3rd ‘Summer Casual Event’ social, and distant

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Social distancing was the order of the day.

Our third outdoor “Summer Casual Event” took place Thursday at Jim Leyhane’s residence, co-hosted by Roberto Martinez.

About two dozen adults and kids showed up to enjoy the hot tub, the pool, the buffet, and the fellowship. All the social distancing rules were in place, and many guests dropped off donations to our “School Supplies Drive.”

Our next two SRC events are a ZOOM virtual meeting at 6 p.m. next Thursday, and a 6 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s the following Thursday, August 20.


Debbie Rodriguez has delivered two loads of school items to Circles of Mercy, but more are needed and time is running short to donate.

If you still haven’t dropped off your donations from the recommended shopping list we’ve shared numerous times, you can drop them off (1) at the Drumm Veterinary Hospital on Columbia Turnpike during normal office hours through Wednesday, August 19, or (2) bring them to the meeting at Quigley’s on the 20th.

As to the latter, Debbie will not be attending the meeting, but she will be in the parking lot to accept donations before the meeting. She will deliver the final items the next morning to Circles of Mercy.


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What to bring to Thursday’s social event

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Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez are co-hosting a social event  at Jim’s residence at 6 p.m. Thursday. Here are some things to consider bringing:

• Your donations from the recommended shopping list for our annual “School Supplies Drive.” (The more the better.)

• Your own lawn chair if you want to enhance social distancing protocols. (Portability!)

• A face mask, as strongly suggested by health officials. (Guys, you don’t have to shave!)

• A bathing suit if you’d like to take advantage of the pool. (No skinny dipping.)

• A check made payable to SRC Rotary if you have not yet submitted your 2020-21 dues that were due on July 1. (You know who you are.)

See you on Thursday!


 

Zone Institute open to you via ZOOM

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Free registration is now open for our annual Zone Institute, scheduled for September 23 through 25.

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Shekhar Mehta

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event this year will be a series of online opportunities to interact with Rotary’s movers and shakers, including breakout sessions for all attendees. All Rotarians and Rotaractors are eligible to participate on any or all of the event’s activities.

Rotary Zones 28 and 32 include all Rotarians in the northeast United States, Bermuda, Canada, and the French territory St. Pierre and Miquelon, located south of Newfoundland.

A special keynote speaker will be Shekhar Mehta, president-elect of Rotary International, live from Kolkata, India, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 23.

Shekhar Mehta’s Rotary passions center on membership and service, and he recognizes the interdependence of these two concerns: (1.) The more members Rotary attracts, the


Participation in the September program is available at no cost to all Rotarians and Rotaractors. CLICK HERE to link to the free registration page.


more service we can accomplish together. (2.) The communications tools we have become accustomed to during the pandemic will have a long-term positive effect in promoting both service and growth.

The service initiatives Mehta has led or been responsible for across his Rotary career include:

• Constructing 500 homes for tsunami survivors.
• Starting the Shelter Kit program in India. This has led to distribution of more than 15,000 Shelter Kits aiding 75,000 disaster victims in 20 or more natural disasters.
• The Healing Little Hearts program, which has resulted in 2,500 heart surgeries for children from across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Africa.
• Conceptualizing T-E-A-C-H, a holistic literacy program that has now reached more than 50,000 schools and 15 million children across India.
• Setting up 15 eye hospitals across India that result in nearly 50,000 eye operations each year.
• Initiating a scholarship program that has resulted in more than 1,000 scholarships to marginalized children.
• Building 6,000 toilets that have benefited 30,000 people in rural communities.

You can use the ZOOM video conferencing system to hear Mehta live, then join the Q&A and discussion afterward.


 

 

Reminder: Tuesday deadline for Thursday event

PoolsideHere we are on a cloudy, intermittently rainy  Sunday afternoon, wondering what the weather will be on the most important day of the upcoming week.

That’s Thursday, in case it hadn’t occurred to you. That’s when Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez will co-host a “Summer Casual Event” at Jim’s residence. The Weather Channel is forecasting sunny, clear skies and a high of 81 degrees, an altogether pleasant summer day.

We’re looking forward to this family-friendly event with all the necessary face masks and social-distancing (bring your own lawn chairs if you want a little more seating flexibility). The pool will be open for anyone wishing to take a dip. The dinner menu will include roast beef, turkey, broccoli salad, and mac and cheese. Attendees are asked to bring their own beverages, although our in-house brew guru (brewru?) Andy Leyhane will make some craft beers available.

Some people made their early reservations during last Thursday’s ZOOM video conference, but we need a complete and accurate headcount no later than Tuesday morning. You can RSVP to Jim (leyhane@aol.com, 518-477-4881) or Roberto (rrmtz@aol.com, 518-479-0305). Price: $15 per person, kids under 12 free.

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 2.07.33 PMAlso, don’t forget to bring along your donations to our “School Supplies Drive,” being coordinated by Debbie Rodriguez for Circles of Mercy. Items also may be dropped off at the Drumm Veterinary Hospital on Columbia Turnpike any day during normal business hours.

We’ve shared the recommended shopping list via email to all members, as well as numerous times on the club’s website and Facebook page. The absolute last day to make contributions will be Thursday, August 20, in the Quigley’s parking lot before our 6 p.m. meeting there. Debbie will not be participating in the meeting, so you’ll need to hand over your donations to her before it begins.

P.S. Anyone who has not yet submitted their check for 2020-21 dues, which were due by July 1, can do so at Thursday’s event.


 

Meeting Clipboard: 7/30/20

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Members Attending (12): Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Andy Leyhane, Ray Hannan, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Kevin Leyhane, Charlie Foote.

Screen Shot 2020-07-30 at 7.09.13 PMMEETING NOTES — President Dick called the meeting to order, with a quorum present. … Co-hosts Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez provided details about next Thursday’s “Summer Casual Event” at the Leyhane residence. All social distancing protocols will be in place, including individual serving spoons for the buffet line. The menu will include roast beef, turkey, broccoli salad, and mac and cheese. Attendees are asked to bring their own beverages, although Andy Leyhane will make some craft beers available. The pool will be open, and kids are welcome at the 6 p.m. event. Price: $15 per person, kids under 12 free. The reservation deadline is Tuesday morning, by contacting Jim (leyhane@aol.com, 518-477-4881) or Roberto (rrmtz@aol.com, 518-479-0305) …

Bill Dowd said he will have a supply of CLYNK bags and tags available for pickup at the Thursday event. … Member Julius Frankel is currently in Albany Medical Center for observation after a fall at home. All good wishes appreciated. …

Dick reminded everyone to bring donated items for our “School Supplies Drive” for collection next week. (Items also may be dropped off at the Drumm Veterinary Hospital on Columbia Turnpike any day during normal business hours.)

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The shopping list recommended by our partners at Circles of Mercy:

• Pencils (regular lead #2 and color)
• Pencil sharpener
• Erasers (for pencils)
• Pens (black or blue)
• Dry-erase markers (assorted colors)
• Pocket folders (assorted colors)
• 3-ring binders (in 2” and 3” sizes)
• Loose-leaf paper (college ruled)
• Graph paper
• Spiral subject notebooks (1-, 3- and 5-subject, college ruled)
• Subject dividers (for 3-ring binders)
• Plastic zipper pencil cases / boxes
• 3-x-5” index cards
• Highlighters (yellow)
• Rulers (regular with metric)
• Kleenex tissues
• Hand sanitizer (small bottles)
• Post-It Notes
• Backpacks (no rollers/no wheels)
• Ear buds (inexpensive, for computer use)
• Flash drives (all sizes)
• Scientific calculators (Texas Instrument TI-84)
• Hole reinforcement labels
• Combination locks (for gym lockers)
• Sharpie markers (any color)


 

How YOU can support our school supplies drive

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Director Richard Zazycki (right) and volunteer John Raunick unload SRC’s first delivery of school supplies at Circles of Mercy.

Screen Shot 2020-07-18 at 8.29.27 PMEvent coordinator Debbie Rodriguez this week dropped off the first load of donations from SRC’s annual push to aid the “School Supplies Drive” at Circles of Mercy.

The last of our donations must be delivered to Circles no later than August 20 to allow time to package and distribute supplies to needy kids in the Rensselaer City School District. There are a number of ways you and your families and friends can participate in the effort before that cutoff date.

(1.) Drop off donations you purchased from the recommended shopping list at the Drumm Veterinary Hospital any time during normal business hours at 1639 Columbia Turnpike.

(2.) Drop off donations at any the next outdoor social, scheduled for August 6 at the Leyhane or Martinez residence.

(3.) Debbie will be in the parking lot of Quigley’s before our Thursday, August 20, meeting to accept donations. She will NOT be attending the meeting itself, so please be sure to look for her in the parking lot before 6 p.m.

(4.) You can send a check in support of the effort to Circles of Mercy, 11 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Be sure to write “SRC School Supplies” in the memo line of the check. Such donations are tax deductible.

Thanks to all who were among the earliest donors, and thank you in advance to those who still have to do their shopping. The shopping list recommended by Circles of Mercy:

• Pencils (Regular Lead #2 and Color)
• Pencil Sharpener
• Erasers (For Pencils)
• Pens (Black or Blue)
• Dry Erase Markers (Assorted Colors)
• Pocket Folders (Assorted Colors)
• 3 Ring Binders (in 2” and 3” Sizes)
• Loose Leaf Paper (College Ruled)
• Graph Paper
• Spiral Subject Notebooks (1, 3 and 5 Subject – College Ruled)
• Subject Dividers (for 3-ring binders)
• Plastic Zipper Pencil Cases / Boxes
• 3”X5” Index Cards
• Highlighters (Yellow)
• Rulers (Regular with Metric)
• Kleenex Tissues
• Hand Sanitizer (Small Bottles)
• Post-It-Notes
• Backpacks (No Rollers/No Wheels)
• Ear Buds (inexpensive, for computer use)
• Flash Drives (all sizes)
• Scientific Calculators (Texas Instrument TI-84)
• Hole Reinforcement Labels
• Combination Locks (for gym lockers)
• Sharpie Markers (any color)


 

BBQ, 1st school supplies dropoff held

The second of four SRC “Summer Casual Events” took place Thursday evening after some back-and-forth decisions that scheduled, then postponed, then reinstated the outdoor BBQ at the Browns’ Castleton residence.

A dozen Rotarians plus eight spouses and offspring were in  attendance, with appropriate masking and social distancing. And, as the saying goes, a good time was had by all.


• This was the first opportunity to drop off donated items for our annual “School Supplies Drive.” If none of the social-event dropoff dates works for you, you can drop off donated items any time through Wednesday, August 19, at the Drumm Veterinary Hospital, 1639 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton. You can find the recommended shopping list on the website.


Our next event is a brief Zoom video conference meeting at 6 p.m. next Thursday, July 30. Members will be emailed the links to participate.

Meanwhile, here are some scenes from Thursday’s event. Our thanks to Peter and Debbie Brown for organizing and hosting the cookout.

 

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Update: Tonight’s BBQ event will go on

UPDATE: Although a postponement announcement was emailed to all who had RSVP’s for tonight’s outdoor event at the Brown residence, that has changed.

Here’s the word from Peter Brown:

“After much consideration and many false starts, it our decision to have the picnic tonight.  You are all invited to come at 5 o’clock with your drinks and enjoy a socially safe conversation and/or swim.  Kids please come and swim.

“Debbie and I have a very specific plan for keeping everyone safe.  Our house has a large enough downstairs area to be able to spread us out and maintain a safe social distance inside if the weather should force us to move inside.  We will be set up to dine both outside and inside.  Jim Mendrysa will feed us at 6 p.m. So, if you come at 5 we will have plenty of time for socializing and swimming.  If you feel this is not safe you certainly are not forced to come.  However, I have discussed the plans with Dick Drumm and with Debbie Rodriguez and received clearance.  We are very much looking forward to seeing you!!  Last night we got very little rain and none before 8 p.m.”


 

 

1st school supplies dropoff on Thursday

Screen Shot 2020-07-18 at 8.29.27 PMThe first of four dropoff dates for our annual “Back to School Supplies Drive” is coming up on Thursday, July 23. That’s when Debbie and Peter Brown host an outdoor picnic.

(Incidentally, if you haven’t called in your RSVP to the Browns for the catered event, the deadline for doing so is this Sunday. Go here for details of the event.)

The school supplies push is for needy students in the Rensselaer City School District. We have been partnering with Circles of Mercy to be involved in this worthy project for seven years. Debbie Rodriguez is this year’s coordinator.

The other dropoff dates:

• August 6: Outdoor social at either Leyhane or Martinez residence.
• August 20: Social distancing dinner at Quigley’s.
• August 27: Outdoor social at Bailey residence.

(NOTE: If none of the four dates works for you, you can drop off donated items any time through Wednesday, August 19, at the Drumm Veterinary Hospital, 1639 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton.)

The shopping list recommended by Circles of Mercy:

• Pencils (Regular Lead #2 and Color)
• Pencil Sharpener
• Erasers (For Pencils)
• Pens (Black or Blue)
• Dry Erase Markers (Assorted Colors)
• Pocket Folders (Assorted Colors)
• 3 Ring Binders (in 2” and 3” Sizes)
• Loose Leaf Paper (College Ruled)
• Graph Paper
• Spiral Subject Notebooks (1, 3 and 5 Subject – College Ruled)
• Subject Dividers (for 3-ring binders)
• Plastic Zipper Pencil Cases / Boxes
• 3”X5” Index Cards
• Highlighters (Yellow)
• Rulers (Regular with Metric)
• Kleenex Tissues
• Hand Sanitizer (Small Bottles)
• Post-It-Notes
• Backpacks (No Rollers/No Wheels)
• Ear Buds (inexpensive, for computer use)
• Flash Drives (all sizes)
• Scientific Calculators (Texas Instrument TI-84)
• Hole Reinforcement Labels
• Combination Locks (for gym lockers)
• Sharpie Markers (any color)

If you do NOT plan to attend any get-together or cannot utilize the Drumm Vet drop-off point, please contact Debbie Rodriguez to arrange a dropoff or pickup of donations: 518-766-3451 or debannrod@yahoo.com.


 

Are you part of our CLYNK program?

By now, everyone has heard about the CLYNK recycling program that lets us turn in deposit-eligible containers to raise money for our club’s annual ShelterBox donations.

Bill Dowd has been distributing the necessary bags and bar-code sticker tags, and will continue to have both available at each of our in-person summer activities.

Remember, all you need to do is drop your empties — glass, metal, plastic, whatever — in one of the approved recyclable green bags, affix the sticker, and drop off the bag of unsorted, unrinsed containers at any Hannaford supermarket returns window (there’s a hand scanner there to use so SRC gets proper credit for the bags).

It can’t much simpler. And, besides raising ShelterBox funds, you’re helping the environment. True, it’s only a nickel or so per container, but it does add up. In the first seven months of participation, we raised $400.

Here’s what the CLYNK recycling company says our impact has been over the past five months:


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