The new Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club is just four weeks old — and already it’s in the news.
“A staple of small-town America is coming to the nation’s first suburb, and, no, it’s not Walmart,” The Brooklyn Paper‘s Laura Gottesdiener reported this morning. “Those old values that we all grew up with have never disappeared,” said the club’s president, Vivian Hardison.
Gottesdiener, who attended yesterday’s luncheon and spoke with several members, related that “Hardison is betting that Rotary’s small-town traditions still have a place, even in a cutting-edge, self-obsessed borough.”
Club-member Ed Weintrob, the former publisher of the Brooklyn Paper, said in Gottesdiener’s report that “people in the city think of Rotary as a small-town affair, but there are a lot of Rotary clubs in large cities.”
A big-city example cited by Gottesdiener is the 102-year-old Rotary Club of New York that meets every Monday for $55 lunches at the Harvard Club.
And what did the new Brooklyn Bridge Rotarians talk about during their meeting on Thursday? Gottesdiener reports:
Charity is the cornerstone of Rotary, and Rotarians at the fourth meeting this week discussed combating underage prostitution while enjoying smoked salmon and baby leek tarts. Over the main course, the conversation focused on organizing a bone marrow testing event, and the already-begun initiative of sending cellphones to soldiers overseas.