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November 3, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


Our next New York Rotary meeting on November 4th will be Paul Harris Day and I will be the speaker of the day. I will speak in my capacity of Executive Committee Member of Rotaryís Global History Fellowship. The speech will about the exciting youth of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, including his five restless years after law school, when he traveled to different places in America and Europe and worked as a reporter, laborer, teacher, actor, traveling salesman, cowboy and cattleman. You will also hear Paul Harris himself speak from a recording that was made in 1933. My presentation in combination with Paul Harrisí speech, will explain how Paul Harris at the age of 37 inspired the creation of Rotary and how he at the age of 42 became Rotary Internationalís first President. It gives Paul Harris a youthful image that is more likely to inspire young professionals to join Rotary. After hearing about the young Paul Harris, my wife Sundra told me that Paul Harris seems like a very interesting person to meet. You can read more about Paul Harris Day in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link). You can also read about Paul Harris on Rotaryís Global History Fellowshipís website at and


I have so far given my speech about Paul Harris to three Rotary Clubs and it has been different every time. You can read about my previous and future Paul Harris speaking engagements on the New York Rotary website at On November 17th for example, I am going to speak about Paul Harris at the Rotary Club of Huddinge in Sweden and there I will give my speech in Swedish. Paul Harris, however, will continue to speak English.


Christíl Dullaert, who recently joined our legendary Rotary Club, wrote the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin about our last meeting. Thank you Christíl, for a detailed and well written report about John Whiteheadís speech.


The Bulletin has a picture from when Dieter Beintrexler and his corporation RZB Finance were inducted into our Rotary Club under our corporate membership rules. Welcome to our legendary Rotary Club Dieter!


The Bulletin also informs us that our Board of Directors has approved Sung K. Min as a member of the Rotary Club of New York. Welcome our club Sung!


The Bulletin reminds us that it is time to vote for the Election Committee before Election Day November 18th. You can read more about it in the Bulletin and donít forget to vote!


Jim Morita, who is Honorary President, Past Director and Past Trustee of our legendary Rotary Club, gave a great speech during the Evening of Harmony at the National Arts Club on October 17th when he as Co-Chairman of the Paul Harris Committee awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to Past Presidents Helen Reisler and Ed Gray. I asked Jim for a copy of his speech and he was very kind to send it to me. You can read Jimís speech on our website at


Allison Alessi, who has been a member of our Rotary Club since 1998 sent me the following message about her mother Karen Alessi, who is President Elect of the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens/Granite Falls in Washington State:


Fellow Rotarians,


The Rotary club that my mother will be the president of next year is organizing a Rotary Cruise Fundraiser. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking a cruise, take a look at the link below.


Thank you,


Allison Alessi

226 East 83rd Street, Suite 14

New York, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 535-1232

Fax: (212) 535-2605



Allison, if you send me your motherís e-mail address, I can put her on our New York Rotary mailing list. Allisonís classification is Special Events Management. She is the Director of Operations for Projection Presentation Technology and does a great job organizing our International Service Division meetings every month at the German Permanent Mission to the UN.


David Stillman, who is Senior Officer of the United Nations Public Private Alliance for Rural Development, has sent me notes from their latest meeting on October 27th, where many Rotarians were invited, including Rotary International Representative to the UN Bob Coultas, Rotary International Alternate Representative to the UN Sylvan Barnet, Past District 7230 Governors Chuck Katze, Paul Caruso and Bob Benson, New York Rotary President Greg Lynch, New York Rotary Past President Silvio Amori, New York Rotary Director Giorgio Balestrieri, New York Rotarians Natalie Hahn and John German. It was an important United Nations meeting with great Rotary participation. You can read the notes from the meeting on our website at


Rotary International Past President Frank Devlyn sent me the following message, where he informs us about his latest project. It is a follow-up book to his previous book Frank Talk, which has become a world-wide Rotary success:


Dear Amigo,


As you probably may know by now, I am once again working with David Forward on what will be my new book on Rotary. In this second book I will be trying to give ideas on how clubs can effectively have good membership retention as well as on different methods that clubs have found to reenergize themselves. Therefore, I am requesting that you send me a comment on these two subjects so as to include your own experiences and ideas both in my upcoming book and on my personal website at where others have already posted their comments.


I will appreciate it if you could take the time to share your views which Iím sure will be of benefit to the world of Rotary.


Un abrazo from your amigo in Mťxico City.


Frank J. Devlyn

Trustee, The Rotary Foundation

PRIP 2000-01


With a second book in the works, Frank may become Rotaryís second most prolific book writer after Paul Harris.


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 Beef Bourguignon.


By the way, one of the challenges of speaking at Rotary Clubs is to finish the meal before it is time to speak. If I have not finished my meal when it is time for me to speak at our next meeting, I may need to ask President Greg to keep on with his introduction of me until I am finished with the meal.


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.      Rotaryís 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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