The Rotary Club of New York






March 17, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


Our next meeting on March 18th will be Ireland Day and the speaker is John P. McCarthy, who is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University. John McCarthy will talk about “Contemporary Ireland.” You can read more about him in the latest Bulletin on our website at (click on the link).


Bonnie Mairs wrote a great Reporter of this Week in the Bulletin. Bonnie has been a member since 1995. Her classification is International Affairs. Bonnie is Executive Director of the International Branch of YMCA of Greater New York.


Last Saturday, our Group Study Exchange Committee interviewed all team leader and team member applicants for the District Group Study Exchange Program. The quality of all applicants was so impressive that I don’t think even the intake committees of Harvard, Yale or Princeton have experienced such high average quality. We will announce our Group Study Exchange Team on Wednesday March 19th and you will be able to read the announcement at the Group Study Exchange website at on Wednesday. I can promise you that our GSE team will represent the best among young professionals that our great District 7230 has to offer.


Our legendary Rotary Club will also be on TV next week. The GIFT OF LIFE video that our Past President Helen Reisler has produced will be shown on New York Cable TV Channel 57 on Saturday March 22nd at 9:00 PM. It is fourteen minutes long.

Let me remind you about the next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York on Wednesday, March 19 at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations, 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 Issues of Iraq." Our guest speaker will be the Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations Ambassador Hanns Heinrich Schumaker. You can read about it on our website at 


District Governor Bob Benson recently sent me a message about the upcoming Rotary Council on Legislation:


Dear Rotarian,


It's time to gather ideas from our Clubs for presentation to the Rotary Council on Legislation. Please speak with your Club members to see if they have any ideas to propose to add to, amend and/or change the Rotary Constitution and/or By-Laws. Such matters as attendance, excused absences, types of and qualifications for membership, dues, Rotary District governance and operations, formation of new clubs, operation of the Rotary Foundation, etc.


Please contact Andy Morzello at 914-592-8710 or by E-Mail at with any ideas your Club members may have. Andy will get the necessary forms to you, and help you complete the forms. These forms must be submitted to and endorsed by the District Conference on May 2, 2003 in order to be forwarded to The Council on Legislation. Please send your ideas to Andy no later than March 30, 2003. Here's your chance to have your Club heard on Rotary matters! Thanks,


Bob Benson

District Governor


President Elect of the Rotaract Club at the United Nations Ozge Saritosun sent me the following message:

Dear Matts,


Our Rotaract club will have a wonderful guest speaker during our upcoming meeting on March 20th.  Gary Cohen, who is the President of Becton, Dickinson & Company, had a very active role in the fight against Tetanus, a cause that Rotary has actively supported. He will give a 30-minute speech about it at our upcoming meeting:


Gary Cohen, President of Becton, Dickinson (BD) & Company


Topic: The Role of BD in the Fight Against Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus

Date & Time: 3/20/2003, 7:30 - 9:00PM - General Meeting (8:30-9:00PM Gary's Speech).


Place: NY Blood Center, 310 E 67th St, between 1st & 2nd Avenue.


RSVP: Optional. E-mail Ozge Saritosun



Ozge Saritosun


Thank you Ozge! By the way, this week is Rotaract Week. I will try to attend the next Rotaract meeting. Last time I was there a month ago, I had a great time.


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. Princeton Club’s culinary staff will serve Corned Beef & Cabbage old Irish style.


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


Our Executive Assistant Ana Rivas called me a few days ago and asked me to introduce the visiting Rotarians at our next meeting. That is always fun to do. I will see you on Tuesday at the registration desk. I also want to put our Rotarian Pianist Dave Dingle on notice that it is time to hit it again.


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




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


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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