Easter Basket dropoff this Thursday

Lois Hannan, who is coordinating this year’s SRC participation in the Easter basket drive by Circles of Mercy, will be accepting donated items during the pre-meeting social period this Thursday at Moscatiello’s.

The requested donation list from Circles, in addition to the traditional Easter candies, includes coloring books, color pencils, crayons, facial tissues, toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental floss, combs and brushes, age appropriate (1 to 12) small stuffed animals, toys, small games and books.

The Greenbush YMCA will be assembling baskets this year to facilitate delivery of completed baskets to Circles by the April 4 deadline.

World Polio Day invitation for SRC members

Caucasian woman with short blond hair, RI President Elect Jennifer Jones
RI President-elect Jennifer Jones

If you didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to meet Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones back in November at the online Rotary Foundation Dinner, you’ll have another chance when we celebrate World Polio Day later this month.

Jennifer is scheduled to attend the in-person event, sponsored by four upstate New York Rotary Districts — including our own 7190 — on Friday, October 29, at the Ramada by Wyndham in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool.

To make the event easy to attend, you can take the 7190 bus for just $30 per person. Seating is limited for the bus and the multi-district event itself. Register online before the October 25 deadline. Reserve a bus seat by email or call or text 518-944-3997.

All proceeds of the dinner event will go to the Rotary Relief Fund.

Here is the day’s schedule:

• 2:15 p.m. — The bus leaves Northway 11 Park & Ride

• 2:45 p.m. — The bus leaves Scotia for Liverpool

• 5 p.m. — Cash bar opens at the Ramada By Wyndham, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool

• 6 p.m. — Dinner (four entrees from which to choose)

• 7 p.m. — Keynote speaker Jennifer Jones

Meeting Clipboard: 10/7/21

Members Attending (11, no quorum): Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Pat Bailey, Kevin Leyhane, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman.

Guests: None.

Meeting Notes: President Debbie Rodriguez presided over the Zoom session. There were not enough members attending to constitute a quorum. Thus, no actions could be approved. Two motions reported as “passed” — a $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation for a gift basket to be given at the November 18 Rotary Foundation Dinner and $100 to the USS Slater in memory of our late member Bill Wyld — cannot, by our bylaws, be acted upon until passed at a meeting attended by a quorum.

• It was reported that the club is “paid up” for the year to RI. However, once again we have not collected dues from all people purporting to be members, so the club is in the negative as far as money sent to RI.

• Although it traditionally has been the purview of the president-elect to schedule a lineup of speakers, Kevin Leyhane has agreed to let Becky Raymond handle that chore for the remainder of the 2021-22 Rotary Year after she volunteered to do so. The club will continue covering dinner costs for speakers and student guests. Any others accompanying speakers will need to pay for their dinners. Becky will inform speakers of that policy.

• Treasurer Murray Forth, who underwent knee surgery and subsequent hospitalization, is home and recuperating. He now is able to resume his duties on behalf of the club.

• Kevin Leyhane, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez will meet with management at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant before our next meeting there (October 14) to firm up audio-visual resources for speakers and the club in general.

• Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) dates and registration information are available on the club website. As always, the club will reimburse our attendees for registration costs.

• Ordering information is on the club website for Rotary shirts of various types being sold as a Rotary Foundation fundraiser. Members are asked to bring their needs and orders to next Thursday’s meeting. 

• Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 14, at Moscatiello’s (5:30 p.m. social period, 6:15 dinner and meeting). Entree choices: chicken Caesar salad, portabella ravioli, sausage and peppers. Cost: $25, no reservations necessary.

Peace Fellow to speak at Zoom session

Ana Cutter Patel

Did you know there is an organization called “Rotary Representatives to UN Women”?

One prominent member, Ana Cutter Patel, will be speaking at noon Wednesday via Zoom in an appearance hosted by the Albany Rotary Club but open to any interested Rotarian. (See Zoom link information below.)

Rotary Representatives to UN Women, an all-volunteer group, work to increase Rotary’s visibility and standing within the international community and seek opportunities to collaborate on and advance shared goals.

Ana, a Brooklyn Rotarian who also is a Rotary Peace Fellow, will be speaking on “RI’s Ecosystem for Peace.” Over the past 15 years, she has worked in a variety of areas such as the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding as executive director and currently as senior consultant, deputy director of the International Center for Transitional Justice, and as a lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs from which she also earned a master’s degree.

The talk is open to all Rotarians at no fee. To access it, simply use this link to sign in before the noon start:


Meeting ID: 846 1778 5750

Passcode: 716497

Getting back in the ‘Rotary habit’

The most important task for any service organization is to keep it going. After all, without a vital membership core, community and global service is not possible.

To that end, Rotary continually works to refine membership recruitment and retention efforts. The latter probably is even more important than the former.

So, please plan to join fellow Rotarians for the next “Membership Monday” virtual workshop, this one scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 18. It’s titled “Being Flexible No Matter the Challenge: How to Get Back into the Habit of Rotary.”,

Come learn the SODAR approach with Rotarians from Upstate’s Districts 7190, 7120, 7150, and 7170. Register and get your Zoom link by clicking here.

What is SODAR? Join us and found out.

End of an era

SRC volunteers cleaning out club memorabilia at the former Quigley’s restaurant.
And, the cupboards are bare.

The former Quigley’s restaurant in East Greenbush, closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, has been sold and no longer is available as SRC’s dinner meeting venue.

As a result, we had to remove our collection of memorabilia from the cabinetry installed by the club several years ago and put it in storage. Thanks to everyone who was able to help the effort on Saturday despite short notice. The task was accomplished in less than an hour.

SRC thanks former Quigley’s owner John Walsh for his support over the years.

As members have been informed, we now are alternating our weekly gatherings between 7 p.m. virtual meetings via Zoom, and 6:15 p.m. dinner meetings at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant in East Greenbush. The schedule is always available on the club website’s calendar page.

Meeting Clipboard: 9/16/21

Members Attending (15): Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Terry Brewer, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Pat Bailey, Phil Kellerman, Charlie Foote, Becky Raymond, Jim Leyhane, Murray Forth, Roberto Martinez, Andy Leyhane (plus Bill Dowd proxy submitted).

Guests: None.

President Debbie Rodriguez presided over our first meeting at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant in North Greenbush.

• Murray Forth reported that Quigley’s has been sold, but no longer is a meeting-venue option for us despite earlier reports. We need to remove our memorabilia from the meeting room and put it in storage space Murray will secure. He will need help on Saturday to attend to that chore and will advise members of the time. All who can volunteer to assist are asked to please do so.

• Three SRC-sponsored foursomes will be participating in Monday’s Gift of Life Golf Tournament at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland.

• The NYSCR Danes Rotaract (the initials are for “New York State Capital Region”) we sponsor at UAlbany is working on several fall projects. Information on the efforts will be shared as they are firmed up.

• For the foreseeable future, we will be alternating dinner meetings at Moscatiello’s with Zoom meetings. Thus, next Thursday we will meet virtually from 7 to 7:30 p.m. (the Zoom access link will be available as usual on the club website calendar page), and the following week (September 30) we will be at Moscatiello’s with District Governor Bruce McConnelee as our guest (5:30 social period, 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting).