New way to submit items for the website

For many years, we have gotten used to sending news items, announcements, photos, etc., for possible inclusion on the club website to Bill Dowd. However, now that he is retiring as the webmaster at the end of this Rotary Year, we ask that you begin sending any items to the club e-mailbox at

A triumvirate of members is in the process of taking over the website and Facebook page (if you’re a Facebook member, just go to SRC Club to access the latter). They are Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, and Andy Leyhane.

They will take turns checking the mailbox and posting items, but you still will have to remember only one place to send items.

Thanks for your cooperation in this transition.

How many people visit our website? Check here

People sometimes ask how many visitors we get to our SRC website. The answer varies, depending upon the time of year, the size of our membership at any given time, etc.

However, WordPress, our domain host, tracks such things. Here’s a chart showing the numbers for the past 5+ years.

Incidentally, we’re looking for someone to succeed Bill Dowd as webmaster for the site since Bill has said he plans to step away from that role at the end of the current Rotary Year. Anyone with an interest is asked to contact him to discuss the possibilities, what the job entails, and the technicalities and learning curve involved.

Who needs Hawaii? This month you can attend the RI Convention virtually

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to attend a Rotary International Convention? While a few SRC members already have participated in the annual event held at various places around the world, most have not. This month, you’ll have the opportunity to do so  without any of those pesky travel plans.

That’s because this year’s June 22-26 convention was planned for Honolulu, but because of the global ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic it has been reconfigured to become a virtual experience you can access via computer.

Plans call for a busy schedule you can drop in and out of to experience the topics that interest you most.

In addition to the the wide-ranging General Sessions and the traditional House of Friendship that facilitates mingling with people from around the world, a host of breakout sessions are planned with topics ranging from conservation initiatives to rethinking how Rotary meets and serves its members, strengthening Rotaract, digital trends for 2020-21, and on and on. Some of them even will be held in July as a sort of extended convention attraction.

You do have to register (you can do that by clicking here) to gain access to the events. When you use that link, you’ll see a full schedule to help you choose what you want to experience. Don’t delay. Do it today and mark the dates on your calendars.


Another virtual social is in the books

Screen Shot 2020-04-03 at 5.56.21 PMSRC’s latest virtual social hour drew 10 people Thursday night via Zoom: Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Debbie and Peter Brown, Andy Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez.

That means the Leyhanes topped the Browns by a 3-2 score, and everyone else tied for third place.

What did we learn in this first few days of the state’s reopening? That our members are their families seem to be doing OK in this time of COVID-19, keeping busy with gardening, lawn care, reading, etc., and a few still working.

The next official meeting via Zoom is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4. Members will receive via email the link to the meeting site.

Until then, as we head into the long Memorial Day weekend, a happy holiday to all!


How to join Rotary’s COVID-19 live telethon

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Our Rotary meetings may be on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, but you still can be in the loop through Rotary.

Join the #RotaryResponds “COVID-19 Livestream Telethon” at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2 to hear stories of hope, inspiration and gratitude from Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends of Rotary from across the globe as they share what they are doing to help their communities.

Just click on the special link — — to RSVP.


Missing Rotary Thursdays? Tune in tonight

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Dr. Mary Berge

The Capital Region Rotary Club will host a 30-minute “Facebook live” meeting tonight (Thursday) with the intent of sharing tips on how to stay sane and in control during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To participate, all you have to do is tune in at 7 p.m. on the Capital Region Rotary Club Facebook page to hear from licensed psychologist Dr. Mary Berge.

Meanwhile, keep checking back on SRC’s website and/or Facebook page to stay up to date. Just because we’re staying home doesn’t mean Rotary is slumbering.


Who are the global visitors to our website?

Rotary PassportThe SRC website is regularly visited by club members seeking calendar items, event information, contact data, etc. But, those are not its only visitors. So far this year we have welcomed 359 visitors (no doubt a few of them repeats) from 40 countries.

We get the most visits from Nigeria (60), followed by the United Kingdom (32), and South Africa (21).

A quick review of our statistics for 2019 show visitors from the following, listed alphabetically:

• Australia (9)
• Bangladesh (8)
• Brazil (3)
• British Virgin Islands (2)
• Bulgaria (1)
• Canada (11)
• China (21)
• Colombia (2)
• Côte d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast (1)
• Czech Republic (2)
• Egypt (4)
• France (6)
• Germany (14)
• Hong Kong (1)
• India (33)
• Indonesia (5)
• Israel (5)
• Ireland (19)
• Japan (7)
• Jordan (4)
• Kenya (14)
• Lebanon (2)
• Malaysia (3)
• Netherlands (6)
• New Zealand (8)
• Nigeria (60)
• Pakistan (8)
• Philippines (19)
• Portugal (3)
• Russia (2)
• Serbia (1)
• South Africa (21)
• Sri Lanka (5)
• Sweden (2)
• Switzerland (1)
• Togo (1)
• Uganda (6)
• United Arab Emirates (1)
• United Kingdom (32)
• Zimbabwe (6)

Our Facebook presence has been restored

Screen Shot 2017-11-19 at 8.42.19 PMIn its infinite wisdom, Facebook last week unilaterally decided to deactivate our club’s Facebook page without advance notice. That resulted in the inability for anyone to access what had been a very rich resource.

We believe we’ve begun rebounding from that setback by creating a wholly new Facebook page. Please bear with us as we gradually replicate some information such as calendar entries from our original page. If you have received a Friend request that might seem redundant, it isn’t. We need you to re-Friend us since this is a whole new venue.

To access our new Facebook page, simply click on the link at the top of the SRC website that says “Us On Facebook,” or cut-and-paste the following address into the URL slot on your search engine:

Thanks for your patience, interest, and support.


Are you a Twitter user? Your SRC is

You undoubtedly know your Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club has a website. We’ve mentioned it often enough. And, we’ve also often mentioned our Facebook page, which you can access by using the link on the website.

But, have you seen our notices about our Twitter account? If you’re a Twitter user, check it out. Here’s a screengrab of what you would see this evening.

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