Meeting of October 21, 2010

Times Union columnist Fred LeBrun speaking at the meeting.

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Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club
Minutes of October 21, 2010

Attendance (11): Terry Brewer, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Carol Orvis, Peter Brown, Jim Leyhane, Len Leonidas, Charlie Foote, Dick Drumm, Phil Egan.

Guests (6): Fred LeBrun (speaker), Debbie Rodriguez, Mary Drumm, Diane Leyhane, Maggie Forth, Ann Egan.


Bill Dowd introduced Fred LeBrun (shown above with river photos), longtime noted journalist and Times Union columnist, who spoke on his two canoe trips down the Hudson River a decade apart and the differences he experienced.

The first trip, in 1998, took 18 days to traverse the river from its “official” source at Lake Tear of the Clouds down to New York Harbor. The second trip, in 2009, was limited to eight days and covered the Upper Hudson. Fred displayed storyboards of photos taken along the way by a Times Union photographer. They included the source of the river, as well as land recently acquired by Nature Conservancy from Finch Pruyn which eventually will become part of the Adirondack Park.

Fred noted many changes along the way since his first trip, some because of less logging and because of new ownership along much of the river, as well as changing attitudes about the Hudson. He also touched on efforts to continue the cleanup of the Hudson, especially General Electric’s dredging for PCBs.


• One of our two Foreign Exchange students, Tuna Albayrak from Turkey, has returned home.

• Club pens and Hoffman car wash ticket packages still are available, and President Terry renewed his call to buy three ShelterBoxes this year. He and Carol Orvis are sharing the cost of one of them. See Terry for details.

• Jim Leyhane, Rotary Foundation Committee chairman, announced that during October only, electronic transactions involving donations will earn double credits. Donations must come from individuals rather than clubs. Funds will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary’s Polio Plus program, thus turning such individual donations into $2 for every $1 contributed. The club agreed by consensus that Carol Spencer would be asked about allowing the donation of $2,500 collected in memory of Phil Spencer for Polio Plus. Assuming her agreement, Jim will handle the processing.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, October 28. Guest speaker will be Patricia Sahr, director of the Nassau Free Library, presented by Pat Bailey.


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