No dinner meeting this week

As everyone undoubtedly knows — since it has been listed on the club calendar every day since last July 1 —  there is no dinner meeting scheduled for this Thursday, January 3, 2019.  But, it never hurts to remind people.

We will resume our weekly dinner meetings at 6:15 p.m. next Thursday, January 10, when we will have a Club Assembly with Terry Brewer presenting the results of the recent member survey for your consideration and discussion.

Meanwhile, please be sure that all checks you write carry the 2019 date, turn in your Clynk recyclable cans and bottles, and have a Happy New Year!

Time to renew your Clynk effort for 2019

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Did you participate in SRC’s Clynk/Hannaford recycling program in 2018? If so, then you helped recycle more than 4,000 returnable bottles and cans and helped raise several hundred dollars to help support our community service efforts. (See accompanying chart above for the environmental impact of that effort.)

However, of you haven’t been joining in, it is not too late. In fact, it’s never too late. All you have to do is:

  1. Get a supply of the approved Clynk recycling bags and bar code stickers.
  2. Then, just put your recyclables into the bags — no need to sort them — and take them to a Hannaford super market.
  3. There, you simply scan the stickers with the hand-held scanner gun and drop them into the drop window.

That’s it. Within 48 hours, your Rotary club will be credited with the donation. You made money for SRC and helped the environment in one easy move.

You can pick up the bags and stickers at any SRC weekly dinner meeting. Too much of an effort? Then just contact Bill Dowd via email ( and he’ll be sure to get you a supply ASAP.




More chances for success in expanded raffle

Here’s the official flyer for our next wine dinner raffle — this one with additional prizes, so please begin sharing it on social media, on office bulletin boards … any way you can think of. The prize drawings will be made at our January 24 dinner meeting.

If you haven’t picked up raffle tickets to sell or purchase and would like to participate in this new major fundraiser, please contact SRC President Andy Leyhane as soon as possible.

January SRC Raffle


Merry Christmas to all

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OK, your neighborhood and mine don’t look exactly like this, but it’s a magical time of year, so suspend your disbelief for a while and enjoy the atmosphere.

The board of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club extends best wishes for all Rotarians, family, friends and neighbors for this special season, one in which we can reflect on what we have done this year to make our community and our world better places for all.

Thank you for your efforts, your financial contributions, your energy and your ideas that make Rotary work. And, in this time of reflection, we also join together to look ahead to what more we can accomplish in the new year for the good of all.


A holly, jolly Christmas to all from SRC



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We had a full house of Rotary revelers at Thursday night’s annual “Holiday Party & Themed Basket Silent Auction” at Quigley’s restaurant.

In addition to a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet and a wine and beer open bar, partygoers enjoyed the imaginative themed gift baskets and their bids on the items offered netted $650 for the SRC treasury that helps underwrite many of our community service efforts.

Many thanks to all involved in the planning and setup of the party, led by Debbie Brown who coordinates all of our event menus and also contributed the evergreen table centerpieces seen above.

Here are some other scenes from the event.

Party 6
The aforementioned Debbie Brown fully into the holiday spirit.
Party 7
Roberto and Pat display the handmade quilt that will be one of the prizes in our next Cafe Capriccio Wine Dinner Raffle. Tickets now are on sale.
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One of the numerous themed gift baskets …
… and several others.
Holiday smiles from The Brewers.
Bill bids on a political memorabilia auction item.
Debbie and Chuck enjoy a quiet moment.
Party 1
Catching up on family stuff?
Mary makes an entrance.
Party 2
How much are you going to bid?
Party 3
A meeting of the minds.
Party 4
OK, let’s get our bidding strategy straight.
OK, what is he up to?

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See the guy lurking in the background? Jim sneaked up on everyone to make winning bids on many of the baskets!