The Rotary Club of
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
invitation to Rotary International to participate in the United Nations
Conference as consultant to the
You can read more about this at the History of Rotary website on the Internet at www.historynewsletter.org/library/myroad/index.htm#why-rotary-played-un-role.
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.
You can read the meeting notes on our website at www.nyrotary.org/united_nations/un_alliance_meeting_notes_06-20-03.pdf
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 www.nyrotary.org/Foundation/un_alliance_concept_paper.pdf.
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:
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,
As you can see, Frank is keeping a close eye on the activities of our Rotary Club.
at our next
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
The Rotaract Club at the United Nations was chartered with Rotary
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.
President-elect, Rotary International
You can read Jonathan’s message on the Rotary International website at http://rotary.org/newsandinfo/general_news.html.
You can send condolences to Jonathan at http://rotary.org/president/guestbook.html. 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,
I recently received the following message from Friedrich
Jaeger at the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva in
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Kindest "Rotarian" regards,
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