Thursday, July 5, 2018

from President Mark

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I hope you had a great 4th of July, celebrating our wonderful country, with a nice side dish of BBQ with family and friends.

Last week, as most of you know, we had a great meeting ushering in the new Rotary year with the installation of our Rotary Board, with good food and drink for all. Thanks to Rachael we had a delicious cake for desert, thank you Rachael!

We also had an incredible guest speaker, Dr. Erica Cargill Jones, who spoke on stress and heart health. Her approach to dealing with this is very holistic, which includes exercise, but with a strong emphasis on meditation as a healthy way to relieve stress on the heart. This was all backed with scientific evidence. I love her approach to living a healthy life, and you can see just by looking at her that she practices what she preaches. We are so blessed to be surrounded by amazing professionals, like Dr. Jones, who come to share with us what they have learned. 

We will have a meeting tomorrow, and I would like to use this meeting to get to know each other better, so no speaker.  Maybe we can get one of our newer members to share a little bit about themselves?

Hope to see all of you tomorrow.

Mark J.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

from President Mark


I hope all is well in your world! The good news is that school is over, with no yellow buses to curse at for a while!

Last week our guest speaker was Lionel Binnie, who gave a very exciting talk on the future of retail, based on his newly released book, Omni-Channel Retail; Predications in The Age of Amazon. It is available on Amazon if you are interested.

This Friday our speaker is 
Hiroyuki Tosaka.  Mr. Tosaka is a native of Japan with a Bachelor of Law degree from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo. His profession: Educator of Leadership, Social Innovator. He loves to work with young people and just got back from Peru, heading up a campaign for the protection of Lake Titicaca. The title of his talk will be “Saving Lake Titicaca through building a new culture among young people.” He will also be showing slides from his work there.

A reminder that next Friday we will have our annual “Installation Lunch” for incoming officers, at the Briars, with great food and a wonderful guest speaker, Erica Cargill Jones. We have also invited Clare Rosen, Paul Rosen’s wife, to attend and will present her with a plaque of appreciation in remembrance of the great service Paul provided to our club as one of the founding members.

Mark J.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A note from President Mark

Hi Everyone,

I hope all is well in your world! The good news is that school is over, with no yellow buses to curse at for a while!

Last week our guest speaker was Lionel Binnie, who gave a very exciting talk on the future of retail, based on his newly released book, Omni-Channel Retail; Predications in The Age of Amazon. It is available on Amazon if you are interested.

This Friday our speaker is 
Hiroyuki Tosaka.  Mr. Tosaka is a native of Japan with a Bachelor of Law degree from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo. His profession: Educator of Leadership, Social Innovator. He loves to work with young people and just got back from Peru, heading up a campaign for the protection of Lake Titicaca. The title of his talk will be “Saving Lake Titicaca through building a new culture among young people.” He will also be showing slides from his work there.

A reminder that next Friday we will have our annual “Installation Lunch” for incoming officers, at the Briars, with great food and a wonderful guest speaker, Erica Cargill Jones. We have also invited Clare Rosen, Paul Rosen’s wife, to attend and will present her with a plaque of appreciation in remembrance of the great service Paul provided to our club as one of the founding members.

Mark J.

Friday, June 15, 2018

from president Mark

Hi Everyone,

I hope all is well in your world during! It is certainly a busy time as we transition from school days and graduations, to vacation time!

I am sorry to have missed last week’s meeting due to my work. Thank you Anne for running the meeting! I heard that Diane Pesce gave a very nice presentation about what is happening at the Briarcliff Library. I also heard that Diane is interested in possibly becoming a member of our club, so we will pursue this.

This past Sunday Kris Chittur was installed as our new District Governor. The event was great and well attended by members from our own club, as well as many others from around the district. Scott Lanoff did a great job as MC, keeping the whole event running smoothly. Congratulations to Kris and we want to wish you well in your new role.

I want to remind everyone that June 29th will be the day we install our club officers for the upcoming year. We will meet from noon at the Briars and share a special meal together. Our special guest will be Dr. Erica Cargill Jones, sharing about heart health, something that we all can benefit from. I also heard that Paul Rosen’s wife will come, so we can honor Paul during that time.

This Friday our guest speaker will be Lionel Binnie:
Lionel Binnie is a consumer products and food marketing consultant. He's been published in industry magazines and spoken at Fordham University Business Incubator, the ICSC (Intl Council of Shopping Centers), and American Association of Airport Executives. He is also a graduate of Fordham University.

He'll provide a brief summary of some key research and findings published in his recent book:
"The Future of Omni-Channel Retail: Predictions in the Age of Amazon."
Key Points:
  •     What types of shopping are most likely to move further to e-Commerce (online)   
  •     What types of shopping is most likely to remain in physical, brick & mortar stores
  •     Why?
  •     What types of shopping malls will survive, long into the future, and why?

**Please remember that by July 1st we need to pay our Rotary dues. Bobby explained at the last meeting that the board decided on a new fee structure for the coming year. Here it is.
$850 paid annually.
$450.00 semi-annually.
$250.00 quarterly

If you have any question regarding the fee structure please contact Bobby.


Mark J.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 
― 
Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, May 31, 2018

from the president Mark Johnson

Hi Everyone,

Greetings and welcome to the beginning of a nice warm Summer season. I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend with family and friends and have plans for a vacation soon!

This week our guest speaker is Debby Miller, a 
clinical social worker at the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center.  This organization serves as a safety net for kids and families in their community.  They provide counseling for individuals and families and have a parent center, offering a variety of groups to help parents get answers to their burning questions and support for the difficult job of parenting. In addition, they are also involved in the community and schools, providing substance abuse prevention education, identifying and offering help to at risk kids and running life skills groups for kids, and parenting programs on a variety of topics. Please come and learn about this great work and give our support to Debby.

One more reminder of the District 7230 Governor’s Installation on Sunday, June 10th where our own Kris Chittur will be sworn in as our new Governor. If you can come and have not registered yet, here is the link: https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=ad0c02cb-853e-4f29-b9f7-0014d3bc15ab

I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow, and as always please bring a guest. Also tomorrow we will have our monthly board meeting from 11:00am at the Briars, all our welcome to come.

Mark J.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Speaker ListJune 8th  Library -Shelly Glick
June 15 – Shona
June 22 Lionel Binnie
June 29 Induction meeting and guest Speaker is  Dr. Erica Cargill Jones


Thursday, May 24, 2018

A note from your president Mark

Hi Everyone,

I hope your week is going well and that you enjoy the long Holiday weekend.

Last Friday we had a wonderful joint meeting with Pleasantville Rotary at St. Chris’s, Jenny Clarkson campus. We met many of the wonderful staff members and heard about the Animal Therapy program with goats and chicken. The campus there was much nicer than I anticipated. Visiting this campus, one could see the fruit of Dr. Maher’s efforts over the last 14 years as the CEO there. Thank you, Bobby!

This past Monday was the Briarcliff High School awards ceremony, where scholarships were given out to deserving students. This year’s recipients of the two Briarcliff Rotary scholarships were Sam Lanoff, (we all know how great he is) and the Mr. Sajan Bar. Both these young men upheld the spirit of Rotary of “Service Above Self” throughout their high school years and, on that foundation, will continue to grow in their service to others. Anne Cargill represented our club well, as she gave a short speech and handed out the awards.  Thank you Anne for always being willing to help when needed!

One last note is that we WILL NOT have a meeting this Friday due to the Memorial Day weekend. I look forward to seeing each of you next week.

** I have attached a few photos from last Friday’s meeting and the award ceremony.

Mark J.