The Weekly membership newsletter of the
Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake, NY
P. O. Box 535, West Sand Lake, NY 12196
Meets 6:30 PM Mondays at The Lakeview Inn Restaurant
President Patricia A. Lane Treasurer Robert S. Pasquarelli
President-Elect Michael T. Gates Secretary David E Booker
Immediate Past Pres Russell B. “Skip” Patton Webmaster David E Booker
Sandpiper Editor Margaret R Weiss Photographers James Rogers & Kevin Sarsfield
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barbara K Fioravanti, Roland B Wagner, Robert R Loveridge
Bryce B Ginther, John B Mulligan, Margaret Weiss
Kevin P. Sarsfield, John C. Brownrigg & William M. Whipple
MEETING OF MARCH 12, 2012
PRESIDENT Patricia A. Lane presiding
GREETINGS & INVOCATION by Bill Whipple
MEETING OF MARCH 26, 2012
PRESIDENT Patricia A. Lane presiding
GREETINGS & INVOCATION by Randy Wheeler
GUESTS: Speaker Karen
Carpenter Palumbo from Vanderheyden Hall, shown with Program Chair Skip
AP School Nurses Jo Flanigan, Trisha Morley, Joan Pettrone & Catherine Wager
(Unable to attend Antoinette Lanoue and Catherine Tworek)
WELCOME BACK: Barb Fioravanti, Joe Behson, and Bob Loveridge
PROJECT SIGNUP SHEETS
DOORS OF HOPE, unloading food truck
Fri Apr 6th: So far, we have NO volunteers!
Tues Apr 17th: Mulligan, Loveridge
Ø John Brownrigg: There are only 81 days left until Summerfest!
Ø Bill Whipple: There are quite a few potential sponsors for Summerfest who have never been contributors. Please sign up to contact them!
Ø Pres Pat: The program on Fenway Park is on PBS tonight at 10 PM.
Ø Pres Pat: Report on Past Governor Mike Malark’s open heart surgery done last week: 5 bypasses were done, and he is recuperating still in the hospital. His wife has requested lots of get well cards, each with $1 contribution to the food pantry.
Ø Pres Pat: Email received from Terry Weaver, the glass blower we listened to a couple of weeks ago. His furnace is all fired up, and his spring session has begun. Visitors are most welcome; just call first to be sure he’s there—424-5815! Expects to be “playing” til June!
Pres Pat called the four nurses present to the front to present each of them with our “Everyday Hero Certificates” for their outstanding assistance with our food and toy donations to needy families both at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Without their knowledge and discretion we would be unable to provide families with sustenance and gifts to show that the community cares. Special thanks from the nurses went to Eve Ward for highlighting gifts just for teenagers. Our deep thanks to you ladies who seldom receive enough credit for all they do.
Skip Patton introduced Karen Carpenter Palumbo, new President and CEO of Vanderheyden Hall. She had just come on board when the facility was close to closing, and is trying to turn it around. Vanderheyden is one of the premier child and family service agencies in the Capital Region, and has been giving new life to children and families for 179 years, since 1833! Many of us may remember the original Troy Orphan Asylum located in distinctive Dutch style brick buildings located on Spring Ave, at the intersection with Pawling Ave, in Troy, near Emma Willard. The main campus is now located in Wynantskill, with group homes in nine surrounding communities, and is one of the major employers in Rensselaer County (350 workers). Rather than be isolated as an “institution”, Vanderheyden wants to be part of the community, and wants the kids there to feel that too. Most of the kids have been abused in one way or another, and need love and care, plus education for their futures. The staff is trying to make the surroundings more like a home than an institution, giving the kids choices in paint colors, furniture, flowers, etc. Donations of all kinds are welcome; just call (283-6500 ext 207) if you have something you think they can use. Volunteers are encouraged to take groups on nature walks, shopping trips, visits to museums, libraries, etc. The upper age limit is 21, but life skills are taught as soon as they arrive—how to budget their time as well as their money, how to clean their rooms, and later their apartments, how to shop, cook and bake—all the things they will need to live on their own, and keep a job. Karen wants the kids to feel that Vanderheyden is their second chance at life, so they will work to succeed. She also wants to establish an “alumni association”, so that they will keep in contact after they leave the facility. Randy Wheeler thanked Karen for a most lively and enthusiastic talk, and presented her with our Certificate of Appreciation.
$ Barb Fioravanti: For a fantastic week in Lakeland, Florida at “Lake-a-thon”, a gathering for owners of “funny airplanes with engines on top”—great weather, lots of fun!
$ John Brownrigg: For all the nurses of Averill Park School District!
$ Dave Booker: For a wonderful time at the Circle K convention at the Albany Hotel (Crowne Plaza, Albany Hotel, etc) with 200 college members of the Kiwanis family. NY District has the second largest Circle K with over 1000 members!
$ Joe Behson: Margaret and I just returned from a week in Grand Bahamas, cruising, snorkeling, sunning on secluded beaches…….all those great things!
$ Bob Loveridge: For the nurses, and our guest speaker! Joanne and I also found some of those secluded beaches. I didn’t know where I was going, but when I got there, the scenery was fantastic!
$ Mike Marcelle: Also for all the nurses and their great work! I haven’t been able to attend much lately………kind of busy with a budget!
$ Ken James: The nice weather got me out on a walk in the woods, something I’ve been doing for years on my property. My daughter and son-in-law were with me, and we kept on, until after sundown, I realized that I really didn’t know where we were, and neither did Melodee! However, we kept going, and finally came out almost at Barb’s house!
$ Linda Ellis: Spent a week caring for my canine “grandchild”, and am glad to be back home and sleeping in my own bed!
$ Bill Whipple: For Dave Booker’s computer skills! He took all that Summerfest information, put it in, and it spit out 120 envelopes, all addressed! Thanks!
$ Jerry Tysiak: I too applaud the nurses! They have improved our program, and promoted Kiwanis efforts in this community!
$ Bob Pasquarelli: I’m happy because my wife is happy! Due to her vertigo problem, Joan has been house bound for a couple of years, unable to drive. Peg has been taking her to Curves, and other functions, and she’s happy to be part of the social scene again!
$ Skip Patton: For a great program, and thanks to John Mulligan who offered it to me!
$ Pat Lane: I can relate to Vanderheyden’s program, because I was an orphan in Mass, and was adopted by a loving family with lots of natural and foster children. And I’m also glad to have the nurses here, because everybody in education ever gets thanked enough!
DOOR PRIZE, provided by Skip Patton, was won by Lyndon Ellis!
50/50 for $28.50 was won by Linda Ellis, keeping it in the family!
MEGA 50/50 worth $181.50 taunted Jim Colabelli, but he could only find the 3 of Spades amongst the 41 remaining cards!
APRIL 2 PROGRAM: Dave Booker, Update on the Website
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Pete Stevens
APRIL 9 PROGRAM: Barb Fioravanti & John Mulligan
Key Club Officer Installation
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Ray Turner
APRIL 16 PROGRAM: Mike Marcelle
Averill Park School District budget for 2012-13
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Jim Parslow
APRIL 23 PROGRAM: Bob Carpenter
Legacy Member Honored
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Bruce Perry
SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
“You never know when you will step into the moment for which God has been preparing you.”
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