Celebrating our 98th Anniversary

Service Above Self

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AFDA Club, 2 Calle Cervantes, Condado
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PO Box 9021529
San Juan, PR  00902-1529
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We need volunteers to monitor the Rotary booth at Plaza on Wednesday, February 22 between 10 am and 3 pm.  Volunteers could be there for two hours at a time.  We urgently need to know who is willing to serve.  Call Juanita Morris at 787-415-8235.
 
Jennifer
 
 
 
Isla Verde Group Head, CRAIG GANSLOFF, presented President Elect Ken McGrath with a $1,500 check to purchase 100 tickets for the Chili Cook Off event on Sunday, February 26.  Craig is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston, SC where his wife is serving as president.
 
Rotarian George McMurray received his Paul Harris Award at Tuesday's luncheon.
 
 
Rotarian Jillian Carmichael received her Paul Harris Award on Tuesday from her father-in-law, President Elect Ken McGrath.  Held in the arms of her mother, and witness to the event, was Ken's four month old granddaughter,
Sofia Marie.
 
 
Vice President, Jose M."Pepito" Rivero received his multi-Paul Harris Pin.  Pepito is now the holder of five Paul Harris Awards.
 
 
San Juan Rotarians and their spouses and friends enjoyed the dulcet strings of harpist Milton Rodriguez at the annual Valentine Party.  Chef Pedro prepared a fine menu accompanied by a glass of wine.  Past President Juanita Morris saw that the women had a lovely red rose to mark the occasion.
 
Fellow-Rotarian, Dr. Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, on his appointment as the Incoming Secretary of Health for Puerto Rico.
 
Inducted last Tuesday was HEIKO FAASS (Investment Banking) CEO of Ferrer Faass & Co. LLC.  Heiko, past president of the Santurce Club, was sponsored by Telin  Fernandez.
 
New Rotarian, Ismael A. Velez de la Rosa (Financial Services: CPA) Associate with Price Waterhouse Coopers, is shown receiving congratulations from his sponsor, Past President Ray Erb.
 
 
Past President Raymond Erb, President of Easy Checks Puerto Rico,. for 11 years now, thanked fellow Rotarians who first got him interested in Rotary. He quickly pointed out three of the most important happenings in his life.  First, when he married Elizabeth in 1987 (she is also a San Juan Rotarian) and second & third, when his two sons graduated, respectively, from MIT and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In Rotary, Ray has always been geared toward working with young people.  With his year as San Juan Rotary president just finished, Ray is now the Chairman of our District 7000 Youth Activities Committee.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Held this year on Friday, November  181      when 184 turkeys were awarded to young (6-7-8 graders) winners from the metro public schools. Thanks go to organizer Rotarian Angela Schlump who also did the negotiating with turkey supplier, Costco. Monies for the turkeys were raised among San Juan Rotarians as well as the Rotary Clubs in our Zone, and the Darjo Foundation.  Those who attended witnessed the enthusiasm of the students.

 
100% for the July-September Quarter were: Jennifer Bates, Juanita Morris, Maria Elena  Perez  & José M.(Pepito) Rivero.
Missing is MARIA ELENA PEREZ, who was busy making up in the Spartanburg SC Rotary Club.
 
 
Rotarian Jose Ballester received his Paul Harris recognition items from Hector Gaitan, Club Director of The Rotary Foundation.
 
From Altea, Spain, Tanja Kohlmetz and President Jennifer, exchange banners.

 

 
PDG John Richardson made up at the Rotary Club of Sarasota. Pictured in photo are the current president of the Sarasota Club, Ben Bates, former San Juan Rotarian Susan Fairbank, PDG JR and the past president of the Rotary Club of Sarasota, Rick Hughes.

During Rick's year as president 2010-11, the Rotary Club of San Juan collaborated with the Rotary Club of Sarasota in a Rotary Foundation matching grant that made the Oak Park school playground sunshield a reality - a $145,000 project.

 

 
Say hello to newly arrived baby girl Sofia Marie, daughter of Rotarian Jillian Carmichael. Photo courtesy of proud grandfather and our President Elect, Ken McGrath.

 

 
 
During the recent Rotary Institute (Zones 33-34) in Charlotte, NC, Oct. 13-16, 2016, our PDG Jose M (Pepito) Rivero, had the opportunity to share with Joe Mulkerrin, RI Director (Zones 33-34) and RI Pres for 2017-2018, Ian Riseley from Victoria, Australia.  Zones 33-34 gathered PDG’s, Governors, GE and GN from Mid Atlantic & Southeastern USA, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, French Guiana and Suriname.
 
 
 
On Tuesday, August 18, following a pledge of $180 from Jose's Rotary Scholarship Fund, nine San Juan Rotarians offered to kick in $25 to help buy Jose Mendez a new laptop computer.
Rotarian Jocelyn Javernick and PDG John Richardson are seen here that afternoon with Jose at Best Buy with the new computer in hand.
Jose will be using this laptop to further his career and studies in graphic design at the Liceo de Artes y Tecnologia. Last week, Jose was also hired by Marshall's Department Stores in Old San Juan as a sales associate.
Our thanks to the following Rotarians for contributing to this Cause: Alan Austen, Jennifer Bates, Rabiah Foss, Jorge Gonzalez, John Hammel, Jocelyn Javernick, John Richardson, Joe Sampson and Rosita Torruella.
 
Former San Juan Rotarian George McDougall was a guest of John Regis, Jr at the club's November 1st luncheon meeting.  George took that opportunity to make his contribution to our Haiti Hurricane Relief Fund. Thank you, George.
 
 
 
 
On October 5 the Rotary Club of Boone, IA, through its President Troy Thompson, invited our PDG Jose (Pepito) Rivero to make a presentation regarding how to establish a Rotary Satellite Club in central Iowa.
 
 
FoundCare, International, represented by Rotarian Carlos Hamill, received $2000 from San Juan Rotary's recent fundraiser.
 
Will be held November 16 9am at Parque Barbosa. We are sponsoring turkeys to give away to the winners. All are welcome to this event.School kids from grades 6-9 will have a field day!
 
In order to get an idea of the interest in these two upcoming activities, there will be a sign up sheet at the luncheons. Rotary International President, John Germ, will be the honored speaker at the February 4th Ponce Rotary Club meeting. The February 4th activity will take the place of our regular Tuesday meeting.
Car pooling is suggested.
Atlanta, Georgia, is the  site of the 2017 Rotary International  Convention.  You don't have to go  as far as Seoul, Korea (as President Jennifer did) to see the gathering of your fellow Rotarians  from  all over the world.
 
Arrecife Condado, Inc, is a non-profit organization seeking to construct an artificial reef offshore at Condado beach to prevent drowning, coastal erosion and help marine species. Technical studies have been completed and paid for. Funds will contribute to obtaining permits. After that, construction will begin.
 
The San Juan Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) is sponsoring A Panel Discussion of Puerto Rico's legal and constitutional relationship to the United States from the insular cases to the Sanchez-Valle decision.
Date: October 17.     Time: 7 pm. Venue: Interamerican U School of Law located on 170 Federico Costa Street (Urb. Industrial) Hato Rey.
Moderated by Prof. Andres Cordova, the panel discussion will be in ENGLISH.
It is free of charge - Open to the Public - with ample parking.
 
 
 
 
Our Revelry, held on Friday, August 26, in the East Restaurant in Plaza Guaynabo, had a healthy attendance of 25+ Rotarians and guests. Two tables of revelers stayed and enjoyed a fine dinner after the cocktails and appetizers were served.
 
 
President Jennifer announced that Rotarian Telesforo Fernandez will be replacing Denis Vaz on the Board of Directors.  Welcome Telin.
 
The San German Club, on August 14, presented awards to a woman Rotarian in each of the island clubs. President Jennifer and San Juan Rotary selected fellow Rotarian and Executive Secretary, Patricia Schneider, to receive the honor.
 
President Jennifer introduced her Board of Directors who will serve from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
 
 
 
President Ray Erb passed the baton to 2016-17 President Jennifer Bates in a traditional ceremony with District Governor Sylvia Maisonet administering the Oath of Office. An honor guard of San Juan Rotary Past Presidents assisted in the Change of Command.
 
Richard Maraccino popped in for a visit. The birthday table was happy today!
 
During the recent celebration of the 77th District 7000 Conference (June 24-26, 2016) at the Wyndham Hotel in Palmas del Mar, Humacao, three of our District leaders enjoyed Rotary friendship.  From left to right:  Juanita Valentín Morris, District Governor Proposed; José “Pepito” Rivero, PDG; and Sylvia Maisonet Díaz, District Governor Elect, who holds the honor of being the first native lady elected for the highest position in our D-7000.
 
Incoming District Governor, Sylvia Maisonet, who gave an overview of the many projects and social activities planned for the coming Rotary Year.  We will be hearing about these activities in detail from our District as well as our Club.
Raymond
 
The coveted ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR for his outstanding efforts (including his help in selling our office) was awarded to DENIS VAZ.
 
Incoming District Governor, Sylvia Maisonet, shares ideas with President Elect, Jennifer Bates, and PDG José "Pepito" Rivero, after the last meeting of our Club on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
 
 
TO Director Denis Vaz, recently promoted to President and CEO of Scotiabank de Puerto Rico.
 
 
 
Inducted into the Club was former member (2003-10) CARLOS HAMILL.
He is a Consultant with Barquin International. Troy Fields is his sponsor.
 
 
 
 
 
Robinson School Head, Cindy Ogg, receives San Juan Rotary's Community Special Projects Award  from Club Director Denis Vaz.
 
 
 
 Congratulations to PDG José M. “Pepito” Rivero as he received his Paul Harris + 3 Award. 
 
San Juan Community Library Executive Director, Constance Estades, receives
San Juan Rotary's check for its participation in the Club's Chili Sancocho Cook Off from
Club Treasurer, Luis Ramirez.
 
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO   Bert Finn who received his 9th Paul Harris Award at Tuesday’s luncheon. The Rotary Foundation distributes Paul Harris donations to its many Service Above Self projects world wide.
 
 
 
 
WELCOME RETURNING SAN JUAN ROTARIAN.  Inducted last Tuesday was Robert D. Bolte (Business: Cloud Systems).
Bob is the Owner of New Day Technology.  President Ray Erb is his sponsor.
 
 
 
With the sale of the club's office completed, 98 years of the Rotary Club of San Juan's history was moved to
Extra Space Storage, a climate-controlled facility located on the Baldorioty de Castro Marginal in Santurce.
Many thanks to all those who responded to the call for action to effect the move.
 
CONGRATULATIONS to Rolando Vescovacci that become a PAUL HARRIS FELLOW.
 
 
 
Congratulations to Rotarians Rabiah and Gary Foss on the birth of their son last week. 
 
Past President Fernando Valverde (1986-97) made a recent visit to San Juan Rotary.  He is pictured here presenting our banner to his club in Poinciana, Florida.  Receiving the banner are Secretary David Marsh and President Nan Johnston.
 
ROTARY DISTRICT 7000's Nominating Committee has selected San Juan Rotary’s JUANITA MORRIS as District Governor Nominee for the 2018-2019 year.  Our Club is very proud to have our Past President Juanita receive this honor.
 
 
 
Joseph M. Mulkerrin, Director Zones 33 & 34 (2016-2018) has selected San Juan Rotary’s JOSÉ M. (PEPITO) RIVERO,P.D.G. as a member of his Director-Advisory Committee Member from 2016-2018 representing District 7000.
 
 
 
Past President Juanita Morris gave an overview of the Saturday, March 19, Rotary Leadership Institute which will be held at Robinson School in the Condado.  The activity is divided into three parts and includes course materials, breakfast and lunch.  Cost to attend is $95 per session.  Registration cut-off is February 29 so please register early.  Tel: (787) 999-4604 or see Juanita at the meetings. 
 
Pictured are Edward McGrath and Ryan Christiansen, sons of VP Ken McGrath and former Rotarian Ralph Christiansen, respectively.
Both young men are active in the Paulson organization.
 
President Elect, Jennifer, is shown delivering San Juan Rotary’s donations to Casa Julia.
On hand to receive our donations were Lizbeth Vivas from the institute and Ines Vivas, wife of our District Governor Jesus Vivas. Thanks go to Treasurer Luis Ramirez who photographed the event.
 
 
 
 
 
The annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon  sponsored by our Club with the participation of the Boys and Girls Clubs , Seniors from the Club de Oro in Llorens and a group of mentally challenged adults was celebrated at the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde.
As the photos clearly indicate, a fine time was had by all.
Much appreciation is extended to all the volunteers and the generous Rotarians who do so much to make this activity a success.  And, special thanks to organizer Rotarian Sol Bravman whose dedication to this Event has passed the quarter century mark.
 
 
 
Share your Grocery -Rotary District 7000 activity with the participation of our President Raymond Erb and our Past President Juanita Morris  and members of the Rotary e-Club Puerto Rico y Las Americas and their President Edna Seminario.
 
 
 
ELECTION BY ACCLAMATION, the Board of Directors for 2016-2017 will consist of President Jennifer Bates; President Elect Kenneth McGrath; Vice President Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero; Secretary Orlando Fiallo; Treasurer Luis Ramirez; Immediate Past President Ray Erb; Directors Rabiah Foss, Carmen Hammil, Hector Gaitan, Carlos Suarez & Denis Vaz.
 
 
SAN JUAN ROTARY UNANIMOUSLY NOMINATED Past President Juanita Morris as District Governor Nominee for Rotary Year.2018-2019..
 
 
Guest speaker Luis Figarella, was born and grew up in Bayamon PR.  A graduate of UPR with a Masters from Boston U in Systems Engineering, he is a registered Patent Agent and professional engineer.  Making his home in Nashua NH, Luis has helped customers in over 10 states, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic & Ecuador. He spoke of the many types of patents such as, intellectual property, industrial secrets, and copyrights, to name a few. Our speaker is a co-inventor of over 14 US patents, and has participated in the development of the MaxiCode and Data Matrix symbologies and scanners with both UPS and Int’l Data Matrix.  Both symbologies are daily used in well over 15 million new individual items.
 
 
 
SAN JUAN ROTARY was well represented at the annual fundraiser for the San Juan Community Library.  Enjoying the fine food and wine were a sizeable amount of our members.
 
Past President Jorge Gonzalez accepts the No 2 Club in District Award for per capital Annual Fund giving to The Rotary Foundation in 2014-2015 from PDG José M." Pepito" Rivero.  Congratualtions to us!!
 
 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ALAN AUSTEN (Education: Private Schools).  Alan is the Head of School for the Commonwealth-Parkville Schools.  Telin Fernandez is his sponsor. Alan was a San Juan Rotary in 1996-97. 
BEN SIEBERT (Marketing: Solar Energy Products) Ben is the CEO of Planet Solar and was sponsored by Troy Fields.
These new Rotarians received their Rotary membership pins from our District Governor, Jesus Vivas.    
 
 
SAN JUAN ROTARY was honored to welcome the nine visitors from the Rotary Club of Peachtree, Georgia, co-sponsors of the Global Grant with Rotary International and District 7000 of the SONDS Project.  SONDS is a method of teaching very young children to read.  They were accompanied by our District Governor, Jesus Vivas.
DONATIONS FOR WOMEN’S SHELTER Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, a District 7000 project, will be gratefully received at every Tuesday in November meeting.  Give them to Jennifer Bates, Luis Ramirez or Pat Schneider. 
The following are the items we are being asked to donate:
 
~Hair brushes         ~Razor blades             ~Perfumes
 
~Hair spray             ~Sanitary napkins        ~Hair dye  
 
~Deodorants 
 
~Women’s underwear - all sizes   
 
       
 
Inducted at this week’s meeting was, John Richardson, Past President of San Juan Rotary and Past District Governor.  His classification is Banking: Investment and he was sponsored by PDG Pepito Rivero-Olmedo.  Welcome back, Johnny!
 
 
 
PAST PRESIDENT Fernando Valverde (1986-87) visited our club and exchanged banners with Past President Troy.  Fernando is a member of the Poinciana Florida Rotary Club.  He invited several friends and we were happy to see familiar faces at our luncheon.  Fernando has spent 45 years in the public relations field, most of them in Puerto Rico. He had words of encouragement for the island in these troubling times. We hope to see Fernando and his Idalia as they make future visits to their island.  

Inducted into San Juan Rotary was Telesforo Fernandez (Investments: Securities). Telin is VP Santander Securities. He was sponsored by Hector Gaitan and Jose Rivero Olmedo.

First up in this new first-of-each-month feature to reintroduce long time San Juan Rotarians to new members was Charles “Chuck” Hitt.  A member since 1972, who was sponsored by Troy Fields, Chuck had a good suggestion - a yearly Rotary Reunion to invite former members as well as members we do not see often, if ever.  As he said, “Rotary does many good things.  But the glue that binds us together is FELLOWSHIP.” 
Rotarian Dan Hildebrand, Headmaster of Robinson School, visited the Rotary Club of Wellesley, Mass. where he told about the success of the Youth Wellness Project accomplished in Puerto Rico due to the joint efforts of the Wellesley Club and San Juan Rotary.  The Youth Wellness Project is funded by a Rotary International Global Grant.
CONGRATULATIONS to Carmen Hammel as she received her “Rotarian of The Year” award for outstanding Rotary service as Chair of the Speaker’s Committee.  Presenting the award during our last luncheon meeting was Immediate Past President Jorge Gonzalez.
 
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