Category Archives: Brooklyn

Medal of Honor SSgt Ty Carter

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams honored SSgt Ty Carter on June 27, 2014.  Present were BBRC President, Angélicque M. Moreno, Chair of Operation Warrior Wellness and the Veterans Project at the BBRC, Ed Schloeman, North Brooklyn Rotary President, Denise Felipe, and Daniel Rodriguez.  Also present  were BBRC’s Vice President, Clover Dewar-March, Chair of Club Administration, Mary Avanzino and Sargent of Arms, Tracy Goldberg.

SSGT Ty Michael Carter Honored at Brooklyn Borough Hall

SSGT Ty Michael Carter Honored at Brooklyn Borough Hall



BBRC Gala will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014: Reserve your tickets and journal ads now!

Join the celebration!

Toast 100 years of Rotary in Brooklyn, support Downtown Brooklyn’s  Rotary Club and its many great projects, and salute the club’s distinguished honorees.

Participate in the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club’s Second Annual Awards Banquet — Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, 6 to 10 pmDyker Beach Golf Course, 1020 86th St., Brooklyn. (This event has been rescheduled from Thursday, May 15).

Click here to buy a ticket to the Gala dinner and/or an ad in the Gala journal.

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Here are our distinguished honorees:

John Dozier Hasty,  Brooklyn Award recipient

John Dozier Hasty

Denise Scaravella, Public Service Award recipient

Denise Scaravella, Public Service Award

Dr. Oluyemi Badero, MD, Humanitarian Award recipienr\t

Dr. Oluyemi Badero, Humanitarian Award

Verrazano Rotary Club, Gift of Life Award recipient

Verrazano Rotary Club, Gift of Life

While making your Gala reservations online is the easiest and fastest route to Rotary stardom, you may alternatively choose to pay by check, payable to Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club. Mail to: Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, 45 Schermerhorn St Box 311, Brooklyn NY 11201.

To reserve by phone (or for more information), call Club President Ed Weintrob at 718-908-5555, or President-Elect Angelique Moreno at 718-802-1616

Email journal copy to: (or mail with check as specified above).

[The Gala journal will be a digital product, displayed throughout the Gala, distributed to attendees on a Rotary thumb drive, and available on the club’s website throughout the year.]

What a Charter Night! Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club celebrates on a snowy night at Brooklyn Boro Hall

Brooklyn Borough Hall was the “warmest and sweetest place to be” on a snowy Saturday night.

That’s how Vivian Hardison, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, put it in opening her remarks at the club’s Charter Night gala on Oct. 29.

Rotarians — many visitors to Brooklyn from other parts of Long Island District 7250 — were delighted by the appearance of Brooklyn’s feisty Borough President, Marty Markowitz, who presented one of his famous Proclamations, declaring “Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club Celebration Day.”

Heeeeeere’s Marty! … introduced by club Vice-President Ed Weintrob —

After Marty spoke, the officers and board members of the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club were sworn in by NYS Supreme Court Justice Donald S. Kurtz, who was introduced by club Secretary Angelicque Moreno. Then all of the club’s Charter members were inducted — and “pinned” (with distinctive Charter Member pins) by District 7250 Governor Gabor Karsai —

Next, President Vivian Henderson recounts the origins of the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, and District 7250 Governor Gabor Karasi describes Rotary’s important role, and why the world is a better place now that the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club has been born —

Leaders of the Rotary Club of Verrazano, which meets in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, toasted its new Downtown Brooklyn sibling, pointing out that the Verrazano club itself was an offspring of the old (now dormant) Brooklyn Rotary Club, which met in Downtown Brooklyn for around 80 years before moving to Bay Ridge and then fading away. Verrazano President Vincent Nativo Sr. and Verrazano Treasurer Dr. Joseph Caruana speak  —

Charter Night’s special honoree was Helen Reisler, the first woman member of the Rotary Club of New York who, as president of that club in 2001, guided New York Rotarians in raising funds and providing “hands on” disaster relief following 9/11. Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club founding member Dr. Judith Winn spoke about Ms. Reisler’s outstanding contributions. The following video contains excerpts from Ms. Reisler’s talk to the Brooklyn Bridge Club at its luncheon meeting on Oct. 6. Because of Saturday’s snow storm, the honoree was unable to travel from Westchester to Brooklyn for the Charter Night gala.

Marty poses with officers of BROOKLYN BRIDGE ROTARY

Left to right: Treasurer Christopher Muy, Secretary Angelicque Moreno, Vice-President Ed Weintrob, President Vivian C. Hardison, Sergeant at Arms Alan Wheeler, Boro President Marty Markowitz. Not pictured: Vice-President Sam Ibrahim. Charter Night, Sat., Oct. 29, 2011, at Brooklyn Boro Hall. Photo by Sara Weintrob.

Board sworn in by Justice Donald S. Kurtz

NYS Supreme Court Justice Donald S. Kurtz swears in the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club's board of directors for 2011-2012. Left-to-right: Shelly McIntosh, Ed Weintrob, Angelicque Moreno, Christopher Muy, Vivian C. Hardison, Alan Wheeler. Not pictured: San Ibrahim. Photo by Sara Weintrob.