Sunday, April 22, 2012

April 20, 2012 Briar Crier


April 20, 2012, 12:15 at The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

                                                                      THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1864: Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins.

MEETING LEADER – President Elect Kris Chittur

PLEDGE  -  Peter Garth      PATRIOTIC SONG – Peter Garth       PRAYER –  Rod Ertischek

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Ann – got an IPOD tablet; Keith Safian  - happy to be here again; Ken – happy to have visited a unique museum recently; Kris – happy for his photos of his trip to Texas.

GUESTS: Visiting Rotarian Tom Laurenson

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rachel - Saturday 21st there will be a blood drive held at the Briarcliff Manor Fire Dept from 9 – 3 and 12 – 4. There will be an open house at the Fire Department as far as countywide volunteer recruitment day with tours of the department and apparatus.

ROTARY MINUTE: Peter Garth – 25 years ago Rotary was all male members.  Now there are 16% female internationally, 80% of clubs now have women members and there are 72 woman District Governors.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Keith Safian, CEO Phelps Memorial Hospital, 2011 Overview

                                                                 SUMMARY OF TALK

Phelps is a community and tertiary medical facility.  As of last year the budget was at a high of 200 million dollars.  Their MD staff has increased from 189 to 457 physicians. They have 50 pediatricians with affiliation to WMC Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital.  They have built Kendall on Hudson, independent living facility with many services provided. As of July 1, 2012 Phelps will be an official teaching hospital.  They now have medical student training and six medical residents.  They are in there best financial position ever.  Additions and upgrade include a new ER, new Maternity ward, new Dobbs Ferry Center.  They offer: Largest Hyperbaric chamber, Pulmonary Rehab, Pain Center, 1st to perform surgery for artificial spine disc, Geriatrics center, Affiliation with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer center, a new lobby, Hospice care, voice and swallowing center and much more.  We are minutes from one of the best medical facilities in the state.

NEXT WEEK – Patricia Gaston – Alzheimer’s Overview
Reporter: Rachel Leihbacher


Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 13, 2012 Briar Crier

April 13, 2012, 12:15 at The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

                                                                             TODAY IN HISTORY

1742: Handel's "Messiah" had its first public appearance in Dublin, Ireland. 

MEETING LEADER – President Dean Dykeman

PLEDGE  -  Sy Yuter      PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter         PRAYER –  "Rabbi" Paul Rosen

HAPPY THOUGHTS –  Zen is observing the rituals of Passover. Ken S. for Yankees opening day. Linda, blood drive at Fire House.

GUESTS – Tom Laurenson, former member of our club.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Blood drive at the Fire House. Elinor and Sy will not be at next four meetings, mostly because of vacation in Kauai, Hawaii and Hermosa Beach, California.
SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Jim Killoran – Habitat for Humanity

Help me! I want to build affordable houses in Briarcliff Manor. We are  building a home in Mamaroneck. There is is a proposed zero energy home in Yonkers. In Pound Ridge a home is being completed. In Sommers a home is under construction and in Bedford a home is being completed. Our group could provide housing for our police, restaurant workers and maintenance workers. On Macy Road, where Rotary used to meet, the Rec Center, we could fix it. Isn't that pretty good?  
Next Friday speaker – Alzheimer's Overview -- Patricia Gaston

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 6, 2012 Briar Crier


April 6, 2012, 12:15 at The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

                                                                             TODAY IN HISTORY

1830 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, NY.

MEETING LEADER – President Dean Dykeman

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

HAPPY THOUGHTS – Peter Garth for a family book published; Anne for her grandson at West Point; Ernie for a big birthday; Another Anne grandson was awarded the Eisenhower/Rhodes Scholarship.

GUESTS – Wife Allie of speaker.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Mother’s Day Brunch – May 4th at The Briar's with Mike and Muriel Risko; everyone will be assigned a Rotary minute to describe in one minute another Rotary cause.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Rudy Masry – Organ Transplants


People should register to donate an organ to save a life.  Most religions approve of it.  There is a severe shortage of organs for life saving transplants.  Thousands await tissue donation such as skin for burn victims or eye donations for cornea transplants.  Without these surgeries many die or remain disabled.  Transplants give people a chance to resume full and productive lives.  Anyone can decide to be a donor regardless of age or medical history.  Enroll in the New York State Donor Life registry by signing the donor box on your drivers license or non-driver ID card application.  You can also enroll through the New York State Health Departments web site,  After death donations include bone and connective tissue, corneas, eyes, heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, skin, small intestines and veins.

Friday speaker – Jim Killoran – Habitat for Humanity

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, April 5, 2012

March 30, 2012 Briar Crier


March  30, 2012, 12:15 at The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

                                                                         TODAY IN HISTORY
1135: The Jewish philosopher Maimonides was born in Cordoba, in present day Spain.

MEETING LEADER  – President Dean Dykeman

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

HAPPY THOUGHTS – Dean, on vacation next week; Anne Cargill, every child should have a healthy life; Rod, happy for speaker.

GUESTS – Dr. Armando Battista, potential new member; Scott Lanoff for third meeting; Linda Urban for third meeting (both accepted as Rotarians at April 4 Board meeting).

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Anne about Rotary time not Rotary minutes; Zen and Ernie locate placing of new  benches to be sold, prices will be higher; Happy April birthday to Sy, Ernie and Ken S.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Marty Engelhardt Esq, New laws for wills and trusts

First, thanks Rotary for support of the Ossining Food Pantry. All should have a will. If you die without a will New York State will determine how your estate is disbursed and who administers it. Have to have will probated. (Probate means authenticating the will as that of the deceased and is done in Probate Court.) Filing fee for probate below estate of $500,000 is $625. If more than $500,000, fee is $1250. Have to find witnesses, but to avoid that, should have an affidavit of witnesses that you of sound mind, etc. If you die without a will, then have to seek people who have claims. So should have will. Years ago in one day, would have letters testamentary. Now it takes two to three weeks. Or can have a revocable trust becoming irrevocable upon death. Then have to make sure that the glove of the assets fits the hand of document to make sure that every asset that you own is put in your name so the trustee can dispose of your assets. Have also a will at the same time. So have the will to make sure that if asset not put in trust, covered by the will. But suppose have a disability son or daughter, so want to set up a supplemental revocable trust for that child. Give power of invasion to guardian to determine if child is able to receive the full amount or just the proceeds. Lawyer needs to know information to minimize taxes. In second marriage situation, should take care of children of first marriage. Second wife gets a life estate, but when she dies assets go to children of first marriage. Federal tax exemption from tax is five million, but New York State is only one million.

This Friday  – Organ transplants by Rudy Masry

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter