What you can get out of RLI training

RLI logoThe Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a grassroots multi-district development program using facilitators primarily from other districts to engage Rotarians in small groups and strengthen clubs.

In addition to learning more about Rotary, and getting tips that can be applied in other activities such as your line of work, you will be able to meet Rotarians from other clubs you may not otherwise meet. A great way to network.

RLI consists of four parts, with each part covered in a single day of classes. You need to take them in order: i.e., completion of Level I is necessary to take Level II, and so on.

Level I: My Rotary World
Engaging Members
Service Projects
Rotary Foundation

Level II: Team Building
Attracting Members
Club Communication

Level III: Rotary Opportunities
Making a Difference
International Service

Graduate Level:
Ethics in Rotary — Application of ethical standards using case studies.
Council on Legislation — How to submit a proposal for consideration.

Because we need to know how many people wish to participate, the club-level deadline is Thursday, September 18. That will give us sufficient time to register you and submit payment since the club picks up the tab for tuition that covers materials, instructors and food.

Meeting of 9/11/14: Busy ‘futures’ calendar

Picture 3Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush
September 11, 2014

Attending (11): Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, A.J. Amato, Stewart Wagner, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, Carole Spencer.

Guests: None.


Gift of Life logoGIFT OF LIFE CHILD – Jim Leyhane reported that Danny Sarmiento, our special guest last week, continues to do well post-cardiac surgery. His goodbye party is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, before he returns home to Honduras. All are welcome. Contact Jim for details.

RLI logoROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE – The annual training workshop is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, at Siena College in Loudonville. Because the deadline for paid registrations is September 26, President Bill Dowd will need to know no later than next Thursday, September 18, if you plan to participate. The club will pay tuition. which covers registration, materials, food and beverages. Levels 1, 2 and 3 are being offered. As always, check our website for more details.

Rotary United Nations Day logoROTARY DAY AT THE UNITED NATIONS – Four club members are registered to attend the November 1 event in New York City: Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Terry Brewer and Jim Butterworth.

Rotary Foundation logoROTARY FOUNDATION EVENT – This year’s fundraiser is titled “Broadway Lights Up Rotary.” It will be held on the main stage of historic Proctors theater in downtown Schenectady. Honorary Committee members will be listed in the program and be given a special backstage tour. Committee reservations are $100, all others $75. The gala is open to anyone, including non-Rotarians, so feel free to treat a friend or family member to a unique evening. Of funds raised, 60% returns to the District to fund various projects.

Rotary Home Cooking logo 2ROTARY HOME COOKING – Our series of member-hosted dinners is being held again this year, with Terry Brewer acting as coordinator. Guests will pay anywhere from $35 to $50, depending on the menu and beverages, and funds to go to the club treasury. Contact Terry for details and to schedule your date .

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, September 18, at Quigley’s. Our speaker will be Nassau historian Kurt Vincent.

We are the champions!


Our club’s foursome of Jim Mendrysa, Rob Mangold, Murray Forth and Terry Brewer did more than represent us well at Thursday’s Gift of Life Golf Tournament.

They won the whole thing!

Congratulations to all of these gentlemen. We suspect that, as part of the afterglow of victory, they’ll be standing everyone to a drink at Quigley’s this Thursday. (Just guessing.)

Update: Details on ‘Broadway Lights Up Rotary’

The main stage at Proctors.

The main stage at Proctors.

UPDATE (9/8/14): Details for non-Honorary Committee participation in the upcoming Rotary Foundation event were not available when we posted the story below. We now can tell you that dinner reservations will be just $75 per person and the reservation list will be open on Sept. 20 for the Nov. 14 event. FYI: The event is open to non-Rotarians as well. A great chance to treat some friends to a dinner on the Main Stage at Proctors. (Club prez Bill Dowd’s comment: “Since being an Honorary Committee member is only $100 compared to the $75 ticket and counts toward your place in Foundation Heaven, I’m personally inclined to become an Honorary payee.”)

(Original posting)

District 7190’s annual Rotary Foundation event will be “Broadway Lights Up Rotary.” Honorary committee members are being sought.

The festive evening is scheduled for Friday, November 14, at the historic Proctors theater complex in downtown Schenectady.

District Governor David Hennel has issued an invitation for Rotarians to enjoy dinner and entertainment on the main stage at Proctors that evening.

“This year, as in the past, we offer you the opportunity to make our world a healthier, safer and happier place to live,” Dave says. “To help ‘Light Up Rotary’ in 2014 we ask that you consider making your Sustaining Membership contribution of $100 or more to the Annual Program Fund, which is fully deductible and is credited directly to your personal Rotary Foundation account.

“Your name will be listed in the program and in the December Toolbox as a member of the ‘Broadway Lights Up Rotary’ Honorary Committee. In addition, as a member of the Honorary Committee you will enjoy a special VIP tour of the beautiful Proctors theater when you attend the event.”

The name of any Rotarian who already has made a $100 or higher contribution to the Annual Program Fund of the Rotary Foundation since July 1, 2014, or has a Rotary Direct account designated to the Annual Program Fund in that amount or more will also appear in the Program and the December Toolbox.

To become an Honorary Committee members, print out the form below and mail it with your check of $100 or more per person to:

David Rey
District 7190 Annual Giving Chair
310 Juniper Drive
Schenectady, NY 12306

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A.J. Amato named Youth Exchange Officer

A.J. Amato

A.J. Amato

A.J. Amato has accepted the position of Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) for our club’s 2014-15 Rotary Year.

In that role, he will act as our liaison with local high schools — Columbia, Maple Hill, Rensselaer, Troy and Tamarac — to encourage presentation in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, which brings students to the U.S. and sends American students abroad under Rotary’s auspices.

Because some of our members have experience with the workings with Youth Exchange and A.J. is new to this role we would appreciate offering him a helping hand to get grounded in this important role.

9/4/14 meeting: It was ‘Danny’s Night’

Picture 3Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush

Attending (17): Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, A.J. Amato, Pat Bailey, Jim Butterworth, Terry Brewer, Dick Drumm,  Rommel Tolentino, Debbie Rodriguez, Ray Hannan, Roberto Martinez, Carol Orvis, Stewart Wagner, Dean Calamaras.

Guests (10): Maria and Danny Sarmiento and interpreter Carla (from Honduras);  Ellen Strait, Pat Herman, Bill Nathan and Richard Hodge (Gift of Life); Maggie and Jeremy Forth; Ebot Tabe (from Cameroon).

Program: “Danny’s Night”

SR, GOL plus Danny and friends.

Danny poses with some SRC members, Gift of Life board members, his mom, his interpreter and a pair of his new fuzzy friends.

Our special guest for the evening was young Danny Sarmiento from Honduras, who recently underwent successful cardiac surgery at Albany Medical Center. The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club helped underwrite his venture with a special $10,000 grant to the Gift of Life organization.

President Bill Dowd told Danny and his mother, Maria Sarmiento, that one of the major events our club has each year is the Rotary Run. Now that Danny will be able healthy enough to run, he said, we wanted him to have one of the special T-shirts we had for this year’s event.

He also told Danny and his mother, through their interpreter, that “We have 50 states in the United States. One that is right next to ours is called Vermont. It has many special things there, and one of them is its bears. We trapped one just for you.”

With that, he removed a personalized Vermont Teddy Bear from its box and presented it to Danny, whose eyes lit up. The bear, dressed in red PJs emblazoned with “Danny,” was accompanied by its own little puppy. Danny clung to the two toys for the rest of the evening.

Maria Sarmiento, with the help of her interpreter, emphatically thanked our club’s members, the Gift of Life and GOL board member Ellen Strait who provided lodging for their outpouring of generosity.

Some of us will see Danny once more when he attends the September 11 GOL Golf & Bocce Tournament before heading back to Honduras the following week. After two weeks recuperating at home, he is expected to be able to live a life full of the activities common for kids his age.

Maria Saramiento (right) expressing her appreciation for the help of our club and GOL in making lifesaving surgery available to her son, Danny.

Maria Sarmiento (right) expressing her appreciation for the help of our club and GOL in making lifesaving surgery available to her son, Danny.

President Bill Dowd presented Danny with his very own Vermont Teddy Bear. He didn't let go of it the rest of the evening.

SRC President Bill Dowd presented Danny with his very own Vermont Teddy Bear, attired in red PJs and accompanied by a its own puppy. Our GOL child didn’t let go of it the rest of the evening.



• President Bill Dowd offered, for the second time, paper copies of our program policy and assignments and requested that anyone who needs one take a copy. He said he also will e-mail each member an updated copy of the original assignment chart. He thanked those members who hosted our “summer casual” meetings and those who arranged outings.

Upcoming Events:

• The 15th annual annual Gift of Life Golf & Bocce Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, September 11. Our club will have a foursome in the golf portion and several members in the bocce event.

• The District 7190 Youth Exchange Program orientation session will be held in Glenville on Sunday, September 14. It was announced that A.J. Amato has accepted appointment as our club’s Youth Exchange Officer for 2014-15, for which we heartily thank him.

• The final deadline for high school students to register for this academic year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program is September 15. Our club will sponsor five (5) students again this year. Bill has sent a second round of e-mails and RYLA brochures school to principals, guidance counselors, etc., at five local high schools, encouraging them to help students take advantage of this opportunity. The high schools are Columbia, Maple Hill, Rensselaer, Tamarac and Troy, the five public schools in our club’s sphere.

• The annual Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) workshops are scheduled for October 18 at Siena College in Loudonville. Our club will pay the registration fee for any member who wises to attend Level 1, 2 or 3. It is a sequential program that must be taken in order. Members are encouraged to participate at the appropriate level.

• The annual “Rotary at the United Nations Day” is scheduled for Saturday, November 1. District 7190 is planning to run two buses to New York City for the event. So far, Bill and Murray Forth are planning to attend. Time is of the essence for registration because transportation is on a first-come, first-served basis. (After the meeting, Jim Butterworth expressed interest on behalf of Terry Brewer and himself.)


• Treasurer Murray Forth reported on fundraising during the summer — $2,240 from contributions to Gift of Life in honor of Dr. Jim Leyhane’s retirement, as well as recipients designated by hosts of our various summer casual get-togethers. The distribution:

$1,100 to District 7190 Gift of Life
$600 to Wildwood School for its autism programs
$300 to Ronald McDonald House in Albany
$240 to the St. Joseph’s Women’s Shelter

The check for GOL was presented at the meeting to Richard Hodge, one of the GOL board members in attendance. He expressed that organization’s extreme appreciation for our club’s ongoing efforts that so far in this calendar year have totaled $12,100 — $10,000 in support of Danny Sarmiento’s medical visit and $2,100 toward the next child’s care. We also will be contributing another $1,000 in the second half of the Rotary Year as our normal annual contribution.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at Quigley’s.

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‘7190 Brass Night’ set for September 25

7190 DG Dave Hennel

District 7190 Governor Dave Hennel

Dave Hennell, 2014-15 District Governor for 7190, will make his official visit to the SRC Club on Thursday, September 25. In addition, Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine will be paying one of several visits he’ll make to our club in this Rotary Year.

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.

Last call for ‘Danny’s Night’ reservations

Screen shot 2014-08-31 at 1.51.38 PMThere are a number of members we haven’t heard from, so here again is our call for reservations. Please let us know NO LATER THAN TUESDAY whether you will or will not attend and whether you plan to bring a guest.

(Original message)

Danny Sarmiento, the five-year-old Honduran child who came here this month under the auspices of Gift of Life for cardiac surgery, will be our special guest on Thursday, Sept. 4, when we resume our weekly dinner meetings at Quigley’s.

Please make every effort to attend. While our club’s financial support of Danny’s lifesaving adventure makes our connection with him a close one, it would be wonderful to see a large turnout for in-person support of a little boy going through a sometimes bewildering experience in a strange land. Feel free to bring a guest or two. The more the merrier.

Registrations due now for Rotary UN Day

Screen shot 2014-08-31 at 1.28.09 PMFellow SRC Rotarians:

Several of you have indicated an interest in participating in the Saturday, November 1, “Rotary United Nations Day” in New York City. Here’s what you need to do:

Go online and register.

Space is limited, so time is of the essence. District 7190 is planning on running two buses to the city for the event. Cost per Rotarian is just $35.

District Governor Dave Hennel says, “I strongly encourage that you quickly register online as that will provide you with a confirmation number. If you mail paper, by the time it’s received there may not be spaces remaining. And, you must provide your CONFIRMATION NUMBER (name, club) to reserve a seat on one of our buses. We are considering having at least one of the buses return late for those who may wish to have dinner in NYC after UN Day.

“Send confirmations/bus reservations to DG David and Jessica at dg2014@hennel.net — use subject line ‘RI UN Day Registration.’ Bus information will be shared as we finalize details and confirm the number of buses that may be needed.”

ALSO — if you do register, please let Bill Dowd know as soon as you do.

Thank you.