Guests (2): Rich Welty, Albany Rotary Club past president; Patrick Ciraulo, YMCA Executive Director.
• Murray Forth, presiding in the absences of President Peter Brown and President-elect April Dowd, welcomed Rich Welty. Rich announced that the Albany club has moved its meeting place, now assembling at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesdays at Taste (formerly Dale Miller’s) restaurant’s penthouse catering facility at 30 South Pearl Street.
• Rich also informed us that the Albany club will sponsor a Gift of Life fundraising event, “Comedy for a Cause,” from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, January 31, at The Comedy Works in Albany. Admission will be $20 per person, with half the proceeds going to the GOL.
• Guest speaker Pat Ciraulo has decided to become a formal member of the Southern Rensselaer club.
Program: The Evolving YMCA
Pat Ciraulo (right), who oversees operations at the YMCA facilities in East Greenbush, Troy and the Empire State Plaza in Albany, spoke about new signs of the YMCA mission of today: a new logo and a new theme (“Healthy Living and Social Responsibility”) among them.
He explained the details of programs the Y’s offer kids, such as computer assistance, and a new programs for seniors. Some are being sponsored by local and national health care organizations. Pat said the Y hopes begin offering programs for other groups and are reaching out to such groups as the Girl Scouts.
The Y’s hope is to be seen not just as a gym, but as an integral part of the community. They Y’s do raise money for memberships, kids camp and for members who are in need, as well as other projects. He explained about their school tutoring programs and also offered a gift certificate for our upcoming “Bowl Over Polio” fundraising event.
His talk was followed by a Q&A session and some discussion about future plans and funding ideas. He also reminded us of the Y’s newsletter for promoting special events, which we may make use of in the future.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 17. Program: Terry Brewer will present Mark Smith speaking on “Preventive and Recovery Physical Therapies.”