The Rotary Club of New York






May 18, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


I have included members of the Huddinge Rotary Club, near Stockholm, Sweden in our mailing list, because I would like to thank them for remembering my father Torsten Ingemanson (who recently passed away) at their meeting last Monday. The President of The Huddinge Rotary Club, Conny Henricson said that Torsten Ingemanson was an important member during their club’s formation in year 1955 and as one of its early President’s he contributed actively to the club’s early development. The Huddinge Rotary Club has now enjoyed 48 years of successful Rotary Fellowship. Thank you Conny and many thanks to all the members of the club.


The speaker at our next New York Rotary meeting on May 20th will be Clint Bolick, Esq., who serves as Vice President and National Director of State Chapters at the Institute of Justice, which he co-founded in 1991 to engage in constitutional litigation protecting individual liberty and challenging the regulatory welfare state. You can read more about Clint Bolick in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


William Hall has written the Reporter of the Week. Bill has been a member of our legendary Rotary Club since 1981. His classification is Architecture Professional and he is a Senior Partner of The Hall Partnership, Architects LLP. Thank you Bill for a great report about the speech of Professor Giovanni Ciuffo last week! I found it very informative.


The Bulletin announces that the birthdays of Hans Hachmann on May 29th and Lou DiPaolo on May 30th are coming up. Happy birthday to both of you!


The Board of Directors has approved Peter Gambino as a new member. Welcome Peter to our Rotary Club! You can read more about him in the latest Bulletin.


Last week, I informed you that Rotary International President Nominee Glenn Estess said that the New York Rotary Foundation with its $100,000 donation to Polio Plus has set an example of leadership and generosity that he hoped others would follow.


In response to Glenn’s statement, I received the following message from Past District Governor Richard Grant:


Dear Matts,


It was indeed a pleasure meeting you last week in Tarrytown (at the District 7230 conference) and I thank you for putting me on your newsletter distribution list. The visit of the incoming Group Study Exchange Team appears to have gone extremely well and I wish to congratulate you.


Your club is a great club, and i was particularly impressed by its donation of $100,000 to Polio Plus. How many members do you have? I intend to use that as an inspiration in motivating my own club to raise the ante.



PDG Richard Grant


Thank you Richard! I am glad to see that the actions of the New York Rotary Club and its Foundation, is inspires others to follow. The last count of membership that I heard was 207 members, which makes our Polio Plus Donation to be approximately $500 per member.


For those, who did not see it last week, our website has a picture of my meeting with RI President Nominee Glenn Estess and Jack Blane from the International Polio Eradication Fundraising Committee of Rotary International at


I received the following message from Group Study Exchange District 9250 Team Leader George Kalell, who is now back home in South Africa:


Hi there Rotary Friends


Well the Pride of Africa are back and we are all busy earning a living again. I must admit we hit the tarmac running and have not slowed down since. We are off to conference the weekend and will entertain the beauties from District 7230 (George is referring to our District 7230 GSE Team).


Once again a big thank you to everybody in District 7230.


Matts would you please forward me David Sullivan’s address in Bermuda. Would you please send him this email as well? I will be handing Peter a disc with all the photos on that you requested.


Bermuda was great and we almost got an UNCLE out of David.


All the Best


George and the Pride of Africa


Thank you George! It is great to hear from you. What George meant with “we almost got an UNCLE out of David” is that that they almost wore out our District Governor Elect David “Sully” Sullivan, who together with Wayne Dill was in charge of the GSE Team’s stay in Bermuda. I wonder if Sully has the same opinion as George? On the other hand, I have not heard from Sully or Wayne yet, so maybe the South African GSE Team managed to wear them out.


Our District 7230 Team Leader Peter Grunthal has now sent me his GSE Team Report for the week May 12 to 18. You can read it on our GSE website at Thank you Peter, you are doing a great job!


As our District Group Study Exchange Project is drawing closer to a successful completion, I have now had time to reflect on the good times we in the GSE Committee had this year. The power center of our GSE Committee was our regular breakfast meetings at the Odyssey Diner in Eastchester, NY, where we under great fellowship and camaraderie did our planning and strategizing. You can see a picture from one of those meetings (on February 20th, 2003) on our website at Present at that meeting were District Governor 2002-2003 Bob Benson, Past GSE Chairman Edgar Cornell, Past District Governor Chuck Katze, District Governor 2003-2004 David "Sully" Sullivan, District Governor 2004-2005 Don Lee, GSE Applications Officer Paul Rothstein and myself.


The Group Study Exchange Program also had great support from The Rotary Foundation. On the same web page, there is a picture of Ann Tierney, who is our Group Study Exchange Coordinator at The Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, IL. Ann is responsible for the GSE programs of no less than 216 different Rotary Districts. Given that GSE Programs usually have some kind of unexpected crises to resolve, it is amazing that Ann is able to handle all 216 districts and at the same time look as happy as she did when I meet in Evanston on May 7th. You can see the picture at


A great manifestation of our International Rotary Fellowship is the following message from Walter Stow in Swaziland:


Dear Rotarians


What a pleasure it is to receive your news on a regular basis. Some of the items you probably take for granted, are items we are learning from! Needless to say, if "New York does it, it must be good"! Keep them rolling!


We are small club of 28 members, being the Rotary Club of Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland in the southeastern district of 9250, Africa. We are placed in between South Africa and Mozambique, with a population of less than 1 million and a LOT of community projects to keep us all busy. What we have learnt is that some of the smaller things you do can be more effective sometimes, like awards to Police Officers / Firemen etc.

Yours in Rotary


Walter Stow
International Services Director

Rotary Club of Mbabane - District 9250


SHORECA Consumable Supplies (pty) Ltd
P.O. Box 1728
Mbabane H100
Kingdom of Swaziland


Tel: +268 518-6710/2
Cell: +268 604-2338
Fax: +268 518-6709


Thank you Walter! It is great to see that the New York Rotary Newsletters and our website is helping your Rotary Club with ideas on how to help the Police Officers and Firemen in your city.


I received the following message from the Two Times Past District Governor Chuck Katze, who is also the Treasurer of our Group Study Exchange Committee:


The Rotary Club of Upper Manhattan cordially invites you all to the Scholarship Awards Luncheon, which is a wonderful afternoon on the water at the elegant Davenport Club at 400 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle, NY. I will present the Outstanding Service Award to Arlene Howard in recognition of her dedication to community service. The event takes place on Saturday Afternoon, May 31st, 12 Noon – 3 p.m. The donation of $65 per person includes Open Bar Reception 12 Noon – 1 p.m., full 4-Course Luncheon together with Music and Dance with The Mike Grey Trio.


PDG Chuck Katze


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. The next event will take place this week on Thursday May 22nd.


The Bulletin reminds us again that 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


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 Beef Bourguignon.

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 a great

International Fellowship!



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




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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.


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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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