Help us track our club’s coverage in local media

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As part of the SRC club’s emphasis on getting out the Rotary message more in this Rotary Year (2013-14), we have been issuing press releases to local media.

So far, we have had coverage in the Times Union and The Record. We’re hoping to ramp that up.

The following press release was sent today to the Times Union, The Record, YNN, Fox 23, WNYT NewsChannel 13, WTEN and WRGB. Versions of it also were sent to the District 7190 Toolbox for December’s issue, and posted on our club website and Facebook page, and the District’s Facebook page.

Please stay alert for any on-air or in-print coverage you may notice and let us know at next week’s meeting. It will be interesting to see what it takes to get noticed.

30-member Rotary Club raises $10,000 for ShelterBox appeal

The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club today announced it has raised $10,000 to support the ShelterBox program, a global emergency aid organization.

The 30-member service club raised the funds through a combination of $8,000 in individual member donations supplemented by the local club treasury.

ShelterBox ( is a project partner with Rotary International (, which itself has 1.2 million members worldwide.

Each ShelterBox costs $1,000 and includes tents large enough to house up to 10 people, plus hand tools, portable cooking equipment, first-aid kits, water purification systems, and other supplies pertinent to specific geographic areas.

The current major need is for more ShelterBoxes in the Philippines to assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has killed thousands and left millions homeless in the wake of the devastation that has left the nation short on shelter, food, water, medicine and with a badly damaged communications system.

In recent years, ShelterBox workers have assisted victims of natural disasters in Oklahoma, Haiti, Cameroon, China and Afghanistan.

“I am not surprised at the generosity of our members,” said club President April L. Dowd of Troy. “They always come through whether it is for a local need or for those in need abroad. I am very proud of our club.”

Rotary is a volunteer organization open to all. The Southern Rensselaer County club is involved in such activities as the support of polio immunization and other Rotary programs abroad. Locally, its wide-ranging activities include awarding college scholarships for local students, sponsoring CPR certification workshops and Boy Scout Troop 41 in Rensselaer, along with assisting equine rescue and therapy programs, local food pantries and family service organizations.

The club recently collected more than 500 new and like-new hardcover books for children and adults in need who are served by Unity House in Troy. Last Christmas season, the club collected more than 750 new items for the Toys for Tots program in Staten Island which had lost its entire supply during Superstorm Sandy.

Information about the club is available online at or on Facebook at

Media contact:
William M. Dowd
(518) 238-1950


3 thoughts on “Help us track our club’s coverage in local media

  1. So far, despite encouraging Facebook messages from John Gray at Fox 23 and Benita Zahn at Channel 13 who, to the best of our knowledge didn’t follow up on this news release, we have received noticed only in the Times Union — twice. The Record, our “hometown” Rensselaer County newspaper has ignored us.

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