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 APRIL 16, 2012
PRESIDENT Patricia A. Lane presiding
GREETINGS & INVOCATION by Peg Weiss
shown with Program Chair Mike Marcelle
from the AP Board of Education, Jessica Zweig and Chris Foster
of their spouses, Joanne Rogers
and Pat Mulligan
WELCOME BACK, from Florida, Jim Rogers; from Georgia, Dudley Dorr
and Woodie Hacker
PROJECT SIGNUP SHEETS
DOORS OF HOPE, unloading food truck
TOMORROW TUES APR 17th: Bob Loveridge, Nancy Davis………HELP, PLEASE!
KIWANIS ONE DAY, Sat Apr 21st, Key Bank parking lot (with large shredder)
SLKs working with Sheriff’s Dept for the Children’s ID project
9-11 Ward, Loveridge, Booker 11-1 Rogers, Loveridge, Booker
BLOOD DRIVE Fri Apr 27th from 12:30 to 6:30 @ Church of the Covenant
12:30 Set Up: Jim Colabelli & Ken James 6:30 Take Down: Lyndon Ellis & Nancy Davis
1 – 3:30: Eve Ward 1 -- 3:30: Peg Weiss
3:30 – 6: Linda Ellis 3:30 – 6: Pat Lane & Janet Malecki
TRASHBUSTERS – HIGHWAY CLEANUP Sat Apr 28th @ 9AM, Arlington House parking lot
Malecki, Whipple, Loveridge, James, Fioravanti, Mulligan, Brownrigg
Need more SLKs, Key Clubbers, Builders Clubbers, Boy Scouts
Ø John Brownrigg: Summerfest meeting prior to regular meeting next week @ 5:30 PM!
Ø Pres Pat: Hoags Corners VFD Golf Tournament June 24th—information available.
Ø Joe Behson: Legacy member to be honored next week—a good night to bring your favorite guest. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6 before dinner at usual price. Be sure to let Dudley know EARLY that you are bringing a guest!
Ø Pres Pat: Troy Kiwanis Club hosting a “Kiwanis Night at the Valley Cats” on Monday, July 23rd—same night as SLK’s baseball night.
Ø Linda Ellis: WSL FD holds breakfasts every month on the 3rd Sundays. Next one is May 20th from 8-11AM. The Flea Market, Craft Fair & Open House is this Sat, April 21st.
Ø Woodie Hacker: Our sponsored Boy Scout Troop 526 promoted 12 Scouts at an Elevation Ceremony recently, and soon will promote two to the rank of Eagle Scout!
PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD to our “snowbird”
Jim Rogers, for 12 years! Congratulations, Jim!
Glad to have you back with us!
Mike Marcelle, Program Chair, introduced Averill Park Board of Education members, Jessica Zweig and Chris Foster. As for himself, he commented that he has been in education for more than 20 years, and came out of retirement to be AP’s interim superintendent. He said he was very favorably impressed with our district, the facilities, the staff, the students, and the community’s support. He then proceeded to present an illustrated explanation of the proposed budget situation for the next school year. Mike commented that NY State’s schools are facing a “perfect storm” of events which together create an almost impossible task for school boards. Revenues are reduced, costs have increased, there is no mandate relief from the state, and the property tax levy cap of 3.95% has complicated things even more. Next year’s proposed budget is $53,519,565 compared to last year’s $55,044,318, ($1.5+ million less), but we will receive $3.9 million less than last year. Mike outlined the cuts the Board has made in order to meet this challenge, cuts that are necessary but are painful to make. Personnel reductions total 34.4, which includes 22 teachers (some retiring, not to be replaced), 2 administrators, and 10+ non-instructional & related services. Bus service will continue as it is now (late bus was eliminated last year), and there will be full day kindergarten. 1404 responses were received from the survey and they were all considered. The board will continue lobbying efforts, and pursue collective bargaining with the teachers union. Currently AP has about 3300-3400 students. Some, fearful of cuts in programs, have left for private schools, and we do have some students who come from the Wynantskill & Little Red School districts, who pay tuition. Consolidation with other districts has been discussed, but is not feasible at this time. All schools in New York are desperate, and many are facing much bigger cuts. Politics are a big stumbling block, with downstate politicians much more influential. In answer to a question about the lottery which was proposed to provide money to education, Mike replied, “pie in the sky!” and commented that this is how he has spent the last three months of his life! Go to the district’s website at www.averillpark.k12.ny.us for more details. Residents are also invited to attend board meetings.
$ Woodie Hacker: My granddaughter has made the Dean’s List at Johnson & Wales!
$ Pete Stevens: I participated in the walk at Siena College for the Red Cross and it raised $4000! And, my brother-in-law is still looking for visitors to his Bender Lab facility!
$ Dudley Dorr: We had a great time in GA visiting grandchildren, and I had my first visit to Disney in Florida!
$ Jim Rogers: We had a great winter in FL but are glad to be back in this refreshing air! But we returned to a house full of fumes—the new furnace was installed today!
$ Janet Malecki: The WSL K-Kids competed in a District-wide service project. They read about ill-treated dogs that had to be taken to the M-H Humane Society, and decided to raise money for the facility. They ran a school-wide collection of cans, transported them to the Humane Society, sorted them for recycling, and took a tour of the place. Best part—they came in 2nd in all of NY District!
$ Mike Marcelle: I admire the receptive audience you are, and I bring thanks from Sharon Lawrence for all the good things that Kiwanis does! I also visited my grandchild in Conn to help celebrate a 5th birthday!
$ Pat Lane: I had a wonderful week in Boston visiting friends and relatives, but I’m not moving back there!
PRIZE, provided by Mike Marcelle, was won by Linda Ellis!
50/50 for $27 was won by Ron Wagner!MEGA 50/50 worth $238.50 stymied even Stuart Nippes, who produced the Ace of Hearts from the 38 remaining cards! Not too often does an Ace get trumped by a King, but you needed the King of Clubs to win!
23 PROGRAM: Bob Carpenter
Legacy Member honored
GREETER/INVOCATOR: Bruce Perry
APRIL 30 PROGRAM: Stuart Nippes
Jenifer O’Neil & Barb Glasser from RAAD
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Doug Baldrey
MAY 7 PROGRAM: Barb
Fioravanti & John Mulligan
Installation of Key Club Officers
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
GREETER/INVOCATOR: Joe Distell
MAY 14 PROGRAM: President Pat
ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTION OF OFFICERS/DIRECTORS
GREETER/INVOCATOR: Peg Weiss
SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming the former. We are lacking in the latter.” Malcolm Gladwell
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