The Rotary Club of New York





February 10, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on February 11th is Julie Stewart, who is president and founder of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), working to change mandatory sentencing laws. FAMM has 30,000 members across the country. You can read more about Julie Stewart in the latest Weekly Bulletin on our website at (click on the link to download it from our website).


Suzanne Sebert has written a very good description of the latest meeting in Reporter of the Week. Susanne has been a member of our club since 1999 and her classification is International Educational Exchange. She is the Director of External Relations at AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.


The Bulletin also has a section about 82 year old Bill Delong, who tirelessly travels the world to help the suffering. There is a picture of Bill where the German Ambassador to the U.N. Hanns Schumacker congratulates Bill on receiving the German ASB volunteer medal for his help during the Eilenburg Flood of 2002 in Germany. The Bulleting also has pictures of Bill with the Children of Chernobyl in the Republic of Belarus. The suffering of those children is indescribable, but Bill is not afraid of going there.


It was an exciting meeting when New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer spoke at our club on Feb 4th, 2003. He arrived with a camera team from PBS (Public Broadcasting System). His speech was both intelligent and humorous and very popular with our members. You can see 13 photos from the event on our website at


We receive a lot of praise for the quality of our speakers. Larry Parks is doing a great job finding them. You can see a list of our future speakers on our website at


The following symbol is the new Rotary theme from Jonathan Majiyagbe, who will be President of Rotary International 2003-04:




To guide us on our path of service in 2003-04, I am asking all Rotarians to Lend a Hand. This is a simple theme, but one that I believe eloquently captures the essence of Rotary service. As Rotarians, we routinely Lend a Hand to our communities and to the world. We Lend a Hand to our fellow Rotarians, those who are members of our club and those abroad who need help in tackling problems in their community. Sometimes this simple gesture is all that is needed to transform a person's life. In other cases, one hand can become many, as Rotarians work together to eradicate polio, raise literacy levels, provide low-cost shelters, resolve conflicts, and alleviate suffering for thousands of people. It is in our Rotarian nature to offer help wherever it is needed, and in 2003-04, I will ask Rotarians to actively seek out even more opportunities to Lend a Hand.


Let us begin the 2003-04 Rotary year with our hands outstretched, ready to help our brothers and sisters in need. Working together, there is no limit to what the helping hands of Rotary can accomplish.


Jonathan B. Majiyagbe

President, Rotary International, 2003-04


You can download the complete statement from Jonathan Majiyagbe on the Rotary International website (as an Acrobat PDF file) at


I have as Chairman of the Group Study Exchange Committee (GSE) received questions about the purpose of the GSE program. In response, I would like to quote what Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul wrote in the February edition of the Rotarian Magazine (page 1):


My dream is that Rotary becomes a major force for peace. Rotary Youth Exchange students, Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Volunteers, and Group Study Exchange teams all contribute to global understanding.


The District Leadersí Handbook for Group Study Exchange states the following in reference to what Group Study Exchange is all about:


Over the past 50 years, knowledge of other cultures has increased at a rapid pace, and perhaps we are more knowledgeable and open-minded than previous generations. But no nation or culture is immune to misconceptions and prejudices, nor to the debilitating and sometimes tragic consequences that often result. And maybe now more than before, as the world grows ever smaller, do we need to increase our knowledge about people from other countries. Likewise, obviously, we need to share our own cultures. But a Group Study Exchange is much more than simply comparing notes on religion, politics, vocations, recreation, philosophy, etc. It is a tool to help us raise ourselves and the world community to a higher level of international understanding, goodwill, and friendly relations.


From its beginning in 1965, this unique program has been a success. It has provided inspiring vocational, educational, and cultural experiences for professional men and women. With good planning, goal-driven design, and active participation of dedicated Rotarians, a GSE can be an exceptional educational experience for both the visiting GSE team and the local Rotarians. Moreover, a GSE can serve as an excellent tool for fulfilling a district's International Service goals by integrating it with other Foundation programs.


I will be speaking about the Group Study Exchange program at Rotary Clubs and Rotaract Clubs in our district during the next couple of weeks. The following speaking engagements have so far been booked:


Rotary Club of Metro New York, February 12th

Rotary Club of Croton-On-Hudson, February 18th

Rotaract Club at the United Nations, February 20th


We need more applicants for GSE team members. Rotaractors are encouraged by Rotary International to apply. You can find out more about the Group Study Exchange Program on the Internet at


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 Mahi-Mahi Filet.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at You can also see a list of future speakers on our website at



Let us lend a hand for peace and

understanding across the borders!




Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York


District 7230 Chairman

Group Study Exchange Committee


Vice Chairman

The History of Rotary Project




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.


You need Windows Media Player to listen to Rotary Radio. Windows Media Player is included with Windows Millennium and Windows XP. If you use Windows 95 or Windows 98, you can download Windows Media Player for free from Microsoft.


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