The Rotary Club of New York                                               






January 26, 2004





Fellow Rotarians,


This newsletter is later than usual, because I was in New Hampshire last weekend with my family to see all Presidential Candidates up close. It was a great experience of American democracy. We came home exhausted late last night. Now, my energies have returned and I am ready for my next great experience, which I will be as Masters of Ceremony for Sweden Day at the Rotary Club of New York at our next meeting on January 27th.


For Sweden Day, we will not meet at the Princeton Club as we usually do. We will instead meet in the Volvo Hall at the famous Scandinavia House on 58 Park Avenue in New York, which is near 38th Street.


The event will be catered by the Aquavit Restaurant, which is rated by the Zagat Survey as extraordinary to perfection for its food and very good to excellent for its service. Invest in Sweden Agency; U.S. will sponsor the cost difference between members' payments and actual cost for the entire event. There will be additional contributions of vodka from the manufacturers of Absolut, who will provide us with unlimited supplies of Absolut Vodka. By the way, the New York office of “Invest in Sweden Agency” is headed by New York Rotarian Erik Enroth, who will also be our main speaker.


Here is a list of all Sweden Day sponsors:


  • Scandinavian Airlines, SAS
  • Swedish Travel and Tourism Council
  • The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, (SACC) New York
  • Crillon Importers, purveyors of OP Anderson Swedish Aquavit
  • The Absolut Vodka Company
  • Mr. Ulf Mårtensson, "Nordic Reach Magazine", New York


You can also find our Sweden Day sponsors on the New York Rotary website at


We will eat delicious Swedish food. Here is the menu:


·                  A mini-smorgasbord served on a platter as appetizer, including herring and salmon.

·                  Absolut Vodka will be served with the appetizer.

·                  Swedish meatballs in cream sauce

·                  Beer and vine will be served with the meal.

·                  Swedish "Princess Cake" for desert


For those with special diet needs, vegetarian food and other food options can be pre-ordered in advance.


The Volvo Hall will be decorated with beautiful Swedish posters, which are provided by the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council. Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, has donated an Economy Extra wide seat round trip ticket to Sweden to be raffled off.


During the drinking of Absolut, we will learn a very popular traditional Swedish drinking song with the Swedish name "Helan Går," which in English means “The Whole Goes.” By the time we have finished our learning, we will all be able to sing this song in Swedish.


Very interesting speeches will be presented by the following two speakers:


Erik Enroth is the Executive Director of Invest in Sweden Agency, U.S., which is a Swedish government agency created to assist companies seeking to establish a presence in Europe and Sweden by setting up manufacturing facilities, sales offices, call centers, or research and development operations. In addition to its U.S. headquarters in New York City, ISA also maintains a branch office in Culver City, Calif., and representatives in Ann Arbor, MI and Boston, MA.


Henry (Hank) Gooss is the Chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in New York. He is also managing director at Investor AB. Hank Gooss joined Investor in New York in 1998 as Managing Director and Member of the Management Group of Investor AB. 


You can read more about Erik and Hank’s impressive backgrounds in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link). There are also other interesting things to read about in the latest Bulletin. Sandra Navidi has written a great report from our last meeting and Christ’l Dullaert is organizing a philosophy reading group. Read all about it in the Bulletin!


Last week, I told you that our Past President Helen Reisler has been nominated as District 7230 Governor for 2005-2006. Helen has since then received many congratulations from Rotarians around the world. Following are some of the messages congratulating Helen:


Dear Matts,


I so enjoy reading your newsletter.  I hope to come and stay at the Princeton Club the latter part of March...I'll make those reservations in advance.


Could you please provide me with Helen's e-mail address?  I'm so please to hear about her new position and would like to congratulate her.


It has been amazing to me how that one day at the NY Rotary Club in March 2002  impacted my life.  New friends and a connection to the NY Fire Department that continues today.


Hope all is well with you.  You are such a gift to the NYC club.



Pat Mayfield


Thank you Pat, It is great to hear from you! Pat Mayfield visited our club on March 5, 2002 to donate $10,000 to our WTC Disaster Fund on behalf of her Rotary Club.



Matts -


It is always a pleasure each week to read your newsletter, and particularly this week, to hear that Helen Reisler has been recommended as the 2005-2006 District Governor for your Rotary District.  I am thrilled!!!  The memories of our "Missouri Rotarians for New York" efforts are still warm on our hearts, and I will never forget the day that Bill Schuck and I attended your club meeting to deliver this monetary support to your Club Foundation.   Your district will be the better, I'm sure, with the leadership of Helen and the NYC Rotary Club, in the coming years.  Keep up the great work of Rotary in New York!


PDG Larry Lunsford

District 6040 (north Missouri)

Kansas City Plaza, MO Rotary Club


Thank you Larry! When Larry Lunsford was District 6040 Governor 2001-2002, he visited our legendary Rotary Club on Foundation Day, December 4, 2001 together with District 6060 Governor Bill Schuck. They presented a check of over $97,000 for the WTC Disaster Relief Fund from Rotarians in Missouri. You can read more about it on our website at


Helen also received congratulations from her colleagues on the Board of Directors of Rotary’s Global History Fellowship:


Dear Helen:


Congratulations!  You are an excellent choice for District Governor.


Yours in Rotary,


Dr. Edward Blender
Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator
Zone 25   2002-2004
(H) 970-926-6098
(mobile) 970-471-6098




Bravo Bravo Bravo!!!!


Congratulations!! Helen


Carlos Garcia Calzada

Puerto Vallerto, Jal.



Thank you Eddie and Carlos!



Please Congratulate Helen on my behalf.
Heloisa Ulon

Thank you Heloisa!


Thank you Helen! I hope that your oral surgery today went well (she told me about it last Friday).


In response to all congratulations, Helen sent me the following message:


Dear Matts,


Thank you for sharing our latest "exciting news" with the rest of the Rotary World. I have already received many E-mails and phone calls of congratulations and support (including yours.) This certainly makes me proud. I will continue to do my very best to live up to the show of confidence when I become District Governor of District 7230 in 2005. I view it as an opportunity to inspire more clubs to feel the "Spirit of Rotary” and work together as a team for the good of humanity.


My thanks to all.
Helen Reisler



On December 12th last year, I had the pleasure of meeting John Kirkwood from the Rotary Club of Jinja in Uganda. I just received the following message from John, who is now back home in Uganda:


Dear Matts,


Many thanks for the New York Rotary Club Newsletters that you have sent - I enjoy reading them, and was pleasantly surprised to see your piece on me.


Life is hectic here - we are trying to raise funds for the construction of the 6 room classroom block, but so far no good news - we have to be patient and see what will come and when we have had a meeting at the Tofta Office - sadly it appears that we will not have any funding available to take on any new kids this year - despite the enormous need - all the current funding is going into the kids already on the programme.  I thought about the comparison in values when I hired a car for 5 days in England and it cost me nearly the same as 2 kids for a whole year. 


The College reopens on 2nd February for the 2004 academic year. We now have a web site at   I hope you enjoy having a look at it.


With best wishes to all at New York Rotary Club.


Yours in Rotary Service

John Kirkwood.

P S Many thanks for the lift to the airport, and it was so good to meet you.


Thank you John! It is nice to hear from you. You can read more about John Kirkwood on our website at


Peter Brizard, who has been a member of our Rotary Club since 2002 want to inform us about an office space next to his office that is available for rent:


The office next to mine is available for sublet from Mr. Joel Poormouth, who has another office next to mine.  Joel asked if someone in my Rotary Club might be interested, and I said I would forward his advertisement to you to consider for inclusion in your Rotary email newsletter.


Peter Brizard


----- Original Message -----

From: Joel Perelmuth


Sent: Monday, January 19, 2004 9:06 AM

Subject: Office




"40th & Lexington, near Grand Central. Private office available; perfect for sole practitioner lawyer, consultant, accountant. Bright, sunny and air conditioned. Electric and cleaning included. Call Joel 212.986.4180."


Joel Perelmuth
Perelmuth & Associates
124 East 40th Street
New York, NY 10016

(Fax) 212. 953.0752
Because every customer counts.©
Celebrating Our 13th Year


Please contact Peter at with any questions about this space.


Don't forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can reserve via e-mail to our office at, or call Andreas or Ana at 212-633-1311. You can also fax in the RSVP form, which you can download at Our fax number is 212-633-1954.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at or 


Rotary is about having fun

and do good things!



Matts Ingemanson


Internet Communications Division

The Rotary Club of New York



Group Study Exchange

Rotary District 7230


Senior Vice President, "History Ambassador"

& Depts. General Manager

Rotary's Global History Fellowship



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I want to thank our Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher and his Executive Assistant Ana Rivas for working so hard every week creating and mailing the Weekly Bulletin. In addition to mailing it out to our members, they also send me the electronic Bulletin so I can upload it on our website. They have also been working hard with the administration of the World Trade Center - Disaster Relief Fund.


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You can find the following interesting websites at:


1.      New York Rotary Club at and


2.      Rotary’s Global History Fellowship at


3.      Rotary District 7230 at


  1. District 7230 Group Study Exchange Project at


5.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at


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  1. Matts Ingemanson, Helen Reisler and Jim Thompson from the New York Rotary Club were interviewed on Rotary Radio Tuesday July 9, 2002.


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