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Rotary at work, spreading the ‘Gift of Life’

The Brooklyn Rail, a newspaper in hipster Williamsburgrecently wrote how Rotary’s Gift of Life touched the heart of a Brooklyn father, and saved the lives of children in Russia:

Since its founding 35 years ago, G.O.L. has grown into an international organization with 60 programs scattered throughout the world. Kids from 64 countries on six continents have been treated, at no cost to them, thanks toG.O.L.’s intrepid fundraising and the volunteer efforts of doctors, hospitals, translators, and hand-holders.

The Gift of Life keeps on giving.

This is one more reason that we are proud to be Rotarians!

Markowitz chief of staff tells Rotary: ‘Brooklyn’s become a great place,’ but challenges remain

Carlo A. Scissura, chief of staff to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, told the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club on Aug. 4, that “Brooklyn’s become a great place.”

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.