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President Beth Brownell reminded us about the Conference of Clubs 5/3 – 5/4. DG Tammy outlined registration details and included a brochure in her email of 1/28.
Beth announced the Glenville Rotary is looking for help volunteering at the City Mission on Wednesday 2/20. Please contact Beth Gregory at Glenville Rotary to be added to the list.
President-Elect Silas Shrader mentioned we are partnering with BHBL High School and Spartan Catering to coordinate a unique BHBL Rotary meeting at their location on Mon, Feb 25, 2019. Starting at 6PM, we will be served a chicken marsala dinner at the high school. Following dinner, we will tour the STEAM addition, library, black box theater and Spartan large group instruction room. Please RSVP to Silas by 2/14. The cost is $16 per person. Guests are welcome!
The Kiwanis Club of Scotia Glenville is running the Interclub Fellowship dinner at the Turf Tavern on Wednesday 4/10.
Dan Stec announced that we have our new Rotary Blade Sign! This eye-catching sign will help show our presence at events like the Apple Run, Chicken BBQ, Apple Pie Festival, Community Breakfast and everywhere we go! A grant covered a portion of this sign purchase. Good work!
Beth advised the club is sponsoring a hole in the mini golf event at the Ballston Community Library. Beth and Darlene will decorate on 2/21 but the club doesn’t have a foursome playing in the event.
Darlene Bower reminded us that next week’s meeting is on Tuesday, February 12that 6:00pm at Stella’s Pasta Bar and Bakery located in Fo’Castle Farms. Entrée choice: chicken parmesan with linguini; sausage & peppers with cavatelli; traditional cheese ravioli. $20 per person, guests are encouraged. Please RSVP to Darlene firstname.lastname@example.org 2/10 with number attending and entrée choice.
Beth noted the Interact Club is sending school supplies and clothing to orphaned students in Uzhhorod, Ukraine. Interact will be collecting items through 3/1 and hosting a fundraiser at Pizza Works 2/13 from 2:30 – 9:00. Pizza works will donate 20% of pizza sales! Additionally, our club is giving Interact $375 to help with shipping costs. Contact Interact Adviser Cheryl Bach email@example.com help.
Mary Anderson and Gregg Schorr, on behalf of the Scholarship committee, announced the club’s newest scholarship – the BH-BL Rotary Skilled Workforce Scholar Award. This $1000 award will help a BH-BL graduating senior pursue a career in a skilled trade such as construction, manufacturing or automotive trades, etc. The scholarship will be funded annually by a Rotary annuity, as well as fundraising efforts such as the Chicken BBQ. Created in response to the talent shortage of a skilled workforce, we hope this scholarship fills a need within our community.
Beth announced that the club received a request from the BH-BL Women’s Club for our assistance in staging a program of the Research and Recognition Project in Corning. It was decided that we will assist the Women’s Club with setting up for the event but will not co-sponsor.
Beth reported she and Tom met with staff at CAPTAIN/CHS and explored issues they are seeing in our community. Food insecurity, keeping seniors in their homes, and ALICE families – asset limited, income constrained, employed – were areas of concern. Surprisingly, 30% of Saratoga County families fall into the ALICE category. CAPTAIN/CHS is also helping young women who are victims of human trafficking with programs in Saratoga, Fulton and Montgomery counties.
Silas reported the Investment Committee will be making its recommendations shortly.
Silas also reported a 3/11 outing to Riverside Maple Farms on Route 5 in Amsterdam. There will be a tour of their facility with a sampling and dinner. More info to follow – save the date!
Beth touched on some of the logistical details of the Apple Run, noting more help is needed to make this important community event a continued success! So many club members and friends already volunteer for this great run, but we need even more. Sign up sheet and details to follow. See photos from meeting for Beth’s preliminary notes.
Silas reviewed the survey results, which reflected just what a SUPER club we are!! As a club, we felt we were doing great with service projects in the community and the world. Members report seeing value in their club membership, we have high participation rates and pride in our club! We can work on involving new members; inviting friends to Rotary events and meetings; and consider meeting location change.