The Rotary Club of New York
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 www.nyrotary.org/Bulletin/bulletin_02-11-2003.pdf (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 www.nyrotary.org/spitzer/index.htm.
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 www.nyrotary.org/Events/events.html.
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 www.rotary.org/newsandinfo/downloadcenter/pdfs/900en03.pdf.
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 V