‘SRC Summer Casual’ ends with a splash

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The crowd begins to chow down.

Screen Shot 2018-08-20 at 11.55.51 AM“Cookout By the Pool II” wrapped up our lineup of “SRC Summer Casual” social events for the summer, when Murray and Maggie Forth hosted Rotarians, spouses, and kids at their East Greenbush home on Thursday evening.

We’re now on hiatus until we resume our weekly Thursday dinner meetings at Quigley’s on September 6.  Meanwhile, a hearty round of applause for all who helped host or coordinate summer events this year, from cookouts to picnics to group dinners to a pro baseball game to theater in the round — Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Terry Brewer, Ray and Lois Hannan, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Dean and Doris Calamaras, and, of course, the Forths.

At Thursday’s event, President Andy Leyhane announced the official start of ticket sales for a special raffle that will provide the winner with a dinner for 12 (!) prepared by chef-owner Jim Rua and his staff at the iconic Cafe Capriccio in Albany, in the private upstairs Chef’s Table room on October 20. Tickets are just $20 each, and all SRC members are asked to sell at least several. They are available from Andy, Jim Leyhane, or Roberto Martinez. The drawing will made at our Thursday, October 4, meeting. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit SRC’s various youth programs.

Here are a few more scenes from the final summer get-together:

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Heaven only knows the topic here.
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So many conversations.
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Checking out the local livestock.
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Jeremy and Murray behind the bar.
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What in the world is Roberto photographing?
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Getting water to make the pool slide slippery.
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Synchronized drinking, featuring the Leyhane brothers.
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The official SRC favorite appetizer of summer.
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These two never are shy about dinner.
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Part of the Italian-themed buffet.
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Hmmm, so serious.
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Looks like a deep conversation.
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Appetizers at the bar.
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It’s shrimp fest time.
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That’s all, folks. See you in September.






School supplies drive another SRC success story

Circles of Mercy volunteers help stack up some of the donations from SRC.

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 2.07.33 PMAn impressive cache of donations to the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s annual “School Supplies Drive” was delivered today to Circles of Mercy, our Rensselaer-based partner in the effort.

SRC has been involved in this initiative to aid needy students in the Rensselaer City School District for the past five years. “Circles volunteers told me when I delivered the supplies that overall donations had been ‘a little light’ this year,'” said project coordinator Bill Dowd, “but that our generous carload of items put them over the top and they now have ample supplies to help all the kids.”

This year, for the first time, we also partnered with the Greenbush YMCA which collected donations from Rotarians, YMCA members, and the general public at the facility. Those items will be divided among needy students in the East Greenbush and Schodack school districts.

Service to youth and education are among the ongoing avenues of service for Rotarians everywhere, so we thank all who participated in this effort.




RSVP now for our final summer event

Screen Shot 2018-08-20 at 11.55.51 AMThe final event of our “SRC Summer Casual” schedule is set for 6 p.m. this Thursday at the home of Murray and Maggie Forth in East Greenbush.

“Cookout By the Pool II” is designed as a family-friendly event, and there’s plenty of room in the swimming hole. The Forths need your reservations no later than Tuesday evening (email them at mmforth51@gmail.com), so please let them know how many will be in your party.

Guests should plan on contributing $15 per person or just $30 per family. Those with surnames A through M are asked to bring a small appetizer, and those N through Z a small dessert.

This promises to be a fitting blowout to celebrate the end of our summer, and a last chance to socialize before we resume our weekly dinner meetings next month at Quigley’s.

We hope to see you there.


Clubhouse buffet boffo as ‘Summer Casual’ events near their end

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This rosy grub and Rotary gear combo may be on its way to becoming the new SRC logo.

A warm summer night, a luscious buffet layout, and a new — for us — venue created “Dinner at The Clubhouse” for Thursday’s “SRC Casual Summer” event.

Ray and Lois Hannan played hosts in the clubhouse of their new residential complex, The Spinney at Pond View, with catering by Alexis Diner supplemented by appetizers, desserts, and beverages provided by attendees.

This was the next-to-last of SRC’s summer events. The last is set for 6 p.m. next Thursday, August 23: the family-friendly “Cookout By the Pool II,” at the home of Murray and Maggie Forth. The reservation deadline for emailing them your RSVP to mmforth51@gmail.com is next Monday, August 20.

Attending the clubhouse event, besides, of course, Ray and Lois, were Dick and Mary Drumm, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Dean and Doris Calamaras, Roberto Martinez, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, and Carol Orvis. Here are a few scenes from the evening:

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Jim Leyhane and Pat Bailey share a smile or two.
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Carol Orvis and Ray Hannan are all smiles as they head for the hors d’oeuvres.
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Mary Drumm appears in a contemplative frame of mind.
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So many choices, says Dick Drumm.
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Debbie Rodriguez and Bill Dowd solving the problems of the world.
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Roberto Martinez and Pat Bailey deep in conversation.
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Lois Hannan making sure all is running well.
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Roberto relaxes alongside Doris Calamaras.
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Dinner table chat.
Carol, Dean Calamaras appear lost in thought.







SRC and family gets social, over ice cream

Co-host Pat Bailey setting up the ice cream bar.

No one screamed for it, but there were plenty of smiles at the “Sundaes On Sunday” ice cream social held this afternoon by co-hosts Debbie Rodriguez and Pat Bailey at Debbie’s residence.

Besides the co-hosts and “auxiliary host” Chuck Rodriguez, Andy and Kara Leyhane and kids, Roberto Martinez, Carol Orvis, April and Bill Dowd, Dick and Mary Drumm, Phil Kellerman, Jim Leyhane, and Ray and Lois Hannan got together on a beautiful summer afternoon to enjoy some cold desserts and warm conversations. The event was part of the “SRC Summer Casual” schedule.

Next up is a “Get-Together At the Clubhouse,” at The Spinney at Pond View’s clubhouse at 6 p.m. this Thursday, hosted by Ray and Lois Hannan. If you’d like to attend, please be sure to bring a small appetizer or dessert. And, of course, be sure to RSVP by email to Ray110b@yahoo.com no later than this Monday.

Here are a few  more scenes from today’s event:

Carol Orvis, Bill Dowd, and Chuck Rodriguez discuss driving experiences in NYC.
Pat Bailey, April Dowd, and Carol Orvis in a meeting of the White Pants Society.
President Andy Leyhane chats with our upcoming president for, oh, say 2038.
Once again, hydroponically growing future Rotarians.
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Lily keeping a vigil should Phil Kellerman inadvertently drop anything.
Jim Leyhane in laid-back mode.
Dick Drumm preaching to the choir: Mary Drumm and Roberto Martinez.
With apologies to Chuck Berry, “Roll Over, Beethoven.”
Kara Leyhane gets ready to hydrate, with Lois and Ray in the background.
Lots more donations were dropped off for our “School Supplies Drive.” The deadline for contributing is this Thursday, August 16.