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
Patricia A. Lane
Vice President Randall Wheeler, II Immediate Past Pres Gary Meislin
Treasurer Robert S. Pasquarelli Secretary David E. Booker
Webmaster David E. Booker Photographer James Rogers
Sandpiper Editor Margaret Weiss
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph M. Behson, Raymond C. Turner, , William M. Whipple
Barbara Fioravanti, Robert R. Loveridge & Ron Wagner
Michael Gates, Bryce Ginther & John Mulligan
MEETING OF APRIL 11, 2011
PRESIDENT Russell Patton presiding
GREETINGS & INVOCATION by Jim Rogers
MEETING OF APRIL 25, 2011
PRESIDENT Russell Patton presiding
GREETINGS & INVOCATION by Peg Weiss
GUESTS: Chris Foster & Jessica Zweig, APCSD Board members
WELCOME BACK: Supt Jo Moccia; Pat Lane, Barb Fioravanti, & Peg Weiss from trips abroad!
PROJECT SIGNUP SHEETS
DOORS OF HOPE: Thanks to those who worked Tues Apr 19th:
Mulligan, Loveridge, Johnsen, & Ginther
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE @ Church of the Covenant, Thurs Apr 28th:
Set Up and Clean Up: Nancy Davis
12:45-2:45 Eve Ward Pat Lane
2:45-4:45 Eve Ward Peg Weiss
4:45-6:45 Mike Gates Gary Meislin
TRASHBUSTERS HIGHWAY CLEANUP Sat May 7th, 9 AM @ Arlington House:
Dorr, Lane, Ginther, Mulligan, Tysiak, Davis, Willis, Kieley, Morizio
DIVISION COUNCIL @ HOOSICK FALLS’ 83rd Anniversary, Tues May 17th @ 6 PM, $20:
Mulligan, Rogers, Booker, Pasquarelli, Patton, Loveridge, Weiss, Ward, Lane, Wagner
BLOOD SCREENING CLINIC @ APHS Cafeteria, Sat May 21, 5:30-9:30 AM:
5:30/6 - 8 Booker, Trupia, Lane, Ward -- NEED TWO MORE
8 - 9:30 Tysiak, Mulligan, Ward, Johnsen, Weiss – NEED ONE MORE
Ø Bob Pasquarelli is taking orders for Kiwanis dress shirts @ $32. A minimum of 12 is needed to have the “Sand Lake” name embroidered in addition to “Kiwanis”.
Ø Eve Ward reported that the Boy Scout Camp Rotary may not be available for our annual End of Year Steak & Lobster Roast, but that former SLK Peter Sentz has indicated that the Tsatsawassa Fish & Game Club may be available in September. More details later.
REPORT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Candidates for 2011-2012 will be elected at the Annual Meeting on May 9th.
President: Pat Lane Directors (3): Joe Behson
President-Elect: Randy Wheeler Dick Johnsen
Vice President: _____________ Kevin Sarsfield
Treasurer: Bob Pasquarelli Bill Whipple
Nominations will re-open at next week’s meeting.
Jo Moccia, Superintendent of the APCSD, introduced Board of Education members Chris Foster and Jessica Zweig, who assisted her in the presentation of the 2011-2012 school budget.
Chris began with an overview of the well publicized situation that all area school districts are facing. Education must change to prepare our students for life in the 21st century, and we must reduce expenses to what is absolutely essential so taxpayers can afford this education. We have had two years of reduced state aid, (nearly $7 million!), and expect a third. Tax levy increases have been low over the last several years, (average of 3.13%), due to use of fund balance and reserves. Federal funds have been eliminated. Jessica continued to explain that the Board has worked long hours setting priorities, and struggling with the many mandated services that must be paid for. The result has been elimination of 19.5 teachers, 2.5 support teachers, 8.5 support staff, 1 supervisor, 23 curriculum leaders, 6 team leaders, 18 technology assistants, and after school support. The duties of these people will have to be shared among the remaining staff. Program reductions include athletics by 20%, extra-curricular activities by 20%, elimination of summer school, (except mandated special ed), childcare, driver education, arts in education, conferences, reduction of supplies, and the elimination of the adult ed coordinator. Class sizes will necessarily increase. The bottom line is a $55,116,818 budget, (last year was $55,437,669), with a tax increase of 5.1%. May 10th will be an open hearing and meet the 4 candidates for two seats on the Board. Voting will take place Tues May 17th at the high school from 7 AM to 9 PM. Many questions, suggestions, and comments were heard, including “think outside the box” for solutions, create “internships” with students performing some tasks, teach practical life skills, older students teach younger ones, and with new technology, distance learning between schools, sharing skills and knowledge. Pres Skip thanked Jo, Chris, and Jessica for an excellent presentation of an unpleasant situation.
$ Dick Johnsen: I’m glad I married a teacher who’s retired—well! Also, I had the privilege of celebrating Easter at one of my former churches.
$ Barb Fioravanti: Gene & I, and Peg, went with a group on a great trip along the Rhine River with perfect weather, perfect organization, and had a wonderful time!
$ Randy Wheeler: I’m relatively new in the community, and so have a different perspective on all these school issues. I’m much impressed with the AP School District, and despite all the cuts, it’s a good one!
$ Pat Lane: Went on a trip to see Holland’s tulips and Belgium’s very impressive WWII memorials. I’m glad to be home, but I’d go again in a flash!
$ Peg Weiss: I have to echo Barb’s comments about a wonderful trip! The ship was fabulous, the tours amazing, and even after eating all those 5-course meals, I only gained 2 pounds!
$ Jerry Tysiak: I just returned from 2 weeks in Florida sun at 90 degrees—lots of family in and out! My youngest daughter has just started her new job as pharmacist at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine!
$ Bill Whipple: I’m just glad AP didn’t use any more snow days, so I could use the week off to visit our son and daughter-in-law in California! Great weather there, too!
$ Gary Meislin: Just remember to vote early and often, and as they say in Albany County, just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you can’t vote!
$ Skip Patton: I’m happy for our great school district—thanks to those who are trying so hard to keep it going!
DOOR PRIZE, next week’s dinner money provided by Jo Moccia, was won by Jim Colabelli!
50/50 for $30 was won by TC McEntyre!
MEGA 50/50 has reached $855.50, and you could hear everyone hold their breath as Ken James took his turn trying to find that elusive King of Clubs…….nope, only 5 cards to choose from, but he pulled the 3 of Spades! Next week, only 4 cards left!!!
MAY 2 PROGRAM: Update on Sandpiper by Peg Weiss
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING with 2 Columbia HS Key Clubbers doing a presentation on setting up a Facebook account for SLK
GREETER/INVOCATOR: Skip Patton
MAY 9 ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTION OF OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
GREETER/INVOCATOR: Gary Meislin
MAY 16 PROGRAM: John Glasser
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Dudley Dorr
MAY 23 PROGRAM: Clayton Besch
GREETER/INVOCATOR/CERTIFICATE: Jerry Tysiak
MAY 30 NO MEETING – MARCH IN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
“No matter how dark things seem to be, or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities---always see them, for they’re always there.” Norman Vincent Peale
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