Meeting of December 6, 2012

Picture 3Member attendance (17): April Dowd, Murray Forth, Debbie Brown, Russ Edberg, Pat Bailey, Terry Brewer, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Dick Drumm, Bill Dowd, Debbie Rodriguez, Jim Leyhane, Stewart Wagner, Roberto Martinez, Charlie Foote, Rob Mangold, Rommel Tolentino.

Guests (5): Dee Ellen Lee, Frank Wind, Amy Dowd, Colin Dowd, Amanda Tytz (exchange student).

Announcements/Business:

• The club’s annual Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 20, at the Forth residence. Chef Jim will be catering the event. Look for an e-mail request to register so we’ll have a proper headcount.

• Murray also announced the date of the next “Bowl Over Polio” fundraiser. It is set for Sunday, January 27. Details will be forthcoming.

• Project coordinator April Dowd reported on our “Toys for Staten Island Kids” effort. The toys are being stored at Storage Solutions. Collections will continue through December 13. There will be two packing sessions: 11 a.m. this Saturday,, and 11 a.m. the following Saturday, at the storage faciity, 590 Columbia Turnpike, behind the former Weathervane restaurant building. Volunteers are welcome. We’ll continue to leave toy drop-off stations operating in Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs branches of the 1st National Bank of Scotia through the 13th. Remember: Club members can collect more donations from family, friends, neighbors, work colleagues, etc., and bring them to the December 13 meeting.


Program: Frank-Lee Storytellers


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PHOTO BY BILL DOWD

Debbie Brown introduced Dee Ellen Lee and Frank Wind (above), known as the Frank-Lee Storytellers.

Dee said she has been researching and telling stories for years. They provided three examples of storytelling — one female, one male, one duo.

The couple began with a story about newspaper personal ads and the circumstances in which they met, which led to their marriage. In essence, because the same “personals ad” comany handles a umber of newspaper accounts, a shortage of ads in the Poughkeepsie Journal, which Frank was reading, led to the company filling out the account with ads from its Albany Times Union client, with whom Dee had placed the ad. Otherwise, they never would have met.

Then, Dee told a story based on “Masha and the Miser,” a Russian folk tale the noted Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer had formalized. It is the tale of a Russian peasant woman who outsmarted the village’s rich miser.

Frank told a story about a geology conference, a quarry rich in fossils, a bus in trouble, and a “history in the making” situation in 1965 Ohio.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, December 13 at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road. Program: : Dr. Rommel Tolentino will speak on “The Medicare Debate.”


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