Attendance (15): Peter Brown, Murray Forth, Debbie Brown, Debbie Rodriguez, Russ Edberg, Pat Bailey, April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Terry Brewer, Jim Leyhane, Carol Spencer, Roberto Martinez, Len Leonidas.
Guests (3): Sue Jones, Mark Waldenmaier, Jonah Leonidas.
• We no longer will be able to meet at the Holiday Inn Express due to an astronomical increase in room price (from $50 to $250). Several members quickly researched alternative hotel meeting room and restaurant spaces.
The club’s Board met after the regular meeting and approved moving to the Comfort Inn, located off I-90 Exit 10, beginning November 1. The rental price per session there is $75. Murray Forth was delegated to finalize the room rental agreement with the Comfort Inn. Bill Dowd will create e-mail notices, along with website and Facebook announcements, to inform members of the change.
• Next week’s meeting will begin at 4 p.m. with a guided tour of the new Federal Express depot facility, arranged by Murray. We then will have dinner at the Comfort Inn at approximately 5:30.
• The next “Rotary Home Cooking” event will be held this Saturday, October 27, at the Calamaras residence. Please contact Doris if you wish to attend.
• The Rotary Peace Festival will be held on Thursday, November 8, in Saratoga Springs.
• The next RYLA training session for young adults is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, at Skidmore College. Adult volunteers are being sought to assist. Check our website for details.
• Past District Governor Bill Nathan is having health issues. Doris will send him a card from the club.
• Jim Leyhane reported that an infant here for medical treatment by the Gift of Life program was found to also need a bone marrow transplant. When a viable donor is found, that process wil be done at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
• Doris reminded members she still is collecting used sneakers and shoes for the Doors of Hope food pantry re-sale program.
Program: Rennselaer County’s Medical Reserve Corps
Debbie Rodriguez introduced Sue Jones, coordinator of the county’s Medical Reserve Corps.
Sue gave an overview and history of her department and their service to our community. There are about 1,000 MRC organizations throughout the country, a result of a call by President George W. Bush in 2002 for community volunteer organizations to be created to react to disasters.
Sue (left) explained about PODs (points of dispensing) and their role in reacting to an emergency. This includes personal preparedness. She advised that everyone make a kit to last three days: Have a to-go kit for both office/home and car to keep with you, and also make a kit for pets. Also make a family emergency plan covering where to meet and how to contact each other. Be/stay informed with a battery-powered radio if possible.
The MRC always is looking for volunteers to staff a center, a shelter, or a POD. She explained that training sessions in various roles are made available about every other month. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NEXT MEETING: Thursday, November 1 — 4 p.m. tour of Fed Ex, 5:30 p.m. dinner at the Comfort Inn 9 Miller Road, Schodack.
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