A thank-you from the Oley Foundation

Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 8.47.51 PMOn behalf of the Oley Foundation, I would like to thank our SRC Rotary for the very generous donation of $400 to help Oley continue to provide assistance to patients (and their caregivers) dependent on in-home IV therapy or tube feeding.
In addition, I wish to express my appreciation to Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane for their monetary contribution to allow me to purchase Ensure for two patients recovering from throat cancer. Many of Oley’s clients need four to six cans/cartons of nutritional formula daily to survive since they suffer from cancer, intestinal failure, or other diseases.
I will continue to accept monetary donations to purchase Ensure or other formula as needed, or you may purchase Ensure on your own and bring it to me at our Rotary meetings. I then can mail formula from the Oley office, saving patients the mailing costs.
Phil Kellerman

NOTE: Click here for more information about the Oley Foundation.

Rotaract happy hour aids Fistula Foundation

Danes Rotaract LogoThe new — but already very busy — Danes Rotaract Club at the UAlbany School of Public Health held a successful happy hour fundraiser at Wolff’s Biergarten in Albany on Monday evening.

The event, to benefit the Freedom From Fistula Foundation with which the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club has been aligned for several years, raised more than $200. That’s according to faculty adviser John Justino, also an SRC member.

You can keep up with Danes Rotaract on its Facebook page by clicking here. Meanwhile, here are a few scenes from the event:

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Albany Med update on Thursday’s menu, too

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Thursday’s dinner entree.

One of the largest businesses in the Capital Region is … ?

If you said Albany Medical Center, you’re right. And, it just keeps growing.

Our speaker at this week’s 6:15 p.m. Thursday dinner meeting at Quigley’s will be Caitlin O’Callaghan on the topic of “What’s New at Albany Med?” And, there is plenty that is.

This might be an opportune time to invite a guest to hear Caitlin and to enjoy Rotary fellowship and a meal of lasagna, antipasto salad, chef’s choice of side dishes, bread, dessert, and beverages.

As always, you’ll need to be sure dinner coordinator Debbie Brown has your reservation (via email to mdbrown@nycap.rr.com)  no later than Tuesday evening. Here is who has signed up so far:

Pat Bailey
Terry Brewer
April Dowd
Bill Dowd
Dick Drumm
Murray Forth
Julius Frankel
Ray Hannan
Phil Kellerman
Jim Leyhane
Roberto Martinez
Becky Raymond
Debbie Rodriguez
Caitlin O’Callaghan (guest speaker)

How to double the impact of every dollar you donate to ShelterBox

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Need more information about ShelterBox works? Just click here.

You’re familiar with the idea of matching funds, right? Usually it’s a matter of contributing $100 — or $500, or $1,000, or $2,000 or so on — and some philanthropic person or organization will match the gift.

Screen Shot 2018-04-08 at 8.03.42 PMHowever, most people may only be able to contribute much less to various causes — say, $1 or $5 or $10. Every dollar helps. But, this year you’ll have a perfect opportunity to make every dollar do double duty by participating in “The Giving Challenge,” a 24-hour fundraising effort that will aid ShelterBox, the Rotary worldwide aid agency.

SRC has a long history of generously supporting ShelterBox, but not all members are in a position to make large contributions. So, “The Giving Challenge” is a great way to give a little but make a greater impact.

Here’s how it works.

Beginning at noon Tuesday, May 1, and running through noon Wednesday, May 2, if you donate simply by visiting the website GivingPartnerChallenge.org the Patterson Foundation will match every $1 raised up to $100 per individual, per household! That means double the money and double the shelter and aid that ShelterBox can supply around the world to victims of natural disasters and conflict.


Meeting of 4/5/18: ‘Pharma Industry and Alzheimer’s’

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-7-10-54-pmMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
April 5, 2018

Members Attending (16): Roberto Martinez, Murray, Forth, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Ray Hannan, Julius Frankel, Charlie Foote, Dean Calamaras, Phil Kellerman, Carole Spencer, Stewart Wagner.

Guests: None.


OPENING — President Roberto welcomed members and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Join Us LogoINDUCTION EVENT — This year’s new Rotarians and members of the new Danes Rotaract Club at the UAlbany School of Public Health will officially be inducted into Rotary at our Thursday, May 3, dinner meeting. Pins have been ordered for all. Murray Forth introduced a motion, seconded by Peter Brown, to have the club pay the dinner fees for all inductees. The motion was approved without dissent. Jim Leyhane introduced a motion, seconded by Debbie Rodriguez, to give the newly-formed Rotaract unit a $2,000 grant to help fund its startup activities. The motion was approved without dissent.

RECYCLING & SHREDDING DAY — The temporary hold on our next recycling-and-shredding day has been lifted. Now that all necessary equipment has been arranged for, we’re definitely back on for Saturday, May 5. Click here for the flyer and details, and please copy and share it as widely as possible.

Screen shot 2018-04-06 at 12.48.40 PMSERVICE DOG UPDATE — Jim Leyhane reported on a meeting with East Greenbush Central School District officials about the Bell Top Elementary project to purchase and have trained a service dog for a military veteran in need. SRC donated $1,500 from the proceeds of its recent “Bowling for Vets” fundraiser to the project. Jim said plans are moving forward quickly, and the dog purchase should soon be accomplished. The training aspect takes several years.

PETS TRAINING — President-elect Andy Leyhane has completed the three-part PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Sessions) program and is prepared to assume the club presidency on July 1 when current President Roberto’s term ends.

VIKING GYM GRANT — We have received a $500 District grant to help underwrite the cost of the rustic Viking Gym constructed at Schodack Town Park.

BOY SCOUT CAMPING GRANT — Jim Leyhane introduced a motion, seconded by Dick Drumm, to give Boy Scout Troop 41 a $450 grant to help underwrite summer camping activities. The motion was approved without dissent.

Screen shot 2018-04-06 at 12.52.32 PMMISCELLANY — It was decided, and ratified by members attending, to decline an offer to participate in the East Greenbush Memorial Day Parade. … A speaker is needed for the 7 a.m. Thursday, April 19, breakfast meeting at the Greenbush YMCA. … Although we will not participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for the 2018-19 academic year, Roberto will ask members who usually attend only the breakfast meetings about working on having a student in 2019-20. … The Danes Rotaract Club will hold a benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday (April 9) at Wolff’s Biergarten on Broadway in Albany. Proceeds will go to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation. Details are available by clicking here. … SRC will participate in District 7190’s tree-planting project. Jim Leyhane introduced a motion, seconded by Murray Forth, that each member plant a tree in concert with the initiative. The motion was approved without dissent. … Roberto and Jim will serve as SRC’s voting delegates at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto in June.

PROGRAM: “Is the Pharmaceutical Industry Ignoring Alzheimer’s?”

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Speaker Andy Leyhane, PhD, a senior chemist at AMRI (formerly Albany Molecular Research Inc.), posed the question “Is the Pharmaceutical Industry Ignoring Alzheimer’s Disease?”

He said there are two theories about the cause of Alzheimer’s. One is that amyloid plaques collect in the brain. In the early 2000’s, pharama giant Pfizer and competitor Eli Lily had produced antibody drugs that showed potential in early tests. However, they failed in phase three testing to show symptom improvement, and trials were ended. One drug was approved in 2012, but it only masked symptoms. Pfizer has ended funding on Alzheimer’s Disease research as of this year.

Merck Co. began phase one testing on another possible drug. By 2016, the drug did show a reduction of amyloid plaques and the testing entered phase three, but it did not have good results either, and in 2017 and 2018 trials ended. Amgen/Novartis does have an ongoing study. And, research at the Cleveland Clinic has shown promise in slowing the disease.

Andy explained that universities and research facilities have ongoing studies to uncover new pathways as they continue to find leads to dealing with “tangles and plaques.” Recent studies also show an overlap with Parkinson’s disease.

Details of Andy’s presentation are available on the club website’s program archives page, accessible by clicking here.

NEXT MEETING — 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Quigley’s. The program will be “What’s New at Albany Med?”