The Rotary Club of New York







May 12, 2003






Fellow Rotarians,


Last week, I told you about the donation of $100,000 to Polio Plus by the New York Rotary Foundation. Jack Blane from the International Polio Eradication Fundraising Committee of Rotary International came to our club on April 29th to pick up the check. When I told Jack that I was planning to go to Chicago and Evanston a week later, he invited me to meet him in Evanston. When I arrived to the Rotary International Headquarters on May 7th, Jack met me in the lobby and first took me to lunch and then took me to the office of Rotary International President Nominee Glenn Estess.




From left Jack Blane, Glenn Estess and Matts Ingemanson


Glenn, who will be President of Rotary International in 2004-2005, told me that he enjoys reading my New York Rotary Newsletter and that he was impressed with the $100,000 donation to Polio Plus by the New York Rotary Foundation of the Rotary Club of New York, which is approximately $500 per member. RI President Nominee Glenn said that the Rotary Club of New York with its Foundation has set an example of leadership and generosity that he hoped others would follow. Thank you Glenn, the New York Rotary Foundation and the members of our legendary Rotary Club really appreciate your very kind words!


The speaker at our next meeting on May 13th will be Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD, who is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Attending Surgeon at the New York University Medical Center. Because he is a member of our legendary Rotary Club, we call him Giovanni. I am sorry that I will miss his speech, because I am currently in Sweden. You can read more about Giovanni in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


The Reporter of the Week is written by Frances Vieta, she has been a member of our Rotary Club since 1997. Her classification is Food and Agriculture Consultant. Her company is Frances Vieta Consulting. Thank you Frances for a good report! I enjoyed reading it.


You can also read in the Bulletin about David Del Monte’s Rotary After Hours every third Thursday 5-7 pm at Torre di Pisa Restaurant at 19 West 44th Street, New York. It is next to the Harvard Club. You can always reach David via e-mail at


The Bulletin has an interesting article about our latest New Member Orientation. Lou DiPaolo, Saul Anton, Takako Johnson, David Del Monte, Past District Governor Paul Caruso and President Elect Greg Lynch helped out with the orientation.


The next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York will be Wednesday, May 21st 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. This month's topic will be "Post War Iraq: Oil, Food, Sanctions." Our guest speakers will be Mr. Benon Sevan, UN Security Coordinator and Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Program. You can read more about it on our website at


Last week the District 9250 Group Study Exchange Team was in Bermuda, where District Governor Elect David “Sully” Sullivan and Wayne Dill were the coordinators. I received the following message from District 9250 Governor Doug Thistlewhite in South Africa about their Bermuda visit:


Dear Matts,


Have just arrived back from meeting our District 9250 team at the Airport, They certainly have had a ball and all very excited. They say the arrival in Bermuda was like being in paradise and sorry they had to leave Paradise to return.


I will give them all your greetings




Thank you Doug. It looks like the team had a nice rest in Bermuda after their time in New York. It was great to have them in our district. I still miss them.


My colleague, the District 9250 GSE Chairman Andre Brandmuller sent me the following message about our outgoing District 7230 GSE Team:


Dear Matts


Your team has arrived safely in South Africa. They were tired after their long flight but very excited to start the GSE Experience.


We will keep you informed as to their progress. Thank you for looking after our team so well.



Andre Brandmuller

GSE Chairman

District 9250


Thank you Andre! It was our pleasure!


Our District 7230 Team Leader Peter Grunthal has sent me his first GSE Team Report for the week May 6 to May 11. You can read it on our GSE website at It is an excellent report. Thank you Peter, and keep up the good work!


I told you earlier that RI President 2004-2005 Glenn Estess reads the New York Rotary Newsletter and so does also RI President 2000-2001 Frank Devlyn. I recently received the following message from Frank about our GSE program:


Hope that the GSE Committee sees the benefit of promoting univocational GSE’s.


Frank Devlyn


We will keep it in mind, Frank, but I can’t make any promises about what our GSE Committee will decide for the next program.


Frank also sent me the following message about the $90,000 matching grant that District Governor Bob Benson and Two Time Past District Governor Chuck Katze had successfully applied for to The Rotary Foundation:


Congratulations to all involved in helping education in District 9250 in Africa.


In Rotary we work as a team when two countries come together to help as in this case.


Another reason to support Our Charity The Rotary Foundation.


Your Amigo,


Frank Devlyn


Sorry that I could not make the April 8 meeting in NYC.  I was busy getting some big donations for The Avoidable Blindness Donor Advised Fund of The Rotary Foundation.


Regards to all.


Thank you Frank, I can see that you are on the move creating awareness and taking action.


Our GSE program has been so successful that we already have an interesting applicant for our next program:


Dear Mr. Ingemanson,


I'm writing to inquire when the next Group Study Exchange program will be held.  It seems that the trip to District 9250 has already occurred, in April.  When is the deadline for applying as a participant for the next Exchange?


I look forward to hearing back from you.  Thank you.



Rucker Alex


The next GSE program is scheduled for year 2004-2005. The deadline for the applications will most likely be at the end of 2004.


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 Lamb.


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 an international




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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