The Rotary Club of New York





December 27, 2002






Fellow Rotarians,


Our previous Bulletin did not announce the speaker for the Holiday Party. It turned out to be Santa Claus. He gave Christmas presents to President Silvio, President Elect Greg and Executive Director Andreas. Santa then led us in the singing of Christmas carols together with the New York Rotary Quartet, consisting of Alison Alessi, Scarlet Pildes, Lou DiPaolo and Bernie Wytko.



President Silvio & Santa


President Silvio, who has been very effective enrolling new members, is here seen trying to enroll Santa into our legendary Rotary Club. The proposed classification could be Toy Distribution - Christmas. There is currently no Rotary Club at the North Pole. How about applying to Rotary International to include the North Pole in our District 7230?


We had a great Holiday Party together with Fraternite Notre Dame for under-privileged children in Harlem on December 18, 2002. It is a wonderful feeling to make kids happy with Christmas presents. During part of the event, I also gave each child a bag of candy. Everybody loved to receive candy and I could see it in their eyes. There are 20 photos from the event on our New York Rotary website at


The speaker at our next meeting on January 7th will be Lionel Barber, who is the U.S. Managing Editor for the Financial Times. Lionel Barber was invited to brief President George W. Bush on European Affairs prior to the presidentís inaugural mission to Europe in 2001. Also that year, European Voice voted Mr. Barber as one of the 50 most influential personalities in Europe. You can read more about Lionel Barber in the latest Weekly Bulletin on our website at


There is a lot of interest about Eliot Spitzer, who is going to speak at our legendary club on February 4th, 2003. You can see a list of all future speakers on our website at


I also have new information about our GSE Program:


You can contact Past District Governor Chuck Katze for the opportunity to house a District 9250 team member from South Africa in your home for a week:


Charles (Chuck) Katze

66 Daisy Farms Drive

New Rochelle, NY 10804


Tel: ††††††††††††††† 914-633-3790

Fax: ††††††††††††† 914-633-3290

E-Mail: ††††††††††


You can find out more about the incoming GSE team from District 9250 on our GSE website at


I received the following message from Wayne Dill in Bermuda, which is an important part of our International District 7230:



DGE David Sullivan asks that I contact you regarding our participation in the GSE Program. As you know the Sandys Rotary Club of Bermuda successfully participated in 2002 GSE program for District #7230 and would welcome the opportunity to do so again. To this end, I look forward to meeting with you in New York during the week of January 15th, 2003 and will forward our team member applications before the schedules deadline of February 28th, 2003.


Please contact me should you have any questions.


In the spirit of Rotary,

Wayne A. Dill


Sandys Rotary Club of Bermuda


Thank you Wayne for your message. Paul Rothstein, who is our GSE Applications Officer, will be happy to receive your team member application. You can reach Paul at the following address:


Paul Rothstein

55 Hillside Terrace

Irvington, N.Y. 10533

(click here to e-mail Paul)


You can find out more about our District 7230 Group Study Exchange Program on our GSE 7230 website at


I received the following message from Doug Thistlewhite in South Africa to District Governor Bob Benson and myself:


Dear Bob and Matts,


For your interest i thought I would pass this on to you from my pro. I and jenny attended the whole period it was absolutely inspiring and hey do we all belong to the most miraculous organization in the world and i saw the miracles Rotarians do for those less fortunate than us. Jenny being a retired theatre sister worked in the theatre every day we both returned absolutely exhausted and then spent a well deserved rest on a friend of ours game farm, the beauty of Africa is to retire to nature and fall in with her ways-how restful.


Regards Doug


You can read about the event that Doug describes, on our GSE website at


The Group Study Exchange Program is a great opportunity to promote international relations between Rotary Districts around the world. It is also a lot of fun.


On a more serious note, I am going to tell you about our traveling Rotarian, 84-year-young Bill Delong, who recently came back from a trip to Belarus. He visited children victims of the Chernobyl Disaster in 1986. Bill was visibly shaken by this trip. The following photo tells the story:




Bill told me that this little boyís hand is 3 times the normal size. He could not digest food and is on his way to starvation as are most children at the Vesonovo Belarus Orphanage.


I admire Billís courage to go to the Chernobyl area. Especially as I have heard that many people stay away, because it is so terrible. If you would like to find out more about Billís trip, you can talk to him at our meetings.


Our club has had Chernobyl on the agenda before. Back in September 10th, 2002, Adi Roche from the Chernobyl Childrenís Project was our speaker. You can read about this event in our September 10th Bulletin on our website at Our website has become an indispensable resource for our club history that is available to everybody.


I received the following Christmas Greetings from Christodoulos Achilleoudis in Cyprus and Gerry Kelton in Rome, Italy:


Dear Matts,


Best wishes for Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2003 to you, to the President and all the members of the Rotary Club of NEW YORK from me, the President and all the Members of my Rotary Club of NICOSIA-LEFKOTHEA, Cyprus.


From your interesting and so rich Bulletins, which you are so kind to send me regularly, I am informed about all the news and activities of your historic and excellent Club, which I always visit when I am in New York. Recalling my visits up to now, I find that they are 6 in total during the last 6 years: 1) 10 October 1996 (President Arcadio Casillas), 2) 1 May 1997 (President Arcadio Casillas), 3) 21 January 1999 (President Lewis T. Kulik), 4) 28 January 1999 (President Lewis T. Kulik), 5) 24 April 2001 (President Serge E. Hadjolian), 6) 18 December 2001 (President Helen Reisler).


My best wishes to all the above Presidents.


With Rotarian greetings


Christodoulos Achilleoudis

Immediate Past President and

Internet Communication Officer of


Nicosia, Cyprus



Here is the Holiday Message from Gerry" Kelton:


In my name, in that of Chiriaco Acampa, President of Rotary Club Roma Sud, and of all its members I should like to greet your President Silvio Amori, you, Matts Ingemanson, and all the members of the prestigious Club of New York.


We wish all of you health, success and happiness and, in spite of the dark clouds that are gathering, a peaceful 2003 and beyond.


Sowing the seeds of love and with great friendship in Rotary,


"Gerry" Kelton, PP Rotary Club Roma Sud


Thank you Christodoulos and Gerry. I look forward to see you when you come to New York next time.


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 Sliced Grilled Chicken.


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



Happy Holidays to all!



Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York


District 7230 Chairman

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.      District 7230 Group Study Exchange Project at

4.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at

5.      Rotary Radio every Tuesday 5-6 PM EST or 2-3 PM PST at


6.      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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