"The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer"

Celebrating 100 Anniversary

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
AFDA Club, 2 Calle Cervantes, Condado
for info: 787-342-6179
PO Box 9021529
San Juan, PR  00902-1529
United States
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If you haven’t been able to attend our Tuesday lunch meetings recently I encourage you to do so.  We have lined up some very interesting programs for the next few weeks.  Our invited lunch speakers will be covering some very interesting topics.  We will have representatives from the Army Corp of Engineers this coming week who will be covering the restoration of power throughout the island, followed by Michelle Fraley, our most recent Police Commissioner, and then Retired General Felix Santoni, who is also Civilian Aide Emeritus to the Secretary of the Army for Puerto Rico.  Our club is also working on several relief projects, and this week’s meeting will also include a short presentation by Rotarian Jim McKay, who is a School Superintendent from Northern Illinois, on helping schools and communities in Puerto Rico.  Later this year he will be heading a group of educational leaders assess the longer term technological and infrastructure needs of several schools in Puerto Rico.  Looking forward to seeing you.

Ken
 
Rotarians, their spouses and guests enjoyed a delicious Valentine lunch while listening to Marci Franki's piano selections.  There was a sea of red, including a red rose for each of the women. A Happy Valentine celebration indeed.
 
Maria Magdalena Jacinto from Sao Paulo, Brazil, accompanied by her sister, Ana Beatriz Martinez, who  is a resident of Lomas Verdes, Bayamon, PR.  
 

San Juan Rotary inducted two new members at last week's meeting: RICARDO BETANCOURT (Business Service: Retired) sponsored by Past President Jorge Gonzalez and WEI YANG LI (Wine Distribution), President of JJ& L, Inc. Willie was sponsored by Rotarian Ralph Bixler.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Past President Marcos Vidal as he received his Third Paul Harris Award at Tuesday's meeting.  Rotary Foundation Director, Alan Austen, made the presentation.

 

ROTARIANS celebrated the 99th birthday of Charles "Chuck" Hitt with song and applause.  A pioneer in housing developments, a community leader and champion on the tennis courts, Chuck has been a positive spokesman for our island for many, many years. Happy Birthday, Chuck, from all your fellow-Rotarians!

Past President Bucky Tervo presented a check on behalf of the Lincoln Elementary School in Ottawa, Illinois for $560, The school is comprised of 80% low income students. The school hosted a "Pajama Day" and the kids brought a donation of their choice to support Puerto Rico.  The event was of personal importance to a 1st grade teacher who lived in San Juan for four years and whose two children were born here.  A small portion of the donation is from Kathleen Barney and her family members in honor of her two sons.

 
Inducted into San Juan Rotary was VILMA COLON (Business Service: Marketing), President of Corporate Communications. Vilma was a member of our club from 1987-2006 and was one of the first women in Rotary.  Sponsored by Patricia Schneider.
 
Troy Fields received word from Nanette Connelly that her mother, Rotarian Andree (Didi) Connelly, passed away in Madrid, Spain on December 20.
 
 
Representatives of both FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) were our guests last Tuesday.  Hector Soto of FEMA and Annie Mustafa Ramos of SBA gave us an update on their respective organization's endeavors in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Thanks to Rotarian Ed Collins who made the arrangements.
 
Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin and SBA Public Affairs Specialist, Annie Mustafa Ramos, receiving their Four Way Test Speaker  Mugs from  President Ken McGrath.
President:              Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero
President Elect:     Telesforo (Telin) Fernandez
Vice President:      Edwin Aquino
Secretary:              Carmen Hammel
Treasurer:              Luis Ramirez
Immediate Past
  President:            Kenneth McGrath
Directors - 1 year:  Alan Austen
                              Gerardo Cumpiano
                              Georganna Hildebrand
Directors -2 years: Robert Bolte
                              Enrique Sigas
 
Came to our Tuesday meeting.  We welcomed MAGDA BAGGETT, Past District Governor from Fayetteville NC and Neal Pocquette, President of the Rotary Club of Perrine Cutler Ridge Palmetto Bay (Miami) FL. 
PDG Magda is the sister of Antonio Grillo Lopez, MD, President of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, CA whose club made a most generous donation of $10,000 to our Hurricane Relief Fund.  President Neal also presented his club's check for $33,575 to President Ken at the meeting.
Needless to say, Rotary Clubs from the mainland have been very supportive of our island's needs. 
 
Rotarian Pique delivering a food package to a resident of Alejandrino community.
 
The San Juan Rotary Board of Directors met with District Governor Jose Lucas Rodriguez on his Official Visit to the Club.  Our Board presented its Plans and Objectives for this Rotary Year.  Due to an interruption called "Hurricane Maria", the September meeting had a bit of a  delay.
 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR ELECT, Juanita Morris, received her lapel pin from 2017-18  DG Jose Lucas Rodriguez.  Past President Juanita will serve as DG in 2018-19.
 
Club Director and Coordinator of our annual Thanksgiving Event with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Edwin Aquino, reminded Rotarians of the upcoming 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Day lunch for  underprivileged youngsters, senior citizens from Llorens Housing and special needs adults.  Approximately 550 will be enjoying a hot lunch, of particular importance in this post Maria period.  While the La Concha Hotel will be doing its part to help with the costs, San Juan Rotary needs to contribute its share.  Please let Pat Schneider know you are willing to help and she will put it on your Rotary account.  The club's email is: rotaryclubofsanjuan@gmail.com   Telephone: 787-342-6179.
 
Club Director Alan Austen accepts the Community Service Project Award $680 check for the Interact Club of Commonwealth HS.
 
We heard from Sam Bloch, Director of Communitiere, a San Francisco based organization active world wide that responds and brings relief to disasters stricken areas. 
 
Fellow Rotarian and Head of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Dr. Stephen Waterman, spoke about the effects on public health during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  A sharp increase in mosquito borne infections can be mitigated by control of their breeding areas.  River and stream water is absolutely NOT for drinking to avoid water borne diseases.  Increased attention to everyday good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing is a must.  The Center is investigating the cases of suspected rare diseases.
 
This young lady, 24-years old, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of the Sacred Heart (“Universidad del Sagrado Corazón”) in Psychology. She has always been involved in community service and striving to help wherever possible.  She knew a Master Degree in Peace and Justice was the right choice after graduating.  She applied for a global grant scholarship to be able to pursue her dream.
 
Our Rotary Club of San Juan (D-7000) along with the Rotary Club of La Jolla Triangle (D-5340) submitted the application to Rotary International (Rotary Grants).  On July 11, 2017, she was awarded the scholarship in the amount of $45,000 to attend the University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, for the 2017-2019 academic years.
 
Now she is going to San Diego, California, to pursue her dreams of helping communities from around the world.  None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary help of the Rotary Club of San Juan, P.R.
 
 
PAST PRESIDENT, Juanita Morris, visited the Pittsburgh Rotary Club, who sponsored San Juan Rotary 100 years ago.  She invited the Club to our Centennial Celebration next year.  Both the Pittsburgh Club president and their District Governor Elect will try to come to our event.
 
MANY OF OUR PAST PRESIDENTS CAME TO THE CHANGE OF COMMAND
 
 
 
DISTRICT AREA ONE ZONE REPRESENTATIVE, JIMMY GONZALEZ OF THE SANTURCE CLUB, HIS WIFE MARGARITA OF THE E-CLUB, PICTURED TOGETHER WITH SAN JUAN ROTARIANS KEN, JENNIFER AND PEPITO RIVERO.
 
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Speakers
Restoration Task Force Speakers
Feb 20, 2018
Lt. Col. John Cunningham;Major Alex Walker-Rodriguez & Mr. Sindulfo Castillo
General Felix Santoni
Mar 06, 2018
Civilian Aide Emeritus to the Secretary of the Army for Puerto Rico