Thursday, December 27, 2012

Decemer 21, 2012 Briar Crier


December 21, 2012 Friday 12:00, The Briar's Restaurant, North State Road, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club

1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present day Plymouth, Massachusetts

MEETING LEADER –President  K. Chittur

PLEDGE – Sy Yuter    PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter          Prayer – Bob Maher  With Voices of Children in Heaven

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS – Linda, her new grandson is named  Mario, which surprised her; Scott, happy to be in South Florida next week.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – 20 Rotarians present; Scott, Newtown Rotary club meets for dinner Monday evenings (about 45-minute drive from Briarcliff); Long distance call from  North Carolina from Rod
GUESTS – Marshal Ashe (Bob Maher), Christine Cosentino (Etrusca’s niece)

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Gil Chimes – My Show Business Life


Gil Chimes started performing with his father at age six.  He is an expert harmonica player and plays the drums. He became so expert and so famous that he performed with Frank Sinatra and three Presidents. They play at weddings and other family occasions. His father was invited to join a Rotary Club in Mt Vernon where they lived. Unfortunately live music is a dead industry.  He loves live music, some from orchestras. As a Rotarian he made up missed meetings in France and Italy.  He played a few notes on a hand-held harmonica for Elinor.  We wish we had asked him to play a few songs.
Friday – Hidden Treasures of Korea – Younhee Shin and Kyung Pak

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 14, 2012 Briar Crier


December 14, 2012, Friday 12:15, Tuscan Grill, North State Road, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

Friday December 14th 2012 – Unthinkable massacre in Newtown CT killing 20 elementary school children and 6 adults.

MEETING LEADER – President  K. Chittur

PLEDGE – Sy Yuter            PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter            Prayer – Bishop John

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS - - Eric L - meteor shower viewing amazing; Dean – daughter graduated and business booming

ANNOUNCEMENTS – 18 Rotarians present.  Please pick up grapefruits at Rec Dept basement office.

GUESTS – none

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Sharon Irving – President of Cortland Manor Rotary Club


The Rotary Club in Cortland Manor was chartered in 2011. This is the first Rotary Community Corp, of Keon, of its kind in the world.  The goals of the Rotary Community Corp programs are to encourage handicap-challenged individuals in the responsibility for the improvement of the village neighborhoods, to recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations, to mobilize self help activities, to improve the quality of life and to encourage the development of human potential to its fullness within the context of their local culture and community.  The club has 20 members and deals with special needs of others.  Sharon’s son has the mental ability of a three-year-old but understands that he wants to and is able to help others.  The club doesn’t look at disabilities, but at abilities.
Friday at The Briar's – My show business life – Gil Chimes

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 7, 2012 Briar Cirer


December 7, 2012 at The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

December 7, 1941 – The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Hawaii which started US participation in WWII.

MEETING LEADER – President Kris Chittur

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

HAPPY THOUGHTS –  Rod, sad to be leaving Briarcliff for a southern state; Speaker happy that our club is the first to hear speech proposals for a new Tappan Zee Bridge in Westchester and Rockland.

GUESTS – Dr. Armando Battista, potential new member; Peter Callaghan with Ernie; Kelly Macmillan and Daniel Marcy with speaker.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Friday, December 14th meeting will be held at Tuscan Grille, NOT The Briar's.

ROTARY NEWS –  21 Rotarians present

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT –Brian Conybeare – Proposed New Tappan Zee Bridge.

There are three proposals for a new bridge which will be built just north of the existing one.  The number one favored by officials and local population is considered to be the most attractive and the most reasonably priced. Construction is set to take place in 2013 and may take up to five years. Dredging the bottom of the Hudson River is one problem.  The problem with the existing bridge is that there is no turn-around lane and a fracture could be imminent.  The possibility of a catastrophe is double that of any other New York State bridge.  Time is of the essence to begin construction. Preferably the over-all favorite will be chosen. 

Tomorrow, Friday  – Sharon Irving – Adults with Special Needs at the Tuscan Grille.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Friday, December 7, 2012

Art Auction is coming!!! ... Save the date...Feb.9, 2013

Rotary Club of Briarcliff Manor 
cordially invites all to attenda a
Gala Art,Sport & Music Memorabilia Auction 
on Saturday evening,February 9, 2013
at Briarcliff Manor Public Library
One Library Road Briarcliff Manor, NY
Preview  7 pm     Auction 8 pm
Admission $10pp

Thursday, December 6, 2012

November 30, 2012 Briar Crier


November 30, 2012  at The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor NY Rotary Club

1947 – The UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the portioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

Meeting Leader – President Kris Chittur

PLEDGE -  Sy Yuter  PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter       INVOCATION –  Paul Rosen

HAPPY THOUGHTS –  Zen – birthday today; Anne – National Holiday in Scotland

GUESTS – Tom Laurenson; Evelisse Mercado, Lisa Fitzpatrick and Margaret Bradley from Pace; 18 Rotarians present

ANNOUNCEMENTS – December 14th meeting will be at Tuscan Grille; Ernie announced that each Rotarian will be taking five cases of grapefruits when delivered. Rotary exchange to Bangladore, India, January 10th – 20th, 2013, see President Kris.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Professor Ainsley Adams – Teaching in Guatemala

Summary of Talk

Professor Adams created the idea of an educational experience in Guatemala.  He teaches at Pace University and Fran Wills works with him on his projects.  He brings professors and pre-service teachers to Guatemala to develop professional methodologies to Maya teachers in one of the most beautiful countries  in the world but also one of the poorest.

Friday at The Briar's   – Proposed New Tappan Zee Bridge – Brian Conybeare

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter