Minutes of September 8, 2011 meeting

Picture 4Attendance (16): Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Russ Edberg, Dick Drumm, Phil Egan, Doris Calamaras, Bill Kneissl, Charlie Foote, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tollentino, Debbie Rodriguez, Mark Hoyt.

Guests (2): Jasmine Bromberg from Denmark and her host mom, Joni Belschwinder.

Announcements:

• President Jim Leyhane requested that the club send four students to Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) this year at a cost of $375 per student. The club is in agreement. Peter Brown agreed to ask Bob Horan, RYLA coordinator, to come with the four students to a Thursday meeting in the spring.

• The club has collected nearly $500 so far for disaster relief; the goal s $1,000. Members’ checks can be made payable to the club, and one check will be sent from the club. Further information about where the funds should be sent will be obtained before the next meeting and a decision will be made then as to which agency to fund. Murray Forth will contact Channel 13. Jim will also contact the Rotary club in Middleburgh to see what assistance they might need. Doris Calamaras agreed to act as a collection point for needed items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, handy wipes, etc.

• Gift of Life dinner dance is September 17. Jim suggested donating $1,000 from the club. Doris and Dean Calamaras will be attending and others are welcome. Donations are welcome.

• The November 3 meeting will be introduction to the new Rotary website. It is hoped that all members will be able to practice on a computer.

• Rotary training at Siena College. The club will pay for members to attend. The Saturday session is this fall. April Dowd plans to attemd

• Fundraising: Jim suggested we do another bowlathon; also that we continue the member dinners and the Rotary Run. Car wash tickets are still available, as well as other fund raising items. Jim also suggested doing a dinner with exchange students. Debbie remarked that we should do a theater event next year. Rotary decals are available for cars or other windows at $2 each.

• Members may order Green Mountain Coffee at $9 a pound.

• Debbie Brown has iris bulbs for sale from Faddegon’s. Proceeds support the Shelter Boxes.

• Jim has set a goal of five new members for the 2011-2012 Roary year.

• Mark Hoyt reported that the exchange students will be meeting at Maple Hill in about three weeks.

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