The Rotary Club of New York






July 20, 2003



Fellow Rotarians,



The speaker at our next New York Rotary meeting on July 22nd is Former New York Mayor David Dinkins. He is currently Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Senior Fellow of the Columbia Center for Urban Research and Policy (this may be the longest title for a speaker in our 94 year old Rotary Club history). David Dinkins also hosts a public affairs radio program, “Dialogue with Dinkins.” For those, who are interested in boxing might like to know that David Dinkins’ son; David Dinkins Jr. is producer of the boxing fights that are broadcasted on Showtime cable TV (I wonder if Mayor Dinkins is interested in boxing). You can read more about Former New York Mayor Dinkins in the latest Weekly Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link).


President Greg has written a report about his mission to Rotary International’s Convention in Brisbane, Australia.  You can read Greg’s report at


Bill Hall has written a report about our last meeting in the Bulletin’s Reporter of the Week. Thank you Bill for a good report! Bill wrote that the speaker Jack Selway’s grandmother attended Rotary meetings on a regular basis during the 1940’s, which would imply that Jack Selway’s grandmother was the first woman Rotarian, as she preceded other women in Rotary by approximately 40 years. Bill classification is Architect Professional and he is a Senior Partner at the Hall Partnership, Architects LLP. Bill is also Past Trustee in our New York Rotary Foundation.


The Bulletin announces that the Board of Directors has approved Onur Sasmaz as a new member. Onur’s suggested classification is Textiles, Import & Manufacturing. Welcome to our club Onur! Former New York Rotarians Charles Coupet and Natalie Hahn have re-applied and been approved for new membership in our legendary Rotary Club. Welcome back to both of you!


The Bulletin also has the following pictures from our last meeting:


·        The induction of Denise Scotto as a new member in our Rotary Club. Welcome Denise! The sponsors are Zehra Basaran and Silvio Amori.


·        Immediate Past District Governor Bob Benson presented an award to our Rotary Club for the highest net membership increase in District 7230 during 2002-2003.


·        History of Rotary Founder Jack Selway presented Past President Helen Reisler with the Liberty Nickel Award for outstanding service in response to the World Trade Center disaster of 9/11, when she was President of the Rotary Club of New York.


The Bulletin announces the birthdays for Herbert Missry on July 20th, Jeffrey Burkes and Achim Moeller on July 21st, Heinz Leichter on July 24th and Mary Fischetti on July 27th.  Happy Birthday to all of you!  





Last week, I told you about the first lapel pin in Rotary history. It was designed at our legendary Rotary Club by John Frick on October 14, 1909, many years before Rotary International was founded. I have since obtained a better picture of the pin, which you can see in this newsletter. The pin was the forerunner to the Rotary pin that we wear today. The picture is enlarged so that you can better see the craftsmanship. The actual diameter is 5/8 of an inch or 15 millimeters (metric). We also have a picture of the pin on our website at


President Greg wrote the following condolence message in response to the untimely death of former Assistant District Governor Joe Mandarino:


It was with great sadness that we have received word of Joe Mandarino's passing.  Joe was an active and giving Rotarian, a former Assistant Governor for District 7230, and very committed to the District's Group Study Exchange. The members of the Rotary Club of New York mourn his passing and send our deepest condolences to Joe's family and friends. 


Greg Lynch


Rotary Club of New York


Past District Governor Paul Caruso, who is a member of our club, was an old friend of Joe Mandarino. It was Joe, who introduced Paul to Rotary. We send our sincere condolences to Joe’s family.


The Bulletin also announces with great sadness the passing on of Fraternite Notre Dame Sister Marie Valerie’s mother on July 15th. You can send your condolences to Fraternite Notre Dame, P.O. Box 1713, Triborough Station, New York, NY 10035.


President Greg just received the following message from Rotary International President 2000-2001 Frank Devlyn:


Dear Greg:

I read your speech on internet & I compliment you on what your goals are. Good Luck.

Frank Devlyn

Frank J. Devlyn

The Rotary Foundation
PRIP 2000-01

Remember we have to fulfill our promise to the children
of the world and eradicate Polio by the year 2005.

I encourage you to click on to and leave
your comments on how to retain membership and reenergize your club.

Also visit http:/
to find out more about Avoidable Blindness projects.


Congratulations Greg to such a nice message from Frank!


I received the following message from Past District Governor Carlos Garcia in Venezuela:


Congratulations friends!!! , In special because you donate $ 100.000 to polio plus raising program.


Very good history, you have a wonderful Rotary Club!!


I wish to write Silvio Amori in Spanish. Can you send me Silvio’s E-mail?


Thanks for giving me your information.


Yours in Rotary


PDG Carlos Garcia

Pte. comité Colombia - Venezuela, recaudación polio Plus

Pte. Comité distrital Fundación Rotaria

Pte. Comité vamos a las convenciones - Rota Latino

distrito 4380, Venezuela



Thank you Carlos for your message! Carlos and I know each other from when we met in Chicago last May. I have forwarded Carlo’s message to Silvio and Silvio’s e-mail address to Carlos. By the way, Silvio speaks Spanish very well. He also speaks Swedish.


The Bulletin advertises the New York Rotary Club’s Weekly Golf Ball Raffle where it is possible to win a lot of money. You can read all about it in the latest Bulletin.


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 Mahi Mahi.


For those, who do not know what Mahi-mahi is, I have found out that it is a Hawaiian word that means "strong-strong. Mahi Mahi is often thought of as a Hawaiian fish, but it is also found in the warm waters around Florida and along the Pacific Coast. Its flesh is dense and moist, with a mild, slightly sweet flavor.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at 


Rotary is about having fun

and do good things!



Matts Ingemanson


Internet Communications Division

The Rotary Club of New York



Group Study Exchange

Rotary District 7230



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 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

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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