Here is a rundown about upcoming programs — and a very varied bunch of topics they are — as we close out the 2014-15 Rotary Year and enter our casual summer period as of July 1:
May 7 — Our friend Richard Hodge, a board member of Gift of Life, will make a presentation filling us in on the latest GOL medical mission to the Caribbean. This will be a good chance to find out where some of our dollars went and the good we are helping underwrite.
May 14 — A trio of local high school students who represented New York State in the national “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition testing their knowledge will speak on the competition and how they got interested in the Constitution on such an intense level.
May 21 — Some of us visited the Eastwyck Village residential community last year when Ray and Lois Hannan hosted us for a catered picnic there. Now, speaker Adam Disantis will bring us up to date on the development of these communities — which are springing up in all parts of the country — such as Eastwyck, Glenwyck and other ‘wycks.
May 28 — THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN WHIZBANG TRIVIA TEST! is coming your way. Bill Dowd is putting together a wide-ranging quiz for all comers to test their knowledge, reward the best and brightest with some fun prizes, and generally have a good time. This would be an excellent event for guests who enjoy such activities, so feel free to bring ’em along.
June 4 — Are you familiar with the practice of “franking”? Our politicians, from the very early days of the republic, certainly have been and they have used it to outflank their opponents when seeking votes. Local stamp expert George McGowan will be speaking on the period from 1775 to 1850.
June 11 — Our in-house financial guru A.J. Amato will be presenting another of his informative fiscal outlooks for the benefit of all concerned.
June 18 — The actor Robert S. Woods, holder of a Daytime Emmy Award, will speak on “An Actor’s Life.” He is perhaps best known for his long-running role of Bo Buchanan on the soap opera “One Life To Live.” Robert’s resume also includes being a TV and movie producer, recording company executive, TV station owner, and … wait, that may be his character’s background. We’ll have to wait to see. This is another speaker who appeals to a broad audience, so feel free to bring friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, people off the street, etc.
On June 25, we will hold our annual Presidential Changeover dinner, which is its own interesting program.