You’re invited to an SRC virtual social event

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Our first clubwide videoconference meeting went very well last Thursday, so this week we’re going to try a virtual cocktail (or coffee, tea, etc.) hour.

Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane are serving as our online hosts for the social event, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7. We can catch up some more, share our stay-at-home anecdotes, and generally get reconnected with each other. (We’ll have another formal virtual business meeting the following week.)

The Zoom meeting ID number and password are being sent out to all club members for access to the social hour. If you don’t receive an email containing them, please contact Roberto.

See you (literally) on Thursday.


Time’s almost up for dinner raffle ticket sales

The drawing for the winner of the latest Cafe Capriccio wine pairing dinner as a club fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday’s dinner meeting at Quigley’s. No need to be present to win.

But, you still have time to buy or sell tickets at just $20 each for a special private-room dinner for 12 people, valued at $1,300, designed and prepared by chef-owner Jim Rua.

If you haven’t picked up tickets from Andy Leyhane or Murray Forth to buy or sell, please call them to do so ASAP. If you already have sold tickets, please get the money to Murray as soon as you can.

(And, speaking of Andy, he’ll be emceeing a session of  musical trivia after dinner on Thursday. Think of it as a one-category warmup for the 6th annual “Great North American Whizbang Trivia Contest” Bill Dowd will be presenting on May 7.)

Here’s the flyer we have been circulating about the dinner raffle. Enjoy!

2020 Dinner Raffle


And a good time was had by all

60th logoSixty years officially in the books, thanks to an SRC gala dinner party Thursday night at the Comfort Inn.

In addition to a performance by magician Doug Eash — who performed some close-up sleight of hand magic for the kids in attendance before his main show — the crowd of SRC members, spouses, friends, and guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and awards presentations.

President Phil Kellerman presented awards to a number of SRC members for various activities. Those present to accept were Bill Dowd (also the event coordinator), Murray Forth, Andy Leyhane (two awards), Shannon Romanowski, Debbie Rodriguez, Jim Leyhane (two awards), and Kevin Leyhane. Not in attendance, but receiving awards, were “Rotarian of the Year” Pat Bailey, Becky Raymond, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Roberto Martinez, and Terry Brewer (two awards).

In addition, we heard remarks from two District Governors — our own 7190 DG Larry Jones, and visiting 7120 DG Dave Hannan from the Rochester area.

Here are some scenes from the evening:

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24 hours till 60th Anniversary Dinner

60th logoThe food and drinks have been ordered, the entertainment acquired, and we’re all set to mark 60 years of community service.

From our club’s founding as the East Greenbush Rotary Club to its current expanded existence as the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club, we have worked together to bring comfort, aid, and enlightenment to all ages through our support of education, health care, youth activities, family assistance, environmental preservation, and much, much more.

So, we’ll see all of you who have made reservations for the dinner, which will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road, just off I-90 Exit 10.


Friday deadline for 60th anniversary earlybird reservation rates

60th logoThis Friday, Valentine’s Day, is the deadline for making your reservation for the “SRC 60th Anniversary Dinner” at the earlybird discount price.

If dinner coordinator Bill Dowd receives your reservation (via email to by then, you pay just $45 per adult, $10 per child age 12 and under. After that, prices are $50 and $15 until the final RSVP deadline on Thursday, February 20.

This special dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Comfort Inn on Miller Road. It will feature a lavish buffet spread, a performance by a professional magician, a wine/beer/soft drink open bar, and a cash bar, plus some special guests.

We hope you and your guests will make the effort to join us for what promises to be a fun celebration of our club’s 60 years of serving the community and the world.


The magical details for our 60th anniversary party

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Magician Doug Eash

Now it can be revealed! We have a pair of magicians lined up to make our SRC 60th Anniversary Dinner a very special evening for all.

For adults and kids alike, our featured guest will be professional magician Doug Eash and his “It’s Magic!” show. Over a decades-long career he has performed for audiences large and small and for everyone from kindergartners to retirement community residents.

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Chef Jim Mendrysa

Also for adults and kids alike, our old friend Jim Mendrysa of Talk of the Town Catering will be wielding his culinary magic to provide a lavish buffet spread, plus a wine-and-soft drink open  bar and a cash cocktail bar. Most of us are familiar with the cuisine this Culinary Institute of America-trained chef provides as one of the region’s most experienced caterers.

If you haven’t yet made your reservations, remember there are only 10 days left to cash in on early bird pricing: $45 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. Just email event coordinator Bill Dowd ( After Valentine’s Day, the prices go to $50 and $15. (Send checks, made payable to SRC Rotary, to the club at Box 71, East Greenbush NY 12061.)

Please remember that we always welcome guests, so if you’re bringing one or more be sure to send Bill their names, too, so they can be included in the headcount needed to arrange sufficient food and seating . We hope to see you at the Comfort Inn on Miller Road just off I-90 Exit 10 at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

Meanwhile, here is a first look at the menu:

Before Dinner

• Assorted cheeses garnished with a bountiful amount of fresh seasonal fruits

• Crisp sliced vegetables with herbed dips and gourmet crackers

First Course

• Mediterranean mixed green salad with house vinaigrette

• Baskets of fresh-baked breads with butter

3-Entree Main Event

• Medallions of Atlantic salmon,  served with a citrus vin blanc sauce

• Tenderloin of pork, herb crusted and slow roasted, served with rich pork demi glace

• Chicken Breast Marsala, dredged in seasoned flour, sauteed in Marsala wine sauce with  sliced mushrooms

Accompanied by a Chef’s Medley of steamed seasonal vegetables in a light herbed butter , plus crispy Yukon Gold potatoes accented with rosemary and garlic

Coffee & Dessert

• Chocolate mousse cups garnished with wild berries
• Our own signature blend of brewed coffee, plus decaf, teas

• A special anniversary cake


You can help spread the word about our ‘Foundation Bowl-a-Thon’


Here again is a copy of the official flyer for the “SRC Foundation Bowl-a-Thon” we will be holding on Sunday, March 1, to benefit the Freedom From Fistula Foundation and the Oley Foundation.

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All members have been sent a (corrected) copy of this flyer. Please circulate it as much as you can to help publicize the event to the public — on social media, office bulletin boards, schools, grocery store notice boards, etc. We encourage people to put together 4-person teams from their churches, schools, places of work, neighborhoods, families, etc.

We also are seeking lane sponsorships at $100 each. Sponsors — businesses, individuals, etc. — will have their names displayed over the lanes, and they will be placed on the SRC website sponsors page for a full year. If you wish to become a sponsor and/or can sell a sponsorship, checks made payable to “SRC Rotary Club” should be given to Treasurer Murray Forth.

Thank you for your efforts in supporting our community services.


60th Anniversary Party discount prices for kids, earlybirds

60th logoMarch 5 will be here before you know it. That’s the date of the SRC 60th Anniversary Party, and we’re now taking reservations for you and your guests. The sooner you RSVP, the more you’ll save.

Prices: $45 per adult, $10 for kids 12 and under — until Valentine’s Day. Then, prices go to $50 and $15, respectively.

Simply respond to this email or to event coordinator Bill Dowd to get your earlybird discounts for the 6 p.m. event, to be held at the Comfort Inn on Miller Road. It will cover you for the free wine-and-soft drink bar, lavish buffet dinner, special live entertainment (details to be announced; guaranteed fun for adults and kids!), and a fun evening to mark six decades of public service. A cash bar will be available.

Join us! You’ll be glad you did.

P.S. Thanks to all who already have reserved. Reservation checks, payable to SRC Rotary, may be submitted to Treasurer Murray Forth at your earliest  convenience.

Rotary’s 115th birthday party, and you’re invited

Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 10.38.57 PMYou are invited to a very special birthday party.

Rotary will turn 115 this year, and District 7190 will celebrate the milestone with a party including light snacks, music, and, of course, a birthday cake — plus a few surprises.

The details: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road, Glenville. Tickets are just $12 for adults (18 and over), $7 for kids 7 to 17, and those under 6 will be admitted free.

Go here to sign up for the fun.


Your countdown to money-saving RSVP is on

60th logoDid you know there are only 24 days until Valentine’s Day?

But, more important, that also is how much time you have left to make your reservations for the discounted price of just $45 for SRC’s 60th Anniversary Dinner.

After Valentine’s Day, the price goes to $55 per person for the big event.

So, please email ASAP and we’ll save you a place at the table at the discounted price.

If, by some strange quirk of the universe, you have not read the details of our celebration of six decades of public service, here they are:

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites, Miller Road, just off I-90 Exit 10

Who: SRC members, family, friends, and prospective Rotarians

Why: Because we’re celebrating 60 years of community service

What price: $45 per person through February 14, and $55 after that date

The final deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 20. Reservations will cover a wine-and-soft drinks open bar (plus cocktail cash bar), a lavish buffet spread, live entertainment, and a few surprises.

We’re certainly hoping to have as many current members, past members — especially past presidents — and prospective members join us for this very special event, along with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who we welcome with open arms. We also will have some visiting Rotary dignitaries.

Come on, get those RSVPs in!