Meeting of January 20, 2011

PHOTO BY BILL DOWD

EDINBURGH CASTLE, ATOP AN EXTINCT VOLCANO

Attendance (16): Terry Brewer, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Doris Calamaras, Bill Dowd, Dick Drumm, Phil Egan, Russ Edberg, Murray Forth, Charlie Foote, Len Leonidas, Steve Phelps, Jim Leyhane, Carol Orvis, Jim Mandryas, Rommel Tolentino.

Guests (2): Debbie Rodriguez, Bob Mangold.

Announcements:

•  Our March 17 meeting will be held at the NewsChannel 13 studio in Menands.  We will meet with Benita  Zahn and other on-air people and have dinner in their conference room.

• The Member Home Dinner Series event on Saturday, January 29, at the Roberto Martinez residence is almost full. Contact Jim Leyhane. if you wish to attend.  This event will include live music, and Latin food. Scroll down to an earlier posting to see the menu.

Business:

• Terry explained the purpose and activities of Rotary for some of our new and prospective members. He also thanked the members for the continued high rate of attendance and guests.

• Rick Hannaman is stepping down as chairman of the club’s annual Rotary Run. President Terry noted that Peter Brown has expressed interest in helping organize the event, and Peter noted an influx of newcomers to the club might help the planning process.

Program:

Bill Dowd, “The Castles of Scotland & Ireland”

Bill shared a photo show of images compiled during his travels through both countries. He explained that in Ireland and the UK today a “castle” could be anything from a pile of stones to a structure  fully restored to its former glory. They generally fall into one of three categories in both countries — operated as a commercial site, run by a historic trust, or being merely ruins.

He began in Scotland with Edinburgh Castle which is built on an extinct volcano, then Leith Hall which included many oil paintings, then on to the ruins of Huntly Castle and finally to  Ballindalloch Castle which has been in the same family for 465 years.  The Ireland photos included Bunratty Castle and the surrounding Folk Park and Durty Nelly’s, reputedly the oldest pub in Ireland; Clontarf Castle in Dublin, Ballyseede Castle and Dunguaire Castle.

Bill also took us on a side trip to the village of Quilty in County Clare in the west of Ireland where his ancestors lived and some relatives today still live there. Great photos and excellent commentary.

NEXT MEETING: Speaker Ray O’Keefe of the National Weather Service (see posting below).

[Go here for the Events Calendar.]

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