NOTICE: This archive of PDF documents, slides and PowerPoint programs contains materials assembled and presented by members and guests of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club. It is made available for download or direct viewing, depending on format, only for purposes of information and may in no way be reused for commercial purposes of any type.
IT’S ALL ABOUT US
Topic: Past President Debbie Rodriguez has begun digging into our extensive club history, now kept in a rather haphazard fashion. On June 14, 2018, she presented the first installment of PowerPoint shows that will review her findings, and posed some questions the club is considering in creating a true archival record. Click here to access Part 1.
SPORTS & INTRIGUE: THE STORY OF MOE BERG
Topic: The subtitle of Stewart Wagner’s May 24, 2018, offering, “Presenting: A Brief History of the Mystery Life of an Athlete, Spy and Scholar,” explains it all. Click here to access his presentation on this enigmatic and relatively little-known American hero.
4th Annual GREAT NORTH AMERICAN WHIZBANG TRIVIA TEST
Topic: This PowerPoint covers the May 17, 2018, version of Bill Dowd’s annual trivia contest. Click here for all the questions and answers.
ANTIQUITIES OF EGYPT & JORDAN
Topic: Peter and Debbie Brown created a May 10, 2018 presentation on their recent trip to the Middle East to visit some of the oldest buildings in the world. Their slide show, split into four photo galleries, is accessible in four parts by clicking here, here, here, and here.
INTERACT CLUB OF COSENZA, ITALY
Topic: Alessandra Barbarossa, an exchange student at Columbia High School, presented a multi-year look at her Interact club in Cosenza, Italy on April 26, 2018. The very busy organization of which she is president works regularly with other members of the Rotary family — Rotary clubs and Rotaract. Go here for her PowerPoint program.
WHAT’S NEW AT ALBANY MED?
Topic: Kevin Leyden, a senior vice president at Albany Medical Center charged with developing non-traditional partnerships and alliances” presented on April 12, 2018, a talk explaining three new efforts at AMC — the region’s first pediatric trauma center, the BACC bio-tech research program, and the Executive Health Program. Click here to access the PowerPoint showing highlights of his talk.
IS THE PHARAMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY IGNORING ALZHEIMER’S?
Topic: AMRI Senior Chemist Andy Leyhane, PhD, presented a look on April 5, 2018, at the status of research among pharmaceutical giants into treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. Click here to access his PowerPoint presentation.
Capital District Landscapes, Houses and Gardens Through the Eyes of 1936 Residents
Topic: Debbie Brown’s March 16, 2018, slideshow presentation culled from a much larger collection of images originally put together by the Fort Orange Garden Club in 1936. Click here to access her curated version.
HOME TO A NEW GENERATION
Topic: Samantha Raynor ‘s March 2, 2018, slide presentation on the unique concept for 55+ residential complexes created and managed by a local property management company. Click here for details.
BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END
Topic: Peter Brown based his October 19, 2017, talk on this book by bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande. Click here to access his complete presentation.
Topic: Tovah Lisky of Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York spoke on October 5, 2017, about the global organization and its methods for teaching students how to succeed in a global economy. Click here to access the full presentation.
EAST GREENBUSH SCHOOLS UPDATE
Topic: Jeff Simons, superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District, presented “Becoming a Lighthouse District,” a PowerPoint talk discussing achievements and plans in the district, during his September 28, 2017, talk. Click here to access the full program.
Topic: Alyssa Evans, Student Assistance Counselor at both Columbia High School and Goff Middle School in East Greenbush, NY, offered this PowerPoint presentation on June 1, 2017, on the drug epidemic seen across the country. Click here to access her program.
TOILET PAPER AND ITS CONNECTION TO ALBANY
Topic: Stewart Wagner, an eclectic collector and researcher in various fields, on May 25, 2017, provided an unusual and interesting look at Albany’s role in the creation, production and popularization of something our society takes for granted — modern toilet paper. Click here for his presentation.
3rd ANNUAL GREAT NORTH AMERICAN WHIZBANG TRIVIA TEST
Topic: This was the May 11, 2017, edition of the fun-competition event devised and run by club member Bill Dowd. Go here to see an abbreviated version which does, however, contain the entire quiz and its answers.
THE LATEST ON CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS SURGERY
Topic: Dr. Edward L. Hannan of the UAlbany School of Public Health on April 20, 2017, presented the latest research figures on improvements in coronary artery bypass surgery. Go here to access his PowerPoint presentation.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES?
Topic: Club member Debbie Brown’s April 13, 2017, presentation on the integral part that bees play in our shared world also touched on the global problem of Colony Collapse Disorder and what is being done to rectify it. Go here for her PowerPoint program.
EAST GREENBUSH SCHOOLS CAPITAL BUDGET PROPOSAL 2017
Topic: Jeffrey Simons, superintendent of the East Greenbush Central School District, made a presentation on March 30, 2017, explaining details of the $39 million proposal going up for a public vote. Go here for his PowerPoint explanation.
YMCA GLOBAL IMMERSION: VIETNAM
Topic: Josephine Reeder, Wellness Director of the Greenbush YMCA, offered on March 23, 2017, a program on her involvement in a service project in Vietnam staffed by local YMCA members as well as others from Houston, TX, and Vietnam. They helped finish creation of a rural elementary school and worked with children on educational and cultural activities. Go here to access her program.
THE MODERN AMERICAN DREAM – THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT EXPERIENCE
Topic: A March 16, 2017, presentation by Sarah Stangl of the Dorcas International Institute in Rhode Island on her work on behalf of efforts helping resettle refugee immigrants coming to the United States. Click here to see her PowerPoint program.
A RIDE INTO HISTORY ON A B-29
Topic: Club member Jim Leyhane’s March 9, 2017, presentation described how he checked off an item from his bucket list with a flight on a vintage B-29 aircraft — the precise plane, in fact, on which is father was a flight engineer during the Korean War. Click here to go to the presentation.
EYE CARE PROJECTS FOR BANGLADESH
Topic: The Granville (Washington County) Rotary Club has partnered with the Dhaka West club in Bangladesh to purchase a high-tech optical device for an eye hospital there, train specialists in its use, and cataract surgeries for about 150 children. On March 2, 2017, Granville Rotarian Steve Williams presented a PowerPoint show on earlier Bangladesh projects. Click here to access the program.
OUR WEBSITE, SOCIAL MEDIA & YOU
Topic: The January 19, 2017, tour of the SRC club website/blog and the club’s social media pages, presented by club webmaster Bill Dowd. It contains a PowerPoint that preceded a live hands-on tour of the site. Click here to access the PowerPoint portion.
VETERANS’ HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
Topic: A January 12, 2017, presentation by James Arrington, Service Center Manager at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, outlining the various health care benefits available to veterans of all branches of the U.S. armed forces. Click here for slides from his PowerPoint program.
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER
Topic: Intrepid club members Dean and Doris Calamaras shared their tour of Alaska and its wildlife and wild terrain as well as its sophisticated cities in this October 27, 2016, presentation. Click here to access the slideshow.
CAPITAL REGION NORDIC ALLIANCE: YEAR-ROUND ADAPTIVE SPORTS
Topic: This is the October 20, 2016, presentation by Russ Myer, founder and director of the Nordic Alliance organization, describing the practices and sports programs offered to people with significant physical or developmental disabilities. Click here to access his presentation.
UALBANY HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS
Topic: The October 6, 2016, presentation by Laura Schweitzer on the evolution of the University at Albany’s Rensselaer County complex that has become primarily a medical science and research collection of private and public entities. Click here to access her presentation.
ROTARY NEXT GEN
Topic: The June 23, 2016, presentation by Fred Daniels, incoming District Governor-elect, addressing the generational differences between the bulk of Rotary membership and the pool of possible recruits from the “Gen X” and “Millennial” generations — how to attract and retrain them. Click here to access his presentation.
RETIREMENT ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE
Topic: The June 16, 2016, breakfast meeting presentation by SRC club member Mike Dewey, a financial planner. Click here to access his presentation.
CASDA STUDENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Topic: The June 16, 2016, presentation by Executive Director Jim Butterworth, Kendle Butterworth, and Jenny Horn on CASDA’s (Capital Area School Development Association) new and expanding program to encourage and sharpen leadership skills among high school students. Jim is a member of the SRC Club. Click here to access their presentation.
Topic: The June 9, 2016, presentation by Ethan Brown, a senior at the Poughkeepsie (NY) Day School, on his three-week volunteer stint in the Victoria Falls area of the African nation of Zimbabwe. Click here to access his presentation.
WHERE DO PARENTS COME FROM?
Topic: The September 17, 2015, how-to presentation by genealogist William M. Dowd, a member of the SRC Rotary Club. (A longer version, not shown here, dealt with the origins of various club members’ surnames.) Click here to access his presentation.
DISCOVERING AMERICA AGAIN TOUR – THROUGH GRACELAND
Topic: The October 23, 2014, presentation by SRC Rotary Club member Dr. Roberto Martinez after his solo early-summer trek across America by motorcycle. Click here to access his presentation.