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

Celebrating our 99th 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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Next week our club is receiving the first of two shipments of baby/toddler totaling over 55 tons.  We have most of the recipients identified but will need the involvement of our club members to help coordinate the receipt and distribution of the food.  Please contact Bob Bolte, who has worked diligently on setting up the shipping arrangements for the distribution of the food, to offer your assistance.  This project was started by two Rotarians from the Ithaca, New York club who coordinated the production of the 330,000 food packets with another club in Indiana.  The food was produced by through the volunteer efforts of the workers in the Indiana factory who donated their time over a weekend for the production.  The Ithaca Rotarians also raised over $15,000 to pay for the shipping to Puerto Rico.  Our club should be proud to have been involved in this effort and I encourage everyone to help next week with the final stage of this process, which started in September.  
Ken
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. 
 
Pastor Bruce Clark of Trinity Church, spoke on the myriad activities and aid being given by his organization dedicated to helping those in need.  The focus is on (1) direct distribution (2) indirect distribution through community leaders, churches and social workers, and (3) help to the helpers.  While the disaster exposed weaknesses, it also showed the great strength and dignity of the Puerto Rican people.  Pastor Bruce grew up in the Big Sky country of Montana.  He and his wife and four children have lived in the States and in the United Kingdom (where Bruce acquired his PhD from U of Cambridge.)  They are excited to live here in Puerto Rico, Bruce is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he served as a research and development officer.  A man for all seasons!  Thanks go to fellow Rotarian Georganna Hildebrand. for bringing us this most inspiring guest speaker.
 
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.
Our Past President, Dr. John Rullan, has made a full recovery after his recent hospitalization.  Johnny is at his brother's home in San Diego and will be returning soon to Puerto Rico.
 
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.
 
Executive Director, Chris Low, gave an overview of the project's 21 years of serving the youth in Matenwa, Haiti. 
 
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.
 
The coveted ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR was awarded to Vice President and former District Governor, Jose M. Rivero-Olmedo.  CONGRATULATIONS PEPITO!
 
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