The Rotary Club of New York






Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting will be Author Warren Adler. His novels are translated into more than two-dozen languages and two of the novels have become major motion pictures starring Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford. Prior to becoming a novelist, Warren Adler had a successful business where he owned four radio stations and a TV station. He also managed his own advertising and public relations agency in Washington, D.C. and he founded the Washington Dossier magazine along with his wife Sonia and son David. You can read more about Warren Adler in the latest Bulletin on our website at


Our last meeting, which was Turkey Day and arranged by our members from Turkey, was very successful with delicious Turkish food and Turkish vine. You can read about it in the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin, which is written by Zehra Basaran. Zehra has been a member since 2000 and is the Counselor/Deputy Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Her classification is UN Liaison.


A very interesting guest at Turkey Day was Ahmet Ertegun, born in Turkey and the Chairman of the American Turkish Society. He is also the Co-Fonder and Co-Chairman of Atlantic Records. He discovered Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane and many other legendary artists on the Atlantic Record Label. Ahmet Ertegun is also a principal founder and the current Chairman of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the meeting I asked Mr. Ertegun how he, who is from Turkey, became interested in Rock n’ Roll and Rhythm & Blues. Turkish music is very different. Ahmet Ertegun told me that when he grew up in Europe, he started in the music business at the age of 10. There was no Rock n’ Roll in Europe at the time, but his father a Turkish diplomat was transferred to Washington D.C. It was in the Georgetown’s jazz clubs that Ahmet Ertegun became interested in jazz and rhythm & blues. After that he started Atlantic Records, as a side business to make extra money during his university studies. The rest has become legendary American music history.


The bulletin wishes happy birthday to a record number of our members this week with Bill DeLong-December 7, Mozart Ishizuka-December 8, Bernard Fabricius-December 12, Davis Zeller-December 19, Charles Smithers-December 20, Art Auslander-December 21, Tadashi Hattori-December 23, Guenter Greiner-December 23, Jim Morita-December 24, David Wankoff-December 25, Tsuguo Endo-December 26 and Greg Lynch-December 29. Happy Birthday to all of you!


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 reminds about Foundation Chairman Mort Eydenberg’s tennis outing followed by an Italian buffet dinner.


I would like to welcome leading Rotarians in our District 7230 to the New York Rotary mailing list. The reason that they have been included is that our club plays an important roll in this year’s Group Study Exchange Committee. I am the District 7230 GSE Chairman, President Elect Greg Lynch and South African Consul Ivan Vosloo, from our club, are distinguished committee members.  We also have many distinguished committee members from the rest of our district, including District Governor Bob Benson, PDG Chuck Katze, Past GSE Chairman Edgar Cornell, Jim Romeo, Matt Carlone, Neil O’Connell, Paul Rothstein and Diane Monett. We expect to have a great GSE year. Our destination is District 9250, which includes South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique. It is also Ivan Vosloo’s home district in South Africa. We are currently in the planning phase until the end of the year. I will keep you informed, because we need the support from as many as possible to make the GSE Project successful. It will be a fun project that promotes better international understanding. South Africa is a very important country.


Our legendary club has just received the following seasons greetings from Trevor Hinds in Northern Ireland:


Seasons Greetings

With Prayers for Peace
and an end to Terrorism

From the Rotary Club of Belfast


Thank you Trevor. I hope that you and your fellow Irishmen will live in peace forever.


Don’t 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 Club’s culinary staff will serve us Beef Bourguignon.


Please remember that there will be no meetings on December 24th and December 31st.


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



Rotarians are a force for peace!



Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York


Vice Chairman

Rotary’s 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.


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You can find the following interesting websites at:


1.      New York Rotary Club at

2.      Rotary’s 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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