Meeting of 9/24/15: ‘Does Beer Spoil?’

Screen shot 2015-05-22 at 12.44.07 PMMeeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY
September 24, 2015

Attending (15): Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Ron Annis, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Jim Leyhane, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Jim Butterworth, Carole Spencer, Roberto Martinez, Charlie Foote.

Guests (3): ADG Bob Van Alstine, Scot Seltzer, Andy Leyhane.

PROGRAM: “Does Beer Spoil?”

Screen shot 2015-10-01 at 1.07.03 PMJim Leyhane introduced his son Andy Leyhane, a craft beer enthusiast. Andy holds a PhD. in organic chemistry and works at Albany Molecular.

He explained how beer is made, using a diagram of the brewing process, and described what happens during “wort boil,” and the chemical process involved. He said that adding hops at the end of the process decreases the bitterness of the beers and ales.

So, does beer spoil? Or, put another way, “What skunks beer?” The answer is simple: sunlight. If the beer is packaged in a bottle that allows sunlight to penetrate it changes the chemical compounds. The darker the bottle the less likely the beer will spoil. Andy also answered a variety of questions from attendees.


HOUSEKEEPING — President Terry Brewer reminded members about making weekly dinner meeting reservations with Debbie Brown, and letting Debbie Rodriguez know of program arrangements for their assigned dates.

GOLFING — Thanks to Jim Leyhane for sponsoring our club’s foursome in the annual Gift of Life Golf Tournament. The team of Jim Mendrysa, Rob Mangold, Murray Forth and Terry just missed successfully defending their title.

DISTRICT EVENTS — The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, at the Stratton Air National Guard Base. It will include tours of one of the gigantic C-130 transport planes. … The Rotary District 7190 Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 22. Two members from each club are requested to attend.

DG VISIT — District Governor Milan Jackson will attend our October 1 meeting, and meet with the club’s executive board at 5:45 p.m.

MEMBERSHIP — The club Membership Committee will meet after the October 1 dinner meeting. … Terry asked everyone to give him the names and contact information for prospective invitees for our first breakfast so he can send out invitations.

RYLA — Last week, the club approved without dissent funding for five (5) students to participate in this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program.

MEDICINE BOTTLE PROJECT — Doris Calamaras reminded members that she is collecting used, clean, unlabeled medicine containers as part of a national drive to collect them for the African nation of Malawi which has an acute shortage. Ray Hannan said he obtained a bag of bottles from a CVS pharmacy, and that he is collecting bottles at Eastwyck Village where he lives.

AFGHAN RAFFLE — Doris displayed three afghans she is donating for a club raffle. She said she is willing to make up raffle tickets, priced at $1 per ticket or five for $2.

EASTWYCK AVAILABILITY — Ray notified us that the breakfast room at Eastwyck Village has been redecorated and improved. He suggested it as a potential future meeting spot as needed.

ADG VISIT — Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine spoke about the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at Siena College on Saturday, October 17, urging member to consider attending. Bob said this will be his final year as ADG, but that he plans to attend some of our future meetings.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at Quigley’s.


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