Meeting Clipboard 10/20/22

Member’s In attendance: Kevin Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Andy Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foot, Roberto Martinez, John Justino, and Pat Bailey.

Hybrid Meetings: 

Kevin thanked everyone for their patience while we work out all the kinks in the Zoom/hybrid meetings. If you wish to join via Zoom, please let Kevin know as much ahead of time as possible.

Club Calendar

Dates are open for speakers, contact Becky Raymond or Peter Brown if you have an idea.  The theme this year is; “Growing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally”

Gift of Life:

The collection box now near the Tractor Supply still needs a new home.  Dick has determined that his parking lot is not suitable. Peter will approach the town about their large lot across the street. 

Membership: 

The club has been notified that long time member William Dowd has resigned as of the end of 2022. Best wishes to Bill for his future endeavors.

World Polio Day:

The SRC Rotary Club has been invited by ROTARACT to participate in the Monday, October 24th World Polio Day. The event will begin at 1:30 pm at the School of Public Health. If you can attend please notify John Justino. 

Student Exchange Program: 

 Peter reported that Maple Hill has expressed interest in the Exchange Program and has requested a meeting on Thursday, October 27th at Maple Hill. He and Jim hope to attend.

 Next Week – October 27, 2022:

Meeting will be hybrid at Moscatiello’s restaurant and on Zoom. Dinner meeting starts at 6 with the Zoom portions starting at 6:15.

Menu will include: Chicken Caesar Salad, Spaghetti and Meatballs, or Portabella Ravioli. 

Additional Information:

At the request of our Boy Scout Troop, Jim Leyhane will attend a Child Safety Course. This will satisfy BSA 

Return to Moscatiello’s with Hybrid Option

This week’s meeting features a return to Moscatiello’s with a hybrid option to join the meeting remotely using Zoom. If you would like to join the meeting remotely the link will be posted on our calendar page and the start time for the remote portion of the meeting will be 6:15pm. If you plan on attending in person, the meeting will start with a club social at 6:00 pm. The menu choices for this week are Chicken Ceasar Salad, Beef Lasagna, or Cheese Ravioli with Meat Sauce. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night.

Meeting Clipboard 10/13/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (10): Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Phil Kellerman, Debbie Rodriguez, Becky Raymond, Ray Hannan and Debbie Brown.

GUESTS: None.

President-Elect Peter Brown called the meeting to order.

MEETING NOTES:

Hybrid Meeting:  Unfortunately, due to some complications, there was no hybrid option for tonight’s meeting. Covid and technology can still be tricky.  Zoom requires approximately four hours for posting. Last minute changes are not easily accommodated. We plan to set up recurring Zoom meetings. We ask for patience as we work through the technology challenges. Thank you to all involved. 

Proxy Votes:  If unable to attend proxy votes can be submitted to a board member.  Proxy vote may also be submitted using the Remind App text notification.

Remind App:  Allows group texting for quicker sharing of information in the case of rescheduling, proxy voting, and may serve as a quick reminder for events.  Limited to 150 characters.  To join group:

                                    Send a text to the number:  81010

                                    Text this message:  @srcrot

Theme for the Year:  Reminder that the theme is “Growing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally” We are looking for service projects and guest speakers that relate to this theme. 

Scheduling of Speakers: Becky Raymond led a brainstorm session and members suggested several possible speakers. If you have an idea for a speaker, contact Peter or Kevin.

Gift of Life Update:  We are working on identifying a new location for the box located in front of Tractor Supply in Schodack.

Rotaract: Due to our Zoom complications, John Justino was unable to join the meeting this evening. He reported via email that the Rotaract Club Meeting yesterday went well. Eight people attended, four current members and four potential new members. In addition to talking about the Clubs plans this semester and beyond, they discussed the need to nominate and/or appoint new club officers. They agreed that any member interested in a leadership position should express their interest by Friday, 10/14. 

The upcoming events being planned by the Club include a special seminar on World Polio Day at the School of Public Health on 10/24 at 1:30 PM.  The SRC Rotary is invited to attend.  The next major activity they are planning is a service activity with the Westhill Refugee Center in downtown Albany.  

Jim Leyhane suggested that the Club invite the Rotaract members to join us for an upcoming meeting. The invitation will be extended.

Exchange Student Program – Peter Brown reported that received a note from the graphics person at Columbia High School who will distribute flyers developed from the documents that he, Jim Leyhane and Suzanna Bernd (Rotary District Chair for the Exchange Program) developed. The flyer will be distributed to students and parents. He also received a note from Jason Breh (Principal of Maple Hill High School) that the Superintendent of the Schodack School District and the Board of Education are on board with the exchange program. Peter will share the flyer with them.

Boy Scouts – Jim Leyhane reported that Kevin and Andy Leyhane attended the Eagle Scout ceremony held at Schodack Town Park on October 10th.

Next Meeting – Thursday, October 20, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. 

Entree choices will be Chicken Casear Salad, Chicken Limone and Baked or Fried sausage and peppers.

Program:  Phil Kellerman spoke about LEAD (Foundation for Language and Education Development). Phil has been an advocate for the children of migrant farm workers for thirty years. Since these children are not residents of the states in which they live, they can’t get instate tuition for college. Phil also works with the “Dreamers”. There are approximately 800,000 students nationwide. With a DACA card, one can obtain a driver’s license, are able to work and won’t be deported but are not citizens. Phil’s works with LEAD to provide scholarship aid to these and migrant children to try and help them attain a college education.

Phil reviews the applications for LEAD looking at GPA’s and community service. He interviews the applicants regarding obstacles they have overcome, what schools they have been accepted at and financial status. Successful applicants typically receive $1,000 per semester.

To raise funds, LEAD has an annual Christmas appeal and holds a bowl-a-thon. Phil has an active eBay presence and donates a portion to LEAD. They are working to set up an endowment fund. You can learn more about LEAD at www.languageeducate.org and/or contact Phil Kellerman.

Let’s Talk about Lead

This week’s program will feature our very own Phil Kellerman speaking about LEAD, The Foundation for Language Education and Development. The Foundation “engages in campaigns and programs that promote education, language development and overall well-being for English learning and bilingual students, families and communities.”

The meeting will start at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s and will feature a menu choice of Chicken Ceasar Salad, Beef Lasagna and Ravioli with meat sauce.

They Hybrid option for this meeting may not be available this week due to Covid complications, pleased stay tuned is it becomes available the link will be posted on the calendar page.

Meeting Clipboard 10/6/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (14): Kevin Leyhane, Peter Brown, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Phil Kellerman, Debbie Rodriguez and Charlie Foote. By Proxy: Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Becky Raymond and Debbie Brown.

GUESTS: None.

President Kevin Leyhane called the meeting to order, noting the presence of a quorum.

MEETING NOTES:

Remind App – Per Kevin Leyhane, ten members have joined the group.

Hybrid Meeting – Tonight’s meeting was by Zoom because Moscatiellos was completely booked. We plan to have the hybrid meetings every week. We can have speakers present remotely allowing us to have speakers from outside our geographic area. We are working on purchasing an upgraded Zoom license and linking it to the SRC gmail account.

Gift of Life Update –   Kevin Leyhane reported last week that he was contacted by a real estate agent about removing the clothing donation box located in the Schodack Plaza. Kevin spoke to the Gift of Life representative who asked that we try to find another location for the box. Jim Leyhane suggested that Kevin contact Community Care about moving the box there.

NYCR Danes Rotaract – Reminder, Rotaract is planning a seminar to be held on World Polio Day (October 24, 2022) on Campus at 1 pm.

Exchange Student Program – Peter Brown reported that he, Jim Leyhane and Suzanna Bernd (Rotary District Exchange Program representative) developed two documents about the Exchange Program, one for students and the other for parents. Jeff Simon (Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District) and Michael Harkin (Principal of Columbia High School) will distribute the documents.

Peter Brown met with Jason Breh (Principal of Maple Hill High School) this week. Mr. Breh was interested in the program. He will speak to the Superintendent of the Schodack School District and the Board.

Boy Scouts – Jim Leyhane reported that he has the Eagle Plaque for Alex Manning and plans to attend the Eagle Scout ceremony which will be held at Schodack Town Park on October 10th at 5:30 pm. If Jim is unable to attend, Kevin and Andy Leyhane will attend.

Richard Drumm DAF – Per Phil Keller, he met with Andy Lehayne about the status of the endowment. The downturn in the market has affected the endowment fund. The recommendation is to wait.

Next Meeting – Thursday, October 13, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. 

Entree choices will be Chicken Casear Salad, Beef Lasagna and Ravioli with meat sauce.

Phil Kellerman will speak about LEAD (Foundation for Language Education and Development).

October 6, 2022 Meeting moved to Zoom.

With Moscatiello’s unable to fit our group for our regular in person meeting this Thursday, October 6, 2022, we will be meeting virtually using Zoom. The meeting will begin at 6:15 which is earlier than our normal Zoom meeting time. The link will be made available on the calendar page of the website. Looking forward to seeing everyone again this Thursday.

Meeting Clipboard: 9/29/22

MEMBERS ATTENDING (16): Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Phil Kellerman, Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez and Ray Hannan. By Zoom: Kevin Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, and Murray Forth.

GUESTS: None.

President-Elect Peter Brown called the meeting to order.

MEETING NOTES:

Theme for the Year – “Growing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally”. Service projects and guest speakers should relate to this theme. 

Hybrid Meeting – Tonight is our first hybrid meeting.  Thank you to all involved for making this possible especially Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez.  We ask for patience as we work through the technology challenges. Roberto Martinez reported that he called Denise DeNoto (District President) to inquire about other Clubs using the hybrid meeting model. Ms. DeNoto will check to see if there are any District funds available to help offset the cost of a hybrid meeting startup.

Proxy Votes – Reminder, if unable to attend at meeting, proxy votes can be submitted to President Kevin Leyhane. We will look at amending the by-laws to expand the number of members who can accept a proxy vote.

Remind App – Per Kevin Leyhane, nine members have joined the group. The Remind App allows group texting for quicker sharing of information in the case of rescheduling, proxy voting, and may serve as a quick reminder for events. To join the group:

                                    Send a text to the number:  81010

                                    Text this message:  @srcrot

Scheduling of Speakers – We can begin to start scheduling speakers for the upcoming year.  We are looking for speakers that relate back to our theme for the year.  If you have an idea for a speaker, contact Peter Brown or Kevin Leyhane. Ray Hannan will contact Judge Young to check availability for speaking in late November or December. Roberto Martinez noted that we are looking into getting a Club Zoom subscription.

ShelterBox Update – Please continue to contribute using Clynk donations.

Gift of Life Update – The update from the Golf Tournament and the Raffle it not yet available.  Kevin Leyhane reported that he was contacted by a real estate agent about removing the clothing donation box located in the Schodack Plaza. Jim Leyhane provided a contact for removing the box.

NYS Approved Rotary International License Plates – From Bill Dowd, the Rotary license plates are now available. Kevin Leyhane will post information and how to order a plate on the website this weekend.

NYCR Danes Rotaract – Reminder, Rotaract is planning a seminar to be held on World Polio Day (October 24, 2022) on Campus at 1 pm.

Exchange Student Program – Peter Brown reported that he, Jim Leyhane and Suzanna Bernd (Rotary District Exchange Program representative) met with Jeff Simon (Superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District) and Michael Harkin (Principal of Columbia High School) about re-establishing the exchange program. Both Mr. Simon and Mr. Harkin were receptive. Ms. Bernd will put together information on the program to share with Columbia High School and Maple Hill High School. Next steps will include meeting with school clubs that might have interested students. It was noted that four host families are required per student. Each family will host the student for three months.

Currently there are seven international exchange students in our District. There are thirty-seven countries in which exchange is available. Along with the yearlong exchange program, there is a shorter one-month summer program. The U.S. State Department added requirements for host families and students. Rotary has partnered with Essex (Eastern State Student Exchange). Essex does the work to make sure that Rotary is in compliance with the Federal requirements.

Boy Scouts – Jim Leyhane reported that Alex Manning is the first Eagle Scout since Covid started. He will order the Eagle Plaque. The Eagle Scout ceremony will be held at Schodack Town Park on October 10th at 5:30 pm. Jim will also sign the Scout Charter on behalf of SRC Rotary to sponsor the Scouts next year.

Richard Drumm DAF – Phil Keller will call a meeting and report back on the status of the endowment.

Next Meeting – Thursday, October 6, dinner at 6:00 pm at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, Route 4, North Greenbush. Also, you can join the by Zoom using the link on the websites calendar page. Please note: all meetings will now be at 6 pm unless otherwise notified.

Let’s Talk!

Our Rotary member Phil Kellerman retired recently from the Oley Foundation. Post retirement, Phil is participating with LEAD (Foundation for Language Education and Development). LEAD has been operating since 2003. The Foundation “engages in campaigns and programs that promote education, language development and overall well-being for English learning and bilingual students, families and communities.” LEAD raises approximately $10,000 annually with 90% of the funding going directly to students, educators, and/or families.  “LEAD provides financial and educational support to high achieving students to attend college under the Dare to Dream fund and provides financial support to children of migrant farmworkers under the Pamela Wrigley Scholarship Fund.” You can learn more about LEAD at www.languageeducate.org and/or contact Phil Kellerman.