Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Don Wilde our long time Rotarian friend says good-bye

Hello, all – 

It is with a heavy heart that I report Don Wilde’s passing last Monday, April 20th…Those of you that knew Don know that he always had a smile on his face, a kind word to say,  and was certainly one of the most beloved members of Rotary that I can remember.  As you can see from the below, he also was an extremely accomplished writer, and for years we benefitted from his talents as he wrote the Briar Crier and other items for our Club.

I hope to be there on May 9th…Let’s try to make a nice showing for Marjorie.

Warmest Regards,

Donald R. Wilde, a playwright and former advertising executive, and longtime resident of Briarcliff Manor, died Monday, April 20. He was 88.
Wilde’s many produced plays included “What Are We Going to Do About Jenny?” with Phyllis Diller in the leading role, which opened in Chicago in 1977 and went on to Israel, Germany and other parts of the world. As many as five of his plays have run at one time (“Sauce for the Goose” currently in Hamburg; “An Unexpected Pleasure” was staged last year in Switzerland), and many have appeared on European television. He liked to describe them as “comedies with a heart” that featured “women [who are] expressive, funnier than men and much more dramatic,” adding, “I know what it is to be a man, so there’s no mystery there.”
For more than 25 years, Wilde was a creative executive at four major New York advertising agencies and associative creative director at SSC&B (Interpublic), overseeing television, radio, and print ads for Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Lever Brothers, General Foods, Martini & Rossi, Lorillard, Chrysler, and Lipton among many other of his accounts. (At one point, he was known as “the man who turned down Farrah Fawcett five times” for Cover Girl; when asked about it later, he answered with a shrug, “How’d I know she’d go through the roof?” He is also credited with the movie slogan “Paul Newman Is HUD”—the first time the verb had been used that way in copy, which Newman himself “reportedly” claimed as a trademark in a 2003 New York Times Op-Ed.)
In addition to serving as a Briarcliff Manor Village Trustee, president of the board of trustees for the Briarcliff Manor Public Library (1998–2002) and president of the Briarcliff chapter of the Rotary Club, he wrote a humor column, “I May Be Crazy, But” for The Gazette and hosted a weekly cable TV show, “What’s Happening in Briarcliff.” His other endeavors included teaching English as a Second Language to refugees through the International Rescue Committee at NYU.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1926, Wilde enlisted in the navy in World War II and later attended Denison University on the G.I. Bill, where he majored in theater arts.
He was always, in his words, “in love with language and communication in all its forms.”
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Lee, his son and daughter, Michael and Julie, and two grandchildren, Jackson and Maxwell.
A memorial service will be held at Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home of Briarcliff Manor, 1300 Pleasantville Road, on Saturday, May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.  A reception will follow at Wilde’s residence on Pine Road.

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 17, 2015 Briar Crier

For the April 17, 2015 meeting at The Briar’s of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club
PLEDGE, ERNIE      SONG, SY        PRAYER, Bishop John
1769President George Washington left Mount Vernon, VA for his inauguration in New York
Anne: Elderact April 23 at Atria, and for the Garden Club
Eric ($10) Thanks members for running for new Board, his daughter played the main character at school, and he thanks Bob Maher for being a good treasurer as well as new members of Board
   including Ernie, Scott and Dr. Bob Maher
Rich: for Zachery, and computing capability
Mark J: for his kids who helped at home
Dr. Bob Maher ($10) for absent Rod Ertischek from N. Car.
Rachel: New slate for 2016 starting July 1
Jim Lupfer  ($10) our new president-elect, a vote for his new Board starting July 1 and his Board was elected. Also for his wedding anniversary (37years)
   and his daughter, a teacher, has new job.
SPEAKER: Louisa Boyle, an NYC Rotarian recently from Scotland via Africa and England. Bishop John took her back to train at Scarborough.
She spoke about fistulas in Africa, which she defined as an opening from the birth canal to the bladder so that recent mothers had this difficulty.  She also showed a video of various African mothers,
including Julia’s story in Mozambique, also women in Sierra Leone and Kenya.  There are African hospitals that deal with this problem. She has a website with more info. called
ANNOUNCEMENTS: via Dr. Bob Amsterdam, Clay Tiffany passed away.

NEXT MEETING: This Thursday a joint meeting with Pleasantville at Trattoria160 at 160 Marble Road in Pleasantville.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 10, 2015 Briar Crier

For the meeting of April 10, 2015 of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club at The Briar’s Restaurant
                                                          TODAY IN HISTORY
1790: President George Washington signed the first U.S. patent act.
PLEDGE, Anne     SONG, Sy        PRAYER, Bishop John
GUESTS:  Ola Raison – this is her third lunch so she is now eligible for membership
Sy is happy that he is going to Illinois with Elinor on May 1 to attend granddaughter’s bat mitzvah.
Dr. Bob M ($5) is happy because some of his boys climbed Kilamajaro and also because club is in good financial shape and gave money to good causes and for Mothers’ Day on May 8 (Rotarians help serving but do not eat)
Anne because she gave blood without any weakness or reaction
Kris re sponsoring Turkish Rotarians
Rachel as to elected Village officers. Sullivan is new mayor. Also the Fire Department is having a blood drive.
Rich ($5) is just happy.
SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Jim Lupfer on Boy Scouts of America
                                                           SUMMARY OF TALK
Jim talked about the boy scout camps which his region sponsors in the summer for a week of fun. They expect each attendee to pay $125 for the week but not required. The boy scouts were started by Rotarians in 1910.
Most camps are for just boys but also have a camp for girls. Their best camp is Camp Read in the Adirondacks which has horses normally kept at a farm in the winter, but the boys have to take care of the horses at camp. They also have kayaking on the lake and bike trips up the trails. The BSA spent about three million dollars in upgrading each camp, including latrines, showers and program equipment.
The staff of each camp is experienced since use counselors normally off in the summer.  The camps
give up to 22 merit badges. He showed a video of various camps.  The food is good.  Only about two percent become Eagles, the highest rank. 
This Friday’s talk is Africa Obstetrics by Louisa Boyle (who has not yet been contacted). 
    If she does not show up then Sy will give a Mideast Update.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Our new president-elect is 
Jim Lupfer. He should have next year’s Board at meeting.
   Our installation dinner is June 23 at the Briar’s

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 3, 2015 Briar Crier

For the meeting of April 3, 2015 of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club at The Briar’s.*
                                                          TODAY IN HISTORY
Doris Day is 92 years old.
PLEDGE, Eric    No song     PRAYER, Eric
ROTARIANS PRESENT: 9, probably due to this day of Good Friday.
GUEST: Lionel Binnie, a friend of Mark J. whose talk on the Cookstove Update was postponed til June.
Eric ($5) is happy with his 45th birthday
Rich is also happy for same birthday
Anne re the outlander program
Dr. Bob Maher ($5) is happy because of Eric’s birthday
Rachel as to elected Village officers. Sullivan is new mayor
Mark J. is happy that his talk is postponed.
SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Mark J. was to speak on Changing Lives With Clean Cookstoves in Africa
which was postponed until June due to small attendance, probably due to Good Friday.
Next meeting is this Friday April 10. Speaker will be Jim Lupfer, our new president-elect who will speak on BSA and next year’s Board which will be voted on.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Monday, April 20 is a joint meeting in Elmsford at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. There will be food, wine and beer, all you can partake in, and a silent auction. Contact Eric if you are going. Cost is $30 per person. Please invite your family and friends.

No meeting following Friday. 
* We usually meet at The Briar’s, 512 N. State Rd, Friday 12:15, 914-762-0111

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March 27, 2015 Briar Crier

For the meeting of March 27, 2015 of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club at The Briar’s Restaurant.
                                                          TODAY IN HISTORY
1884: The first telephone line from Boston to New York City is inaugurated.
PLEDGE, Zach     SONG, Sy        PRAYER,  Paul Rosen
Bishop Herzog is happy he lost Israeli election (an Israeli Herzog’s party came in second)
Mark J’s second son has moved out of house
Dr. Bob Maher ($5) hopes to see Paul Rosen more often 
Eric: next Friday will be his 45th birthday.
SPEAKER AND SUBJECT: Brandon Armstrong on Journalism. Picked up at Scarborough station by Paul Rosen.
                                                                                        SUMMARY OF TALK
The whole talk was a spoof. Brandon was raised in Stamford, Ct. and did a bachelor’s in CT. and a masters at Boston U. He is the former lead anchor for the He has challenged the heads of the auto industry to reveal their plans for flying cars. Anyway, almost all journalists lie by adding unproven facts. He, Brandon, was in the Cairo museum inner sanctum and brought back what appeared to be an old 
summary on parchment paper in another language of a naked Adam and Eve, with a story from the Cairo press about a local woman whose first name began with Eve. He also defined “clothes.” He does not understand his son. 

This Friday’s talk (tomorrow) is Cookstove Project Update by Mark Johnson.