What kind of mark is our Clynk project having?


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This chart shows the environmental impact our club is having so far by participating in the ongoing Clynk container redemption/recycling program. In addition, we have raised a bit more than $400.

By participating through the very simple process of tossing all your deposit containers in an official Clynk bag, placing a barcode sticker on it, and dropping it off at any Hannaford supermarket, you’ll be sending all those nickels to SRC for our ShelterBox fundraising purposes, as well as keeping your home or office from being cluttered by all that glass, metal, and plastic flotsam.

If you would like to extend your reach beyond your home to include collecting redeemable containers donated by friends, neighbors, workplaces, churches, etc., please contact Bill Dowd for details on how to do it.

Each redeemed container may be only a nickel received, but it continues to add up since this is an ongoing effort that we’ll be involved in as long as the Clynk recycling company and Hannaford chain maintain their partnership.

If you’d like more information on Clynk — what it is, what it does, where it operates, etc. — simply go online to Clynk.com. Meanwhile, thanks for your participation.


 

 

Are you bagging your returnable Clynk beverage containers?


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In response to the headline question, we certainly hope so, for several reasons.

• The Clynk program we’re enrolled in via Hannaford supermarkets and the Clynk recycling company helps the environment through responsible recycling of beverage containers, and helps us raise funds for ShelterBox.

• Each container’s deposit return goes to the SRC treasury to support ShelterBox.

• The process saves you time and effort because you do not have to separate, rinse, and re-cap redeemable plastic, glass, and metal beverage containers.

We hope to present the club with a check of $400 or so by the time our first dinner meeting rolls around in September. Of course, we need your ongoing help to make that a reality since at a nickel or so per container it takes quite a while for the total to mount up.

Although we’ve told every SRC member numerous times how the program works, we’ll do it one more time to be sure everyone understands how easy it is to do good:

(1.) Only specific plastic bags and bar code stickers are usable with the Clynk program. You can get them at any dinner meeting at Quigley’s, or by contacting program coordinator Bill Dowd.

(2.) Simply put any plastic, glass, or metal beverage container on which a deposit has been paid in one of the bags. No need to rinse, uncap, or sort them.

(3.) When a bag is full, just put a bar code sticker in the appropriate place, take the bag to any Hannaford where you can scan it and drop it in the receptacle chute, and then be on your merry way.

That’s it! You’ve just helped the environment, the club, and ShelterBox. And, therefore, the world.

(If you’re curious about the Clynk process at its recycling facility in Maine, click here for a short video explaining it.)


 

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 (BillDowd4Troy@gmail.com) and he’ll be sure to get you a supply ASAP.


 

 

 

Our Clynk recyclables push tops 2,000 mark


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We’ve had our account with the Clynck recyclable container service for just a few months, but we’ve already topped the 2,000 mark!

The graphic above shows the environmental impact of turning in that number of deposit cans and bottles for redemption and recycling. And, in the bargain, we’ve earned well over $100 for the SRC general treasury with lots more to come — assuming the liquid-consuming days of late summer create more returnables.

We handed out a lot of of the official recycling bags and bar code stickers — both of which are mandatory for SRC to get credit for the returns — at the Mac-Haydn Theatre night out, but we have plenty of more. Just let project coordinator Bill Dowd know what you need.


 

An update on our Clynk container effort


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We haven’t made much money — yet — with the club’s new Clynk container redemption account, but we already are making a positive environmental impact.

The graphic above is supplied by Clynk to let us know what our redemption of 1,552 bottles and cans means to the real world.

If you’ve been collecting and turning in containers in the authorized bags, thank you, and please keep up the good work. If you haven’t yet picked up a supply of bags and the bar code stickers that must accompany them, please contact Bill Dowd and he will see to it that you get them.


 

 

How our Clynk recycling account works

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All refunds from container deposit fees that are redeemed through this account will go to SRC as part of our ShelterBox support efforts. There is no charge to individual club members using the service.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1 — Place all containers on which you have paid a deposit in one of the Clynk bags provided by the club. (No other types of bags may be used.) No need to sort them.

Step 2 — Affix a barcode sticker to the bag where indicated.

Step 3 — Take the bag to a Hannaford supermarket container-return area, use the hand-held scanner there to read the barcode, and drop the bag in the space provided.

That’s it. It can’t get much simpler.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) :

Q: Where can I get the Clynk bags and barcode stickers for the SRC account?

A: Bill Dowd is our liaison with Clynk and will obtain them for club members. Initially, he will be distributing only a limited number of bags until we ascertain the level of participation by SRC members. Hopefully, he will have to quickly increase the number distributed if member participation is strong.

Q: I already have a Clynk account. Can I still use it but have my refunds go to SRC?

A: No. We initially thought that was possible, but Clynk now tells us that option is available only to high-volume major fundraising organizations, which we are not. Of course, you can simply stop using your own account and begin using the SRC account to participate in our fundraising effort. Just be sure you have the correct barcode sticker.

Q: Can I include non-deposit containers in what I drop off?

A: Yes, although of course there is no monetary benefit to SRC.

Q: Do containers have to be rinsed out and any screw tops removed?

A: No and no.

Q: Can I use any type of recycling bags?

A: No. Clynk accepts only its own, which are 100% recyclable.

Q: What happens if I forget to tag and scan a bag of containers?

A: Our account gets no money for that particular bag.

 Q: How long will this in initiative go on?

A: As long as Clynk and Hannaford offer the service.


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.

We Are Back!

Our first meeting of the Rotary year at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant.

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE (10): Peter and Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Murry Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Andy Leyhane and Ray Hannan.

GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE: None.

President Elect Peter Brown called the meeting to order.

MEETING BUSINESS:

• THEME FOR THE YEAR – As discussed at the Board meeting, we are considering “Growing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally” as the theme for this year. Service projects and guest speakers would relate to the theme.

• STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM – Peter Brown discussed his interest in restarting the International Youth Exchange Program. The Program is still operating. There is someone at the Rotary District level overseeing the exchange program. We will check with our District to see if this person can present at one of our upcoming meetings. Jim Leyhane offered to contact Jeff Simons about restarting the Program. In the future we hope to make presentations at the local high schools to both parents and students. These types of programs can generate community interest and participation in Rotary.

REMIND APP – The app allows for group texting for sharing of information faster in the event that meetings are canceled/rescheduled, proxy voting and may serve as a quick reminder for upcoming events. Text is limited to 150 characters. To join the Rotary Group:

Sent a text to the number: 81010

Text this message: @srcrot

PROXY VOTES – If unable to attend a meeting, members should submit their proxy to President Kevin Leyhane. Proxy votes may also be submitted using the Remind App text notification.

• SPEAKERS – We can begin scheduling speakers for the year. As noted, we are looking for speakers that relate back to the theme for this year. If you have an idea for a speaker, contact Peter Brown or President Kevin Leyhane.

SHELTER BOX – Roberto Martinez reported that $250 from the sale of the lanterns will be sent to Shelter Box. Please continue to contribute to Shelter Box through your CLYNK donations.

GIFT OF LIFE – Please donate your clothing and other items to the Gift of Life donation boxes.

BARROW OF BOOZE RAFFLE – The drawing was held, and the winner is Roberto Martinez. Congratulations! Proceeds from the raffle will be used to obtain the equipment needed to establish a hybrid meeting and for club operating expenses.

MEETING SCHEDULE – Next week, September 22, will be a Zoom meeting at 7 pm. The following week, we hope to be up and running with a hybrid option allowing members to meet in person or join the meeting via Zoom. We are working on obtaining the necessary hardware and internet access.

We Are Back!

Our first meeting of the Rotary year at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant.

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE (10): Peter and Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Phil Kellerman, Murry Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Andy Leyhane and Ray Hannah.

GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE: None.

President Elect Peter Brown called the meeting to order.

MEETING BUSINESS:

• THEME FOR THE YEAR – As discussed at the Board meeting, we are considering “Growing Fellowship and Service Locally and Globally” as the theme for this year. Service projects and guest speakers would relate to the theme.

• STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM – Peter Brown discussed his interest in restarting the International Youth Exchange Program. The Program is still operating. There is someone at the Rotary District level overseeing the exchange program. We will check with our District to see if this person can present at one of our upcoming meetings. Jim Leyhane offered to contact Jeff Simons about restarting the Program. In the future we hope to make presentations at the local high schools to both parents and students. These types of programs can generate community interest and participation in Rotary.

REMIND APP – The app allows for group texting for sharing of information faster in the event that meetings are canceled/rescheduled, proxy voting and may serve as a quick reminder for upcoming events. Text is limited to 150 characters. To join the Rotary Group:

Sent a text to the number: 81010

Text this message: @srcrot

PROXY VOTES – If unable to attend a meeting, members should submit their proxy to President Kevin Leyhane. Proxy votes may also be submitted using the Remind App text notification.

• SPEAKERS – We can begin scheduling speakers for the year. As noted, we are looking for speakers that relate back to the theme for this year. If you have an idea for a speaker, contact Peter Brown or President Kevin Leyhane.

SHELTER BOX – Roberto Martinez reported that $250 from the sale of the lanterns will be sent to Shelter Box. Please continue to contribute to Shelter Box through your CLYNK donations.

GIFT OF LIFE – Please donate your clothing and other items to the Gift of Life donation boxes.

BARROW OF BOOZE RAFFLE – The drawing was held, and the winner is Roberto Martinez. Congratulations! Proceeds from the raffle will be used to obtain the equipment needed to establish a hybrid meeting and for club operating expenses.

MEETING SCHEDULE – Next week, September 22, will be a Zoom meeting at 7 pm. The following week, we hope to be up and running with a hybrid option allowing members to meet in person or join the meeting via Zoom. We are working on obtaining the necessary hardware and internet access.

Last Meeting of the Summer, a Return to Moscatiello’s

Our last meeting of the summer on September 1, 2022 was hosted at Moscatiello’s Italian Family Restaurant, and featured a menu choice of spaghetti and meatballs or chicken Ceasar salad.

Meeting was called to order by President Elect Peter Brown.

Members in attendance: Peter and Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Phil Kellerman, and Ray Hannah.

Guests in attendance: Betty Brewer

Meeting business:

Phil Kellerman served as a representative of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club as he was a guest speaker for the Glenville Rotary Club. Phil’s presentation topic was immigration, and we appreciate his service as an ambassador of our club.

Terry Brewer suggested holding another Cafe Capriccio to financially support our club scholarships. As in the past, the grand prize would feature a private dinner at Cafe Capriccio for 13 guests. Details will be finalized in the upcoming weeks.

Tickets for barrow of booze are continued to be sold by Jim Leyhane. Drawing will take place at our upcoming September 15, 2022 meeting. Profits will go to hardware and software to support our hybrid zoom meetings and club initiatives.

ShelterBox update: Our Clynk recycling program, along with a generous personal donation from Bill Dowd netted $500 to donate to ShelterBox. Now that all ShelterBox Luminaid lights have been sold, the Club will also be sending ShelterBox a donation of $250. Clynk recycling bags can be purchased at any Hannaford customer service counter. If you are in need of bar code stickers for the bags, please contact Bill Dowd.

Gift of Life update: It was noted that local clothing donation boxes generate around $1000 dollars per year per box for the Gift of Life. The Gift of Life’s annual golf tournament is set for September 12, 2022. Southern Rensselaer County Rotary members, Jim Leyhane, Dean and Doris Calamaras, and AJ Amato are sponsoring 3 foursomes for the golf tournament. Raffle tickets to support the Gift of Life featuring cash prizes, are also available from Jim and Dean, and the drawing will take place after the tournament.

Due to the Labor Day Holiday there will be no regular scheduled meeting this week. We will return to Moscatiello’s on September 15, 2022 at 6:00pm.

There will be a Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club Board meeting on September 11, 2022 at 6:00pm at Jim Leyhane’s house. A light supper will be provided.