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Club News
 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
 
Rotary Connects the World
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 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 -  Reflections
 
Rotary Connects the World
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 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
 
Rotary Connects the World
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 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
 
Rotary Connects the World
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 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
 
Rotary Connects the World
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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