Attending (15): Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Terry Brewer, A.J. Amato, Ray Hannan, Jim Mendrysa, Shannon Romanowski, Carole Spencer, Stewart Wagner, Roberto Martinez.
Guests (5): Bill Nathan (Albany Club), Laurie Mendrysa, Jeremy Forth, two guests of Carole Spencer.
• The meeting began with a demonstration of the Burden Lake Country Club’s three golf simulators, giving everyone a chance to try the game and experience golf indoors. Shannon Romanowski won the closest-to-the-pin putting contest, edging Jim Mendrysa by about four inches. These are the same simulators that will be used for our three Winter Simulated Golf Tournaments this winter.
• President Bill introduced Past District Governor Bill Nathan from the Albany Rotary Club. He invited us to join his club at its Rotary Holiday Luncheon & Auction on December 3. The event will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4 Everett Road, Albany, the new meeting place of his club. Lunch will be at noon, with many auction items to be sold. The event is for the benefit of Gift of Life. Reservations may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Jim Leyhane formally inducted Shannon Romanowski to Rotary membership. He explained to her that with her official Rotary pin, which he presented to her, she would be welcome at any Rotary club anywhere in the world. Jim spoke about the origins of Rotary, the requirements of membership, and our expectations of new members. In addition to the Rotary pin, he presented Shannon with a Rotary window decal and a “Light Up Rotary” pin signifying the current Rotary Year slogan. As a member of SRC, Shannon replaces Patrick Ciraulo, her predecessor as director of the East Greenbush YMCA who left our club after a work reassignment moved him out of our area.
NEXT MEETING: No meeting next week because of Thanksgiving. We will meet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, December 4, at Quigley’s restaurant. Our speakers will be Carolyn Garrison and Fred LeBrun on the topic of “Experiencing Camp Rotary: A Grandparents’ View.”