Attending (17): Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Jim Butterworth, Ray Hannan, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Carole Spencer, Roberto Martinez, Len Leonidas, Debbie Rodriguez, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Rommel Tolentino.
Guests (5): Dave Hennel, Bob Van Alstine, Maggie Forth, Jeremy Forth, Kayden Leonidas.
Program: District 7190 Doings
New 7190 District Governor Dave Hennel, making his first official visit to the club, presented a new flag to President Bill Dowd from the new president of Rotary International, Gary C.K. Huang, a Thailand Rotarian. This year’s RI theme is “Light Up Rotary.”
Dave explained that there is a new Rotary wheel logo design, using a monochrome wheel and separate lettering. Clubs can access the font and logo online and incorporate them into their own materials.
The District also has two pull-up banners — which also can be purchased by clubs at an approximate cost of $200 each. One displays information on the Four-Way Test, the other on the process of exchanging ideas with other Rotarians.
Dave also discussed the new “free money” program from the District — up to $200 to help a club with an image campaign. The project must be approved before the money is delivered.
He also urged us to get involved in the November 14 “Broadway Lights Up Rotary” Foundation Dinner scheduled to be held on the man stage at historic Proctors theater in Schenectady. Live entertainment is planned, with a fee of $75 per seat charged. However, for just $25 more, you can be listed in the program as part of the honorary committee as well as get a VIP backstage guided tour. Clubs are encouraged to donate a silent auction item.
Dave also shared the details of the District Conference, scheduled for May 15-17 in several Schoharie County locations. Activities will range from a hands-on public service project to a special dinner at the iconic American Hotel in Sharon Springs, a tour of the culinary facilities at SUNY Cobleskill, plus other events.
POCKET CHANGE FOR … : President Bill noted that he has posted announcements on the club’s website and Facebook page that The Great American Milk Drive will be the recipient of this year’s “Pocket Change for …” drive. He has donated $100 to jump-start the effort that will run through June. Milk is a commodity in short supply in many of the nation’s food pantries due to problems transporting and storing it. The Great American Milk Drive collects funds and distributes them among various pantries to purchase fresh milk.
SPORTS ACTIVITIES: Murray Forth again displayed the trophy our foursome — Murray, Terry Brewer, Rob Mangold and Jim Mendrysa — earned for winning the recent Gift of Life Golf Tournament fundraiser. … Bill said we would begin early discussion at next week’s board meeting of the Rotary Run. … Terry and Murray are working on a schedule of three (3) simulated golf tournaments to be held this winter at the Burden Lake Country Club. Details to come.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Bill reminded us of several important website postings that should be of interest to members, including a report on the ShelterBox aid efforts in areas terrorized by ISIS. Lest you forget, the website address is very simple — SRCrotary.com — so please make it a habit to check it out regularly. You also can click on a link there to take you right to our Facebook where the club’s event schedule resides.
GIFT OF LIFE CLOTHING BOXES: Dick Drumm asked if the boxes located in Schodack are earning their keep: i.e., producing enough income to cover the town fees levied on such things. Jim Leyhane said something in the vicinity of $1,500 has been realized so far, and costs are covered.
WORLD POLIO DAY: Bill thanked Jim and Roberto Martinez for participating in the advance webinar connected to World Polio Day, which this year is scheduled for October 24.
TRAINING: Bill and April Dowd are the only club members registered for Rotary Leadership Institute training this year, scheduled for Saturday, October 18, at Siena College.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at Quigley’s. The after-dinner speaker will be Peter Rehonis speaking on the state of students at Rensselaer Elementary School.