Attending (14): Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Rommel Tolentino, Mark Hoyt, Russ Edberg, Phil Egan, Dick Drumm, Bob Horan, Debbie Brown, Len Leonidas, Deb Rodriguez, Carol Spencer, Murray Forth, Doris Calamaras.
Guests (3): District Governor Bill Nathan, Gift of Life representative Charlotte DePaola, prospective member Julius Frankle.
• Charlotte DePaola reported on the Gift of Life Bluegrass Festival scheduled for March 2-3 at the Cohoes Music Hall which will feature Rhonda Vincent and The Rage. Ms. Vincent will get the proceeds from the gate and GOL will get the proceeds from selling advertising. The fee is $100 for a business card size ad. Reservations and copy for ads should be e-mailed to Bill Nathan. (Go here for an earlier posting for the event details.)
• President Jim Leyhane reminded members of the upcoming “Home Cooking Series” fundraising dinners: February 25, Forth residence, chicken and dressing; March 24, Forth residence, coned beef and cabbage; April 14, Dowd residence, whiskies and small plate pairings. Sign up soon if you want to reserve one of the few remaining seats.
• Jim reported on a proposal to prepare for the October 2012 International Dinner at Maple Hill High school by holding a covered dish potluck dinner this spring at Dean and Doris Calamaras’ residence. The plan is to bring something that can be scaled up to feed a large crowd. There will be a judging.
• We reviewed the scheduled of upcoming programs:
February 16, Dick Drumm — Dennis Dowds, Schodack town supervisor.
February 23, Jim Leyhane — Awards night.
March 1, Carol Orvis — A Night at the Cantonement.
March 8, Deb Rodriguez — Retirement and estate planning with Megan Rodriguez.
March 15, Dick Drumm — Rodger Ellis, DVM, on his travels to faraway places.
March 24 — CPR training class at Maple Hill High School.
• District Governor Bill Nathan presented a certificate to the SRC club from Rotary International in recognition of having donated more than $2,000 to PolioPlus.
• Bill reported that District 7190 is on the membership watch list after falling below the 1,300-member list (1,292).
• A reminder that the District conference will be held May 19-20 in Lake George. (Details here.)
Program: An Educator in China
Club member Bob Horan, superintendent of the Schodack Central School District, reported on a trip he took with other educators to China on behalf of the Chinese language and culture program led by Club member and Male Hill teacher Mark Hoyt. The trip include a number of other educators from this area and an interpreter from the Univerity at Buffalo.
The program is set up through Tech Valley High. Schodack will be paired with a middle school and a high school in China in the coming years. These schools are in the city of Tianjin. Bob showed us a great series of shots of the schools and students in China. They visited nine schools in six cities in 10 days. Many of the schools had physical plants that seemed to be similar to what might be found in the U.S.
Schodack is expecting visitors from China in March. In the future China, will send some teachers here for six months. Future exchanges for students and families are being planned.
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