Meeting of April 4, 2013

Picture 3Attending (13):  Peter Brown, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Charlie Foote, Bill Dowd, Rommel Tolentino, Rob Mangold, A. J. Amato.

Guests: None.


• The Albany Rotary Cub is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month. It will hold a gala celebration on Friday, April 19, at the restaurant Taste (formerly Dale Miller) in downtown Albany. If you would like to attend, they need to know by this Friday (April 5).

•  A Group Study Exchange from Brazil will be here in June for one week. Our club has been invited to partner with the Lansingburgh club to plan an event.

• Planning is shaping up for the annual Rotary Run. … Ads are appearing in the Pacesetter magazine that serves the Mohawk Hudson area running community. … We now have three bids for printing official event T-shirts; we can save $600 by using a company in Cohoes. They are providing a sample. April will take delivery and critique the quality. … Rob will take the list for T-shirt ads.

• Exchange student Amanda Tytz has returned to her home in Finland. Our thanks to Murray who drove her to JFK airport.

• April reported on the holiday toy collection and delivery to Staten Island. We collected more than 700 toys. We were promised photos of distribution but received only a form thank-you letter.

• Jim reported there will be at least one Eagle Scout from Troop 41 this year. Edward McIntyre will have his Eagle Court on Friday, April, 12 at the Elks Lodge. All are welcome to attend.

Program: Incident Command System

Picture 1Photo courtesy of FEMA/ Dept. of Homeland Security

Peter Brown explained the structure and purpose of the Incident Command System (ICS), part of an emergency response effort. (Full details are available on the FEMA website by clicking here.)

He also introduced the club to the fictitious Santini family and its plans for an Easter dinner.

Peter explained that the ICS was developed in the 1970s to assist in handling an emergency or incident and is used nationally. He outlined the command systems, command structure and the functions of Incident Commander, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Operations Section Chief, Logistics Chief, Planning Section Chief and Finance/Admin Section Chief. He explained that this model can be used for many situations and with any number of individuals.

Peter provided a three-page planning guide. Our group mapped out the Easter dinner event assignments for each family member based on skills and temperament listed in the handout materials. Much entertaining discussion as to skills and abilities of the Santini family ensued.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 11.


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