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Message from our President: Helen Reisler will be our honored guest this Thursday, Jan. 12

Greetings All,

The Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club is pleased to announce that PDG Helen Reisler will our guest speaker on Thursday, January 12.

Mrs. Reisler is the Past President of the New York Rotary Club #6 and was the Honoree at our October 29, 2011, Charter Night and Gala. However, she was not able to attend due to extreme weather conditions which preventing her from even leaving here area to travel to New York on that evening. The snow, ice and wind were relentless.

For those of you who do not know who Mrs. Reisler is or what she has done, I will only share a few of her extraordinary qualities.

1) She is the first woman president of one of the oldest and world renown rotary clubs – The New York Rotary Club #6.

2) She is the Past District Governor of Rotary International District 7230.

3) Under her presidency in 2001, in the midst of all the disaster from the fallen towers, she and her club collected over 1.4 Million dollars to help the victim families of 9/11 and successfully distributed every penny of the monies to the families within a year of receiving the funds.

4) She graces the cover of the September 2011 issue of the prestigious Rotarian magazine.

5) She is one of the most courageous, most honorable and humble persons I have ever had the privilege to meet.

I invite you all to join us this Thursday at 12:15pm to come hear the amazing story about what she and her club did to make a difference in so many peoples’ lives.

The Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club meets in the private dining room of the Archives Restaurant, located in the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY. Lunch is $35.00, all inclusive.  Please confirm your attendance so that we may give a proper count to the head chef. Lunch is always delectable and heart healthy.

Finally, for those of you who are interested, I ask that you bring an unwrapped toy to help us finish filling our last collection box for the US Marines ‘Toys for Tots’ program. This will be our last day to donate toys for this program.

Come join us for an hour of fellowship, information and see Rotary in action. Until then, I remain sincerely….

Yours in Rotary,
Vivian Hardison,
President of the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club

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.

Charter Night shifted to Brooklyn Boro Hall; come celebrate with Brooklyn Bridge Rotary!

Our club’s Charter Night celebration — on Saturday, Oct 29 — has moved to Brooklyn Borough Hall.

This elegant and historic venue is at 209 Joralemon Street (between Court Street and Adams Street/Brooklyn Bridge Blvd). For Saturday night, there’s on-street parking nearby (and in several garages); the 2,3,4,5 trains are across the street; the A,C, F and R trains stop within two blocks.

Please mark your calendar and
RSVP to Clover March, 917-533-6114.

Tickets are $85, by check payable to Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club. Mail to the club at 124 Atlantic Ave, Suite P3D, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

We’ll be honoring Helen Reisler, who in July 2001 became first woman president of the Rotary Club of New York and then worked her position to great communal benefit following 9/11, will be the night’s honoree. Click here to read Helen Reisler’s story, which appears in the current issue of The Rotarian.