Posted by Tim Bechard on Sep 22, 2019
Balloon Festival 2019 - Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this years Balloon Festival.  Balloons were launched for all scheduled times and the weather was fantastic! Saturday afternoon was super super busy and the volunteers were hard at work from 4 PM until after 9 PM.  By mid morning on Saturday, water was selling as fast or not faster than the bread dough.  Thanks to the volunteers who helped replenish our water to quench the thirst of the customers.  We don't have all the figures completed, but it was very successful.  
Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort - What a great reponse we had for supporting the Hurricane Dorian Relief! More money has been collected and it looks like our total is $1278.  We will be issuing a check to this effort shortly. 
Membership Dues - We currently have 93 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 65 out of 88 members who have paid their dues.  We appreciate their promptness!  If you are one the 23 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. 
Program of September 19th - Committee reports were given for the Childrens School Book Program, Opioid Crisis, and Lyme Disease.  The dates for giving out the childrens books for the Glens Falls School are Kessington on 10/15, Big Cross 10/16, Jackson Heights 10/17, and Abe Wing 10/18.  St. Marys TBD.  Signups will be available on our website shortly. The Opioid Crisis committee and Lyme Disease continue to make progress.
Gabrielle Grasmeder update the club on her efforts to get more ACC students involved. A student acitivities was held at ACC on September 18 for students to join a club.  Gabrielle was there to seek interest in a community project.  Over 40 students signed up as intereste in working on a community project.  Gabreille will work on forming a committee with these students.  The likely project will be helping to reduce the amount of plastic use in our community. 
The Warm the Children Program continues to progress with our new responsibilities since the former employee at the Post Star can not administer this program as in the past.  Cindy Amell and Lynda Albright has steped up to help with the interviewing and/or administration of this program. Additional volunteers would be 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.  
November 9, 2019 - UN Day
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 -   Scott Hayden, Executive Director, Adirondack Folk School 
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