The Rotary Club of New York                                               




March 14, 2004




Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on March 16th will be Mark Mix, who is President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. It is a 2.2 million-member public policy organization, and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation litigates on behalf of employees whose rights have been violated by compulsory unionism. The foundation is currently representing over 150,000 workers in 325 cases across the country. Mark Mix is a sought after speaker on political technology and lobbying tactics.  He became active in public policy and after graduation worked for several Right to Work groups as an independent lobbyist prior to taking his current position as President of the Nation Right to Work Committee. You can read more about Mark Mix in the latest Bulletin on our website at (click on the link).


This week’s Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin is written by David Zeller, who has been a member of our legendary Rotary Club since 2000. His classification is Computers – Consulting. I was out-of-town last week on a business trip, so I especially enjoyed reading David’s report about our last meeting.


The Bulletin informs us about the next meeting of our International Service Division on Wednesday, March 17, 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. Our guest speaker will be Anne Kerr, Chief of Programming Coordination and Partnerships Division of Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Her topic is “Stemming Poverty in the World’s 50 Poorest Nations.” You can RSVP by sending an e-mail to Joseph Klee at, or by sending a fax to our office fax (212) 633-1954. The cost of the breakfast is $18, payable by credit card (via e-mail to or cash at the entrance. Since seats are limited, reservations are not refundable. You can read more about the International Service Division meeting in the Bulletin or on the New York Rotary website at 


I received the following message from one of our members Behrooz Behbudi, who lives in Canada:


Dear Friends,


I hope this note finds you all happy and prospering this March 2004. I am writing to inform you of my email address change to Please feel free to contact me at 604.218.4036 or my assistant Marilyn at 604.782.9728. I look forward to further communications with you all in the year ahead.


With best regards,

Dr. Behrooz Behbudi


By the way, Behrooz is a very interesting person. You can read more about him our website at


Last year, we had our Group Study Exchange project with Rotary District 9250, which includes South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. I just received the following message from Chris Pretorius, who is a Project Coordinator in District 9250:


I should like to report briefly as follows on the implementation of MG 22865:


- Kungwini Early Learning Centre, Pretoria : The project has been completed and a special function will be held on 25 March to 'inaugurate' the upgraded Centre to be known in future as The Kungwini Sunflower Early Learning Centre. Two photographs attached:


- Mashishimale Primary School, Phalaborwa: This project will be completed within the next two months.


- Losperfontein Secondary School, Brits: This project is fast nearing completion.


- Ramuduma Pre-School, Giyani: The project is expected to be completed in the next two months.


- Spa Park Primary School, Bela Bela: I'm waiting for the final report from the Rotary Club responsible for handling this project.


- Duberine Farm School: The latest report to me is that the project should be completed by the end of March


- There are two projects still in the early stages of implementation


- Owing to the fact that some of the schools did not need their full allocation, a ninth school has been added for upgrading, namely The Ebulheni Primary School, Mooiplaas, Mpumalanga.


Yours in Rotary

Chris Pretorius Project Co-coordinator

District 9250


As you can see, the District 9250 Rotarians are busy Lending a Hand to their fellow human beings. I believe that compassion for others is what unites Rotarians around the world. It does not make sense to be a Rotarian unless we have compassion.


Jack Selway, who is the Chairman and Founder of Rotary’s Global History Fellowship was the speaker at the Rotary Club of New York last year on July 15th, 2003. Last week, Jack underwent emergency brain surgery for Subdural Hematoma while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. You can read about Subdural Hematoma on the Internet at Fortunately, the surgery was successful and Jack was able to leave the hospital 3 days later. In the meantime, we were very worried. President Greg Lynch sent me the following message:


Dear Matts, 


Thank you for letting me know about Jack Selway's serious medical condition.  I understand that he took a serious fall in Mexico and is currently being treated there on an emergency basis.  Upon receiving the troubling news, I picked up the phone and called the home of Carlos Garcia C. in order to voice my concern, personally, and to express the solidarity of the entire Club.   I was very concerned for Sherry Selway also.  It must be very stressful and lonely for Sherry to have to confront this emergency in a strange land.  It sounds as though both Jack and Sherry Selway can use all the positive thoughts and prayers that any of us can send their way.


We, at New York Rotary, will recall Jack and Sherry's visit to the Club last summer and Jack's presentation on the Rotary Global History Project, which he founded.  We all know the New York Rotary Club member Matts Ingemanson is the Vice President and Ambassador of Rotary’s Global History Fellowship and that Past President and District Governor Nominee Helen Reisler is a member of the Board.  In fact, I had a chance to socialize with Jack and Sherry at Helen's lovely home in Somers and found the two of them to be great, down-to-earth folks with a true commitment to Rotary and Rotarian values.

Please keep Jack and Sherry Selway in your thoughts and prayers.


Best regards 

Greg Lynch


The Rotary Club of New York


Thank you Greg for your message!


I called Jack to congratulate him on his amazing recovery as soon as he returned from the hospital. He sounded tired, but was otherwise perfectly normal. His main complaint was that he was still not cured from his sinus infection. Well, I guess that doctors know how to perform brain surgery, but they still don’t know how to cure the common cold. I suggested to Jack that he allows himself a lot of rest. Knowing him, I am not sure that he will. Today, Jack was back in action sending out the following message to Rotarians around the world:

Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,


We ask that you “Lend a Hand” to celebrate Rotary history by joining Rotary’s Global History Fellowship. We are creating a resource which is free to anyone with access to the internet. Currently our website contains several thousand articles on the history of Rotary. There is a need for hundreds of Rotarians in nearly as many positions to continue this work. is where to visit to join our effort.


Reaching all Rotarians with the philosophy of Rotary is our mission. We have nearly a century of our history of fellowship, tolerance and service which will be “beneficial to all concerned” and which will certainly add to our centennial celebration.  Today, we offer a Paul Harris quote prepared by the chairman of the centennial convention which we hope you’ll enjoy.


Yours for Rotary’s History,


Jack Selway

Chairman and Founder

Rotary’s Global History Fellowship (An Internet Project)


Neither snow nor rain nor storms or even brain surgery will stop Jack from getting his message out to Rotarians around the world.


In contrast to the happy conclusion of Jack’s surgery, I recently received the following very sad message from David Fish in England:


Dear Matts,


I think I got on to your mailing list in September 2001 when I was World Community Service Chairman for our district Members wanted to know how they could help in the horrific aftermath of the events of 9/11.


You talked about 529 District Governors Elect attending Anaheim. I suspect there were only 528 as Graciela Moya de Segovia, DGE for District 4860, Mendoza and San Juan, Argentina and her husband, Jose (Pepe) Segovia, PDG 1998-1999, were killed instantly when a truck hit them head-on as they were driving to catch the plane for Anaheim on Saturday, 14 February.


Any Rotary visitor there or to any event in that sector of Latin America would be likely to meet them and countless Youth Exchange students from all over the world have stayed in their house. I recall being with them on one of the many occasions we met and asking Graciela if anything she did in her life had no connection with Rotary.


Unhesitatingly, she replied: "Yes, Youth Exchange!" Rotary, individuals and the local community, not to mention their family, are suffering a huge loss.


Yours in Rotary fellowship,


David Fish

R C of Bolsover

District 1220


30 Brockley Avenue
S44 6RB

United Kingdom


T +44 (0) 1246 241230
F +44 0 870 705 8201


Thank you David for your message. One thing that I have learned about Rotary is that in addition to the many happy fellowship experiences it brings, it also brings great sadness when we lose one of our Rotary Fellows.


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 Salmon.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at or  You can study the history of the Rotary Club of New York at You can read every Bulletin since 2001 on our website at We have previous issues of the Newsletter at



Rotary is about Lending a Hand!



Matts Ingemanson


Internet Communications Division

The Rotary Club of New York


Senior Vice President

Rotary's Global History Fellowship


Chairman 2002-2004

Group Study Exchange

Rotary District 7230



The power of the Internet puts the brains of millions of people together. It also puts 1.2 million Rotarians together. It does not matter where we are and when we are available. The Internet makes it possible for Rotarians around the world to instantly participate.


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.


In order to read the PDF file of the Bulletin-on-the-Web, you need Acrobat Reader Version 5.0 or later. If you don't have Acrobat Reader, you can download Acrobat Reader 6.0 for free from the web at:



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


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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