‘Bowling for Vets’ counting heads, and sponsors

Our annual “Bowling for Vets” fundraiser is set for Sunday, March 4, at the East Greenbush Bowling Center (formerly Spare Time) on Columbia Turnpike.

Part of making it a successful event to underwrite military personnel and families — and this year to help support Bell Top School’s effort to purchase a support dog for training — is to keep an accurate headcount of bowlers and lane sponsors in advance.

To that end, we’ve created a form for everyone to use for such purposes. You can see an image of it below, and you can click here to download a copy if you’re planning to be a sponsor or to line up one, and/or planning to bowl.

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Innovative Tech Valley HS leader to speak

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Jim Neidermeier

A break in the current cold snap is forecast for Thursday, which should make attending our 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting an even more pleasant prospect than usual.

After the Quigley’s kitchen staff serves up one of their excellent roast pork entrees — with antipasto salad, chef’s selection of side dishes, bread, dessert, and beverages — we will hear from Jim Neidermeier, principal of Tech Valley High School.

That promises to be a very interesting talk, updating us on what is going on at the innovative school located on the campus of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. Jim was honored in September by the New York State Council of School Superintendents for his commitment to education and project-based learning.

As always, if you are not on the RSVP list below but wish to join us (guests are welcome, too), please be sure to contact dinner coordinator Debbie Brown at mdbrown@nycap.rr.com no later than Tuesday so we can be sure to have sufficient food and seating ready for you. Those already reserved:

Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
April Dowd
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Murray Forth
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Andy Leyhane
Jim Leyhane
Jim Neidermeier (guest speaker)
Carol Orvis
Becky Raymond
Debbie Rodriguez

Third Thursday breakfast meeting coming up

SRC Breakfast LogoA reminder to all: Our monthly Third Thursday continental breakfast meeting is scheduled for 7 a.m. this coming Thursday at the Greenbush YMCA.

Please be sure to let Shannon Romanowski (sromanowski@cdymca.org or 518-477-2570 ext. 1200) or Terry Brewer (tlbrewer12piseco@gmail.com or 518-221-4050) know by Wednesday if you plan to attend. We have plenty to update everyone on, and we’ll be reviewing the progress of our recently-realigned club committee structure.

And, of course, we’ll have our usual 6:15 p.m. dinner meeting that same day at Quigley’s. Jim Niedermeier, principal at Tech Valley High School, will be the speaker, addressing what’s going on at the innovative school.

‘It’s a Miracle’ — intraclub dinner, that is

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The annual Miracle League Dinner, held Saturday at the Greenbush YMCA, was a living example of cooperation among local service clubs to honor those involved with the athletic group that provides activities for persons with special needs.

This year, members of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club and the new Rotaract club it sponsors at the UAlbany School of Public Health teamed up with the East Greenbush and Sand Lake Kiwanis clubs and the host Y to present a Valentine-themed dinner for more than 60 guests.

Rotarians participating included Bill and April Dowd, Roberto Martinez, Andy Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, John Justino, and two others in dual roles — Shannon Romanowski, representing both SRC and the Y, where she is the executive director, and Burke Adams, representing both SRC and the Miracle League, of which he is founder and president.

Rotaract members participating included club founders Kaitlin Driesse and Ashley Beaulieu as well as Carolyn Stover, Alexis Russell, Annette Highly, and Sam Leamy.

The Miracle League of the Capital Region offers baseball, basketball, bowling, football, soccer and track & field events to special needs Upstate athletes of all ages. All baseball, football and soccer games are held at Jaime M. Adams Field in East Greenbush, which opened in 2009 as the first multi-sport turf field in the U.S. specifically designed for such athletes.  Basketball games are held at the Boys and Girls Club in Rensselaer, and bowling takes place at the East Greenbush Bowling Center, Click here to find out more about the organization.

A few scenes from the event:

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SRC’s Roberto, Burke, and Shannon pose with two Kiwanis clubs’ presidents, Marc Connor (left) of East Greenbush and John Brownrigg (wearing cap) of Sand Lake.

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Meeting of 2/8/18: 2 battles against cancer

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
February 8, 2018

Members Attending (9): Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Debbie Rodriguez, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Monika Annis, Terry Brewer, Ray Hannan.

Guests (6): Kelly Walborn, Olivia Sterantino, Erin Sterantonio, Denise Prinzo, Dan Annis, Chris Jones.


OPENING — President Roberto Martinez welcomed members and guests. (There was an insufficient number of members in attendance to convene an official meeting.)

MEMBERSHIP REPORT — Terry Brewer, point person on the District 7190 Membership Committee, reported that he and Ray Hannan were among 31 people attending the latest District membership workshop, representing 19 different clubs.

INDOOR GOLF EVENT –– The scheduled February indoor simulator golf event at Burden Lake Country Club has been postponed due to an insufficient number of reservations. It may be rescheduled for March.

SRC Bowling LogoBOWLING FOR VETS — The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, March 4, at the East Greenbush Bowling Center. Participation will carry a lower price this year, $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. We have 16 lanes reserved for two sessions, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Members are asked to sell lane sponsorships (we can sell more than one per lane) at $100 each to club members, local businesses or other organizations, etc. See Murray Forth, Terry Brewer, or Jim Leyhane for details. All members have been sent a PDF of the event flyer to use in spreading the word.

MIRACLE LEAGUE DINNER — The event, scheduled for the Greenbush YMCA, will be held this Sunday (February 11) with the assistance of SRC, Rotaract, the Y, and Kiwanis. Several SRC members have volunteered to help prepare the meal.

Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 4.13.48 PMROTARY HOME COOKING — Next up in the member-hosted series will be “A Greek Evening” at the Calamaras residence on Saturday, February 17. The menu will include leg of lamb, roasted potatoes, green beans a la Grecque, Greek salad, and — but not limited to — homemade baklava and other assorted sweets. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m., dinner at 6. If interested, please contact Dean or Doris ASAP at 518-477-4694.

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT — The Greenbush Youth Soccer League (GYSL) emailed us a request for financial support for its effort to build a facility. Roberto said the request  could be referred to committee. However, Murray noted that the GYSL is a private group and suggested we may not want to become involved because we then could be buried in similar requests.

NEXT MEETING — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, February 15, at Quigley’s. The speaker will be Jim Neidermeier, principal of Tech Valley High School.

PROGRAM: 2 speakers on cancer-related topics

Olivia Sterantino (right) and mom Erin pose with the SRC flag.

Olivia Sterantino, a student at Maple Hill High School who is planning to be a short-term Rotary Youth Exchange student, is raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Her goal is $10,000, and she is competing for a $1,500 scholarship and the title “Student of the Year.” (Click here for details on the latter.) The deadline for fundraising is March 1.

Olivia said she has a personal connection to the fight against leukemia. Her grandmother has had the disease, as have one of her best friend, since the age of seven, and her Spanish teacher’s daughter. She said money raised will go to research, medical bills, transportation for treatment, and other related items. The leukemia survival rate today is about 50%, and Olivia has adopted the motto “Cures Today, Not Someday.”

She notes that many LLS-supported therapies also are being used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They’re even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And, some of the drugs are being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Kelly Walborn

Monika Annis introduced Kelly Walborn, Olivia’s aunt who 30 years ago was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Sweden, Monika’s homeland. She said while she was there she went to a hospital alone by taxi and was diagnosed with tonsillitis, a major life event for a teenager. Her experiences there taught her resilience and to be independent, attributes she has needed throughout her life, especially since 10 years ago, at age 37, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Kelly spoke about the “spoon theory” — everything we do has a cost later. At the time of her diagnosis, Kelly was balancing both a fulltime job and fulltime studies for an MBA degree. After treatments, the cancer returned and, at one point, she had considerable collateral damage from the drugs and treatments.  Her career was on hold, she had not yet finished her MBA, and her company was sold. Kelly could not travel or drive a car during treatments.

After three years, Kelly had a third cancer diagnosis and faced a crisis, but after discussion with a social worker she decided to meet things head-on and take control of what she could do. She now is a breast cancer advocate on a national level. She is also a hospice volunteer and trains other volunteers. She participates on several boards in Albany and Hudson. She has been successful in getting grants through 3M, which had purchased her company earlier.

Please start spreading the word

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“Bowling for Vets,” one of our major annual fundraising events, is coming up fast. We need the assistance of every SRC member to spread the word. You can do that by posting this flyer on your workplace bulletin board, on your social media accounts, and/or by sharing it with everyone you can.

CLICK HERE  to download a printable PDF of the flyer for sharing/posting purposes.

You’ll note we have lowered the prices for both adults and kids, and modified the hours of bowling. Because of the price reduction, we definitely will need to sell as many lane sponsorships as possible to club members, local businesses, and other supporters of Rotary. Please see Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, or Terry Brewer for details on how to accomplish that.

Thanks for your assistance!


RSVP by Tuesday for Thursday dinner

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Making the call: Brrr!

This week’s frigid temperatures seem to confirm Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction of six more weeks of winter, but at least the National Weather Service is forecasting no snow on Thursday.

That’s a good thing because we have an interesting dinner meeting scheduled for 6:15 p.m. at Quigley’s. In addition to meeting Olivia Sterantino, a Maple Hill High School student who is lining up a short-term Rotary Youth Exchange adventure, we will hear Kelly Walborn, a three-time cancer survivor, speak on “Depths to Surviving, Thriving, and Paying it Forward,” courtesy of Monika Annis.

We’ll get our winter culinary fortification with a menu featuring beef tips in mushroom gravy, antipasto salad, chef’s choice of side dishes, bread, dessert, and beverages. As always, the cash bar is available.

Please help dinner coordinator Debbie Brown plan for sufficient food and seating by letting her know no later than Tuesday evening if you plan to attend, and if you plan to bring a guest. Her email address is mdbrown@nycap.rr.com.

Here’s who already has signed up:

Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
Debbie Brown
Peter Brown
Bill Dowd
Murray Forth
Julius Frankel
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Roberto Martinez
Becky Raymond
Debbie Rodriguez
Olivia Sterantino (guest)
Mrs. Sterantino (Olivia’s mother)
Kelly Walborn (guest)