Attending (13): April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Stewart Wagner, Terry Brewer, Peter Brown, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Rommel Tolentino, Carol Orvis, Charlie Foote.
Guests (1): Betty Brewer.
Program: American Glass Bottles
Our own Stewart Wagner, a longtime collector of glass bottles, presented dozens of examples of glass bottles made in this area over the years.
He also talked us through written material from the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa that was a treasure trove of information on the history of bottle making, types of bottles, stoppers, and how to roughly date bottles by the positioning of their seams.
He also explained different varieties by color, collar and “free blown” bottles.
Stewart talked about polishing by machine-tumbling the bottles for seven days and showed the difference between polished and unpolished glass. He stressed the need for care when collecting and cleaning old bottles — dangerous residues, the need to avoid acid as a cleaning agent, and so on.
Most of the bottles he displayed were made for businesses in the Kinderhook, Schodack and Nassau areas.
• President April presented the final results on the book drive that was the club’s First Quarter project. We collected more than 500 new and like-new children’s and adult books for Unity House. The family services agency hopes to be in its new facility on Second Street in Troy by mid-October.
• Murray and Maggie Forth and Peter and Debbie Brown attended the new Capital Region Club’s “Charter Dinner,” representing the SRC Club and presenting a $250 check to help underwrite the newcomers’ startup costs. Peter and Debbie said the event was enjoyable and well attended. Jennifer Hendricks, daughter of a former District Governor, is president of the new club. District Governor Sue Austin, who will visit SRC on October 17, spoke at the dinner.
• INFORMATION TABLES: The SRC table at the “Harvest Faire” at Ft. Crailo on Saturday, September 14, was staffed by Bill, Peter, Debbie, Murray and Pat. Our club contributed $500 to help underwrite the event.
— April informed us that the district’s ShelterBox ambassadors, the Faddegons, have invited us to staff an information table at the upcoming Lord’s Acre auction in North Chatham. However, it was noted that Chatham is in a different district than us and we don’t want to encroach on another club’s territory. April will reply to the Faddegons, thanking them for the invitation and suggesting they contact the Kinderhook Tri-Village Club.
— Debbie Rodriguez suggested we discuss with the Lansingburgh-Troy Club the possibility of jointly staffing a Rotary information table at next year’s Schaghticoke Fair since we are the only Rotary Clubs in Rensselaer County.
• RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) has agreed to extend the deadline for students to sign up for the upcoming program series scheduled to begin on September 28. April said she has contacted Bob Horan and Mark Hoyt, asking them to expedite any applications they wish to submit on behalf of their Maple Hill High School students.
• Dick Drumm reported that Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin’s office has confirmed his October 3 visit to the club. At Dick’s suggestion, it will be designated a “Spouses’ Night” to enhance attendance. Bill advised us that he has posted a video on the club website of McLaughlin quizzing elements of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control bill that was rammed through the State Legislature.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, September 26. Jim Leyhane has invited the Boy Scouts the club supports financially to share the evening with us.