to it and follow the download link.

Everything anyone needs to know about participating in RYLA, a weekly series of events running from September through March,  is on that page and in the brochure. Check it out.


Minutes of 5/18/17: ‘RYLA Night’

SRscreen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
May 18, 2017

Members Attending (16): Debbie Rodriguez, Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, Ron Annis, Jim  Butterworth, Dick Drumm, Julius Frankel, Peter  Brown, Debbie Brown, Mike Bennett, Becky Raymond, Phil Kellerman, Carole Spencer

Guests (4): Visiting Rotarian Rachel Marlene Stark of the Capital Region Club; RYLA graduates Meg Albanese, Kassidy Berger and Matt Riordan.

PROGRAM: “RYLA – 2016-17”

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Meg Albanese
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Matt Riordan
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Kassidy Berger

Club member Mike Bennett, an assistant superintendent of the Schodack Central School District, introduced three members of the Maple Hill High Scbool junior class who recently completed the 2016-17 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.

Mike said RYLA participation has become an important part of the Maple Hill experience and each year draws numerous applicants. He thanked SRC for its continued financial support that pays for the students’ tuition fees.

The students — Meg Albanese, Kassidy Berger and Matt Riordan — each spoke briefly about their experience, and the skills it helped them develop in leadership, physical activities, communications, and consenus building. As far as applying their RYLA training to their everyday school life, they noted that their ability to communicate and work in group activities has been much improved.

RYLA was devised to work with high school juniors identified by their schools as having leadership potential that could be realized through training geared to their ages and backgrounds. The program runs from September through March each school year, with students from throughout Rotary District 7190 gathering each Saturday at Skidmore College and elsewhere for classroom work, zipline confidence course, group projects, and other team-building activities. They finish the course with a gala dinner they plan themselves.

SRC also sponsored Maple Hill students Allison Felts and Shirah Strock, who did not attend the meeting. SRC pays $375 per student for tuition.



NEW OFFICER SLATE — Because John Sawchuk will be unable to serve as president-elect for 2017-18 due to retiring earlier than projected and leaving the area, new officers were proposed by President Debbie Rodriguez. All changes were approved without dissent. Ron Annis and Jim Butterworth have been designated as co-presidents-elect during Roberto Martinez’s term as president, and Ray Hannan will be designated as vice president in line for the presidency in the 2018-19 Rotary Year. 

MULTI-CLUB WORK PROJECT — Debbie Rodriguez said more volunteers are needed to participate in this Saturday’s Area 8 multi-club work session at the Shaker Heritage Site in Colonie. Painting, landscaping and other work will be done under the direction of Assistant District Governor Jack Faddegon, with a picnic to end the day. If you are interested  but have not yet signed up, please contact Debbie ASAP.

Screen shot 2016-07-03 at 4.58.14 PMSUMMER ACTIVITIES — A signup sheet for summer club activities is being circulated.  We have the following on the list:

• July 20, cookout at the Forth residence, and the pool will be open;

• July 27, pavilion picnic and ValleyCats baseball game at Bruno Stadium;

• August 3, cookout at Roberto Martinez’s residence;

• August 10, Jim and Andy Leyhane will host a cookout at Jim’s residence, and the pool will be open;

• August 17, a performance of “Spamalot” at the Mac Haydn Theatre in Chatham.

Dates still open (although you can select other days besides Thursday in the weeks in which these dates fall): July 13, August 24, August 31.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE DINNER — Roberto Martinez reported that Bill and April Dowd will not be able to head up the team cooking dinner there on Wednesday, May 31, because of Bill’s upcoming surgery. However, Bill will create the menu and several additional volunteers have stepped up to round out the team. Currently signed up: Roberto, Debbie Rodriguez, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Carole Spencer, Phil Kellerman.

rotary-home-cooking-logo-2ROTARY HOME COOKING SERIES — Murray Forth said he and Maggie can squeeze in one or two more guests for this Saturday’s surf-and-turf dinner they are hosting. If interested, please contact Murray ASAP. As always, reservations for this series are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

VIKING GYM PROJECT — Ron Annis gave an update on the club-supported Viking Gym construction under way at Schodack Town Park. He said it is on schedule for completion in time for the project deadline for Lorenzo Gonzalez’s Eagle Scout credit. Ron will be making a presentation on the effort at the June 13 meeting of our sister club in Sweden that is assisting the project.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Stewart Wagner will be speaking on — brace yourself — “Toilet Paper and Its Connection to Albany.

How to sponsor a ‘Bowling for Vets’ lane

Bill Dowd points to the lane sponsorship placards.

One of the key components to making our annual “Bowling for Vets” fundraiser a success is obtaining lane sponsorships.

Sponsorship rights for the Sunday, November 6, event at the East Greenbush Bowling Center are a bargain $100, for which individuals and/or organizations get their names emblazoned on signs above the lanes, and they then are listed for a year on the “Our Sponsors” of our club website.

If you or someone or some group you know is interested, simply send a check payable to “SRC Rotary” to Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club, P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061, in time for arrival no later than Monday, October 31.

Your contribution will help us help military veterans and military families organizations in the Capital Region.