The Rotary Club of New York




June 2, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


Our next New York Rotary meeting on June 3rd will be Italy Day with Eugenio Magnani as the speaker. He is the Director for North America of the Italian Government Tourist Board (I.G.T.B.) and an Expert on Western European Travel Markets. You can read more about Eugenio Magnani in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at on the link). Donít miss out on this event. We will have great food and raffle prices. Donít forget to make your reservations!


Mitchel Nichberger has written the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin. Mitch became a member of our legendary Rotary Club this year. His classification is Painting Ė Decorating and he is President of the Paramount Painting Company. Thank you Mitch for a great report!


It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Jim Thompsonís sister Thersa Geoghegan. She had been struggling with cancer for a while. You can send your condolences to Jim at 7 Portland Place, Staten Island, NY 10301. Here is the information about the funeral arrangements for Jimís sister:

Theresa Geoghegan
Passed away on 5/25/03  
Wake on Tue. and Wed. 2-4 PM  and  7-9 PM
Meislohn-Silvie Funeral Home
Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY    (718) 442-9047

Unfortunately, Bill Curryís Sister-In-Law also passed away. You can send your condolences to Bill at 22 Clove Brook Road, Valhalla, NY 10505.


Rotary International Alt. Representative to the UN Barney Barnet and New York Rotary Director Giorgio Balestrieri are active again with an announcement in the Bulletin about the next meeting of the International Service Division of the Rotary Club of New York on Wednesday, June 18 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. The topic will be "The Atlantic Divide" and guest speaker will be H.E. John Richardson, who is Head of Delegation of the European Commission at the United Nations. Registration begins at 08:30 and the meeting starts at 08:45 AM. Please register before the end of June 17 by sending an e-mail to the Rotary Club of New York at "" with a copy to Allison Alessi, International Events Coordinator at "" or send a fax to (212) 633-1954. You can read the complete announcement on our website at


The Bulletin announces five new birthdays. Those are for Norman Cohen on June 4th, Matts Ingemanson on June 7th (thatís me), Horst Schneider and Ann Creo on June 8th and finally Embee Mahtani on June 11th. Happy Birthday to all of you, or maybe I should say, all of us!


All New York Rotary Members are invited to lunch by Gabrielle Colombo at his showroom Colombo USA, 200 Lexington Ave., Suite 1009 on Monday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM. Gabrielleís phone number is 212-683-3771. You can read more about Gabrielleís invitation in the Bulletin at


Our Rotary District 7230 Group Study Exchange Team is continuing their successful visit to Rotary District 9250. Last week, they were in South Africa and Swaziland. Our good friend District 9250 Governor Doug Thistlewhite and his wife recently wrote us the following enthusiastic message:


Dear All,


What do you know the GSE team set a new record at Joan's Arathusa Lodge in the Sabi Sands that is sighting the big five in 10 hours and excellent sightings at that, either at the morning or evening drive. They will all be returning with Big Five Certificates, which will really turn the Rotarians green with envy.


This was the first opportunity Jenny and I had of being able to spend four days with your team and Peter and getting to know them 'it was a wonderful opportunity, and they had a great relaxing time, which was needed just relaxing and game spotting. What a terrific bunch of youngsters who will return with fond memories of district 9250.


On the Sunday after brunch we spent time recapping the first two weeks and making some adjustments to the last two to accommodate what they expressed we had either missed out on or exposed them to too much of the same, it was a very productive meeting and I think extremely worth while.


As our team expressed Bermuda as paradise their feelings of the bush was the same and the great exposure to nature and the night noises and clear starry skies, which is Africa.


Thank you for letting us have this super team. I unfortunately will not see them again as we leave for the World Convention in Brisbane on Thursday


Warmest greetings to all

Doug and Jenny


At the same time, our Team Leader Peter has outdone himself again. His latest report is very funny to read. He mentions, for example that our female team members received numerous marriage proposals in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Fortunately, all proposals were declined and our team is still intact. You can read Peterís full report on our GSE website at


Past GSE Chairman Edgar Cornell, who is very kind to serve as our Committee Secretary this year, was so impressed with Peterís report that he wrote me the following message:


Dear Matts,


I am elated reading Peter's report. I always told you and knew from my first meeting with Peter that he is an extraordinary person. No doubt we made the right choice, I do not believe that there is one other Rotarian in the district who could have done better. And that is a tall statement.


As for any of the girls accepting a marriage proposal, it would be interesting to learn if we, if they stayed in Swaziland, would have gotten a refund for the return Air ticket. Do you want me to inquire with RI about this?


Best regards,



Edgar, who is very precise in his sense of humor, never misses a beat. Well Edgar, how about if we discuss the subject of possible refund at our next GSE Committee Meeting?


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 comes from President Silvioís restaurant IL COVO DEL EST. Its Chef will come to the Princeton Club and prepare an unforgettable Italian Meal in the best tradition of Silvioís own home province Tuscany.

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


I also recommend that you visit the History of Rotary website every week at It has the best information on the web about the History of Rotary and is updated every week. Understanding the History of Rotary, helps us understand Rotary with a fellowship of 1,2 million members around the world in 30,000 different Rotary Clubs. We Rotarians are always welcome as friends in every Rotary Club, even if they have never met us before. Thatís the power of Rotary.


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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