Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 23, 2015 Briar Crier


January 23, 2015 Friday Noon, The Briar's Restaurant, 512 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club.

1789: Georgetown University was established.

MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson


HAPPY THOUGHTS: Eric, flew to Atlanta with high school members plus his daughter at Pocantico Schools was awarded a prize; Bishop John re Sy's work at getting speakers; Anne, her daughter returned from University of Copenhagen and she recommends the book Secret Life of the Brain; Christine will speak on Libido February 3; Dr. Maher, his St. Christopher's marching band may appear in the movie Birdman,  plus other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Via Dr. Bob Maher, Treasury is around $24,000 not counting grapefruit profits; Eric re April 20 get-together at Captain Lawrence's Brewery in Elmsford plus Super Bowl boxes for scores at $20 each with club getting half and from half gave $1000 check to Heartsong.


SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Marion Anderson on Heartsong.

Marion Anderson showed a video of  how Heartsong helps under-intellectual students in school, such as autistic and other Asperger-deprived kids and some with Down Syndrome, and also teaches life skills. Heartsong serves about 300 kids. They use music and dancing to get a good and family feeling and make a big difference. Heartsong was started in 1992 with a grant from a Rotary Club so she is a great believer in Service Above Self. Heartsong meets in White Plains and has many volunteer including some with Masters Degrees. She answered many questions from our group. 
This Friday (Tomorrow): Eric and Mark S. on Behavior Profile Analysis.

Elinor Yuter, Reporter
Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Donation to Heartsong - Letter from Eric Lebenson, Pres. of Briarcliff Rotary

Hello, All –

In case you missed the meeting today, the Briarcliff Rotary Club did an amazing thing!!!

The Executive Director of Heartsong, Marion Anderson, was our speaker…She talked about her wonderful organization, which incidentally was started with seed money from the Bronxville Rotary Club in 1992…Heartsong’s Mission Statement is “to provide clinically-based therapeutic, educational and rehabilitative creative arts programs that seek to enhance the functioning level and quality of life of individuals with special needs”…Put another way, they use music and other arts to help children with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and other diagnoses; and also the elderly who have mild dementia, early onset Alzheimer’s, and other debilitating ailments.

You can read about the organization right here:

Marion’s talk, along with the video she shared, was inspirational and moving…So much so, that the Briarcliff Rotary Club and Board, on the spot, presented Heartsong with a $1000 check, which will allow one child to stay in the program for an entire semester!!!  Founding member Ernie Pacchiana does not ever remember something like this happening at a regular meeting, and I believe that all that were able to attend today were absolutely thrilled we could do this for Heartsong!!!

So, CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!!  You did an incredible thing today!!!

Warmest Regards,


Friday, January 16, 2015

Pictures from 1/15/15 Rotary Club Meeting

Copied from Frances Chu's Facebook 1/15/2015:

We had a super fun program at a Rotary lunch meeting yesterday. The speaker David Jacobs gave us a brief history and the business aspects of egg cream. And he also taught us all how to make our own egg creams. Each attendee was given a bottle Fox's fat-free chocolate syrup to take home to practice further. Never heard of Egg Cream? It is a drink started in a Brooklyn soda fountain but now Egg Cream products are being exported to all over the world including Dubai.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jan. 9, 2015 Briar Crier


Jan. 9, 2015 at The Briar's Restaurant, 512 N. State Rd. of Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club Meeting

1788: Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the Constitution. 
MEETING LEADER: President Eric Lebenson

PLEDGE: Ernie              SONG: Sy        PRAYER:  Paul Rosen

ROTARIANS PRESENT AND HAPPY THOUGHTS: 16 Rotarians present so our club membership ratified the current club By-laws and Constitution. Dr. Bob Maher ($5) second to fourth year as club treasurer; Anne is happy to be member of Ethical Culture; Eric ($10) is happy that the By-laws and Constitution Adopted by club and the committee that worked on them; Peter that he is invited to speak; Jim, that the national organization of the BSA ended year with a profit;  Paul  is the Secretary of Masons  and will be going to Florida and Canada for meetings. Other happy thoughts not correctly recorded.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Wednesday not Friday meeting.  Ernie, please each Rotarian pays for five cartons of 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 April 20, we pay at door and tip bartenders for beer and wine, all we can drink. 

GUESTS: Lionel Binnie, guest of Mark Johnson.. 

SPEAKERS AND SUBJECT: Peter Iapozzuto on The Brain

Peter with Dr. Bob

Peter spoke about current brain research findings with MRI physics and brain science.  Peter described where our consciousness, ego , and emotional center is located  and how these structures effect our lives from decision making to communication inter and impersonally. Peter also discussed how the effects of brain waves worked and the application of controlling ones brain waves to increase concentration, and memory during meditation experiments . With the Rotary he discussed the applications of this information pertinent to learning, long term memory, increasing test scores in students, and adult sleep improvement.  

This Wednesday ( NOT FRIDAY)  at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco for joint meeting with Mt. Kisco and Pleasantville Rotary clubs. 

Elinor Yuter, Reporter

Rachel Leihbacher, Expediter