The Rotary Club of New York






July 27, 2003




Fellow Rotarians,


Our next New York Rotary meeting on July 29th will be Fellowship Day with each of us as speakers. We can speak to each other, our businesses, our ideas, our committees and ourselves. You can read more about Fellowship Day in the latest Bulletin on the Internet at (click on the link). I am sure that President Greg will make the next Fellowship Day extra enjoyable.


Unfortunately, I will miss the next meeting, because I am leaving for Sweden with my family on Monday. While in Sweden, I plan to visit different Rotary Clubs, which is a great way to meet friends in new places. We Rotarians belong to the greatest fellowship in the world with 1.2 million members. No matter what Rotary Clubs we visit, we are always welcome as friends.


Bonnie Mairs has written the Reporter of the Week about our last meeting in the Bulletin. Thank you Bonnie for a great report! Bonnie’s classification is International Affairs and she is the Executive Director of YMCA of Greater New York’s International Branch.


At our last meeting, Former New York Mayor David Dinkins gave a passionate and entertaining speech filled with a lot of humor. Last week, I mentioned that David Dinkins’ son produces boxing fights for Showtime, so I asked Mayor Dinkins if he too was interested in boxing. He answered me that he is only interested in boxing when his son is producing.


The Bulletin announces the birthdays for Mary Fischetti on July 27th, Larry Parks on August 3rd, Sylvan “Barney” Barnet on August 5th, Saul Anton on August 8th, and Arthur “Art” Draznin on August 13th.  Happy Birthday to all of you! 


The Rotary Club of Wallingford, VT celebrates its 75th birthday on Monday July 28th. Wallingford is the small town in Vermont where Rotary’s Founder Paul Harris grew up and learned the values that inspired him to develop Rotary. The Rotary Club of Wallingford meets in the Paul Harris Building, which used to be the school house where Paul Harris received his first education. Former Rotary International Director Bob Coultas will be the speaker at their 75th anniversary meeting. Bob is also the Head of Rotary International’s Delegation to the United Nations, which is the same UN delegation that our own Barney Barnet is part of.


Two weeks ago, the History of Rotary Chairman Jack Selway and I were speaking at the Rotary Club of Wallingford. It was a great experience. Wallingford still has the same spirit that influenced Paul Harris when he formed Rotary into an organization of fellowship, camaraderie and service. I believe that Rotary has become so popular all over the world because people everywhere aspire to those fundamental values. It all started in Wallingford and right there in that school house. You can see pictures from Wallingford on the History of Rotary website at


We have many interesting members in our legendary Rotary Club. Let me tell you about Dr. Behrooz Behbudi, who leads the Global Unity Partnership. It is an organization that builds bridges of mutual understanding throughout the world. It also promotes understanding between Middle Eastern and American cultures, including their religions and ethical values. Behrooz believes that American and Middle Eastern ideologies can co-exist peacefully together. You can read more about Behrooz and his great mission on our website at


David Dingle, who was our piano player for many years, has now retired from the piano playing. I remember when Dave many years ago rushed across the room to play our Rotary Welcome Song when the President at the time had forbidden it to be played (against the will of most our members).  I was introducing visiting Rotarians and then unexpectedly announced the Rotary Welcome Song. Never before was our Welcome Song sung with more passion and never before did Dave run faster. Tank you Dave; we had many fun moments together over the years. Volker Detering is now taking over the piano playing.


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


The Bulletin reminds us that it is time to pay the Annual Dues and Luncheon Coupons Dues. You can read more 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 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 Lunch.


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


Rotary is about having fun

and do good things!



Matts Ingemanson


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The Rotary Club of New York



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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.


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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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