The Rotary Club of New York                                               






April 12, 2004




Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on April 13th will be Anne Applebaum. She is a columnist and a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post. She is also a Pulitzer Price winner this year. Prior to working for the Washington Post, she worked for the Economist and Spectator Magazine. You can read more about Anne Applebaum’s impressive background 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 Voy Sobon, who recently became a member of our Rotary Club. Voy was born in Switzerland and now lives in New York. Thank you Voy for a good report!


Werner Kobelt, who has been a member of our legendary Rotary Club since 1959, has also come to America from Switzerland. Werner still remembers when the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie spoke at the Rotary Club of New York in 1969. Werner will be 80 years old on Sunday April 18th. I noticed that there is nothing mentioned in the Bulletin about Werner’s birthday, so I assume that he has worked hard at keeping it out of the news. Sorry Werner, I may have bad memory, but my computer never forgets. At Werner’s last birthday, I wrote about Werner’s impressive background. Werner, who is a soft spoken and low key person, did not like that I wrote all these impressive things about him, so I had to promise not to do it again. Therefore, if you want to find out about Werner’s interesting background, you have to read it in last year’s newsletter on our website at


This is the last time that I will write about Werner’s birthday, because I will resign from writing the New York Rotary Newsletter and managing the New York Rotary Website on June 30th this year. I submitted my resignation one month ago to President Greg Lynch, President Elect Clarence Plummer and Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher. The reason for my resignation is that I have written the Newsletter and managed the Website for more than 3 years, which is a long time. I believe that Rotary is at its best when we rotate our services. I have enjoyed the last 3 years immensely and with my resignation, the door will be open for other capable members in our Rotary Club to contribute and to enjoy the same experience that I have had.


My next rotation in Rotary Service will be as Chairman of Rotary’s Global History Fellowship during next year. I recently became Acting Chairman when the current Chairman and Founder Jack Selway’s called me, because his doctor had advised him to reduce his heavy workload. Thank you Jack for your great service to Rotary History! You will always remain the Founder of Rotary’s Global History Fellowship.


Rotary’s Global History Fellowship has a 1,300 page website at It is also an approved Fellowship by Rotary International and I am proud to say that it is the best information resource about Rotary History on the Internet.


When Rotary International President Elect Glenn Estess announced his Presidential theme “Celebrate Rotary,” he stated his wish as follows:


"Our first hundred years will stand as an inspiring record of men and women of all races, religions, nationalities and political creeds who have made significant contributions to creating a more peaceful world," he said. "It will be your privilege to lead Rotarians into our next century — a century in which we will Lend a Hand and Celebrate Rotary with even greater fellowship and countless acts of service."

There are many interesting facts about Rotary’s History on the History Fellowship website like for example:


Information about the life of Paul Harris at


Information about Rotary International’s Past Presidents at


Famous people, who joined Rotary at


Rotary International President 2000-2001 Frank J. Devlyn said the following:


Rotary's Global History Fellowship is an instrumental tool for those forward-thinking people who wish to learn from our history, in order to guide our future.


There are 1.3 million Rotarians around the world in 31,000 different Rotary Clubs. When we Rotarians visit any of these clubs, we are always welcome as friends. How have we become the Rotarians we are today? You can find the answers to these questions and many other questions by looking at the History of Rotary.


I recently received the following message from Rotary International Trustee JK (Andy) Chande:



6th April 2004


Mr Matts Ingemanson

Acting Chairman

Rotary’s Global History Fellowship


Dear Matts,


I am glad to read the information which you have brought out in your omnibus email of 5th April relating to Rational Rotarianism and the President’s news.  It is always good for the Rotarians to learn about work of their founders.


Keep it up.





Thank you Andy! Let me assure you that the leadership and the members of Rotary’s Global History Fellowship are committed to give our full support to Rotary International when it celebrates the Rotary Centennial.


The latest Bulletin informs us about the President’s Dinner Cruise on board the Mystique. It will take place on Wednesday, May 12 at 6 PM. You can read more about it in the Bulletin.


I received the following message from Walt Jenkins, who is Chairperson of the Temple Solar Project:

Dear Follow Rotarians,

For many years Rotary has been very active in sending large solar cooking ovens to deforested countries in the developing world. Thousands of people have benefited from the efforts of hundreds of Rotary Clubs on 5 continents that have been involved in Sun Oven projects. If you have not had the opportunity to see one of these ovens in action I would like to invite you to a Sun Oven demonstration that will be occurring in Central Park on Saturday April 24, 2004.

The oven will be on display as part of Central Parks Earth Day Celebration from 11 am to 4 pm. The Earth Day Celebration will be near the Great Hall on the West Side of the park from 103rd to 107th Streets. If you would like additional information about this event it can be found on the Central Park web site at

The Temple Solar Project is a Rotary project that brings together Rotary Clubs in developing countries that have identified areas where solar cooking can impact people lives in a positive way and matches them with U.S. Rotary Clubs. We would welcome the chance to work with your Rotary Club on an exciting international project. If you would like additional information about this project please visit our web site

Walt Jenkins
Chairperson Temple
Solar Project
Phone: (630) 778-0125

The International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York will meet next time on Wednesday, April 21st. Sylvan M. Barnet, Jr., Chair RCNY Intl. Service Division
and Rotary International Alt. Representative to the UN and Giorgio H. Balestrieri, Director and Board Liaison has issued the following announcement:

Fellow Rotarians,

The next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of
New York will be Wednesday, April 21 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.

One year after the first address on the subject by the Deputy Permanent
Representative of Germany to the United Nations Ambassador Hanns Heinrich
Schumacher, this month's topic will be again on Iraq:

 IRAQ "Roadmap"

Our guest speakers will be

Minister Plenipotentiary Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg

The registration is at 08:30 and the meeting will start at 08:45 AM. Kindly
let us know (before the end of Monday, April 19 if you or your guests desire to
attend our breakfast by sending an e-mail to the Rotary Club of New York at
"" copy to Fellow Rotarian Joseph Klee at
"" or send a fax to (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, kindly be advised that your reservation is not

Yours in Rotary,

Sylvan M. Barnet, Jr.
Chair RCNY Intl. Service Division
Rotary International
Alt. Representative to the UN

Giorgio H. Balestrieri
Director and Board Liaison
International Service Division
The Rotary Club of New York


You can also read this announcement on our website at



Tom McConnon has written a report from the last International Service Division meeting. You can read it on our website at Tom has also become a Member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of New York. You can read more about it in the latest Bulletin. Congratulations Tom!


I received the following message from John Kirkwood in Uganda:


Dear Friends


I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we now have a web-site at . There is also a facility for donating online, and this will also gain you a 501C3 tax deductible receipt.


Hope you enjoy the web-site - it was kindly put up by Rotarian Philippe Lamoise in San Diego.


The College continues to grow, and we have just received our first 'O' and 'A' level results - all the students passed - some with excellent grades that will take them higher.

We continue to be inundated with requests for assistance, which sadly we are not able to do due to our current funding levels. 


If you would like to assist a child orphaned by HIV / AIDS and give him / her a better future, we will be glad to hear from you.


Yours in His Service

John Kirkwood


Keep up the good work John! He sold everything he had in England to dedicate his life to service in Uganda.


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 Leg of Lamb.


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 having fun

and do good things!



Matts Ingemanson


Internet Communications Division

The Rotary Club of New York


Acting Chairman

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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