The Rotary Club of New York







Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on November 5th is Jonathan Rose, Chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Chairman of its Building Committee, responsible for developing new state-of-the-art performing, broadcast and education facility. You can read more about Jonathan Rose in the latest Bulletin on our website at


Suzanne Sebert has written our latest Reporter of the Week (in the Bulletin). Thank you Suzanne, she has been a member since 1999 and her classification is International Education Exchange.


You can also read in the Bulletin Bill Currie’s latest update of our Gift-of-Life Project with progress reports about Katherine Espinosa from Ecuador, Karina Viuskina from Uzbekistan and Jovan Pejcic from Yugoslavia. I want to thank District 7250 on Long Island for helping us with Gift-of-Life.


Happy birthday to Pat Mellea on November 3rd and Howard McPherson on November 4th. Howard celebrates his 99th birthday. He was born in 1905, the same year as Rotary was founded.


Rotary’s Global History Project, where I am Vice Chairman, at recently published the following information about how Rotary in the early days decided to ban religious and political discussions:


"The 1905 members of the Rotary Club of Chicago, so valued the friendship of their fellow-members that they put a ban upon religious and political discussions, fearing that they might become disturbing factors, and they were richly rewarded for their foresight. There was plenty of dynamite in questions, which might have been raised; but they were not raised. The formula was very simple; it read, `Go about your common tasks together, avoid discussions of dissentious subjects, and your reward will be friendship.' The formula was worthy of adoption in much wider circles." Paul P. Harris, Page 59 from "This Rotarian Age" 1935


Now 97 years later Rotarians still follow this tradition. There are many traditions, born of inspiration that brought about one of the world's greatest organizations. In Paul Harris's 1935 text book on Rotary, "This Rotarian Age," there many such examples to share with our readers.


This is a major reason why Rotary has grown to 1.2 million members in 30,000 clubs around the world. Rotary is based on compassion, tolerance and fellowship. Rotary’s founder Paul Harris used to say, “If you have love for mankind in your heart, you too could be a Rotarian.”  You can read more about “What Paul Harris Said” 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 Salmon at our next meeting.


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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