The Rotary Club of New York





Remember 9/11

United We Stand




Fellow Rotarians,


The speaker at our next meeting on September 17th will be Nicholas Ruocco, Museum Educator for Administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can read more about Nicholas Ruocco in the latest Bulletin on our website at


Our Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher has again written Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin with great information about the last meeting. I told you last week that Andreas was born in the Italian Alps. He also likes to ride bicycle and spent his recent vacation bicycling in Oregon. Andreas, how about Tour de France for your next vacation?


Our Gift of Life Leader, Bill Curry is on the go again with the 2002 American Heart Walk on Sunday, October 27th, 2002. Gift of Life supports American Heart Association research so they can save more lives. You can read more about it in the Bulletin.


Our great piano player David Dingle, the Most Reverent Bishop Laurent Deneux (the flying bishop), former President and current Trustee Richard (Dick) Sainburg, Director Giorgio Balestrieri (another flying Rotarian) and last but not least Past Officer Bruce Firkins celebrate their birthdays.  Happy Birthday to all of you! Their individual birthday dates are listed in the Bulletin.


The Bulletin also has “In Memory,” a beautiful poem by Michelle Lynn Mc Peters, inspired by the tragic events of 9/11.


It is now one year since the World Trade Center disaster on September 11th, 2001 took place, a date that will always be remembered in history. It is a good time to reflect on what has been accomplished during the last 12 months.


The disaster happened in our own hometown and like other Rotary Clubs, we were eager to help our city during its difficult time. We did so with the support from compassionate Rotarians around the World.


Here is a list of what was accomplished in response to 9/11:


1.      The New York Rotary Foundation raised $1,460,912 for the victims thanks to the generous support from Rotarian around the world! We did not even ask for contributions. Compassionate Rotarians around the world gave it to us unsolicited. They wanted to help the victims and trusted that the Rotary Club of New York, as the local Rotary Club, would know best how to distribute the money. Many thanks to our President for 2001-2002 Helen Reisler, who spent many late hours tirelessly responding to all letter from compassionate Rotarians around the world. As a result, they really felt that we shared in their compassion. You can read more about it on our website at


2.      We created a "Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee" to find victims in need that we could distribute funds to. Our members did all the work.


3.      We have so far distributed $1,130.000 to the victims. You can read the full accounting on our website at It does not only tell who received the money and how much. It also tells a story about each case.


4.      New York Rotarians helped out at "Ground Zero" for months, including 83-year strong Bill DeLong, who was the first New York Rotarian to volunteer.


5.      The Oklahoma City Rotary Foundation contributed $100,000. They understood better than anybody from their own experience what New York was going through. Rotary Club of Oklahoma City also provided us with valuable advice. You can read more about it at,%20Inc.PDF. 


6.      Missouri District Governors Bill Schuck, District 6060 and Larry Lunsford, District 6040 presented over $97,000 to the New York Rotary Foundation. A significant part of the money was raised by District 6080 in Missouri, whose District Governor Jerry Franklin was unable to attend. We are very touched by the great generosity shown by the Missouri Rotarians. You can read about it on our website at


  1. Our annual Firefighter’s Recognition Day on April 16, 2002 honored “The Lucky Six”, the heroes of the September 11 tragedy, along with Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. You can read about it on our website at It also has 19 photos from this great event.


8.      We honored one of the Finest, a New York Police Hero on our "Police Recognition Day"


  1. Rotarian Magazine published a feature article in the December 2001 issue about New York Rotarians during 9/11. You can read this article on the Internet at,%20December%202001.htm. The article has been translated into many different languages.


  1. Rotary’s Global History Project has published many pages on its website with information about the Rotary Club of New York during 9/11 at I would like to thank Rotary History Chairman Jack Selway for helping us when we needed help most.


  1. Rotary Radio interviewed New York Rotarians Matts Ingemanson, Helen Reisler and Jim Thomson. The interviews were broadcast for a full hour worldwide on the Internet. You can listen to the interviews on the web at


12.  The Rotary News Basket on the Rotary International website published an article with the headline Rotarians remember 11 September attacks at


13.  We are featured in a Documentary made in New Zealand about 9/11


14.  The "Staten Island Advance" newspaper wrote about our club.


15.  Eight families of victims were “adopted" by Rotarians in different states


16.  We sent rescue workers on vacation to the islands of New Zealand, England, and Nantucket.


17.  We hosted rescue workers, families of victims and fund contributors.


18.  We maintain an "up-to-date " website, which is indispensable in providing information to Rotarians around the world.


There is also the following information on our website about 9/11 achievements. Just click on each line to find our more about them:


Letter from President Helen Reisler


Matts Ingemanson's eyewitness report of the World Trade Center Disaster


Matts Ingemanson's Rotary History Newsletters  


Rotarian Bill DeLong lends a helping hand in the WTC Disaster


Involvement by Cindy Erickson's American Lung Association


Littleton Rotary Club and District 5450 in Colorado contributes $8,281

A Brief Visit to New York City by Elfi Smith, Littleton Rotary Club


Watsonville Rotarians delivered a check for more than $10,000


Letter to Werner Kobelt, Past Foundation Chairman


Letter from Rotary International President Rick King


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We did not see much of New York Rotarian Jeff Burkes in the last 12 months. He wrote us the following letter:


I am the Chief Dental Consultant to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office.  I, with many other forensic dentists, are responsible for identifying those victims who cannot be identified by any means except their dentition.  This, as you can imagine, is a very tedious and laborious task because of the condition of the bodies.  I had hoped that following the bombing of the WTC in 1993 I would not have to experience working on another terrorist disaster. Please keep us in your prayers, as well as all the others who are called to respond to this disaster.


My best regards

Jeff Burkes, D.D.S., Chief Forensic Dentist, The City of New York

(New York Rotarian since 1991)



We recently received the following greetings from Rotarians around the world remembering the 12 months anniversary of 9/11:


Dear Matts

This year, as President of Conwy Rotary Club, I have initiated a series
of International Toasts to other Rotary clubs around the world, with the
aim of raising awareness of the internationalism of Rotary and also to
provide an opportunity for fellowship.

Given the tragic events of 12 months ago, I consider it appropriate that
the Rotary Club of New York receives the International Toast at our club
meeting on Monday 9th September.  Prior to the toast being made, I shall
give our members some background information about your club - gleaned
from your website - and obviously make reference to the tremendous work
done by your club in the aftermath of 9/11, in addition to your other
good works. At this first anniversary, our thoughts will be with you,
with those who suffered and with those who continue to suffer.

Please pass on my regards to President Silvio and to all the members of
the Rotary Club of New York.


Chris Sweeney

President 2002-03
Conwy Rotary Club



Dear President Silvio and Member of the Rotary Club of New York.


Greetings from President Terry Daley and members of the Rotary Club of Rockhampton North.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as the City of New York approaches the first anniversary of the infamous 11th September tragedy.  Our rotary club meets on a Wednesday Evening and so on Wednesday 11th September 2002 we will remember you and drink a special International toast to the Rotary Club of New York on that evening.

We wish you every success in your endeavors

Yours in Rotary



Gordon Kerkham

International Director

Rotary Club of Rockhampton North.





If you could help, I would love to let the victims loved ones know how we honored them.  The day began with 5 of us working on the project.  Throughout the day we were joined by strangers; tourist from all over the country, a family from Japan, Nashvillians and one man who was homeless.  All who just wanted to be apart of it, who wanted to help honor those lost.  We lit a candle for each individual who was lost that day and put the candle in a luminary bag with their name, age, hometown and rank (if any).  We lined the candles up in rows on the steps of the Parthenon in Nashville, TN as Martina McBride sang the national anthem.  Thousands filed by to read the names and pay their respects.  Many of the bags were claimed by loved ones.  Those not claimed will be burned and their names will be called out.  I hope this brings some comfort to them.



Nashville, TN




Dear Helen,

Thanks so much for traveling out to our district and, specifically, the Nevada City/Grass Valley area to deliver your message of compassion and hope.  You and the New York Rotary are to be commended for all your hard work and intelligent approach to the post 9-11 crisis.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet you.

Yours in Rotary,

Dave Bianchi, Lt. Gov.
District 5190


In addition to the 9/11 accomplishments during the last 12 months, we also continued with our regular club activities. You can read all about in our Bulletin Library on our website at Our Bulletin Library includes every Bulletin issue since February 13, 2001.


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 Moroccan Chicken.


The International Service Division’s next meeting is on September 18 at 8:30 am. You can find out more about this meeting on our website at


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



Proud to be a Rotarian!



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.


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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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