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.