Attending (12): Peter Brown, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Charlie Foote, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Deb Brown, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Deb Rodriguez, Bill Dowd.
Guests (2): Kevin Post, Kelly Post.
• April Dowd, our liaison with the Lansingburgh club, reported that arrangements are being made to help host the five-person Brazilian contingent here for a Group Study Exchange. She also asked for SRC members to let her know by next week’s meeting if they will attend the June 11 Lansingburgh dinner meeting at which the GSE group will present a program.
• Bill Dowd reported on two pieces of news on the polio front: (1.) That a case of polio had been diagnosed in Somalia, not normally a polio area, and (2.) the Taliban has announced a cessation of violent acts against volunteers working to distribute polio vaccine i Pakistan and Afghanistan. The terrorist group had been killing and injuring workers involved in Rotary International’s anti-polio efforts after it was discovered the CIA had infiltrated the volunteer effort and used it as a cover for espionage efforts.
• Bill also noted that the last remaining program slot, June 6, has been filled, and thanked members for making the 2012-13 schedule a strong and varied one.
• The meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 4, has been moved to Wednesday, July 3, and will be held at the Forth residence as a picnic.
• Doris Calamaras reported that leftover food from the Rotary Run was taken to the monthly dinner held by the Missing Link street ministry in Lansingburgh, so there was no waste.
Program: Youth for Christ
Although the local chapter concentrates on Rensselaer, Albany and Schenectady counties, it also deals with some programs in Washington and Schoharie counties.
Among its offerings are physical activities for kids at its Halfmoon facility, which include volleyball and basketball courts, rock climbing walls and an outdoor rope obstacle course and zip line setup.
National President Dan Wolgemuth said, in a brief video, YFC works “to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus.” However, Kevin noted in response to a question that although it is a faith-based organization it does not necessarily proselytize its faith, especially when working with schools.
YFC has a variety of outreach programs for troubled teens as well as others, including such activities as Point Break, an anti-bullying program, and core ministries such as Friend2Friend, Campus Life and Teen Parents. A number of people who have passed through the YFC programs during their youth now are involved in the organization’s efforts.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 30, with guest speaker Bob Somerville on this year’s tragic Boston Marathon, which he ran.