The Rotary Club of New York




February 17, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


Our legendary Rotary Club has raised its profile in the World of Rotary with the appointment of President Silvio Amori to the Board of Directors of The "History of Rotary" Project at Congratulations Silvio! You can read more about Silvio’s appointment at I took the picture of Silvio during his presidential inauguration on July 9th, 2002. The History of Rotary has a special section about the Rotary Club of New York at (click on this link).


The History of Rotary project has been affiliated with our club for more than two years. When I started to write e-mail newsletters to leading Rotarians around the world for the History of Rotary 18 months ago, it only had a couple of thousand visitors per month. The website now receives an impressive 50,000 visitors per month and the momentum is still growing.


The speaker at our next club meeting on February 18th is John L. German, who is the founder and director of Non-Profit Computing, Inc. It is an award-winning non-profit organization. He also received a citation at City Hall from Ruth W. Messinger, President of the Borough of Manhattan in 1995. His organization received the Mayor’s Voluntary Service Award from New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1996 for its extraordinary pro-bono efforts to bring the computer age and the information highways into our school system. You can read more about Julie Stewart in the latest Weekly Bulletin on our website at


Jim Thompson has written a very interesting Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin about our last meeting. It was especially interesting to me as I missed last weeks meeting. Jim has been a member of our club since 1999 and his classification is Security Services Residential. Jim is Senior Security Consultant at ADT Securities, Inc. Before Jim joined our Rotary Club, he was a Rotarian in Staten Island for many years and is a Past President of that club. Jim has also contributed many hours of volunteer service to the New York Rotary WTC-DISASTER Relief Fund, where he has interviewed and recommended candidates to receive grants from the fund. Rotary Radio interviewed Jim on July 9th last year together with New York Rotary President 2001-2002 Helen Reisler and myself. You can listen to these interviews on the Internet at


The bulletin informs us that the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York will meet on Wednesday, February 19 at the German Permanent Mission to the UN, at the top floor restaurant on First Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets), from 08:30 to 09:45 AM. This month's topic will be "The New Liquid Gold – Water." The guest speaker will be Ms. Eirah Gorre-Dale, Communications and External Relations Manager at the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, the international advocacy organization for "WASH - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All." The reservation cut-off is Monday, February 17, 9PM. After that, no reservations will be accepted.


The Bulletin also informs us that our Rotary After Hours Group is meeting at a new location, which is Torre Di Pisa at 19 West 44th Street in the bar 5:00-6:45 PM, Wednesday, February 19th.


Our Board of Directors has this week approved no less than four membership proposals. They are for Raul Escuza, George King, III, Thomas McConnon and Daniele Boslo. You can read more about them in the Bulletin. President Silvio has sponsored three of these new members. Welcome to our club!


The list of Divisions and Committees on our website has been updated and is more detailed than before. You can see the list on our website at


Takako Johnson, who is Chairperson of the Young Girls Educational Committee, has asked me to announce that her committee will meet immediately after the Rotary luncheon on February 18th. Takako’s mission is simple, she saw a need, formed a committee, and used our Rotary network to bring just one more success to Paul Harris' dream. 


Lou DiPaolo took pictures at our last meeting. You can see Lou’s pictures on the web at


Here is an invitation from our Rotaract Club at the United Nations about their upcoming event to which we are all invited:



I will be speaking at our Rotaract Club about Group Study Exchange on Thursday February 20th at 7:30 PM. They meet at 310 East 67th Street, New York Blood Center.


District Governor Bob Benson sent me the following announcement about the recent District Governor nomination:


I am pleased to announce that as of today Don Lee is officially District Governor Nominee and will become District Governor in 2004-2005. My congratulations to Don and best wishes to him for a most successful term in office.


Bob Benson

District Governor


Congratulations Don! He is also a member of the Group Study Exchange. It is a great committee and I enjoy being its chairman.


District Governor Bob also sent the following message about the District 7230 South Africa School project:


On Saturday March 1st at 8:30 AM we need some Rotarians to help load a container with school desks and computers headed for South Africa. We need Rotarians who are healthy and can stand some physical labor. Professionals will do the bulk of the hard work, but we need 15 to 20 other folks to assist. Please try to be there so we can accomplish this task. If you can help please contact PDG Janet DiBenedetto at either 914-923-6110,or 914-773-7376, e-mail The location of the container is The Staples Plaza on Route 119 in Elmsford. Janet can provide more precise directions.


Our New York Rotary Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher sent the following message about the same project:


Our Rotarians have previously mentioned in various occasions that they wish to do more "hands on" projects. This seems to be one of them. Since we the club and the foundation have sponsored the District 7230 South Africa School project with $5,000 it would be great if our club could have some members help during this volunteer task.


Past District Governor Chuck Katze is in charge of the District 7230 South Africa School project in partnership with District 9250, which covers the capital of South Africa, the capital of Mozambique, all of Botswana and all of Swaziland. It is the same district that we also have our Group Study Exchange Program with.


Chuck, who is also a member of our Group Study Exchange Committee, just came back from a trip to South Africa and District 9250. He told me that the Rotarians there treated him like a king. They also took him on a safari. I want to thank our fellow Rotarians in District 9250 for taking such good care of Chuck.


We are now getting closer to the February 28 deadline for our Group Study Team Member and Team Leader applications. 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


A great example of our world wide Rotary fellowship is the following message that I received from Past President Tim Hanson at the Rotary Club of Washington DC:


In reading your bulletin, I noticed the GSE team visit to Africa.  One of our members was just sworn-in as the US Ambassador to Botswana.   His name is Joe Huggins and he is a great Rotarian... don't have his new email yet, but you should at least contact him if your team gets to Gaborone.


Also, another one of our members, Angela Griffin, was transferred to Pretoria last year. She is already president elect of her club, so I suspect she's in the loop for the GSE visit.


Please give my best to Immediate Past President Helen.  We served during a challenging and exciting time for both of our clubs.


- Tim Hanson

Rotary Club of Washington, DC

President, 2001-2002


Thank you Tim! We will contact Joe and Angela.


The experiences of 911 World Trade Center Disaster has created strong bonds between Rotarians around the world. I recently received the following messages from Larry Lunsford and Pat Mayfield. They both visited our club bringing with them major donations from their Rotary organizations:




Good luck with your District's GSE program this year!  Please tell Helen Reisler I said hello!


PDG Larry Lunsford

District 6040 - Missouri



Dear Matts,


I always enjoy the ebulletins from the Rotary Club of New York. Your emails always entice me to check out your website updates.   It's a great way to stay in touch...and I do hope I can come back some day soon to visit.


Will you please add Dr. Susan Dupree, our president elect, to your mailing list?  Susan has similar Rotary interests as the New York Club and I know she would enjoy and benefit from receiving the information.  Her email address is


Your communications and outreach throughout the world is truly impressive.  Thanks again for your efforts.  Your communication system sets the standard!





Pat Mayfield Consulting, LLC
P. O. Box 10095
Pleasanton, CA  94588


Thank you Larry and Pat. It is great to hear from you. I have also added Susan to our mailing list.


I have told you before about our 2nd Vice President Bill Currie and his work with Gift Of Life that has saved the lives of many children from around the world. The Rotary Club of New York is a major contributor to this program.


Last week, I attended a meeting at the Forum Club, who is also a major contributor to Gift Of Life. They made it possible for 2 Chinese Children to have life saving heart surgery. At that meeting I met the two Rotarians Sammy Hsiao and Aldo Frustaci from District 7250 for the first time in my life. When they saw my Rotary pin, they asked me what club I belong to. It turned out that they are both Directors of Gift Of Life together with Bill Currie from our club. Sammy also knows Ivan Polacek, Past President of the Rotary Club of Shanghai and my fellow board member at The History of Rotary.  These fellowship connections all happened because I wore my Rotary pin. As you can see, there is a great benefit to always wear our Rotary pins.


I just received the following information from Gift Of Life about an upcoming event on March 21:


You can find more information about this event on the internet at


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 Lamb.


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


It is now Monday morning and I am completely snowed in at my country house in New Jersey. Fortunately the magic of the Internet makes it possible to send this message to Rotarians around the world. I only hope that I get out here in time for my speaking engagement at the Rotary Club of Croton-On-Hudson on Tuesday at 12:00 noon.


Rotary is about having fun

and do good things!




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.      The History of Rotary at

3.      Rotary District 7230 at 

4.      District 7230 Group Study Exchange Project at

5.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at

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


7.      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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