The Rotary Club of New York                                               






April 19, 2004




Fellow Rotarians,


Our next meeting on April 20th will be Fire Fighters Recognition Day with the Commissioner of the Fire Department Nicholas Scoppetta as our speaker. This will be the third time that Commissioner Scoppetta will speak at our legendary Rotary Club. We will also honor Fire Fighter Michael A. Checco, who has acted with bravery under extreme conditions of heat and raging fire, without the benefit of a charded hoseline for his protection and at great personal risk. You can read more about Fire Fighters Recognition Day in the latest Bulletin on our website at (click on the link). You can also read about the previous events when Commissioner Scoppetta spoke at our Rotary Club on our website at the following links:



This week’s Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin is written by Frances Vieta, who joined our Rotary Club in 1997. Thank you Frances for a very informative report! Frances’ classification is Food and Agriculture Consultant and her company is Frances Vieta Consulting.


The latest Bulletin has a special page about the President’s Dinner Cruise on board the Mystique, which will start on Wednesday, May 12 at 6 PM. The departure is from the New York Skyport Marina at 6:30 sharp You can read more about it in the Bulletin. Invitations will be mailed shortly.


You can also read in the Bulletin about the New York Cares Day Central Park Cleanup on May 1st. We have been assigned the cleanup site of Forest Park Victory Field. For those, who want to participate can contact Ozgem at


The Bulletin announces the birthday for Werner Kobelt on April 18th. I missed last week’s meeting, but I read in the Bulletin that our club members sang Happy Birthday for Werner. The Bulletin also announces the birthdays for Hans Belcsak on April 19th, Rev Roger Kozik on April 22nd, Christ’l Dullaert on April 27th and Gian Carlo Treggi on April 30th. Happy Birthday to all of you!


Our International Service Division will have its next meeting on Wednesday, April 21st.

The topic will be “IRAQ "Roadmap" and the speaker will be Minister Plenipotentiary Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg. The registration is at 08:30 and the meeting will start at 08:45 AM. Let us know before the end of Monday, April 19 if you wish to
attend by sending an e-mail to our office at with a copy to 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.
Reservations are not refundable. You can read more about the meeting on our website at


Last week, I wrote about my decision to resign from writing the New York Rotary Newsletter and managing the New York Rotary Website on June 30th. Since then I have received thanks from Rotarians for my three years of service:


Congratulations on a well designed and published newsletter. You are to be congratulated on accepting the chairmanship of the fellowship. The history of Rotary is very important and I recently had the opportunity to read Volume 15, issue 2. It contained a lot of good information. Thanks for your 3 years of service and your continued work with Rotary.


John F. Germ

Rotary International Director 2003-2005  


Thank you John, it is always great to know that my services are appreciated. I agree with you that the history of Rotary is very important. I plan to write a monthly newsletter to Rotary’s Global History Fellowship where I plan to take the readers on an exploration trip through the Rotary History website at I also want our fellowship to be very supportive of Rotary International in celebration of its Centennial.


Thanks, Matts, for your service to your Rotary Club of New York, and your continued leadership of Rotary's Global History Fellowship.  Your work is greatly appreciated.  


Best regards

Cliff Dochterman

Chairman, Rotary International Centennial Operations Committee

Past President, Rotary International


Thank you Cliff for your kind message, I also want to thank you for your ongoing contributions to Rotary’s Global History Fellowship. I want you to know that Rotary’s Global History Fellowship will do its best to support the Rotary International Centennial Operations Committee during Rotary’s Centennial.

Matts, you have done an outstanding job.  More than an outstanding job.  My kudos go with you.  Your successor has "big shoes" to fill.

Helen Bowers

Rotary Club of Somers


Thank you Helen, I especially appreciate your message given that you write your own weekly newsletter for your Rotary Club. I have from time to time found good ideas from your newsletter for use in the New York Rotary Newsletter.


Congratulations on a job well done. The content has been inspiring and I have disseminated it to Club members of the recently Chartered Rotary Club of Lukhanji Sunset, Queenstown South Africa.


Wish us a peaceful and successful time in Rotary.


Charter President

Past President PJ Cloete


PJ Cloete’s message shows that we Rotarians are very close to each other even when we are on the other side of the globe. That’s the spirit of Rotary!


In writing the New York Rotary Newsletter, my goal has been to inform about the Rotary Club of New York in particular and Rotary Fellowship in general. I have done so by telling stories about the experiences of my own and other Fellow Rotarians. When I start to write newsletters for Rotary’s Global History Fellowship, my goal will be to inform about the history of Rotary and explore the philosophy of Rotary. I think that it will be a very interesting journey to take and I look forward to it.


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 Beef Stroganoff.


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



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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