The Presidential Changeover

Outgoing President Bill Dowd displays the Rotary emblem-embossed decanter handed to him by incoming President Terry Brewer.
Outgoing President Bill Dowd displays the Rotary emblem-embossed decanter handed to him by incoming President Terry Brewer.

A group of more than 25 Rotarians and friends assembled at the Brown residence on Thursday evening for the annual Presidential Changeover dinner.

Bill Dowd handed over the reins of the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club for the upcoming 2015-16 Rotary Year to Terry Brewer.

In addition to some good food, drink and fellowship, we also held a guessing game — coming closest to estimating the amount of money donated over the current Rotary Year to the “Pocket Change For …” jug. Peter Brown took the honors, and will receive a free meal when SRC returns to Quigley’s restaurant in September.

Donations to the jug came to $589. Bill said he had added enough to round it out at $600, and he acquired a dollar-for-dollar match from Price Chopper. Thus, our club’s donations were the catalyst for a $1,200 grant to The Great American Milk Drive, a food pantry supplemental program.

The “Pocket Change For …” program began under President April Dowd in the 2013-14 Rotary Year, when proceeds went to autism programs at the Wildwood School. For 2015-16, Terry has designated the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk as the recipient. Bill presented Terry with the relabeled jug and a stack of donated dollar bills to “prime the pump” for his drive.

Members signify their guesses in the
Members signify their guesses in the “Pocket Change for …” drive.

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