‘Summer Casual’ events, deadlines details

As you can see by the above chart, we’re zipping right through our July-August “Summer Casual” schedule of events. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

• If you plan to attend the pizza and ice cream social set for Pat Bailey’s residence next Thursday, the deadline for giving her your RSVP is Tuesday. Food and some beverages will be provided. Attendees may bring any desserts or apps they wish to share. All fully vaxxed Rotarians and friends are invited, along with the kids. You can contact Pat by calling her at 518-766-0215 or emailing her at baileyps26@gmail.com.

• Anyone with reservations for the “Dinner & a Show” outing on Thursday, August 5, in New Lebanon should plan to arrive at Mario’s Restaurant in time for the 5 p.m. dinner. Tickets for the Theater Barn musical performance afterward will be distributed at the dinner.

• Ray and Lois Hannan are hosting a dinner at the Schodack Diner, 1842 Columbia Turnpike in Castleton, on Thursday, August 12. The RSVP deadline is Friday, August 6. You can contact them by phone at 585-315-1385 (note this is NOT a 518 area code number) or by email at ray110b@yahoo.com

• We still have Thursday, August 26, available if anyone wishes to host or plan an event. Just let Debbie Rodriguez and/or Bill Dowd know if you’d like to do so.

Polio aid sought on global, individual levels

Berta Zamaro

SRC Immediate Past President Phil Kellerman has set up a Go Fund Me page to aid an acquaintance in Nicaragua who is a polio survivor in need of assistance.

“Berta Zamaro, age 50, needs physical therapy and a new brace,” Phil says. “She is suffering falls and injuring yourself.  Berta is the sister of a very good of mine who is an ESL [English as a second language] teacher in Georgia.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the effort may do so by clicking here. Phil has set a goal of $7,500 for Berta.

Also, anyone wishing to donate to Rotary International’s efforts to continue its global polio vaccination efforts that have helped to nearly eradicate the dreaded virus from the world may do so by clicking here. Donating this way will result in having your dollar amount tripled.

Have you paid your 2021-22 Rotary dues yet?

While some people have paid their 2021-22 dues, this is a friendly reminder for everyone else that your dues for the upcoming Rotary Year must be submitted by June 30.

Checks, payable to “SRC Rotary,” may be given to Treasurer Murray Forth, or mailed to Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club, P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Please be sure you mail your dues in enough time for them to be received by the deadline.

Dues remain at just $175 per individual member or $350 for “Family” or “Corporate” group memberships covering an unlimited number of members (although such entities have only a single vote on matters coming before the membership). If it is easier for you, dues may be paid in two equal installments, no later than June 30 and December 31. The initial partial payment for individuals is only $87.50, or $175 for “Family” and “Corporate” groups.

As explained in our Club Bylaws: “Club annual dues will be based on dues levels set by Rotary International and District 7190 plus a Club membership fee of $20 above RI and District dues for first-year members and $30 above RI and District dues for all members after their first year. A $5 deduction from each member’s dues will become an annual contribution to the Rotary Foundation. All club fees are subject to modification by subsequent votes of the membership. Fees are payable annually no later than the last day of June, or semiannually no later than the last day of June and no later than the last day of December. Per Rotary International regulations, a portion of each payment shall be applied to each member’s subscription to the RI official magazine.”

RI reminds us that non-dues-paying members may not be counted as Rotarians until at least the next six-month cycle, assuming they then have paid their dues by then. Thank you for your cooperation.


‘Summer Casual’ events filling up fast

We have just two dates remaining to be filled on our July-August “Summer Casual” schedule, and two events are at or near capacity already.

• The August 5 “Dinner & A Show” event in New Lebanon that will include dinner at Mario’s Restaurant and a musical play at The Theater Barn both are fully reserved. We were limited to 12 people because of pandemic-era seating restrictions.

However, anyone wishing to make a reservation at the theater for “Night and Day: Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter” — a romantic musical set in a Berkshires mansion circa 1930, told entirely through songs by the iconic composer — may do so on their own by contacting the theater online or by calling 518-794-8989. 

• The August 19 picnic and ValleyCats ballgame at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, which is capped at 20 people for our group, is just about filled. If you are interested in attending you can check with Debbie Rodriguez at debannrod@yahoo.com to see if any spots are left.

We have two dates remaining for anyone wishing to host or arrange an event: August 12, August 26. Remember, you can host or arrange events any time during the weeks of those dates if something other than a Thursday works for you.

So, here is the updated “Summer Casual” grid:

Meeting Clipboard: 6/3/21

Hail, hail, the gang’s all here (at last!!!)

MEMBERS ATTENDING (14): Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, Kevin Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Murray Forth, Maggie Forth, Peter Brown, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Ray Hannan, Phil Kellerman, Becky Raymond, Andy Leyhane.

GUESTS (4): Stewart Wagner, Lois Hannan, Jeremy Forth, Mike Stengl.

This was our first in-person meeting since March 12, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane co-hosting the meeting at Roberto’s residence. Despite overcast skies, the group enjoyed a picnic dinner on the deck and some long-anticipated reacquainting with each other.

We will revert to virtual 7 p.m. meetings via Zoom for our next two sessions — June 10 and 17, at which this year’s SRC Rotary Scholarship students will join us — then gather for an outdoor Presidential Changeover event on June 24 at the Drumm farm when President Dick turns over the reins to Debbie Rodriguez for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

DINNER-AND-A-PLAY — Bill Dowd is arranging a dinner-and-theater outing on Thursday, August 5, in New Lebanon. We will have dinner at Mario’s Restaurant at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance of “Night and Day: Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter.” It’s a romantic musical set in a Berkshires mansion circa 1930, told entirely through songs by the iconic composer. Because of seating limits all around, we are limited to 12 people — as explained to members in various emails and website postings. Ten spots already have been claimed, so the last two will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis no later than June 10. Although the restaurant party is limited to 12, Bill can try to make theater reservations for anyone who wishes to attend the theater but not attend the meal. (Click here for details.)

MEMBER-HOSTED “SUMMER CASUAL” EVENTS — Debbie and Peter Brown will host a cookout at their residence at 6 p.m. on July 8; Dean and Doris Calamaras will host a meal at their residence on July 15; Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez will co-host a pool party picnic at Jim’s residence on July 22; Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguez will co-host an event-to-be-decided on July 29.

• VALLEYCATS OUTING — Debbie Rodriguez is coordinating a pavilion picnic and ValleyCats baseball game at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on August 19. Attendance for our group is capped at 20, and we are very close to that number already. So, if you’re interested in getting one of the last remaining spots, contact Debbie at 518-766-3451 or by email at debannrod@yahoo.com as soon as possible. First come, first served. (Click here for details.)

Virtual 5K coming up to aid GOL

Restrictions on group activities slowly are being removed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ease, but not all such limitations have been lifted.

So, in an effort to encourage 5K walkers/runners to participate in a Gift of Life fundraiser next Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13, you or any such participants you know can take advantage of a virtual method fo help out.

Details are available online by clicking here. But, if you can’t participate, you still can contribute to the pediatric lifesaving program by clicking here.

P.S. Another GOL fundraising activity is the annual golf tournament. Circle September 20 on your calendar to save the date, with details to come closer to the event.

RI’s 1st female club president speaks tonight

If you’re the first person in the world to do something, chances are you’re a pretty unusual individual.

Any Rotarian who would like to meet such a person is invited to a virtual event at which Dr. Sylvia Whitlock will be the keynote speaker.

In 1987, Whitlock became president of the Rotary Club of Duarte, CA, making her the first woman to hold such a position within Rotary International. That club’s charter had been revoked in 1978 after it violated RI’s policy by admitting women. The club filed suit in a California court, claiming that Rotary Clubs are business establishments subject to regulation under a California civil rights act that bans discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or ethnic origin. It won the case and RI appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of the United States.

On May 4, 1987, the Supreme Court confirmed the Californian decision supporting women, in the case Board of Directors, Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte. After the ruling, Rotary International ended its policy of gender restrictions.

According to a Wikipedia entry, Whitlock was born in New York City and educated in Kingston, Jamaica. She returned to New York City after high school and earned a B.A. in psychology from Hunter College. She later moved to California where she earned a master’s degree in education from Cal Poly Pomona and a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate School. Whitlock earned a second master’s, in marriage and family therapy, from Azusa Pacific University. She also was an elementary school principal in Duarte, CA.

She will be speaking at 7 p.m. tonight (May 3). Register here for access.

Meeting Clipboard: 4/29/21

MEMBERS ATTENDING (14): Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Charlie Foote, Andy Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Kevin Leyhane.

GUESTS: None.

DONATIONS: Treasurer Murray Forth reported that the club is holding money designated by donors for specific organizations to be dispersed before June 30, the end of the current Rotary Year. It was the consensus of attendees to expedite checks to Circles of Mercy ($600) and a trio of food pantries ($185 each), The Anchor, Doors of Hope, and CoNSERNS-U.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: We have sufficient designated funds in the club treasury to cover this year’s scholarship program consisting of $1,000 awards to one graduating senior each at Maple Hill, Columbia, and Rensselaer high schools. Terry Brewer is in the process of contacting administrators at those schools to ascertain the awardees and to invite them to visit the club via a ZOOM meeting.

SECRETARY TRAINING: Pat Bailey reported on the annual District Club Secretary Training she attended virtually last Saturday. She said much of the 90-minute session went over material not new to first-time secretaries, but she did say emphasis was put on (a) NOT carrying non-dues payers on the club membership rolls until they actually meet their financial commitment, (b) utilizing the online District calendar to publicize club events that may be of interest to others, and (c) creating a backup person for the club treasurer in case of emergency. To that end …

… TREASURER BACKUP: Maggie Forth was designated by consensus of tonight’s attendees to serve as emergency backup to Murray to provide information continuity as needed.

SPEAKERS SOUGHT: President Dick Drumm is seeking speakers to address the club via ZOOM. Anyone who has a potential speaker/program may contact Dick.

IN-PERSON EVENTS: Because virtually the entire club has received COVID-19 vaccinations, we will begin phasing in a resumption of in-person events with an outdoor Presidential Changeover picnic at the Drumm residence at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, when Dick hands over the presidency to Debbie Rodriguez. … Peter and Debbie Brown volunteered to host an outdoor event during the “Summer Casual” period (July and August) when traditionally the club does not hold formal weekly meetings. Anyone else who wishes to do the same is asked to let Bill Dowd and/or Debbie Rodriguez know so we can reserve the date(s) on our calendar.

Join Rotarians for event on the environment

Rotary International recently added a seventh item to its official “Areas of Focus” — the environment.

The original six:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

In support of the added focus, you can join fellow Rotarians from around the world for a multi-district conversation titled “Supporting the Environment: Project Ideas, Tools, and Resources You Can Use.” It’s a virtual event, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. this Saturday (April 17), via ZOOM.

Some of the ideas may be surprising, say the organizers, such as “Educating girls is ranked higher for protecting the environment than electric cars or solar power. Join us for this informative discussion to learn more about the issues, hear several examples of projects clubs already are undertaking, and be challenged to take steps both individually and as a club and/or district to help support our environment.”

Rich Griesche, 7190 District Governor, will emcee the event.

Advance registration is required for the free event. You can do that online by clicking here.