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


Sunday help needed for Painting Party II

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Attention all SRC members with time on their hands.

A lot of work was done at the “Painting Party” today as part of the renovation project the club is doing in our meeting room at Quigley’s. However, we need a bit more work to wrap it up on Sunday.

If you can help, please let Murray or Roberto know right away. We had about a dozen people show up for today’s session, and we thank them profusely.

(Check back on the website later this evening for photos of today’s work.)


Snow on the way, we’re canceling tonight’s meeting

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Arrow shows the path of the storm. ( map)

Good morning, but not a good evening.

The weatherbeings who predict such things every four minutes on TV and insist on assigning names to everything from a drizzle to a typhoon say we will be perturbed by Winter Storm Avery later today.

The latest (noontime) forecast says steady snow by 4 o’clock or so, and then through the night, leaving anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow in our immediate area, with the usual slippery roads.

Exercising an abundance of caution, we have cancelled tonight’s dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

That means we won’t meet again until Thursday, November 29 (Thanksgiving is next Thursday) when District Governor Tammy Heckenberg pays us an official visit. We’d like a major turnout for that event, so please plan to participate with us.


RSVP chance for 2 meetings this week

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 12.42.11 PMThis is the one week of the month you’ll have your choice of participating in one or two SRC meetings on the same day — Thursday.

• SRC member Ron Annis will offer a presentation on athletic training and his business, Top Form, at the 7-8 a.m. breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA. Please be sure to let Terry Brewer ( know no later than noon Wednesday if you plan to attend. A continental breakfast will be available.

• At the 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting at Quigley’s, several of your fellow Rotarians will discuss their experiences at the recent Rotary Leadership Institute, where the SRC contingent has enrollees at all four levels of training. The menu will feature ziti and meatballs, antipasto salad, chef’s choice of sides, bread, dessert, and beverages. Please be sure to let Debbie Brown ( know no later than this evening (Tuesday) if you plan to participate.


Meeting Clipboard: 11/8/18

SRC ClipboardHeld at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Members Attending (14, quorum reached): Andy Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Pat Bailey, Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Ron Annis, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Ray Hannan, Kevin Leyhane, Carol Orvis, Debbie Rodriguez.

Guests: Richard Zazycki.

Richard Zazycki

PROGRAM — Richard Zazycki (above), executive director of Circles of Mercy, provided an updated overview of the 21-year-old family services agency that SRC has been assisting in various initiatives over recent years — such as Easter baskets for kids, Adopt-a-Family at Christmas, Back-to-School Supplies, etc. Richard noted that 87 cents of every dollar donated to Circles goes to program participants, and in the past year 7,900 service transactions involved 1,600 clients. (Click here to access his PowerPoint presentation.)

SRC will adopt two needy families for Christmas as part of Circles’ ongoing efforts to help families in need, and Columbia High School will adopt a third. Bill and April Dowd again will coordinate our club’s effort at supporting that project. We will collect and donate items from a “wish list” created by Circles volunteers after meeting with the families. Richard said the list and names of individuals in the families will be provided before Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2018-11-14 at 6.45.49 PMNOTES — Jim Leyhane moved, and Andy Leyhane seconded, a motion to elect Phil Kellerman president for the 2019-20 Rotary Year. Phil had been nominated by the Board of Directors for the vacant office. The motion was passed without dissent. … The final tally for our October ShelterBox fund drive is $6,340. Fourteen SRC members and one former member contributed varying amounts of money, and thanks go to all of them in carrying us beyond our $6,000 goal. The checks will be delivered by club ShelterBox liaison Bill Dowd to District 7190 ShelterBox coordinator Jack Faddegon on Friday. … In addition to the local survey being conducted by Terry Brewer, SRC has been invited to participate in a Rotary International survey addressing individual Rotarians’ volunteer activities. It’s an online survey with a November 20 deadline. Several members already have completed and submitted the form, which was emailed to all SRC members this week. … Our latest semiannual SRC Recycling Day cleared a profit of $970, according to coordinator Murray Forth, for youth scholarships despite truly inclement weather last Saturday that no doubt scared off a lot of potential recyclers compared to prior events. We will hold another such event in the spring of 2019. …

Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 10.31.31 AMThe Blue Star Mothers organization that we have assisted for several years is attempting to collect enough donated items to fill 1,000 “Freedom Boxes” for the Christmas holidays to send to military personnel around the world. SRC members are asked to bring items from a list to be posted on our website to the November 29 and/or December 6 meetings. … Two meetings are scheduled for next week. The monthly breakfast meeting will begin at 7 a.m. at the Greenbush YMCA (RSVP to Terry Brewer by Tuesday evening), and the weekly dinner meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Quigley’s (RSVP to Debbie Brown by Tuesday evening). We’ll hold a discussion of “Impressions of RLI” from various members who attended different levels of this year’s Institute session. Reminders: No meeting on November 22, Thanksgiving Day. We’ll resume meeting on November 29, when District Governor Tammy Heckenberg pays an official visit. Please mark your calendars to be sure to attend that dinner.


SRC’s generosity benefits ShelterBox again

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SRC’s Bill Dowd hands ShelterBox coordinator Jack Faddegon a fistful of checks for the disaster relief agency.

The latest fund drive by the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club to help the ShelterBox disaster relief agency had a $6,000 goal. Thanks to the generosity of 14 SRC members and one former member, we not only met that goal, we exceeded it.

On Friday evening, Bill Dowd, our club’s ShelterBox liaison, delivered checks totaling $6,340 to Assistant District Governor Jack Faddegon, the ShelterBox coordinator for District 7190.

Since 2010, our club  has donated about $23,000 to ShelterBox.

“Your club always warms my heart,” Jack said. “You’ve given so much to ShelterBox over the years, and it certainly is much needed considering all the simultaneous disasters going on everywhere. ShelterBox has 22 fast-response teams around the world, and all of them are deployed right now.”

The club offers its thanks to all who contributed in both large and small amounts. Every dollar goes toward the outfitting of regionally-customized ShelterBoxes to be distributed in regions hit by earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters as well as widespread needs stemming from terrorism and warfare.

Want to know more about ShelterBox’s humanitarian work? Click here.




Blue Star Mothers need your holiday help

Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 10.31.31 AMAs most of our members know, we have been assisting the local chapter of Blue Star Mothers in a variety of ways for the past several years.

The volunteer national organization that addresses the needs of military families is in the midst of its annual drive to create and ship holiday packages called “Freedom Boxes” to active military around the world.

Donna Vickery will pay a visit from the organization at our Thursday, November 29, dinner meeting. At that time, she gladly will accept any donations from the wish list shown below. In addition, Debbie Rodriguez will accept donated items on her behalf the following week, December 6.

Donna notes, “We will be packing boxes starting November 18th , right on through until we have enough donations for 1,000 boxes. We hope to get all the boxes out by December 10 so we can get them there for Christmas. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it. I am staying awake nights trying to come up with a way to get these soldiers boxes for Christmas.”

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RI asks SRC’s help in new survey

Screen Shot 2018-11-08 at 11.53.42 AMSouthern Rensselaer County Rotary is among a small number of District 7190 clubs invited by Rotary International to participate in a new online survey.

The project seeks to assess individual Rotarians’ volunteer experiences over the past four weeks. No individual identities will be revealed in the final survey report. Even if you have not been active in a volunteer effort during that period, your survey answers will help RI understand the individual Rotary experience, so we would appreciate everyone’s involvement.

The absolute deadline for responding to the survey is Tuesday, November 20.

To fill out the survey, which should take just a few minutes, simply click here.