The Rotary Club of New York




May 5, 2003

Fellow Rotarians,

The speaker at our next meeting on May 6th will be David I. Greenberg, who is Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at the Altria Group, Inc, which is the corporate parent of Kraft Foods and Philip Morris. You can read more about David Greenberg in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


The Board of Directors have approved Antoine Lufty, Fiuz Akkaya, Gisela Keller, Semih Erbek, Daniel Fenster and Massimiljano Sammarco as new members. Only in New York is a membership list like this possible. Welcome to our legendary Rotary Club! You can read more about these new members in the latest Bulletin.


The Bulletin also informs us about the birthdays of the following members:


Serge Hadjolian - May 5th

Charles Miller - May 5th

Jim Bryan - May 11th

Jim Thompson - May 11th


Happy birthday to all of you!


At our last meeting on April 29th, the New York Rotary Foundation donated $100,000 to the Rotary Polio Plus Program. Jack Blane from Rotary International, District Governor Bob Benson and Two Times Past District Governor Chuck Katze were present at the meeting. You can see two pictures from the meeting on the home page of our website at


The GSE Team had a great week in New York City with visits to Canaan Baptist Church, the Automobile Show at the Javitz Center, the Broadway play Cabaret with back stage tour, Hunter College High School for gifted children, team presentation at the Rotary Club of New York, base ball game at Yankee Stadium, Public School 192 in Manhattan, team presentation at the Rotary Club of Metro New York City, the New York Stock Exchange, team presentation at the Rotary Club of Upper Manhattan, Showman’s Jazz Club and they participated at the Rotary District 7230 Conference for 3 days.


The third week with the District 9250 GSE Team was very successful thanks to Greg Lynch and Neil O’Connell. Both are members of the Group Study Exchange Committee.


On Monday, the GSE team will fly to Bermuda and spend the next four days there. District Governor Elect David “Sully” Sullivan and Wayne Dill will be the coordinators. Fasten your seatbelts Sully and Wayne! This team knows how to party!


The South African team from District 9250 has been writing reports back to South Africa every week about their visit to our district. A few days ago, I received the following message from District 9250 Governor Douglas Thistlewhite:


My Dearest Rotary friends,


Please extend district 9250 best wishes to all at your conference and a big thank you to everyone on the superb trip our GSE team are having.


I hope we are as successful with your folk on their visit to South Africa. Bob (Benson) you have had a great year as District Governor our sincere congratulations to you and Doris.


It has been a privilege to team up with your district. Have a great two days and we are looking forward to meeting your team on Tuesday.


Warmest Greetings



Thank you Doug! The members of your GSE Team have been great ambassadors for your district. They represent what the International Fellowship of Rotary is all about. I sincerely hope that everyone in the team will become Rotarians when they return to South Africa. I am also sure that your district will have a fast track in mind for Team Leader George. We tried unsuccessfully to wear them out, but our Fellow Rotarians in Bermuda still have a crack at it, so it may not be too late.


As a result of our Group Study Exchange Program, I received the following message from Maria Luísa Natividade in Mozambique:


Dear Matts


I've been receiving your Bulletin and never thanked you for it. I'm doing it now and hoping you'll keep on sending it to me --there I learn about many interesting things and even hear about old friends:  South African Counsel Ivan Vosloo used to be a member at our Rotary Club de Maputo (Dist. 9250, Mozambique) until he was transferred to Pretoria where he joined Rotary Club of Pretoria Hatfield (I believe he is a charter member) and eventually became President.


In Maputo he did a very good job with the first two Interact Clubs the Rotary Club of Maputo sponsored.  When he left Maputo everybody young and not so young felt very sorry to lose him.


Ivan did let us know that he had been transferred to New York but then we heard no more from him. Is it possible that you contact Ivan and give him my e.mail address or just give me his e.mail address if you happen to know it?


When I go to the Chicago conference I will not fail to make a visit to your Club and hopefully enjoy one of the many enticing programs you always carry out --how I wish I could be there today for the Jazz cocktail!


I'm also looking forward to your Group Study Exchange team any day now.  Almost all GSE teams come our way and we've met some wonderful Rotarians and non-Rotarian team members from many places in the world.


Yours in Rotary


Maria Luísa Natividade.


I forwarded Maria’s message to Ivan, who responded quickly. A few hours later, I received the following message from Maria:


Dear Matts


Thank you so much for contacting Ivan, he has already written. I'll never forget your good will.


Best regards,


Maria Luísa Natividade.


As you can see, the International Fellowship of Rotary in combination with the Internet has brought us much closer.


The Weekly Bulletin has sent me condolences regarding the passing of my father Torsten Ingemanson in Sweden on the night between April 27th and April 28th. My father was a very active Rotarian from the fifties to the early sixties. He started out in the Rotary Club of Oskarshamn (my birthplace) and later transferred to the Rotary Club of Huddinge in Sweden. It was not until I became a Rotarian that I understood the impact that Rotary had on my life as a child. I remember that as soon as we moved from Oskarshamn to Huddinge outside Stockholm, we immediately had our house full of new friends. As an eight-year-old child, I took that as the most natural thing in the world. Now I understand that all those new friends were Rotarians. I will shortly leave for Sweden and stay for 3 weeks for the funeral and associated practical matters.


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 Salmon.

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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