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MARCH 2019

Vol. 9, Issue 3

Your University Club: Happy to Host!

If you are a professional person who enjoys talking — and listening — are a little
curious, and likes associating with others in good fellowship, you’ll understand
why Albany Roundtable and Torch Club meetings are held at the University Club!
Let us help you invite your favorite organization to hold a meeting or event at the Club!

The Torch Club is an affiliate of the The Albany Roundtable is marking its
International Association of Torch Clubs 40th anniversary in 2019. The all-
(IATC), formed in 1924 in Minneapolis, volunteer, 501c3 organization presents a
Minnesota. The IATC’s mission is to regular opportunity for people from
broaden the intellectual horizons of a wide around the region and from all walks of
range of professionals through monthly life to gather to hear speakers with diverse
speakers and Q&A sessions. viewpoints on timely subjects.

You must be the guest of a Torch Club Luncheons are open to the public and
member to attend, but just get in touch attract an average of 50 participants each
with Club Manager Mimi Fahy if you month. The Roundtable is pleased to
would like to attend and she’ll connect |welcome students and a chaperone from
you with a sponsor! For more infor- Albany High School's International |
mation, visit Baccalaureate Program to attend lunches
at no cost. For more information visit
Torch Club – Monday, March 4
“What Ails the Middle East?
What’s the Cure?” Albany Roundtable
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof is widely recognized as Wednesday, March 13
a leading expert on the Middle East. He is Diplomat- The Capital Region’s Startup Landscape:
in-Residence at Bard College’s Political Studies Pro- What We’ve Done and What We Still Need To Do
gram and teaches at the Bard Globalization and In- As the attorney behind many of Capital Region’s
ternational Affairs Program in New York City, biggest business deals over the last several decades,
where his courses focus on U.S. foreign policy, the Rich Honen continues to serve as power broker for
Middle East, and diplomacy. Before joining Bard in the next wave of startups. Honen, a partner at Phil-
2018, he led studies on the Middle East at the Atlan- lips Lytle LLP and leader of the Albany Office, will
tic Council, a Washington-based think tank. He give a brief history of the region’s startup business
served as special adviser to the Secretary of State on scene and dive into the tough topic of failure as a
political transition in Syria, and before that was the requirement for future success.
special coordinator for regional affairs in the State
Department’s Office of the Special Envoy for Mid- The cost for the luncheon is $20 and may be paid at
dle East Peace. the door. The University Club will serve a hot and
cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the
The Torch Club social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. – program commencing at 12:30 p.m. Reservations for
Club members may sign for drinks. The program the luncheon, sponsored by the Northeastern Associ-
begins at 6 p.m. followed by questions, with dinner ation of the Blind at Albany, Inc. (NABA), are re-
at 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $35. Call the Club at quired by Monday, March 11th and may be made by
518-463-1151 for details. prepaying online, by calling 518-992-5360, or by e-
mail at
Will we c u @ the UC?


Wednesday April 17th

Pass it on … Prospective
Member Party!
The University Club of Albany
was founded in 1901 to “establish
and maintain assembly rooms,
promote social activities among
the members and cultivate and
maintain university spirit in the
Come to the U Club for the Annual City of Albany.”
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Corned Beef & Cabbage Buffet
Saturday, March 16 Nearly 120 years later, the history
and traditions endure. The Uni-
The Albany St. Patrick’s Day pa- Bar opens at 11:30 a.m.— buffet versity Club continues to attract
rade is one of the longest running from noon – 1:30. the best and brightest from all
parades in the United States. Now walks of life and offers services to
in its 69th year, the parade at- Corned Beef & Cabbage meet the changing needs of our
tracts hundreds of people from Potatoes ~ Carrots diverse and unique membership.
throughout New York’s Capital Irish Soda Bread
Region. This family-friendly Chicken Tenders ~ Fries Do you know someone who
event is focused on Irish culture Dessert would enjoy the benefits of mem-
and heritage and features some of Adults $15.95, kids $9.95 bership in the University Club?
the region’s finest pipe bands, (Beverages additional) Bring them along as your guest on
Irish step dancers and floats cre- April 17 for complimentary light
ated by local Irish groups. Come early to beat the street clo- fare and cocktails along with
sures and claim your St. Patrick’s games and giveaways.
Watch Albany’s 69th St. Patrick’s Day swag. Don’t miss the fun.
Day Parade from the front lawn This is one of our most popular The U Club shines brightest when
of the U. Club - or stay warm in- events – seating is limited so be it’s full of friendly members!
side and watch it from the Living sure to make your reservations
Room windows! early!

“Smiling Irish Eyes”

1 1/2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 oz. sour mix
1 oz. ginger liqueur

Pour in a shaker over ice, shake

and pour in a martini glass,
garnish with a lemon twist.

Underground Railroad: Albany’s Rapp Road Coming Back …

A New Interpretation Community By Popular Demand!
of an Old Story
Thu. 3/21- 6:00 p.m. Sat. 4/13 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Thu. 3/14 - 6:00 p.m.

Learn about this important

example of the Great Migration
Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, of 5 million African Americans
independent researchers and from the South in the early 20th
Scholars in Residence at Russell century. Tucked among shop-
Sage College, bring their seminal ping malls, highways and a
research on the Underground landfill, Albany’s Rapp Road
Railroad movement to the Historic District is threatened by
University Club. deterioration and encroaching
development. This area was set- The University Club Foundation
The Underground Railroad, often tled by members of the congre- welcomes — all the way from
characterized by tunnels, dark-of- gation of Pastor Louis Parson of Nashville — singer songwriter
night escapes, coded language the Church of God in Christ in Jackie Rae Daniels back to
and hidey-holes, was far more Shubuta, Mississippi. Presented Albany for a one night event.
extensive and complex than by the U Club Foundation.
we’ve been led to believe. Jackie will be performing songs
Despite significant pro-slavery Welcome New Member! from her new album “Hit The
sentiment, New York State was Moon.” Local musician Claude
home to many abolitionists Dan Pearson is a graduate of Sawyer will open— join us for a
working to abolish the institution Bowdoin College and the great night of music!
of slavery in our state and nation University of St. Andrews in
and it was visited by many who Scotland. After a decade as a
had escaped enslavement and journalist, he worked in college
sought a life of freedom. admissions before becoming
Director of Admissions at The
The Stewarts will share a new Doane Stuart School. He splits
interpretation of a very old story his time between Troy and
and explain the various initiatives Stonington, Connecticut.
the Underground Railroad Histo-
ry Project of the Capital Region,
Inc. is fostering to connect local
residents with our history and
illustrate its continuing rele-
vance. Celebrate your birthday at the
U Club and we’ll make you a
This event is presented by the giant birthday martini!
University Club of Albany
Foundation and there is no cost Stay for dinner and receive 50%
to attend. off your meal!
University Club
Board of Directors Save the dates!

OFFICERS Special Saturday Openings

Amy Kramer: President Saturday, April 13

Jim Davies: Vice President
Chuck Seifert: Treasurer
Nashville-based singer and
Rob Crudden: Secretary songwriter Jackie Rae Daniels
Nate Maloney: Past President
Spring begins Saturday, May 11
March 20! Off the Record
Spring Fling!
Teresa Casey
Jeffrey Hill
Geoffrey Hoderath Book your special
Michael Lieberman
Bob Sheehan
occasion today.
Damon Stewart Call 518-463-1151.
Tim Varney

March 2019
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Lunch Club closed

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Club closed Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch Club closed
Torch Club

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Club closed Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch St. Pat’s
Spring Ahead! Roundtable UGRR Talk Parade Buffet

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Club closed Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch Club closed
Lobbyists/Friends Rapp Road Talk
Happy Hour

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Club closed Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch/Dinner Lunch Club Closed

As a reminder, the Grille Room is routinely open Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for lunch,
dinner, and happy hour. On Fridays the Grille Room is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Grille
Room may be open at other times for special events. The Clubhouse is open all day Monday through Friday if
you want to come by and work, relax, or socialize—or even shoot pool or bowl a few frames!