Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Briarcliff Rotary welcomes newest member Patrick Hermance

On October 25, our newest member  Patrick Hermance, head of local Trustco bank, was inducted by the  President and sponsor Anne.       Welcome Patrick!



October 25,2013 Briar Crier



BRIARCRIER

October 25, Friday 12:15  meeting at The Maya Riviera Restaurant, 518 N. State Road, of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

TODAY IN HISTORY
1910: "America the Beautiful," with words by Katherine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Word,  first published.

MEETING LEADER:  President Anne Cargill

PLEDGE:  Anne Cargill          PATRIOTIC SONG: Sy Yuter      PRAYER: Paul Rosen

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Dr. Bob Amsterdam after more that two weeks jury duty highly recommends jury duty; Scott re two mortgage closings; Mark Seiden surprised his mom on her birthday.

GUESTS: Sean Santiago, via Kris,  a possible future Rotarian, and Maureen, speaker Jim Coleman's assistant.

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: 22 Rotarians present. Elinor provides club via Anne with rebuilt Charter (its glass and back were missing). Briarcliff was first school in nation to require community service. New member Patrick Hermance, head of local Trustco bank.

SPEAKER AND TOPIC: Jim Coleman, Westchester Executive Director of Industrial Development Agency, on How County Can Help Business.


Summary of Talk
Surprisingly, Jim's talk was a review of what County Executive Rob Astorino has done for the county taxpayers. His three major goals are to protect taxpayers, preserve essential services, especially for the disabled,  and promote economic growth without raising taxes. Also, to expand environmental and recycling initiatives. Also, to help businesses and nonprofit groups. He launched a "Meet Me in Westchester" campaign to bolster tourism and led effort to reinvent Playland and attract visitors all year. Unfortunately, our club, in accordance with past practice,  is not able to hear the other candidate, Noam Bramson,  prior to the election on Tuesday, November 5.

Next Meeting: This Friday November 1 at The Briar's Restaurant at 512 N. State Road. Speaker, George Camp on Rotary's anti-polio project in place of Janet DiBeneditto on the Rotary Foundation.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Alert! New location for this Friday meeting

Please see HERE for the location for this Friday.

October 18, 2013 Briar Crier


BRIARCRIER
October 18, Friday Noon meeting at The Briar's Restaurant, 512 N. State Road, of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.
 
TODAY IN HISTORY
1845: The U.S. Naval Academy was established at Annapolis, Maryland.
 
MEETING LEADER:  Ms. Anne Cargill
 
PLEDGE:  Anne Cargill          PATRIOTIC SONG: Sy Yuter      PRAYER: Bishop John Herzog
 
HAPPY THOUGHTS: Zen, we are happy that Shelley Lotter joined us; Shelley, happy to be here and thinks that Rotary is a great club; Eric, has volunteered to be next president; Sy, has found the missing Charter; Anne, our club needs to be invigorated; Dr. Bob Maher, agrees with Anne.
 
GUESTS: Dr. Fauzia Deeba from Pennsylvania and prospective members James Pfeifer and Parmela Guerrerio (via Bishop John).
 
ROTARIANS PRESENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: 21 Rotarians present. Scott Lanoff to be new secretary. Elinor, will provide club with rebuilt Charter (its glass and back were missing).
 
SPEAKER AND TOPIC: There was no speaker since luncheon session was devoted to electing Eric Lebenson as president-elect and issues concerning composition of Briarcliff Manor Rotary Foundation.
 
The members voted at the general meeting on Oct. 18 to elect Eric Lebenson as president-elect and for the five trustees of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Foundation Inc. to be Paul Rosen, Ernie Pacchiana, Mark Seiden, Ken Shimazu and Bishop John Herzog.
 
Sy notes: There are current by-laws of the Foundation Inc. (dated May 10, 2013) which gives the Foundation Inc. sole power to determine how any charitable money is spent. But the current Foundation Inc. by-laws allow the amendment of such by-laws by a majority (of the five). So the current members of the Foundation Inc. can amend the Foundation Inc. by-laws to provide that only charitable money approved by the Briarcliff Manor Club Board can be spent, either by the Club or also the Foundation Inc.  Also, there seems to be a consensus that the Club should be incorporated and 501(c)(3) status should be sought only by the Club. In which event there would be no need for any Foundation Inc. But the Club will consider whether or not there should be a Foundation Inc. and, if so, its powers. This is especially relevant to any future fund raising with the Walter Law statue; that is, whether the Club or the Foundation Inc. will try to raise the money for the statue (over 30 thousand dollars). In either case we will need 501(c)(3) tax deductibility to a Walter Law Statue donee.
 
Sy also notes:  The by-laws updating committee comprises  Sy, Paul, Scott, Kris and Eric. All  now have a copy of our Club's current by-laws bearing the inscription "Adopted, December 11, 1981." These need to be updated to reflect our current practices. Note that we can only update by amendment of these by-laws. Article XIV Amendments states: "No amendment or addition to these by laws can be made which is not in harmony with the club constitution and with the constitution and by-laws of Rotary International." Our committee will determine what "harmony" means. Our by-laws, according to Charter Member Paul Rosen, were twice amended, one is an amendment to the dues article with the addition of a section that current dues are set by the current board and the second an amendment that all past presidents have the right to talk at board meetings but no right to vote. Neither of these two amendments needs to be updated. Our Charter (which gives us the right to use the term "Rotary") says that our club accepts the constitution and by-laws of Rotary International. The constitution and by-laws of Rotary International as well as our club's constitution (the standard club constitution) are available on the web. I await proposed updates to our by-laws from the members of our updating committee.
 
Next Meeting: This Friday October 25 at the Maya Riviera Restaurant at 518 N. State Road. Speaker, Jim Coleman on How the County Can Help Business.
 
Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Alert! New location for this Friday meeting


***AGAIN FRIDAY’S LUNCH MEETING HAS MOVED!!!***  Back by popular demand: Maya Riviera – Mexican Food

Dear Briarcliff Rotary Club Membership & Guests,
AGAIN, this Friday we are moving our luncheon destination to Maya Riviera Bar & Restaurant, a new restaurant (from the owners of The Patio) just 2 doors down from The Briars.
The Briars very politely asked that we relocate our meeting for this Friday.
Maya Riviera has promised us what sounds like a delicious lunch with several selections to choose from AND will take our lunch order early enough to enjoy desert!
Maya Riviera is located at 518 North State Road and was previously home to Tuscan Grille Torchia’s Restaurant.  I've promised Carlos, one of the proprietors, the famous Briarcliff Rotary Club Bounce, almost guaranteeing their success J.
I look forward to see you at Maya Riviera Bar & Restaurant on Friday at Noon.
YIRS,
Scott

Scott M. Lanoff, Rotary Club Secretary

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rotary Guiding Principles

Rotary Guiding Principles

Mission
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. See the RI Strategic Plan .

Diversity and Rotary
Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.

The Object of Rotary 

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: 

 FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; 


 SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society; 


 THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; 


 FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


 Avenues of Service 

For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. 

 Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. Learn about effective club service in Membership and Training. 


 Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards. Observed each October, Vocational Service Month spotlights Rotary club projects related to this avenue, offering opportunity for clubs and districts to use their professional skills in service projects. 


 Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. ◦Community in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects (605A-EN) 


 International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site. Visit the ProjectLINK database to post a project in need of assistance, find projects to support, or learn about successfully completed projects to replicate. 


 New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities as RYLA , Rotaract and Interact , service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange .


The Four-Way Test
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do
   1.  Is it the TRUTH?
   2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
   3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
   4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Download a copy of our Guiding Principles
Download a copy of Rotary International District 7230, Inc. Bylaws

  - See more at: http://www.rotary7230.org/Page/district-7230-principles-amp-bylaws#sthash.KuNMsQeq.dpuf

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 10, 2013 BRIAR CRIER

October 10, 2013 – Thursday 12:15, The Riviera Restaurant in Pleasantville at joint meeting of  Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club and the Pleasantville Club.

 TODAY IN HISTORY 
1930: Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States.

MEETING LEADER –  President Sue Lara of the Pleasantville club.

PLEDGE – Sue Lara  WELCOMING SONG – Pleasantville club    PRAYER - Mr. Horst, a visiting Rotarian from Germany and former district governor of the Bavaria Rotary region.

BRIARCLIFF HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS: Sy, thankful that tv media, probably CNN, made reference to Rotary International in segment on administering polio vaccine; Elinor, thankful that a Pleasantville Rotarian, Ernie, helped get her and her wheelchair into restaurant; Many Briarcliffers were happy to be at Pleasantville meeting.

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS - 10 Rotarians present. Pleasantville club is now 90 years old. The current Briarcliff members may have the opportunity to vote in writing to select one of the slate of Foundation candidates presented by the two pending competing motions. The vote may be held on Friday, October 18th at our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting as long as there will be a quorum present of 10 or more current members. Both proxy and absentee-voting are allowed. Also, the president-elect will be elected at the October 18 meeting.

Speakers: Sarah Studley and Lanning Taliaferro from The Patch
Summary of Talk
Patch Associate Regional Editor Lanning Taliaferro and Patch Community Editor Sarah Studley addressed the Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor Rotary Clubs Thursday about online media, blogging and small business promotion on the Internet. They explained Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor Patch's Local Voices blogging platform, which allows residents and business owners to express their opinions and share their expertise on the community-based website. They also introduced the tool Small Business Patch, which offers business owners tips and advice for maximizing their web presence.
This Friday's speaker: There is none so sufficient time is available to discuss current issues.
Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 4, 2013 Briarcrier

BRIARCRIER 
October 4, 2013 – Friday 12:15, The Maya Riviera Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

TODAY IN HISTORY
1863: President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day.

MEETING LEADER –  President Anne Cargill

PLEDGE – Anne Cargill   PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter   PRAYER - Rev. Lee Carrozzi

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS: Dr. Bob Maher, Magic Masters to perform as scheduled; Rachel has new idea for club.

GUESTS:  Patrick Hermance, guest of Anne; visiting Rotarian Tom McConnon.

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS - 17 Rotarians present. Board Meeting will be at Atria noon on Friday October 11. Thursday, October 10 the club will meet with the Pleasantville Club at the Riviera Restaurant in Pleasantville at 12:15.
The current members will have the opportunity to vote in writing to select one of the slate of Foundation candidates presented by the two pending competing motions. The vote will be held on Friday, October 18th at our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting as long as there will be a quorum present of 10 or more current members. Both proxy and absentee-voting are allowed.

Speaker: Lynn Yen on Revival of Classic Music in Schools.
 Summary of Talk
The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture came about in parallel with the growing concern expressed by many mental health professionals, journalists and parents regarding the moral and intellectual decline of our society—especially among our young. Simply put, it seemed to many that the "cultural violence", whether in music, internet games, or the media more generally, was at least a partial source of the problem, and required an antidote.  So, we asked a simple question. "What are the social and cultural practices that might reverse or at least help alleviate such a trend?" In answer to this, we believe that the music of great creative geniuses such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, among many others, is one of the most natural and time proven means for the moral and intellectual development of young minds.
Over  the past 24 months, we've held 5 classical music concerts in marquee venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, involving students from about 125 New York City public schools. We've also sponsored a fledgling choral program based in two public schools as an after-school activity. We’ve challenged prevailing misconceptions about the  "lack of interest" on the part of today’s young people in Classical music and culture, demonstrating that they are quite interested and open to engagement with these great ideas. We've organized “impossible” concerts, most notably our May 13th 2012, "Mother’s Day" Sunday Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium concert, attended by a total of 2300 people, over 1700 of them parents, students and teachers from over 70 public schools in all five boroughs.  All came on their own, in families of 5, 7, and even10 members, from babies in their mothers' arms to grandmothers in wheel chairs.  Our most recent 2013 summer “Mostly Mozart” music/science pilot program in a mere 2 ½ weeks literally transformed the dozen high school students that attended into young adults, who became, through their musical studies, both cognizant and confident of their untapped potential for developing their minds and their society.  
We will have an upcoming event on November 24th, 2013 on the 50thanniversary of President Kennedy’s death—titled “JFK 50 Plus—Passing the Torch”—to celebrate Kennedy's cultural optimism and advancements in the sciences and arts, and to introduce a new generation of young people to a president who truly inspired greatness in the American people.  We intend that at least 1500 young people from all over the New York area be sponsored to take up the torch to once again, "do the impossible"—to concentrate the best of their energies and efforts to make this country great once again.
This Thursday speaker: Will be provided by Pleasantville Rotary.
This Thursday, October 10, 12:15 at Riviera Restaurant in Pleasantville. NO MEETING FRIDAY.
Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Friday, October 4, 2013

Photos from Meeting of Friday, 10/4/2013

Unedited snapshots by Scott and Frances at Maya Riviera Bar & Restaurant, Friday 10/4/2013


The Meeting


The Speaker - Lynn J. Yen, Founder, Exec. Director, Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture

Frances' Entree - Chicken Fajita - Yummy! Thanks Paul for ordering the selection!

Thanks Scott for arranging the meeting place of the day and taking the pictures of the meeting! No pictures of Scott in this photo album but will make it up next time!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Alert !!!! Temporary Venue Change !!!


Dear Briarcliff Rotary Club Membership & Guests,
For this Friday only we are moving our luncheon destination to Maya Riviera Bar & Restaurant, a new restaurant (from the owners of The Patio) just 2 doors down from The Briars.
The Briars had an emergency need for their back dining room & asked that we relocate our meeting.
Maya Riviera has promised us what sounds like a delicious lunch with several selections to choose from.
Maya Riviera is located at 518 North State Road and was previously home to Tuscan Grille & Torchia’s Restaurant.  I’ve promised Carlos, one of the proprietors, the famous “Briarcliff Rotary Club Bounce” almost guaranteeing their success J.
I look forward to see you at Maya Riviera Bar & Restaurant on Friday at Noon.
YIRS,
Scott

September 27, 2013 Briar Crier


  BRIARCRIER 
September 27, 2013 – Friday 12:15, The Briar's Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

                                                            TODAY IN HISTORY

1779: John Adams was named by Congress to negotiate the Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain.

MEETING LEADER –  President Anne Cargill

PLEDGE – Anne Cargill   PATRIOTIC SONG – Sy Yuter   PRAYER - Paul Rosen

HAPPY THOUGHTS AND BUCKS: Bishop John is happy to see Paul Rosen; Dr. Bob Maher is happy that his school's marching band was at Community Day; Eric Lebenson happy treated as president-elect of our club; Ken Shimazu happy that going to see his son in Japan.

GUEST:  Patrick Hermance, guest of Anne.

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS - 20 Rotarians present. Happy Birthday Paul Rosen.
Board Meeting will be at Atria noon on Friday October 11. Thursday, October 10 the club will meet with the Pleasantville Club at the Riviera Restaurant in Pleasantville at 12:15.

Two motions were made which occupied most of the meeting so Mrs. Jain did not speak on nutrition. The notifications are:

NOTIFICATION #1
The current members will have the opportunity to vote in writing to elect this year’s President-elect.  The slate of nominated members will be presented to the current members, and also voted upon, at the October 18, 2013 regularly scheduled Rotary Friday meeting as long as there will be a quorum present of 10 or more current members.
NOTIFICATION #2
Motion #1: On Sept. 27th, 2013, a motion was presented by Paul Rosen, seconded by Mark Seiden, to replace the three absent/resigned past incorporators of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Foundation with the following slate of candidates: "Ken Shimazu, Mark Seiden and Bishop John Herzog.”  The selected three then, with Paul Rosen and Ernie Pacchiana, become the five Trustees of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Foundation.
Motion #2: On  Sept. 27th, 2013, a motion was presented by Anne Cargill,  seconded by Kris Chittur,  to replace the three absent/resigned past incorporators of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Foundation with the following slate of candidates: "Kris Chittur, Anne Cargill and Scott Lanoff.”  The selected three then, with Paul Rosen and Ernie Pacchiana, become the five Trustees of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Foundation.
The current members will have the opportunity to vote in writing to select one of the slate of candidates presented by the two competing motions. The vote will be held on Friday, October 18th at our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting as long as there will be a quorum present of 10 or more current members.
Sy Yuter on October 18 will provide each of the current members (who have paid their dues) with a white paper on which each current member will write his/her name, the selected president-elect and which of the two motions each supports.
This Friday, October 4, 12:15 at Maya Riviera Restaurant two stores north of The Briar's Restaurant --  Lynn Yen on the Revival of Classical Music in Schools.
Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expedite