Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 25, 2013 Briar Crier

January 25, 2013, Friday 12:15, The Briar's Restaurant, North State Road, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club 

1533: England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne  Boleyn, who later gave birth to Queen Elizabeth.

MEETING LEADER: President–elect Anne Cargill for President  Kris Chittur

PLEDGE – Sy Yuter            PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter            Prayer – Rev. Lee

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS: Mark, happy to be here; Sy, happy to be speaker; Eric, won two platform tennis games; Dr. Bob Maher, his school fully accredited and marching band will march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – 18 Rotarians present; Rachel, ice skating in village. 

GUESTS – None 

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Dr. Sy Yuter on Israel-Hamas dispute and Israel Election

                                                                 SUMMARY OF TALK
Hamas has a religious committment to end the existence of Israel but willing to have a 5-10 year cease fire which opens door to Sy's proposal of a Middle East Free Trade Area, first in a 2.5 square mile port and then in 20% of the 140 square-mile Gaza Strip. The much larger West Bank is controlled by Fatah and is now called by them the Palestine State. Fatah has the same final goal as Hamas, to end the Jewish state, so he does not see two separate states because a Palestinian state on the West Bank would still seek the destruction of Israel. In the Israel election for the 120-seat Parliament the results were: Likud, 31 seats: Future, 19; Labor, 15; Jewish Home, 12; the ultra-religious parties 18; with the left and Arab parties the remaining seats. The basic issues were the home economy and the ultra-religious parties being free of serving Israel or in the Israeli army. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a hard time putting a government together since he has to make a deal with Lapid, the head of the Future party, who wants to be foreign minister (probably acceptable to Netanyahu),  and the issue of the ultra-religious parties freedom from serving Israel or in its army is hard to bridge.
Friday  – Zen Eidel on Anatomy of a Painting

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Monday, January 28, 2013

President Kris heads the friendship visit

President Kris lead a team of Rotarians and nonrotarians to Bangalore India visiting various manufacturing facilities and Rotary sponsored activities.       Read more about it HERE.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

President Kris at the Polio Eradication Front

President Kris was in Bangalore India helping spread the Rotary's effort to eliminate polio.  
See detail HERE.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

January 18, 2013 Briar Crier


January 18, 2013 Friday 12:15, The Briar's Restaurant, North State Road, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club

1929 – The cartoon character, Popeye the Sailor Man, made its debut in the Thimble Theatre comic strip

MEETING LEADER – President – elect Anne Cargill for President  Kris Chittur

PLEDGE – Sy Yuter            PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter            Prayer – Paul Rosen

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS – Etrusca’s friend, Viyaha Jain, will join Rotary; Zen – happy for his marriage; Ken – Boeing 787 grounded; Anne – has first check for Art Auction, $60.00; Dean – always because it’s Friday. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS – 15 Rotarians present.

GUESTS – Gregg Williams, arborist, with Dean, Jeff Taylor with Ernie, Viyaha Jain with Etrusca

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Pamela Lewis – Nuts and Bolts of Divorce


Pamela Lewis, Esq. is a matrimonial attorney who has been a litigator for 30 years and is a certified arbitrator and mediator.  Three reasons for a couple splitting are death of spouse, loss of employment and divorce of spouse.  Support groups are important to get through divorce process in a healthy manner.  Both sides need to have their own attorney.  The couple should interview at least two attorneys.  The rate for the attorney could be a fee based on hours or a fixed sum. Adultery, abandonment and irreconcilable differences were discussed as the past reasons for divorce.  In October 2012 New York went for a no-fault divorce basis.

Tomorrow Friday  – Israel vs. Hamas, including results of Israel election --  Dr. Sy Yuter

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

January 11, 2013 Briar Crier


January 11, 2013, The Briar's Restaurant, North State Road Briarcliff Manor, NY 
Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club


1935 – Aviator Amelia Earhart began an uncompleted trip across the Pacific. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

MEETING LEADER – President-elect Anne Cargill for President Kris Chittur

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

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Bishop John – Mother's family born in Barbados and going on cruise; Eric loves to sing; Bob Maher for his students.

GUESTS – Jeff Taylor with Ernie, Debbie Okoniewski with Frances Chu

ANNOUNCEMENTS –18 Rotarians present


SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Lisa Howard – Rotary Ambassador Scholar from Barbados, Sustainability Management

Barbados is the eastern-most island of the West Indies.  The English settled the island in 1627.  Its population is predominantly black.  Yearly temperatures are the average of 79 degrees.  Bridgetown is the capital. Sugar is a chief crop and tourism is most important to its economy.  Lisa is the Rotary Ambassador Scholar for 2012-2013 from the Rotary Club of Barbados and is at Columbia University in NYC seeking a masters in sustainability management.  Although born in Barbados she speaks like a New Yorker.  During her first semester as a Rotary Ambassador Scholar in this Columbia University program, she knows she is in the best place for her.  Lisa connected with other ambassadorial scholars and the District Governor Greg Arcaro and Helen Lynch who also spoke to our club. As 2013 comes into focus she has become even more aware of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” in her day to day actions.  Her passion in life is to help other people and to be involved.

Friday – Pamela Lewis, Esq. – The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jan. 4, 2013 Briar Crier


January 4th, 2013, The Briar's Restaurant, North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 
Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club


1896 – An Austrian Newspaper reported the discovery by German Physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that became known as the x-ray.

MEETING LEADER  – President Kris Chittur

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

HAPPY THOUGHTS –  Anne home from Maine after 10 hours of driving; Bob Maher for the paintings his students will prepare for auction; Kris will be traveling to Bangelore and miss the next three meetings. (Anne Cargill, president-elect, will take his place.)


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Ernie, About $2,000.00 made on grapefruit sales. 16 Rotarians present.


SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Professor Arthur Romano – Conflict Resolution

Summary of Talk

Professor Romano is a Rotary Peace Fellow for life.  He hopes we can work together and prevent youth violent behavior. To achieve better mental health we can partner with the schools to find students who need help.  Early involvement in the home is essential.  Self awareness needs to be taught as well as the ability to communicate.  Homicide is the leading cause of death among students age 10 – 24.  There are not enough mental health services in our schools.  Compassion for others needs to be taught.  The quality of our relationships to others is a key to conflict resolution.

Friday: Green Management – Lisa Howard, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Columbia University, from Barbados.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Save this date Art Auction on Feb 9th 2013

See detail in the Pleasantville-Briarcliff Patch

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, January 3, 2013

December 28, 2013 Briar Crier


December 28, 2012, Friday 12:15, The Briar's Restaurant, North State Road, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club

1932 – Radio City Music Hall opened in Midtown Manhattan.  On opening night there were several hours of live acts which were considered a disaster, prompting owners to shift to a movie followed by a stage show.

MEETING LEADER – President  K. Chittur

PLEDGE – Sy Yuter            PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter            Prayer – Paul Rosen

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS– Kris took family to visit NYC; Steven –  here visiting half-brother Richard;  Paul – grandchildren visited

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Eight Rotarians present. Read Rotary magazine on risk-taking. Rachel has placed tickets for Art Auction at Weldon’s Stationary and the Library as well as posters in store front windows.  More need to be placed by members.

GUESTS – Steven Horowitz, half brother of Richard Zimmerman

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT – Younhee Shin and Kyung Pak
                                                  Hidden Treasures of Korea


Koreans in 1205 BC called their country Chosen which means Morning Calm.  The people are similar looking to Chinese and Japanese.  Seoul is the capital of South Korea and they consider their city as the sixth largest in the world.  The speakers wore beautiful traditional dress.  In Seoul, female servants in government offices were given thirty days of leave after the birth of a child and the husband thirty days of paternity leave.  The rights of prisoners were also considered, inquiring about the temperature of cells and whether they were clean.  Wildly considered the greatest legacy of King Sejong the Great, he invented the Korean alphabet called Hangulo.  Created in 1443 by the King, it consists of 28 consonant and vowel letters corresponding to the principal of Ying-Yang.
Friday – Conflict Resolution – Professor Arthur Romano

Elinor Yuter , Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Happy 2013....Message from Kris, President

A very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to you!
We have a great speaker this week - Arthur Romano, a former Rotary Peace Fellow and one of the best speakers in the "Rotary UN day".  Here is the press release: click HERE