The Rotary Club of New York





July 6, 2003



Fellow Rotarians,


People have often asked how I became a Rotarian, I will tell you about it. I had been an Affiliate at the United Nations in New York for eight years. Wolfgang Fuerst, who had retained me for the UN, one day asked me if I could help his friends out. Wolfgang told me that his friend desperately needed to use a computer in his business, but he was computer phobic. He asked me if I could help his friend over his phobia and find him the kind computer he needed. When I first met Wolfgang’s friend, I tried to be as non-technical as possible and only brought a pen and a notepad. I only asked general questions about what he needed the computer for, was he going to use it at home, did he need to use the Internet? After I received my answers, I told him that I would be back one week later with the computer he needed.


When I returned next week to Wolfgang’s friend, I brought with me a laptop computer with Microsoft Office and AOL installed. Ten minutes later, Wolfgang’s friend was surfing the Internet for the first time and never looked back. The name of Wolfgang’s friend is Greg Lynch. He was so happy about my help that he took me to lunch a couple of times and then asked me if I would like to join Rotary. That’s how I became a Rotarian.


At our next New York Rotary meeting on July 8th, which is President’s Day Greg Lynch will be inaugurated as the 90th President of our legendary Rotary Club.


Greg is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a descendant of Irish immigrants who came to escape hunger. While in Boston, Greg attended Boston University and received an A.B. in economics and film.  After that, he started a media production company. He was later recruited into the U.S. Peace Corps and served two years in Chile. Greg has also been educated at the University of New Mexico; University of Virginia and Harvard Law School where he received a J.D. Greg was also educated at the Free University of Brussels and The Hague Academy of International Law. He is a member of the bar and a licensed insurance broker in both New York and Massachusetts.


Greg’s international career started at the United Nations in Geneva. He moved on to private law practice in Buenos Aires and New York. He also served as an official of the UN for over ten years. After that Greg went into private practice as Principal of the Quincy Adams Group, insurance brokers and consultants, and maintains a law practice related to employment benefits. If this was not impressive enough, Greg is also the author of a number of scholarly articles and monographs.


Above all, Greg joined the Rotary Club of New York in 1994. You can read more about Greg Lynch and President’s Day in the latest Bulletin at (click on the link).


Our District Governor David Sullivan (we call him Sully) wrote the following message to Greg:

President Elect Greg,

Thank you for your kind invitation to your installation on July 8, 2003.  As a matter of course and due to scheduling I have been unable to attend most of the Club installations.  I cannot see my way clear to missing yours. I will arrive in NYC on Tuesday morning @JFK around 8:30 AM and will proceed to the city.  If possible I would love to have a tour of your Club’s Office as well.  I may also take the opportunity to make an official call at the UN.



Our District 7230 is an international Rotary District that includes both New York and Bermuda. Sully is our first District Governor from Bermuda in approximately 20 years. Sully is of Irish decent like Greg, so this year we have both an Irish President and an Irish District Governor (something to remember for our next St Patrick’s Day). Greg and Sully are also members of the Group Study Exchange Committee. Even though Sully was born in Brooklyn, he has lived in Bermuda for many years and is now a Bermuda citizen. Here is President Greg’s reponse to Governor Sully:


Dear Governor Sully,


Your message was read with much satisfaction.  It will, indeed, be a great honor and pleasure to have you with us as the leadership team of NY6 is installed on July 8.  Please let us know how we may be of assistance to you during your visit.  Also, please let us know if you will be accompanied by an aide.  As you are well aware, NY6, in recent years, has grown in its spirit of support for and co-operation with District 7230.  We are gratified that you will be joining the "family" for this occasion. 


Best regards,


Greg Lynch


NY6 is the nickname in Rotary for the Rotary Club of New York, because we are the 6th Rotary Club to be founded out of the now existing 30,000 Rotary Clubs.


Last week’s Transition Day was a festive event that concluded outgoing President Silvio Amori successful term. Silvio summed up and shared credit for the club's many accomplishments during his year in office by presenting a number of awards and handed the gavel to incoming President Greg Lynch who presented him with a Service Above Self Rotary clock from the club as an award for the past year.  You can read more about Transition Day on our website at There is a list on our website with the names of the members, who received awards from Silvio. You can find it at


I received the following e-mail from Past President of Rotary International Frank Devlyn:


Dear Matts:


It is good to see the NYC Rotary Club growing & moving.  Please convey my congratulations to Silvio for bringing in 50 new members in his year.  Now we have to keep on growing & keeping these new members as well as the older ones in Rotary. 


The many accomplishments mentioned are all something to be very proud of. I know that Greg Lynch will keep up the momentum.  You have a legendary club that has to be an example to others worldwide.


Your Amigo,


Frank Devlyn


Frank is again creating awareness, so that President Greg can take action. As you can see, Frank reads our newsletters and follows the activities of our legendary Rotary Club with great interest.


Last week, I told you that we had grown our membership from 185 to 207 members. Since then I received a message from Silvio informing me that the membership is now 217 and not 207 any more. What can I say? Our membership has been growing by leaps and bounds.

John German, who is a new Rotarian, has written the Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin. Thank you John for a great report about Transition Day. John is also at work helping us to find used computers that we can send to schools in developing countries.


Our Traveling Ambassador Bill De Long is 82 years old (or young). In the last two years alone, Bill has traveled alone to Kenya, Mongolia, Russia, Chernobyl and the South Pole and with his example made good PR for the Rotary Club of New York. In between his trips, Bill helped out at Ground Zero after 9/11. Bill, who is a New York Mets fan, is only home during the baseball season. Unfortunately for Bill, the Mets are not doing so great. The only time I heard Bill get annoyed, was when I asked him how the Mets were doing. On the more sunny side, Bill received Rotary International's Service Above Self Award at our last meeting. District Governor 2002-2003 Bob Benson presented it on behalf of the Board of Directors of Rotary International. You can read more about Bill and his award on our website at


The Bulletin announces the birthdays for Lilian Coury on July 4th, Helmut Fischer on July 9th, Kurt Leopold on July 11th, Herbert Missry on July 20th, Achim Moeller on July 21st, Heinz Leichter on July 24th and Mary Fischetti on July 27th.  Happy Birthday to all of you!


I wrote last week:


“For those, who don’t know what a ukulele is, think of it as a very small guitar with only 4 strings. It is mostly played in eccentric places like England and Hawaii.”


Shortly thereafter, I receive the following response from Mike Fagan, who is President of the Rotary Club of Amwell, District 1260 in Hertfordshire in England:


Dear Matts,


Let me introduce myself. I am the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Amwell [District 1260 - Hertfordshire in England]. I have been receiving your newsletter since I sent our Club's salutation immediately after 9/11, when I was Club secretary.


In this week's news letter you printed an article about the ukulele - the purpose of this e-mail is to point out that we over here on this side of the pond, whilst having a number of eccentrics, some of whom play the above mentioned musical instrument, do not regard ourselves as a nation of being more eccentric than others; describe us eclectic yes- eccentric no! {I suspect Hawaii would also feel just as indignant as we].


If you want to see how conventional we are, visit our web site:


Greetings to all of you and all your readers.

Have a good new Rotary Year


Yours in Rotary

Mike Fagan

Thank you Mike for your response. I appreciate that you read my newsletter. I also like the type font that you used in your message. It is very unusual, even though I would not dare to call it eccentric. Whether England is eccentric or not, I do like it very much. I spent two summers in Weston Super Mare (near Bristol) when I was a teenager. So far, I have not heard any complaints from Rotarians in Hawaii.


Natalie Hahn recently retired from the United Nations, where she handled funds donated by Bill Gates and Rotary International. She sent me the following message:


Dear Matt,


My special appreciation for this marvelous newsletter and the Rotary inspirational news.

I will request a renewal membership in the Rotary New York Club. It would be an honor to join you.


With my best regards,



Dr. Natalie D. Hahn




Thank you Natalie and welcome back to our legendary Rotary Club. Natalie is now President of HahnAssociates. Not only do Greg and I share our Rotary Fellowship with Natalie, we also share with her a history with the United Nations.


Last week, I included a message from Lou Di Paolo. In follow-up to that message, Lou sent me a new message:




Thanks for printing Helen's Habitat letter. In the sentence I asked Lou, Clarence Plummer and Matt Salerno to become involved and connected them to Habitat's Executive Director. There is a missing name; Saul Anton also served on the committee. If possible, could you add his name in the sentence? It is the right thing to do.




Thank you Lou! Let’s make sure that Saul gets credit for his service.


Even though the average age of the members (at the Rotary Club of New York) is now reduced from 56 years to 52 years. There is still a risk for heart attacks at that age. I have therefore included the following e-mail that came to me last week via e-mail from Past President Helen Reisler. It could save somebody’s life:



If everyone who gets this sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.

Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.

Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home; unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. What can you do? You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself. Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack; this article seemed to be in order.


Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough. The cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. And a cough must be repeated about every 2 seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives!

From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240s newsletter AND THE BEAT GOES ON ... (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. Publication, Heart Response)

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 Sea bass.


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 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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