The Rotary Club of New York                                               





December 15, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


The next New York Rotary meeting on December 16 is our Holiday Party and it starts 15 minutes earlier at 12:00 pm instead of the usual 12:15 pm. There is so much happening at our Holiday Party that the 15 minutes extra is needed.


The speaker at our next meeting will be Louis J. Freeh, who was FBI Director from 1993 to 2001. Prior to the FBI, he was appointed Special Prosecutor by the Attorney General to oversee the investigation into the mail bomb murders of Federal Judge Robert Vance of Birmingham, Alabama and Civil Rights Leader Robert Robinson of Savannah, Georgia. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College in 1971. You can read more about Louis Freeh’s impressive background in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


President Greg has written “Halftime - An Interim Report On Our Rotary Year.” You can find Greg’s article on our website at You can also find Greg’s other contributions at


New York Rotary Director Lillian Coury Rotary has invited us to her home on 245 East 54th Street in New York for our next Rotary After Hours on Thursday, December 18th, 5pm-7pm. Please bring a beverage or snack to this informal holiday pot luck. Thank you Lillian for the invitation! You can call Denise Scotto at 212-262-2945 with any questions. I also received the following message from Lillian:


Dear Fellow Rotarians:


Looking forward to a festive Rotary After Hours on Thursday, and wanted to be sure you realized the change of location for this time only....and if you can RSVP I'll have a list for the doorman, which will get you up to me sooner. Also, if you're coming, please bring a little snack or bottle of wine, and we'll share the abundance of the season.


Please let me know by Wednesday afternoon...


See you then...


Lillian Coury

Certified Integral Coach

Pegasus Pathways



"...enhancing the success of successful people..."

I have more information about the history of Gift of Life in our Rotary Club. Dick Sainburg’s successor as President 1998-99 Lew Kulik, formally started Gift of Life at our Rotary Club after Dick had invited Gift-of-Life during his presidency to give a luncheon presentation. So Dick opened the door to Gift-of-Life and Lew closed the deal. Past President 2001-2002 Helen Reisler was the first person to head the Gift-of-Life committee, which is now headed by President Elect 2004-05 Bill Curry. It is now a major part of our club activities and has saved the lives of many children around the world.


The Bulletin announces that Scarlet Pildes, Paul Schneiderman and Jim Thompson were elected for the Board 2004-05. Congratulations Scarlet, Paul and Jim!


The Bulletin reminds about the next UN International Breakfast meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York on Wednesday, December 17th at 8:30 am. You can read all 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 Fraternite Notre Dame makes a final request that we gift-wrap and label with age and gender the gifts for under-privileged children. They need gifts for ages 4-18. Please bring the gifts to our Holiday party on December 16th. These gifts will be distributed by us New York Rotarians at the Fraternite Notre Dame’s soup kitchen Christmas party for Children and at the Harlem Christmas tree.


The Bulletin announces with sadness the passing of Larry Parks’ father Nathan Parks. Larry is the one who brings all great speakers to our legendary Rotary Club. You can send your condolences to Larry Parks, 425 East 58th Street, #46 G, New York, NY 10022-2300.


I have said many times that Rotary is a fellowship with 1.2 million members around the world. Last week, I met John Kirkwood from the Rotary Club of Jinja in the African country Uganda. John told me that there is no cost to attend a Rotary meeting at his club. That must be the cheapest make-up in the world. On the other hand, no food or drink is included. A Coca Cola costs 25 cents extra and a meal may set you back a dollar or two. John was born in England and has lived in Uganda since 1998. He is the Director for the Tofta Educational Trust in Jinja, educating the less fortunate. The Tofta Educational Trust currently has 800 children. You can read about it in the Rotary News Basket, 2 July 2003 at John is a great Rotary story and he is always looking for donations for his school. You can reach John at or you can also contact his good friend Past District 7230 Governor Janet DiBenedetto at


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 a Beef-Holliday Party.


There will be no meetings on December 23rd and December 30th. The next meeting is on January 6th next year.


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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