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!


Supporting local restaurants in the stay-home era

Screen Shot 2020-04-05 at 8.36.59 PMWith all restaurants in the state forbidden from offering dine-in services during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are going strong by offering takeout — often with curbside service — and delivery — either by restaurants themselves or via third-party delivery services such as GrubHub and DoorDash.

Members of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club can join with other members of our community to supplement their own home cooking by purchasing from local establishments struggling to stay in business. Buying from them may help save jobs. And, don’t forget the chain eateries. While they may be owned by faceless corporations, their employees are our neighbors, and most of them are franchises owned by local investors.

While any list of restaurants still in operation can change from day to day — as can their hours and their menus depending on receipt of supplies and consumer demand — here are Rensselaer County restaurants currently offering takeout and/or delivery.

If you know of any others, please email the name(s) and we’ll add them to the list.

Panera Bread
Mr. Subb
Burger King
Five Guys
Taco Bell

Paula’s Country Kitchen
The Towne Tavern
Lakeview Inn

Duncan’s Dairy Barn
Brunswick BBQ and Brew

Chez Mike
Eliza Pizzeria
Ipek’s La Bella Pizzeria
Hot Harry’s

Zia’s Pizza and Family Restaurant

Junior’s Bar & Grill

Offshore Pier
Baking You Crazy
Bruegger’s Bagels
PJ’s Cafe


Sammy Cohen’s

My Place & Co.

Norte Azul Cantina

Ale House
Alexis Diner
Bacchus Wood-fired Pizza
Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe
Berben & Wolff’s Vegan Deli
Bespoki Bowl
Carmen’s Cafe
Collar City Cold-Pressed Juices
The Daily Grind
DeFazio’s Pizzeria and Market
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Duncan’s Dairy Bar
Franklin Alley
I Love Pizza of Troy
Jimmy’s Pizza
Kennedy Fried Chicken and Pizza
Little Pecks
Mex Cocina
Moscatiello’s Italian Restaurant
Notty Pine Tavern
Park Pub Restaurant
Pistana Brothers Pizza
Quang’s Vietnamese Bistro
Rare Form Brewing Co.
Red Front Restaurant
Slidin’ Dirty
Sonic Drive-In
Spill’n the Beans
Sunhee’s Kitchen
Superior Merchandise Company
Ted’s Fish Fry (all locations)
Testo’s (both locations)
The Daily Grind
The Daisy
The Ruck
Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern
Troy Kitchen
The Whistling Kettle
Wolff’s Biergarten
M&K Island Hut

La Bella

Jumping Jack’s
Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante

AJ’s Pizzeria
Crossroads American Grill

Tonight’s dinner meeting cancelled

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 12.36.11 PMTonight’s dinner meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather, according to President Phil Kellerman after consultation with a number of officers.

Many local roads already are icy, the National Weather Service says temperatures will not rise during the day and evening, and it predicts  a 70-80% chance of more precipitation between 5 and 8 p.m., our prime Rotary meeting “commuting” time. So, in an abundance of caution, we’ll skip this week’s session.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t made your reservations for our “SRC 60th Anniversary Dinner” on March 5 at the earlybird pricing mentioned in emails sent earlier to everyone, please email ASAP so you don’t get left behind.

Meanwhile, safe travels to all. See you next week at Quigley’s.

Congratulations to latest 7190 RLI graduating class

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The RLI graduating class of 2019. See anyone you know?

Ten Rotarians were honored on Saturday as the graduating class of Rotary Leadership Institute’s District 7190 training session held in Schenectady.

Last year, SRC had a district-leading 10 people participating, but this year the number dropped off precipitously with Dick Drumm our lone attendee. Dick completed Level 1 of the three-level program needed to receive a graduation certificate. After finishing the three levels, Rotarians may participate in graduate-level classes.


Board meeting scheduled for 10/10

The SRC Board of Directors is scheduled to meet immediately following the Thursday, October 10, dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

The agenda calls for consideration of an updated budget, a contract with the Columbia County Fairgrounds to host the Rotary running event next fall, and the club IRS return.

If you have any additional items you would like brought to the attention of the board, please contact any board member. They are:

President: Phil Kellerman
President-elect: Dick Drumm
Vice President: Terry Brewer
Treasurer: Murray Forth
Secretary: Pat Bailey
Directors-at-large: Jim Leyhane, Bill Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Dean Calamaras
Immediate Past President: Andy Leyhane