The Rotary Club of New York






Fellow Rotarians,


When I started as Internet Communications Officer two years ago, my mission was to expand our Rotary experience onto the Internet. Two years later, our website has approximately 3,500 visitors per month with about 55,000 hits per month. That is an average of about 19 visits per month for each one of our members, so our members have definitely expanded their Rotary experience onto the Internet. This also includes visits by Rotarians from all over the world, who are interested in our legendary club and care about the good things our members do.


During the World Trade Center Disaster on 9/11, Rotarians from all over the world came to our assistance through the Internet, helping us raise more than $1.4 million for the victims in the biggest club fundraiser in Rotary History. There is a complete accounting on the Internet for how the money has been spent on our website at


Distinguished Rotarians from other clubs have also joined the Rotary Club of New York. The first one was Rotary Founder Paul Harris, who joined our club during its inception in 1909 as an honorary member and remained a member of our club for as long as he lived. You can read more about it on our website’s history page at My friend Past District Governor 1999-2000 Paul Caruso just joined our club. Here is a photo of Paul (middle) together with President Silvio Amori (left) and Past President 2000-2001 Serge Hadjolian (right):



Another distinguished member, who just joined our club, is Ivan Vosloo, former President of the Rotary Club of Pretoria. He came to New York as South Africa’s Consulate General. Ivan will be guest speaker at our International Service Division Breakfast Meeting on September 18. This meeting is headed by Sylvan Barnet, Rotary International Alternative Representative to the United Nations and Giorgio Balestrieri, Board Director and Board Liaison to the International Service Division. You can read the announcement in the Bulletin.


We also welcome Anders Eggen, Claudia King and Don Everett as new members. Welcome to our club and make yourself at home. You can read more about our new members in the latest Bulletin at,%20AUGUST%2027,%202002.pdf.


The speaker at our next meeting on August 27th will be David Roosevelt. He is the grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt. David Roosevelt has his own distinguished career and is currently writing a book about his grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt. By the way, the name Roosevelt comes from the Dutch language and means Rose Field. You can read more about David Roosevelt in the Bulletin at,%20AUGUST%2027,%202002.pdf.


David Zeller wrote Reporter of the Week. David has been a member since 2000 and his classification is Computers Consulting. He has written a good description of what happened last week. You can read David’s Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin.


At our last meeting, our members celebrated our legendary club’s 93rd birthday by singing the New York Rotary Birthday Song to the melody “Happy Birthday”:


Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday New York Rotary!

Happy birthday to us!


You can read more about the New York Rotary Birthday Song on our website at


Don’t forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can do so 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. Princeton Club’s culinary staff will serve us Baked Trout Meuniere.


Don’t forget to pay the annual dues and luncheon payments for the first half of our fiscal year 2002-2003.


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



Enjoy the Great Fellowship

of Rotary!



Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York


Vice Chairman

Rotary’s Global History





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.      Rotary’s Global History at

3.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at

4.      Rotary Radio every Tuesday 5-6 PM EST or 2-3 PM PST at


5.      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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