The Rotary Club of New York






Fellow Rotarians,


The next meeting is scheduled to be our yearly Holiday Party. Unfortunately this party is at risk of being cancelled if there is a Subway strike in New York City next week. Please check our website at for the latest updates about our next meeting. You can read more about the Holiday Party in the latest Bulletin on our website at


Talking about the Subway strike, one of the main players is the Chief Legal Officer of New York City Michael Cardozo. He spoke at our Rotary club this year on August 6th.You can read about Michael Cardozo in our August 6th Bulletin, which is available on our website at


Maybe, we can invite the other main player in the Subway strike, Mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak at our legendary club. Knowing that Mayor Bloomberg prefers to take the Subway to work, we could tell him that our meetings are not far from the Grand Central Station, which is an easy ride up from Town Hall. In the event that the strike is still going on and Mayor Bloomberg rides his bicycle to work, I believe that the Princeton Club staff will be able to store his bicycle safely during our meeting.


The author Warren Adler, who spoke at our last meeting, is a person that by anybody's standard is considered immensely lucky and successful. His novels are translated into more than two-dozen languages and two novels have become major motion pictures starring Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford. Despite all this successes, Warren Adler spoke about the many frustrations he had to go through in order to accomplish what he has achieved. After the meeting, I said to Mr. Adler that it sounded like he lost 9 battles for every battle that he won?" He told me, "That is the story of my life." Warren Adlerís life is a great story about perseverance. You can read about our last meeting it in the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin, which is written by Dave Gibbs. Dave has done a very good job reporting about our last meeting.


The Bulletin welcomes our new member Vincenzo Marra. It is a fascinating success story that started with Vincenzoís immigration from Italy in 1973 to start out driving a truck. He has since become an international businessman and leading Philanthropist.


The Bulletin reminds us again about the Sisters at Fraternite Notre Dame requests for a gift to the under-privileged children for our Holliday Party on December 17th.


The Bulletin also displays the Nominating Slate for the Board of Directors and Officers 2003-2004.


Last week, I told you about the District 7230 Group Study Exchange Committee. We met last Wednesday and PDG Mark Doyle from our Partner District 9250 joined us. From our club were Greg Lynch and myself. We also had District Governor Bob Benson, PDG Chuck Katze, Past GSE Chairman Edgar Cornell, Jim Romeo, Matt Carlone, Paul Rothstein and Don Lee at the meeting. We had a lot of fun and we made important decisions. The deadline for team leader and team member applications is February 28th, 2003. You can download the application forms from our new GSE website at This website has a list of the committee members including their e-mail links. There is also a preliminary calendar for the District 9250 Team Members visit to our district. The website will be continuously updated, so please visit it every week.


You can find out more about District 9250 and their Team Members on the GSE website at District 9250 is a jewel of Africa. It covers no less than four interesting countries. These are South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and the Kingdom of Swaziland. The king of Swaziland has no less than 10 wives and I have been told that our GSE team will meet both the King and his wives. Our GSE Team will also be taken on a beautiful Safari in Botswana. These are lifetime experiences that would normally cost thousands of dollars per person, but they donít cost anything for our GSE members.


The GSE Team Members from District 9250 are enthusiastic about coming to our district. I received the following message from their Team Leader George Kalell:


Dear Matts


Greetings to you. I receive your bulletin via email and the one I read this morning was of special interest to me. I am the team leader for the GSE team from D9250 to D7230.


I see that you have roped Ivan in on your GSE team selections committee. It is good to see that you are making the man work and please send him my regards.


Our team has been selected and we have had our first team building weekend. I have included a couple of photos from our team-building weekend for you to look at.


It is with great pride that I introduce you to "The Pride of Africa"


Neels Botha  (37)          †††† Police Inspector (Forensics Expert)

Johan Erasmus (30)      †††††††††† Clinical Psychologists

Andrew Stead (37)        †††††††††† Headmaster Prep School (Private Education)

Johan Stronkhorst (39) †††††††††† Principal High School (Public education)

Dia Van Staden (38)     Public Relations officer

George Kalell  (36)        †††††††††† Maize Milling and Entertainment (cinemas) (AG and Team Leader)



Our next team building will take place on the 10th of Jan 2003 and after that weekend I will be sending through the team CV's and wish list.


The whole team is very excited about the exchange and look forward to meeting the Rotarians of D7230


Yours in Rotary


George Kalell



I have recently received the following messages from Rotarians around the world, expressing their enthusiasm for our legendary Rotary Club of New York:


Matts, thanks for your marvelous bulletin.  I am honored to be included.

I shall put you on our distribution list as well.  Alas, with the chairing the Landmine Dinner upcoming on Tuesday and leaving for South Africa one week later and then coming back to begin my radiation, I am not sure what the short term bulletin status will be.

BTW, would you be a lamb and let Ivan and any other appropriate people know that Dave, Rachel and I will be flying to Johannesburg on the 18th?  I have been e-mailing Doug Thistlewhite to no response.  I so very much would like to meet the cast of characters involved in receiving the computers that our Club is sending over and do a make up if possible.  But I need to set everything up before we leave as time will be so short that wasting any chasing around is not an option.

And, of course, count us in to host two or more South Africans.  Please.

Helen Bowers




Dear Matts,


Thank you very much for your email and your Club Bulletin.  I visited your attractive websites and and some of the interesting links. I found your sites beautifully designed, well organized, and informative. I also visited the link and listen to the Rotary Radio Tuesday July 9, 2002 the interviews of you, Helen Reisler and Jim Thompson from the New York Rotary Club.  I am most impressed of your Clubís accomplishments especially of the work Helen Reisler and your members have done for the 9/11 disaster fund.  Congratulations indeed!


Reading your Bulletin and visiting your website brought back lots of fond memories that I visited your Club often when I was working in NY -- especially during 1988 to 1990 when I was serving as the president of Chinatown Rotary.  I do look forward to visit your Club again in the future.  If you ever come to visit Rotary Clubs in Westchester area, please let me know I can meet you there. Elmsford Rotary meets every Thursday 12:15 at Tonyís La Statione, 15 Saw Mill River Road.


Thanks again,
Frances Chu




Dear Matt,

What a delight reading your newsletter. Your meetings sound absolutely fabulous!

I'm so interested in the different 'personalities' of Rotary clubs.  To contrast your organization with a small club I visited one summer in Tillamook, Oregon, or our rather rowdy group that meets, in suburban Columbus OH, every Friday morning.  The personality pallet of these organization ranges from boisterous, to sleepy to vivacious, to bubbly, to stoic yet - each club and each individual in the clubs are involved with so many great things.

How marvelous that we, and people all over the world have common ground called Rotary and a desired to make this world a better place through service above self!

Thanks for including me on your distribution - a joyful holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Ann Ralston
President Elect
Dublin AM




Dear Matts,


You have become an outstanding Rotarian. The work you do on the website is an example for other clubs. Iím glad to see a proactive New York City Rotary Club that is coming into the 21st Century and doing great work.


Your amigo in Mexico City,


Frank Devlyn

RI President 2000-2001



Thank you for your kind words. The power of the Internet has created a worldwide New York Rotary experience.


Donít 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 Clubís culinary staff will serve us Sirloin Steak.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at



Rotary is a great force for peace!



Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York



District 7230

Group Study Exchange Committee


Vice Chairman

Rotaryís 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.      Rotaryís 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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