The Rotary Club of New York






June 23, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


Rotary has always been closely involved with the United Nations. It started at the foundation of the UN when Forty-nine Rotarians helped draft the United Nations Charter in San Francisco and many of the delegates from around the world were Rotarians. The U.S. government had called upon Rotary to become involved in the founding process during 1945. The then Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. wrote:


"The invitation to Rotary International to participate in the United Nations Conference as consultant to the United States delegation was not merely a gesture of good will and respect toward a great organization. It was a simple recognition of the practical part Rotary's members have played and will continue to play in the development of understanding among nations. The representatives of Rotary were needed at San Francisco and, as you well know, they made a considerable contribution to the Charter itself, and particularly to the framing of provisions for the Economic and Social Council."          


You can read more about this at the History of Rotary website on the Internet at


We are now experiencing another important historic milestone in Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations where the Rotary Club of New York's International Service Division is helping the UN to develop United Nations Public Private Alliance for Rural Development! We had the first meeting on Wednesday, June 18th, 2003.


The purpose of the meeting was to create a change of direction in the United Nations to be more entrepreneurial, which means that instead of just donating money and goods to the poorest countries, the UN would like to encourage for profit enterprises to develop profitable business ventures that at the same time contribute to the development of the economies in the poorest countries. When Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, his idea was that successful business leaders would use their business skills for humanitarian purposes. Paul Harris used to say, “If you have love for mankind in your heart, you too could be a Rotarian.” We Rotarians have been doing it for 99 years, which is 40 years before the United Nations was even founded. The UN is therefore coming to Rotary to learn.


After the meeting, Sarbuland Khan, Division Director for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs wrote the following message:


Dear Friends,


Attached is the summary of the 18 June meeting for informal discussion of ideas related to the proposed UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development. We are circulating this to all participants and to other contacts.


The note reflects the very positive and lively interchange that took place. Also, on the basis of discussions in the main meeting and in the smaller meeting thereafter, several points were agreed for action at this stage.


Yours sincerely,

Sarbuland Khan


You can read the meeting notes on our website at


Prior to the meeting the United Nations sent out a Concept Paper, where they wrote the following about Rotary:

The Rotarian’s “four-way test” in making business decisions is relevant here as well, as it promotes a standard of excellence by asking: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?   Such elements are among the basic expressions of corporate social responsibility.


You can read the whole Concept Paper on our website at


Leading the effort with the United Nations from our Rotary Club are Sylvan “Barney” Barnet and Giorgio Balestrieri. Barney is also Rotary International’s Alternative Representative to the UN and Giorgio is a Member of our Board of Directors. Our District Governor Bob Benson and I participated as well.


By the way Rotary International President 1999-2000 Frank Devlyn recently wrote the following message to Giorgio:


Dear Giorgio,


Congratulations! It is good to see that you have so many Ambassadors as Honorary members. I encourage you to try and have all the heads of the UN Mission to also be Honorary Members, I assume the ambassador of Mexico would also accept being an Honorary Member if invited to give a talk and being recognized as such.


Keep up the good work.


All the best,

Frank Devlyn


As you can see, Frank is keeping a close eye on the activities of our Rotary Club.


The speaker at our next New York Rotary meeting on June 24th will be Dr. Stephen Kagan. He was appointed Chief Economist to Governor Pataki in October 1997. He has published several studies, including “Cutting Taxes, Creating Jobs: The Decline and Revival of Upstate New York”. He has also won several awards from the Harvard Group of Industrial Economists. You can read more about Dr. Kagan in the latest Bulletin at (click on the link).


Filiz Akkaya Gray, who recently became a member of our legendary Rotary Club, has written the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin. Thank you Filiz for a very informative report!


The Bulletin announces the birthdays for Peter Connors on June 25th, George Kendall, Craig Penn and Bernie Wytko on June 27th. Bill Currie of June 28th, Jack Haikala on June 29th, Allison Alessi on June 30th and Kemal Peker on July 1st. Happy Birthday to all of you!


The Board of Directors has approved Sandra Navidi and Alessio Cloni as new members. Sandra’s classification is Attorney/German-American and Alessio’s classification is Commercial Banking Italian. Welcome to our club! You bring new valuable skills to our fellowship.


The Rotaract Club at the United Nations has invited all of us to their Annual Changeover Party on Friday, June 27th, 2003 at 7.00 p.m. They will meet at The Harp Bar & Restaurant, 132 West 32nd street - between 6th and 7th Avenues. The phone number to The Harp is (212) 947-7799. They offer buffet dinner and cash bar. Rotaractors and Students $25, Rotarians and Guests $35. RSVP:, Subject: RSVP Changeover Party.  You can find the invitation of our website at


The Rotaract Club at the United Nations was chartered with Rotary International on November 18, 1995 by the Rotary Club of New York and Rotary District 7230. In the past years they have won international recognition for our outstanding community and international service projects. This success is due to many outstanding young professionals and students who are and have been members of their our club.


I was very sad to hear that Ade Majiyagbe, the wife of incoming Rotary International President Jonathan Majiyagbe has passed away. Jonathan has written the following message to all Rotarians:


Dear Fellow Rotarians,


I am deeply grateful for the tremendous outpouring of sympathy extended to me and my family following the death of my wife, Ade. I thank all of you for the many hundreds of condolence messages we received during this difficult time.


Your heartfelt response and the comfort it provided has reinforced my faith in the family of Rotary and the emotional and practical support we can offer each other in times of distress. Your kindness will continue to inspire me as I assume the role of Rotary International President under very different circumstances than I had anticipated only a short time ago.


As many of you know, Ade believed very strongly in Rotary and its power to help people and effect change. She also treasured how Rotary enriched our lives — with friends in every part of the world and countless opportunities to serve others. For that reason, I feel even more committed to carrying out the program that she so enthusiastically embraced. I ask for your continued support in the months ahead as we work together to Lend a Hand to those in need throughout our troubled world.


Kind regards,

Jonathan Majiyagbe
President-elect, Rotary International


You can read Jonathan’s message on the Rotary International website at


You can send condolences to Jonathan at  Contributions in honor of Ade Majiyagbe can be made to "Ade's Hope Fund for the Education of Women and Children" c/o The Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 75133, Chicago, IL 60675-5133 USA.


I recently received the following message from Friedrich Jaeger at the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva in Florida:


Many thanks for the Bulletin. I will be in New York on a more frequent schedule during the summer. Please send the bulleting on a regular basis, since I plan to make up at your club as often as possible.


Kindest "Rotarian" regards,


Friedrich Jaeger

RC Sanibel-Captiva, Florida


Thank you Friedrich, I will be happy to put you on our mailing list.


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 at the Princeton Club will serve us Beef Bourguignon.


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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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