The Rotary Club of New York









March 9, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at out next meeting on March 11th will be Richard Alderslate, who is Senior External Relations Officer at the Health Policy World Health Organization Office (WHO) at the United Nations in New York. You can read more about Richard Alderslate in the latest Bulletin on our website at (click on the link). The original speaker New York City Councilman Charles Baron cancelled at the last moment, because he had to go to Albany. Our Programs Director Larry Parks quickly handled the crisis and found another interesting speaker on short notice. Well-done Larry!


Peter Brizard composed the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin. Peter joined our legendary club last year. His classification is Independent CPA Accountant – Trusts and Estates. Peter wrote a very interesting account, so I decided to use it for our new web page about the Police Recognition Day at


We had a great Police Recognition Day at our last meeting. We honored Police Officer Judith Hernandez, one of New York’s Finest. Police Officer Hernandez who is only 5 feet 1.5 inches tall carried her 6 feet fellow officer Steven Oemcke alone, step-by-step, up nearly two stories of inoperable escalator stairs to safety.



Police Officer Hernandez is a great example of the bravery that has made the NYPD the finest. After the meeting, I found out that PO Hernandez did not even tell her husband about the event. He found out when his wife was awarded the Medal of Honor. You can read more about our Police Recognition Day on our website at There are 19 pictures from the event.


The team application drive for our District Group Study Exchange Program has been very successful. The deadline has passed and we have 12 Team Member applications and 4 Team Leader applications from very qualified applicants. Our GSE committee will have the opportunity to select a great GSE team to represent our district when they travel to District 9250, which includes South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Swaziland. I want to thank the Rotarians in our district for their great support and I also thank my fellow members in the Group Study Exchange Committee for working so hard and diligently. You can find out more about the Group Study Exchange Program on the Internet at


You can read in the Bulletin about the birthdays for Wilfried Freudenberger on March 22, Harshad Shah on March 29 and Ted Andrews on March 30. Happy Birthday to all of you!


The next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York will be on Wednesday, March 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 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 more about it on our website at 


I received the following message from John Alfano, who is district chair for the Rotary Leadership Institute:


Read with interest your bulletin. District Governor Bob Benson has appointed me district chair for the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI). The next session (Parts I & II) in District 7230 will be on Saturday, April 12, 2003 at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York at a cost of $60. There is a write-up on the district web site. The registration form is on the RLI web site although it does not show the date and place because it is new to the schedule. The form is also available from your Assistant Governor. Would appreciate it if you would this at your next meeting(s) and also mention this in your next bulletin(s).  Also suggest that at the end of your bulletin you show a link to the RLI web site, which has a lot of information on the RLI - ""


Yours in Rotary,

John L. Alfano


Thank you John, it looks like a great opportunity. If you have any questions about the next session, you can contact John Alfano via e-mail at


Last week, Taylor Gray informed us that Walgreens had adopted the Rotary Four Way Test as the firm's set of guiding principles to guide employees to consider when making decisions about what they think, say or do. The Chairman of History of Rotary found this so interesting that the History of Rotary website has posted Taylor’s statement on its website at, which means that Taylor is now part of Rotary History. You can find it on the Internet at By the way the History of Rotary’s Chairman Jack Selway is scheduled to speak at our legendary Rotary Club on July 15th. Welcome to New York, Jack!

The Bulletin reminds us again about providing our office with the correct individual roster information. They want you to submit your birthday information, if it is still missing.


Don’t forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. It is important for this 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 Salmon.


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


I have a Group Study Exchange speaking engagement on Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Katonah together with Past District Governor Chuck Katze, so I won’t come to our next meeting, but I will be back on March 18th. I look forward to see you then.


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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