"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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During this time of advent, we should continue contributing with our skills, expertise and resources to help solve some of the problems that our communities face.  Through Rotary Foundation grants and District grants we can transform communities and bring service projects ideas to life.  Let’s continue our work of love with compassion; bring your ideas for the consideration of our board and persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions to each situation. Thanks to all that put heart and soul to make our goals a real success.
Pepito
 
We had a return visit from one of the island's most dynamic community and civic leaders, OLGA RAMOS, President of the Boys & Girls Club in Puerto Rico.  The 50-year-old club has served more than 15,500 children and teens annually in 13 centers and over 8,000 family members.  A non-profit organization whose focus is on providing youth with hope of a better future and opportunities to develop their full potential by providing the necessary tools to create and/or obtain a satisfactory job that allows them to reach economic security, so they can break the generational cycle of poverty.  The cost of providing all these services and opportunities to more than 15,500 children and youth each year is $12m. The average income is the households these young people come from is half the average income in Mississippi, which means that 390,000 of them are growing up in marginalized environments that do not promote a positive development.  The progress of our island depends significantly on our ability to help our poor communities through training, education and support to help them find employment.  President Olga Ramos has a BA degree from UPR and a Law Degree from Interamerican U and has held various positions in finance & business strategy with Walmart and Sam's Club.   
 

 
Be sure to mark your calendars and invite spouses and friends to our HOLIDAY LUNCHEON on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, in the AFDA Club.  

Achieving Perfect Attendance in the July/August/September Quarter were:  Dr. Rafael Aponte, Georganna Hildebrand, Juanita Morris, Sal Nolfo, Maria Elena Perez, José M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo & Lcdo. Enrique Sigas.

 

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

 

 
3-Dr. Norman Maldonado; 9-Carlos Suarez; 11-Rosita Torruella; 17-Maria Elena Perez; 20-John Richardson; 25-Telin Fernandez; 30-John Ferrandino & Andres Pagan.
 
Be sure to sit at the Reserved Birthday Table and enjoy a glass of wine, compliments of your fellow-Rotarians.
 
JULIO SOTO CUBANO, President of Pisadas de Amor, an organization that provides aid to victims of Hurricane Maria, accepted a check for $11,400 to cover the cost of repairs to six badly damaged homes in Manati. The funds for the recovery assistance were made possible by the many generous contributions your Club received from numerous Rotary Clubs throughout the United States.
 
ROTARIANS FROM DISTRICT 6900's Rotary Club of Peach Tree City, Georgia, headed by President Mike Nelson, joined us for lunch last week. We thank them for the generous $54,000 contribution to the Souns Puerto Rico Program for children's early education.

 

Inducted into San Juan Rotary was Dr. Julio M. Soto, (Medicine: Consultant).  A former member of the Club, Julio was sponsored by Dr. Norman Maldonado.

 

Also joining our Club is new Palmas Del Mar Satellite Member, Gregory Scott Boyd, sponsored by Membership Director, Enrique Sigas. A warm welcome to Rotarian Greg.

 

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT Julio Soto Cubano of Pisadas de Amor, an organization formed to help seniors in need, gave a video presentation highlighting various homes restored in San Juan, Manati, Caguas and Vega Baja.  Replacing furniture, cabinets, stoves, refrigerators, clothes and other goods destroyed by Hurricane Maria, made the homes habitable again.  With” A Todas Por Mis Viejos", as the theme, the video clearly showed the dramatic changes In the lives of many affected oldsters.

 

ROTARIAN JOSE ISMAEL IRIZARRY presented President Pepito with a banner from the Rotary Club of Athinai (Athens) Greece together with a stunning make-up card featuring the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis The Athens Club is celebrating its 90th year.  Jose was happy to share our 100th Anniversary pin with Dimitrios Mexis, Secretary of the Athens Club.  

 

CLUB DIRECTOR GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND brought us up-to-date on several of the Global Grants funded by Rotary International including the Global Grant for Teatro Por Amor in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  This Grant covers all four housing areas that have recruited students studying conflict issues like drug use and gangs. Another large project for a Global Grant is the economic recovery in Punta Santiago (together with P.E.C.E.S.), a project that will provide equipment and training to ten businesses that were damaged by Hurricane Maria and will train 50 underserved residents in carpentry.  As reported previously, Rotary clubs in the States have been most generous in sending monies and relief efforts continues as we find worthy projects. 

A PERIOD OF SILENCE was held in memory of the passing of Juanita Marquez Gonzalez, the Mother of our Past President & District Governor, Juanita Valentin Morris.

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.

 

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.
 
 
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.
 

District Governor Juanita reminds us of Rotary's FAMILY DAY being held this year at Isla de Cabras this Saturday, November 3,2018.  A contingent of Stateside Rotarians will be attending and a warm welcome from our English-speaking members would be greatly appreciated. Give Juanita a call at (787)415-8235 for more information and if you are able to attend this well-organized activity.

 
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