Meeting of 2/5/15: ‘A Greek Odyssey’

Picture 3Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush
February 5, 2015

Attending (13): Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Ron Annis, Len Leonidas, Debbie Rodriguez, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Dick Drumm, Stewart Wagner, Roberto Martinez.

Guests: None.

PROGRAM: A Greek Odyssey”

Crowds at The Parthenon.
Crowds at The Parthenon.
Debbie and Peter Brown in Greece.
Debbie and Peter on tour.

Club member Peter Brown presented a slide show covering the recent trip he and Debbie took to Athens and the Greek islands.

After orienting the audience by displaying a map of the spots they visited, he moved on to Athens street scenes and images of some of the country’s most enduring historic sites — such as the Roman Agora, the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena, the Parthenon — as well as a theater and several other temples.

Their trip continued to the island of Mykonos, where the plan was to board a catamaran and travel to other islands with a second boat and a total of 16 tourists.

However, their departure was delayed for two days by high winds.

The sailing portion of the trip took them to Mykonos, Paros and Syros, and later they took a ferry to Delos to visit extensive ruins that are about 4,500 years old. The excavations on that island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean. Delos was a major sacred site for the ancient Greeks, second in importance only to Delphi.

The Lions of Delos.
The Lions of Delos.
All at sea.
All at sea.
The modern and the classical.
The modern and the classical.


• Treasurer Murray Forth presided in the absence of President Bill Dowd and Vice President Terry Brewer.

Screen shot 2015-02-06 at 3.41.52 PMPROGRAM DATES — Members who have February and March program dates were reminded  to please complete their arrangements for speakers or presentations ASAP and get the information to Bill Dowd so they can be publicized.

Screen shot 2015-01-30 at 2.13.56 PMPARTY PROGRAM ADS — Ad sales are going well for the 55th Charter Anniversary Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, March 5, according to project coordinator Debbie Brown. She mentioned the need for copy for several ads and specified those not yet in. Bill needs all ads and copy no later than Friday, February 13, to allow for time to create and print the program.

Screen shot 2015-02-06 at 3.45.02 PMSUMMER FIELD TRIPS — In years past, our club usually has had several such events. Doris Calamaras has volunteered to coordinate one of them, our annual night at the Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham. She distributed information on the coming summer season and said she would poll members later in the month to see what shows elicit the most interest.

Screen shot 2015-01-30 at 2.13.43 PMROTARY HOME COOKING SERIES — Host Pat Bailey said she still has one opening for her Saturday, February 21, “Chili On a Chilly Night” dinner. The other scheduled events — “A Night In Casablanca” in March and “The Chef Is In The House” in April — are sold out.

Screen shot 2015-02-06 at 3.37.23 PMRECOMMENDED READING — An  update has been posted on the club website on the $38 million Rotary International just released to a variety of countries for polio eradication. There is some good news and some bad news.

Screen shot 2015-02-06 at 3.48.08 PMHOSPITAL STAY PROJECT — Peter Brown, following up on material he had distributed at the January 29 meeting, presented an updated draft version of a flyer titled “Your Guide To a Hospital Stay,” which contains such sections as “Navigating Your Hospital Stay,” “Organize Your Stay and Your Support” and “Necessary Paperwork.” It is being worked on by Peter, Jim Butterworth, Terry Brewer, and Robert Moriniano and others at the NYS School of Public Health. Its intent is to be presented to a local hospital to pilot the program. Beyond that, its creators would like to spread the idea to insurance companies and medical practitioners.  Jim Leyhane gave further explanation about the need for this brochure. Debbie Rodriguez suggested adding a recommendation to set up power of attorney beforehand.  Members agreed to allow use of the club’s name as a sponsor, at no expense to the club. District support now will be sought.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, February 12, at Quigley’s.


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