Thursday, November 15, 2018

Joint meeting


Hi Everyone,

Happy first snow day! Luckily this will be a quick shot with little accumulation! New Yorkers chuckle at these amounts!

Last week Rachel’s good friend, Terry Casey, who is the CEO of Volunteers of America came and shared about the services they offer. The good folk working with this organization deal with some of the most difficult situations arising in people’s lives. You could tell that Terry is passionate about this work, and her leadership is what moves others to engage as well. Thank God for people like her.

Tomorrow will be our first joint meeting in a while, with Elmsford and Ossining Rotary Clubs. Our speaker will be the famous and entertaining Amir Asadi. He will be speaking on making connections through Rotary. Despite the wet roads, please make special effort to come and welcome our guests and let them feel the warm embrace of our club.

See you tomorrow!

Mark J.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

This Friday

Last week we had a good turnout in support of our guest speaker, Hal Rifken, a film producer. Hal is a fellow Rotarian from Palisades NJ and is a former Peace Corp Volunteer in Bolivia. He joined Rotary because of the similarity in service to others that both organizations promote. Mr. Rifken shared two short films that he produced, one of them was focused on promoting Rotary. He shared that he is concerned that many have no idea of the value that Rotary brings to the world, and through this medium of film he hopes to change this. 

This Friday our speaker is Rev Todd Farnsworth, from the Briarcliff Congregational Church. He will share about the current activities of this church in the community and beyond. I hear he is a very good speaker! As most of you know, this is the church that Rachael Leihbacher’s Father was pastor of for many years. Please come and support Rev. Farnswoth and if you can, please bring a friend. I promise he will not pass the plate! J

Also please bring your ads for the Journal for our upcoming fundraising. Eric is taking responsibility to get this journal completed in time for our event on Nov. 2nd. Thank you Eric for all your hard work each year in getting this produced.

Mark J.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

This Friday


Hi Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the new chill in the air and the beginning of a colorful changeover!

Last week Andrew Katabchnick, a local CPA, was our guest speaker who shared about the new tax laws and how they affect us in the state of New York. He was quite a good speaker and made an sometimes boring subject very interesting.

This week our speaker is Hal Rifken, a fellow Rotarian and here is his bio:
Professional Profile: Filmmaker Hal Rifken began his production company in 1989 and has worked continuously for most all cable and broadcast networks.  His academic background in child development  has led to projects that include educational subjects (Considering Waldorf: Changing Perspective in Education), and human interest documentaries (Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin; Dixie Queen--The Story of a 300 pound Drag Queen; and, most recently, Behind The Strings: The Shanghai Quartet). Hal's work has taken him to far flung locations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia30), and a Rotarian. Hal and his family live in Leonia, New Jersey.

Let make it a full house in support of our fellow Rotarian and please bring a friend. I have to say our club is attracting some very good speakers recently, something I hope we don’t take for granted.

**Also please get out and get some Ads for the Journal. Even with my very busy schedule I was able to get 11 ads so far. I have heard that Rachael, who is also a very busy person, has secured 7 or 8 ads so far. The goal is 5 each, but even if you were to get 2 each that would make a huge difference in the funds we raise allowing us to help many more people. Believe it or not, it’s a joy when you nail down an ad.**

Mark J.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Rotary this Friday


Last week Dr. Jim Kaishian, Briarcliff Manors Superintendent of Schools, was our guest speaker. He shared in great detail future plans and developments for Briarcliff schools and students, which is quite exciting. The way many of us learned is changing from sitting at our desks to a more open classroom concept with small group interaction. Also technology is helping advance the learning process. Jim mentioned that all High School and I believe middle school students are given a laptop MacBook Pros to use in the classroom and take home as well. He also talked about how they are dealing with security issues at the schools. These were but a few of the many things Jim talked about.

This week our guest speaker is Andrew Kabatchnick. Andrew is a local CPA that has been in this business for over 10 years.  The main focus of his talk will be on taxes, accounting, and financial health for his clients.  He would also like to discuss with us the new tax law and tax planning.

Just a friendly reminder to get out and sell ads for our Journal. Our goal is 5 ads per member. This is so easy to do, just ask those you do business with and you will be surprised when most say yes.

Hope to see all of you tomorrow.

Mark J.
“Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself- to serve.” 
― 
Wm. Paul Young

Speaker Lineup
Oct. 19th Hal Refkin
Oct. 26th Rachels Guest
Nov. 2nd General Meeting
Nov. 9 ?
Nov. 16 Joint meeting

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Oct. 5, 2018


Hi Everyone,

Last week we had a full house, with many guests, to hear a great presentation by Dr. Smalt on how to be healthy and extend our lives on this earth! Always the challenge is to act on good advice and change our habits when needed.

This Friday our guest speaker will be Dr. Jim Kaishian, Briarcliff Manor Superintendent of Schools. He will speak on the proposed Capital Plan for the school district. Jim gave a very inspiring talk about one year ago at our club, so I encourage you to come and learn more about this proposed plan related to the education of the youth in this community. This is also a great time to bring a guest.

I hope to see all of you tomorrow!

Mark J. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

From Mark  J. President


Hi Everyone,

Sorry for getting this to you so late!

Last week we were fortunate to have Susan Sommer from American Red Cross return as our guest speaker. She shared her gratitude for our clubs support for the blood drive we promoted and supported during the summer. During this visit she talked about the broader scope of the good work that the Red Cross is performing, which is quite impressive.

As I mentioned earlier this week Dr. Smalt, the author of a new book called, 
“A Healthier You - How Much Time Do You Have Left?”, will be our guest speaker this Friday. We hope for a “healthy” turnout this Friday so we can lend our support for Dr. Smalt and also encourage him to join our Briarcliff Rotary. Come and find out how you might be able to become healthier and hopefully extend the time you have left!

Mark J.