The Rotary Club of New York





June 9, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


Our last meeting on June 3 was Italy Day with 152 attendees, which was the highest turnout in a long time. 26 Rotarians from the Milano Aqileia Rotary Club in Italy visited us. Milano is President Silvio’s Italian hometown. You can read more about Italy Day in our latest Bulletin at You can also see pictures from Italy Day on our website at


Our next New York Rotary meeting on June 10th will be United Nations Day with Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury as the speaker. He is the recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace and an Honorary Doctorate by the Soka University, Tokyo, Japan. You can read more about Anwarul Chowdhury in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


Peter Brizard has written the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin. Peter became a member of our legendary Rotary Club last year. His classification is Independent CPA. Thank you Peter for a great report!


The Rotary Club of New York has been awarded a grant of $150,000! On May 29th, 2003 from the Board of Directors of the Rotary District 7230 NYC/WTC Disaster Relief Fund. It is for the September 11, 2001 Children's Fund. You can click here to read the letter of approval (it is an Acrobat PDF file). Frances Vieta from our Rotary Club was responsible for preparing our club’s application. Congratulations Francis!


The Bulletin informs us that our Executive Assistant Ana Rivas gave birth to a 6.5 lbs little boy on June 2nd. His name is Aden. Congratulations Ana! You can send your congratulations to Ana at 1133 Morrison Ave, Bronx, NY 10472.


The Bulletin announces five birthdays. Those are for, Horst Schneider and Ann Creo on June 8th, Embee Mahtani on June 11th, Henry Plemper on June 16th and Helen Reisler on June 21st. Happy Birthday to all of you!


Our Group Study Exchange Team Leader Peter Grunthal has returned home from a very successful GSE Trip to District 9250. His final report is, as usual, very interesting to read. Here is an excerpt of his latest report:


We walked the Pietersburg Game Reserve. It is difficult to describe the tingling feeling when you walk within 75 yards of three rhinos, your guide testing the winds repeatedly with handfuls of powdery sand, to ensure that we were downwind of the huge wild beasts!


Fortunately, Peter and our team survived the experience. You can read Peter’s full report on our GSE website at


I have also received the following enthusiastic message from Marj Tunmer in South Africa. Marj is going to be District 9250 GSE Chairman for the next Rotary Year 2003-2004:


Hi Matts,


Thank you very much for all your newsletters from the Rotary Club of New York, it gives a wonderful background to your Clubs activities, keep them coming. It would be great too, with your permission to publish one or two in the District 9250 Newsletter for all our Clubs to enjoy all the good things you & your Club have had to say about the outgoing District 9250 GSE Team ‘the Pride of Africa’ who visited your shores recently.


It was a wonderful privilege to welcome your GSE Team to a sunny if somewhat colder South Africa on the 6th of May, at Johannesburg Airport. The welcoming team consisted of DG Doug Thistlewhite; Andre Brandtmüller, GSE Chair; PDG Mark Doyle; myself, incoming GSE Chair; & a whole contingent of Rotarians who were hosting the Team from my Club, the RC Brits, they were Dave Marshall, Frank Seewald, Ian Welthagen & Alan Newton-Perry.


Marj Tunmer


Thank you Marj! I am glad that you enjoyed our GSE Team visit. You definitely have my permission to publish our newsletters.


Our GSE Team Leader Peter Grunthal wrote the following thank you message to my colleague the GSE Chairman for District 9250 Andre Brandtmüller:


Dear Andre


Three members of our team arrived home today...tired but happy!


The other three are undoubtedly on their way again!


We had the most glorious time with all of you. In the personal debriefings that I held with each team member it became abundantly clear that the trip was very worth while, with comments like "I feel I want to come back", "got something out of all the visits, plants, etc.", not quite as much vocational as hoped, but "still wonderful", "really interesting - phenomenal", "really neat experience", "like the people here."


So let me say thank you again for everything that you did for us, you all could not have been more generous or more gracious. I was personally touched time and again by the extent of the generosity and the care that was lavished on us everywhere that we went.


Alles van die beste.....tot weersiens




If you did not understand the last sentence, it is understandable. It is in the Afrikaan language, which is widely spoken in South Africa. Peter said, All the best ….. See you again.


I received the following message from District Governor Bob Benson with an invitation to all of us:


Please join Doris and myself as we welcome in Sully as our District Governor for the Rotary year of 2003-2004. The celebration will be a Barbeque Picnic on June 22nd at Saxon Woods Pavilion in Westchester County on Mamaroneck Road between the Hutchinson Parkway and Route 95. 1:00PM-6:00PM. The cost is $39.00 for adults and $19.00 for kids. Please send checks to Tom Minozzi, 150 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. See you there. Lets show Sully our support for the coming year!


Bob Benson

District Governor 7230


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 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 


I also recommend that you visit the History of Rotary website every week at It has great information about the History of Rotary and is updated every week. Understanding the History of Rotary helps us understand as Rotarians. We are part of an International fellowship with 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. That’s 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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