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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.

Great speakers coming in May

Spring fever has taken hold of Brooklyn — and the new Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club is psyched!

Here’s what’s on tap at our first two lunch meetings in May:

Regina Myer (BPaper photo)

On Thursday May 5, Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, will fill us in on the blossoming of her development along the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO waterfronts. Her talk over lunch is perfectly timed for a spring day when, if the weather’s right, some Rotarians may choose to follow lunch with a walk to Brooklyn’s newest — and perhaps the city’s most creative — park, just a few blocks from the NY Marriott Brooklyn Bridge.  (Brooklyn Bridge Park’s in the news today with the go-ahead for a bridge over Furman Street that will connect the old Squibb playground in the North Heights with the park below — fresh progress in the air!)

Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli (BPaper photo)

Then on Thursday May 12, the powerhouses behind the editorial content in The Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn’s Courier-Life newspapers and Websites will enthrall and entertain. They’ll discuss media in our communities — and anyone who’s ever seen Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli in action will attest that their presentation won’t stick to the basics of Journalism 101. There’s a whole new hyper-local-multi-media world out there, and Gersh and Vince are in the thick of it.

Both of these meetings, organized by Judith Winn, will be red-hot. Come, and bring a friend!

Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club meets every Thursday, 12:15–1:30 pm, in the Archives Restaurant at the NY Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. For more info, call President Vivian Hardison at 917-804-0797, or email info@BrooklynBridgeRotary.org.

Brooklyn Bridge Rotary is front page news

The Brooklyn Paper’s Laura Gottesdiener joined us for lunch last Thursday — and just a few hours later her report on the new Brooklyn Bridge Rotary club was online at BrooklynPaper.com.

Tomorrow, her story makes page one of The Brooklyn Paper’s print edition; it’s also in The Paper’s sister publications — the Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope Couriers.

Look for these newspapers at the Key Foods in Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope — and at hundreds of other locations throughout Brownstone Brooklyn, Bay Ridge and Williamsburg.

Brooklyn Bridge Rotarian Celia Weintrob is publisher of The Brooklyn Paper. The Paper is owned (together with Brooklyn’s Courier newspapers and community newspapers in Queens and the Bronx) by the New York Post’s Community Newspaper Group.

Breaking News: Rotary’s alive in Downtown Brooklyn

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.

Pres. Vivian Hardison. BP photo by Laura Gottesdiener

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.

Link here to the full story at BrooklynPaper.com.