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

Celebrating our 99th Anniversary

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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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Rotary 2016-17 is almost over!
 
 
 
The Rotary Year is coming to an end, and my final lunch meeting as president is this coming Tuesday, June 27.
 
If you are a past president, please come to the meeting and wear your medallion.
 
We intend to perform a proper Change of Command ceremony, and it would be so nice if we have a full house. So, please join us to celebrate the end of another busy and challenging year in Rotary.
 
See you Tuesday!
 
Jennifer
 
 
The coveted ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR was awarded to Vice President and former District Governor, Jose M. Rivero-Olmedo.  CONGRATULATIONS PEPITO!
 
At the annual Awards Meeting, President Jennifer recognized the Rotarians who helped make her Rotary year a success.  Among the honorees were Committee Chairs and the Board of Directors.  (See photos). 
Special Mention went to Edwin Aquino for our Thanksgiving Event where we traditionally sponsor an activity for hundreds of youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club and Senior Citizens from the Llorens Torres Housing and a group of Special Needs adults.  Program founder, Sol Bravman, "retired" after 29 years of dedicated service to our Community Service Project.
Was held in memory of Rotarian Miguel A. Rivero-Olmedo, brother of our Vice President, Jose "Pepito" Rivero-Olmedo.
The Club extends its condolences to the widow and family of the deceased.
 
A DONATION OF $125.00 was made by our club to the Graduating Class 2017 at Escuela Superior Ramon Power y Giralt located in the Llorens Torres Housing Complex.  Rotarian Angela Schlump is shown receiving the check which will help fund the graduation expenses of several needy students.
 
The Mano Amiga (Helping Hand) Program received District 7000 matching fund check for $1,000.
Rotarian Carlos Hamill accepted the donation on behalf of Mano Amiga, which was one of our Community Service Projects this Rotary year.
 
Receiving his first Paul Harris Award was Major Eric Rodriguez; and receiving his 9th Paul Harris Pin was Bert Finn.  Congratulations!
 
Visiting our Club on Tuesday was Past President Fernando Valverde (1986-87)
 
FERNANDO VALVERDE, APR, PRSA COUNSELOR & FELLOW
 
The top award to be bestowed annually by the Public Relations Association of Puerto Rico (PRAPR) has been designated as the “Fernando Valverde Award” as announced by said Association during its 45th Annual Convention held in October in Puerto Rico. Rafael José Arguelles, president and Edgardo Sanabria, President 2015-16, made the presentation before an audience of 300 participants.
 
Considered a pioneer in the field, Valverde was recognized for his enhancement of the profession for over 35 years.“Fernando has directed several important local firms as Young & Rubicam, Hill & Knowlton/Marti Flores Prieto and later at Premier Maldonado & Assoc., Arguelles stated Sanabria added that he had “serviced numerous leading clients in different fields of modern public relations, helped establish the masters program at the University of Sacred Heart, organized two visits by Dr. Edward L Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud and the leading pioneer in the world. 
 
He edited a text book encompassing thirty-six successful case histories on advanced public relations in the areas of environmental affairs,crisis communications, marketing support, issues management, counseling, and relations with employees/ government/news media/community, counseling and academia. Furthermore, Valverde, an accredited counselor and Public Relations (PRSA) Fellow, was “instrumental in the registration and license process that now counts with over 250 duly licensed practitioners by the Department of State on the Island”, they added. He is past president of The San Juan Rotary Club where he served for over thirty years.
 
Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Charlotte, NC and in Puerto Rico, he is a business management graduate and served seven years in the US Army,with distinctions for tours in Germany, and Vietnam (Bronze Star Medal) A qualified parachutist with the 82nd Airborne Div., finished his service with 56 jumps.
 
 
Twenty-eight members and guests enjoyed the food and fellowship at the Wednesday fundraising dinner at The Olive Garden located in the Convention Center Area. The Club will be receiving 25% of the total receipts to aid in our Community Service Projects.  A very nice gesture, indeed!
 
This past Friday the Rotary Tennis Tournament was held at the Isla Verde Tennis Club.
Five Rotarians and seven friends of the club competed for the Passarell Trophy: Julian Rodriguez, Luis Ramirez, Georgie Hildebrand, Warwick Butler and Jennifer Bates participated. 
Kamil Assad, long-time club pro, ran the draw and coordinated the play. Twelve players hit seven rounds on three courts.
The Rotarian who took first place was Jennifer Bates, with Julian Rodriguez in a close second.
 
Carola Schropp (Business Service: Consultant) Managing Director of the Hayim Group, 1357 Ashford Avenue, Sponsored by Jennifer Bates.
 
Club members Edwin Aquino, Jennifer Bates, Bob Bolte, Gerry Cumpiano, Troy FieldsJuanita Morris and Angela Schlump, attended a special Intercitadina dinner of Area 1 Clubs on March 7. 
Pictured are the presidents of the seven Area 1 Clubs, Assistant Governor, Jimmy Gonzalez, and the guest speaker of the night, Secretary of State, Luis Rivera Marin.
 
Of the San Juan Community Library's cooperation with our Chili Cook Off last Sunday, President Jennifer presented Library Director, Constance Estades, with a contribution from San Juan Rotary. The Library, now 30 years old, had over 9,000 visitors last year with 16,000 books circulated.
 
The Club was pleased to honor officers and members of the Inter-American University Rotaract Club, Rotary International's university student organization whose motive is to promote interest in serving the community and introducing young people to Rotary. Fellow Rotarian, Edwin Aquino is their Advisor.
 
Rotarian Manion Schwartz received her Paul Harris recognition items from Rotary Foundation Chairman, Hector Gaitan.
3-Hector Gaitan; 4-Federico Sanchez; 6-Jorge Socca; 7-Juanita Morris; 9-Jillian Carmichael; 11-Eric Rodriguez; 15-Orlando Fiallo; 25-Bob Bolte; 25-Sal Nolfo
 
Be sure to sit at the Birthday Table and enjoy a glass of wine, compliments of the Club.
Edwin Aquino, Kenneth McGrath, Juanita Morris, Maria Elena Perez, José M.(Pepito) Rivero and Enrique Sigas
A glass of fine wine will be waiting for you at the Perfect Attendance Table.
 
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.
 
 
Fellow-Rotarian, Dr. Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, on his appointment as the Incoming Secretary of Health for Puerto Rico.
 
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.

 
Rotarian Jose Ballester received his Paul Harris recognition items from Hector Gaitan, Club Director of The Rotary Foundation.
 
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.
 
Saturday, June 3, is the date of InterAmerican University's 11th President's Cup Golf Tournament to be held at the Dorado Beach Hotel for the Scholarship Fund.  Contact Rotarian Enrique Sigas at 787-525-8828 for more information. 
 
 
 
 
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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