The Rotary Club of New York                                               




December 1, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


I am late with this newsletter, because I have been busy transferring all my computer information to a new computer and it is probably the closest computer equivalent to a brain transplant. It leaves the door wide open for Murphy and his famous law. I am glad that I am finished with that. There is so much to report about the activities before the Holidays of our legendary Rotary Club.


The speaker at our next New York Rotary meeting on December 2nd will be James Taranto, who is the editor of He has also been Deputy Editorial Features Editor of the Wall Street Journal. You can read more about James Taranto in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


President Greg has contributed “Take this Job and Love It” a new article for the President’s Page. It describes what Greg has to deal with as President of the Rotary Club of New York and to run his business at the same time. You can find Greg’s article on our website at's_page.html. You can also find Greg’s previous contributions at


Rotary International Trustee Andy Chande, who visited our Rotary Club on December 4th, wrote President Greg the following message:



28th November 2003


Rotarian J Gregory Lynch


Rotary Club of New York


Dear Greg


This is just a short note to tell you how much I enjoyed my attendance at the meeting of your Club on 4th November.  I found your talk on Paul Harris quite interesting.


I hope you will find my suggestion on retention of membership helpful.


With greetings to you and members






Following is Greg’s response to Andy:




It was good of you to write.  We very much enjoyed your visit and your words about the Foundation.  The New York Club has recently been fortunate in attracting and retaining members.  Our retention for this year was 95%, with a current count of 219 members.  Thank you for your good advice.  Our on-going challenge is to foster committed Rotarians.  We are promoting both community service and Foundation giving as part of this effort.  The work continues.  Good luck to you in all of your activities.  Come and see us soon again. 


Best regards,

Greg Lynch, President, NY6


Thank you Andy for your kind comment about my Paul Harris talk. When I was in Sweden, I gave my Paul Harris speech at the Rotary Club of Huddinge. It was a very interesting experience since my manuscript was in English and I spoke Swedish. When the Swedish Rotarians heard that Paul Harris was only 42 years old when he became Rotary International’s first President, they started to see Paul Harris as a symbol of youth to inspire young professionals to join Rotary. You can see a picture from the event at My next speaking engagement will be next week at the Rotary Club of Bronxville on Monday December 8th. It is our Immediate Past Districts Governor Bob Benson’s Rotary Club.


This weeks Bulletin has a lot of information including pictures about our Foundation Day last week. You can read about Past President Ed Gray’s and Bill Currie’s success with Gift of Life of Life, which was first introduced to the Rotary Club of New York by Helen Reisler and subsequently fostered by Bill Currie and others. You can find out more about Gift of Life on the Internet at Past president Ed Gray has been a major donor to Gift of Life. Ed has saved the lives of many children and he always does in such a quiet and low key fashion. He received a plaque at our last meeting in appreciation for his great deeds. Congratulations Ed!


The Bulletin informs us that the goal for the New York Rotary Foundation’s Fund Drive this year is $80,000. It can be reached with donations from our club members. President Greg has set an example of leadership with his generous donation. Our foundation needs our donations, so that the projects of our Foundation will continue to be supported.


Tom McConnon reported that he was able to purchase a cast iron stove that the Fraternite Notre Dame’s urgently needed for their holiday baking. Tom was supported by the New York Rotary Foundation.


Leading the “Care packages for our troops” project are Scarlett Pildes and Jim Thompson. Crossroads Publishing will donate 80 books to the care packages that our Rotary Club will be send on December 10th. You can contact Scarlet and Jim about care package donations for our troops.


There is a picture in the Bulletin of David Zeller when he visited his long time friend Ralph Pope, who was Executive Director of the Rotary Club of New York. Ralph now lives his golden years in Fairfax, Virginia.


The Bulletin informs us that the next UN International Breakfast meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York will be Wednesday, December 17th, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The guest speaker will be Paul Underwood, President BCUN. You can read more about it in the Bulletin and on our website at Don’t forget our new reservation policy. You can e-mail our office for more information at with a copy to Josef Klee at or send a fax to (212) 633-1954.


The Bulletin announces the birthdays for Joachim Bartels on December 3, Mozart Ishizuka on December 8, Bernhard Fabricius on December 12, David Zeller on December 19, Charles Smithers on December 20, Art Auslander on December 21, Tadashi Hattori on December 23, Guenther Greiner on December 23, Jim Morita on December 24, David Wankoff on December 25 and Tsuguo Endo on December 26. Happy Birthday to all of you!


It is time again for the Fraternite Notre Dame’s yearly Holiday Toy Gift Drive for under-privileged Children. They ask us to gift-wrap and label with age and gender. It will be appreciated if the gifts are for ages 4-18. Please bring the toys to our lunch meeting on December 9th or to our Holiday Party on December 16th. The gifts will be distributed by New York Rotarians at the Fraternite Notre Dame’s Soup Kitchen Christmas Party for children and at the Harlem Christmas Tree. We are all welcome to participate. I was there last year and it was a great experience.


Our Rotaract Club at the United Nations are also participating in Fraternite Notre Dame’s Holiday Project with their Toy Drive on Friday, December 5th from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am at the Plantain Tapas Bar Restaurant Lounge at 20 West 38th Street, New York with DJ and Cash Bar. Dinner Reservations can also be accommodated. The admission fee is an unwrapped toy or $5 without a toy. This makes you feel like a kid again for Christmas. Please RSVP by December 3rd to Petra Fendt at e-mail


John German, who was the speaker at our legendary Rotary Club on February 18th this year, has since then become a Rotarian and joined our club. John is doing an event with our Rotaract Club and I received the following message from Rotaractor Petra Fendt:


Child Soldiers - December 9, 2003. In addition, as just discussed with John German, please find below a short summary of the Project Child Soldiers in the course of which we will be watching the documentary followed by an informal discussion and exchange of minds. We have asked John to join us this evening to be able to answer any specific questions that might come up.


Thank you very much for your consideration

Petra Fendt



Petra has enclosed the following information about the Child Soldiers event:


Child Soldiers


On October 6, 2003, the award-winning film "Child Soldiers" was apparently in its first public showing anywhere in the USA presented at the UN, in the Trusteeship Council chamber to hundreds of UN staff, representatives from the member states of the UN, NGOs and invited guests. That evening, a plan was outlined and agreed amongst others by Under-Secretary-General Olara A. Otunnu, Official Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to show the film, worldwide, at gatherings or meetings or events where it would immediately be followed by facilitated Q and A, concluding with discussion of "what can we do" as a way to build immediately on the momentum of viewers' strong reactions to the film, proceeding in one single event, from consciousness-raising to mobilizing groups and individuals to action. The goal is to develop a guide for facilitators or leaders or any others interested in the issue to deal with it. Basic notions are mainly that no more children are pressed or recruited into service as child soldiers, current child soldiers be released or rescued, current and former child soldiers be rehabilitated and to bring to justice those who press ore recruit children into service as child soldiers or who use or benefit from the creation or use of child soldiers. Please find more general information at


John German, Director, Non-Profit Computing, a non-governmental organization and member of Rotary New York approached us and we therefore decided to participate and support the effort of raising the awareness of the issue of child soldiers especially amongst students and young professionals.


The movie


The movie is about 55 min long and is described as follows: This eye-opening documentary focuses on the plight of children who have been recruited to fight in civil wars and armed conflicts in Uganda, Sudan, Burma, Columbia and Sierra Leone despite the United Nations mandate designed to protect them. Written and directed by Alan Lindsay, narrated by Anthony LaPaglia.


Our task


One of the tasks listed in the catalogue as to what groups and individuals can do to help to raise the awareness of the issue of child soldier; worldwide is to see the video "Child Soldiers" at a gathering or meeting followed by facilitated Q and A and discussion. Therefore, fulfilling the task is quite simple: watching the movie and sharing our views with each other!


Location – Date


25 Tudor City Place (42nd Street between 1st and 2nd Ave). Walking on 42nd Street, coming from 2nd Ave you might want to use the stairs to the right. Apartment 405, 4th floor. Should you get lost, feel free to call for directions (Petra 917-3850-693). Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 7:30 pm. You are most welcome to bring drinks if you wish since my household is very poorly equipped and to make it more of social happening, we can just order some food and get started)


You can see that our Rotaractors are full of great spirit and energy. Thank you John for helping them out.


New York Rotarian Sonny Lee has invited us to a lecture by Ann Coulter on Sunday, December 7th at 3:00 pm at the Newington Cropsey Foundation, 25 Cropsey Lane, Hastings on Hudson, NY. The event is free and they even offer light refreshments. If you like to go, please RSVP by calling 914-478-7990 no later than December 4th.


I just received the following message from Lou Piconi, who was Rotary International Vice President 2000-2001:


Goodness, you have a great newsletter!  I enjoy reading it every week. Thank you for keeping me on your mailing list.


Happy Holidays to all!


Lou Piconi

2000-01 RI Vice President


Thank your Lou! We will be our pleasure to keep your name on our mailing list.


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 Trout.


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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