Our First Summer Casual Event is Almost Upon Us

As we prepare for our first summer casual, graciously hosted by Peter and Debbie Brown, a few administrative notes.  We are asking all Rotary members attending for a fee of $15 for themselves and $5 for any additional adult guests, with a maximum fee of $20. As always, kids eat for free. The Browns have asked for those attending to please bring an appetizer to share.

Hopefully the weather holds, so that those of you that so desire may take a splash in the pool. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday at 6:00pm!

GOL golf event offering earlybird discount

A view at Pinehaven Country Club.

If you register for District 7190’s annual Gift of Life golf tournament before August 1, you’ll be in for an earlybird discount.

The sort-of-24th-annual (except for the pandemic thing) tournament itself is scheduled for Monday, September 12, at the Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland.

The per-person entry fee is $150, but you get a $10 discount by signing up online before August 1.

GOL also is seeking sponsor packages at $250 and up. Sponsors’ names and logos will be featured on the back of the giveaway T-shirts if registration and payment are made by August 1.

Full details of donor possibilities, the Pinehaven course, and how to get a free one-year subscription to Golf Digest are available on the event website.

New entry on ‘Summer Casual’ calendar

Dean and Doris Calamaras have claimed the August 18 date on our “Summer Casual” calendar to host an event.

Their menu and other details are to be announced. Judging by past events at their home, it will be an interesting and luscious repast.

Here is the updated calendar. If you wish to reserve one of the three remaining July-August dates to host or arrange an event, please do so ASAP and send your info via email to SRCrotary@gmail.com.

No-cost way to do good for Gift of Life

As we change seasons, most of us sort through our clothing closets and drawers to see what we can do without. So, if you find unwanted clothes you’d like to get rid of, may we suggest one of the Gift of Life dropoff boxes?

The one closest to our area of service is behind the Mobil station just off Exit 10 of I-90 — near the Top Form facility.

GOL, the childhood medical relief organization, has many locations throughout District 7190 for its clothing donation bins. There are several in the immediate Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club area, but for those of you who live or work elsewhere — or want to encourage friends, relatives, and co-workers to drop off their unwanted items to help GOL, there are plenty of other options as well.

These bins are placed in conjunction with American Clothing Recycling Company, a Glens Falls business, with profits going to Gift of Life.

Here are the most convenient clothing bin locations (the list may change from time to time):

In the immediate SRC area:

  • As noted above, behind the Mobil station on Miller Road, Schodack
  • Tractor Supply Store, Schodack Plaza, 1649 Columbia Turnpike, Castleton

Elsewhere in the region:

  • Hewitt’s, Clifton Park
  • Powers Irish Pub, Clifton Park
  • Kelley Farm & Garden, Cobleskill
  • Rustic Gourmet Restaurant, 785 Delaware Ave, Delmar
  • SE Kitchens & Baths, Gansevoort
  • Hewitts, 605 Feura bush Road, Glenmont
  • Faddegon’s Nursery, Latham
  • Grassland Equipment & Irrigation Corp., Latham
  • Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, Mechanicville
  • Watervliet Elementary School, Watervliet
  • State Line Flea Market, Whitehall

(Update) In memoriam: Julius Frankel

Julius Frankel

Julius Frankel, a longtime SRC Rotarian who has been living in the Boston area for several years, died on June 1, according to his daughter, Liza Frankel Guimbard. Here is his official obituary:

Julius Frankel of North Greenbush, NY, passed away Friday, July 1, 2022, in Newton, MA. Julius was born December 10,  1935, in Chernovitz, Romania to the late Leopold and Stefanie (Granirer) Frankel.

Julius and his family immigrated to the United States in 1950 and lived in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended Erasmus Hall High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Julius was a physicist for 45 year with the United States Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Benet Laboratories in Watervliet.  His research, collaborated and published technical reports and patents with a specialized focus on ultrasonic techniques  for nondestructive testing of surfaces.

Julius met his beloved wife, Effrosini “Effie” (Galakatos) in Albany at an international dance in 1966 and were married on July 10, 1970.

Julius most enjoyed his time with family and friends,  grilling and dinner parties, traveling, attending weekly Torah study classes, going to the theatre and  operas,  playing tennis, and spending summers sailing  in Willsboro Bay on Lake Champlain.

Julius loved to travel throughout his life for work and pleasure throughout Europe, in India, the Mediterranean and Middle East. 

Survivors include his daughter  Liza (Frankel) Guimbard of Watertown,  MA, son-in-law Alex Guimbard,  and beloved Papou to grandchildren A.J., Nicholas  & Sophia Guimbard. Surviving cousins. include Mirium Grunstein and family of Brooklyn, NY and Jean-Marie Neiderhoffer of Paris, France.

His family is comforted in knowing he has finally found his eternal peace and reunited  with his beloved Effrosini. To have known Julius,  you were loved.

A private blessing and prayers were held with family upon his passing. Friends and family are  welcome to call or visit Liza and family while they sit Shiva this Thursday & Friday  (3-6 p.m.) and Sunday (2-5 p.m.) Please contact Liza to make arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for  donations made in Julius and Effie’s memory to:
Faith and Family Hospice Foundation
420 Lakeside Ave., Suite 203
Marlborough, MA 01752

Meeting Clipboard: 6/30/22

Outgoing president Debbie Rodriguez passes the gavel to Kevin Leyhane.

MEMBERS ATTENDING (15): Debbie Rodriguez, Kevin Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Andy Leyhane, Pat Bailey. By proxy: Carol Orvis, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Terry Brewer.


President Debbie Rodriguez called the meeting to order, noting the presence of a quorum and the fact that it was the last meeting of the Rotary Year.

Debbie passed the gavel to President-elect Kevin Leyhane for the 2022-23 Rotary Year that begins on July 1. She provided some highlights of her year as president. Debbie was given two folding Rotary lawn chairs.  Kevin said he will be collecting thoughts on moving the club forward and is looking forward to another successful year,


• DONATIONS — By consensus, it was decided make a financial contribution of $100 to the Castleton Girl Scout/Brownie Troop 1762 for its effort to replace the 911 plaque in the Schodack Town Park. The Scouts had emailed and approached Rotary members at last Tuesday’s “Summer In the Park” event.

• VALLEYCATS OUTING — Several tickets remain for the Thursday, August 4, ValleyCats baseball game and pre-game pavilion picnic, part of our “Summer Casual” schedule for July and August. Prices: $30 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under. Please let event coordinator Debbie Rodriguez know if you are interested. Debbie will collect ticket money on July 14 at Peter and Debbie Brown’s picnic. Tickets will be available for pick up at the pool party at the Leyhane house on July 21.

• IMPACT COMMITTEE — Chair Pat Bailey reported that nearly $1,000 has been raised from, and numerous members of the public spoken to about Rotary, a series of appearances at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Kristy’s Barn, and the Schodack Town Park summer music series. There may be opportunities next year.  We were hoping to attract new members through such efforts.  Congratulations and hats off to all committee members and those who participated.

• SHELTER BOX SOLAR LIGHTS — The Shelter Box Starter kit was received this week.  It included 10 small solar lamps and five large solar lamps.  The club funded the first $260, and the lamps sell for $25 for the smaller and $50 for the larger lamp. The net proceeds of $250 will go to ShelterBox.  At tonight’s meeting, nine of the smaller and two of the larger lights were sold. There are one small and three large lights remaining for sale. Anyone wanting any of the remaining inventory may contact Roberto Martinez.

DISTRICT GRANT — The final report of the 2021-22 grant was submitted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto. Many thanks to Terry Brewer for his coordination of the scholarship program, and congratulations to the three students receiving $1,000 scholarships.

• DRIVER SAFETY COURSE — Per Kevin Leyhane, there was not enough response to hold the course this summer. The subject will be revisited in the fall.

• “SUMMER CASUAL” — The first event of the July-August calendar will be a picnic at Peter and Debbie Brown’s residence at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Please bring an appetizer.

7190 GOL finishes latest Dominican visit

Daniel and a GOL volunteer are all smiles.

Gift of Life-District 7190 last week was in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for its ninth training visit there since the COVID-19 pandemic set in.

GOL has treated nearly 180 children on these visits. One was Daniel, age 20, who waited more than 19 years from when he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect to when GOL operated on him this past Tuesday.

Gift of Life has been there for more than 42,000 children since 1975. It now is the largest humanitarian organization in the world providing care to children in the developing world with heart disease. Every three hours, GOL is providing life-saving surgery somewhere in the world.

Presidential Changeover dinner on Thursday

Each June 30, we mark the end of another Rotary Year and look forward to the next 12 months of community and global service to others.

This year, June 30 coincides with our final meeting date of the year, and is designated as our “Presidential Changeover Dinner.”

Please plan to be on hand this Thursday to see President Debbie Rodriguez hand over the gavel to President-elect Kevin Leyhane for the 2022-23 term.

We’ll begin our session at 5:30 p.m. at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant with a social half-hour before dinner begins. As always, a cash bar will be available, and non-Rotarians are invited to attend the event.

FYI: Theater Barn cancels season

The Theater Barn will suspend its 38th season after the July 3 performance.

If anyone was hoping to visit The Theater Barn, which we visited as a group during last year’s “Summer Casual Season” when our usual spot, the MacHaydn Theatre, was in flux due to the pandemic, forget it.

The owners of the summer theater in New Lebanon since its founding in 1984 have suspended the 38th season, effective at the end of the current run of Agatha Christie’s “Fiddlers Three,” which is being presented through next Sunday, July 3.

Allen Phelps, whose parents founded The Theater Barn, said the venue has not been able to attract the same level of attendance it had before the pandemic. Subscriptions have dropped by two-thirds, and single-performance ticket sales are off as well.

A ‘Summer Casual’ date opens up

We’ve had a change in our July-August “Summer Casual Schedule.”

The Drumms have moved their picnic date from July 28 to August 11, meaning we have that July date plus two August and one September dates open.

If you would like to host an event, or make arrangements for a “field trip” on any open date, please let incoming President Kevin Leyhane know which date you want to reserve and copy Bill Dowd on your note so the calendar can be updated.

Here’s the current schedule: