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March 2013 UC Newsletter

March 2013 UC Newsletter

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Published by Colleen M. Ryan
University Club of Albany - March newsletter. Featuring St. Pat's Parade Day buffet, Albany Roundtable, Torch Club, Easter Buffet, and "Pull Up A Chair" drive!
University Club of Albany - March newsletter. Featuring St. Pat's Parade Day buffet, Albany Roundtable, Torch Club, Easter Buffet, and "Pull Up A Chair" drive!

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According to history.com, Saint Patrick, who was born in the late 4th century, was one of the most successful Christian missionaries in history. Born in Britain to a Christian familyof Roman citizenship, he was taken prisoner at the age of 16 by a group of Irish raiders.They transported him to Ireland, and he spent six years in captivity before escaping back to Britain. Believing he had been called by God to Christianize Ireland, he joined theCatholic Church and studied for 15 years before being consecrated as the church's secondmissionary to Ireland.Early Irish settlers to the American colonies, many of whom were indentured servants, brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. Patrick's feast day to America. The first re-corded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1762, and with the dra-matic increase of Irish immigrants to the U.S. in the mid-19th century, the March 17thcelebration became widespread. Today, across the U.S., millions of Americans of Irishancestry celebrate their cultural identity and history by enjoying St. Patrick's Day paradesand engaging in general revelry. This year marks the 63rd St. Patrick’s parade in Albany.The first having been held in 1950 in North Albany one year before the city-wide parade began.
(at Quail & Central and proceedsdown Washington past the club)(beverages additional)
Almost 40 million peo- ple in the United Statesclaim Irish ancestry.The Irish AmericanHeritage Museum, re-cently opened at 370Broadway in downtown Albany, isopen to all who seek to learn aboutthe experiences and the rich contri- butions of the Irish here in America.Their goal is to inspire you to think about, and connect to, your ownheritage - Irish or otherwise - and to pass it on to future generations.Though new to Albany, the museumhas been in existence for more than25 years, having previously beenlocated in the town of Durham in theCatskills. The move to the Capitalcity was intended to increase access,visibility and attendance, and to al-low for year-round access to exhib-its, the Paul O’Dwyer Library, lec-tures, presentations, film screenings, book signings and other special pro-grams. Find out more about the mu-seum and its programs at www.irishamericanheritagemuseum.org
A hot/cold luncheon buffet (withcorned beef & cabbage, of course!)will be served beginning at noonwith the program commencing at12:30 pm. $20. Reservations are re-quired by Monday, February 11thand should be made by calling theAlbany-Colonie Chamber of Com-merce at 518-431-1400, or by e-mail:albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.Your phone is ringing, your bosswants to talk to you and your partner wants to know what's for dinner.Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they're getting the best of you, youmight want to hit the mat and giveyoga a try.Yoga combines stretching, controlled breathing and relaxation. It brings the physical and mental together toachieve peacefulness of body andmind, helping you relax and managestress and anxiety. It has been shownto help lower blood pressure and im- prove heart function and to improve balance, flexibility, range of motionand strength. Some studies suggestyoga may also help alleviate chronicconditions, such as depression, painand insomnia.
(“Yoga: Fight stressand find serenity,” Mayo Clinic Staff, MayoClinic.com)
Yoga is accessible to anyone no mat-ter your age, fitness ability or flexibil-ity. Every pose can be modified tohelp you explore, but not exceed,your personal limits. Check it out for yourself at one of Ellen’s yogaclasses:
 Lunch Express
- Mondays12:00-12:45 p.m.Members $7; Non-members $10
 Mixed Yoga
- Tuesdays5:30-6:45 p.m.Members $10; Non-members $15Call Ellen at 518-463-1151 or emailEllen@universityclubalbany.com for information or to sign up.Still not convinced? The last pose of class is called Savasana. The room isdarkened, there is soft music playingin the background, you lay down onyour mat, cover up with a blanket,close your eyes and, for just a littlewhile, let all your cares melt away...
On the Buffet Glazed Easter Ham Roast Prime Rib of Beef  Cod w/sautéed Lemon & Fennel Garlic Mashed Potatoes Fresh Seasonal Vegetable For the kids:Mini Pizzas & Fries 
Adults $23.95 Kids under 12 $10.95
(beverages additional)
Easter is early this year. Don’t let itsneak up on you. Seating is limited so be sure to make your reservationsearly. Call the Front Desk at 518- 463-1151.William Batt, Public Policy Advocateand Torch Club Member, will share personal experiences of his time in thePeace Corps. Cocktails (cash/credit/sign) 5:30 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.and dinner and discussion follows at 7 p.m. $30 per person (refunded if youopt to join the Torch Club. Reserva-tions must be made directly throughPat Fishbaugh of the Torch club at: pfishdancer@verizon.net.The topic for the next meeting onApril 1st will be the Crown PointBridge Restoration with James Boni.
You know that old saying “If wallscould talk?”. Well, we’ve decidedthat if our banquet chairs could talk they would say,
 Our banquet chairs, purchased in the1980’s, have been in constant use for more than 25 years. They’ve been saton, stacked, dragged, dropped,spilled on and at one point sufferedthe indignity of an ill-fated attemptto clean them with a steam cleaner.It’s been clear for quite a while nowthat they need to be retired, butthere’s always been some more pressing expenditure looming. We just can’t wait any longer. It’sREALLY, REALLY time to putthem out to pasture.A large percentage of our business is banquets and we certainly want togive a good impression when mem- bers and their guests host an event.Our current chairs simply do not dothat.The goal is to purchase a minimumof 70 new chairs and the U ClubFoundation has graciously agreed tohost a
Chair Drive
to help us meetthat goal. By donating you not onlyget the satisfaction of helping to putour banquet chairs out of their mis-ery, but you can also get a tax deduc-tion !And, we’ve made it as easy as possi- ble. All you have to do to help is fillout the Donation Form below andreturn it to the club. Be sure to makeyour check payable to The Univer-sity Club Foundation. When we’vereceived enough donations to cover the cost of new chairs we will placethe order.
 A couple of examplesof what we need to replace
Yes! I/we want to help the Club put its best seat forward at the donation level indicated below:
$250 (6 chairs)
$135 (3 chairs)
$50 (1 chair)
other $_______  Name: __________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Please make checks payable to the
University Club of Albany Foundation
and return to The University Club,141 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. THANK YOU!!!

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