The Rotary Club of New York                                               





April 26, 2004




Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on April 27th will be Alair Townsend. She has been the Publisher of Crain’s New York Business since 1989. For those of you who don’t live in New York, it is a well known New York weekly newspaper covering the New York City economy and business community and regional. You can read more about Alair Townsend in the latest Bulletin on our website at (click on the link).


New York Rotary President Greg Lynch has written an article in the memory of our member Howard MacPherson, who recently passed away at the respectable age of 100 years. You can read Greg’s article on our website at


This week’s Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin is written by Nick Uresin, who joined our Rotary Club in 2003. Thank you Nick for a very good report! Nick’s classification is E-Business Software and he is the President of Amazia, Inc.


The Bulletin has a whole 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 23rd Street and East River at 6:30 sharp. The price is $100. You can read more about it in the Bulletin and on our website at


You can 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 In my newsletter last week, Ozgem’s e-mail address was incorrect due to a typo. Please note Ozgem’s correct e-mail address in this paragraph.


The Bulletin announces the birthdays for Christ’l Dullaert on April 27th and Gian Carlo Treggi on April 30th. Happy Birthday to both of you! Christ’l is now working hard on making the upcoming Netherlands Day on June 15th equal or better than our Sweden Day last January 27th, which I was told has become the bench mark of standard for all national days at our legendary Rotary Club. Good luck Christ’l, Erik Enroth and I will be there on June 15th to enjoy it.


Our Board of Directors has approved Jordan Stojanvoski as a new member of the Rotary Club of New York. His classification is Software Developer and his company is Logyx Computer Corp. Welcome to our Rotary Club!


You can also read in the Bulletin that Past President Ed Gray invites us for a bridge game in his new apartment building at 240 East 31st Street. If you are a dedicated Bridge Player, you can contact Ed via e-mail at I have not played Bridge in 30 years, so I don’t think that I would qualify.


Our Newsletter is read by Rotarians around the world. An example of this is the following message that I received from Ron Wilson in Australia:




I was very interested in your article on the awards for Fire-fighters, so much so that I suggested to our President Elect, that we should look at instituting a similar program in Western Australia, to which she has tentatively agreed.


I said I would contact you and see if you could send me all the details and forms etc that your club uses to setup and process this program.


I am on broadband so can handle large files if you wish to send them via email.



PP Ron Wilson,

Rotary Club of Swan Districts,

Secretary, D9470,

493 Gt. Eastern H'way,

Greenmount.  W.A. 6056.


'Phone: 61 8 9294 2530

Fax: 61 8 9294 2753



Thank you Ron for your Request. I recommend that you contact our Executive Director Andreas Rungatcher via e-mail at Andreas is the Maestro of these events and I am sure that he can help you with information. 


Rotary is now gearing up for its Centennial celebration. I received the following message from Past Rotary International Director Dan Mooers about a major event in Portland and Litchfield, Maine on July 23-24 this summer, which will be attended by the new Rotary International President Glenn Estess:


Good Evening:

As you may know, Centennial President Glenn Estess is kicking off his year as RI President by holding three "Founders' Recognition Days and Celebrations."  These will be held at Crestwood, Illinois on July 19, 2004 honoring Paul Harris and Silvester Schiele; at Carlinville, Illinois on July 20-21, 2004 honoring Gustavos Loehr; and at Portland and Litchfield, Maine on July 23-24, 2004 honoring Hiram E. Shorey.

Because the events are taking place so near the beginning of the new Rotary year, I think it important to begin getting the word out about these events.

I am not certain what is planned for Crestwood and Carlinville, Illinois, but since I am involved in the Portland, Maine and Litchfield, Maine events, I can tell you a little about the plans so far for those events.

The Founders' Recognition Days honoring Hiram E. Shorey will begin in Portland, Maine on Friday, July 23. The first event will be a Memorial Service at the Evergreen Cemetery in Portland at the grave site of Philip C. Lovejoy, Second General Secretary of R.I., a Portland, Maine native. Following the memorial service, President Glenn will be unveiling a new marker near Phil Lovejoy's grave which will note his service to Rotary and commemorate Rotary's centennial. 

At Noon on Friday, there will be an Intercity Rotary Meeting, hosted by the Rotary Club of Portland, at Keeley's, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland, because seats for this luncheon with President Glenn are limited to about 400 people, early reservations for this event are essential. Reservations may be made by contacting President-elect Susan Brown at (207)775-1180 or Obviously the speaker at the luncheon will be President Glenn Estess. The price for the luncheon is $19.00.

Following the luncheon, at 2:30 P.M., President Glenn will be planting of Centennial Tree in honor of the Founders of Rotary, at the Rotary Grove, on the Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine.

On Saturday, July 24, 2004, the venue changes to Litchfield, Maine, the birthplace and home of Hiram Elmer Shorey until he moved to Chicago to undertake a trade.  The events in Litchfield will begin with a Memorial Service at the Plains Cemetery in Litchfield at the Grave Site of Hiram E. Shorey. President Glenn will unveil there a new marker at the Shorey Monument commemorating Rotary's Centennial.

Immediately following the memorial service, a Historical Marker at Shorey’s Birthplace will be unveiled by President Glenn. That ceremony will be followed by the Dedication of the "Hiram E. Shorey Family History Center & Library" at the Litchfield Town Hall. The History Center and Library is a Centennial Project of the Rotary Clubs of Maine.  Litchfield, by the way, is located near the state capitol, Augusta, Maine, and is a very small farming community of about 2,500 residents. It has no Rotary club.

With all the formalities out of the way, President Glenn and Mary, beginning at about 12:30 P.M., will enjoy with the residents of Litchfield and with Rotarians from near and far a    "Celebration of Rotary" and the Rotary Centennial at the Litchfield Fair Grounds, Plains Rd. “A Family Cookout”, it will be featuring Bean Hole Baked Beans and delicious food from around Maine prepared by different Rotary clubs and local organizations. There will be Fellowship, games, music, rides and fun for children of all ages.  The focus of the Family Cookout will be on children, with a farm animal petting zoo, donkey and pony rides, cotton candy, popcorn, and a few rides and games for the younger children. Live entertainment will fill the afternoon with music and the opportunity to share Rotary with a lot of non-Rotarians will punctuate the afternoon. There will be no charge for this event, although donations for food and rides will be accepted by the various involved clubs and organizations. Advance notification of planned attendance is requested.

Rotarians from over 15 states and several countries already have made reservations for the events in Maine celebrating the Founders of Rotary. We hope you will join in and enjoy a beautiful summer weekend in Maine. For those who want to come a few days early, a Rotarian is offering white water rafting on one of Maine's exciting wild rivers. I can provide you with more information about this and all the planned events, as well as information on places to stay in the area. Just contact me for more information.

I hope you will begin putting information about these events in your club and district newsletters, and encouraging all Rotarians to participate in these important events as we kick-off Rotary's Centennial year.

We hope to see you at Founders' Recognitions Days in July.

Dan Mooers
Past Rotary International Director
Chair, Founders' Recognition Days Honoring Hiram E. Shorey


Dan Mooers played an important part in our legendary Rotary Club’s history when he after 9/11 in 2001 sent a message urging us to open an account and collect money for the victims of 9/11. Dan was at the time the Assistant to the President of Rotary International. The result of Dan’s request was that our Rotary Club raised approximately $1.5 million from Rotarians around the world for the victims of 9/11. This became the most successful Rotary Club fundraiser in Rotary’s 100 years history. You can read more about it on our website at


Dan told me recently in a telephone conversation that the incoming Rotary International President Glenn Estess would like us to learn more about the original four Rotarians, who met on Dearborn Ave, Chicago in Room 711 on February 23rd, 1905.


Rotary’s Global History Fellowship at has information about the four original Rotarians at the following locations:


  1. Paul Harris at


  1. Silvester Schiele at


  1. Hiram Shorey at


  1. Gustavus Loehr at


You can also find out about the original meeting place at


I have received additional messages from Rotarians with comments about my decision to resign from writing the New York Rotary Newsletter and managing the New York Rotary Website on June 30th. This message is from New York Rotary Past President and Future District 7230 Governor Helen Reisler:


Dear Matts,

CONGRATULATIONS on a fantastic job with our New York Rotary Newsletter. The whole world of Rotary was drawn to our club because of your warm, friendly and very informative style of communicating. We were able to share information with each other all over the globe. I especially want to thank you for working with me during the tragedy of "9/11" when I was President of the Rotary Club of New York. We worked as a "communication team," which encouraged contributions and kept everyone updated on our progress and humanitarian activities. I look forward to working with you, again, as board members of the Rotary History Global Fellowship.


Helen Reisler


Past President

The Rotary Club of New York


District Governor Nominee

Rotary District 7230 (2005)


Thank you Helen for your kind message, we created Rotary History together after 9/11 in 2001. I now look forward working with you in Rotary’s Global History Fellowship, documenting and informing about Rotary’s History.


I received the following message from Past District Governor Doug Thistlewhite in South Africa. He is an old friend of our Rotary District 7230. We share many stories from the year 2002-2003, when we had our Group Study Exchange with Rotary District 9250:


Dear Matts,


I would like to take this opportunity for the incredible work you put into the weekly Rotary club  New York's bulletin and especially the coverage given on the Group Study Exchange Teams and the enormous grant towards furthering education in District 9250, which has been an outstanding achievement. I hope your successor keeps me on his mailing list and you and I must not loose contact, as over the last three years you have via email and the bulletin become a very close friend to me in Rotary.


Thanks for your friendship


Doug Thistlewhite

Past District Governor

Rotary District 9250


Thank you Doug for your message, our relationship continues with the South Africa AIDS Plus Program, where Past District Governor Chuck Katze is the Chairman with an Advisory Council consisting of Rotary International Alternate Representative Sylvan Barnet, Past District Governor Bob Benson, Past District Governor Janet DiBenedetto, Past District Governor Glen Nygren, Rotary Club of Upper Manhattan President Neil O’Connell, South African General Counsel Ivan Vosloo (your protégé), Don Hubert and myself. As Group Study Exchange Chairman, I promoted the vision of an ongoing Rotary Partnership between the Rotary Districts 7230 and 9250. I am glad to see that this vision is coming true.


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 Salmon.


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.


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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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