District Foundation gala returning to Proctors

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Inside Key Hall at Proctors. (photo courtesy of Proctors)

Several years ago, the annual District 7190 Foundation Dinner gala was held literally on the main stage of Proctors theater in downtown Schenectady. This year, it will return to Proctors, but in a different part of the entertainment complex.

The venue for the Wednesday, November 13, event is Key Hall at Proctors, a lavish event space catered by the iconc Mazzone Hospitality organization.

Details about theme, reservation information, and the like are being worked on, and we’ll share them with you as they are received. Meanwhile, please reserve the date for an evening that always provides good food, entertainment and Rotary fellowship.


Exactly how busy are you?

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Please note the Rotary pin on Prince Charles’s lapel.

It takes all kinds to make up Rotary International. Such as, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy, astronaut Neil Armstrong, entrepreneur-artist Walt Disney, President Ronald Reagan, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, food pioneer Colonel Harland Sanders, inventor Thomas Edison, aviation pioneer Orville Wright, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, President Woodrow Wilson, movie producer-director Cecille B. DeMille, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Pope Francis, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Holly Comption, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Nobel Prize-winner Guglielmo Marconi, Walmart founder Sam Walton, Mayo Clinic co-founder Dr. Charles Mayo …. and so many, many more.

If they could fit Rotary into their busy schedules, how difficult can it be for us to do the same?


‘SRC Summer Casual’ finishes with dessert

Screen Shot 2019-08-16 at 8.21.12 PMWe finished our “SRC Summer Casual Schedule” with an ice cream social on Thursday, hosted  by Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguiez at Debbie’s abode.

Attending, in addition to the co-hosts, were Rotarians Becky Raymond, Murray Forth, Maggie Forth, Jim Leyhane, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez,  Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Phil Kellerman, and Carol Orvis, and guests Rod Rodriquez, Jeremy Forth, Paige Johnson, Mike Stangl, and Mary Drumm.

We now have a brief hiatus before resuming our weekly Thursday dinner meetings at Quigley’s on September 5. (Note this is a change from the long-published schedule, getting us back into the regular rotation a week earlier than previously planned. Be sure to check the website’s Calendar page for the evolving events listings and program assignment chart.)

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‘Back-to-School Supplies Drive’ successful

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SRC President Phil Kellerman poses with a portion of the donated items collected for our annual “Back-to-School Supplies Drive” for students in need.

The collection, in partnership with the family services agency Circles of Mercy in Rensselaer, is now in its fifth year of SRC involvement. The items were delivered to Circles today. A special thanks to all who generously donated.


‘Picnic at Fox Hollow’ driven indoors

Here’s where we were supposed to be …

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… but, here’s where we wound up when inclement weather forced revelers indoors during Thursday evening’s “Picnic at Fox Hollow,” part of our “SRC Summer Casual” lineup of July-August events.

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Thanks to Dick and Mary Drumm for hosting the gathering. Remember, we have only one remaining summer social event before we take a hiatus — next Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when Debbie Rodriguez and Pat Bailey co-host “Sundaes on Thursday (+ Food)” at Debbie’s residence. If you haven’t sent them your RSVP, please do so quickly.

Here are a few more scenes of Thursday’s event:

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Coming to Fox Hollow? Here’s what to bring

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 11.34.56 AMIf you are planning to attend “A Picnic at Fox Hollow” this Thursday, here are a few things to bring along:

• An appetizer or dessert to augment the food our hosts Dick and Mary Drumm will be supplying.

• Your donations of items for the annual “Back to School Supplies Drive.” This will be the final dropoff date. If you do NOT plan to attend this event, please contact President Phil Kellerman to arrange a dropoff/pickup for your donations so we can meet the necessary delivery schedule. (Haven’t shopped yet? Check the shopping list on the website.)

• Your check for 2019-20 Rotary dues if you haven’t already paid them. Just make it out to SRC Rotary Club.

The menu will feature that summertime favorite pulled pork, plus appropriate side dishes and beverages. The cost is just $15 per person, or $25 per family, with all funds going to the club treasury to support our many public service efforts.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 11.39.43 AMAfter this week, we have a single get-together remaining on our “SRC Summer Casual Events” calendar — an ice cream social plus food, co-hosted by Pat Bailey (pbailey7@nycap.rr.com) and Debbie Rodriguez (debannrod@yahoo.com) at Debbie’s residence beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15.

If you have not yet emailed either of them your RSVP, please do so quickly. Cost: $15 per adult, children free. Proceeds will be split between the Freedom From Fistula Foundation Fistula and the Danes Rotaract club. The pool is open. No need to bring anything (except a bathing suit) to this family-friendly event.

Thereafter, we’re on hiatus until resuming our weekly dinner meetings at Quigley’s at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 12.


Kinderhook Rotary BBQ to support Electric Trail

Screen Shot 2019-08-02 at 1.55.15 PMThe Kinderhook Tri-Vllage Rotary Club is planning a chicken barbecue fundraiser to benefit the Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail (CFET).

The event is set for 4 to 7 Saturday, August 24, at Rothermel Park, 15-19 Rothermel Avenue in Kinderhook. Tickets are $12 for the dinner that includes half a chicken, corn, roll, and dessert. Meals are for eat-in or take-out.

CFET is a group supporting the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, a shared-use bicycling and pedestrian trail along the 35-mile Albany-Hudson Electric Trolley corridor from Hudson to Rensselaer, running through Rensselaer and Columbia counties, and now under construction.

AHET is part of the Empire State Trail, providing a key link between the Capital Region and the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Empire State Trail, when completed next year, will create a 750-mile biking and walking trail from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo.