Members Attending (16): Terry Brewer, Debbie Rodriguez, Pat Bailey, Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Jim Butterworth, April Dowd, Ron Annis, Monika Annis, Carole Spencer, Dick Drumm, Roberto Martinez, Ray Hannan, Charlie Foote, Rommel Tolentino, Becky Raymond.
Guests (1): Dr. Mike Flesher.
PROGRAM: “Organic Nutrition and Fundraising”
Ron Annis presented a brief introductory talk and video on the benefits of proper nutrition, emphasizing a line of powdered supplements from a California company called Purium Health Products.
Purium transforms foods sourced from selected farms into dehydrated versions used in a variety of shakes and supplements.
Ron then introduced Dr. Mike Flesher, who also spoke about the benefits of nutritional supplements produced in an organic “farm-to-family” process. He, too, recommended Purium products.
After his talk, Ron passed around Purium special-offer cards that he suggested the club consider as an ongoing fundraiser. The idea is that the club would distribute cards to anyone in need of dietary assistance, and each time they make a purchase the club would receive $50.
COATS FOR KIDS — Project coordinator Bill Dowd reported that roughly 300 items of clothing have been donated so far for our “Rotary Day of Service” poverty project. Bill said his goal had been 400 items, but now that we’re nearing that number he’s hoping for 500. He reminded members that next Thursday, May 5, is the deadline for donations, and said we now are mostly in need of clothing for middle- and high-school kids. He will be delivering the clothes to the family assistance organization Circles of Mercy.
DINNER PRICE HIKE — Terry reminded members that the price for the weekly dinner at Quigley’s is going from $15 to $18 as of next Thursday, May 5. He said that is to provide us with the opportunity to select from a wider range of choices. It is the first price increase the club has made in decades.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT — We have received a request for assistance from Justin Burdick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 522 in East Schodack. He said he will be making outdoor benches that will be available for public use at the Church of St. Mary in Clinton Heights (163 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer), and is looking for donations of money and/or materials. Terry said the board will consider the request since traditionally we have been supportive of Eagle projects.
PROGRAM AND SUMMER PLANNING — Debbie Rodriguez reported that all after-dinner program slots have been filled for May and June. Terry said we now should be thinking about our summer-casual schedule when we switch from formal dinner meetings to member-hosted cookouts, field trips (baseball game and picnic, summer theater, etc.) and the like on Thursdays through July and August. One outing under consideration is a chartered bus trip to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome on a Sunday to take in the air show.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE DINNER — Terry reported that Bill Dowd is heading up the SRC contingent that will be preparing dinner for families lodging at the Albany facility on Thursday, May 12. Also signed up to help are April Dowd, Debbie Rodriguez, Mike Dewey, Melissa Bill, Peter Brown, and Debbie Brown.
SHELTERBOX — Bill Dowd, our club’s ShelterBox Liaison, has posted on our club website information on the current needs of the aid organization. He noted that although our club recently made a $5,000 contribution that will pay for five boxes, we can always donate more as individuals or as a club to help meet ongoing needs around the world. In addition to relief efforts already active in several parts of the world, earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador in the past 10 days have added to the strain on ShelterBox’s resources.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 5. The speaker will be LuAnn McCormick, executive director for the Capital Region chapter of Girls On the Run. The training program’s mission statement: “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”