The Rotary Club of New York





April 14, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on April 15th will be Walter Eberstdt. He has been Managing Director at Lazar Freres, LLC. He is also the author of the book Whence We Came, Where We Went. You can read more about Walter Eberstdt in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


Lou DiPaolo has written a very good Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin. Lou’s classification is Document Copy-Digital Printing. He is the Vice President of Plan A Documents, with its website at In World War II he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater and on the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Lou is a graduate of Princeton University.  He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Lou has been a member of our legendary Rotary Club since 1979 and is a past officer.  At 77 years, he is also an avid bicycle rider, who has crossed America three times for different charities. Keep on biking Lou!


The Bulletin informs us about the next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York on Wednesday, April 16 from 08:30 to 09:45 AM. This month's topic will be "The New Liquid Gold – Water." The guest speaker will be Eirah Gorre-Dale, Communications and External Relations Manager at the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council." The registration is at 08:30 AM. You need to register before the end of Monday, April 14, if you want to attend by sending an e-mail to the Rotary Club of New York at "" copy to Allison Alessi at "" or send a fax to (212) 633-1954. There is more information in the Bulletin and on our website at


The Bulletin reminds us about the upcoming Rotary Jazz Cocktail Party at the Cornell Club on April 28th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. David Dingle and Silvio Amori are organizing this event.


Last week, I had included a message from District Governor Bob Benson, telling us that Rotary International approved a grant for almost $90,000 to provide hundreds of school children in Africa with a decent place to learn. You can read this announcement in my last Newsletter on the Internet at After this announcement, I received the following two messages from District 9250 Governor Doug Thistlewhite and New York Rotary President Elect Greg Lynch:



Dear Matts,


I would like to take this opportunity to thanking all the members in District 7230 for the fantastic response in helping education in our beautiful District 9250 and obtaining a matching grant of this enormous size every school that qualifies I will see boasts a huge plaque of acknowledgement and gratitude to both your District and the Rotary Foundation, for this magnificent achievement. Please notify all the members that if ever they are in District 9250 we will only be too proud to show them the school in the area.


A huge thank you must go to District Governor Bob Benson and Past District Governor Chuck Katze in your District and my liaison person PP Chris Pretorius, who have certainly all shown


"SERVICE ABOVE SELF'" a personal thank you from me



Douglas Thistlewhite

District Governor

Rotary District 9250




Dear Mort and Silvio, 


It looks like our club bet on a winner.  This program and our Club's contribution should be brought to the attention of our members!  Congratulations. 


Best regards,


Gregory Lynch

President Elect

The Rotary Club of New York



In another act of great generosity, the New York Club’s Foundation will present a check for $100,000 at our meeting Tuesday April 29th to the PolioPlus campaign final phase. Jack Blane of the Rotary Foundation in Evanston, will come to our meeting be to receive the check and answer your questions. You can read more about it in the latest Bulletin at


The Alternate Representative of Rotary International to the United Nations Barney Barnet is making the following plea on behalf of the New York Rotary Foundation to all our members:


Please help us by contributing whatever any can to the New York Club’s Foundation, (mail to our Club office) to become a part of our $100,000 gift. All contributions must be received by mid-June. One Rotary District (Minnesota) gave one million dollars by getting $300 from each district members; $100 buys 1200 doses of vaccine; $500 helps deliver vaccine to all entire village! As Dr. Bob Scott, director of the Polio Eradication Fundraising Campaign, says: “This is a Once-in-a-lifetime Event to fulfill our promise (of 188) to eradicate Polio by 2005, Rotary’s Centennial Year. On behalf of the children who are sand crawlers, who are wheelchair bound or wear leg braces, please do not allow their brothers and sisters to suffer the same fate. Demand, of us to fulfill our promise.” Let’s go, New York Rotary The Host Club of America and world leader.


Barney Barnett

On behalf of RCNY Foundation Board of Trustees


The Group Study Exchange Team from South Africa in District 9250 arrived to New Rochelle in our District last Friday night. To meet them, our Group Study Exchange Committee was represented by District Governor Bob Benson, District Governor Elect David Sullivan, District Governor Nominee Don Lee, Two Times Past District Governor Chuck Katze, Past Assistant Governor and Past GSE Chairman Edgar Cornell, New York Rotary President Elect Greg Lynch, Printing Officer Jim Romeo and myself as the Chairman. In addition there were many other leading Rotarians from our international district present. We had a very good time at the dinner that followed the arrival. Helen Bowers from the Rotary Club of Somers sent me the following report about the event:


They are delightful!  What energy and excitement these 6 South Africans bring us. And District 7230 turned out in droves to meet them, despite the rain.


Their enthusiasm -- runners at the starting line waiting for the gun -- was palpable at dinner last night.  And their charm -- each and every one -- made our first transcontinental dinner a delight.


Check out the pictures at


Quick summary:


George Kalell -- team leader from the Rotary Club of Middelburg.  He spent a year in Boise, Idaho as a Rotary Exchange Student in his teen years, a Paul Harris Fellow.  He runs his family's corn (known in South Africa as maize) milling business and trades commodities.


Neels Botha - a Crime Scene Expert for the South African Police.  Commander of the Records Center in Pretoria.


Johan Stonkhorst -- Headmaster of Middelburg High School, a dual curriculum academic and agricultural school.


Johan Erasmus -- Clinical Psychologist in private practice, working on his PhD.  Specializes in counseling adults & children who have undergone physical trauma.  He spent a year in Budingen, Germany as a Rotary Exchange student.


Dia van Staden -- public relations officer in the print media industry.  She is very active in community and charity work, recipient of Woman of the Year, awarded by Limpopo Province, for her community work. 


Andrew Stead -- Headmaster of Mitchell House Preparatory School, a co-ed private school for students of ages 4-13.  He is very involved in the furthering of education in South Africa.


This week the group will be bouncing around lower Westchester.  The following, they will be guests of David, Rachel & me and will have northern Westchester adventures (plus a day w/David at the Commodities Exchange in NYC).  Then they have a week in NYC and their last in Bermuda.


Tough job, but these six seem quite up to the challenge.


Service above self,

Helen S. Bowers


Thank you Helen for the great report and your high-energy pictures at You can see that we had a really good time. By the way, Helen will also be the Host and Coordinator for the team during the week of April 19-25. The GSE team will visit our legendary Rotary Club on April 29th. Are you ready for it?


Our New York Rotary member Ivan Vosloo, who is also the South African Counsel, visited South Africa for 12 days in March. While there, Ivan participated at the Rotary Club of Pretoria Hatfield PolioPlus Golf Day on March 19, 2003. You can see a picture from the event on our website at Ivan is sitting to left on the picture.


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 us 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 


Rotary is about having fun

and do good things!



Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York



Group Study Exchange

Rotary District 7230


Ambassador of History

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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