The Rotary Club of New York                                               





November 24, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


Our next New York Rotary meeting on November 25th will be Foundation Day with Gift of Life Chairman Robert Donno as the speaker. Gift of Life was born in 1975 with a group of Rotarians from Manhasset, Long Island, NY. It is today a global effort that has saved the lives of more than 2,500 children worldwide through heart surgery. Bill Currie from our own legendary Rotary Club is a Board member for Gift of Life and the New York Rotary Foundation is a major contributor. You can read more about Foundation Day and Gift of Life in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link). You can also find a list of the New York Rotary Foundation’s most recent grant recipients on the Bulletin’s first page


In response to my appeal for more stories from our members, President Greg sent me an amusing story about Rotary Fellowship in a sudden situation of distress. At our latest district meeting, he found himself trapped in the elevator with other fellow Rotarians. Greg’s story starts as follows:


There was a crowd waiting for the elevator of the East Broadway office building.  When a car came, we crowded on.  We were thirteen in an elevator designated for eight.  The doors closed and the car began to move.  From the back of the elevator came a small voice “I hope we don’t get stuck”.  Then, bingo, the car stopped dead between floors.  Thirteen Rotarians, trapped in the elevator. 


You can read Greg’s whole story on our website at's_page.html. You can also find Greg’s previous contributions at


The Reported of the Week tells us that Lilian Coury and Jim Thompson received awards at our last meeting. There are also pictures of Lilian and Jim together with President Greg. Congratulations Lilian and Jim! There is also a story about Taylor Gray and David Wankoff putting together a team of six New York Rotarians, who will be serving Thanksgiving meals to veterans next week. Keep up the good work Taylor and David! There is no author for this Reporter of the week. I suspect it may be our Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher.


The Bulletin announces the birthdays for David Del Monte on November 23rd and Peter Brizard on November 26th. Happy Birthday David and Peter! David also got married recently and just returned from his honeymoon.


Past Rotary International Past President Herb Brown celebrates his 80th birthday this week. Herb has been Past Rotary International Frank Devlyn’s mentor over the years. Frank sent us the following message about Herb’s birthday:


Dear Amigos,


This coming Saturday November 22nd, Past President Herb Brown will be celebrating his 80th birthday. I'd hope that you would want to send him an email or give him a call. Please help spread the word to his friends about this important milestone for an outstanding President who encouraged the world to Act with Integrity, Serve with Love and Work for Peace. You can contact him at:



tel.:    (727) 447-6243 residence

Office: (727) 443-6488

Fax: (727) 448-0009


Your Amigo in Mexico City


Frank J. Devlyn

President 2000-01, RI

Trustee - The Rotary Foundation



Thank you Frank, for your message about Herb Brown. I can see that you are busy as usual creating awareness and taking action.


The Board of Directors has approved Dr. Sekou- Koureissey Conde as a member of our Rotary Club. Welcome to our club Sekou! You can read more Sekou in the Bulletin.


The Bulletin also informs us about the Rotary Club of New York’s Blood Drive for the New York Blood Bank. You can read in the latest Bulletin how to participate. You can also contact Taylor Gray, who is the Chairman of our Community Service Division.


Rotarians from around the world read our newsletters and visit our website. As an example, we received the following message from Raffi Ahmed in Bangladesh:


The President
Rotary Club of New York.

I sincerely express my thanks for keeping me posted with your News letter. Indeed it is very interesting to read it regularly. Please continue to e-mail it always.

Best wishes,

Rtn. Raffi Ahmed
Asstt. Governor
RID 3280, Bangladesh.


Thank your Raffi for your nice greeting!


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. At our next meeting, the culinary staff at the Princeton Club will serve us Salmon.


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 and History Ambassador

Rotary's Global History Fellowship



The power of the Internet puts the brains of millions of people together. It also puts 1.2 million Rotarians together. It does not matter where we are and when we are available. The Internet makes it possible for Rotarians around the world to instantly participate.


This newsletter has also been posted on our website at or


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.


In order to read the PDF file of the Bulletin-on-the-Web, you need Acrobat Reader Version 5.0 or later. If you don't have Acrobat Reader, you can download Acrobat Reader 6.0 for free from the web at:



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


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


  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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