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Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura will keynote season’s first luncheon, this Thursday, Sept. 12

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.

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura

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:

Edward W. Schloeman, CMS (ret) — Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Lechtenberg, MD — Paul Harris Award
Donald Roland, MD — Humanitarian Award
Louisa Avanzino — Leadership Award

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.

Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club May 23 Awards Gala: Reserve your tickets and journal ads now!

Show your support for Brooklyn’s newest Rotary Club — and for our distinguished honorees!

Participate in the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club’s First Annual Awards Banquet — Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:30 to 10 pm, Dyker Beach Golf Course, 1020 86th Street, Brooklyn. RSVPs are requested by May 7.

Our honorees:
Edward W. Schloeman, CMS (ret)Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Lechtenberg, MD — Paul Harris Award
Donald Roland, MD — Humanitarian Award
Louisa AvanzinoLeadership Award

Our guest speaker:
Brooklyn Borough President Mary Markowitz
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Online: The fastest way to pay is right here on the club’s website — by credit card or with your PayPal account.

By check, payable to Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club. Mail to: Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, c/o Vivian Hardison, 124 Atlantic Ave Ste P3D, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

By phone: call Club President Vivian Hardison, 917-804-0797, or Dinner Chair Astrudge Mclean at 347-570-7602.

Email journal copy to: vch1bmac@gmail.com (or mail with check as specified above).

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This Thursday, it’s Camp Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club

Our guest speaker this week (Thursday, Jan. 26) will be Debra Garcia of Camp Brooklyn. We’re anxious to hear Ms. Garcia describe the project, founded by Borough President Mary Markowitz, which since 2002 has sent more than 1,500 low-income Brooklyn children to summer camp.

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Left to right: Camp Brooklyn Executive Director Debra Garcia; Byron Lewis, chair/CEO/founder of UniWorld Group, a pioneer in multicultural advertising; “Good Day New York" co-host Rosanna Scotto; and Boro President Marty Markowitz.

The newly-chartered Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, in its first major contribution, presented the camp with a check for $1,000.

Also this Thursday, we’ll be pleased to welcome Imren Aloba, a visiting rotarian from the Kusadasi Rotary KulubuDistrict 2440 (that’s Turkey!). A former Group Study Exchange team leader to Alabama in 2005, she is visiting her daughter, a restaurateur (Colonie on Atlantic Avenue) who lives in Brooklyn Heights.

Come join us this Thursday — and every Thursday! — from 12:15 to 1:30 at the Archives Restaurant, 2nd Floor, NY Marriott Brooklyn Bridge.

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► Next Week (Feb 2): Our guest speaker will be Judy Willig, executive director of Heights and Hills, a community-based seniors’ services center.

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.