Social Activities 2016 – 2017 year


Luncheons with community or GE speakers September through June


September 20, 2016 --- The Vista Restaurant at The Van Patten Golf Course, 924 Main St., Clifton Park, NY 12065.  Our speaker will be John Delano, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany (SUNY)


Stone walls in New York and New England have a combined length estimated to be nearly 300,000 miles and were largely constructed between 1770 and 1830.  In addition to their being testaments to the strong work-ethic of 18th and 19th century subsistence farming families, the walls provide a way for estimating the drift of the Earth’s magnetic field during the last 200 years. Current geophysical models that have relied on different sources of information indicate the Earth’s magnetic North has drifted by nearly 10 degrees (westward) since 1800.  An approach using stone walls, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), and old land surveys provide independent constraints on the history of the Earth’s magnetic field that strengthen the geophysical models.



October 19, 2016 ---  Lighthouse Waters Edge  --- Phillis Budka   --- Finding My Polish Roots and Finding Live Relatives Is Fun

All of Phyllis Budka’s grandparents came to Schenectady before WWI from places that were once in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  While some family ties remained with distant relatives, many were lost over time.  Since retiring from GE in 2007, Phyllis has traveled to the places of her grandparents’ births in Poland and Lithuania several times and met many cousins and made new friends.  Her presentation will cover the delights and surprises of her genealogy quest.


November 15, 2016  -- Hilton Garden inn  --- Clifton Park, Clifton Park Center, 30 Clifton Country Rd., Clifton Park, NY 12065.  Our speaker will be David Pietrusza, Historian and Author.  A 1960's transformative presidential election, pitted three future presidents against one another: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon Johnson. This down-to-the-wire election not only featured such key players as Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Dwight Eisenhower, and Nelson Rockefeller but also created the modern format of debate-driven campaigns.


December 13, 2016 ---  Edison Golf Club  ---  Jessica Crisci and the Scotia-Glenville Choralaires --- 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 15 years.  They participate heavily in community and school events, serving as musical ambassadors for the Scotia-Glenville School district.  The Choralaires will be directed by Jessica Crisci.



January 18, 2017 ---  Glen Sanders  ---  Lawrence A. (Lon) Penna, Niskayuna Rotarian

There is no doubt that society’s future depends on students gaining the confidence and skills to be happy

productive members of society.  At their October 11 breakfast meeting, Niskayuna Rotary will be reviewing their Adopt-A-School activities, including tools each of us can use to support our schools such as; Sponsor-A-Scholar (; and  All Rotary meetings are open to the public.  Niskayuna Rotary looks forward to welcoming guests to their meetings, every Tuesday morning, 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM at the Blue Ribbon Restaurant & Bakery, 1801 State St (Route 5).  Community minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend. The presentation will aso describe Niskayuna Rotary's Adopt-A-School project, featuring how Elfun Computers continue to play an important role.  The presentation will conclude with multiple ways organizations and individuals can support local education, including the following outside-Rotary projects: Sponsor-A-Scholar;; Each One, Reach One (EORO) Summer Reading Program;; Boy Scout Camperships,, etc



February 14, 2017 ---  Mallozzi’s Banquet House   ---   Sara Foss, Writer for Schenectady Gazette

Gazette news columnist Sara Foss will talk about writing opinion for the newspaper, what the objective is, and how she picks topics. She will discuss the purpose of opinion writing, how she comes up with ideas, the difference between opinion writing, and objective news reporting.


March 15, 2017 ---   Mohawk Club -- Our speaker will be Brien Bouyea, Communications Officer, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.  A presentation on the life of 19th century legend John Morrissey: undefeated bare-knuckle boxing champion, founder of Saratoga Race Course, United States Congressman and New York State Senator. Morrissey, an Irish immigrant, who grew up in Troy, New York, before embarking on a life of action and adventure that is still marveled at today.



April 19, 2017  ---   The Century House   ---  Our speaker will be Jim Hurley from Home Instead Senior Care.  Jim will talk about Senior Care today. The need for it and some alternative living options. How Alzheimer’s and dementia may force our hand. What to look for and what to look out for.


May 16, 2017   ---   Glen Sanders   ---  Mike Adler

Mike Adler presenting his trip to New Zealand including scenery and geology.  The presentation will feature the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps, the dramatic fiords of the southwest coast, and the volcano’s and thermal features in the “Mt Doom” area of the Northern Island featured in the Lord of the Rings. The talk will also highlight the geologic origin of New Zealand which began 500 million years ago as a result of the collision of the Pacific and Australian plates. However, the New Zealand we now know only emerges from the sea 25 million years ago and continues to evolve. The most dramatic geological feature in New Zealand is the alpine fault which runs the entire length of the Southern Island and is caused by the colliding Pacific and Australian plates. 



June 14, 2017 ---  Edison Golf Course   ---  Dr. Steady Moono

Dr. Steady Moono, president of Schenectady County Community College.  Dr. Moono presentation on SCCC programs/courses supporting work in the Capitol Region. Dr Moono will address: The College's Strategic Plan From 2017 to 2020; New BioTech Lab and STEM Programs leading to careers in the medical field;  New Academic Programs; Workforce Development Programs and Industry Partners


September 19, 2017  ---Vista at Van Patten Golf Course  --- TBD


 Tentative Future Luncheons


Other Activities


Luncheon Show at Silver Birches – GEMINI comedian  -- June 28

Four Day trip to Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard – Sept 12 - 15

Review of visit to Hydroelectric Plant 3


Reduced Price Tickets


Schenectady Civic Players – The Curious Savage  --- Dates in May 2017

Schenectady Civic Players – Doubt, a Parable  --  Dates in March 2017

Schenectady Civic Players – Profit and Loss  -- Dinner Theater --  April 7

Schenectady Civic Players – Wait Until Dark  --Jan And Feb dates

Schenectady Civic Players  --  Star Quality – Dec dates 

Schenectady Civic Players  -- Rapture, Blister, Burn  ---- Oct dates 

Proctors Theater   --  An American in Paris  --- Oct 14, 2016 – Tickets by Sept 9




Reliable Resources For Seniors, Their Families and Professionals in Aging

One World Observatory Visit – Sept 21

Wade Tours Informational Night River Cruise Oct 15


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