Thursday, September 20, 2018

From Mark J. president BMR

Dear fellow Briarcliff Manor Rotarians,

Last week our speaker was Carola Bracco from Neighbors Link with offices in Mt. Kisco, Yonkers and Ossining. Their mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. I was not able to be present to hear about this important work, so if you want to learn what was shared by Ms. Bracco please reach out to one of our members who attended.

This Friday, Susan Sommer, from the Red Cross, will be our guest. She will share some news on the recent Blood Drive that our club helped organize at the Youth Center in Briarcliff. She is grateful for our support with this event and would like to discuss how we can work together in the future.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Mark J.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Friday Sept. 13, 2018

I hope your week is going well! Please keep all those in harm’s way on the Southern East Coast in your thoughts and prayers.

Last week our guest speaker, Dr. Dizdareivic, an Orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee and hip replacement, gave a very interesting and informative presentation that prompted a good question and answer session on the subject. Hopefully none of us will need to have this surgery but, if we do, what we learned will help us make good decisions. 

This week Carola Bracco, the Executive Director from Neighbors Link will share about the important work they are doing. The Neighbors Link’s mission is to strengthen the whole community through the heathy integration of immigrants. They currently have three locations, in Mt. Kisco, Yonkers and Ossining. 

Mark J.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Message from Pres. Mark

Hi Everyone,

Now that the summer season is over I hope you are transitioning well into cooler days ahead. If only the school buses where not on the road at rush hour….oh well, got to get our kids to school safely!

We did not meet last week so there is no news there. Hope your 3 day weekend was relaxing!

This Friday, my son in-law Izzy, who is an amazing man and an Orthopedic Surgeon, will be our guest speaker. I hope you all can come to hear what he has to share, as I am quite sure it will be helpful and informative. It’s a great time to invite quests, especially those who may want to get updated on current orthopedic practices. I copied a bit of his bio from the group he works with and pasted it below.

Dr. Dizdarevic (Izzy) 
and his dedicated team focus on minimally invasive hip and knee replacement as well as revision hip and knee replacement. Less invasive surgery such as the anterior hip approach, partial knee replacement, and outpatient same day surgery coupled with innovative pain management allows patients to achieve earlier return to function. By preserving the structure and function of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, patients experience a more natural feeling joint replacement and avoid restrictions following surgery.
His orthopedic training took place in NYC at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital Center with subspecialty focus at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia Presbyterian Department of Bioengineering, CV Starr Hand Institute, as well as the A.I. Dupont Institute for Children. During this time, he published numerous scientific articles focusing on the treatment of musculoskeletal health. He was also awarded the Gold Humanism and Excellence in Resident Teaching Award by the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and acted as Chief resident during his final year.
He also chose to spend an extra year to complete fellowship training in hip and knee replacement at the prestigious Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where he learned alongside the country's foremost authorities on revision hip and knee replacement and minimally invasive surgery.

See you Friday!

Mark J.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Friday Aug. 24th club meeting

Hi Everyone,

Happy Blood Drive Day!! If you have not done so yet, it’s not too late to make a plan to roll up your sleeve this afternoon and share a pint!

Last Friday was a very special meeting. Stanley gave a great presentation on his efforts to be an Ambassador of Peace for his neighborhood around St. Christopher’s together with his Interactors. He also brought three students from the school that he works with, which was inspiring for all of us. He also was able to raise close to $250 on the spot selling really nice flower toped pens that students made at the school. Both Mark S. and Richard Zuckerman both gave $100 each to get the ball rolling. Thank you Mark S. and Richard.

This Friday we will have general meeting with club members, (guests are welcome) giving us a chance to get closer with each other. If you have anything you would like to bring up and share at the meeting, please feel free to do so. Rachael will be leading the meeting this Friday (all in preparation for her next year’s Presidency!). I have to be in Seattle for business, so I will not be there.

Just a quick reminder that we will not have a Rotary meeting Aug. 31st due to the Labor Day weekend. See you on September 7th.

Mark J. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

For this Friday, Mark J, presiden

Hi Everyone,

Happy Thursday! I hope all of you are having a great week!

I heard from Anne that our club had an exciting discussion last Friday concerning privacy problems on the internet. She mentioned that there are currently over 2.5 Billion active people on Facebook alone. That’s an amazing number! Thank you Anne for leading the meeting.

This week our guest speaker is Chuck Newman who is a good friend of Howie’s. He will give us a brief update on the insurance market in 2018 & 2019. Here is a short bio I received from him: “Charles J. (Chuck) Newman CLU, Principal of The Charles J. Newman Co., LLC is a licensed insurance agent and registered representative maintaining agent and brokerage relationships with more than five dozen insurance companies.  He provides a full range of group and Employee Benefit programs (including Medical, Dental, LTD, STD, Life and Accident coverage) to over 150 group clients as well as individual insurance policies (Life, Disability, Long Term Care, and Annuities) to more than 2,000 individual clients.  Chuck is certified by the New York and Connecticut Partnerships for Long Term Care.” I hear he is a dynamic speaker so it should be great.

Today I have few family members flying in to celebrate my oldest sons recent marriage, so I will not be able to be there. Eric has graciously agreed to lead the meeting this Friday, thank you Eric.

Have a great meeting and I look forward to seeing you next Friday.

Mark J.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

This Friday Aug. 3, 2018

Dear Fellow Briarcliff Rotarians,

Can you believe we are already into the month of August? This Summer is going so fast, not to mention all the rain for our gardens, keeping our yards nice and green and filling our reservoirs to the brim. I read some good news yesterday that we should expect a long warm and colorful Autumn season in the Northeast this year.

Last week Kris, our District Governor, shared some inspiring highlights and talks from the recent Rotary Convention in Toronto. He encouraged us to visit the Rotary website at to discover the many resources available to all Rotarians. You can also locate many of the inspiring speeches given at the convention.

This week will be our Friday to just be with ourselves, without a guest speaker. As always, I encourage anyone from our club to share a bit about their own life or what is inspiring them now. Also, if you have ideas on how to improve our club and make it even more vibrant, that is always welcome.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Mark J.