6/19/14: Essay competition scholarship honors

Bill Dowd, competition coordinator, presents a certificate and $500 check to Tamarac High School senior Collin Wilson, one of two winners in the inaugural SRC Rotary Scholarship Essay Competition. The other winner, Troy High School senior Sydney Bertrand, was unable to attend the awards dinner held on June 19. Scroll down to read their essays.
Bill Dowd, competition coordinator, presents a certificate and $500 check to Tamarac High School senior Collin Wilson, one of two winners in our inaugural SRC Rotary Scholarship Essay Competition.

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

Attending (15): April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Leyhane, Charlie Foote, Rommel Tolentino, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Roberto Martinez, Stewart Wagner, Ray Hannan. (One reservation no-show.)

Guests (3): Collin Wilson, Laura and Lloyd Wilson.


Announcements/Business


SUMMER CLUB OUTINGS — This was our final meeting at Quigley’s until after Labor Day, but we have plenty of activities planned until then. … Event coordinator Debbie Brown passed around a signup sheet for the June 10 performance of the musical “42nd Street” at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham. Even if you have signed up on the regular reservation chart we circulate each week, please be sure Debbie has you and your guests on her signup sheet. … Event coordinator Terry Brewer said he would have a signup sheet to circulate next week for our July 17 picnic and ValleyCats baseball game at Bruno Stadium. … Event coordinator Bill Dowd will have a signup sheet at the same time for our July 24 picnic and facilities tour at the Rotary Scout Reservation in Averill Park.

PICNIC MEETINGS — We filled the last two available summer dates — August 21 and 28 — when Debbie Rodriguez volunteered to host a “pizza and make-your-own sundae” event and Ray Hannan volunteered to arrange a picnic-style event at his residential living area. TBD are who will use which date.

DUES ARE DUE — Treasurer Murray Forth has mailed out invoices, requesting immediate payment of dues for either the first half or all of the 2014-15 Rotary Year. Dues are $175 for the full year or $87.50 to cover July 1 through December 31. Deadline is June 26, so please mail your checks to Murray or bring them to the Presidential Changeover Dinner on the 26th.

PROGRAM ASSIGNMENTS — President-elect Bill distributed copies of the club’s program assignment policy and a schedule of who has been assigned which dates for the 2014-15 Rotary Year. He noted that the same information also is available on our club website.

GIFT OF LIFE NEWS — Jim Leyhane circulated photos of our Honduran child, Danny, who will be brought to the area for cardiac surgery at Albany Medical Center. The cost of that, placed at $10,000, plus another $1,000 in “seed money” for the next such patient, is being underwritten by our club’s recent donation to GOL. … President April said Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine informed her that donation will not be counted toward any Paul Harris Fellow awards by the District. Several club members commented that this does not deter them from wanting to support GOL. Terry commented that, even though we don’t raise funds to get public acclaim, it might be nice if the District would issue at least a, honorary Paul Harris for the club as a whole, given the more than $20,000 we have raised for GOL, ShelterBox and other charities in 2013-14.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS — Collin Wilson, show above receiving his check and certificate, and his parents joined us to receive his $500 check and certificate for being one of two winners in our inaugural SRC Essay Scholarship Competition. Collin, a Tamarac High School senior, will study physics at the University at Albany. The other winner, who was unable to join us, is Sydney Bertrand, a senior at Troy High School who will study nursing at Russell Sage College. Both winning essays are available on this website. April encouraged Collin to keep us informed as to his progress next year.


NEXT MEETING: Presidential Changeover & New-Member Induction, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Browns’ residence in Castleton.


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One thought on “6/19/14: Essay competition scholarship honors

  1. Sorry for taking so long to leave a comment on the website. I wanted to thank you all for the opportunity to obtain the scholarship you offered. I have since attended my university’s orientation, and it seems that the scholarship money will likely cover the cost of the books I will need. Thank you for your service to the community, and I will try to check back in in a couple of weeks

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