The Rotary Club of New York





April 21, 2003



Fellow Rotarians,

Our next meeting on April 22nd is Firefighters Recognition Day with the Commissioner of the Fire Department of New York Nicholas Scoppetta as the speaker. You can read more about Commissioner Scoppetta in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link). Please be patient, it takes time for the Bulletin to download because it has more pages than usual.

Our Firefighters Recognition Day last year was a great success. You can read about it and see the photos on our New York Rotary website at


ADT Security Systems is sponsoring our Fireman's Recognition Day thanks to New York Rotarian Jim Thompson, who is Senior Security Consultant at ADT. Jimís classification is Security Services Residential.You can hear an interview with Jim on Rotary Radio on the Internet at


Volker Detering has written a detailed Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin, including the report about the induction of 4 new members that day. You can read Volkerís full report in our latest Bulletin. Volkerís classification is Event Marketing. He is the Executive in EventMe!, with its website at As Manager of Germany's Green Party in the district of GŁtersloh from 1995-99, Volker organized campaigns and special events. Additionally, Volker ran for federal office in Germany in 1994 and 1998 and played a leading role in founding subdivisions of the party and representing single-issue interest groups. He is also the publisher of Event Me's by-product Start Abroad, a website for newcomers to the U.S. Above all, Volker became a member of our legendary Rotary Club in 2002.


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. There is a special page about the event in the latest Bulletin.


The Bulletin announces the birthdays of our Past President Ed Gray on April 22nd (Ed introduced me to Group Study Exchange while he was President of our Rotary Club 1999-2000), Rev. Roger Kozik from Fraternite Notre Dame on April 22nd (we call him the Flying Bishop because of his interest in flying single engine air planes) and Gian Carlo Treggi on April 30th (Gian Carlo has been a member since 1987 and is a Past Director). Happy Birthday to all three of you!!!


The Bulletin also has a letter from District Governor Elect David Sullivan, who we call Sully:


Dear President Silvio,


I have just finished reading your weekly newsletter so ably published by Rotarian Matts. I note especially the reference to the Rotary Club of New York's contribution to PolioPlus. Allow me to offer my heartiest congratulations on a job well done. This contribution represents a significant commitment per member and sets an impressive goal for the rest of the District to try to match. Again please express my congratulations to all the members of NYRC on this outstanding accomplishment.





Thank you Sully for your kind words about our Rotary Club and myself. I also want to thank our club, President Silvio and Executive Director Andreas for their indispensable support in my work as Internet Communications Officer. By the way, Sully is also a member of the Group Study Exchange Committee and he will together with our other Committee Member in Bermuda, Wane Dill be in charge of the GSE Team program when the team arrives to Bermuda on May 5th.


Our first week with the District 9250 GSE Team has been very successful thanks to Past District Governor Chuck Katze for managing all our host families so well. It is a demanding job with many possibilities for mishap, but under Chuckís experienced leadership everything has been great.Many thanks to our other GSE Committee Member including District Governor Bob Benson and Jim Romeo for their help with the Bronx Zoo visit, District Governor Nominee Don Lee for his arrangement of the Korean dinner after the United Nations visit last Thursday and GSE Team Leader Peter Grunthal for arranging a successful meeting between the visiting District 9250 Team and our outgoing District 7230 Team. They got along great. We also had indispensable help from our hosts Past District Governor Patricia Anderson and her husband Dick, who is the funniest person in our district, Past District Governor Andrew Morcello for his help with the United Nations visit as well as District Rotarians Rick Lowell and George & Peggy Koplinka. Billy Demarco for his help with the Yonkers program and the President of the White Plains Rotary Club Margo Jones for her help with our White Plains program.


Edgar Cornell, Peter Grunthal and I were at the same time busy preparing for our outgoing teamís visit to District 9250. We had many contacts with District 9250 Governor Doug Thistlewhite and District 9250 GSE Chairman Andreí Brandmuller in South Africa and with our own team, to ensure that the program for them in District 9250 will be successful.


I would like to thank Jim Romeo in our GSE Committee for preparing and printing the 2002-2003 Group Study Exchange Brochure. We give out copies of it whenever we can. You can also download the brochure from the Internet at (click on the link).


You can find the Group Study Exchange Itinerary-at-a-Glance on our GSE website at (click on the link).


There is a GSE 9250 Team Information Summary on our GSE website at


You can find out everything about our GSE program on the GSE website at


The GSE team has now been transferred to Helen & David Bowers from the Rotary Club of Somers, which by the way is where our Immediate Past President Helen Reisler has her country house. Helen & David Bowers will be the hosts and coordinators for the GSE Team during next week.


New York Rotary President Elect Greg Lynch was recently in Argentina. He wrote me the following message:


Dear Matts


On Monday, April 7, Rotary launched the opening of its Rotary Center for Peace in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The Center will be housed at the prestigious Salvador University.  It was my pleasure to be invited to the inaugural ceremony where RI Past president Luis Giay delivered a brilliant invocation of Rotary's many initiatives for peace and the peaceful resolution of international disputes.  The Center begins its work with eight Rotary Peace Scholars sponsored by Rotary International. 




Both President Silvio Amori and I are on the Board of Directors of the History of Rotary. This organization is going to be the topic of Rotary Radioís broadcast next Tuesday 22 April at 5:00 PM EST. The History of Rotary website has more than 60,000 visitors every month. Its Chairman Jack Selway will be interviewed for the entire hour. You can listen to Rotary Radio on the Internet at (click on the link). Jack will also be the speaker at our legendary Rotary Club on July 15th.


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 Sliced London Broil.

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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