LOUDONVILLE — Sidelined since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing policies, the Rotary Club of Loudonville got together in a digital format for the first time in the club’s 93-year history Thursday, April 30.

The club used the online communications platform Zoom, with 18 members gathering via their home computers or smart phones. President John Carroll presided over the meeting, with no formal speaker because "we wanted to work out all of the bugs for a meeting like this before we asked someone to speak to us."

Next week the club, again using Zoom, will have another meeting at noon Thursday, this time with a speaker.

For the program, Carroll asked what members had been doing since the club last gathered on March 12. Some members had exciting news, including a new granddaughter for Marie Beddow and a great-granddaughter for Mary Alice Perrone. On a more serious tone, member Annie Kuttothara reported that her daughter, Syna, and son-in-law, both physicians, are involved in the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus in Pasadena, California.

Sergeant-of-Arms Dan Sved gave his regular quiz at the meeting, on the topic "Zoom." No one knew the answers.

Carroll noted that the Rotary Club board of directors have conducted two meetings using the Zoom format, and expressed thanks to Club Treasurer Sue Burwell for making the arrangements and taking care of details to set up the Zoom meetings.

In other club business, Carroll announced that because of the pandemic and lockdown, member John McMullen, who was slated to become club president this summer, had to step away from that office due to new responsibilities in meeting pandemic regulations at McMullen Assisted Care, where he is the director.

Second Vice President Brian Hartzell will take over as president for Carroll around the end of June. Carroll noted that "because of the coronavirus, we won’t be able to have the traditional installation of officers banquet."

Rotary meets Thursdays, except holidays, at noon. For the immediate future, meetings will be conducted via Zoom.