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3 October 2020
22 Oct 2020

Books for Troops

by Tom

BH-BL Rotary has provided a “Books For Troops” collection box at Gil’s Garage 817 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills.

Paperback books and magazines are accepted. Hardcover books are not accepted. Donated books remain in the Latham office until they have the money to send them.The cost of postage to send this number of books is about $1,000 per month. While many people donate money for postage, the money goes very quickly. Each box of books costs an average of $15 to mail. Donations are needed and welcome. Checks can be mailed to Books for Troops, ‪152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065‬. A tax receipt will be sent.Books For Troops was founded by Ellen Keegan, in April of 2010 “to send books and other reading material to the troops to help fill their many empty hours with a temporary form of escape”.

Books for Troops now sends from 80 to 100 boxes per month to individual soldiers or whole units who in turn share them with others. These books are sent to all deployed troops within the states and around the world.Books as also sent to many VA hospitals or veterans rehab centers within the states and in Landstuhl, Germany.As Ellen Keegan stated, “Your donation will be a wonderful way to thank more of our “essential workers” – the troops – and to remind them that we remember them with pride, gratitude, and concern”.Books For Troops is based in Latham NY and is supported by donations from across the nation from individuals and companies. It has a volunteer base of 10 people.(excerpted and edited from the two recent articles about Books for Troops in the current Times Union’s mini-paper “Local First” weekly guide)

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1 August 2020
30 Sep 2020

Zoom Meetings

by Tom

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we are having  our meetings on Zoom Mondays at 6:00PM until further notice. If you’d like to join us for a Zoom meeting Contact Us.



21 December 2019
14 Jan 2020

New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show

by Tom

Linda LeTendre is organizing a trip with Wade Tours to the New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Experience New York’s favorite Winter tradition as enchanting model trains zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks on nearly a half-mile of track, each painstakingly re-created from natural flora. Cost is $79, $75 Seniors and $65 for 12 and under.

21 December 2019
31 Dec 2020

Club Announcements

by Tom

The Membership, Service and Public Relations committees all gave brief updates of the great things accomplished in 2019 and planned for Rotary year in 2020.  We have a new membership application from Dave Haughey just submitted who will be joining the club in the new year.  Also with deep empathy and understanding, the club will be losing a great member and friend for a leave of absence by Lisa Rice as she continues to get better.  She is in our thoughts and she is always welcome anytime to any of our events/meetings.

23 August 2019
16 Aug 2019

Flu Clinic

by Tom

A flu shot clinic will be held on Sep 16 in the Sewell Room between 5:00 and 8:30. Hannaford will supply two to three pharmacists and other supporting personnel. We will also be needing people to help. Plans were made to advertise the event in ours and other websites, in papers, and with flyers and road side signs. The event will also be mentioned in a packet handed out at the Chicken BBQ. We would love to get over 200 shots administered.  Bring your medical insurance card.  Most plans cover flu shots at no cost.

7 August 2019
19 Aug 2019

Announcement for Aug 5, 2019 Meeting

by Tom

Laura Lee passed posters to each table describing the inspiring Lake George swim by Louise Bekerle Rourke, a polio survivor, and the event being held in her honor where she will speak on Aug. 28 at 6pm at The Lake George History Association. (Contact Laura for reservation information.) Laura promised that Louise will speak to our club later in the year. 
Beth announced plans for the Apple Run, Sat. Oct 5.  Run set up will take place at 7am that day! Lots of hands on deck needed! Signup sheet coming.
Gregg talked about plans for the upcoming Rotary Scholarship Barbeque event. (Flyer is attached.)  We need set up help at 2pmand cleanup people at a time to be announced. A signup sheet is coming. Please help!We are grateful for the great support of Coach Joe and Niki, head of Spartan Catering.

26 June 2019
8 Jul 2019

Announcements for June 24, 2019 Meeting

by Tom

  • Thank you notes from CAPTAIN and the Regional Food Bank were read.
  • July1-December 31 dues are due. Dues increase of $5 to $80.
  • July 1-Changeover night- if guests, notify Suzette by 6/27. Address – 3569 Galway Rd Milton (just west of Middleline Rd). Map is on the website.Catered by Spartan Catering. Guests are invited. Cost is $16 per person.
  • The Apple Pie Festival binder covering the years 1977-1999 is being placed back in the club archives. It is a window into the club’s past and an example of the continuity of the club as members come and go.
  • Congratulations to Sue and Dan Stec on receiving recognition from the Clifton Park Historical Society for their 1791 house.
  • Action group neededJuly 2018 the club created a PayPal account, to enable credit card payments for our fundraisers, particularly the Chicken BBQ, since many people do not carry a lot of cash which decreases impulse buying. PayPal requires us to collect NYS sales tax, as we are a non-exempt organization. We have never paid sales tax on Apple Pie Festival or Community Breakfast income. In the fall work stopped on this credit card project and with the 2019 Chicken BBQ scheduled for August, it is time to solve the problem. A team leader and additional folks are needed to get this solved. Dan and Linda have agreed to work on it. Contact them if you would like to help.
  • Jon collected Happy Dollars with many acknowledgements of the end of the Rotary year and happiness with the recent weather.
17 June 2019
1 Jul 2019

Announcements for June 3, 2019 Meeting

by Tom

  • Nominations for Citizen of the Year & Rotarian of the Year are due to Paul Lewandowski.  Criteria are on the website – member side.
  • June 17th – Beth will give a year end overview of Club activities. Cheryl Bach and the student winner of the Interact Club “Student of the Year Award” will attend for a meet and greet.
  • District Changeover, Maybee Farm, June 22, 11:00 am – 2:00pm
  • Fred Baily was honored by the Adirondack Southern Library Association as the “Library Trustee of the Year”.
  • Mary Anderson announced that Walter Grattidge turned 95 on May 28th.
  • Change-over Night – July 1, is planned to be family friendly picnic. More to come.
  • Lisa Rice is at her parent’s home recovering. She will need a lot of rest at home and visitations should be minimal at this time
  • Tom Brownell announced that a District Grant application for signs at Anchor Diamond Park was submitted.  He also announced that our club exceeded our goal for contributions to the Rotary Foundation by 10%.
  • Dan Stec reported that our Club has collected over $650 in quarters for Polio.   Paul Harris points are award to the Club for this.
  • Dan Stec reported that he has received a $150 reimbursement from the district to pay our new Rotary “blade” banner which will grace all of our club functions. It will preview at the BH-BL Flag Day Parade on 6/13.
  • Dan announced that the new blue Rotary t-shirts are still available. See Dan.
  • President Beth announced that the Board has approved a $5.00 increase in Club dues for the period July thru December 2019.  The finance committee and the Board will continue to evaluate the dues situation and report back to the Club. Please refer back to the most recent Rotateller (5/20) in which Gregg Schorr gave a detailed Finance Committee overview. His comparison research revealed that our club dues are at the lowend of all Rotary clubs in the area. 
  • The Board approved donations of $100 for Seeds for Peace and $300 to Crossroads for Children.
    President Beth read a thank you note from the BH-BL Women’s Club for our assistance in setting up and taking down the chairs at their April 29thmeeting.
  • Gregg Schorr presented an overview of upcoming programs which include:
    • 7/15 High School scholarships winners and their families will visit our meeting
    • 7/29 Picnic at Charlton School.
    • On 8/28? Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue will be held in conjunction with Meet the Coaches Night at the Senior High School with Spartan Catering providing the food.
    • He is also looking into field trips to the new Fire House and to Straton Air Guard.
    • Gregg also stated that there flu shots will be given at the Town Hall on July 18th and September15th.
  • Mary Anderson announced that Darlene will give out the Rotary Scholarships at Honor’s Night at the High School
27 May 2019
10 Jun 2019

Announcements for May 20, 2019 Meeting

by Tom

  • The passing of long time BHBL Rotarian Fred Baum was noted.
  • Deadline for submission Citizen of the Year and Rotarian of the Year to Paul Lewandowski is June 10.
  • District changeover June 22. Everyone should have received an email from incoming District Governor Larry Jones. Link to register is in the email.
  • Lon Pena, when he attended our last meeting, provided information on a Global Grant spearheaded by Scotia Rotary. The Grant will provide funds for the Moon Catcher Project which makes and provides menstrual kits for girls in Uganda so they can attend school every day. Rotarians that contribute will get Foundation credit. See Beth for more information.
  • Burnt Hills Flag Day parade Thursday June 13. Details to follow.
  • Laura is accepting money for the 4H Walkathon.
  • Lisa is recuperating at her parent’s house.
  • Our Chicken BBQ will be held at the end of August at the High School along with Meet the Coaches Night, a mandatory event for athletes and their families. It will also provide publicity for the Skilled Workforce Scholarship and raise community visibility.
  • Plans are underway to have a booth at the Charlton Party in the Park June 1, where club information will be available and 50/50 tickets will be sold. Details to follow.

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