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Club News
 Program for Jan. 16th - We had a well-attended and informative weekly luncheon last week. Our speaker was our own Tom Lyons who gave us a thorough review and understanding of how social media works and why it has become such a powerful outreach medium for businesses and organizations like our own club. He shared some fascinating statistics on the growth of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and a few others. Tom could easily have spent an hour on the topic but unfortunately, we were limited on time. Perhaps he can come back to present Part 2 at a future luncheon! Tom encouraged all of us in the club to engage social media more to stay connected.
 
January 26, 2020 - Jim Goodspeed thanked everyone for volunteering to help with the packing party for 5K/Shamrock Shuffle scheduled for Sunday, January 26th. We have filled the volunteer slots, but all are welcome! More hands will make for faster work! Jim also updated us on the Christ Church supper for the homeless in Glens Falls scheduled for Saturday, January 25th. We could use a few more hands to help serve if you have the time.
 
Alzheimers Effort - Barb Sweet updated us on the Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting at Glens Falls Hospital. Our club is taking an active role in supporting this effort in our community. She encouraged everyone in the club who may have interest to attend the meeting on January 25th at the Pruyn Pavilion, 3rd Floor, in Glens Falls Hospital.
 
This Weeks Program - Jeanne Williams from the Feeder Canal Alliance will give us an update about the initiatives for our waterways. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Program for Jan. 9th - This weeks program was a presentation by Lee and Linda Pollock about their recent trip to Nepal.  Thank you for sharing this experience.    
 
District Training Meeting - Tuesday, Jan. 14th - There will be a district membership training meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 at the Salvation Army on Broad Street.  Membership Committee members and anyone interested are welcome to attend. 
 
Ernest Peltz father of Charles Peltz passed away a week ago. Ernest was an honoary member of our club.  
 
January 26, 2020 - Rotary volunteers will be needed to help prepare for our annual 5K race.  This will involve also helping the Shamrock Shuffle race as well.  This will take place at the Glens Falls Association for the Blind on Ridge Street.  A volunteer signup list will be available in early January. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Program for Dec 19th - This weeks program was the great performance by the Glens Falls High School Octet who sang songs and danced to the music.  It should be noted that they are actually more than a group of 8 and have somewhere around 20 students who performed for us.  We were delighted to see them and look forward to have them perform again next year at this time.    
 
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkak, and a Happy New Year.  I can't believe that our Rotary year is now half over.  The many working committees have helped this be a smooth transition for me.  Thanks to all of you who have made this possible. As our activities wind down over the few weeks, let us reflect on the past few months and prepare and plan for the upcoming future.  Spring will show up as well as our activities such as the 5K race on April 25, 2020 and hopefully the Fishing Derby in early May.  We are still looking for a project lead for this event which is for the young children and their parents.  I know the Interact and RYLA groups will continue over the next few months and may be looking for volunteers.  Other events such as the Jenkinsville Soccer Tournament will then follow.  So while our activities subside in January, February and March, Rotarians will be still be engaged for the upcoming year.  I hope all of you who are on committees continue with your efforts and hope new members find ways to contribute.  Thank you all. 
 
December 26, 2019 -  No Meeting  
 
Program for January 2, 2020 - Ellie von Wellsheim will talk about the MoonCatcher Project that we have heard about through our member Janice Holding. 
 
January 25, 2019 - Rotary volunteers will be needed to serve supper at the Christ Church United Methodist.  Keep on the lookout for the volunteer signup invitation. 
 
January 26, 2020 - Rotary volunteers will be needed to help prepare for our annual 5K race.  This will involve also helping the Shamrock Shuffle race as well.  This will take place at the Glens Falls Association for the Blind on Ridge Street.  A volunteer signup list will be available in early January. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Program for Dec 12th - This weeks program was the great performance by the Queensbury Madgraicals (24 High School Students) who sang songs they have been practicing for an upcoming tour of Europe.  For those who could not make the meeting, it was a great performance and delighted all those who attended. 
 
Tom Haley  - Tom is one of our honorary members who lives in Saratoga and can not attend our meetings due to lack of mobility and transportation.  He recently feel and broke his wrist.  A card was sent around during the meeting for members to sign wishing him the best and will be sent to him.  He really enjoys hearing from us.  If you would like to sent him a card, his address is: 5 Bensonhurst Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  
 
 Volunteer Efforts - Thanks to all the volunteers who pitched in for the Holiday baskets at the Salvation Army, Bell Ringing at the Walmart for collecting donations for the Salvation Army, and presenting books at the Queensbury Elementary School.  The effort to cover all these areas required significant volunteers, including Interact to cover all areas.  In all, approximately 60 volunteer hours was needed to cover all these areas in one week.  Great job everyone! 
 
Student Exchange:  Teresa one of our student exchange students needed to make a quick trip to NYC to sign papers at the Bolivian Consolute for her parents.  Transportation was needed for her to accomplish this in a timely fashion.  Rotarian, Dave Lebel stepped up to the plate and may the trip today.  Service above Self was definitely evident for this effort!
 
December 26, 2019 -  No Meeting 
  
Program this week -  Glens Falls High School Singers
 
Rotary Connects the World
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Program for Dec 5th - This weeks program was dedicated to Cindy Amell who passed away recently as our immediate past president.  Several members shared stories which showed how Cindy was a caring, giving person who liked helping people. Truly "Service Above Self".  Following are comments from one of our members who has known Cindy for many years.
 
I first met Cindy when I went to the Scotia Rotary Club on a visit before I became district governor. Her husband Jim was going to be the president during my year, so I needed to coordinate with him on what he was planning. Unlike many clubs in the district, I found Scotia well prepared and in good hands under Jim’s leadership. During our time together, he introduced me to his wife Cindy, who I immediately liked. Her ability to make friends and put people at easy was amazing. With the assistance of a couple of other Rotarians, she was instrumental in keeping the meeting light and fun. These were traits, I discovered later, she shared with the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris. His original concept for Rotary was based on having fun, being relaxed, making friends, being tolerant and providing service. Cindy was all of theses and so much more. It didn’t take me long to recognize Jim was a lucky guy and that Scotia had an exceptional Rotarian. I asked her to join my governors’ team during the 2002-03 term. An invitation she never hesitated in accepting. Working with a host of Rotarians from across the district, they were instrumental in accomplishing the goals of Rotary. Their efforts resulted in record contributions ($ 160,000) to the Rotary Foundation, a record number of grants (23) completed, a substantial increase in membership across the district (over 100 net new members), exchange students, and a host of other projects to numerous to list. Cindy was a part of all of this. And interestingly she continued her service not only to her club but has made considerable contributions to the overall success and growth of the District and International Rotary. During my 30 plus years in Rotary I have met and associated with hundreds, if not thousands of Rotarians, who are a special breed. They find the time to say “yes.” They give that extra energy to make the task of helping others enjoyable. They are the problem solvers, or motivators and humble servants to the needs of others. I call these individuals “Giants.” For that is what they are. Some people think a Rotarian is a person who wears a pin, or attends a lunch, or helps fry bread dough a couple of times a year. And they would not be wrong. But a Giant is a little more. They understand that Rotary is a lifestyle. They realize they can’t do it all, but they have a belief that the job can get done. Whether individually or with a group. Rotarians are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Cindy was not only a Giant, but a loving wife, nurturing mother, helpful neighbor, loyal friend, doting grandmother and all those wonderful things that make humans human. I know I will miss my friend. She was taken too soon. Plus, there is so much left to do. So, it remains up to us to pick up her Rotary torch and continue on. We need to re-dedicate ourselves by her example. We cannot forget her devotions. It’s hard to say good-bye and I am saddened to do so. Yet, I know Cindy will always be with me every time I try to put “Service Above Self.” Fred Carvin Past District Governor (2002-2003).
 
Several other members shared similiar words on how Cindy inspired them to be a good Rotarian.  
 
In Cindy's honor, $100 will be sent to the Salvation Army in her name.  We also collected $586 that will be given to the Glens Falls Rotary Foundation in Cindy's name as well.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this cause.  
 
Tom Haley  - Tom is one of our honorary members who lives in Saratoga and can not attend our meetings due to lack of mobility and transportation.  He recently feel and broke his wrist.  A card was sent around during the meeting for members to sign wishing him the best and will be sent to him.  He really enjoys hearing from us.  If you would like to sent him a card, his address is: 5 Bensonhurst Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  
 
 Volunteer Efforts - Volunteers are still needed for Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army at the Walmart on route 9 on December 14th.  Wear your warm clothes and holiday attire!  
  
Program this week -  Queensbury Madrigals Singing Group
 
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