The Rotary Club of New York
Last week I told you about RI President 2000-2001 Frank Devlynís visit to the Rotary Club of New York on November 12. Ten days after the meeting, Frank sent the following message addressed to all of us:
Dear Rotarians and Friends of the New York City Rotary Club,
I was elated and honored to have had the opportunity to briefly speak at your November 12th meeting before the guest speaker. I was happy to see a new, invigorated Rotary Club. I say this because you can get a certain feeling when you visit clubs that are looking for ways to progress. Without a doubt, the work you carried out to help the victims of the 9-11 events stands out for the world of Rotary as a great example for other Rotary Clubs. You are well aware that in the past, many in the leadership of Rotary used to complain that New York was not being proactive and opening up to helping get other Rotary Clubs started in the city. I can understand that you had your reasons but it is good to see that you are accepting that it just might be proper to have some other Rotary Clubs in the city.
I have to congratulate you for the excellent work you have been doing towards promoting Rotaract and all you are doing with the Gift of Life program. It was also gratifying to learn through a group of Rotarians that you would like to help start a Rotary Matcher Club Fellowship worldwide to help combat terrorism. Please know that I will be talking to other leaders in Rotary to find a way to help the New York City Rotary Club bring together a representative club from each country to form this Country Matcher Club Fellowship. Hope all of you will enjoy reading my Frank Talk book of which I was happy to donate 95 copies to help your club in your fundraising endeavors for the Polio Campaign
I also hope your club considers inviting the ambassadors and permanent representatives to the UN to be Honorary members of the New York city Rotary Club for which there is no cost to your club. Whenever these members come to visit, they would pay as any visiting Rotarian. I mention this because we have had tremendous results in other cities of the world where the same has been done, like in D.C. where 25 ambassadors were brought in as Honorary Rotarians, in the Chicago 1 Club 38 Consul Generals were brought in and I could go on and on.
I look forward to visiting you as I will be promoting the work of the Avoidable Blindness Task Force of Rotary International at the New York Optical Fair in the month of March, 2003.
My regards to all. Keep up the good work. You are Sowing the Seeds of Love and Creating Awareness for Rotarians to Take Action with your good work.
Your amigo in Mexico City,
Thank you Frank! Your visit was great! I look forward to see you again in March. You can see pictures from Frank Devlynís visit on our website at www.nyrotary.org/frank/frank_talk.html.
Our next meeting will be Foundation Day with the Trustees of our famous Foundation, who raised $1,460,912 for the victims of 9/11 with the compassionate help from Rotarians all over the world. It was the most successful Rotary club fundraiser in Rotary history. You can read in the latest Bulletin about our Board of Trustees and the many programs that our Foundation supports. You can find the Bulletin on our website at www.nyrotary.org/Bulletin/bulletin_11-26-2002.pdf.
Our Foundation Chairman Mort Eydenberg has also arranged for a tennis outing followed by an Italian buffet dinner. You can read all about it in the Bulletin.
There is also a message in the Bulletin from Fraternite Notre Dame asking us for a gift to the under-privileged children for our Holliday Party on December 17th.
Claudia King has written very good meeting minutes (in the Bulletin) from our last meeting. I enjoyed them especially since I missed our last meeting. I was in Sweden celebrating my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary.
In Sweden, I made up at the Rotary Club of Huddinge, where my father was president in the late fifties. I found out that my old Geography Teacher Jan Rosengren is a member of the Huddinge Rotary Club. Three years after I graduated, Jan became Principal of my old school and expanded it to become the biggest high school in Sweden. Jan is now retired and I enjoyed meeting him as a friend and fellow Rotarian. I was very impressed by his intelligence and insights. Thanks to the fellowship of Rotary, we were united again. The Rotary Club of Huddinge also invited me to speak about our New York Rotary Experience during 9/11. I have given this speech to Rotary Clubs in America, but this was the first time I made the speech in Swedish.
Happy birthday to Peter Brizard! He celebrates his birthday on November 26th. Peter became a member this year and his classification is Independent CPA Accountant Ė Trusts and Estates.
The Bulletin also welcomes our new member Dorothy Kolev. She was born in Japan and recently moved to New York. Welcome to our club Dorothy! You can read more about her in the Bulletin.
Many Rotarians around the world follow our activities in New York. Christodoulos Achilleoudis from the Rotary Club of NICOSIA-LEFKOTHEA in Cyprus visited our club some time ago and he recently sent me the following message, which he has also sent to all Cyprus Rotarians:
Dear Fellow Rotarians all over Cyprus,
In the latest WEEKLY BULLETIN of the Rotary Club of NEW YORK, which was kindly sent to me by e-mail, a most interesting speech by Bhichai Rattakul, the President of Rotary International, is included. It was given on 9 November 2002 on the occasion of the Rotary International Day at the United Nations, New York City.
The speech was about Rotary's relationship with the United Nations and how 49 ROTARIANS PARTICIPATED IN THE FORMATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS. They participated in the UN Charter Conference in 1945 and helped to write an important chapter of history with the UN Charter.
The very first President of the General Assembly was a Rotarian - Carlos P. Romulo of the Philippines, who also served as Vice President of Rotary International.
Today, Rotary International holds the UN's highest non-governmental consultative status. Rotary International appoints representatives to UNESCO, the UN Environment Program, the UN Center for Human Settlement and other UN agencies.
With great pleasure I ATTACH this most interesting speech, because I believe that every Rotarian must know about this historic event. It is not long and I am sure that you will be interested in devoting a few minutes to read it and learn more about this relationship, for which we must be most grateful.
With Rotarian greetings,
Immediate Past President of the
Rotary Club of NICOSIA-LEFKOTHEA
Thank you Christodoulos for your message of peace! Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakulís United Nations Speech is available on our website at www.nyrotary.org/ri_pres_bhichai/bhichai_rotary_un_speech.html.
Donít forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can do so via e-mail to our office at email@example.com, or call Andreas or Ana at 212-633-1311. You can also fax in the RSVP form, which you can download at www.nyrotary.org/Bulletin/rsvp_11-26-02.pdf. Our fax number is 212-633-1954. Princeton Clubís culinary staff will serve a Thanksgiving Meal at our next meeting. I would not be surprised if the meal is turkey.
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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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