Meeting of October 11, 2012

Attendance (17): Peter Brown, Murray Forth, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Debbie Rodriguez, Russ Edberg, Pat Bailey, Dick Drum, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Julius Frankel, Charlie Foote, Stewart Wagner, Rob Mangold, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tolentino, Bob Horan.

Guests (3): Megan Rodriguez, Bill Wyld, Amanda Tytz.


• President Peter Brown welcomed guests, including Amanda, our newest exchange student, from Finland, and former member Bill Wyld.

• The YMCA’s Camp Chingachgook is looking for assistance on November 4 for clean-up and preparation for the winter. They will feed those who are working. Contact Peter if you can help.

• The first “Rotary Home Cooking” dinner of the season is offered by Doris and Dean Calamaras. A date is to be announced.

• Doris still is collecting sneakers with laces for Doors of Hope. Bring your used shoes to Rotary meetings.

• The Rotary President’s Reception is scheduled for Sunday, November 4, in Rochester, Sunday. Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Peter.

• Jim Leyhane spoke about the need for a bone marrow transplant for a young patient here for a Gift of Life heart procedure. There is a need for assistance in doing the bone marrow surgery.

• Bob Horan spoke about the weekend student exchange get-together for all the exchange students in the Albany area. It was organized by Mark Hoyt and was a big success.

• Len Leonidas presented a request for sponsors for the Alzheimer’s Association for an October 20 walk. The club has made a donation.

• Past District Governor Fred Carvin will be the speaker at next week’s meeting, on his new biography of Rotary founder Paul Harris. The November 1 program will be a tour of the new Federal Express facility next to our Holiday Inn Express meeting place. The tour will begin at 4 p.m., and dinner will begin earlier at 5:30 back at the Holiday Inn. Also, District Governor Melissa Ward will be our guest on that date, On November 8, the Rev. Perry Jones of the Capital City Rescue Mission will be our speaker.

Program: Recent Changes to Social Security

Debbie Rodriguez introduced her daughter Megan, a financial planner who spoke on Social Security and its recent changes.

Megan began by testing our knowledge of new rules. Among her questions: What is the earliest age at which you can retire? How many quarters must you work to collect Social Security? What is the age usually recommended for retirement? At what age will you no longer increase your benefit if you continue to work?

She also discussed other changes, as well as things to consider when planning for retirement, and answered questions from attendees.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Holiday Inn Express. Speaker: Fred Carvin.

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