was made on July 10th,
2001 when Helen Reisler was installed as the first woman
president of the 92-year-old Rotary Club of New York.
overflow crowd of 201 Rotarians, guests, and visiting dignitaries from
all over the world came to witness this momentous occasion which took
place in the Woodrow Wilson Room of the Princeton Club in New York
made a dramatic entrance as five officers of the New York City Police
color guard marched her in, followed by her Board of Directors. The
room vibrated as the guests sang “New York, New York.”
Ambassadors of Youth Orchestra,” composed of twenty-five children
ages six to ten years, serenaded the guests throughout the filet
mignon lunch. These are formerly abandoned children who were rescued
by our members and taught to play the violins by Ana Heifetz,
grandniece of Joseph Heifetz, world-renowned violinist.
guests received a warm welcome from Helen who thanked them for taking
time from their busy schedules to attend the ceremony. She recognized
the support this was meant to convey
videotape was shown which highlighted one of the outstanding projects
of the New York Club ---The Electric Learning Center in Spanish
Mutchler, known as “Motorcycle Bob;’ a Rotarian from California,
stopped off at the Inauguration before continuing on his forty eight
state motorcycling campaign to eradicate polio. Bob, who is a polio
survivor, bestowed the Paul Harris Award on Helen’s husband and
explained its significance to the audience.
speech was directed to the large percentage of outside guests as well
as the Rotary members. She explained the meaning and function of the
“Rotary World” and how each individual club contributes to the
global humanitarian effort. She mentioned at least fifteen local and
international projects that The Rotary Club of New York will be
working on this year.
of the changes Helen will be making this year include a monthly “Fellowship
Day” with no speaker, more “hands on” projects, a closer
relationship between the club members and the club Foundation, more
media exposure, more communication between members, more exposure for
new members, corporate membership, family membership, and “a
president at the microphone each week who wears lipstick.