Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dec, 18, 2014 Briar Crier


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.
SPEAKERS AND SUBJECT: Bill Melnychuk on Electric Generators

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
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


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


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.


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

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

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



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.