Circles of Mercy Back to School Program

Once again we are choosing to support Circles of Mercy’s Back to School Program. With the economy being what it is today, the need to support the children of our community is greater than ever. Below you will find a list of school supplies that we will be collecting throughout the summer at our summer casual events. If you are unable to attend an event, and would like to arrange a separate pick-up or drop-off, contact Kevin Leyhane at Donated supplies will be collected until August 21, 2022. The requested supplies are as follows:

  • Pencils (regular lead #2, colored, and mechanical)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Erasers fo pencils
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Markers (dry erase, sharpies, and assorted colored markers)
  • Pocket Folders (assorted colors)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Protractor and compass
  • 3 Ring binders (1.5 “, 2″, and 3”)
  • Loose leaf paper (college ruled)
  • Graph Paper
  • Spiral subject notebooks (1, 3, and 5 subject in college ruled)
  • Subject dividers
  • Plastic zipper pencil cases or pencil boxes
  • Index cards 3″x5″
  • Highlighters (yellow)
  • Rulers (containing both inches and centimeters)
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer (small bottles)
  • Post-it notes
  • Backpacks (no rollers or wheels)
  • Hole reinforcement labels
  • Combination locks (for gym lockers)
  • Flash Drives
  • Ear buds (for computers)
  • Scientific calculators (TI-84 + graphing)

Change to this week’s Summer Casual Event

Due to circumstances beyond our control, mainly poor weather combined with Covid exposures, has caused us to reschedule this week’s Steak and Swim at the Leyhane’s  to  August 25th.  At this time, we feel that the most responsible course of action, while maintaining our fellowship in Rotary would be to switch this week’s meeting to a remote one using Zoom.  As with previous Zoom meetings we will begin at 7:00.  So mix up your favorite cocktail or pour your favorite pint and we look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday via Zoom.

With next week’s summer casual event being open, we have decided to make it a social event at Druthers Brewing Company in Albany located at 1053 Broadway.  The plan is to meet at Druthers around 6 and order off their menu.  Further details will be discussed on Thursday.

First Summer Casual: Dinner Poolside

Our first summer casual, hosted by Peter and Debbie Brown was a success. Members and guests dined poolside all while enjoying the great fellowship of Rotary.

Items of Business:

The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club will continue its support of the Circles of Mercy with donations of school supplies for the upcoming school year. A list of requested supplies will be posted on the website in the near future and may be donated at any of our up coming summer casual events.

The Gift of Life Program is hosting a raffle as part of their upcoming golf tournament. The Grand Prize is $500, 2nd Prize is $200, 3rd Prize is $100, 4th Prize is $50, and 5th Prize is $25. Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, and 7 for $40. The Drawing will be held on Monday September 12, 2022 at 4:15. You need not be present to win, and winners WILL NOT be allowed to return the winnings to Gift of Life. Tickets are available from Dean and Doris Calamaris or Jim Leyhane.

Barrow of Booze raffle. We will be raffling off roughly $300 worth of quality liquor, wine, mixers, and ciders. Tickets are $5 each and 5 for $20. The earnings from this will go to the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club’s general fund to be used in future donations. The drawing will be held at our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting on September 15, 2022.

Debbie Rodriguez discussed an upcoming Gala to benefit the Blue Star Mothers. More information will follow in a future post.

The date of July 28, 2022 is still available for anyone wishing to host a summer casual dinner. In the event we do not have a host we are looking into the possibility of returning to Moscatiello’s Restaurant for one night, or meeting out for a drink at a local brewery.

Next week’s summer casual event will be hosted by Jim Leyhane and Roberto Martinez. Once again we are asking for a fee of $15 and an additional $5 for each guest, with a maximum of $20 per family. Next Thursday’s menu will feature the following: Filet Steaks, baked potatoes, vegetables, garlic bread and dessert. We ask guests to provide an appetizer. If you have not already signed up to attend please call 518-428-1732 or email to notify Jim that you plan on attending.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again on the 21st.

New Gift of Life Fundraiser

A raffle is being held to benefit the Gift of Life Program.

The Grand Prize is $500, 2nd Prize is $200, 3rd Prize is $100, 4th Prize is $50 and 5th Prize is $25.

Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20 or 7 for $40.

Tickets are available from Dean and Doris Calamaris or Jim Leyhane.

Drawing will be held on Monday Sept 12, 2022 at 4:15 pm via Facebook Live “Gift of Life Rotary District 7190” You need not be present to win.

Please note: Raffle winners are NOT ALLOWED to return their winnings to Gift of Life.

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

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.