Saturday, May 28, 2011

June July Rotary Club Program - by Dr. S. C. yuter

JUNE

3 *E-Commerce -- Larry Wasserman

10 *Our Endangered Environment -- Commissioner Thomas Lauro,
Department of Environmental Facilities

14 *Annual Meeting at THE BRIARS

17 My Photographs -- Don Penny

24 *Music Appreciation at Sing Sing -- Ted Kahn

JULY

1 *Squires Round Table

8 *What Is New in Medicare -- Lynda Nickelsen

15 *Blythedale Children's Hospital - Lena Cavanna

22 *Missing and Exploited Children -- Peter Cimini, Author

29 *Forced Arbitration -- Seth Lesser, Esq.

*PROGRAMS CONFIRMED

Fax copy: Gazette Editor Gary Cahill – 271-4219 *

Thursday, May 26, 2011

BRIARCRIER May 20, 2011 by Dr. S.C. Yuter

BRIARCRIER

May 20, 2011 Friday at 12:00, Briarcliff Rec Dept, Briarcliff Manor NY ROTARY CLUB

TODAY IN HISTORY
1506 the explorer Christopher Columbus died in Spain

MEETING LEADER – Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE - Sy Yuter PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter PRAYER – Bishop John

GUEST – Ann Cargill, Clinical Consultant and Potential Member, teacher and SAT tutor

HAPPY THOUGHTS -- Rod honored by St. Christopher's; Ernie P is out of the hospital after his hip replacement; Eric Lebenson is recovering from his injury.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – June 14th is the installation dinner at the Briars restaurant, Rachel announced that the new car wash on North State Road was having a grand opening with a benefit for the local SPCA and will feature games for kids and music and the fire trucks from the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department will provide tours.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Dr. Bob Maher on education

SUMMARY OF TALK – Dr. Robert Maher, Rotary member, educator and former Principal at Briarcliff High School. He spoke to us about his current position as head of St. Christopher’s Academy and reported on the Academy being one of the top schools in America. He was recently interviewed by the New York Times about the amazing accomplishments of the students. They drew beautiful sketches that were displayed in their gymnasium. They were all sold and helped them to raise money. These children are among the poorest and most disadvantaged. This was a wonderful accomplishment by these students and a day to remember for them for the rest of their lives.


Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Next Friday: Children with HIV/AIDS in India --Shobha Vanchiswar

Saturday, May 21, 2011

BRIARCRIER May 13, 2011 by Dr. S. C. Yuter

BRIARCRIER
May 13, 2011 Friday at 12:00, Briarcliff Rec Dept, Briarcliff Manor NY ROTARY CLUB

GUEST - Ann Cargill, Clinical Consultant and Potential Member

HAPPY THOUGHTS -.Mark Seiden ate alone at his table and loved it., Bob Maher was interviewed by the NY Times about his arts festival. Fran Wills - Congratulations to Bob Maher. Dean Dykeman - his daughter has returned from college and drove herself home safely in 10 hours. Chris - Osama Bin Laden!, great vacation at a working ranch, family visiting until September. Depressing thought by Chris was that it is open season on consumers due to the denial of the right to go to court for small claims.

ANNOUNCEMENTS - Ernie P is recovering well from surgery, Eric Lebenson sustained a knee injury. The new car wash on North State Road will hold a fundraiser for the Briarcliff SPCA with a kids fair and fire safety demonstrations by the Briarcliff Manor Fire Dept on May 21st from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 pm. The flyer for Disaster Relief sponsored by the Rotary will be coming out next week.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT - Dr. Fran Wills - Race to the Top

SUMMARY OF TALK

The major concern is inequity in the education system with reference to minorities. It is being seen as an intractable problem. It is seen more with test results and the learning taking place which has become more about poverty than ethnicity when it is really examined. Race to the Top started with the program of No Child Left Behind.

In the 1950's - only 50% of students graduated. In the 1960's there was a failure to address education. In the 1970's there were further failures. In the 1980's the nation was at risk. Our public education is one of the best in the world. The need is to tackle equity in education, particularly in poverty.

The Federal Government has challenged states for changes to equity issues. The States fund more for education that the Federal Government. As of now, the Federal Government still has ongoing testing for rating schools and it should be used to improve schools. New Issues - reform is being addressed with guidelines for better teachers by using test grades and growth analysis is being addressed where scores for teachers come from students achievement and student population.

3012C is a new legislation standard way of teachers being evaluated from test scores, part local, part practical and part observations from administrators. Results are in a composite score for every teacher and administrator. The Federal Government has to determine how to eliminate ineffective teachers after two years of trying to improve their methods.

New Law being discussed - Due process for tenure.

This was a wonderful and informative lecture and I apologize, in advance, if I could not capture everything she educated us on.

Reporter Rachel Leihbacher

Next Friday -- Children With HIV/AIDS in India -- Shobha Vanchiswar

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011