Attending (22): Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, A.J. Amato, Terry Brewer, Ray Hannan, Len Leondas, Roberto Martinez, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Charlie Foote, Shannon Romanowski, Stewart Wagner, Jim Leyhane, Rommel Tolentino, Carol Orvis, Debbie Rodriguez, Ron Annis, Dick Drumm.
Guests (5): Speaker Robert Partzek, Peter Rehonis of the Rensselaer City Schools, Evan Hogan, Kalen Hogan, Kayden Leonidas.
PROGRAM: Thermoelectric Energy Generation
Stewart Wagner introduced Robert Parzek, speaking on the topic of “Thermolectric Energy Generation (TEGs) — What’s Old is New with Storage Tool.”
Robert’s demonstration involved a simple model showing how energy can be created with a larger version. It consisted of a lighted can of Sterno placed between two bricks under a thermoelectric device, which he then attached to a gauge that showed how energy was being generated and stored.
Accompanying slides showed such items as the practical application of the generator, current research, and the safety measures needed to work with it.
Robert described how pellet-burning stoves, which are environmentally friendly, can have such TEG devices attached to capture heat that then can be used as energy, thus getting multiple uses from the same equipment. He said a Randolph, Vermont, company recently received a patent for powerful magnets that allow an energy-capturing device to be attached to a woodstove, thus increasing safety and necessitating no modification to the stove.
He said the technology is headed to whole-home units for heat and heating water as well as enough power to run other things. He said a number of such products already are available, and predicted that one or two years from now, TEGs will be available to power home appliances.
To put a finishing flourish on his demo, Robert showed that a cellphone could be charged by the small demonstration unit he had put into use just minutes earlier. And, despite generating energy he illustrated by touching the device that it does not overheat.
Anyone interested in getting more information on the technology and/or the devices already available may contact Robert by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNOUNCEMENTS / BUSINESS
ELECTION — President Bill Dowd presented a slate of candidates, drawn up by the Board acting as the Nominating Committee, for club offices for the 2015-16 Rotary Year. They were: Vice President/President-Elect Debbie Rodriguez, Treasurer Murray Forth, Secretary Pat Bailey, Board Member-at-Large Jim Leyhane, Board Member-at-Large Jim Butterworth. Bill asked for nominations from the floor. When none were forthcoming, he asked for approval by acclamation of the slate as presented. It was given without dissent. In addition to those five members, the Board for 2015-16 will include Bill as Immediate Past President and current President-Elect Terry Brewer as President. Bill thanked all for being willing to serve their club.
CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER — It is less than 45 days to our 55th Charter Anniversary dinner. We need a solid head count as we are planning a great evening with live music, good food from Talk of the Town and special awards plus other fun things. District Governor Dave Hennel will be in attendance. … Event coordinator Debbie Brown reported on program ads sold to date. In addition to previously reported ads, we were told ads would be fortcoming from Boy Scout Troop 41, Community Care Physicians, Forth Sports Floors, the Greenbush Area Y, Drumm Veterinary Hospital, Carol Orvis and Price Chopper.
“CANS IN A BOX” — This was the last of three meetings at which we are collecting non-perishable food items for three local food pantries. Our project partner, the Greenbush Area Y, will continue collecting through the end of the month. Shannon Riomanowski said the Y will deliver its collection to the CEO Food Pantry in Troy. In addition, Pat Bailey will deliver donations to New Hope Ministries Food Pantry in Nassau, and Debbie Brown will deliver donations to The Anchor in Castleton.
BOWLING AND GOLF FUNDRAISERS — Our 4th annual “Bowl Over Polio” event is set for this Sunday at the East Greenbush Bowling Center. Proceeds will go to Rotary’s PolioPlus program. The following Saturday, January 31, the second of three winter indoor simulated golf tournaments will be held at the Burden Lake Country Club. Murray Forth and Terry Brewer spoke of the need for volunteers to staff tables at each event. It also was emphasized that each club member needs to help get the word out on these events in one manner or another. They are open to all, and we need the non-Rotarians to continue making them successful endeavors to help underwrite our service projects.
ROTARY HOME COOKING — The next in our series of hosted dinners is “Chili On a Chilly Night,” to be hosted by Pat Bailey on Saturday, February 21. Six reservations remain available. The March 21 “A Night In Casablanca,” to be hosted by the Dowds, is sold out. “The Chef Is In the House,” to be held at Roberto Martinez’s home on Saturday, April 4, will feature a chef from Cafe Capriccio in Albany. Five seats remain available. Make your reservations with either the hosts or with event coordinator Terry Brewer.
MEDIA — Bill displayed the “Our Towne” monthly newspaper which had a story featuring returning club member Ron Annis and wife Monika Annis. Bill said he plans to send information about our club and its meetings and programs to the paper.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 29, at Quigley’s. Terry Brewer has arranged for Dr. Jerry Steele to speak on “Successful Shared Service Programs” within schools.