Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dec, 18, 2014 Briar Crier

                                                      BRIARCRIER

December 18, 2014 at The Briar's Restaurant, 512 N. State Rd. of Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club Meeting               
                                                                                          TODAY IN HISTORY
1790: The first successful cotton mill began operating at Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 
MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE:  Zach             SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Eric

GUESTS:  Three, Etrusca's sister Christina from Florida, plus Richard's father and mother, Dr. and Mrs. Horowitz 

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND HAPPY THOUGHTS: 18 Rotarians present. Rich is happy we are all together; Ken is happy about the speaker; Etrusca wishes us a happy holiday; Dr. Bob Maher ($10) thanks Ernie for contributing to Treasury with grapefruit profits; Ernie is happy; Francis thanks by-laws committee; Jim is happy; Kris, his home is OK; Scott, happy holidays to everyone.  Other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.
           
ANNOUNCEMENTS: THURSDAY not Friday meeting.  Treasurer Dr. Bob Maher, we have $21,279 excluding grapefruit money; Ernie wants $100 per Rotarian whether or not they sell grapefruits. We will have a social at Captain Lawrence in Elmsford on April 20, we pay at door ($15-20 per person) and tip bartenders for beer and wine, and get all we can drink. We will meet with Elmsford Club. Mathew Cummings will replace Patrick Hermance. Board meeting is first Wednesday in January.
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SPEAKERS AND SUBJECT: Bill Melnychuk on Electric Generators


SUMMARY OF TALK
Bill Melnychkuk operates as the Briarcliff Generator Services (914-762-4443) and he charges by the hour for recommending what kind of Electric Generator for you to install which can operate to power what you need when Con Ed's power supply is interrupted. He can recommend a Generac or Kohler Generator which can be powered by gasoline or natural gas or propane, and he can help you get the necessary permits since the generator has to be outside of your house and has to be kept operational. You decide what electrical power sources you want to run, for example the electric motor that helps heat your house via a motorized fan. Some pick a generator which is large enough to power whole house. The total cost can run from $3,500 - 12,000 depending on the size of the generator.  Generac has 80% of market.  He has to notify ConEd since cannot operate generator that feeds the Con Ed system. 

This Friday- No speaker. The day after Christmas. Those who want to meet on Friday Dec. 26 will meet in the main dining room of The Briar's and eat off the menu paying that amount (plus tip) with a contibution from our club.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rotary Gives Hands-On Learning Tool to Third-Graders

From: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District Website
News
December 17, 2014

Rotary Gives Hands-On Learning Tool to Third-Graders


Each year, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club members stop by Todd Elementary School to hand out dictionaries to each third-grade student.

Rotary President Eric Lebenson said the club is careful to set aside funds every year for this special initiative as part of the national Dictionary Project program.

“At this age, students still enjoy receiving their very own dictionary as a gift and are more inclined to use it than something they borrow from the library,” he said. “Their amazing thank-you notes and descriptions of their excitement seem to back up that theory.”

Dr. Kusum Sinha, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, assessment and human resources, said the students’ enthusiasm for the gifts is very apparent.

“Later in the day, I was in a third-grade classroom, and as soon as students were done with their math lesson, they were eager to take out their dictionaries and share facts with one another,” she said.

Todd and the Rotary Club look forward to continuing to partner on the Dictionary Project for many years to come.

“These dictionaries are a wonderful resource to our students and teachers,” said Principal Nadine McDermott. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dec. 12, 2014 Briar Crier

BRIERCRIER 

December 12, 2014 at The Briar's Restaurant, 512 N. State Rd. of Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club Meeting

TODAY IN HISTORY


MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE:                                               SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Bishop John

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND HAPPY THOUGHTS: 20 Rotarians present. Bishop John, happy Hanukah and Merry  Christmas; Jim is happy; Mark is happy re cookstove project and talk he gave to Ossining Rotary; Ken is happy to be here; Janis Knorris very happy; Lou is happy re Dr. Bob Maher re basketball and film Birdman; Eric re great to be here and his daughter is in Greece; Anne is happy that her nephew has a great job; Paul re he is one of five elected officers of Masons. Other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.
           
ANNOUNCEMENTS: THURSDAY not Friday meeting.  Ernie, please pick up grapefruits, he wants $100 per Rotarian whether or not they sell grapefruits. Anne still has extra lottery tickets for Elderact at Atria. We will have a social at Captain Lawrence in Elmsford on a Tuesday in March or April, maybe April 20, we pay at door and tip bartenders for beer and wine, all we can drink.

GUESTS: None

SPEAKERS AND SUBJECT: Janis Knorr and Trish Corrigen on Senior Living


SUMMARY OF TALK
Atria has been in Briarcliff for some four and one-half years and is thankful for the opportunity of Elderact at Atria. They specialize in Senior Living. It is a very restful place like a home with three-meal dining and transportation. Will accept occupants for one month. Costs about 5-9300 per month depending on required facilities. The less the benefits the less the cost. Occupants pay month to month. Janis has a father-in-law there so she knows how good Atria is. Cheaper to stay at home where there are people who love them. It is the next best option for all senior citizens. After they are no longer OK at Atria they are sent to the next best place. To get in need to be able to walk with walker and feed themselves. 


This THURSDAY NOT FRIDAY  at The Briar's:  Bill Melnychuk on Electric Generators

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec. 5, 2014 Briar Crier


                                                                                  BRIARCRIER
December 5,  2014 , Friday, 12:15,  The Briar's Restaurant meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

                                                                TODAY IN HISTORY
1791: Composer Wolfgang Mozart died in Vienna, Austria.  

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE:  Rachel       SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Ernie

GUESTS:  None

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 15

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Sean ($5) on electric watch; Anne, her daughter now a pre-k coordinator; Ken, is happy to be back; Richard is happy; Kris, got boiler going again; Mark is just happy; Dr. Bob Maher ($10) that his kids will be in the movie Birdman; Jim is happy; Rachel is happy that everyone happy;  and other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dr. Bob Maher, Treasurer, the Magic Masters game was a great success and we have about  $18,000 but that includes cost of food; Eric, we made about $5000 from sales of ads for  Magic Masters game; Ernie, grapefruits should be here (in old meeting place)e and each Rotarian should take five cartons (at $20 each) but each Rotarian is responsible for giving our club $100 irrespective of how many cartons are sold;

Speaker:  Dr. Sy Yuter on Mideast Update

       
                                                                  SUMMARY OF TALK
Israel will have new elections March 17 since Prime Minister Netanyahu fired finance (Yair Lapid) and Justice ministers so now has a coalition with less that more than half of the Knesset (Parliament) of 120 members. Both Netanyahu and Lapid will be running for Prime Minister in a new government. Obama favors Lapid and is against Netanyahu. Our government (Obama) has been air bombing the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) targetable positions in Syria and Iraq and has increased American soldiers to train Iraqi , Kurd and Afghan soldiers to fight the IS and Taliban fighters but not to conduct fighting.  Iraq soldiers were led by friends of Shia Prime Minister Maliki, so they were not effective (they retreated from Mosul, the second largest Iraq city) since their leadership were not military trained but just politicians who backed Maliki. Now have a new Iraqi Prime Minister who has removed the Iraqi army political leadership so hopefully the retrained Iraqi army will retake Mosul. .

Next FRIDAY AT THE BRIAR'S our speaker will be Janis Knorr from Atria on Senior Living.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Alert! Alert! Date change from Dec. 19th to 18th.


Our regular meeting on Dec. 19th will be held on Dec. 18th, president Eric announced today at the usual Briars Restaurant 12 noon.          Please make a note of it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 21, 2014 Briar Crier


BRIARCRIER
November 21, 2014 , Friday, 12:15,  The Briar's Restaurant, meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

                                                                TODAY IN HISTORY
1922: Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE:  Zack      SONG:  Sy        PRAYER:  Bishop John Herzog

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 16

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Dr. Bob Maher  re Christine Veit, it is good to have a doctor in the house;  Scott re newest member; Sy, third facial operation re cancer but OK; Eric to have Christine and Sy as members; Anne, happy Thanksgiving; Kris, next week is a three-day week, and he had no heat but got by; Rachel that Kris's house is OK;  and other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Christine Veit, MD becomes a Rotarian via Pres. Lebenson and sponsored by Rachel and Anne; Dr. Bob Maher, Treasurer, we have nearly $22,000 but have to stay under $25,000 to avoid a federal problem; Via Kris, April 25-27 is District Conference in Valley Forge, PA.; Rachel, the Turkey Trot is 11/28, and Christine will be ambulance driver.

Speaker: Dr. Rolande Hodel re her Cameroon medicinal factory for AIDSfree Africa.

                                                                         SUMMARY OF TALK
We have already received medical supplies from local hospitals. She goes three times a year to Cameroon, which is in West Africa and bordered by Nigeria, Chad and Central Afican Republic. There are 270 different tribes in Cameroon each with their own language but most educated Cameroons speak French and English. She communicates in English. She was raised in Potsdam Germany but did her Ph.D. in chemistry at University of Kansas. Rotary is well known in Cameroon.  She has four Cameroon children, all of whom are black. Most in Cameroon have malaria. Her clinic is far from the main road and needs an ultra-sound machine.

Next FRIDAY AT THE BRIAR'S (Nov. 28):  NO speaker since day after Thanksgiving. Those who attend will sit in main dining room and order off the menu and pay for what is ordered with a donation from club for the regular luncheon cost.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Briarcrier - 11/14/2014

BRIARCRIER
November 14,  2014 , Friday, 12:15,  The Briar's Restaurant meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

                                                                TODAY IN HISTORY
1927:  The Holland Tunnel opened to the public providing access between lower manhattan and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE:  Ernie       SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Bishop John

GUESTS:  Christine Veit, M.D. , her third meeting and future Rotarian, and Peter Iapozzuto a guest of Dr. Bob Maher.

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 17

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Dr. Bob Maher ($10) said we are richer from the Magic Masters game;  Richard that there is no snow fall; Christine on her third time here; Eric re thanking Marshall for giving talk in his and Mark Seiden's place; Peter I. on nice to be back; and other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dr. Bob Maher, Treasurer, the Magic Masters game was a great success and we have about  $18,000 but that includes cost of food; Eric, we made about $5000 from sales of ads for  Magic Masters game; Ernie, grapefruits will soon be here and each Rotarian should take five cartons (at $20 each) but each Rotarian is responsible for giving our club $100 irrespective of how many cartons are sold. Dr. Bob Maher introduced speaker.

Speaker: Marshall Asche re St. Christopher's, Inc.

                                                                         SUMMARY OF TALK
Marshall Asche is CFO of St. Chrisopher's. He has responsibility for financing.  Most money comes from State for educating learning disabled kids. He works at the residential treatment center for special ed students. He was in the right place at the right time.  His years in public accounting helped greatly and he came in on day one. Innovation has impacted students and he is dedicated to helping adolescent children with special needs and their families. They provide children with a quality education and life planning skills in a safe and nurturing environment with the goal of helping each child reach his/her full potential. He was appointed as CFO of the Year. They have students until age 21.

Next FRIDAY AT THE BRIAR'S our speaker will be Dr. Rolande Hodel on Cameroon (Africa) Update.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Magic Masters 2014 - A RECORD YEAR!! From Pres. Eric Lebenson, Briarcliff Rotary

Hello, all -

I will also give a quick review at the meeting on Friday, but for those of you who are wondering - the Harlem Magic Masters game was a tremendous success!!  We had about 350 children and adults in the stands, and the Rotary PROFIT was approximately $5000 (depending on the final $$ amount we collect from the program).  Bobby Maher has been doing this game for 21 years, and he doesn’t remember EVER having hit this mark.  An AMAZING accomplishment by the Briarcliff Rotary Club!!

More importantly...EVERYBODY there had an incredible time…I have received many calls and emails, and have seen many people “on the street” who thanked us and congratulated us on another wonderful event!!  This is truly WONDERFUL for the community!!  PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED PICTURES!!  (Note:  Matty Maher is 6’0’’, to give you an idea of these guys’ height!!)



I know I have had many Happy Thoughts during meetings leading up to the event, but the following people’s help was and is SO appreciated...The event could not have been nearly as successful without:

Bobby Maher…For EVERYTHING he did!!  He likes to give others kudos, but he is the true hero here!!  There are a million little things that are needed to be arranged every year to make sure this event is successful.

Sean Santiago, Scott Lanoff and sons, Lou Fitzgerald, Linda Urban, Rachel and Tom Leihbacher, Beth Hussein, Anne Cargill, Kris Chittur, Jim Lupfer and Mark Johnson for helping out with the madness at the gate, selling food, and enjoying and supporting our wonderful fundraiser.

Amy & Mark Seiden…For making up the program sign-up sheet.

Jim Lupfer…For getting 300 programs printed for FREE!  Helps with the profit!!

All those Rotarians who took ads out in the program including all the Past Presidents who chipped in (or who have promised to do so).

As you can see, as always, it was an amazing TEAM EFFORT...THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!

Warmest Regards,

Eric

BRIARCRIER - 11/7/2014

BRIARCRIER
November 7,  2014 , Friday, 12:15,  The Briar's Restaurant, meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

                                                                       TODAY IN HISTORY
1962: Elinor Roosevelt died in New York City at age 78.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE:  Eric        SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Bishop John Herzog

GUEST:  Christine Veit, M.D. , a future Rotarian

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 15

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Dr. Bob Maher ($5) said we are richer from the Magic Masters game since he charged our players;  Anne has daughters in Greece and Denmark; Jim re game tonight and hope we make alot of money; Eric ($10) for his son and Magic Masters; Bishop John his daughter passed bar and Christine is happy, and other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rotarian Patrick Hermance will be transferred to bank in Charlotte, North Carolina. UN attendence was very successful. Dr. Bob Maher, Treasurer, we have nearly $18,000 but that includes cost of food. Kris is to have a pot luck dinner at his house.

Speaker: Ilia Regini on Health Through Food.

                                                                         SUMMARY OF TALK
Ilia prefers to buy at a Farmer's Market rather than in the food stores because most processed foods are not good for you. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is hidden under various other ingredients. She listed the following foods as preferred; Olive oil, garlic, serrano pepper, onions, celery, crimini mushrooms, lentils, turnips and parsley.  Our Vijaya is a registered nutritionist (Ilia is not) and Vijaya somewhat disagreed with much of what Ilia said saying that Ilia's ideas are radical. Vijaya said that "we should take a balanced approach to our diet".  Anne said something like "If you believe in something it will work for you".


Next FRIDAY AT THE BRIAR'S our speakers will be Eric Lebenson and Mark Seiden on Behavior Profile Analysis.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter


Friday, November 7, 2014

BRIARCRIER - 10/30/2014

BRIARCRIER
October 30, 2014 , Thursday, 12:15,  The Briar's Restaurant, meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club jointly with the Pleasantville, Mount Kisco and Elmsford clubs.

                                                                       TODAY IN HISTORY
1945: The U.S. Government announced the end of shoe rationing.

JOINT MEETING LEADER: Briarcliff Rotary President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE:  Jim        SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Dr. Bob Maher

GUEST:  Christine Veit, M.D. , a future Rotarian

BRIARCLIFF ROTARIANS PRESENT: 17

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Kris, to be here; Sy for successful joint meeting; Scott for Anne Cargill's birthday; Anne, her birthday for () years and for her daughter;  Eric for his daughter and her speech; Jim for the clubs that joined us; Christine is happy; Vijaya a big welcome; Dr. Bob Maher for Janet's help in having joint meeting; Frances is happy to welcome PDG Janet DiBenedetto and seeing so many Rotarians here; and other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Treasurer Dr. Bob Maher, we have over $19,000 in treasury but some to cover meals, etc.; Magic Masters Friday, Nov. 7 (tomorrow evening) at Briarcliff High School gym, Rotarians needed at 6:30pm.  UN Day all sold out with many including high school club members going.

Some Snapshots from highlights of activities:

Speaker: Bill Fishkin, Esquire, a White Plains' Rotarian and tax lawyer.
                                                                         SUMMARY OF TALK
We all joined Rotary for Service Above Self.  The second reason for Rotary's development is networking, which is OK.  Rotary consists of a cross section of the community. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others. Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations.

Next FRIDAY (tomorrow) AT THE BRIAR'S our speaker will be Illia Regina on Heal Through Food.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, expediter

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRIARCRIER - 10/24/2014

BRIARCRIER
October 24, 2014 , Friday noon, The Briar's Restaurant, meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

                                                                           BRIARCRIER
October 24, 2014 , Friday noon, The Briar's Restaurant, meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

                                                                           TODAY IN HISTORY
1915: Tens of thousands of women marched in New York City and demanded right to vote.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE: Patrick    SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Bishop John

GUESTS:  None

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 20

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Etrusca has a puppy (and Dr. Bob Amsterdam advises her son Zack how to raise dog); Eric, Carl Weiner is back and will be filing for 501(C)3 status for club; Mark Seiden because he is here; Sy is happy he is still able to bring Elinor to club meetings; Eric, still working on gettogether and gas prices are going down and daughter's accomplishment; and other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Treasurer Dr. Bob Maher, we have over $19,000 in treasury but some to cover meals, etc.; Magic Masters Nov. 7 at Briarcliff High School gym, Rotarians needed at 6:30pm. Magic Masters ads going well but need more. UN Day all sold out with many including high school club members going.

Speaker: District Governor David Del Monte for District 7230.
Photos by Zachary Cosentino



                                                                           SUMMARY OF TALK
We need more Rotary Clubs, especially breakfast clubs, to be more serious about membership. His membership tools start with bold statement: create a large chart; display at each meeting; your club is showcased to all guests; try to bring more guests, as future members, especially local business people. Light up Rotary with one candle. He paid our president, Eric, a compliment. Also a thank you for the workers. Also, he complimented club on excellent food service delivered during meeting.

NEXT THURSDAY (NOT FRIDAY) AT THE BRIAR'S IS A JOINT MEETING WITH PLEASANTVILLE AND MOUNT KISCO CLUBS WITH BILL FISHKIN AS SPEAKER ON BUSINESS NETWORKING.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, expediter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BRIERCRIER - 10/17/2014

Friday noon, October 17, 2014, at the restaurant The Briar's of the meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.
                                     
                                                                     TODAY IN HISTORY
1933: Albert Einstein arrived in U.S. as a refugee from Germany.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson.

PLEDGE:  Kris                      SONG:   Sy                                  PRAYER: Bishop John

GUEST: Colin Halbach (Bishop John's grandson)

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 20. Welcome back Linda Urban and Shelly Lotter now a member.

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Anne is happy about one of her daughters; Richard, his daughter graduated from cosmetology school; Eric is worried about our related clubs in Bermuda's hurricane; Bishop John is happy his grandson is here. Other happy thoughts not properly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Don't forget Magic Master's basketball game on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 at BHS gym. We need more ads for the related journal. Via Dr. Maher, our treasury ok, about $18,000+. Our Board said OK for Kris to be District Governor in 2018. Rachel said that tomorrow was Fire Dep't's inspection.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Tom Stebbins on Law Suit Reform.
 Photos by Zachary Cosentino 

                                                                                     SUMMARY OF TALK
Tom believes that there are many law suits OK'd by New York State that should not be authorized.  Many are class actions like the Red Bull $13 million settlement where the lawyers got $4.7 million. The Buffalo Bills got sued for sending too many texts.  Fire Fighters were sued by homeowner for damaging a house in a non-fire call. Usually, the insurance companies pay rather than litigate bad cases. OBGYN insurance about $280,000 a year.

NEXT FRIDAY (Tomorrow) TALK:  District Governor David Del Monte on Rotary.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BRIERCRIER - 10/10/2014

BRIERCRIER
Friday noon, October 10, 2014, at the restaurant The Briar's of the meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.
                                     
                                                                                    TODAY IN HISTORY
1776: A group of Spanish missionairies settled in what is known today as San Francisco, Ca.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson.

PLEDGE:  Rod Ertischek                       SONG:   Sy                                  PRAYER: Dr. Bob Maher

GUESTS: Rod Ertischek (his wife was attending a hs reunion) and Sushil Kaushik (Surrendra's brother) and possible future Rotarian.

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 18

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Anne is happy; Dr. Bob Maher, Lou made it back across border; Rod Ertischek, very nice to get back; Kris, happy to see Jeff Pennington, our speaker; Eric, about his waistline; Scott is just happy. Other happy thoughts not properly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Don't forget Magic Master's basketball game on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 at BHS gym. We need more ads for the related journal. Via Dr. Maher, our treasury ok, about $18,000+.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Jeff Pennington on Lincoln's Assassin.

                                                                                     SUMMARY OF TALK
Jeff believes that John Wilkes Booth was part of a conspiracy to kill Lincoln in 1890 and was not shot shortly thereafter but lived under an assumed name for decades afterwards. Booth later told the whole story some 25 years later. Another was shot in his place then the body burned in a tobacco-shed and was unidentifiable.The only photograh of the corpse was never printed and later lost.

NEXT FRIDAY (Tomorrow) TALK:  Law Suit Reform by Tom Stebbins

Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BRIERCRIER - 9/26/2014

Friday at 12:15, September 26, 2014, at the restaurant The Briar's of the meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

TODAY IN HISTORY
1881: The 20th president, Thomas Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot and Chester Arthur  became the next president.

MEETING LEADER: Anne Cargill in absence of President Eric Lebenson.

PLEDGE:  Anne                      SONG:   Sy                                  PRAYER: Bishop John

GUESTS: David Sebastian, a Rotarian from India, and his sister Dr. Alice Sebastian,  guests of Kris.

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 14

HAPPY THOUGHTS: 5$ from Dr. Bob Maher re birthdays; Bishop Herzog, happy with the Queen; Anne re grandson. Other happy thoughts not properly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Community day was had on Sunday September 14 and we made about $500 due to small attendance. All of the tickets for the Rotary UN day are sold.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Bob Pargament on Hypnosis. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and head of the Westchester Hypnosis Center.
Photos by Zachary Consentino 

SUMMARY OF TALK
Bob is a certified hypnotist. Hypnosis is used to help deep relaxation, smoking cessation, weight reduction, fear elimination, motivation and success. sports performance, memory improvement, intimacy enhancement, self confidence, relationship issues, nervous habits, creative blocks, sleep continuity and anger management.  His sessions are not usually covered by insurance but try a referral by a physician. Self hypnosis is possible if one thinks it is possible. There may be flexibility for those with most need. Bob is a former smoker.  He changes lives, one at a time.

NEXT Thursday (tomorrow not Friday) Joint meeting at The Briar's with Mt. Kisco.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 12, 2014


BRIERCRIER
Friday noon, September 12, 2014, at the restaurant The Briar's of the meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.
                                     
                                                                                    TODAY IN HISTORY
1953: John F. Kennedy married Jaqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson.

PLEDGE:  Ernie                        SONG:   Sy                                  PRAYER: Bishop John

GUEST: Marshall Asche a guest of  Dr. Bob M.

ROTARIANS PRESENT: 27

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Anne drove to Maine; Eric is happy to be back and awaits results from biopsies; Dr. Bob Maher is happy that he has a guest; Dr. Bob A. wll go to meeting of bylaws update committee; Scott, last night was well attended; Mark J. is happy; Frances had a happy thought. Other happy thoughts not properly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Community day was had on Sunday September 14 and we are awaiting financial results from Ernie. We had boiled frankfurters for sale at $2 each, and ran out. There will be a bylaws committee meeting at Mark S. offices. Attending are Mark S., Paul , Sy and Dr. Bob A.

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Dr. Bob Maher on Ray Rice's career and how one bad decision can alter your life forever.


                                                                                     SUMMARY OF TALK
Consider each decision one makes and think of consequences. Ray Rice, from New Rochelle,  had an altercation in an elevator with his fiance, whom he married and she supported him. A Baltimore running back was out of first game.  Be careful of domestic violence and child abuse when trying to teach child the proper way to behave.

NEXT FRIDAY (Tomorrow) TALK:  Evolution by Dr. William Fairmont

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alert!! Community Day postponed to Sunday Sept. 14th


Due to the forecasted rain, our Briarcliff Community Day was postponed again to Sunday Sept. 14th.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 5, 2014 Briar Crier


 BRIERCRIER

Friday noon, September 5, 2014, at the restaurant The Briar's of the meeting of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.
                                     
                                                                                    TODAY IN HISTORY
1868: The Japanese city of Redo was renamed Tokyo.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson followed by the president-elect Mark Seiden.

PLEDGE:   Antonia                         SONG:   Sy                                  PRAYER: George Camp

GUESTS: John Crawford, Pres. of Ossining Rotary; George Camp, past district governor.
ROTARIANS PRESENT: 16

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Ken is happy to be here; So is George Camp and John Crawford; Dr. Bob Maher, our treasury is in order; Eric, has basel cell carcinoma, which is not worrisome since it does not spread. Plus other Happy Thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Community day has been postponed to Saturday, September 13 with rain day the following Sunday. All Briarcliff Rotarians should wear their Briarcliff Rotary shirts.  We will not be doing cooking since local restaurants will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs.  

SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Kristen Holmes Linder on History of Wall Art.


                                                                                     SUMMARY OF TALK
We have heard our speaker before but this time she talked about the history of wall art and showed photos of how wall art changed the characters of young wall artists for the better, for example, by increasing their self esteem.  Some wall art was on wet plaster. Her grandfather was a mayor of Briarcliff Manor under the name Holmes. She grew up in Briarcliff and attended the Ossining schools. She taught at the Pleasantville Cottage School, the Ronald McDonald shows and the Maria Fermi Hospital.  She worked with children in jails. She showed pictures of early wall art starting some 18,000 years ago and of the Renaissance, and those of her students. Also of Egyptians. In hospitals, patients seem to recover quicker if there is good wall art near them.

 NEXT FRIDAY TALK:  Tomorrow, by Dr. Bob Maher on Ray Rice's career and how one bad decision can alter your life forever.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Save the date....Briarcliff Rotary's "Preventative Health and Awareness": "Preventing & Reversing Alzheimer's and Dementia"


The Rotary Club of Briarcliff Manor is delighted to sponsor a presentation on “Preventing & Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia” on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the Briarcliff Library at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be made by Ms. Jacqui Bishop and Ms. Lisa Feiner of “Sharp Again Naturally,” a tax-exempt charity focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia. Admission is free and open to the public. 
See more detail HERE.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Memorial Service for Dr. Kaushik, former member of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club


Dear Friends​​​, 

Here is an invitation for Dr. Surendra K. Kaushik's memorial service. 

The service will be held on Sunday, October 5th at 2pm at Pace University's Graduate Center in White Plains, New York. 

Please direct an​y questions to the Kaushik Family.

Thank you, ​

The Kaushik Family​

Dr. Surendra K. Kaushik June 21, 1944 – July 30, 2014

The honor of your presence is requested at a memorial service to celebrate and remember the life of Dr. Surendra K. Kaushik



Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Location: Pace University
Evelyn and Joseph I. Lubin Graduate Center 1 Martine Avenue
White Plains, New York 10606 Rooms 206 and 208 – 2nd floor
The memorial service will be followed by a reception Please RSVP to the Kaushik Family:
KaushikFamily@HelenaKaushik.org
Parking garage tickets will be validated by the security guard on the first floor
All proceeds will benefit the Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women’s College. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to: Helena Kaushik Education Foundation, PO Box 234, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 For additional information please visit: www.helenakaushik.org

August 29, 2014 Briar Crier


BRIERCRIER

                                             August 29, 2014, at The Briar's Restaurant, of Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club Meeting.
                                                   TODAY IN HISTORY
1953: More than 200,000 people listened to the Rev. Martin Luther King who gave a speech in which he said "I have a dream."

MEETING LEADER:  President Eric Lebenson

Pledge: Rachel   Song: Sy    Prayer: Bishop John

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND HAPPY THOUGHTS: 16 Rotarians present. Happy Thoughts: Eric L, glad to be back from Nantucket; Anne, for Scotland independence; Ken, Netanyahu and Cameron would make good speakers; Plus other happy thoughts not completely recorded.  

GUESTS:  None.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Community Day, if it is held and not cancelled because of rain, is Saturday September 7, at Law Park behind Atria from 3:30,  we will NOT do the cooking,  but we should wear our Rotary shirts; joint meeting with other Rotary Clubs here on Thursday, October 2 with no meeting Friday October 3.  

SPEAKERS AND SUBJECT: Kris Chittur on Rotary Clubs in India.
                                                                                      
                                                         SUMMARY OF TALK
The Bangadore club comprises around 250 members and built and supports a school with donees giving about $50 per year per student. The kids are well behaved. However, there are public schools. There are many other and much smaller clubs in Bangadore and Mumbai (the former Bombay) which Kris visited. Some get vocational training, especially farmers. August 15 is India Independence Day. Rotary is losing membership in U.S. but going strong in India. Rotary membership in the U.S. is down 10%.

This Friday (tomorrow) at The Briar's Restaurant, The History of Art by Kirsten Linder.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter