"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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We thank our new fellow members: ANTONIO COLORADO , GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND, BRUNO MAZZA, and RICK WEINLAND who allowed us to know them better by briefing us on their particular interests during our last week meeting.
          As you all know Hurricane Florence caused catastrophic damage and perilous conditions along the east coast of the USA.  Let’s keep all our fellow Rotarians residing there in our prayers.

Chairman Sherman called upon four new Rotarians to give a 4-minute review of their life's journey and their career history.  We began with ANTONIO COLORADO. Tito was born in NY and came to Puerto Rico when he was 4 years old.  He saw government service as the Secretary of Labor.  Promoting job creation in manufacturing and other areas was then and still is now as a lawyer in private practice.  GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND.  Georgie was born in San Francisco.  The family moved to Oregon where she went to the U of Oregon, got her MBA and, in 1999 her law degree and practiced for six years.  After her husband sold his successful business, they moved to Dorado.  Georgie serves on San Juan Rotary's Board of Directors.  Keeping abreast of our three Global Grants is just one of her many tasks as Director of Public Image.  BRUNO MAZZA was born in Parma, Italy.  After moving to Rome, his first construction job was in Bangladesh.  Next stops were Iraq & Iran (where he married his American wife, Diane).  Wanting his child to be born in the U.S, he moved to San Francisco and worked with a Hawaiian based sugar company.  The sugar industry brought him to Puerto Rico in 1955 but the sugar cane industry suffered a severe blow.  Back he went to the construction industry and helped build the Gurabo-Juncos Highway.  In 1970, he formed his own company, Rio Construction for 18 years.  Bruno formed a new company, Super Asphalt, which mainly deals with road construction.  With the title CEO, he lets his two sons run the business.  Bruno also has a daughter in Florida and he has many grandchildren.  RICK WEINLAND, a New Yorker, went to Brown U in Rhode Island.  He volunteered to teach in Kenya for one year and loved it so much that he decided to make it his career.  His job in San Francisco found him and his wife caught up in the earthquake.  Off they went to Venezuela for six years.  The Tasis School in Switzerland was his next assignment.  On to the Middle East for six years and then Japan for 12 years.  With his last child in college, he has taken on the job of Head of School for the Commonwealth-Parkville School. 

In the coming Spring, the Rotarian Magazine, Rotary International's monthly publication will feature our Global Grant Program, Teatro Por Amor.  Rotary International recently sent four of their Communications Team to Puerto Rico to get a first-hand look at the work our club is doing in island communities, including Teatro Por Amor.  The four RI representatives are:  Tom McVey (Sr. Social Media Content Strategist), Claudia Urbano (Latin American Global Communications Team), Vanessa Glavinskas (Contributing Editor The Rotarian Magazine), Alyce Henson (Staff Photographer & Multimedia Producer).  That's our Rotarian Armand Pique in the photo with the visitors from Rotary International!


James Eggert from the Killeen-Heights, Texas Rotary Club, exchanged banners with President Pepito.


Ricardo Betancourt who will be bringing guest speaker, Axel Kaiser, to next week's meeting, gave a preview of Dr. Kaiser's accomplishments as Executive Director of the Fundación para el Progreso, one of the most influential Think Tanks in Latin America.  

Be sure not to miss this young Chilean attorney give his analysis of the current economic/fiscal crisis our island has faced. Rotarian Ricardo also urged the audience to increase our membership by reaching out to Law 20-22 residents of Puerto Rico.

2-Glenn Garayalde & Marcos Vidal; 8-Antonio Colorado; 11-Heiko Faass; 22-Bill Mevs; 25-John Rullan; 28-Sherman Wildman.
Be sure to sit at the Birthday Table and enjoy a glass of wine, compliments of the Club.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR Juanita Valentin Morris presented Rotary International's 100 YEARS OF MEMBERSHIP certificate to Club President Pepito. in recognition of San Juan Rotary's century of the Object of Rotary, Service Above Self.

Invite you to participate in their Golf Tournament to benefit the multiple programs offered to children, teens and adults in Dorado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja and Toa Baja.  The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library and each of its satellites - together a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization - are neighborhood centers in each community, connecting people, young and old - to learning programs, online resources and one another.  Ron and Anne Chevako, Co-Administrators of the Libraries, thank you in advance for your support, which is needed and appreciated!  Tournament details to follow:  Golf Tournament at the Plantation facilities in Dorado on Saturday, October 13.  Breakfast/Registration 7:30 am.  Shotgun start 9:00 am.  Two-person scramble.  Awards luncheon immediately after the event.  Prizes:  Three best scores at two levels.  Non-traditional Goodie Bags.  Food & drink at stations on the course.  Entry Fee: $175 per person.  Payment via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-jane-stern-community-libraries-golf-tournament-tickets-49958382868?aff=ebdssbdestsearch or for sponsorship and registration information please contact Zayra Caraballo at (787) 613-2025 or zayra.caraballo@sdcl.org


CLUB DIRECTOR Georganna Hildebrand's "Idea Box" slide presentation, gave a comprehensive overview on the results to date of San Juan Rotary's efforts post-Hurricane Maria.  


A non-profit organization consultant, Ana Maria Dapena, spoke on it's mission to educate and inspire the arts of the Caribbean.  To date, the organization has served over 6,000 underprivileged children and adults.  Rotarians who would like to help in this endeavor and/or get more information,  are urged to contact Ana Maria at 787-429-8810 or anadapena@aol.com.

San Juan Rotary was well represented at the recently held Rotary Leadership Institute where new ideas and Rotary International objectives are reviewed and discussed.

ACHIEVING 100% ATTENDANCE IN THE APRIL-JUNE QUARTER:  Ken McGrath, Maria Elena Perez, Julian Rodriguez-Sacristan, Jose M.(Pepito)Rivero and Juanita Morris.

Be sure to sit at the Reserved 100% Attendance Table.


WE HAVE TWO ROTARIANS WITH PERFECT CONSECUTIVE ATTENDANCE.  Maria Elena Perez with 9 years and Juanita Valentin-Morris with 8 years of perfect attendance.

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN JUNE:  3-Hector Gaitan; 4-Federico Sanchez; 6-Jorge Socca; 7-Juanita Morris; 9-Jillian Carmichael; 11-Major Eric Rodriguez; 15-Orlando Fiallo & Amaury Rivera; 25-Bob Bolte &
Sal Nolfo.
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN JULY.  1-Philip Bixler; Jose Duarte da Silveira; 8-Dr. Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado; 13-Russell Patterson; 18-Willie Li; 20-Carlos Hamil; 26-Jose (Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo; 31-Roberto Valentin.
We hope you will sit at the Reserved Birthday Table and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION awarded Past President Luis Marti with his Sixth Paul Harris Recognition lapel pin.
THE CONGRESS OF LEADERS OF PUERTO RICO's mission is to identify and train potential leaders of our community.  The non-profit organization counts over 35,000 alumni considered as the most talented of our young people. Invited as guest speaker at their 30th Anniversary meeting was San Juan Rotary President, Jose (Pepito) Rivero, who was honored with a commemorative scroll. 
SAN JUAN ROTARY'S HURRICANE RELIEF FUND presented Pisadas de Amor with an $11,000 check.  Located in Manatí, Pisadas is a non-profit organization that has been helping the elderly for the past five years - focusing on creating safe and secure housing It is a VALOR authorized entity.  Pictured is President Pepito handing the check to Julio E. Soto, official representative of Pisadas de Amor.
OUR CLUB'S PAST PRESIDENTS, from 1967-68 TO 2016-17, attended in full force to the Change of Command program.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY PAT SCHNEIDER happily accepts a beautiful orchid plant from President Ken for her work this year.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR & PAST PRESIDENT JUANITA VALENTIN MORRIS is pictured with newly installed President Pepito as he presents San Juan Rotary's commemorative plaque to outgoing President Ken.
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