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May 2011 UC Newsletter

May 2011 UC Newsletter

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Board of Directors
Tom Pandick 
Vice President 
Warren Abriel
Colleen Ryan
Matt Badalucco
 Past President 
James Nolan
Cal Berger Joe BradyKevin ClancyGene Hallock Jeff HillAmy Kramer  Nate MaloneyFrank NemethBill Ross
Mother’s Day 2
 National Register 
3Beth Wood 2Prospect Place Lunchand Tour 2Pinkster Day 3Janet Flammang 2Mother Judge 2Keep in Touch 3
Ruth Pelham
Before there was television or radio, there werelimited venues available to meet with friends or family to share a meal, a game of cards or alively conversation. A prominent group of Al- bany residents decided to change that in 1901.Sometime in February that year a group of graduates of various colleges in the Albany area began discussing the formation of a club. Theydecided to hold a meeting, to which they wouldinvite other college graduates, to discuss thefeasibility of forming a “University Club”. Thatmeeting was held on March 21, 1901 in thechapel of the old Albany Academy. A week later another meeting was held on March 28thand constitution, membership and finance com-mittees were appointed. The University Club inthe City of Albany, New York formally beganits existence on May 9, 1901 when the foundingmembers filed the official Certificate of Incor- poration. Thereafter there has been an annualmeeting of the club each May.During the life of the University Club, its’members have witnessed major developmentsin Albany as the first plastic was developed byAlbany Billiard Ball Company to manufactureits billiard balls, Aviator Glenn Curtis won a$10,000 prize by piloting his plane “AlbanyFlyer” in the first non-stop flight from Albanyto New York City, Archland Dederick broughtthe first Horseless Carriage to Albany, the StateCapitol was completed, the D&H Plaza was built, two Albanians survived the sinking of theTitanic, Charles Lindberg and Samuel Clementswere hosted in Albany, Albany resident JamesBentley “Cy” Seymour led the professional baseball’s National League with a .377 battingaverage, Edwin Thockmorton Thacher-brother of Albany’s mayor-helped with the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, Seth Wheeler of Al- bany Perforated Wrapping Paper Company in-vented the first rolled toilet paper, the VanSantvoord and Olcott family ran the AlbanyDayline Paddlewheeled Steamboats, and theEmpire State Plaza was built.2011 marks the 110th anniversary of the estab-lishment of the University Club and the
. This year’smeeting which will be held on
The purpose of themeeting is to elect officers, directors and anominating committee for the next year.You may vote from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Financialand House committee reports will be pre-sented and future plans will be discussed.The Club has endured 110 years because of the convictions of its founding fathers andthe stewardship of thousands of members, past and present, with a desire to maintainits dignity, history and uniqueness while atthe same time adapting to an ever-changingworld. Like many other clubs in the regionand around the country, recent years have been a real test for the Club; so, as you canimagine, there are numerous pressing mat-ters to be discussed at the Annual Meeting.These discussions will include, but by nomeans be limited to, the recommendationsmade in
 Financial Focus: A Report from theUniversity Club’s Special Budget Committee
(a copy of which all members received withtheir billing statements last month). TheCommittee was charged with assessing thefinancial situation of the club and charting acourse for a sustainable future. Among other things, they tackled ways to reverse stagger-ing school and property tax debts, increasemembership, make more efficient use of our facilities and the elimination of the need tocontinue with the 20% pay and hours reduc-tion our loyal staff incurred in February of 2010 in order to help offset growing deficits.As outlined in
 Financial Focus
, the Club hasonly 3 "fitness members," while fewer mem- bers are using the Club's fitness center com-monly known as the Annex. The Annexadds little to the Club’s bottom line, but in-creases the tax burden and utility bills. Despite recent marketing efforts, thefitness center has become a liability to theClub. On March 21, a resolution to sell theAnnex was approved by the UniversityClub's board of directors, with proceedsfrom the sale of the building allocated: to pay off back taxes; retire an outstanding line
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Will we see you in MAY?MotherJudgeGrille roomFriday, May 6th8-10 PM
Americana alt-folk diva MotherJudge performs, writes and produces musicin Upstate NY. Her muses range fromHank Williams and Ray Charles toswampy rhythms and deep gospel andsoul sounds. Painterly lyrics, soaringvocals and generous arrangementssupported by great musicians show-case a broad songbook of originalsand well-chosen covers. Dinner avail-able from 5-9 p.m. The performance isfree! Call 463-1151 if you plan to bethere.
 Join us for a very special evening with
Beth WoodFriday, May 13thReception 6 PMConcert 7-9 PM
"Folk singer-guitarist Beth Wood hassuch a dazzling voice it’s a mysterywhy she’s still just a cult artist," saysthe
 Dallas Morning News
. Come seefor yourself in an intimate concert inthe Club’s Living Room.Tickets are $25 and proceeds will benefit the University Club Founda-tion.
This special concert is presented through the generosity of Club mem-ber James Davies
Join us for a recep-tion with light fare and cash/sign bar at 6:00 p.m., followed by 2 sets of Beth’s "soulful, organic, free-range, barefoot music." Call 518-463-1151 toreserve your seats for what promisesto be an unforgettable performance.
Scan this code withyour smart phone’s bar code reader to godirectly to Beth’s siteBethWoodMusic.com.
Assorted Cold SaladsRoast LambBaked Haddock Roast Prime RibRoast Loin of Pork Whipped Sweet PotatoesFresh VegetableHomemade Brownie SundaesFor the Kids:Baked Macaroni and CheeseChicken Tenders and FriesAdults $23.95; Kids under 12 $10.95(beverages additional).Albany RoundtableInvites you to
 An Evening with Janet Flammang 
 author of 
The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society
Wednesday, May 18 from 6-8 pm
Cocktail Reception 6 pm; Program 7 pm
Ms. Flammang is the Chair of the Po-litical Science department at the Uni-versity of Santa Clara (CA). Her book explores the idea that table activities -the mealtime rituals of food prepara-tion, serving and dining - lay the foun-dation for a proper education on thevalue of civility, the importance of thecommon good, and what it means to be a good citizen. She contends thatthe arts of conversation and diplo-matic speech are learned and practicedat tables, and a political history of food practices recasts thoughtfulnessand generosity as virtues that enhancecivil society and democracy.Tickets $30; $25 for Albany Roundta- ble members. Call 518-463-1151 toRSVP.Vanguard-Albany Symphony, Inc.
31st Anniversary Designer Showhouse
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10 Stafford StreetLoudonville, New York 
 Please JoinThe University Club Foundation for a special Prospect Place event 
Thursday, May 19, 201112:30 p.m.
Local author & historian, Peter Hess,will discuss the history of the houseover lunch at the ClubParticipants will departfor Prospect Place at 1:30 pmGuided tour begins at 2:00 pm
(which includes meeting the designers)
Tickets $30Includes buffet lunch, lecture at theClub and admission to Showhouse.Parking adjacent to the Showhouseat the lot of St. Pius X Church
 Proceeds to benefit The Albany Symphony OrchestraUniversity Club of Albany Foundation
Prospect Place will be open for viewing from May 3rd-May 22ndRegular Hours:Tuesday, Friday & Saturday10:30 am to 5:00 pmWednesday & Thursday10:30 am to 8:00 pmSunday1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Last admittanceone hour before closing.
 Join the conversation Join the conversation Join the conversation Join the conversation
It’s easy to keep in touch, find outwhat’s happening, and connect withother people who share your interest inthe U Club.Check out our blog online at:UClubEvents.blogspot.comFind us on Facebook Search for University Club of Albanyor use the following link:http://www.facebook.com/pages/University-Club-of-Albany/292414165861Many thanks to
Colleen Ryan
whoupdates our blog & Facebook site!Join our LinkedInGrouphttp://www.linkedin.com/groups/University-Club-Albany-1965044?Many thanks to
Doug Boettner
who setup our LinkedIn Group and regularly posts!
RUTH PELHAMand the Music MobileFriday, June 3rdFree Family Concert6-8 PMBring the kids! Bring the grandkids!Grab your neighbor’s kidsif you don’t have any of your own!Dinner served 5-9 pmThe University Club of Albany hasreceived notice from the United StatesDepartment of the Interior that it will be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation willtake effect when the listing is offi-cially made by the Department of theInterior.Since 1901 the University Club hasoccupied only two clubhouses (withtemporary use of the Fort OrangeClub and the former Albany Institute building on State Street while variousconstruction projects occurred). Thefirst location was at 99 WashingtonAvenue roughly across the street fromthe current Fort Orange Club from1901 to 1907.In 1907 the club purchased the Victo-rian-era Queen Anne style home of the late George Amsdell (1825-1906),a local brewer and proprietor of theAmsdell Brewing Company on Lan-caster and Jay Streets, the largest brewery in the area at the time. Lo-cated at the corner of WashingtonAvenue and Dove Street, the housewas fully renovated in 1914 when theClub added a modern extension off the rear to house a restaurant and ad-ditional sleeping rooms.Less than a decade later, in November of 1923, a fire resulted in the demoli-tion of the Amsdell home. The presentclubhouse was constructed in 1924-25to the design of Albert Fuller & Wil-liam Robinson.“This is a tremendous distinction for the University Club, and recognizesour important role in Albany’s his-tory,” said Colleen Ryan, the Secre-tary of the Club’s board of directors.“We are delighted that our clubhousewill take its place on the NationalRegister, a list that includes AlbanyCity Hall, Cherry Hill, the Ten Broeck Mansion, and our neighbors the Har-manus Bleecker Library and AlbanyInstitute of History and Art.”To celebrate the designation, the Uni-versity Club Foundation, Inc., a 501c3organization incorporated in 2009 tofacilitate access to grants and charita- ble contributions for the preservationof the building, will host a receptionon Monday, June 13.The date for the event was carefullychosen. “In the 19
century in NewYork’s Hudson Valley, Pinkster Daywas a most-anticipated holiday,” saidRyan, an organizer of the event.“Pinkster Day was a celebration of spring for all: a religious holiday for the Dutch, and for slaves from Africa,time off from work and a chance togather with friends and family. Theholiday began on the seventh Mondayfollowing Easter, the day after theChristian Holy Day of Pentecost or Whitsunday. In 2011, Pinkster Dayfalls on June 13, and we will mark thisdate by celebrating the history of a building and a community.The
 Pinkster Day Celebration
willhonor Albany’s rich history with read-ings from four centuries of scholarlyand popular publications documentingthe people and places of New York’scapital city. The event will feature acocktail reception with light fare andopen bar as well as celebrity readers.Tickets start at $50 and reservationscan be made by calling the UniversityClub at 518-463-1151.
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of credit ($14,769);
and fund the em- ployee pension account in accordancewith the Employee Retirement IncomeSecurity Act of 1974. This resolutionrequires approval by Club members andwill be up for a vote at the May 20thAnnual Meeting.
Even amid their conversations aboutthe challenges we face as an organiza-tion, the Special Budget Committeefound reasons to be optimistic. For one, the clubhouse was recentlynamed to the State Register of His-toric Places, with National Register listing anticipated which may opendoors for grants for capital improve-ments as well as further tax relief. An-other ray of hope is the UniversityClub of Albany Foundation. Throughthe hard work of its board and volun-teers and the generosity of club mem- bers and other donors, the Foundationhas raised over $60,000. They have paid for a number of maintenance/upkeep projects over the last twoyears.

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