District Membership Training

Screen Shot 2020-01-16 at 12.07.46 PMPhil Kellerman and Wells Packard represented SRC ar the recent District Membership Training Session held in the Clifton-Halfmoon Library.

The goal of the training was to develop strategies to increase membership. Presenter Matt Scarchilli (shown above) of Sandler Training spoke about obstacles to gaining members, and strategies to promote positive attitudes, as well as behaviors and actions to bring in more members.

Phil and Wells will discuss their experience and provide a training update during the club assembly on Thursday,  January 23.


A blast from the past, a peek at the future

Charter Night Program 1960
A copy of the Charter Night program from 1960.

60th logoOn the evening of March 24, 1960, the fledgling 23-member East Greenbush Rotary Club that had been formed earlier that month held a Charter Night dinner at the Crooked Lake Hotel.

On the evening of March 5, 2020, what now is the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club will hold a 60th Anniversary Party at the Comfort Inn & Suites’ Berkshire Room to celebrate that founding.

We hope you are planning to join your fellow Rotarians by making your reservations via email to BillDowd4Troy@gmail.com as soon as possible. RSVPs already have been coming in.

To make the evening even more special, we are trying to connect with past presidents who no longer are active with the club to invite them to join in the festivities since they are a special part of our history.

If you are in contact with any former SRC members, please feel free to invite them to join us by emailing their RSVP.

Reservations are just $45 per person through February 14, and $55 after that date. The final deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 20. Reservations will cover a wine-and-soft drinks open bar (plus cocktail cash bar), a lavish buffet spread, live entertainment, and a few surprises.

We need your party reservations now

60th logoBack in early November, we sent you a “save the date” letter (see copy below) announcing plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of our club. The gala dinner will be held on Thursday, March 5, at the Comfort Inn & Suites just off I-90 Exit 10.

Now we need to know if you’re planning to attend.

The venue has been reserved, the caterer lined up, the menu selected, and a special surprise entertainment hired. All we need to know is how many people plan to attend. The price per person for a lavish buffet and one-hour open bar is just $45, not a bad rate for a night out with friends, family, and colleagues. And remember, we always welcome guests at our social events.

Please let us know by responding via email ASAP if you plan to attend, and how many will be in your party. (There’s a no-refund policy because once we give the caterer the headcount we’re locked in to that payment). You can submit your payment to Treasurer Murray Forth at any time over the next six weeks, but we need to solidify the headcount quickly so your reply is needed now.


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Meeting clipboard: 1/9/20p

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

Members Attending (18): Jim Leyhane, Kevin Leyhane, Dean Calamaras, Ray Hannan, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Wells Packard, Roberto Martinez, Murray Forth, Charlie Foote, Carol Orvis, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Phil Kellerman, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jeff Simons.

Guests (5): Ida-Marie Lindberg, Jennifer Carraher, Jim McHugh, Michelle Hall, Alexandra Omicinsky.

MEETING MINUTES — President Phil Kellerman presided, welcoming members and guests to the first dinner meeting of 2020. … Phil will represent the club at the District 7190 Membership District Training sessions. … Treasurer Murray Forth reported that the themed gift basket silent auction at the recent Holiday Party he and Maggie hosted raised $500 for the club treasury. … Bill Dowd delivered $3,525 in member contributions to ShelterBox to the District SB liaisons Jack and Nancy Faddegon. …

Prices were set for the March 1 Foundation Bowl-a-Thon to raise funds for two organizations we regularly support — the Oley Foundation for people using tube feeding and the Freedom From Fistula Foundation that deals with women’s obstetrical issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Admission will be $15 per person, and lane sponsorships will be $100 each. … The date for the 2020 Gift of Life Golf Tournament fundraiser will be Monday, September 14. … New member Wells Packard reported that his daughter has been selected as a Rotary Exchange Student. She will spend an academic year in Germany. … Next week’s program involves Ruth Samuels and the New Visions project at the UAlbany School of Public Health.

Screen Shot 2020-01-09 at 10.22.52 PMPROGRAM: EGSCD English Language Learners

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Jeff Simons

Jeff Simons, superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District and a former SRC Rotary member, was the guest speaker.

He introduced staffers involved in the languages programs. The number of  students involved in such study is growing faster Upstate than in other parts of New York. Nevertheless, the courses encourage students and their families to maintain their native languages while they increase their fluency in English.

The New York State Seal of Bi-Literacy is affixed to the diplomas of all students who are proficient in more than one language.


What’s going on in the local schools?

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Jeff Simons

Jeff Simons, who is nearing his fourth anniversary as superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District, will be our first guest speaker of 2020 when he visits the club on Thursday, January 9.

Jeff, a former SRC member who was appointed superintendent in March 2016, will be speaking on initiatives within the school district and its connections to the community at large.

When you receive your weekly RSVP note next week from dinner coordinator Debbie Rodriguez, please consider inviting a friend, family member, or business colleague who may have an interest in the local schools to join us as your guest.