Posted by Tim Bechard on Dec 09, 2019
 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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