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Club News
 Program for Nov 14th - Mike Bittle, CEO of Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce gaves us an overview of the how the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) works with businesses in the area (Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties).  The chamber has grown this past year with 759 members.  The majority of which are small businesses.  Mike pointed out how we educate our children to become professionals, however the majority of them move away to seek employment as there are not enough demand for employees with these advance skills.  As a result, the population of Warren and Washington county is decreasing.  Perhaps we need to rethink how to attract people to this area.
 
Program for Nov 21st - Lyme Disease Committee (Steve Borgos, Dave Schwenker, and Harrison Freer) - The committe gave us an update of the findings from research and what the goovernment is doing to achieve better diagnosis and treatment of tic borne diseases such as Lyme.  We watched a 20 minute video produced by Fox News.  Very interesting and it is good to see that progress is being made.  Hopefully, these efforts will continue to establish a consensus how the treatment as well as prevention of this elusive and terrible disease. I will try to send the video to all members to watch if you have time.  
 
 Volunteer Efforts - Rotary shined for helping the Salvation Army prepare holiday baskets for needed families.  We were asked for 10 volunteers on Saturday and we had 12.5 when counting Ryan Haig's daughter of around 5 who also helped.  Thanks to all who volunteered.  Warm the Children Shoppers - shoppers needed to oversee purchases.  Ringing the Bell for collecting donations for the Salvation Army will be scheduled soon.  Holiday Baskets (meals) for Christmas (preparing over 900 baskets for needed families as well as delivery (managed by the Salvation Army).  Childrens Books - Queensbury Elementary School.  Be on the lookout for these volunteer opportunities. Committee chairs can be found on our website or contact Ed Fitzgerald, Director of Club Service. 
 
Dec. 13-18th - Holiday Baskets for Salvation Army
 
Dec. 16th - Queensbury School Books for 3rd Graders
  
Program this week -  Madeline Gorey, Exchange Student from France
 
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 Program for Nov 7th - Adirondack Health Institute, Traves Bethel, Shannon Morrison-Gaczol, and Merry Rudinger spoke about the frightening statistics on Vaping in High School and the health dangers.  Since there was a lot of good information presented, I am sending their presentation in a separate email.  Smoking which used to be declining in the schools has now begun to increase in what appears to be associated with Vaping.  Nearly 50% of 12th High School students have or are Vaping.  The long term effects are unkown and will most likely lead to health issues for people who are Vaping at a young age. 
 
Presidents Project:  Each year, the president of the club has the opportunity for a project of their chosing that is part of our budget. To support our strategic plan and to accomodate the March 1, 2020 deadline for retail grocery stores to cease providing plastic grocery bags to customers, I have purchased cloth grocery bags that have our club name and the Rotary International Logo imprinted on them.  This past week I gave each member attending the meeting one of these cloth grocery bags.  I was able to purchase 750 of these bags which will be given to customers at one or more of our grocery stores in the near future.  For those of you who could not attend the meeting, but would like one of these cloth grocery bags, I will bring a few to subsequent meetings.  Keep on the lookout for volunteering to had these out in the coming weeks.  
 
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: Warm the Children Shoppers - shoppers needed to oversee purchases, Holiday Baskets (meals) for Thanksgiving to be given to families in need - volunteers needed for delivering meals (managed by the Salvation Army). Ringing the Bell for collecting donations for the Salvation Army.  Holiday Baskets (meals) for Christmas (preparing over 900 baskets for needed families as well as delivery (managed by the Salvation Army).  Childrens Books - Queensbury Elementary School.  Be on the lookout for these volunteer opportunities. Committee chairs can be found on our website or contact Ed Fitzgerald, Director of Club Service. 
 
November 13th - Coopers Cave Night 5:30 - Until whenever to benefit the Glens Falls Rotary Foundation. We have the small room upfront reserved for us. 
 
November 19th - Alzheimers Meeting at 7:30 AM, Community Room at Glens Falls Hospital
  
Program this week -  Michael Bittle, Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, CEO
 
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 Program for Oct 31th - Kathy Naftaly, Director of the Crandall Library reminded us the various service that the library provides.  For members who can not travel to the library for a book, the Crandall Library will mail the book free of charge to the persons home.  This was all made possible by a grant for this purpose.  Other service include, but are not limited to are the movies, special speakers, music perfromances, digital books, audio books, and music available for downloading.   Many things are available and happening at the Crandall Library.  
 
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: Warm the Children Shoppers - shoppers needed to oversee purchases, Holiday Baskets (meals) for Thanksgiving to be given to families in need - volunteers needed for delivering meals (managed by the Salvation Army). Ringing the Bell for collecting donations for the Salvation Army.  Holiday Baskets (meals) for Christmas (preparing over 900 baskets for needed families as well as delivery (managed by the Salvation Army).  Childrens Books - Queensbury Elementary School.  Be on the lookout for these volunteer opportunities. Committee chairs can be found on our website or contact Ed Fitzgerald, Director of Club Service. 
 
November 7th - District Membership meeting for all district members from 6:30 - 8:30 at the First Reformed Chruch 10 N Church St., Schnectady, NY
 
November 9, 2019 - UN Day  
 
November 19th - Alzheimers Meeting at 7:30 AM, Community Room at Glens Falls Hospital
  
Program this week -  Shannon Morrison-Gaczol will talk about the Vaping Epidemic
 
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 Program for Oct 17th - The program was club business in which website reports were shared with the members attending.  Reports such as age distribution was reviewed and it was noted several members have not included their birth year on our website, therefore, some of the data is skewed since these members are listed as 1 year old.  Several comments were brought up regarding making changes to our membership structure in an attempt to attract members and implementing ways to enhance membership retention.  One ideas was to have a lower dues for younger members and allow the use of corportate memberships.  These ideas will be reviewed by the membership committee and at future board meetings. Stay tuned for possible revisions to our membership practices. 
 
New Member - Elizabeth Gullingham  has applied to become a member and has been approved by the board for membership. She is being sponsored by Paulette Kershko and works for Paulette as a New York State Certified Court System Secretary to Judge Kershko.  Elizabeth has been volunteering for the past two (2) for our Childrens Book program.  She will be inducted on Oct 31st, 2109.  Please extend a warm welcome to Elizabeth at upcoming meetings.
 
Membership Dues - We currently have 92 members including 5 honorary (who are not required to pay dues).  Our 2019-2020 budget year began July 1, 2019.  As of today, we have 79 out of 87 members who have paid their dues.  We appreciate their promptness!  If you are one the  9 members who had not yet paid your dues or if you are not sure if your dues have been paid, please contact Brian Corcoran, Kim Bren, or Tim Bechard as soon as possible.  A portion of your membership dues goes to Rotary International and a portion to the District. These have been or will be paid shortly on your behalf, so it is important that you are up to date with your membership dues. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.  
 
October 26th - World Polio Day Panel Discussion, 1st Reformed Church from 8:30 AM- 11:00 AM.  Address is 10 North Street, Schnectady, NY. 
 
November 9, 2019 - UN Day  
 
October 22 - Meeting on Alzheimers Disease at the Glens Falls Hospital Community Center from 7:30-8:30 AM.   
 
Program this week -  Bill Richmond, Adirondack Worm Farm
 
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Speaker:  Pam Fischer, The Wood Theater spoke about her life long struggle with declining hearing ability and how a Cochlear Implant has changed her life.  She provided details about how the Cochlear implant works and how complex the tuning of the implant is to get the right settings for daily use and for each individual.  Most recently, she visited her audiologists to tune her impant which made a world of difference.  As a member of the board for the Wood Theater she has has been part of a project to implement technology into the Wood Theater which would allow hearing impaired to receive sound directly into their impant or hearing aid which would make listening to performances much, much easier and enjoyable without background noise disturbance.  The cost of this technology is approximately $16,000.  Pam was instrumental in obtaining enough contributions to be able to purchase this equipment.  It will be the first application of this technology in the area.  
 
New Member - Elizabeth Gullingham  has applied to become a member and has been approved by the board for membership. She is being sponsored by Paulette Kershko and works for Paulette as a New York State Certified Court System Secretary to Judge Kershko.  Elizabeth has been volunteering for the past two (2) for our Childrens Book program.  She will be inducted on Oct 31st, 2109.  Please extend a warm welcome to Elizabeth at upcoming meetings.
 
Membership Dues - We currently have 92 members including 5 honorary (who are not required to pay dues).  Our 2019-2020 budget year began July 1, 2019.  As of today, we have 78 out of 87 members who have paid their dues.  We appreciate their promptness!  If you are one the  9 members who had not yet paid your dues or if you are not sure if your dues have been paid, please contact Brian Corcoran, Kim Bren, or Tim Bechard as soon as possible.  A portion of your membership dues goes to Rotary International and a portion to the District. These have been or will be paid shortly on your behalf, so it is important that you are up to date with your membership dues. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated. 
 
 
Rotary Area 1 Event - Oct 16th, Lake George Dinner Theater - Please contact John Crawford, our Area One District Governor if you are interested in attending. Tickets are $60 per person and the show is "Lunch with Ms. Baskin.  
 
October 26th - World Polio Day Panel Discussion, 1st Reformed Church from 8:30 AM- 11:00 AM.  Address is 10 North Street, Schnectady, NY. 
 
November 9, 2019 - UN Day
 
October 19th - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).  This is an all day event for especially new Rotary members who would like to learn more about what Rotary has to offer.  Its a great opportunity for learning leadership skills for free.  The cost of the course will be paided by the club for 3 members.  Please let one of the board members know if you are interested.   
 
October 22 - Meeting on Alzheimers Disease at the Glens Falls Hospital Community Center from 7:30-8:30 AM. 
 
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast November 6, 2019 - The Conkling Center and the Glens Falls Senior Center are joining forces again this year to sponsor the Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Great Escape Lodge.  Sign up has begun for veterans who would like to attend this event.  If you are a veteran or know someone who is please consider this event and sign up through the Conkling Center.   
 
November 13, 2019 - District Foundation Dinner, Key Hall, Proctors - Schenectady, NY
 
Program this week -  Club Business
 
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