Rotary looking for speakers; here’s how to be one

Our Rotary club is looking for speakers to visit our biweekly dinner meetings or biweekly Zoom meetings.

Anyone who is interested may inquire via email at SRCrotary@gmail.com. Just tell us who you are, what your topic might be, your credentials, etc. and we’ll get back to you very quickly. Presentations generally are limited to 20 minutes, with a few minutes afterward for Q&A.

We prefer hosting people from non-commercial entities, instead emphasizing community service, entertainment, history, the arts, sports, etc. — things that make our community a vibrant place to live.

If you’re not familiar with Rotary, learn about it by checking our website at http://SRC rotary.org or specifically about our club by going to https://srcrotary.org/about-our-club/.

How many people visit our website? Check here

People sometimes ask how many visitors we get to our SRC website. The answer varies, depending upon the time of year, the size of our membership at any given time, etc.

However, WordPress, our domain host, tracks such things. Here’s a chart showing the numbers for the past 5+ years.

Incidentally, we’re looking for someone to succeed Bill Dowd as webmaster for the site since Bill has said he plans to step away from that role at the end of the current Rotary Year. Anyone with an interest is asked to contact him to discuss the possibilities, what the job entails, and the technicalities and learning curve involved.

YMCA’s ‘Basket Brigade’ Thanksgiving drive opens

The Greenbush YMCA is seeking monetary donations to help underwrite its annual “Community Basket Brigade,” now under way.

“We would be grateful for any contributions to help fill our Thanksgiving baskets this year,” said SRC member Shannon Romanowski, director of the Y, adding, “We certainly could use the food donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Greenbush YMCA any time during our operating hours: 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:45 am/ to 7 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.”

Here is the flyer containing details of the drive. Note that the deadline is this coming Monday, November 15:

We’re back at Moscatiello’s this Thursday

Mural behind the main desk at Moscatiello’s.

As part of our club’s alternating schedule of virtual and in-person weekly meetings, we’ll be back at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant this Thursday — with a couple of small changes.

Rather than the usual 6:15 start for the dinner meeting, we’ll begin promptly at 6 o’clock, and end no later than 7. This is to allow sufficient time for a Board meeting immediately after the regular session.

The menu will be your choice of sausage and peppers or chicken Caesar salad or vegetarian baked manicotti. As always, a cash bar will be available.

If you do not plan to attend but would like to be counted toward a quorum, remember to email that fact to President Debbie Rodriguez (debannrod@yahoo.com) no later than Wednesday.

For an update on other activities of the club and the District, please regularly check our website calendar. And, if you’d like to reserve a date to present a program or a guest speaker, take a look at the spreadsheet on that same page to find out which dates are available, then contact program coordinators Becky Raymond or Kevin Leyhane with your details.

Have you started work on your themed baskets?

After being forced to cancel our annual “SRC Holiday Party & Basket Auction” in December 2020 because of you-know-what, we’re planning to resume the event that has always provided us with good food, good fellowship, and a fun way to raise funds for the club treasury.

As veteran Rotarians know, the centerpiece of the event — scheduled for Thursday, December 16, at Moscatiello’s — is our gift basket silent auction. Spirited competitive bidding adds an element of surprise to the outcome.

Once again we’ll be asking you to come up with a themed basket to contribute to the festivities. It can be anything from color themes to beverage baskets to toy-box collections to … well, you’re limited only by your imagination.

To help spur those imaginations, here are a few suggestions that may be of help. But as always, the key is not to wait till the last minute.

Meeting Clipboard: 11/4/21 (revised)

MEMBERS ATTENDING (19): Debbie Rodriguez, Bill Dowd, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Charlie Foote, Pat Bailey, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Ray Hannan, Kevin Leyhane, Tony Morris, Murray Forth, Andy Leyhane, Becky Raymond, Carol Orvis (by proxy), Dean Calamaras (by proxy), Doris Calamaras (by proxy), Roberto Martinez (by proxy), Jim Leyhane (by proxy).

GUESTS (1): Lois Hannan.

President Debbie Brown presided (from Connecticut) at the Zoom meeting.

MEETING NOTES:

• Guest Lois Hannan spoke on her experiences as a volunteer at Kate’s Closet, the used clothing shop at Circles of Mercy in Rensselaer. She noted that both she and husband Ray are Associates of the Sisters of Mercy, the religious order that operates the family services organization. She explained the process for allowing people in need to shop there, purchasing items from 50 cents to $5 each. She said children’s items are particularly needed now. (Note: Richard Zazycki, Circles executive director, will be our dinner speaker on December 2.)

• The club’s Zoom account has been upgraded to eliminate the time limit. Thanks to those members who donated money to pay for the first year’s subscription at $14.99 per month.

• The deadline for payment of half-year dues is December 1. Anyone paying by this process is asked to mail their check, made payable to SRC Rotary, to the club at P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush NY 12061.

• Each year, the presiding president designates the organization that will receive funds donated to the “Pocket Change Jar.” President Debbie announced tonight that this year’s recipient will be Unity House of Troy.

• Treasurer Murray reported receipt of a thank-you note from the crew of the USS Slater floating maritime museum for our $150 donation in memory of former member Bill Wyld.

• Next week’s dinner meeting at Moscatiello’s will begin slightly earlier than usual — at 6 p.m. — and end by 7 p.m. to allow for a Board meeting immediately afterward.

Join us on Thursday one way or another

We’re scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. this Thursday via Zoom. We hope you’ll join us by going to the club website calendar page (http://SRCrotary.org/calendar) and clicking on the meeting link to gain access.

Don’t plan to join us? You still can be counted toward a quorum by sending your proxy via email to President Debbie Rodriguez (debannrod@yahoo.com) by this evening.

Meanwhile, keep up to date with everything going on locally with Rotary by regularly checking the club website or its Facebook page (called SRC Club).

See you Thursday!

2nd-half dues payment deadline nears

The deadline for submitting the second installment of your 2021-22 Rotary dues, for those who pay in two parts, is coming up.

Please be sure Treasurer Murray Forth receives your check, made payable to “SRC Rotary,” no later than December 1. It can be mailed to the club at P.O. Box 71, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

Sounds like a long way off? Check the calendar. It’s only 30 days from now.

Our club is required to report the current paid membership to RI by the end of December, so we need all dues collected with enough time to allow for the proper paperwork to be completed and submitted.

Thanks for your cooperation.