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Health care workforce on our Thursday menu

Screen shot 2016-02-08 at 2.56.00 PMNew York State has a vast and complex health care workforce that sometimes is difficult to understand. However, some it may be made clearer when Robert Martiniano, Ph.D, presents an after-dinner talk on Thursday at Quigley’s Restaurant.

Peter Brown has lined up Robert, a Ph.D in the SUNY School of Public Health at the East Campus in Rensselaer, for a talk titled “Understanding New York’s Health Care Workforce.”

Robert has worked with Peter, Jim Leyhane,, and Roberto Martinez to create and spread the word on the Hospital Stay Brochure our club has copyrighted as one more item in our portfolio of community service.

Don’t forget to let dinner coordinator Debbie Brown ( know no later than Tuesday evening if you’ll attend, if you’re bringing a guest, or if your plans have changed.

Well, at least it’s coverage

The Times Union published a photo we submitted covering our induction of 11 new members on Thursday. That’s the good news. The bad news: Whoever processed the photo for publication for some reason used only a handful of the names we supplied, and misspelled one name.

But, as the old saying goes, “Any publicity is good publicity.” In this case, we’ll take it.


Tech Valley HS hosts Chinese student group

 Schodack Superintendant Bob Horan (right) talking to TVHS Principal Jim Neidermeier.

Schodack Superintendent, and SRC member, Bob Horan (right) talking to TVHS Principal Jim Neidermeier.

Club member Carol Orvis informs us that a group of students from School No. 41 in Tien Jin, China, are in the area and recently paid a visit to Tech Valley High School, its sister school, to observe American facilities and polish their English.

“Their host families are those of Tech Valley, Schodack, and Guilderland schools, all of whom are studying Mandarin. Schodack has a different sister school in China, but its students are not presently visiting the United States,” says Carol, a Tech Valley board member.

Here are a few other images of the Tech Valley student visit Carol has shared with us.

Tech 2

Tech 3

Tech 4

Tech 5

Welcome to record-breaking SRC Class of ’16

SRC Class of 2016

DG Milan Jackson (far left) and Club President Terry Brewer (2nd from left) welcome our new Rotarians. From their left: David Taylor, Mike Dewey, Michael Bennett, James McHugh, John Sawchuk, Bob Horan, Matt Smith, Marco Kosikar, Andy Leyhane. Two other inductees were unable to attend.

In what may be a District 7190 record-breaking induction of new Rotarians, the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club on Thursday night literally increased its size by one-third.

Eleven new Rotarians were officially welcomed in a special dinner ceremony emceed by President Terry Brewer with the assistance of Board Member Jim Leyhane. Also participating were District Governor Milan Jackson and Immediate Past District Governor Dave Hennel. And, also on hand to represent the district and welcome the newcomers were Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine and District Membership Chair Jennifer Hendricks-Fogg.

This is the largest one-time induction of new Rotarians in the 56-year history of the Southern Rensselaer County Club. And, in the collective memory of all Rotarians present, it also may be the largest in District 7190 annals.

Our new Rotarians:

• Melissa Bill, First Niagara Bank branch manager
• Michael Bennett, asst. superintendent, Schodack Central School District
• Michael Dewey, financial consultant
• Robert Horan, superintendent, Schodack Central School District
• Mario Kosikar, attorney at law
• Andy Leyhane, doctor of chemistry, AMRI
• James McHugh, principal, Bell Top Elementary School, East Greenbush
• John Sawchuk, principal, Columbia High School, East Greenbush
• Matthew Smith, doctor of physical therapy, Albany Medical Center
• David Taylor, USAF retired
• Josh Wainman, Wainman Construction Inc.

(Although Melissa and Josh were unable to attend, they were accepted “in absentia.”)

Also in attendance were guests Maggie and Jeremy Forth, Becky Raymond, and Matt Smith’s guest Julianna.

President Terry, who also presented a PowerPoint listing of the many facets of Rotary’s efforts and our club’s financial contributions to many organizations in the community,  presented mid-year awards to a number of club members in various categories:

Humanitarian Recognition — Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez were recognized for their work in creating the hospital stay brochure that the club has copyrighted. (Details elsewhere on this site.)

Rotary Visibility — Our public relations committee of Bill Dowd, Pat Bailey, and Debbie Rodriguez was honored for success in getting more local media coverage of the club’s activities.

Unsung Rotarians — Murray Forth and Stewart Wagner were recognized for their unstinting efforts on a year-round basis to help support and carry out many of the club’s activities.

Paul Harris Fellow — Charlie Foote was recognized with a fellowship for his financial contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

Rotarians of the Year —
Debbie and Peter Brown were honored for their ongoing support of the club in numerous ways, not the least of which is regularly making their home the host venue for some of our larger events.

Service Above Self — Dick Drumm, a 1960 charter member of our club, was recognized for his 50+ years of involvement in Rotary.

Here are some scenes from the evening, captured by Bill Dowd (except, obviously, the one photo in which he appears).

From left: Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez receive a "Humanitarian Recognition" award.

From left: Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, and Roberto Martinez share a “Humanitarian Recognition” award.

From left: Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, and Bill Dowd receive a "Rotary Visibility" award.

From left: Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, and Bill Dowd receive a “Rotary Visibility” marketing and public relations award.

From lefty: Stdewart Wagner and Murray Forth receive "Unsung Rotarian" awards.

From left: Stewart Wagner and Murray Forth receive “Unsung Rotarian” awards.

Immediate Past DG Dave Hennel describes the contribution of Charlie Foote (right), who was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow award.

Immediate Past DG Dave Hennel describes the contribution to the Rotary Foundation of Charlie Foote (right), who was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow award, as Terry Brewer and Milan Jackson look on.

Debbie and Peter Brown were honored as "Rotarians of the Year."

Debbie and Peter Brown were honored as “Rotarians of the Year.”

Dick Drujmm, who received a special "Charter Member" award.

Dick Drumm, honored with a “Service Above Self” award tonight, is shown here at last year’s 55th Charter Anniversary Dinner when he received a special “Charter Member” award.

A Rotary banner that is out of this world

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It pays to know people in high places. VERY high places.

The godmother of British astronaut Tim Peake is a member of the Rotary Club of Locks Heath, England, and prevailed on him to take the club banner along on his assignment to the International Space Station (ISS).

Peake agreed to fly the flag, so to speak, inside the ISS after making it part of the very small number of personal items astronauts are permitted to carry with them.


Here’s the webinar training schedule

2016 Rotary Webinars

Lineup for Thursday’s new-Rotarian induction

Screen shot 2016-02-02 at 7.25.37 PMSome familiar faces will be among the group of people scheduled to formally be inducted during this Thursday’s special dinner meeting at Quigley’s.

District 7190 Governor Milan Jackson and Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine are scheduled to join us for the dinner and induction. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. Club President Terry Brewer also will be making several mid-year awards to club members.

Three former members are returning to Rotary:

• John Sawchuk, Columbia High School principal, past SRC club president
• Bob Horan, Schodack Central School District superintendent
• Jim McHugh, Bell Top Elementary School principal

Two others who joined us last summer at the start of the 2015-16 Rotary Year but have not yet been formally inducted:

• Melissa Bill, First Niagara Bank branch manager
• David Taylor, ex-Air Force, retired

And, the newest Rotarians:

• Mike Dewey, CFO at St. Colman’s School
• Matt Smith, doctor of physical therapy at Albany Medical Center
• Andy Leyhane, doctor of chemistry with AMRI Global
• Marko Koshikar, attorney with Nolan & Heller
• Josh Wainman, owner of Wainman Construction
• Mike Bennett, Schodack CSD administrator

A reminder: If you have not yet advised Debbie Brown whether you will be attending the event, tonight is the deadline for doing so.


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Update: Rotary Home Cooking reservations

SRC Breakfast Chef logoWe have three (3) dates in our annual “Rotary Home Cooking” dinner series for which we’re currently taking reservations. Remember, these social events act as fundraisers for the club’s general treasury.

For those of you new to the concept, here’s how it works: Club members host informal dinners, usually with a theme, at their homes. Their contribution is the food and drink; the  guests’ contribution is a per-person price as determined by the hosts, based on their costs.

And, as always, reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-accepted basis. Please respond directly to the hosts.

We still have May and June open for anyone wishing to host such an event. If you’re interested, please contact event coordinator Debbie Rodriguez.

Here’s where we stand:

Saturday, February 27 — A German-influenced sauerbraten dinner at the Forth residence in East Greenbush. Guest Limit: 8. (4 seats remaining)

Saturday, March 19 — A French-themed dinner with a guest chef at the Bailey residence in Nassau. Guest Limit: 8. (4 seats remaining)

Saturday, April 16 — An American fusion-influenced fine wine pairing and small plates event at the Dowd residence in Troy. Guest Limit: 6. (2 seats remaining)

Here’s the menu for the Dowds’ event ($45 per person):

“Fine Wines & Small Plates: An American Fusion Tasting”

1st Course

— Smoked salmon with cream cheese and caper shmear, red onion confetti, on melba cracker rounds
— Assorted cheeses with rosemary crackers
— Prosecco (California) sparkling wine

2nd Course

— Cream of leek, potato, and chive demitasse with Asiago curl
— Piccadillo-filled tortilla roll wrap
— Lieb Cellars (Long Island) Chardonnay

3rd Course

— Crab cakes with Cajun remoulade, arugula salad and lemon vinaigrette
— Dr. Frank (Finger Lakes) Semi-Dry Riesling

4th Course

— Sliced filet mignon with herbed butter, mini twice-baked red potatoes
— Diced heirloom tomatoes in herbed Meyer lemon olive oil vinaigrette
— Malbec Reserve (Argentina)

5th Course

— Dessert and aperitif to be decided