The Rotary Club of New York







Fellow Rotarians,


It is my sad duty to inform you that our Immediate Past President Helen Reisler’s husband Melvin Reisler has passed away. One of the things about Rotary is that we get to know so many nice people that it is extra sad when they pass away. Mel was such a person. In my relationship with Helen, I also met and got to know Mel. Last month, I specifically spoke to Mel and asked him for advice. It now feels empty that he is gone.


Helen has informed us that visitation for Melvin Reisler is on Sunday October 27th from 10.30AM to 12.30PM in the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York, Tel. 212-362-6600. Parking is across the street. Helen has requested that any donations members wish to make should be made to the New York Rotary Foundation, 322 Eight Avenue, Suite 1701, New York, NY 10001.


At our last Fellowship Day meeting, I said that there are on an average 4,000 visitors per month to our website, which is very good given that we only have 185 members. That is an average of 21.6 visits per member per month. That is if every member visits our website that many times per month (which is of course not the case). Many Rotarians around the world visit our website regularly and in this way participate in our legendary club’s fellowship. The power of the Internet puts Rotarians around the world together. It does not matter where we are. We can still participate.


The speaker at our next meeting on October 29th is James C. Goodale, who is recognized as one of the leading First Amendment and communications lawyers in the United States. He appears frequently on television as a commentator on media and communication issues and has his own television program, Digital Age. You can read more about James Goodale in the latest Bulletin on our website at


Barbara Burns has written a very good account of our last meeting in Reporter of the Week (in the Bulletin). Barbara has been a member since 1992 and is a Trustee in the New York Rotary Foundation. Her classification is Public Relations International and she is the President of Barbara Burns & Associates.


The Board of Directors has approved Kemal Ilgar Peker and Vincenzo Marra as new members. Congratulations to both of you and welcome to our legendary club. You can read more about them in the Bulletin.


We have UN Day on Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm at the United Nations. The President and President-elect of Rotary International, Bhichai Rattakul, of Thailand and Jonathan Majiyagbe of Nigeria, will also attend the meeting. There will be many prominent speakers from the UN. You need to register no later than November 4th by contacting  H. Bradley Jenkins via e-mail at You can also download the registration form from our website at


After our meeting at the UN, we are invited to entertain ourselves across the street at our Rotaract Club’s 7th Anniversary Charter Celebration in the elegant Sichuan Palace Chinese restaurant. Rotaract President Stefan Jekel sent me the following information:


The Rotaract Club at The United Nations Sponsored by the Rotary Club of New York Cordially invites you to our 7th Anniversary Charter Celebration Saturday, November 9th, 2002 5:00 PM at Sichuan Palace, 310 East 44th Street - between 1st and 2nd Avenues - Come join us as we celebrate another year of great projects, friendship and working together to further the Rotary mission. Rotaractors $35, Rotarians and Guests $45. Four course Chinese dinner and cash bar. Please feel free to invite a guest. Please RSVP by November 2nd to Stefan Jekel, President, E-mail:, or Fax (212) 531-2066. (click here for the information flyer)


President Silvio invites us to a Piano Concert at Alice Tully Hall by Christiana Pegoraro on November 10th. Sponsored by the Italian Arts & Culture Council and the Consul General of Italy. Free tickets are available for Rotary members and their guests at telephone number 212 749 6923.


We also have the Cocktail Reception on November 4th with Music at The Kitana Hotel at 66 Park Avenue with sing - along conducted by David and Susan Dingle. I told you about David Dingle in my last newsletter. You can find the flyer on our website at


Don’t forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can do so 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. Princeton Club’s culinary staff will serve us Beef Bourguignon during our next meeting. Bring a good appetite with you!


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



Rotary is about having fun

and perform good deeds!



Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York


Vice Chairman

Rotary’s Global History





This newsletter has also been posted on our website at


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 are also working very hard with the administration of the World Trade Center - Disaster Relief Fund.


In order to read the PDF file of the Bulletin-on-the-Web, you need the latest version of the Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0). If you don't have Acrobat Reader 5.0, you can download it for free from the web at:



You can find the following interesting websites at:


1.      New York Rotary Club at

2.      Rotary’s Global History at

3.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at

4.      Rotary Radio every Tuesday 5-6 PM EST or 2-3 PM PST at


5.      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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