Guests (2): Glenn Wolin, Conor Flanagan.
• We welcomed a new member, Patrick Ciraulo, executive director of the East Greenbush, Troy and Empire State Plaza YMCAs.
• Ads for the CPR Certification Workshop on March 16 will begin soon. Registration, at $15 per person, will be handled through Top Form. The training, to be held at Maple Hill High School and certified by the American Red Cross, will take about two hours.
• Conor Flanagan, a senior at Maple Hill, spoke about his plan to bring “Rachel’s Challenge” to the school. He is working with Kevin Hunter, a teacher at Maple Hill. The goal of “Rachel’s Challenge,” an inspirational program named for one of the Columbine shooting victims, is to find ways to help students be better people and, he said, it comes highly recommended by other students. They have raised $1,000 of the $3,600 needed and are hoping Rotary can contribute. The Executive Board will meet afterward to discuss a donation.
• Murray Forth reported receipt of a thank-you note from the bus garage for the club’s donation to the East Greenbush “Winter Fest.” Murray also is looking into moving Interact to the East Greenbush YMCA, which would open it to any high school student in the area.
Program: Finish Right Timing
Glenn Wolin of Finish Right Timing described his race timing service that he said provides better timing for events by using bibs or shoestring chips. (His website lists events that have used his service.)
The service could be used for our Rotary Run in May. Should we do so, Glenn’s staff could either take care of all the timing or any piece we need. He said he also can take care of the entry forms and assist in the promotion of the race. Base fee is $500, then a per person fee for each entrant — $2 or $3 depending on the choice of device. Glenn also would help publicize the event.
Timing chips can be attached to shoes, but they must be collected after the race. Bibs for the runners can be customized for an additional cost. It was suggested we could find sponsors for the bibs. Up to four sponsors can be displayed on each bib, and that could cover most of the cost. Bibs do not need to be returned. Glenn also suggested we increase our fees, at least for the last-minute walk-ins.
(The club’s board met after the formal meeting to discuss contracting with Glenn for his service, and reached consensus to do so.)
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, February 14. Speaker: A.J. Amato, financial advisor.