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March 29, 2004




Fellow Rotarians,


It is with great sadness that I am obligated to inform you that New York Rotary Past Trustee Bill Hall has passed away. He became a member of our legendary Rotary Club in 1981. New York Rotary President Greg Lynch has written the following message in memory of Bill Hall:


On March 24, 2004, our Club lost a member very dear to all who knew him.William Austin Hall was an architect of some repute, founder of the Hall Architectural Partnership and with a family name so uniquely suited to his chosen profession.Bill became a member of the Club in 1981.His classification was Professional Architect.When I first joined the Club some ten years ago, i regularly ran into Bill on the way to our, then Thursday, meetings.Bill was well educated and well informed, particularly about the neighborhood we shared.His practice was on East 21st Street.Our chats on the way to the Club lunches made me feel very positive, not only about the man but about the tone that he brought to the Club.Bill was one of those people who made me feel that Rotary Club of New York was the right place for me.


Bill Hall was a quiet, elegant gentleman.He was also a contributor to our Club activities and to building our New York Rotary Foundation.Bill had been a Trustee of the Foundation and shared an understanding and commitment to the service we, as New York Rotarians, perform through the work of our Foundation.


In November 2003, I asked Bill to act as Chairman of our Clubís Sunshine Committee, which acts as the good shepherd in reaching out to members who may not be coming to lunches due to illness or otherwise.Sometime later, I received a most elegant letter from Bill, saying he did not have my heart in the assignment.Only after the holidays, did I realize that Bill himself was one of those who, because of his illness, required some looking after.After that we spoke regularly on the phone.Three weeks before his passing, I had a brief chat with Bill at our regular luncheon meeting.I could not have imagined then that we were saying goodbye.


Greg Lynch


Rotary Club of New York

March 25, 2004


Thank you Greg for your kind words about Bill. You can also find Gregís message on our website at In the last 12 months of his life, Bill Hall contributed not less than three Reporters of the Week for the Weekly Bulletin. You can find these issues on the Internet at the following links:


President Greg has also written an article to the Presidentís Page about when he visited the Clipper Ship Stad Amsterdam at our New York Seaport.Greg wants to create awareness about Netherlands Day, which is scheduled to be celebrated on June 15th. The Chair of Netherlands Day is our new member Christíl Dulleart, who is also Past Rotary Club President in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is by profession a philosopher with a concentration in ethics.She advises some of the best known institutions on the globe.Christíl has taken up the challenge provided by the major success scored by our Sweden Day event on January 27th.Judging from the impressive list of event sponsors she is rounding up, we could be in store for another major international day at the Club. Good luck with the event Christíl. You can read Gregís article of our website at's_page_4-1.htm. You can also see a picture from the event in the latest Bulletin at


Our next meeting on March 30th will be Fellowship Day with each of us as speakers. We can speak to each other about ourselves, our businesses, our ideas and our committees. We can also speak to a new member or bring a guest to experience our fellowship. It is a perfect opportunity for chair people to meet with their committees and to report committee progress at the microphone. You can read more about our next Fellowship Day in the latest Bulletin on our website at (click on the link).


This weekís Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin is written by Matthew Salerno, who became a member of our legendary Rotary Club in 2001. His classification is Architecture - Management. Thank you Matt for a very good report!


Our Board of Directors has approved Sumio Sone as a new member. Welcome to our Rotary Club! Sumioís Suggested Classification is TV Production. You can read more about Sumio in the latest Bulletin.


The 1st Annual Rotary Club of New York Retreat will take place on Saturday, May 8th, at the Grand Plaza Hotel, White Plains to create a vision and plan for the 2004-05 Rotary year. You can register for the event or find out more information about it on our website at or call New York Rotary Director David Del Monte at (212) 360-2283.


Helen Reisler, who is Past President of the Rotary Club of New York and District 7230 Governor Nominee, has sent me two messages that she received. The first message is from Jon Singer at the Tenafly Rotary Club in New Jersey:


My name is Jon Singer, and I am a member of the Tenafly Rotary Club. Thank you for reviewing the following, and for sharing this information with members of your club.


My sweet seven-year-old daughter Rebecca and I will set out on April 2nd in a Maserati (generously provided for the event by Maserati North America), with the goal of visiting twenty Borders and Whole Foods Market locations throughout New Jersey and New York City in a twenty-four hour period - "The 20 Store Twenty-Four Hour Tour for Autism" - to raise funds, and to symbolize the need to quickly find help for individuals and families affected by autism.  


These events are a follow-up to our August 2002 cross- country trek that kicked off The Drive for Rebecca, an effort named for my daughter Rebecca who has a rare genetic disorder that causes autistic tendencies.  Since that time, we have raised over $100,000 to help advance medical research, support several autism education and advocacy programs and help establish a new school. 


New York education autism programs that will benefit from our efforts include EDEN II, Genesis and NYCLI.


We would appreciate your help in getting the word out to members of your club, to use the flyers in Borders Books stores and to come out and greet us as we finish our trip in NYC on Saturday April 3rd in the morning. 


All Borders and Whole Foods stores in New Jersey and NYC are participating.  For our schedule of store visits, please go to:


We will be at the Whole Foods store on 24th & 7th around 9am and will conclude our trip with visits to Borders and Whole Foods stores at the new Time Warner Center


Borders is planning benefit days for April 2nd and 3rd, where 15% of purchases accompanied by a special flyer will be donated to benefit



For Rotary members in need of books, CDs or DVDs, flyers can be downloaded from our web site, and it would be wonderful if they could be circulated at your next Rotary on Tuesday March 30th before our drive:


Thank you for anything that you can do to let other Rotarians know about these upcoming events, for circulating the flyers and for whatever you can do to rally Rotary members to meet us for our local events.


Jon Singer


Drive For Rebecca

2 Valley Place, PO Box 225

Tenafly, NJ 07670

201 567 3699

Building better lives for

children with autism (TM)


The second message that Helen sent me is written by Major David Sebuck, who is stationed in Iraq and he has a question about Gift of Life in Iraq:




I'm Major Sebuck, Executive Officer of Mihn Tran's former unit currently in Iraq. Lt Tran served under my current commanding officer during OIF I and had mentioned your organization on several occasions.  I'm contacting you regarding the Gift of Life and its current status, if any, in Iraq. I'm co-located with 1MARDIV HQ and the Civil Affairs personnel. The services you bring can go a long way in improving the lives of many children as well as improving relations between the coalition forces and the Iraqi. If I can be of assistance by providing points of contact at the Division or working with you directly on this endeavor in any way, please contact me.


Semper Fidelis,

Major David Sebuck

Executive Officer, CSSG-11 (FWD)


Thank you Helen for sending me this message, it shows how humanitarian our soldiers in Iraq are. I hope that Gift of Life will be able to help.


I received the following message from Mark Lane-Jones, who is President of Gaborone Rotary Club in Botswana, Africa:


Dear Matts Ingemanson


Carl Berentsen and Mike Lakin have given me your name.


I am the current president of the Gaborone Rotary Club.  We are raising funds for building two orphans day care centers here - I think you can guess why the no. of orphans is increasing at an alarming rate - Botswana has the highest percentage of HIV positive people in the world.  We have managed to get a magnum of South African wine signed by Nelson Mandela. In April, three of us are going to Washington DC at our own expense, to auction it at a function there at the German Embassy on 17 April.  We hope we can get lots more for it in the USA.  We also hope to do a very short presentation at the Washington DC lunchtime meeting on 14 April.  We have the support of the American Ambassador to Botswana, Joseph Huggins, who will also be there.


I will be traveling with my wife Mary and two other club members.  In a few days time I hope I can send you electronic details of our project which is one that will definitely happen.


We actually arrive at JFK on 11 April to do a couple of days sightseeing and if possible visit your club though I'm not sure when you meet and I know its over Easter there.  We will probably travel to Washington DC on 13 April and depart from DC late evening on Sunday 18 April.


Hope to be able to contact you or your fellow members.




Mark Lane-Jones

President - Gaborone Rotary Club


Thank you Mark for your message, I hope that you will visit our Rotary Club on Tuesday April 13th at 12:00 PM before you leave for Washington, DC. We meet at the Princeton Club, which is located on 15 West 43rd Street her in New York.


I also received the following message from Rotarian Bertram Andrews in Canada:


Dear Matts,


It is such a pleasure to hear such wonderful news emanating from your club. I had the good fortune of visiting your club toward the end of May into early June last year and still harbor pleasant memories of that treasured occasion.


I remember fondly when your pianist who is also a Rotarian played the Canadian National Anthem in my honor.


It is obvious that yours is an extremely busy club and I can read through your e-mail submissions, the joy you derive from apprising the members of the many activities going on in and around the membership.


Continued good luck to you and you team and your efforts and kindly accept my thanks and appreciation for keeping me up-dated.


Yours in Rotary.




Thank you Bert for your greeting, please come and see us again when you are in New York.


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 Fellowship Day - Buffet.


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

and do good things!



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.                Rotaryís 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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