The Rotary Club of New York






May 24, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


Our next New York Rotary meeting on May 27th will be Armed Forces Day with Stephen G. Brozak as the speaker. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Marine Corps, where he served from 1982 to 2003. You can read more about Stephen Brozak in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


The Bulletin also asks members, who served in the Armed Forces to call our office in order to be announced at the meeting. New York Rotary Board Director Lou DiPaolo, for example is a retired Marine. Lou fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima, which was one of the most costly battles of the Pacific campaign of World War II. About 6800 United States personnel (including about 6000 Marines) lost their lives in capturing the island from the Japanese. I am sure that Lou and Stephen Brozak could swap a few Marine stories between them.


David Gibbs has written the Reporter of the Week. Dave became a member of our legendary Rotary Club last year. His classification is Boy Scouts and he is the Manhattan Scout Executive. Thank you Dave for a detailed report about the speech last week by Clint Bolick, Esq. I especially enjoyed it, because I am still in Sweden and missed the meeting.


Our Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher wrote in the Bulletinís Memberís Column that our club has now reached 207 members. You can read more about it in the Bulletin at


The $100,000 donation to Polio Plus by the New York Rotary Foundation has created a lot of attention in Rotary. I received the following message from District Governor Bob Benson:


Be sure to look at the Rotary International web site under "Rotary News" on the home page. There is a well-deserved article recognizing the Polio Plus donation by the New York club. My heartfelt thanks go to the club' s foundation and all its members for making this happen.


Bob Benson

District Governor 7230


After I received Bobís message, I looked up the Rotary News Basket Section on the Rotary International website at and found the following news article:


Rotary News Basket


No. 810 ó 21 May 2003


New York club's foundation donates US$100,000 to PEFC


A decision to donate US$100,000 is not made lightly ó no matter how large the organization ó yet when the foundation of the Rotary Club of New York received such a request for the polio eradication fundraising campaign (PEFC), it wasted no time in saying yes. On 29 April, during the regular weekly meeting of the club, which has nearly 200 members, the foundation presented a check for the total amount to a pleasantly surprised Past District Governor Jack Blane, International PEFC adviser.


"I was expecting to go and be part of a photo op where I would receive a large cardboard replica of the check," says Blane. "What I didn't expect was to come away with a real check for the total amount.


"That's the beauty of [the gift], that's what we're encouraging."


Although clubs and foundations have the option of spreading their pledges over 36 months, cash is urgently needed to purchase vaccine and deliver it to the children in the few remaining countries where the poliovirus continues to circulate. To this end, large Rotary clubs with foundations have been encouraged to make leadership gifts to the PEFC, setting an example for others to follow.


"The trustees of the New York Rotary foundation feel very keenly about supporting this last push and enthusiastically agreed to the $100,000 donation," says Morton Eydenberg, chairman of the foundation. "The members of the Rotary Club of New York have also expressed their support for this donation and are proud to lead the way for other Rotary clubs around the world."


Since the tragic events of 11 September, the New York club's foundation has been actively involved in the disbursement of more than $1.4 million to families affected by the attacks on New York. Yet even while taking on this tremendous responsibility, the foundation has continued to raise funds to support the club's annual commitments, which include the Gift of Life Donor program; Taller Boricua, a community arts organization for minority students; and Museum Kids, a program organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Arts to introduce painters and sculptors to minority children and their families.


"All involved here are wishing for a 2005 celebration when polio is eradicated from the face of the earth," says Eydenberg.


Rotary Internationalís President for 2004-2005 Glenn Estess has said that the New York Rotary Foundation with its $100,000 donation to Polio Plus set an example of leadership and generosity that he hoped others would follow. Compassionate Rotarians around the world are now responding.

Our District 7230 Group Study Exchange Team is now in the middle of their visit to District 9250. I recently received a report about them from Bertie and Alita le Roux in South Africa:




I almost feel as I have met you personally.  This from feedback received from the GSE team as well as having had the opportunity to read your newsletter.  Fantastic to see how "new" technology can advance communication across the globe.  Thanks!!


I only wish to congratulate and thank you for being offered the benefits of meeting the GSE team.  -  "Congratulate" because I/we experienced them as an excellent/great bunch full of life and zest and willing and also hoping, to experience as much as possible of South Africa.  What ambassadors of your district 7230 !!! 


Secondly thanks for being offered the opportunity (and privilege) to show them Pretoria - cultural, historical and fun events and being able to host them as well.  We ended up spending long hours in each others presence covering the globe and never was time of essence - could have done with some extra days though.  My fellow Rotarians Wim Louw and Mike Vlok can only echo me.  Strange that none of them wanted to leave our houses but duty calls and off they went to the Guest House and on Sunday to Swaziland.  It could have been the ladies but I can assure you - fun were had by all.

Trust that they will have a wonderful trip further north.


Regards and keep up the good work.

Bertie and Alita le Roux


Thanks also to Ivan Vosloo who briefed them so well.  They often corrected me on my own country and its history.


Thank you Bertie and Alita for your message. It is a great statement about the success of our GSE Project. It is difficult to select the right members for a GSE Team. The way that you describe them to be, makes me feel that our GSE Committee made the right choices. During the selection process, I was hoping that we selected the very same kind of team that you just described them to be. When I visited different Rotary Clubs in our district to generate interest for team member applications, I always emphasized the challenges, the opportunities and the demands of the trip. I never said that it would be easy for the team. In return, we received applicants, who were all highly qualified, full of energy and eager to travel. They were ready to take on the challenges and I am glad to see that they are now living up to them.


Last week I told you that our Group Study Exchange Program had great support from The Rotary Foundation. Since then, I received the following message from Ann Tierney, our GSE Coordinator at Rotary International:


Thank you for your very nice compliment in including me in your newsletter!  It is great to hear feedback from Rotarians, as well as to hear all of the wonderful things everyone in your district and the African district had to say about this GSE that took place.  I passed your newsletter on to the GSE Department for everyone else to read about your GSE success story, and they really enjoyed reading it.


Thank you for all of your help in making GSEs successful across the world!


Best regards,


Ann Tierney
Group Study Exchange Coordinator
The Rotary Foundation


Thank you Ann! It is nice to here from you. I also received a message from Annís colleague Natalie Uyeno:


It was a pleasure meeting you during your visit to RI World Headquarters



I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your father.  My sincere sympathies go

out to you and your family.


Best regards,

Natalie Uyeno
Group Study Exchange Coordinator
The Rotary Foundation

Thank you Natalie for your condolences. I know that both you and Ann work very hard to make the GSE Program successful. I mentioned before that Ann is responsible for the GSE Programs in 216 different Rotary Districts. I believe that Natalie is responsible for a similar number of Rotary Districts. I am glad that as GSE Chairman, I only have to be responsible for one district.


Last week, I again visited the Rotary Club of Huddinge (outside Stockholm). This time I brought with me Nils Sandstedt, who 48 years ago was a charter member of this Rotary Club. He is today the only surviving charter member. Nils was at my fatherís funeral and asked me if he could come along to the next Huddinge Rotary meeting. He had been a Pharmacist in Huddinge during the 50ís, but was transferred out-of-town in 1960. Nils continued to be a Rotarian for many years, but when he retired from the Pharmacy business about 20 years ago, he also resigned from Rotary. When I brought him back to his original Rotary Club, the members were very happy to see him. Maybe they can convince Nils to rejoin Rotary again. I donít think that you can be too old to be a Rotarian.


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 Veal.

Our Executive Director Andreas has asked me to emphasize the importance of making reservations for Armed Forces Day and the following week's Italy Day meetings. Andreas, I myself will remain in Sweden until May 31st, so I will not be able to attend Armed Forces Day, but please take my reservation for Italy Day on June 3rd. I will be back in town by then for sure.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at 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




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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