Social Activities 2013 – 2014 year


Luncheons with community or GE speakers September through June


September 17, 2013  ---  The Vista at the Van Patten Golf Club, 924 Main St., Clifton Park, NY 12065. Our speaker will be Joe Thatcher "Confederate Infernal Machine: The Coal torpedo". The talk will introduce Thomas E. Courtenay, inventor of the coal torpedo, his secret service corps and the impact of his sabotage explosive on Federal vessels. It will also discuss his connection with Confederate agents in Canada, his efforts to market the torpedo after the Civil War and the re-birth of his idea in the 20th century.


October 16, 2013  ---   Elfun Luncheon to be held at the Lighthouse at The Waters Edge, 2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville, NY, on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.. Our speaker will be Bernard McEvoy, M.D., Vice President Vale Cemetery.  He will talk about the history of Schenectady, from the Dutch settlers to the present day as illustrated by Vale Cemetery.   In Vale are buried war heroes, inventors and industrialists, notable women and African Americans, and ordinary citizens totaling 33,000 graves.  Please view the information in Branching Out for more information and an opportunity to tour the cemetery. 


November 13, 2013  --  Laura Schultz,  Professor of Nano Economics at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)   A growing number of science and engineering programs require their graduates to understand the principles of entrepreneurship.  Inventors who understand the implications of their work, can quantify the value of their contributions, and communicate effectively are poised to become innovators.  The entrepreneurship skillset will be valuable to scientists working in a corporate setting or those starting their own firms. In this talk, Laura will discuss how CNSE has cultivated an entrepreneurial environment for its students through formal coursework and extracurricular opportunities.


December 11, 2013  --  Edison Club, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  The Scotia-Glenville Choralaires Will Perform Songs of the Season Under the Direction of Jessica Crisci

The Scotia-Glenville High School Choralaires perform a wide variety of choral literature throughout the year.  They have traveled to Virginia Beach, Baltimore, and Washington DC in recent years.  They have received superior ratings at the national level for the past 11 years.  They participate heavily in community and school events, serving as musical ambassadors for the Scotia-Glenville School district.


January 14, 2014 --   Glen Sanders

Our speaker will be Dr. Jim Smiley, Retired Engineer, KAPL.  Dr. Smiley has been involved in tracking the global usage and sources of energy.  He has consulted with various agencies to  identify the pros and cons of various energy sources - traditional and renewables.  Dr. Smiley will share insights on the future options to supply our energy needs.  He will also provide a summary of the cause and consequences of the Fukushima reactors disaster.


February 12, 2014 – at Malozzi’s ---  Speaker:  Martin Tenniswood, PhD, Empire Innovations Professor

The East Campus of the University at Albany is located in Rensselaer and houses the School of Public Health and 16 small, medium and large Biotechnology Companies and the Cancer Research Center. Over the last three years there has been a major effort to develop public-private partnerships on the East Campus. This expansion has been driven in part by investment in state-of-the-art instrumentation in the Cancer Research Center by the university and New York State, including leading edge microscopic instrumentation developed at GE in Niskayuna.  Coupled with the development of a new Bio-Instrumentation Training program, developed in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, East campus is now expanding and attaching new companies to the National Capital Region.   


March 12, 2014  --   at The Mohawk Golf Club

John W. Delano, Ph.D. SUNY

Title: NASA's Search for Life Beyond the Earth

Summary:  One of NASA's strategic goals is to search for the origin and distribution of life in the galaxy.  More than 3,000 planets are currently known to be orbiting nearby stars, a small fraction of which may have environments that are suitable to form and sustain life-as-we-know.  It is now clear that planets are common (tens of billions) in the galaxy, but that some of the familiar characteristics of our solar system (e.g., nearly circular orbits) are not common.  Detecting the presence of life on planets orbiting stars tens of light-years away may soon be possible.


April 16 at The Century House

Our speakers will be Millie and Clark Gittinger.  10 years ago, Millie and Clark Gittinger were priviledged to travel to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada with Dr. James Halfpenny, noted naturalist and author who has specialized in bears.  Churchill is known as "The Polar Bear Capital of the World".  They will share their pictures of bears and other highlights of that interesting area.


May 13, 2014

Robotics projects at RPI


June 11 at The Edison Golf Club

David Geisinger about his hiking the Pacific Crest Trail



Other Activities


Tapping into the Arts registration form  ---  March, April, May 2014


Reduced Price Tickets


Schenectady Civic Players --  Room Service  -- May 2014


Schenectady Symphony Orchestra  -- Out of this World  -- April 6, 2014


Schenectady Civic Players --- The Understudy   --- March 2014


Schenectady Symphony Orchestra   ---  Beloved Fables   --- March 9, 2014


Schenectady Civic Players  --- Sherlock Homes  -- The Final Adventure  ---  Jan, Feb 2014


Schenectady Symphony Orchestra  --- Operatic Highlights   --- Jan, 12, 2014


Schenectady Civic Players --- Santaland Dairies  -- Dec 2013   many dates


Proctor’s ---  War Horse  --- Jan 19, 2014


Schenectady Civic Players  Morning’s at Seven  Oct 2013


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