Friday, March 29, 2019

This Friday Mar. 29, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Today is a great day….Opening Day for the New York Yankees!! Yes Spring has now "truly arrived", right at the moment of the first pitch. There is hope in our world after all. J

Last Friday was great! We had two local women, Padma and Jenny, sharing about their grassroots efforts to get everyone in Briarcliff Manor to no longer use plastic bags for grocery’s' but to carry reusable bags when shopping. The name of their grassroots organization is called “Briarcliff Sustainability Committee.” They are encouraging residents to sign a petition that will hopefully help change the ordinance, requiring all shops to not use plastic bags. They were very well spoken and very convincing. Those of us there were given reusable clothe bags.

Tomorrow, are wonderful President Elect, Rachel, will be are main speaker, sharing about her recent experience at PETS.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there tomorrow!

Mark J.

“My motto was always to keep swinging.
Whether I was in a slump
or feeling badly or having trouble off the field,
the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
-Hank Aaron 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

This Friday March 22, 2019

Hope your week is going well and your celebrating Springs arrival!

Last week we recognized and gave away grant checks to a few organizations that our board voted on to support. We were able to hear a few words from each recipient representing their organization.

This Friday our guest speaker will be Padma Sridhar, from the Briarcliff Substantiality Committee. Here is a brief introduction to her group: The Briarcliff Sustainability Committee is a grassroots organization that was started by a group of residents who feel passionately that there is an urgent need for river towns like Briarcliff to focus on environmental and sustainability issues in order to protect our gorgeous parks, hiking and biking trails, and of course, the river. Our first project takes on the challenge caused by single-use plastic bags, less than 1% of which get recycled. We believe that the best way to address this problem is with a Reusable Bag Initiative, which has been shown to work in a large number of towns, cities and countries around the world. Reusable Bag Initiatives have also been implemented in a number of our neighboring towns and counties, and have been shown to effectively reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.”
Hope to see everyone tomorrow!

Mark J.
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 
Henry David Thoreau