Attending (14): April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, A.J. Amato, Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Patrick Ciraulo, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tolentino, Charlie Foote, Dean Calamaras.
Guests (1): Diane Hutchinson.
Program: So, You Think You Know Schodack?
Bill Dowd introduced Diane L. Hutchinson, Schodack Town Historian who has lived in the town for more than 30 years. She said that while her background does not include formal training in history it has always been an area of great interest. She has been the historian, a part-time position, since 2005.
Diane distributed a questionnaire titled “Schodack Learning Experience,” testing our knowledge about Schodack with 10 questions worth a maximum of 32 points.
We had a good time trying to answer such questions as “Name four streams that run through the Town of Schodack,” “Name the six towns that share a border with the Town of Schodack” and “There are four historic homes and two historic districts in the town that are on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Name two of the homes and one of the districts.”
The winner was Peter Brown with 30 points, and Diane presented him with a copy of the booklet “A Historical Record of the Town of Schodack.”
Diane said she welcomes visitors to her office, which is in operation from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, or by appointment.
• President April reported that 25-time Boston Marathon finisher Bob Sommerville has agreed to be the Honorary Chairman for the 34th annual Rotary Run in May.
• April renewed her request to collect and deliver such items as clothes, blankets, toiletries, etc., for Circles of Mercy in Rensselaer as part of the club’s third quarter project.
• Bill noted that he just posted a story on the club website announcing approval of a $205 million U.S. grant to combat polio through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The U.S. remains the top nation in terms of providing funds for the anti-polio effort.
• Patrick Ciraulo was belatedly thanked for heading up companion efforts by the East Greenbush YMCA and East Greenbush Public Library as part of the club’s project to collect and deliver foods to three local food pantries during the recent holidays.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Quigley’s The program will be attorney Matthew J. Werblin speaking on “Just the Ticket: What To Do In Court.”