Meeting of 3/19/15: ‘Aging & Fitness’

Attending (12): Terry Brewer, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Dean Calamaras, Charlie Foote, Roberto Martinez, Len Leonidas, Shannon Romanowski.

Guests (1): Allison Reinhardt.

PROGRAM: “Aging & Fitness”

Speaker Allison Reinhardt
Speaker Allison Reinhardt

Shannon Romanowski introduced Allison Reinhardt, wellness director at the Greenbush Area YMCA.

Allison explained that anyone over age 50 is at risk for developing diabetes, meaning 25 million Americans are at risk today.

To respond to that, the Y has developed a program for the prevention and dissemination of information on diabetes.

Allison noted that diabetes increases the risk of strokes, prompts an increase in insurance costs and complicates other health problems.

Reducing one’s weight by 7% and performing moderate exercise five days a week can reduce risk of diabetes by as much as 58% reduction. The Y offers social support and many activities for 16 weekly sessions followed by eight monthly sessions to support risk reduction.

Next Friday, March 27, is Diabetes Alert Day, and Allison encouraged us to talk it up. She noted that the offers other fitness programs, and encouraged us to learn about them. She said she could be contacted by e-mail at for information and suggestions. The Y, she said, has a policy of not turning away anyone for lack of ability to pay. She also responded to questions about membership, other Y offerings, cycling, and involvement with youth in the schools.


FUTURE EFFORTS: President-elect Terry Brewer presided in the absence of  President Bill Dowd who is ill. In preparation for his presidency, which will begin July 1, Terry spoke about our club’s direction and a need to assess our situation — alternative ways to attract members, reaching out to younger people, meeting times, what we offer to potential members, and refocusing on aiding Southern Rensselaer County. He said one possible avenue to increasing support of local events is greater involvement with the Boy Scouts. He is looking at having committee chairs beginning before July with the goal of more ownership in our club. He stressed that we all need to be involved and that he would like to hear ideas for the future, how we can benefit each of us as members as well as the club as a whole.

PROGRAM PLANNING: The club expressed thanks to members who have been active setting up speakers for the remainder of the coming months. If you are lining up a speaker be sure to contact Bill with that information as soon as possible.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE: A reminder that the District 7190 Annual Conference is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 15 -17, at various venues in Schoharie County. You do not have to attend all the activities. More information is on the District website —

SUMMER ACTIVITY: Dean Calamaras spoke for Doris, who was absent, and provided flyers for the Mac-Haydn Theatre summer shows — “Hairspray,” “West Side Story” or “The Producers.” Next, we need to pick a show to attend as one of our annual summer events in July or August. Doris will coordinate.

BLUE STAR MOTHERS: Debbie Rodriguez shared that the Blue Star Mothers, who recently presented a program to the club, will hold their annual “Blue Jeans Ball” on April 18 at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post 1520, 4 Everett Road, Albany. Admission is $25 each. Terry encouraged us to support this event and suggested that the club might support a table of eight.

HOSPITAL BROCHURE PROJECT: Roberto Martinez announced that the “Guide to a Better Hospital Stay” brochure the club has endorsed will be available for further discussion next week and for distribution to sponsors. It was requested that this be on next week’s agenda.

 NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Quigley’s. The program will be Dr. John Matthews of Doctors Without Borders.


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