Thursday, December 27, 2018

This Friday

Hi Everyone,

I hope you who celebrate Christmas had an excellent time with family and friends.

Last week we had our annual Holiday Party, and although the turnout was light this year, we did have a great time. The Risko’s provided us with great music to listen too. Eric sang a beautiful holiday song and Anne played nice background music!

This Friday, December 28th, we will not have a formal meeting, but those who would like we can meet informally for lunch at the Briars. You can order off the menu and please remember our budget is $15 per meal which includes tax and tip.

I also want to wish each of you a very Happy New Year in 2019.

Mark J.
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
Oprah Winfrey

Friday, December 14, 2018

This Friday

Hi All,

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you are having a great time celebrating with family and friends.

This past Friday, Chris DiSisto, from Ivy Rehab at Club Fit, was our guest speaker. I was not present, but I heard that his talk was helpful to all and prompted many good questions. My own experience with Chris and his staff, as a patient, was top notch, and I highly recommend them if you ever need such services. 

This Friday Julie Schwietert Collazo will be sharing about her immigration work. Here is a short bio: 
Julie Schwietert Collazo is a former social worker and creative arts therapist, turned writer-editor-translator, who holds a BA in English and Women's Studies from Emory, an MSW from NYU, and who has completed doctoral work in Spanish at Centro de Estudios Avanzados in Puerto Rico. She is the co-founder of Immigrant Families Together, which to-date has bonded out 58 family members from immigration detention since June 25, 2018.

Due to my work schedule, I will not be there tomorrow. Rachel, our President Elect, will once again lead the meeting. Thank you, Rachel!

Mark J.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

This Friday

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to get this out early due to my travels from tomorrow and not sure if I will have access to the internet.

Last week Mike Sommer, the co-founder of The Cookstove Project, gave an inspiring presentation and update on the work being done in Uganda and Nepal. He recently visited Uganda, so his sharing was fresh with new information, photos and a short video. CSP is now employing 25 there, that is helping to expand the work to more homes. In total, 11,500 stove have been built over the last 5 years and the benefits to the families in both countries is life changing. Rotary has been an important partner in making this possible.

This week Chris DiSisto, the director of Ivy Rehab at Club Fit, will be our guest speaker. I have been a patient there and my personal experience with Chris and his staff has been excellent. Also Chris was generous and recently purchased an $100 ad in our journal. Knowing Chris, this should be an excellent talk on the good work they do. I hope for a big turnout this Friday.

Also there is plan to have Holliday Party on Dec. 21st. We will be sharing more details soon. If you have any ideas please feel free to speak up.

Mark J.
“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds.” 
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Speakers List
Dec. 14th Julie Callazo – About her work in reuniting refuge children
Dec. 21st Christmas Party
Dec. 28th ?
Jan. 4th ?
Jan. 11th Todd from Hudson Link

Thursday, November 29, 2018

This Friday

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have fully recovered from over-eating and too much rest!

Our last Friday meeting, two weeks ago, was planned as a joint meeting, but due to inclement weather we cancelled and will reschedule. There were a few of us there, which was a good for a more intimate discussion.

This Friday, Mike Sommer, co-founder of The Cookstove Project, will share about his recent trip to Uganda and the progress and results from working there for over 5 years. Also, Rebecca, Mike’s wife and co-founder, went to Nepal recently to spend time with our staff there, so hopefully Mike will have time to share about her experience as well.

I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow. Please invite a friend to come.

Mark J.
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” 
Robert A. Heinlein

Dec. 7th Christopher DiSisto – Director of Ivy Rehab (Club Fit)
Dec. 14th 
Julie Callazo – About her work in reuniting refuge children
Dec. 21st Christmas Party?
Dec. 28th ?
Jan. 4th ?
Jan. 11th Todd from Hudson Link

Monday, November 19, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Turkey Clip Art 
Happy Thanksgiving Week!

As you probably already know, we will not have a meeting this Friday. I want to wish each  of you a wonderful time with your family and friends!

See you on Nov. 30th.

Mark J.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Joint meeting

Hi Everyone,

Happy first snow day! Luckily this will be a quick shot with little accumulation! New Yorkers chuckle at these amounts!

Last week Rachel’s good friend, Terry Casey, who is the CEO of Volunteers of America came and shared about the services they offer. The good folk working with this organization deal with some of the most difficult situations arising in people’s lives. You could tell that Terry is passionate about this work, and her leadership is what moves others to engage as well. Thank God for people like her.

Tomorrow will be our first joint meeting in a while, with Elmsford and Ossining Rotary Clubs. Our speaker will be the famous and entertaining Amir Asadi. He will be speaking on making connections through Rotary. Despite the wet roads, please make special effort to come and welcome our guests and let them feel the warm embrace of our club.

See you tomorrow!

Mark J.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

This Friday

Last week we had a good turnout in support of our guest speaker, Hal Rifken, a film producer. Hal is a fellow Rotarian from Palisades NJ and is a former Peace Corp Volunteer in Bolivia. He joined Rotary because of the similarity in service to others that both organizations promote. Mr. Rifken shared two short films that he produced, one of them was focused on promoting Rotary. He shared that he is concerned that many have no idea of the value that Rotary brings to the world, and through this medium of film he hopes to change this. 

This Friday our speaker is Rev Todd Farnsworth, from the Briarcliff Congregational Church. He will share about the current activities of this church in the community and beyond. I hear he is a very good speaker! As most of you know, this is the church that Rachael Leihbacher’s Father was pastor of for many years. Please come and support Rev. Farnswoth and if you can, please bring a friend. I promise he will not pass the plate! J

Also please bring your ads for the Journal for our upcoming fundraising. Eric is taking responsibility to get this journal completed in time for our event on Nov. 2nd. Thank you Eric for all your hard work each year in getting this produced.

Mark J.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

This Friday

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the new chill in the air and the beginning of a colorful changeover!

Last week Andrew Katabchnick, a local CPA, was our guest speaker who shared about the new tax laws and how they affect us in the state of New York. He was quite a good speaker and made an sometimes boring subject very interesting.

This week our speaker is Hal Rifken, a fellow Rotarian and here is his bio:
Professional Profile: Filmmaker Hal Rifken began his production company in 1989 and has worked continuously for most all cable and broadcast networks.  His academic background in child development  has led to projects that include educational subjects (Considering Waldorf: Changing Perspective in Education), and human interest documentaries (Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin; Dixie Queen--The Story of a 300 pound Drag Queen; and, most recently, Behind The Strings: The Shanghai Quartet). Hal's work has taken him to far flung locations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia30), and a Rotarian. Hal and his family live in Leonia, New Jersey.

Let make it a full house in support of our fellow Rotarian and please bring a friend. I have to say our club is attracting some very good speakers recently, something I hope we don’t take for granted.

**Also please get out and get some Ads for the Journal. Even with my very busy schedule I was able to get 11 ads so far. I have heard that Rachael, who is also a very busy person, has secured 7 or 8 ads so far. The goal is 5 each, but even if you were to get 2 each that would make a huge difference in the funds we raise allowing us to help many more people. Believe it or not, it’s a joy when you nail down an ad.**

Mark J.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Rotary this Friday

Last week Dr. Jim Kaishian, Briarcliff Manors Superintendent of Schools, was our guest speaker. He shared in great detail future plans and developments for Briarcliff schools and students, which is quite exciting. The way many of us learned is changing from sitting at our desks to a more open classroom concept with small group interaction. Also technology is helping advance the learning process. Jim mentioned that all High School and I believe middle school students are given a laptop MacBook Pros to use in the classroom and take home as well. He also talked about how they are dealing with security issues at the schools. These were but a few of the many things Jim talked about.

This week our guest speaker is Andrew Kabatchnick. Andrew is a local CPA that has been in this business for over 10 years.  The main focus of his talk will be on taxes, accounting, and financial health for his clients.  He would also like to discuss with us the new tax law and tax planning.

Just a friendly reminder to get out and sell ads for our Journal. Our goal is 5 ads per member. This is so easy to do, just ask those you do business with and you will be surprised when most say yes.

Hope to see all of you tomorrow.

Mark J.
“Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself- to serve.” 
Wm. Paul Young

Speaker Lineup
Oct. 19th Hal Refkin
Oct. 26th Rachels Guest
Nov. 2nd General Meeting
Nov. 9 ?
Nov. 16 Joint meeting

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Oct. 5, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Last week we had a full house, with many guests, to hear a great presentation by Dr. Smalt on how to be healthy and extend our lives on this earth! Always the challenge is to act on good advice and change our habits when needed.

This Friday our guest speaker will be Dr. Jim Kaishian, Briarcliff Manor Superintendent of Schools. He will speak on the proposed Capital Plan for the school district. Jim gave a very inspiring talk about one year ago at our club, so I encourage you to come and learn more about this proposed plan related to the education of the youth in this community. This is also a great time to bring a guest.

I hope to see all of you tomorrow!

Mark J. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

From Mark  J. President

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for getting this to you so late!

Last week we were fortunate to have Susan Sommer from American Red Cross return as our guest speaker. She shared her gratitude for our clubs support for the blood drive we promoted and supported during the summer. During this visit she talked about the broader scope of the good work that the Red Cross is performing, which is quite impressive.

As I mentioned earlier this week Dr. Smalt, the author of a new book called, 
“A Healthier You - How Much Time Do You Have Left?”, will be our guest speaker this Friday. We hope for a “healthy” turnout this Friday so we can lend our support for Dr. Smalt and also encourage him to join our Briarcliff Rotary. Come and find out how you might be able to become healthier and hopefully extend the time you have left!

Mark J.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

This Friday

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Just a quick note to remind everyone, Bobby’s friend Dr. Smalt, who just wrote a book , “A Healthier You - How Much Time Do You Have Left?” will be our guest this Friday. Bobby is hoping that we can have a big turnout to support Dr. Smalt and to encourage him to become a member of our club.This is also a great time to invite a friend or an acquaintance to come and experience our Rotary family.

Mark J.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

From Mark J. president BMR

Dear fellow Briarcliff Manor Rotarians,

Last week our speaker was Carola Bracco from Neighbors Link with offices in Mt. Kisco, Yonkers and Ossining. Their mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. I was not able to be present to hear about this important work, so if you want to learn what was shared by Ms. Bracco please reach out to one of our members who attended.

This Friday, Susan Sommer, from the Red Cross, will be our guest. She will share some news on the recent Blood Drive that our club helped organize at the Youth Center in Briarcliff. She is grateful for our support with this event and would like to discuss how we can work together in the future.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Mark J.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Friday Sept. 13, 2018

I hope your week is going well! Please keep all those in harm’s way on the Southern East Coast in your thoughts and prayers.

Last week our guest speaker, Dr. Dizdareivic, an Orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee and hip replacement, gave a very interesting and informative presentation that prompted a good question and answer session on the subject. Hopefully none of us will need to have this surgery but, if we do, what we learned will help us make good decisions. 

This week Carola Bracco, the Executive Director from Neighbors Link will share about the important work they are doing. The Neighbors Link’s mission is to strengthen the whole community through the heathy integration of immigrants. They currently have three locations, in Mt. Kisco, Yonkers and Ossining. 

Mark J.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Message from Pres. Mark

Hi Everyone,

Now that the summer season is over I hope you are transitioning well into cooler days ahead. If only the school buses where not on the road at rush hour….oh well, got to get our kids to school safely!

We did not meet last week so there is no news there. Hope your 3 day weekend was relaxing!

This Friday, my son in-law Izzy, who is an amazing man and an Orthopedic Surgeon, will be our guest speaker. I hope you all can come to hear what he has to share, as I am quite sure it will be helpful and informative. It’s a great time to invite quests, especially those who may want to get updated on current orthopedic practices. I copied a bit of his bio from the group he works with and pasted it below.

Dr. Dizdarevic (Izzy) 
and his dedicated team focus on minimally invasive hip and knee replacement as well as revision hip and knee replacement. Less invasive surgery such as the anterior hip approach, partial knee replacement, and outpatient same day surgery coupled with innovative pain management allows patients to achieve earlier return to function. By preserving the structure and function of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, patients experience a more natural feeling joint replacement and avoid restrictions following surgery.
His orthopedic training took place in NYC at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital Center with subspecialty focus at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia Presbyterian Department of Bioengineering, CV Starr Hand Institute, as well as the A.I. Dupont Institute for Children. During this time, he published numerous scientific articles focusing on the treatment of musculoskeletal health. He was also awarded the Gold Humanism and Excellence in Resident Teaching Award by the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and acted as Chief resident during his final year.
He also chose to spend an extra year to complete fellowship training in hip and knee replacement at the prestigious Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where he learned alongside the country's foremost authorities on revision hip and knee replacement and minimally invasive surgery.

See you Friday!

Mark J.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Friday Aug. 24th club meeting

Hi Everyone,

Happy Blood Drive Day!! If you have not done so yet, it’s not too late to make a plan to roll up your sleeve this afternoon and share a pint!

Last Friday was a very special meeting. Stanley gave a great presentation on his efforts to be an Ambassador of Peace for his neighborhood around St. Christopher’s together with his Interactors. He also brought three students from the school that he works with, which was inspiring for all of us. He also was able to raise close to $250 on the spot selling really nice flower toped pens that students made at the school. Both Mark S. and Richard Zuckerman both gave $100 each to get the ball rolling. Thank you Mark S. and Richard.

This Friday we will have general meeting with club members, (guests are welcome) giving us a chance to get closer with each other. If you have anything you would like to bring up and share at the meeting, please feel free to do so. Rachael will be leading the meeting this Friday (all in preparation for her next year’s Presidency!). I have to be in Seattle for business, so I will not be there.

Just a quick reminder that we will not have a Rotary meeting Aug. 31st due to the Labor Day weekend. See you on September 7th.

Mark J. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

For this Friday, Mark J, presiden

Hi Everyone,

Happy Thursday! I hope all of you are having a great week!

I heard from Anne that our club had an exciting discussion last Friday concerning privacy problems on the internet. She mentioned that there are currently over 2.5 Billion active people on Facebook alone. That’s an amazing number! Thank you Anne for leading the meeting.

This week our guest speaker is Chuck Newman who is a good friend of Howie’s. He will give us a brief update on the insurance market in 2018 & 2019. Here is a short bio I received from him: “Charles J. (Chuck) Newman CLU, Principal of The Charles J. Newman Co., LLC is a licensed insurance agent and registered representative maintaining agent and brokerage relationships with more than five dozen insurance companies.  He provides a full range of group and Employee Benefit programs (including Medical, Dental, LTD, STD, Life and Accident coverage) to over 150 group clients as well as individual insurance policies (Life, Disability, Long Term Care, and Annuities) to more than 2,000 individual clients.  Chuck is certified by the New York and Connecticut Partnerships for Long Term Care.” I hear he is a dynamic speaker so it should be great.

Today I have few family members flying in to celebrate my oldest sons recent marriage, so I will not be able to be there. Eric has graciously agreed to lead the meeting this Friday, thank you Eric.

Have a great meeting and I look forward to seeing you next Friday.

Mark J.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

This Friday Aug. 3, 2018

Dear Fellow Briarcliff Rotarians,

Can you believe we are already into the month of August? This Summer is going so fast, not to mention all the rain for our gardens, keeping our yards nice and green and filling our reservoirs to the brim. I read some good news yesterday that we should expect a long warm and colorful Autumn season in the Northeast this year.

Last week Kris, our District Governor, shared some inspiring highlights and talks from the recent Rotary Convention in Toronto. He encouraged us to visit the Rotary website at to discover the many resources available to all Rotarians. You can also locate many of the inspiring speeches given at the convention.

This week will be our Friday to just be with ourselves, without a guest speaker. As always, I encourage anyone from our club to share a bit about their own life or what is inspiring them now. Also, if you have ideas on how to improve our club and make it even more vibrant, that is always welcome.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Mark J.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

from Mark, our president

Hi All,

Well, our reservoirs are getting plenty of liquid and our grass and plants are happy! Just remember beyond the clouds the sun is still shining!

Last week Anne’s daughter Shonna inspired us with a talk on the work she is doing with Pre-K. After seeing what is involved in working with these 4-year-olds, it made me feel exhausted and definitely more grateful for those who take on that responsibility. This work is critical in preparing our children for their learning years ahead.

This week Kris, our new District Governor and our club member, has graciously agreed to come and share some of what he experienced at the recent International Rotary Convention. He asked that I bring a projector, so he can show us some of what took place. It should be an exciting and informative presentation, so please make extra effort to come. This would be a great opportunity to bring a guest, so they can understand what Rotary is doing in the world. 

Hope to see you all tomorrow.

Mark J.

Friday, July 20, 2018

President message for Friday July 20, 2018

Last week we had no official meeting, so nothing to report about that. I was out of town last Friday and not sure if any of you had lunch together at the Briars.

This week our guest speaker is Anne’s daughter Shona Cargill Gualtieri. She was the second Cargill born in the U.S. She attended the Tarrytown schools and graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School.  She received her BA degree in N-8 education from American International College in Springfield Mass. and immediately started teaching the early grades.  She then graduated from Fordham University with her MA and proceeded to become an expert in Pre-Kindergarten Education. She has stayed with this for the past twenty years and has been a Director of Universal Pre-Kindergarten Programs in Queens , the Bronx and now in  Lower Westchester. Her topic is “Assessing Universal Pre-Kindergarten Classes” and “CLASS” which stands for Classroom Assignment Scoring System.

Hope to see all !

Mark J.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

from President Mark

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I hope you had a great 4th of July, celebrating our wonderful country, with a nice side dish of BBQ with family and friends.

Last week, as most of you know, we had a great meeting ushering in the new Rotary year with the installation of our Rotary Board, with good food and drink for all. Thanks to Rachael we had a delicious cake for desert, thank you Rachael!

We also had an incredible guest speaker, Dr. Erica Cargill Jones, who spoke on stress and heart health. Her approach to dealing with this is very holistic, which includes exercise, but with a strong emphasis on meditation as a healthy way to relieve stress on the heart. This was all backed with scientific evidence. I love her approach to living a healthy life, and you can see just by looking at her that she practices what she preaches. We are so blessed to be surrounded by amazing professionals, like Dr. Jones, who come to share with us what they have learned. 

We will have a meeting tomorrow, and I would like to use this meeting to get to know each other better, so no speaker.  Maybe we can get one of our newer members to share a little bit about themselves?

Hope to see all of you tomorrow.

Mark J.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

from President Mark

I hope all is well in your world! The good news is that school is over, with no yellow buses to curse at for a while!

Last week our guest speaker was Lionel Binnie, who gave a very exciting talk on the future of retail, based on his newly released book, Omni-Channel Retail; Predications in The Age of Amazon. It is available on Amazon if you are interested.

This Friday our speaker is 
Hiroyuki Tosaka.  Mr. Tosaka is a native of Japan with a Bachelor of Law degree from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo. His profession: Educator of Leadership, Social Innovator. He loves to work with young people and just got back from Peru, heading up a campaign for the protection of Lake Titicaca. The title of his talk will be “Saving Lake Titicaca through building a new culture among young people.” He will also be showing slides from his work there.

A reminder that next Friday we will have our annual “Installation Lunch” for incoming officers, at the Briars, with great food and a wonderful guest speaker, Erica Cargill Jones. We have also invited Clare Rosen, Paul Rosen’s wife, to attend and will present her with a plaque of appreciation in remembrance of the great service Paul provided to our club as one of the founding members.

Mark J.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A note from President Mark

Hi Everyone,

I hope all is well in your world! The good news is that school is over, with no yellow buses to curse at for a while!

Last week our guest speaker was Lionel Binnie, who gave a very exciting talk on the future of retail, based on his newly released book, Omni-Channel Retail; Predications in The Age of Amazon. It is available on Amazon if you are interested.

This Friday our speaker is 
Hiroyuki Tosaka.  Mr. Tosaka is a native of Japan with a Bachelor of Law degree from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo. His profession: Educator of Leadership, Social Innovator. He loves to work with young people and just got back from Peru, heading up a campaign for the protection of Lake Titicaca. The title of his talk will be “Saving Lake Titicaca through building a new culture among young people.” He will also be showing slides from his work there.

A reminder that next Friday we will have our annual “Installation Lunch” for incoming officers, at the Briars, with great food and a wonderful guest speaker, Erica Cargill Jones. We have also invited Clare Rosen, Paul Rosen’s wife, to attend and will present her with a plaque of appreciation in remembrance of the great service Paul provided to our club as one of the founding members.

Mark J.

Friday, June 15, 2018

from president Mark

Hi Everyone,

I hope all is well in your world during! It is certainly a busy time as we transition from school days and graduations, to vacation time!

I am sorry to have missed last week’s meeting due to my work. Thank you Anne for running the meeting! I heard that Diane Pesce gave a very nice presentation about what is happening at the Briarcliff Library. I also heard that Diane is interested in possibly becoming a member of our club, so we will pursue this.

This past Sunday Kris Chittur was installed as our new District Governor. The event was great and well attended by members from our own club, as well as many others from around the district. Scott Lanoff did a great job as MC, keeping the whole event running smoothly. Congratulations to Kris and we want to wish you well in your new role.

I want to remind everyone that June 29th will be the day we install our club officers for the upcoming year. We will meet from noon at the Briars and share a special meal together. Our special guest will be Dr. Erica Cargill Jones, sharing about heart health, something that we all can benefit from. I also heard that Paul Rosen’s wife will come, so we can honor Paul during that time.

This Friday our guest speaker will be Lionel Binnie:
Lionel Binnie is a consumer products and food marketing consultant. He's been published in industry magazines and spoken at Fordham University Business Incubator, the ICSC (Intl Council of Shopping Centers), and American Association of Airport Executives. He is also a graduate of Fordham University.

He'll provide a brief summary of some key research and findings published in his recent book:
"The Future of Omni-Channel Retail: Predictions in the Age of Amazon."
Key Points:
  •     What types of shopping are most likely to move further to e-Commerce (online)   
  •     What types of shopping is most likely to remain in physical, brick & mortar stores
  •     Why?
  •     What types of shopping malls will survive, long into the future, and why?

**Please remember that by July 1st we need to pay our Rotary dues. Bobby explained at the last meeting that the board decided on a new fee structure for the coming year. Here it is.
$850 paid annually.
$450.00 semi-annually.
$250.00 quarterly

If you have any question regarding the fee structure please contact Bobby.

Mark J.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 
Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, May 31, 2018

from the president Mark Johnson

Hi Everyone,

Greetings and welcome to the beginning of a nice warm Summer season. I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend with family and friends and have plans for a vacation soon!

This week our guest speaker is Debby Miller, a 
clinical social worker at the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center.  This organization serves as a safety net for kids and families in their community.  They provide counseling for individuals and families and have a parent center, offering a variety of groups to help parents get answers to their burning questions and support for the difficult job of parenting. In addition, they are also involved in the community and schools, providing substance abuse prevention education, identifying and offering help to at risk kids and running life skills groups for kids, and parenting programs on a variety of topics. Please come and learn about this great work and give our support to Debby.

One more reminder of the District 7230 Governor’s Installation on Sunday, June 10th where our own Kris Chittur will be sworn in as our new Governor. If you can come and have not registered yet, here is the link:

I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow, and as always please bring a guest. Also tomorrow we will have our monthly board meeting from 11:00am at the Briars, all our welcome to come.

Mark J.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Speaker ListJune 8th  Library -Shelly Glick
June 15 – Shona
June 22 Lionel Binnie
June 29 Induction meeting and guest Speaker is  Dr. Erica Cargill Jones

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A note from your president Mark

Hi Everyone,

I hope your week is going well and that you enjoy the long Holiday weekend.

Last Friday we had a wonderful joint meeting with Pleasantville Rotary at St. Chris’s, Jenny Clarkson campus. We met many of the wonderful staff members and heard about the Animal Therapy program with goats and chicken. The campus there was much nicer than I anticipated. Visiting this campus, one could see the fruit of Dr. Maher’s efforts over the last 14 years as the CEO there. Thank you, Bobby!

This past Monday was the Briarcliff High School awards ceremony, where scholarships were given out to deserving students. This year’s recipients of the two Briarcliff Rotary scholarships were Sam Lanoff, (we all know how great he is) and the Mr. Sajan Bar. Both these young men upheld the spirit of Rotary of “Service Above Self” throughout their high school years and, on that foundation, will continue to grow in their service to others. Anne Cargill represented our club well, as she gave a short speech and handed out the awards.  Thank you Anne for always being willing to help when needed!

One last note is that we WILL NOT have a meeting this Friday due to the Memorial Day weekend. I look forward to seeing each of you next week.

** I have attached a few photos from last Friday’s meeting and the award ceremony.

Mark J.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In memoriam Paul Rosen

A founding member of the Briarcliff Rotary Club and the long time friend of ours Paul Rosen passed away.        The funeral service will be held this Thursday March 15, 2018 from 2 pm on at the Congregation Sons of Israel, 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor .