Join us this Thursday for: “The Importance and Benefits of Therapy Dogs”

Join us this Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 6:00pm at Moscatiello’s and hear our guest presenter Cathy Stone speak about the bond between humans and animals and how it relates to our emotional health. Her presentation will discuss what a therapy dog is, the benefits of animal assisted therapy, how to train and license a therapy dog, and give examples of the different programs in the Capital District.

Once again, if you can’t join us in person feel free to join us via Zoom using the link posted on the calendar page. Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday at Moscatiello’s.

Menu choices for this week: Penne in pesto cream sauce, Rustica salad, and Chicken Florentine

This Week’s Meeting Another Club Assembly and our Raffle Drawing

With this week’s scheduled speaker, Julie Ritchie of Bees Knees Bakery, feeling under the weather we have switched this week’s program to a general club assembly to discuss future projects and programs. Julie’s presentation will be rescheduled.

If you are unable to attend in person at Moscatiello’s at 6:00 pm, we will be offering a Zoom link on the calendar page so you may join remotely.

Please remember all raffle tickets and money associated with the tickets is due tomorrow night.

Tomorrow night’s menu: Baked Sausage with Peppers, Antipasto Salad, or Manicotti

January 19, 2023 Meeting Switching to Zoom, Raffle Drawing Postponed Until January 26, 2023

Current Conditions in North Greenbush

Due to the weather conditions rapidly decreasing, we will be switching our meeting tonight to Zoom at 6:00 pm. The link is on the calendar page. Since we are unable to meet in person and collect the last of the raffle tickets, we will have to postpone our raffle drawing until next week’s meeting on January 26, 2023 at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s. Please stay safe if you are out traveling this afternoon and tonight.

Let’s Talk

On Thursday, January 10, 2023, Southern Rensselaer County Rotary member Phil Kellerman was a guest speaker at the Scotia Glenville Rotary Club’s lunch meeting. Phil provided the members with an update on the current state of immigration in the United States. Following his presentation, Phil stuck around to spread fellowship and answer several interesting questions for the group. Thank you Phil, for visiting and supporting other local clubs.

Important Business:

Tomorrow is the drawing for our Cafe Capriccio raffle to benefit our Community Youth Initiatives. Please make sure to bring, or make arrangements to deliver any additional sold tickets along with the money from those sales. Unfortunately the weather may not be cooperating.

In the event of inclement weather: If we feel the weather is unsafe to meet in person we will still meet virtually using the zoom link on the calendar page. If we switch to a virtual meeting I will send out a Remind Text alert along with a quick post on the email. In this scenario we will have to postpone the drawing until the following weeks meeting on January 26, 2023 at Moscatiello’s. Looking forward to hopefully seeing everyone tomorrow.

This Week’s Featured Guest Speaker…… You

This week we return to Moscatiello’s for a general club assembly. We will reviewing and updating on current and upcoming programs and projects, as well as discussing new ones. We are looking for input from all club members, so please try to join us tomorrow night at Moscatiello’s at 6:00pm. If you are unable to attend in person, you may join us remotely using the link on the calendar page. There will be a board meeting immediately following the conclusion of our regular meeting. Any board members who can not attend may also join us remotely for the board meeting using the same link on the calendar page.

Dinner Choices for this week: Chicken Ceasar Salad, Chicken Marsala, or Baked Ziti

Other Club Business:

The raffle drawing is during next week’s (1/19/23) meeting, please continue to sell tickets. If you have any unsold tickets, please bring them tomorrow night. We have some members who have sold out and are looking for more to sell.

Rotary Dues:

If you chose to pay your Rotary Dues in two yearly payments, your second payment is now due. Please bring a check to this week’s meeting or mail your payment to Murray. Any questions please contact Murray Forth.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night.

Happy New Year!

As we welcome in 2023, we are preparing for our first meeting of the new year. Once again we will be meeting at Moscatiello’s at 6:00 pm on January 5, 2023. Richard Zazycki of Circles of Mercy in Rensselaer will be joining us as a guest speaker. Richard will be speaking about the programs Circles of Mercy offers and how the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club has partnered with them over the years in support of these programs. The menu choices will be Chicken Ceasar Salad, Beef Lasagna, or Penne Alfredo. If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to join us remotely you may do so using the link on the calendar page. Please let Roberto or Kevin know if you would like to join this meeting remotely. Looking forward to seeing everyone again this Thursday.

Other Business:

There will be a board meeting following next weeks meeting on January 12, 2023.

With only a few weeks left until our raffle drawing, please continue to sell raffle tickets for the Cafe Capriccio private dinner.

It’s a Giving Time of Year

Once again, the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club partnered with Circles of Mercy to support to local families as part of their adopt a family program. Club members donated their time, money and gifts to make this time a year special for these families. Despite a small delay due to weather, all of the gifts were delivered to Circles of Mercy and our partnership continues to grow.

Quick reminder, our next meeting is January 5th at Moscatiello’s, so enjoy the time with your families and friends. As you gather with family and friends over the holidays, it is a great time to promote and sell raffle tickets for our Cafe Capriccio dinner.

Merriment and Fellowship Shared by All

On December 15, 2022, thirty-nine Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club members, their families, and guests gathered at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant to spread holiday cheer and fellowship at our annual Holiday Party. The night featured fine dining and drinks with the occasional carol. The night was also not without service, tickets for our Cafe Capriccio private dinner raffle were sold, gifts for our Circles of Mercy Adopt-a-Family were collected, and our annual gift basket silent auction was held. The gift basket action raised $675 for our youth initiatives, and overall the night was a very enjoyable success.

The club is on holiday recess for the next two weeks, and we look forward to our return to Moscatiello’s in the new year on January 5th, 20223. Enjoy the time with your family and friends, and Happy Holidays everyone.

December Update

As the Holiday Season marches on, wanted to share some information during this busy time of year.

This Thursday’s meeting will be held at Moscatiello’s on Thursday at 6:00pm. Our usual room has been booked for another group so we will be meeting in the back room on the far right of the building. Our presentation will be from Megan Keil, a U.S Peace Corps Recruiter and fellow Rotarian. Meagan will be joining us via Zoom which means the meeting will be hybrid using the zoom link posted on the top of the calendar page of our website. We are sharing the link with other clubs in our district.

The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s Annual Christmas party will be held on Thursday December 15, 2022 at 6:00pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant. The menu is a choice of Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Caesar salad, Meat Lasagna, or Chicken Marsala plus a side salad and cookies. The cost is $30 each and any accompanying children can order off the kid’s menu at the posted prices. We look forward to seeing everyone at this annual tradition.

Our annual Christmas Party also means it is that time of year for our most creative fundraiser of the year, the gift basket silent auction. Each family is asked to create and bring a themed gift basket (roughly $35 value) similar to the ones above and below. The baskets will be place on a table during the event and throughout the night members and guests will have time to look over and bid on the baskets in a silent auction style. At the end of the night all baskets are awarded to the highest bidders and all proceeds will be used for future youth programs. So start planning and searching the internet for those gift basket ideas. If you have invited guests to our Christmas Party, be sure to reach out and ask if they would like to create and donate a basket.

Cafe Capriccio Raffle: Once again we are raffling off a private dinner for 12 in the Chef’s Dining Room at Cafe Capriccio. The cost of the tickets is $20 each with the funds being designated for community and youth initiatives. The drawing will be held at our meeting on January 19. 2023 with the winner being posted on this website. Cafe Capriccio will work with the winner to select a date for the dinner.

Adopt-a-family update: Successful progress is still being made for our two adopted families. An updated gift list is posted below. Red indicates the gifts have been purchased, green indicates someone has purchased a gift in the category but more may be purchased. All gifts should be wrapped and labeled. If you need the full name of an individual for the gift, please email Kevin. Richard Zazycki from Circles of Mercy will be attending our Christmas Party and has agreed to take the gifts with him when he leaves. So plan on bringing donated gifts to our party, or if you are unable to attend contact a board member to arrange delivery to our party on the 15th.