Meeting of September 20, 2012

Attendance (15): Peter Brown, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Debbie Rodriguez, Charlie Foote, Terry Brewer, Russ Edberg, Pat Bailey, Dick Drumm, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Roberto Martinez, Bill Dowd, Julius Frankel, Stewart Wagner.

Guests (4): Maggie Forth, Jeremy Forth, Lynn Cross, Ted Minor.


• President Peter Brown reported on the recent executive board meeting, an outline of which was e-mailed to all club members. It includes a list of our programs from last year, most of which are being continued during the 2012-13 Rotary year — Rotary Run, Bowl Over Polio, Rotary Home Cooking, CPR training among them.

He noted three district events in the near future: Flash Mob at the Empire State Plaza (click here for details plus flash mob videos), Presidents-elect Training Session (PETS) on October 25, and the “Spirit of Peace” event (click here for details) in Saratoga Springs.

• Doris Calamaras cited an article in the Sand Lake Advertiser concerning a project by Doors of Hope to collect used sneakers for a recycling program. She volunteered to be the collection person for any donations and will begin the collection at next week’s meeting.

Little Brook Farm Equine Rescue Program


Charlie Foote introduced our speaker, Lynn Cross of Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham, Columbia County.

Lynn has been operating a horse rescue and re-training facility for the past 35 years. She showed a video introducing a lineup of horses rescued over that period and showing their activities now, which include jumping, dressage, behavior therapy for children, and riding lessons with children and adults.


The farm will host a dance/horse show on Saturday, October 6.

Lynn (right) spoke about her daughter training an unbroken wild mustang in just 90 days for a show in New Jersey. She also explained about the children and adults who learn to ride during the summer camp she offers every year. They have 70 horses at 10 different locations in the region, which they care for every day. They also offer riding lessons through VO-TECH, which includes classroom instruction as well as horse therapy.

She and her husband, Ted Minor, shared anecdotes about some of their experiences with particular horses and children being helped through Little Brook programs.

Following her presentation, several members held an informal discussion about the possibilities of creating an annual grant to assist in Little Brook’s programs since they deal with undertakings we have supported in various ways over the years — education, therapy and public service.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, September 27, at Holiday Inn Express. The speaker will be Ken Moore, an adjunct professor at the University at Albany.

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