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.”


A Night at the Ballpark

Our club’s annual picnic-and-baseball outing took place Thursday night at the Bruno Stadium in Troy, where we ran the gamut — a light rain and plenty of black clouds while we were in the picnic pavilion, then clear skies and bright sunshine as the ValleyCats game got under way, and the ‘Cats rallied with a five-run eighth inning to defeat the Aberdeen Ironcats.

Here are a few scenes of the outing, all but one thanks to April Dowd. (Guess which one she didn’t shoot.)

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SRC gets a prime spot in July ‘Toolbox’

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Happy birthday, America

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A historic night for SRC, and for the Browns as well

Incoming president Bill Dowd congratulates outgoing president April Dowd on a successful year.

Incoming president Bill Dowd congratulates outgoing president April Dowd on a successful year.

June 26 was a bit of a historic date for the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club. In the past, we have had spouses serve as club presidents, but when April Dowd passed the torch to Bill Dowd, it was the first time we have had them serve in consecutive Rotary Years.

Bill, who also is a past president of the club, will serve for the 2014-15 year, which begins Tuesday, July 1. Under our club bylaws, April will serve one year as immediate past president on the club board of directors. Terry Brewer, another past president, will assist Bill as vice president/president-elect, and serve on the board along with Treasurer Murray Forth, Secretary Pat Bailey and at-large director Jim Leyhane.

In addition to the changeover ceremony, another multiple past president, the aforementioned Jim Leyhane, officially inducted three new members. Jim Butterworth, a first-time Rotarian, and Ray Hannan, a transfer from the Clifton Springs club, were on hand to be brought into the SRC club. Returning Rotarian Roberto Martinez was welcomed in absentia due to the fact he was out of state honoring a long-held commitment.

The evening was hosted at the home of Debbie and Peter Brown, a pair of longtime Rotarians and past presidents who, coincidentally, were marking their 5oth wedding anniversary. The club sends its thanks and congratulations to them.


NEXT MEETING: We are off on the July 4 holiday week, but will attend dinner and a performance of the musical “42nd Street” at the Mac-Hayden Theatre in Chatham on Thursday, July 10. Please be sure you sign up for the event — including the names of any guests — if you have not yet done so. An e-mail requesting registration will be distributed.


SCENES FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL CHANGEOVER PARTY

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Their marriage takes the cake!

Their marriage takes the cake!

Debbie & Peter Brown on their 50th anniversary.

Debbie & Peter Brown on their 50th anniversary.

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Polio virus detected in Brazil sewage

Screen shot 2014-06-24 at 10.10.04 AMFrom The New York Times

For the first time since 1994, the polio virus has been detected in Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.

The virus — minute amounts of which can be detected — was found in a sewage sample from an airport near Campinas, west of Rio de Janiero. It was collected in March and matched a strain found recently in Equatorial Guinea on the central African coast.

There are no reports of any cases of paralysis. For every child paralyzed by polio, health authorities estimate that more than 200 are carrying and shedding the virus with few or no symptoms.

Because about 95% of Brazilian children are immunized against polio, the WHO says it is very unlikely that the virus will spread widely and has not suggested any restrictions on travel to or from the country.


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Thought for the week

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Bono, musician-philanthropist, comments on Rotary

Bono, the Irish singer who first came to fame as the lead man with the rock group U2, has over the years become a major global philanthropist, working tirelessly to better living conditions for millions.

In this video, he praises the humanitarian work of Rotary International.