Meeting of January 24, 2013

Picture 3Attending (15): Peter Brown, Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Russ Edberg, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Terry Brewer, Stewart Wagner, Charlie Foote, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tollentino, Rob Mangold, Jim Mendrysa.

Guests (1): Alice Senrick


• The Albany Rotary Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary on April 19 at Taste Restaurant. Tickets are $100. Our club will pay for someone to attend.

• PETS (President-Elect Training Session) is scheduled for January 30 at the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library for those interested in serving in the future. The session will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Debbie Rodriguez announced that Judy Homer, RN, will be the speaker from the Rensselaer County Office of Emergency Preparedness at its meeting on Monday, Jan 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Health Department, 7th Avenue, Troy, for those interested in learning more about volunteering for ServNY.

• President Peter Brown reminded members to take the online survey about the club’s operation, and displayed the results so far.

• Murray Forth updated us on the plans for “Bowl Over Polio,” our annual fundraiser scheduled for this Sunday (January 27) at the Spare Time Family Fun Center in East Greenbush. He will on premises by 11:30 a.m. to set up. Bowling will begin promptly at noon. The bowling facility staff will handle payments; they are able to process charge cards.

• The next “Rotary Home Cooking” event will be a sauerbraten dinner at the Forth residence on Saturday, February 2. See Murray if you wish to attend. Reservations are $30 each.

Program: The Society Islands

Picture 1Peter Brown spoke on the trip he and Debbie took to the Society Islands in December.

The South Pacific island group, popularized by the artist Paul Gauguin, includes Papeete, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, and Morea.

Peter showed slides of their trip, including shots of each island they visited. Each island is surrounded with a coral reef. He also included photos of the 350-pasenger ship on which they sailed.

He spoke about the hike they had on Morea with a guide/archeologist following the “Route of the Ancients.” The islands appear to be prosperous. They are part of French Polynesia, a French protectorate, and the main business is tourism.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 31. Speaker will be from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.


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