July 1, 2003
Silvio is thanked for a successful year!
Incoming President Greg Lynch gives outgoing President Silvio Amori a Rotary clock as thank you gift for a successful year.
Our members raise a toast to Silvio.
Volker Detering played the piano
Two new members were inducted as New York Rotarians
Outgoing Rotary Club of New York 2002-2003 president Silvio Amori, with his characteristic and always-welcome infectious good humor, summed up and shared credit for the club's many accomplishments during his year in office by presenting many awards, wielded the club's historic gavel for the last time in his term of office and handed it to incoming 2003-2004 president Greg Lynch who presented him with a Service Above Self Rotary clock from the club as a memento, and rang the bell closing the meeting and his year as the club's eighty-ninth president.
With a champagne toast, President Silvio quoted:
Reviewing with President Silvio after the luncheon, the list of 50 members recognized with awards, including the 12 members who sponsored new members, he specifically requested that those who sponsored new members should be specially noted for recognition by all:
Old members -- Zehra Basaran, Mary Fischetti, Joseph Klee, and Gian Carlo Treggi (two new members)
New members -- Vittorio Ansuini, Paul Caruso, Romeo Cella, Anders Eggen (two new members), Roberta Galluccio, Raffaello Gherardini, Vincenzo Marra, and Joe Scelsa (two new members)
Past District Governors Bob Benson & Paul Caruso
Showing his praiseworthy and successful commitment to growing the club's membership, which has been a constant focus of his year as president. For the full list of awards, see: www.newyorkcityrotary.org
After the luncheon and all the well-deserved private congratulations he received from the members present, President Silvio suddenly realized that in all the thanking and awarding, he hadn't publicly thanked his family -- his wife Margaretha and sons Michael and Patrick -- who attended the event today. They have participated in other club events during the year, and he's always grateful for their support, not just today.
Bill De Long receives the Rotary Service Above Self Award from Past District Governor Bob Benson.
Talking with President Silvio's wife Margaretha as we left the luncheon, when asked what her husband would now do with all the time that this past year he invested in Rotary, without hesitation she said that his time will still be full -- between running the restaurant and studying for a Masters in American Studies at Columbia University -- and expressed the hope that now he'll have more time to take care of her. Sounds like a plan. Ciao President Silvio, buona fortuna, and looking forward to seeing you in the weeks to come.
Bill De Long and John German