5/22/14 meeting: Bylaws changes approved

Picture 3Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush

Attending (15): April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Dick Drumm, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Jim Butterworth, Charlie Foote, Len Leonidas, Rommel Tolentino, Stewart Wagner. (One reservation no-show.)

Guests (2): Kayden Leonidas, Ray Hannan (Clifton Springs, NY, Rotarian).

Changes In The SRC Bylaws

Screen shot 2014-05-23 at 11.39.46 AMPresident-elect Bill Dowd, who will take office on July 1 for the 2014-15 Rotary Year, several weeks ago proposed at a Board meeting that we update and amend our club bylaws which have not been touched in more than eight years. The Board agreed with his proposed changes, and a vote was scheduled for this May 22 meeting.

Bill presented an item-by-item PowerPoint program on the proposed changes in language and numbers that had been sent via e-mail to all club members some time ago.

He explained the recommended changes to Article 2 (Board), Article 3 (Election of Directors and Officers) Sections 1 and 2, Article 12 (Finance), Article 13 (Method of Electing Members) and Article 15 (Order of Business. All other articles, subsections and language would remain untouched.

There were few questions asked, and no opposition was mentioned to the proposed changes. Debbie Brown moved that the changes be made as presented, April Dowd and Jim Leyhane both seconded the motion, and it was carried without opposition.

Bill said he would e-mail the finished product to each member as well as adding it to the “Our Club” section of the club website.


FUNDRAISERS — President April reminded us of the “Pocket Change for Autism” ongoing fundraiser that will end in June. We will present the official tally of contributions at the June 26 meeting. Members will be asked to submit written estimates of the amount collected, and the person closest to the actual total will win a free club dinner. … April and Murray announced we have raised in excess of the $10,000 goal in our special drive to support District 7190 Gift of Life — to pay for lifesaving surgery for a child from outside the U.S. Our goal had been to do so by June 1, so we beat the deadline by nine days, thanks to the continuing generosity of many members.

NEW MEMBERS — Jim Butterworth has officially joined the SRC Rotary Club. Congratulations to Jim! … Ray Hannan, a current member of the Rochester-area Clifton Springs Rotary Club, paid his first visit since moving to East Greenbush. He has expressed interest in joining our club. … Jim Davis had expressed interest in joining in April but has neither attended the past few meetings nor responded to any e-mail queries, so we are not sure of his status. … New members will be inducted during the June 26 Presidential Changeover dinner meeting at the Browns’ residence in Castleton.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES — Event coordinator Debbie Brown announced that July 10 will be the club’s annual outing to see the musical play “42nd Street” at the Mac-Hayden Theatre in Chatham. … Event coordinator Terry Brewer said he is working with the ValleyCats minor league baseball team to set a firm date for our annual picnic-and-game at Bruno Stadium, usually a very well-attended event.

34th ROTARY RUN — Event coordinator Peter Brown reported that the annual event went off smoothly on March 18, with approximately 220 runners taking part in the 5K, 5-mile, 1K and 1-lap events at Green Meadow School. Last year’s timing glitches apparently were overcome this time around. … He said 40 remaining event T-shirts are for sale at $10 each. About 10 were sold right after the meeting. … Treasurer Murray Forth said he had not yet received all billing invoices for the event, but that it looks as if registration fees will cover the basic costs, while additional T-shirt sales, shirt sponsors and mileage marker commercial sponsors (plus timing-service support of $300 each from club members April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Stewart Wagner and Terry Brewer and maybe-she’ll-be-a-member-someday Maggie Forth) will net us a profit in the $3,000 range. … Peter suggested we come up with steps to take to encourage more youths to participate in the run. Murray suggested a traveling cup that would go to the school with the greatest percentage of runners compared to its student population.

VP STILL NEEDED — April once again reminded the members that we lack a vice president heading into the new Rotary Year. She asked for someone to step forward to take this position as a backup to Bill during his presidency which officially begins July 1. And, once again, no one volunteered. Bill, who will be serving for the second time as president, pointed out that the VP position — which includes the designation of president-elect — is not an onerous one, and that with so many experienced club members the matter of support and institutional knowledge is readily available.

MEMBERSHIP PROPOSAL — Terry Brewer suggested we begin serious thought about ways to ease the burden of meeting attendance to attract more, younger members who are put off by our every-week schedule. Bill noted that the new Capital Region Rotary Club — designated “experimental” by the District — this week celebrated its first anniversary. It meets monthly, although working on projects and keeping in touch via social media the rest of the month. Bill said he would form a committee during his presidency to examine ways to attract prospective members along these lines. Anyone who has ideas on the topic should contact him.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Quigley’s. Rommel Tolentino is in charge of securing an after-dinner speaker.


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