The Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club’s 2013-14 year kicks into gear this Thursday, Sept. 12, with a talk by Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura.
Mr. Scissura will discuss the amazing changes that have swept Brooklyn in recent years and some of what might be expected in the future, as well as the Chamber’s increasingly vital role in Brooklyn’s progress.
The leader of the Chamber is making his second visit to the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club; he was one of the group’s first speakers in 2011 [link here for brief video], when he was serving as chief of staff to Borough President Marty Markowitz.
The club will meet over lunch in the private dining room of the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge‘s Archives Restaurant, 333 Adams Street. Members and guests will gather starting at noon, with the meeting called to order at 12:15 and concluding at 1:30. The price of an elegant three course meal is $35 (tax and tip included).
Also at this week’s meeting:
•The club will announce its primary service projects for the new Rotary year, and
•The four individuals who were honored at the club’s spring gala will be presented with checks payable to their designated charities:
Beginning with this week’s event, the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club “comes home” to the Archives Restaurant, where the club met weekly after it was founded three years ago. Now, the club will be meeting for lunch at Archives twice a month — on the second and fourth Thursdays. On other weeks, the club will meet for a social gathering in the evening, at 6 pm, in the bar area of the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge.
Meeting updates (including speakers, agendas, and an occasional schedule or venue change) will be posted on the club’s website. Subscribers to the site will receive notifications by email.
In his 2011 appearance at the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, Mr. Scissura described how “a lot of kids whose parents and grandparents left Brooklyn in the ’70s and ’80s” are moving to “neighborhoods that their grandparents ran out of — like Williamsburg and Greenpoint and Sunset Park and Crown Heights.”
But problems remain, Mr. Scissura cautioned. There’s high unemployment, especially among young African-American men, and some of Brooklyn’s schools are not what they should be.
“We always say let’s talk about all the great things, but let’s focus energy on places that really need it,” he told Rotarians gathered for their weekly luncheon meeting, at Archives Restaurant in the NY Marriott Brooklyn Bridge hotel.
Visitors are welcome to meetings of the club, with membership in Rotary by invitation. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and Rotary in Brooklyn, may visit a meeting or contact any Brooklyn Rotarian, including members of the club’s board — President Ed Weintrob, President-Elect Angelicque Moreno, Vice President Wayne Muratore, Secretary Clover Dewar-March, Treasurer Monica Bartley, and Past President Vivian Hardison.
To contact President Ed Weintrob: Ed@BrooklynBridgeRotary.org or 718-908-5555.