The Rotary Club of New York                                               





February 2, 2004





Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on February 3rd will be Ethan A. Nadelmann, who has been the Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance, New York City, since 1994. He received a B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in Political Science at Harvard University in 1987. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. From 1987 to 1994 he served as an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson of Public and International affairs at Princeton University. He has also appeared in radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, a Ted Koppel Special Report, NBC’s Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS’s 48 Hours, CBS Morning News, Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, CNN Crossfire, Rivera Live, The Charlie Rose Show, William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, and the MacNeil/Lehrer news hour. You can read more about Ethan Nadelmann’s impressive background in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


The room was packed during Sweden Day last Tuesday. The members of our legendary Rotary Club had a lot of fun. Rotarians usually leave immediately after the meeting ends at 1:30 PM, but on Sweden Day most members continued to stay for up to an extra half hour. Nobody was in a hurry to leave. You can read more about Sweden Day and look at the photos on the New York Rotary website at There were 11 bottles of Absolut Vodka and 11 bottles of Swedish Aquavit from O.P. Anderson at Sweden Day, which is a total of 5.5 gallons of hard liquor for our 110 participants. Fortunately, we did not drink it all and to everybody’s credit, nobody needed assistance to leave the meeting. It was a great event. Thank you all for coming!


Our German pianist Volker Detering sent us the following message after Sweden Day:


Matts, Erik, Greg,


Thanks for the great party. I had to take a nap in the afternoon! Guess why. The event really helped to improve the image of Sweden, as a funny, friendly, smart business people with a sense for good food and liquor. I also really like the Swedish anthem; it's one of the most beautiful melodies I know. I hope I get a chance to visit Sweden one day. Well I guess I first need to become Rotary president and win the raffle all the time!


Best Regards,



Volker Detering, President
Event Me Inc., New York
Tel. (212) 477-2707
Cell (917) 501-6761
G e t   I n v i t e d.


Thank you Volker, I especially appreciate your comments, because it is your profession to arrange promotional events.


I received the following message from Kirsten Edstrom, who is President of the Rotary Club of Metro New York and of Swedish ancestry. She grew up in Minnesota:


Dear Matts,


It was so nice to see you and Sundra at Sweden day; we thought the phonetic rendering of the drinking song was hilarious - did you come up with it?




Kirsten Edstrom


Rotary Club of Metro New York


Thank you Kirsten, It was nice to see you at the meeting. I was the one, who suggested that we sing the Swedish drinking song “Helan Går during Sweden Day,” but it was Erik Enroth, who found the phonetic rendering of the Swedish text. The text and music for “Helan Går” is now available on our website at


I want to thank Erik Enroth for his tremendous work in organizing Sweden Day. Without Erik’s help, Sweden Day would not have been possible. Erik is also thanked in our latest Bulletin with the following words:


Special thanks


We would like to praise Rotarian Erik Enroth, Executive Director at Invest in Sweden Agency, for putting together Sweden Day. It was a successful and very well organized event.


Taylor Gray, who has been a member of our legendary Rotary Club since 1999, wrote an excellent report in the Bulletin from our last meeting. Taylor’s classification is Investment Research! You can also read Taylor’s report on our website at


I recently experienced another manifestation of Rotary’s world wide fellowship when I had my annual eye exam last Friday. The medical assistant asked me if I had any alcohol, drug or medical problems. I told her no, but I also told her that last Tuesday I drank more alcohol than normal at our Sweden Day. She immediately grinned from ear to ear and told me that her 82 year old father in the Philippines has been a Rotarian for many years. So during my eye exam, we had a great conversation about Rotary. There was an instant bond between us.


The Bulletin announces that Gamal Badr celebrates his birthday on February 8th. Gamal is a lawyer, who was born in Egypt, where he was involved in developing the present Egyptian law so that it was compatible with both modern western and traditional Islamic laws. After that he became the head of the Algerian Supreme Court, when Algeria became independent. I asked Gamal, why did they pick somebody from Egypt for that post? His response was that the Algerians did not have anybody qualified at the time, so he helped them to get started. Most important of all, it was Gamal, who introduced our current President Greg Lynch to Rotary. Happy birthday Gamal!


The Bulletin informs us that the next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York will take place on Wednesday, February 18th, at the German Permanent Mission to the UN, top-floor restaurant on First Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets), from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The guest speaker for the day will be Mr. Robert Leigh; the topic is volunteerism and the U.N. You can read more about it in the Bulletin and on the New York Rotary website at


A couple of weeks ago, we had a visit by Gabriela Carina Ravera, who is a Rotarian from Argentina. She then went to Rome where she met with New York Rotary Director Giorgio Balestrieri. Greg just received the following message from Gabriela:


Dear Greg Lynch and Rotarian's friends:


I felt very happy the last January 6th, with you and all of members of your club.


Mr. Carlos Bergantinos invited me to your Club. I had spent a wonderful meeting, and I had an opportunity to make friends.


The last week I spent a good time with Mr. Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri in Rome.


Now I am coming back to Argentina, I will arrive on Friday. I wish to say Thank you so munch to be near you and my Rotarians friends of Rotary Club of New York.




Neffke, Ravera & Co.

International Consulting


Dr. Gabriela Carina Ravera (Attorney of law)

198-26 Epsom Course

11423 - Holliswood  N.Y.


Alsina 94 1er. Piso - Depto. "A"

1642 - San Isidro - Buenos Aires



Don't forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can reserve 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. At our next meeting, the culinary staff at the Princeton Club will serve us Sword Fish.


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


Rotary is about having fun

and do good things!



Matts Ingemanson


Internet Communications Division

The Rotary Club of New York



Group Study Exchange

Rotary District 7230


Senior Vice President, "History Ambassador"

& Depts. General Manager

Rotary's Global History Fellowship



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This newsletter has also been posted on our website at or


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 have also been working 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 and


2.      Rotary’s Global History Fellowship at


3.      Rotary District 7230 at


  1. District 7230 Group Study Exchange Project at


5.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at


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


  1. 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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