Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Cheer

Every year on the Sunday before Christmas, the Village of Briarcliff Manor volunteer firefighters in their Santa suits come to visit every street to spread holiday cheer. We all love to see this special Santa's visit and they even give us lollipops. This video is made on 12/20/09. If you look hard enough, may be you'll find some people you know in the pictures because they are Rotarians.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

DECEMBER 12, 2009 MEETING - by Paul Rosen

Meeting called to order by our President Mark Seiden at 12:15
Pledge by Sy Yuter
America by Sy Yuter
Prayer by Dean Dykeman
President Mark greeted our newest member Mark Casso, Executive Director of Congregations Sons of Israel. He was presented with a pin and shirt and service above self bracelet.
The community Sing a long will be held at 5:00 pm in the village on Sunday.
Grapefruits were delayed and will be in on Monday Dec 14. All are responsible for 5 $20 cases.
Toys for tots are being collected at Mark's two offices as are sweaters , coats and other warm clothing.
We will continue to collect food for the food pantry at the Rec Center Rachel & Marie deliver it to the pantry on Fridays.
Happy Thoughts
Ken Shimazu is just happy
Dean was happy for the business the storm brought
Mark was happy as well
Rod was happy that a pending deal went through
Sy was happy our Dec 25 meeting was cancelled so he could have his surgery
Frances Chu was happy that a web site meeting and workshop was about to be held
Bishop John and Seth Leitman were also happy
Bob and June Amsterdam anniversary is Dec 19
Speaker was John Ravitz, executive director of the Westchester Red Cross was a former NYS Asssemblyman.
Red Cross has three missions
1.Respond to disasters-last year there were 104 up 22%. Finding housing for displaced families. They has to open 4 shelters last year.
2. Empower people with the skills to save lives. ie. CPR, defibrillator use, and First aid. Will train individuals or groups.
3. Individual and family Preparedness. Have an emergency kit, a plan and be informed. The kit should have important documents and contacts, cash, first aid kit, flash light and radio with batteries. The plan should allow the family to be reunited after an emergency. The contact person may be a distance away so that they will not also be a victim of the emergency.

96% of the Red Cross work force are volunteers. $.92 of every dollar is for direct services. There are currently 250 volunteers in the Westchester primary response work force.

Submitted by your TEMPORARY recording Secretary
Paul M. Rosen

Monday, December 14, 2009

Briarcliff Manor High School Choral Group - 12/18/09

Hello fellow Briarcliff Manor Club Rotarians:

Please note that the meeting this coming Friday, 12/18/09, will begin promptly at 12:00 pm. We are having the Briarcliff Manor High School Choral Group coming to sing to us holiday songs. It will be a real treat. Therefore, the entertainment will be at 12 noon and, then after the entertainment, we will feast on pizza, salad and dessert.

So, come one, come all, and most of all… come early!

Thanks and can’t wait to see you all there.

Mark J. Seiden

Friday, December 4, 2009

Meeting - 12/4/09

Speaker - Joseph J. DioGuardi, CPA
Member of Congress 1985-88
Author of "Unaccountable Congress"

12/4/09 Attendance - Robert Amsterdam, Frances Chu, Antonia Conte, Etrusca Cosentino, Zachary Cosentino, Zenith Eidel, Rodney Ertischek, Peter Garth, Rachel Leihbacher, Shelley Lotter, Robert Maher, Geraldine Mahoney, Ernest Pacchiana, Fiala Portnoy, Vladimir Portnoy, Paul Rosen, Mark Seiden, Julio Salazar, Ken-Ichi Shimazu, Donald Wilde, Elinor Yuter, Sy Yuter

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Grapefruits - Ernie Pacchiana

Rotarians, The grapefruits are scheduled to arrive Friday December 11,09 . Plan on being at the meeting that day to pick up your 5 cases. We will be selling them on Saturday morning and could use help. - -Ernie

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A GENTLE REMINDER.......... by Marie Fuesy


Friday, December 4th, is the First Friday of the Month!

Please be sure to remember your canned donations for the Food Pantry. Your contributions to this group will be used to fill bags for the Holiday Tables of those less fortunate than us.

Thank you,


Tuesday, December 1, 2009



November 29, 2009.

In lieu of our usual luncheon at the Briarcliff Recreation Center (it was the day after Thanksgiving), we dined this week at the world-famous Squire’s Restaurant and Bingo/Whist Facility.

It was marvelous.

Things start off to a roaring start with Sy Yuter’s hilarious impersonation of Jimmy Stewart’s version of Kate Smith’s rendering of “God Bless America”, while doing her hair. This was followed by The U.S. Treasury Secretary’s (he flew in especially for the occasion!) riveting discussion of our mounting National Debt. (He told us it was very, very large.) Then, things built to an absolutely thrilling climax with The Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes’ rendering of “God Bless America”, all the while displaying gigantic photographs of Paul Rosen, delivering a talk on Gypsy Rose Lee’s marvelous impression of Richard Nixon, taking a shower....

As I say, it was marvelous. You really should have been there. Really, you should have!

Well…maybe next year.

Recording Secretary
Don Wilde