‘International Day of Peace’ is coming up

Screen shot 2014-08-28 at 1.36.57 PMEach year the “International Day of Peace,” also known as “World Peace Day,” is observed around the world on September 21. This is an occasion to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”

Peace is a fundamental right of all citizens and essential for co-existence, well-being and happiness.

A major project of Rotary Global History Fellowship is the list of articles about Rotary’s effort for world peace. It is accessible online. And, go here for the current issue, in PDF format. Then, just click on the month, next to the “new” icon.

Jeetendra Sharma
Editor in Chief
RGHF’s “Our Foundation Newsletter”



Please join us to meet Danny on September 4

DannyWe have scheduled a very special club meeting on Thursday, September 4, to welcome a very special guest.

Danny Sarmiento, the 5-year-old Honduran child who recently had lifesaving cardiac surgery at Albany Med through the auspices of Gift of Life and our club’s financial support, is being scheduled to spend the evening with us. He’ll be accompanied by his mother, Maria, and their interpreter.

We originally had been scheduled to take off that week, but because of Danny’s schedule we’ll be back at Quigley’s a week earlier than planned.

Please make a point of planning to attend — and bring a guest– to welcome this courageous young man who SRC supported by raising $11,000.


Interested in joining ‘Rotary Day at the UN’?

Screen shot 2014-08-22 at 9.49.25 AMDistrict 7190 once again plans to participate in “Rotary Day at the United Nations,” this year scheduled for Saturday, November 1.

If you are interested in joining other Rotarians from 7190 for this special day, please let Bill Dowd know ASAP so we can get your reservation in to District HQ. The registration fee is just $50, and the District’s deadline is mid-October. Thus, we’ll need to know your intentions before mid-September.

The day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch in the UN Cafeteria at 1, overlooking the East River.

“This is a great experience, a time to learn more about our important history with the UN. Registration is open but very limited, so hurry. Our district will be taking a bus — or maybe two, so keep your eyes open for more information on this,” says new District Governor Dave Hennel.

Rotary’s relationship with the UN dates to its creation in 1945 when 49 Rotarians acted as delegates, advisors and consultants at the UN Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the UN as an NGO — a non-governmental organization.

Each year at “Rotary Day at the United Nations” more than 1,300 Rotarians gather at UN headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary and the UN.


Our Gift of Life child has arrived

Danny Sarmiento, our Gift of Life child, arrived from Honduras on Tuesday night. He and his mother, Maria (left), were greeted At Albany International Airport by Southern Rensselaer County club members Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane, joined by GOL board member Bill Nathan.

Danny Sarmiento, our Gift of Life child, arrived from Honduras on Tuesday night. He and his mother, Maria (left), were greeted at Albany International Airport by Southern Rensselaer County club members Roberto Martinez (2nd from left) and Jim Leyhane (2nd from right), joined by GOL board member Bill Nathan (center).

New District Governor sets date to visit us

Dave Hennell, 2014-15 District Governor for 7190, will make his official visit to the SRC Club on Thursday, September 25.

Please plan to reserve that date on your calendar so we can have a solid turnout. It also would be a great time to invite non-Rotarians who you might like to hear Rotary’s message.


We need greeters for Danny on Tuesday night

Urgent reminder:

Anyone who can be at Albany International Airport at 11 P.M. this Tuesday (8/12) night to greet our Gift of Life child from Honduras would be warmly appreciated.

He’s coming with his mom and an interpreter, and this is a big scary adventure for all of them. (Other info here.)


Our GOL child scheduled to arrive on Aug. 12

Danny Sarmiento

Danny Sarmiento

Danny Ezequiel Jimenez Sarmiento, our Gift of Life child, is scheduled to arrive from Honduras at 11 P.M. next Tuesday (August 12) via Delta flight 1515, along with his mother, Maria, and an interpreter, Karla.

Since the Southern Rensselaer County club is underwriting the $10,000 cost of Danny’s travel and cardiac surgery, it would be great if as many club members as possible would show up to welcome him at Albany International Airport.

According to Dr. Melissa Ehlers, “Danny has a pediatric cardiology appointment on Wednesday, August 13, at 2:30 p.m., and then we are hoping to have his operation performed on Tuesday, August 19.

“If everything goes as planned, he should be able to attend the Gift of Life golf tournament on September 11, and, if you so desire, maybe attend one of the Southern Rensselaer Rotary meetings as well.”

We do so desire, so we’ll work with Melissa on settimg that iup.

Once again thanks to those SRC members who made personal financial pledges to help us reach our goal of supporting Danny, as well as providing an additional $1,000 to “prime the pump” for GOL’s next child medical project.


Mechanicville show to feature ‘Elvis’ and ‘Patsy’

Here’s a “save the date” notice:

Looking for a fun night out? The Rotary Club of Mechanicville (founded 1924) will present “Light Up Rotary!,” starring Donny “Elvis” Romines with special guest appearance by Courtney “Patsy Cline” Shane.

The show is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, at the Stillwater Area Community Center, 19 Palmer Street in Stillwater.You can get information on individual tickets or an entire table by contacting Matt Hosek via e-mail at matthew.hosek@BSNB.com.


A summer evening at Camp Rotary

Screen shot 2014-07-25 at 1.13.16 PMA small group of Southern Rensselaer County club members joined a cadre of Rotarians from the Lansingburgh/Troy and Hudson Shores clubs along with Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine to visit the Rotary Scout Reservation — a/k/a/ Camp Rotary — in Averill Park on Thursday evening.

(Unfortunately, we had eight dropouts from the original sign-up list.)

The Rotarians joined 168 campers plus several dozen staffers for a tasty chicken dinner in the mess hall, followed by the daily sunset flag-lowering ceremony. Those hardy enough to handle the hilly terrain then took a tour of the sprawling facilities.

My thanks to Bob and Karen Van Alstine, Ray and Lois Hannan, Dick Drumm, Pat Bailey and April Dowd for joining me in representing the club at this site, which the original Troy Rotary Club created 92 years ago.

Here are some scenes April captured of the evening:

A map of the Rotary Scout Reservation.

A map of the Rotary Scout Reservation.

The camp's main office.

The camp’s main office.

One of the clusters of tents.

One of the clusters of campers’ tents.

Scouts surround one of their own on his birthday.

Scouts surround one of their own on his birthday.

Ray Hannan, Dick Drumm and Scout contact Peter Mason at dinner.

Lois and Ray Hannan, Dick Drumm and Scout contact Peter Mason at dinner.

Donna Van Alstine, ADG Bob Van Alstine and Pat Bailey dining.

Karen Van Alstine, our ADG Bob Van Alstine and Pat Bailey dining.

The symbols of Scouting.

The symbols of Scouting, worn by …

... counselor Alex Mastromarchi, our tablemate at dinner.

… counselor Alex Mastromarchi, our tablemate at dinner.

Brian Murray, camp director since 2001.

Eagle Scout Brian Murray, camp director since 2001 and on staff since 1994.

Some fellow Rotarians from Lansingburgh.

Some fellow Rotarians from Lansingburgh (club president Lydia Plante standing).

A look at a typical week's menu.

A look at a typical week’s menu.

Lowering the flag at sunset.

Lowering the flag at sunset.

Folding the flag while a bugler played "Reveille."

Folding the flag while a bugler played “Reveille.”


Scholarship winner checks in

Collin Wilson

Collin Wilson

Here’s the first progress report from Collin Wilson, the Tamarac High School senior — and UAlbany-bound — who was one of our $500 winners in the first-ever Rotary Scholarship Essay Contest:

“I wanted to thank you all for the opportunity to obtain the scholarship you offered. I have since attended my university’s orientation, and it seems that the scholarship money will likely cover the cost of the books I will need.

“Thank you for your service to the community, and I will try to check back in in a couple of weeks.”