Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dec. 23, 2011 Briar Crier

BRIARCRIER

Dec. 23, Friday Noon, The Briar's Rest. Dining Room,  eating off the menu,
N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

TODAY IN HISTORY

1783: George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and returned to his home at Mt. Vernon, Virginia.

MEETING LEADER: Paul Rosen

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Sy with turnout; Zen, son Eric and wife having another baby; Shelley, generally happy; Bob Maher, with academic achievement of his kids.

ATTENDANCE: 12*, with each entitled to $10 club credit from Ernie.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT:  Dr. Bob Maher, St. Christopher's Update

SUMMARY OF TALK
This is his "90th" talk to Rotary. In 7.5 years, as Supt. and then CEO, went from 25 students at one location to 550 students at four locations. He handed out a brochure, done inexpensively since all of their money goes to educating the kids. An expectation of success helps them to develop their skills needed to interact in the larger world. School provides educational, residential, clinical, social and community services with active sports program. Most serve in very successful marching band.

This Friday talk by Dr. Krishnan Chittur on India, Pakistan and U.S. Security. Meeting will be at a table in Briar's dining room with club reimbursing each member with $10 credit toward the cost of their meals eating off the regular menu.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dec. 16, 2011 Briar Crier

BRIARCRIER

Dec. 16, Friday Noon, The Briar's Rest.,  N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

TODAY IN HISTORY
1773: The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British Ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.

MEETING LEADER: President Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE: Sy Yuter        PATRIOTIC SONG:   Sy Yuter       PRAYER: Rachel Leihbacher

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Bishop John, bless all who celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas; Fran Wills, happy holidays to all; Kris Chittur, happy his guest speaker is here; Dean Dykeman, his daughters are visiting from their colleges.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Ernie, all should send their grapefruit money to him via Rotary - P O box 260 - Briarcliff , N.Y. - 10510

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Prof. Dr. Surendra Kaushik on Women's Empowerment Through Higher Education.

SUMMARY OF TALK
Pace Professor Kaushik founded and helped fund the Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women's College in Rajasthan India in 1999. It is committed to educating women where only 1.5% of women have achieved a college degree. The goal: educate a woman and you educate a family, and then a community, a society and ultimately a nation. There is no better tool for development than the education of women and their empowerment. He showed slides of a very impressive college.

Next Friday Dec. 23 meeting at The Briar's dining room. We will eat off the menu with Rotary giving $10 credit to each attendee. Dr. Bob Maher will speak on Christmas to Infinity.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Dec. 9, 2011 Briar Crier


BRIARCRIER

Dec. 9,  Friday Noon, The Briar's Rest.,  N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

TODAY IN HISTORY
1906: President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping mediate the end of the Russo-Japanese War.

MEETING LEADER: President Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE:  Sy Yuter         PATRIOTIC SONG:  Sy Yuter        PRAYER: Bishop Herzog

ATTENDANCE: 24 Rotarians

GUEST: Brad Gurr via Dean.

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Rod, daughter married; Shelley, new hair style; Frances, just happy;
Kris; 10th grade contest.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ernie: Grapefruits will be in Recreation Building. Each Rotarian has to sell five cases and/or pay $100. Dean: Everyone should donate to the International Rotary Fund to wipe out polio.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Dr. Bob Amsterdam on energy saving. Dr. Sy Yuter on Mideast update.
SUMMARY OF TALKS
Dr. Amsterdam discussed the savings from installing solar panels. Dr. Yuter discussed the main Mideast issue, whether Iran is building a nuclear weapons system. The Administration is pressing Israel not to attack the Iranian nuclear sites. Israel apparently believes it has no choice since Teheran has threatened to wipe out Israel. Dr. Yuter believes the Iranian goal, like that of Japan and Germany, is to have the option to develop nuclear weapons but will stop short of that option unless nuclear attacked.

This Friday talk at the Briar's: Women's Empowerment Through Higher Education -- Prof. Surendra Kaushik


Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, December 15, 2011

BRIARCRIER - 12/9/11 by Dr. S. C. Yuter


BRIARCRIER

Dec. 9,  Friday Noon, The Briar's Rest.,  N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

TODAY IN HISTORY
1906: President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping mediate the end of the Russo-Japanese War.

MEETING LEADER: President Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE:  Sy Yuter         PATRIOTIC SONG:  Sy Yuter        PRAYER: Bishop Herzog

ATTENDANCE: 24 Rotarians

GUEST: Brad Gurr via Dean.

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Rod, daughter married; Shelley, new hair style; Frances, just happy;
Kris; 10th grade contest.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ernie: Grapefruits will be in Recreation Building. Each Rotarian has to sell five cases and/or pay $100. Dean: Everyone should donate to the International Rotary Fund to wipe out polio.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Dr. Bob Amsterdam on energy saving. Dr. Sy Yuter on Mideast update.

SUMMARY OF TALKS
Dr. Amsterdam discussed the savings from installing solar panels. Dr. Yuter discussed the main Mideast issue, whether Iran is building a nuclear weapons system. The Administration is pressing Israel not to attack the Iranian nuclear sites. Israel apparently believes it has no choice since Teheran has threatened to wipe out Israel. Dr. Yuter believes the Iranian goal, like that of Japan and Germany, is to have the option to develop nuclear weapons but will stop short of that option unless nuclear attacked.

This Friday talk at the Briar's: Women's Empowerment Through Higher Education -- Prof. Surendra Kaushik


Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

BRIARCRIER - 12/2/11 by Dr. S. Y. Yuter


BRIARCRIER
December 2, 2011, 12:00 at The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

TODAY IN HISTORY
1961 - Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, declared himself a Marxist who would lead Cuba to Communism in a speech that ended five hours later.

Meeting Leader - President Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE  -  Sy Yuter  PATRIOTIC SONG - Sy Yuter  PRAYER -  Dean Dykeman

HAPPY THOUGHTS - Zen to be home; Dean happy it is Friday (always); Anne Cargill had an infection and the antibiotic cured her fast.

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Ernie - grapefruits are coming, $20 a case, 5 cases per person or $100 each.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT - Rick Danzker - Atria at Briarcliff -  Assisted Living

SUMMARY OF TALK
Current residents are now 62 to 102.  One client has been there for 15 years.   They have to be self-transportable, able to get up from a chair by themselves.  Some drive, they enjoy music, trips to museums, malls, movies, etc.  They are served three meals a day in their room or dining room.  The cost is @4,500 per month for a studio, including a bathroom, kitchen.  There are many opportunities for socialization to provide a satisfying life.

Attendance: 21 Rotarians, no guests

Next Friday: Efficient and Renewable Energy - Elizabeth Sillek

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

BRIARCRIER - 11/25/11 by Dr. S. C. Yuter


BRIARCRIER

Nov. 25, Friday Noon, The Briar's Rest.,  N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

TODAY IN HISTORY
1963: President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Jacqueline, lighted an eternal flame at his grave.

MEETING LEADER: Sy Yuter

PLEDGE: Sy Yuter        PATRIOTIC SONG:   Sy Yuter       PRAYER: Sy Yuter

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Ken, the coming Japan concert on Dec. 4; Elinor, with her health; Sy, having a regular meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Songs for Japan, a benefit concert to aid victims of quake and tsunami in Japan, Saturday, December 4, at 3 PM at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Dr. Sy Yuter on Middle East Update

SUMMARY OF TALK
The top issue in the Middle East is whether Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. A Nov. 8 report by the International Atomic Energy Agency says there is evidence that Iran is conducting nuclear weapon experiments. The Agency reported that Iran has tested an "implosion device" needed to build a nuclear payload small enough to fit into the chamber of its Shahab 3 missile re-entry vehicle, that can reach any part of Israel. Both Americans and Israelis say they have not taken off the table a military strike against the Iranian nuclear facilities. Such a strike would produce a very dangerous response from Teheran. But Sy believes that Iran, like Japan and Germany, has enough nuclear fissile material to give Teheran the OPTION to build a crude nuclear weapon in a few months and a nuclear warhead arsenal in a few years. That is, that Teheran is not going to build or explode a nuclear bomb soon so its argument that Iran now is only conducting allowed peaceful nuclear experiments, and not building a nuclear weapon,  is believable.

Next Friday meeting at The Briar's: Assisted Living by Rick Danzker of Atria

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

November 18, 2011 Briar Crier

BRIARCRIER

Nov. 18, Friday Noon, The Briar's Rest.,  N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

TODAY IN HISTORY
1910: British suffragettes clashed with Parliament on what became "Black Friday."

MEETING LEADER: Pres. Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE: Sy Yuter        PATRIOTIC SONG:  Sy Yuter        PRAYER: Bishop John Herzog

HAPPY THOUGHTS (Bucks): Sy and others happy that Pleasantville Rotary is with us; Dean with downed trees; Kris re book on why we get fat

GUESTS: Pleasantville Rotary and Briarcliff-Pleasantville football game guests

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dec. 2, Songs for Japan

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Joint meeting with Pleasantville Rotary re the Pleasantville-Briarcliff football game (won by Pleasantville).

SUMMARY OF TALKS
 COMMENTS BY:
Briarcliff Supt. of Schools, Ned Miller; Pleasantville Supt. of Schools, Mary Fox-Alter; Various coaches;  and Briarcliff football team award winner Brenden O'Conner and Pleasantville football team award winner Charles Montgomery.


This Friday talk at The Briar's regular dining room with attendees eating off the regular menu with $10 Club credit -- Mid East Update, Dr. Sy Yuter

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Monday, November 21, 2011

Songs for Japan, a benefit concert ; Sat. Dec. 4, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 11, 2011 Briar Crier

BRIARCRIER

November 11th, 2011,  12:00, Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

                                                                                                            TODAY IN HISTORY

1918 – Fighting in WW1 ended with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
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Meeting Leader – President Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE  -  Sy Yuter  PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter  PRAYER –  Dean Dykeman

HAPPY THOUGHTS (BUCKS) –  Sy Yuter enlisted in Army at 18 and later sent to Hawaii with no combat in 42 months; Peter Garth, also enlisted at 18, called today Armistice Day, not Veteran’s Day and served in Japan; Magic Master’s was a big success thanks to Eric L. and Bob Maher’s leadership, worth $5.00 multiple happy thoughts.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Proposed signature project is Volunteer Recognition Day of voluntary organizations every Spring.

SPEAKERS AND SUBJECT –  Pam McGurgan Maribessi and Tonia Monti – Geriatric Services

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SUMMARY OF TALK


The gatekeeper program was created to help recognize, identify and refer older adults, who may be experiencing or a risk for depression or a anxiety, for help.  This puts them at risk of losing their ability to live independently as long as possible.  They seek to reduce isolation which can accompany untreated mental issues.  Gatekeepers may be police officers, volunteers, clergy, hairdressers, librarian’s or anyone who comes into contact with older adults.

This Friday – Joint meeting with Pleasantville Rotary regarding their football game.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Monday, November 14, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 4th, 2011 Briar Crier

BRIARCRIER
November 4th, 2011,  12:00, Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

                                                                                                        TODAY IN HISTORY
1922 – The entrance to King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in Egypt
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MEETING LEADER – President Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE  -  Sy Yuter  PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter  PRAYER –  Dean Dykeman

HAPPY THOUGHTS –  Zen – good to be back; Bob Maher thanks all who sold tickets; Anne Cargill happy son-in-law is home from his military tour

GUESTS – Melinda Greenblatt – New Librarian at the Briarcliff Manor Library

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Harlem Magic Masters game November 4th at Briarcliff High School

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT –  Bob Cuccinell – Rotary Foundation
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SUMMARY OF TALK


The Rotary Foundation is a very unique charity.  Half the money you put in comes back to you in matching grants program.  Our main goal is to eradicate polio around the world and we are very close to this goal.  There is an acronym which means doing good in the world.  The inception of Rotary was in 1917.  A main focus was eradicating poverty.  The speaker has been extremely inspired with projects which make money.  In Africa, war lords need to be convinced that Rotary will help the people.  The 20th centennial is being planned.  He recommended that the club pick a subject, perhaps with a merging Rotary Club (Ossining).  A water project would be excellent, as well as scholarships.

Friday speaker: Geriatric Services -- Pam McGurgen

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter