The Rotary Club of New York




June 27, 2004




Fellow Rotarians,


Our next meeting on June 27th will be Transition Day with our outgoing President Greg Lynch as the speaker. Greg has written in the Bulletin about our legendary Rotary Club’s achievements during his year. Here is a summary of them:


  • A self-Funded Membership Roster
  • Our Treasurer has declared our Rotary Club to be in the black
  • Profitable events like the Evening of Harmony and our President’s Dinner Cruise
  • Average giving of more than $350 per member
  • 75 new Paul Harris Fellows in the works
  • 32 new Rotary Club members making the membership younger and more diverse
  • The First Annual Retreat
  • Many successful National Days about Sweden, Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands
  • Donations of $200,000 to the NYU Downtown Hospital
  • Supporting the fight of Buruli Disease in Africa
  • Historic friendship exchange with our “twin” Club in Milan


You can read about additional achievements from Greg’s year in the latest Bulletin on our website at (click on the link). Congratulations Greg to a successful year as President!


Jordan Stojanovsky has written the Reporter of the Week with pictures from our last meeting. Thank you Jordan, for a very good and detailed report!


We had a very interesting meeting at our International Service Division on June 16 when our guest speaker was His Excellency Archbishop Celestino Migliore, who is Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. He delivered an excellent speech about “The Holy See in the International Arena”. We are fortunate to have a copy of Archbishop Migliore’s speech. You can read it on our website at


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 a Buffet.


This is my last newsletter for the Rotary Club of New York. I am resigning from managing our website and writing our E-mail Newsletter on June 30th after having done so every week for the last three and a half years. I want to thank my readers for having patiently read my newsletters. I have enjoyed it myself and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve.


Many Rotarians asked me why I decided to resign. My response is that the spirit of Rotary is to rotate our duties. After having done this assignment for three and a half years, it is time to let someone else take over. It is not easy to find someone with the special skills required to manage a website and handle Internet Communications. We are fortunate in our Rotary Club to have enrolled a new member last year with these skills. His name is Nick Uresin and his classification is E-Business Software. Nick is not only willing to take over my duties. He has also declared that he wants to bring our website to the next level. That is the right spirit for the future! Good luck Nick!


My Rotary assignment for the next year will be as Chairman of Rotary’s Global History Fellowship. It is authorized by Rotary International with Rotarians from around the world as members. Its 1,300 page website at has more than 2,000 articles about the history of Rotary, which makes it the biggest Internet resource about Rotary history. It is visited every month by 35,000 Rotarians from all over the world. I look forward to the challenge of leading this organization.


I plan to write newsletters for Rotary’s Global History Fellowship, so I am not disappearing completely. The difference will be that instead of informing about the Rotary Club of New York with its fellowship, camaraderie and service, I will inform about the history of Rotary and how it influences us as Rotarians today. I find this subject very interesting, especially as Rotary is going to celebrate its Centennial during the upcoming Rotary year that begins on July 1st.


I will finish my last newsletter for the Rotary Club of New York with an invocation that I gave at our legendary Rotary Club three years ago:


We are the ones, who build houses for the homeless to live in.

We drill water wells for other people to drink from.

We feed hungry people in our hometowns.

We vaccinate children against polio.

We are 1.3 million souls around the world from many nationalities, races and religions.

We meet every week in fellowship, camaraderie and service at 31,000 different clubs.

Whenever we visit any of these clubs - even if we have never been there before - we are always welcome as friends, because we are the Rotarians.

God bless us all!


Yours in Rotary Service



Matts Ingemanson


Internet Communications Division

The Rotary Club of New York


Acting Chairman

Rotary's Global History Fellowship



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 or


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 have also been working 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 Acrobat Reader Version 5.0 or later. If you don't have Acrobat Reader, you can download Acrobat Reader 6.0 for free from the web at:



You can find the following interesting websites at:


1.                New York Rotary Club at and


2.                Rotary’s Global History Fellowship 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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