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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.