Renovated meeting room ready for visitors

Room Panorama
A sweeping view of the refreshed meeting room.

The Sunday volunteer group was half the size of Saturday’s, but the “Painting Party” effort that finished off the renovation of our meeting room at Quigley’s was completed as planned.

Special thanks to Murray Forth — who installed the display case and storage cupboards as well as other work — and Terry Brewer for heading up the initiative and laboring both Saturday and Sunday. Also back for a second day were Maggie Forth, Charlie Foote, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez. They resumed work at noon and put the finishing touches on the room at 4:15 p.m.

Here are a few views of the finishing touches and the finished product that will be unveiled to all who attend next Thursday’s dinner meeting:

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

Room 4

Room 6

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Meeting room renovation nears completion

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We entered the homestretch of the renovation project on our meeting room at Quigley’s today with “Painting Party I.”  On Sunday, we’ll take on “Painting Party II,” but need more volunteers. Please let Murray Forth or Roberto Martinez know this evening if you can help.

Today’s crew consisted of Murray and Roberto as well as Terry Brewer, Jim Leyhane, Geoff Brewer, Maggie Forth, Charlie Foote, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman, Andy Leyhane and the kiddos, and Kevin Leyhane.

They labored from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a break for lunch, painting walls, ceiling, trim, the cabinets and display case Murray installed earlier, and a little bit of the carpeting by mistake. Murray also put up some additional wainscoting and trim.

Anyone who shows up tomorrow is advised to wear painting clothes and maybe bring a few brushes.

Meanwhile, here are some scenes from the day:

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Paint 1

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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.)


Meeting Clipboard: 3/7/19

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

Members Attending (14): Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Debbie Rodriguez, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Charlie Foote, Ron Annis, Ray Hannan, Carol Orvis, Maggie Forth.

Guests (5): David Harris, Wells Packard, Mary Drumm, Kevin Drumm, Jeremy Forth.

MEETING NOTES — President-elect Phil Kellerman presided in place of vacationing President Andy Leyhane. He greeted members and guests, including provisional member Wells Packard, a former Rotarian in Greenville, Greene County, who has applied to return to Rotary as a member of SRC. … A successful 3rd annual Community Recognition Awards dinner, with Terry Brewer as lead organizer, was held on Tuesday at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant in North Greenbush, although we do not yet have a final fiscal accounting of the fundraiser. Anyone who requested to be listed as a $100 event sponsor but has not yet submitted payment to Treasurer Murray Forth is asked to do so immediately. …

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 9.49.46 PM… Debbie Brown has volunteered to coordinate this year’s Easter basket drive for needy kids through Circles of Mercy. As in the past, the club will pay for the baskets, artificial grass stuffing, and clear wrap, while members are asked to donate basket items from the preferred shopping list. (Click here to review it). Shannon Romanowski has volunteered the participation of the Greenbush YMCA, Len Leonidas of the Scouts, and Debbie Rodriguez for the Danes Rotaract group. Debbie B. will update us at next week’s meeting on the effort. … We’re holding a painting party beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday as part of an ongoing effort to spruce up our meeting room at Quigley’s. All hands would be appreciated. …

Home Cooking logoSeveral seats remain for the first Rotary Home Cooking event of the year, a roast beef dinner hosted by Maggie and Murray Forth on Saturday, March 16. Please contact them ASAP if you wish to reserve a seat. The second event in the series will be a Hungarian dinner hosted by Dean and Doris Calamaras on Saturday, April 13. Please contact them ASAP if you wish to attend. We still need hosts for home dinner in May and June. … Our next Recycling & Shredding Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at the Wainschaf Associates warehouse and offices in Rensselaer. Volunteers to work a shift are needed. Several Danes Rotaract members already have stepped up, but more people are needed. See Murray if you can help.

David HarrisSPEAKER — David Harris, first-term supervisor of the Town of Schodack, spoke to the club, providing an update on some of the changes that have taken place during his brief tenure. Among the major changes are providing body cams for police officers, shooter lockdown drills, equipment upgrades that already are showing financial benefits, increased security at the town government headquarters, and infrastructure upgrades meant to help  entice development in the business sector.

David also answered a variety of questions, including several about the status of the projected million-square-foot complex that will host an Amazon distribution center. He said the latest filing in opposition to the project had been decided in favor of the town and the developer. He said he expects to see the first bulldozer working on the site by early May.

Our guest speaker next week will be Russ Meyer of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance, which provides adaptive sports activities for veterans and others with physical disabilities. SRC has been financially supportive of CRNA for a number of years.

Community Recognition Awards

The 3rd annual “SRC Community Recognition Awards” dinner was held with a full house Tuesday evening at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant in North Greenbush. Students, educators, first responders, miiltary personnel, Rotarians, and others were honored for their contributions to their communities.

Some scenes from the event:

Maple Hill  educator Jacqui Hill at podium with Superintendent Jason Chevalier at right. Student honorees (from left) Tobiah Gieser, Andrew Penn, Olivia Sterantino, Tari Civerlo.
(From right) Columbia HS Principal Mike Harkin, Dan Batcher, Emily Shatraw, Julie Lansing.
Murray Forth (left) receives breakout Rotarian award from President-elect Phil Kellerman.
Brendon DiLello, Rensselaer schools counselor, presents student Kiernan Teator.
 Columbia HS honorees (from left) Heather Pangburn, Elizabeth Gambino, Liam Danaher, with Mike Harkin introducing them.
 Business honoree Shannon Romanowski accepts award from presenter Mike Bennett.
Outstanding military award-winner Christopher Ciccone.
Conrad Kress displays his award for Outstanding Military Veteran.
Maple Hill educator honorees (from left) Jamie Colloton and Ricco Frese introduced by Jacqui Hill.

Carol Orvis receives education service award

Carol Orvis holds the CASDA award presented to her.

SRC’s own Carol Orvis has been a longtime worker in the vineyards of academe. That effort was recognized at a recent dinner held by CASDA, the Center for School Improvement at UAlbany’s School of Education.

The handsome “Friend of Education Award,” seen below, was presented in recognition of Carol’s lengthy record of service to Questar III BOCES.

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