Attending (14): April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, A.J. Amato, Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Patrick Ciraulo, Dick Drumm, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tolentino, Carole Spencer. (2 reservation no-shows.)
• PROGRAM CANCELLED: Nick George, the trainer for District 7190, canceled his scheduled appearance due to hazardous driving conditions between here and his residence in Hudson Falls. He will reschedule for a later date at which he hopes to bring several of the five Maple Hill High School students students we are sponsoring in this year’s RYLA activities. (The cost is $375 each, or $1,875 in total.)
• FINANCIAL AWARDS: President April read thank-you notes from the Shelter Box organization ($10,000) and the Nassau Free Library ($200) for club contributions given to them; in addition Little Brook Farm has expressed appreciation for a second grant ($500) to that Columbia County operation to help support educational efforts for students from Rensselaer County.
• VIDEOS: President-elect Bill informed members he has placed two videos on the club website that he highly recommends viewing. One is from Shelter Box that acts as a thank-you and shows the positive impact the program is having in disaster spots globally. The others is called “Seeds of Change,” detailing a project in Nepal in which school children are doing their own agricultural projects to raise food and money for food to share with their less-fortunate classmates.
• RYLA DINNER: March 8 is the date for the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards dinner, to be held at the Murray-Atkins Dining Hall at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Seats are $30 each.
• THIRD-QUARTER PROJECT: April reminded everyone that donated clothes, sheets and blankets, towels and other household items should be dropped off at Circles of Mercy in Rensselaer as part of this quarter’s effort. April and Bill and Carole Spencer already have contributed a large amount of items; April had passed around a packets some weeks back explaining the operation and its needs. A representative of the organization will be the speaker at our March 6 meeting.
• ROTARY RUN: Event coordinator Peter Brown said things are moving along for the May event, thanks in large part to Bill Dowd. Bill has sent a punch-list of modifications that need to be made on the online registration page being run by Finish Right, the timing company. He also distributed the latest version of the flyer he designed for the event.
• BOARD MEETING: April has called for a meeting to follow the February 27 dinner meeting.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Quigley’s. The after-dinner speaker will be Edward L. Hannan of the School of Public Health, arranged by Carole Spencer. Click here for a quick rundown on his background.