"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 are working tirelessly on the final preparations for our 100th Anniversary Gala in August.  Please remember to buy tickets for your family members and friends to this great event.
With the Rotary year nearly over, I would like to thank all the members of our club for their participation and involvement in the club's activities and projects.  We have accomplished a lot this year and have helped hundreds of families and communities with our relief efforts.  There is still more work to be done this coming year under the leadership of President Pepito.  We have laid the groundwork for future projects that will help rebuild our island and support the neediest of communities.  I know that he can count on our full support.  Finally, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to lead this great organization this year.  It has been a pleasure working with such a dedicated group of individuals.



Fernando Lloveras, Executive Director of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico - the leading nature conservation and historic preservation organization on the island, and President of it's unit Para la Naturaleza, spoke on the human and ecological damage suffered with the passage of Hurricane Maria.  Lack of planning, electricity, fuel, communications and adherence to building codes added to the havoc.  Work has begun to replace the millions of trees that were lost (30% of our forest).  Much of our north costal coral reefs are dead.  There is no doubt that we need a stronger habitat both for nature and humans.  His organization is working towards that goal. Our speaker is also Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, among other positions.  With degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard University, our speaker is a cattle and coffee farmer in Ciales where he lives with his wife and two children.
A group photo will be taken of ALL San Juan Rotarians at the JUNE 19 luncheon.  And, a group photo of the new Board of Directors.
Juanita Valentin Morris, our District Governor for 2018-2019.  Juanita will be vising all island clubs, among other duties, during her year as Governor.
And presently a member of the SCOTTSDALE, AZ ROTARY, Arizona, Bob Murray, exchanged banners with President Ken.  He also attended the District Conference in Guayanilla last weekend, where he made a donation of $1 million dollars to our Rotary District for Hurricane Relief.  
To Alexandre Cerqueria for his dedication as Advisor to Commonwealth High School's Interact Club since 2004 During his tenure, Commonwealth Interactors raised $40,000 for their "Heart for Haiti" program dedicated to providing space and materials for the underprivileged children of the Matanwa, Haiti community.  There efforts, together with the Skidaway Island Rotary Club, prompted Rotary International to provide $150,000 for the Haiti program.  Alexandre is leaving for a new position at the Bradenton Preparatory Academy in Dubai.  Pictured with Alexandre are some of the people who had the pleasure of working with him including PP Ray Erb, Anna Colomer, PDG John Richardson, Club Director Alan Austen and President Ken McGrath. Alexandre was also an active participant in our club's Chili and Sancocho yearly event.  

Achieving 100% attendance in the January-March quarter were:  Rafael Aponte, Ricardo Betancourt, Warwick Butler, Juanita Morris, Maria Elena Perez, Joe Sampson,Enrique Sigas & Jose M. (Pepito) Rivero.

(Be sure to sit at the Reserved Table and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your lunch).

From Bellevue, Washington, PAUL DRESSEL, exchanged banners with President KEN. After the meeting, Rotarian Paul wrote a $4,000 check for our Hurricane Relief Fund.
Rotarians Ken McGrath, Pepito Rivero and Bob Bolte are holding the banner representing the Hurricane Relief donation of 327,000 pouches of baby food sent to Puerto Rico by the Skojdt-Barret Company in Indianapolis, Indiana and Toronto, Canada.  With the help of several island Rotary Clubs, the pouches were distributed to children, with 45% going to the elderly.  The pouches, prepared by employees on their free time, is another indication of the generosity of our Stateside compatriots.

Of the work our Club is doing to help the victims of Hurricane Maria, Rotary District 7000 presented President Ken McGrath with an award for outstanding service.


Will be held this year in a different way, but with the same purpose of recognizing the contributions of Rotarians to the Rotary Foundation, in a year where our District hopes to complete large impact projects that will be possible with the funds of this entity.  The President of the Rotary Foundation Committee in the District, PDG Paul Roman Correa, invites all Rotary members to register and participate in the Foundation Awards Gala on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Zafra del Caribe Restaurant in Gurabo.  


Vickie Michaud, Founder & CEO for Hope Builders, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization formed to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Vieques, accepted a $7,000. check from San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund to be shared among six families to make repairs to their homes and replace destroyed furniture, kitchen cabinets and appliances.  Amounts of $500 to $1500 per family will be used for supplies and labor.  This project was researched and approved by our Club's Hurricane Relief Committee.  


A community whose home were flooded by the rains of Hurricane Maria, received 52 mattresses last Tuesday thanks to San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund.  As the accompanying pictures show, it was a hands-on task for several of our committee members assisted by community helpers.  Thanks to Bob & Aida Bolte, Armand & Nereida Pique, and Gerry Cumpiano for overseeing the delivery of the much needed bedding. A major source of the funds available for such a project were donated to our Club by many Rotary Clubs and individuals in the United States.

Congratulations to fellow-Rotarian and Guest Speaker DR. RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ MERCADO as he received his 6th Paul Harris Recognition Award.

Attending our meeting on Tuesday were Magda Baggett, Past District 7730 Governor; Joe Running, Asst. District 7730 Governor, both from the Fayetteville, NC Club; Jay Sollis, Asst. District 7730 Governor from New River, NC, and Branka Panic, Duke University Scholar from Serbia.  Joining them were President Ken McGrath, Past District 7000 Governor and President Elect Jose M. “Pepito" Rivero, and District 7000 Governor Elect Juanita Morris.



Inducted into San Juan Rotary on Tuesday was AMAURY RIVERA (Classification: Community Leader), sponsored by Warwick Butler.

Maria Magdalena Jacinto from Sao Paulo, Brazil, accompanied by her sister, Ana Beatriz Martinez, who  is a resident of Lomas Verdes, Bayamon, PR.  

San Juan Rotary inducted two new members at last week's meeting: RICARDO BETANCOURT (Business Service: Retired) sponsored by Past President Jorge Gonzalez and WEI YANG LI (Wine Distribution), President of JJ& L, Inc. Willie was sponsored by Rotarian Ralph Bixler.


ROTARIANS celebrated the 99th birthday of Charles "Chuck" Hitt with song and applause.  A pioneer in housing developments, a community leader and champion on the tennis courts, Chuck has been a positive spokesman for our island for many, many years. Happy Birthday, Chuck, from all your fellow-Rotarians!


Past District 5330 Governor, Shab El Awar, and  his wife Bricia, President of the San Bernardino, California Rotary Club, were in Puerto Rico to give San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund a $13,000 donation.  PDG Shab El Awar also gave a two-hour seminar covering Rotary International's Global Grants Program.  Accompanying the California Rotarians were members of our Club.   


WILLIAM MEVS (Restaurant Industry).  Bill, a member of our club from 1987-2013, is the owner of Barrachina Restaurant on Calle Fortaleza in Old San Juan.  PP Jennifer Bates was his sponsor.
Troy Fields received word from Nanette Connelly that her mother, Rotarian Andree (Didi) Connelly, passed away in Madrid, Spain on December 20.
Representatives of both FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) were our guests last Tuesday.  Hector Soto of FEMA and Annie Mustafa Ramos of SBA gave us an update on their respective organization's endeavors in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Thanks to Rotarian Ed Collins who made the arrangements.
Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin and SBA Public Affairs Specialist, Annie Mustafa Ramos, receiving their Four Way Test Speaker  Mugs from  President Ken McGrath.
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. 
Visiting Rotarian Vicki Brentin of Houston, Texas, as District Director of Disaster Recovery, is in Puerto Rico on a water filter project for churches, homes for the elderly and clinics.  Invited to the meeting to receive a Paul Harris Award for his over $60,000 contribution to financially support the water project was EVAN ROSE, a 27-year-old 20/22 investor resident of San Juan.  Here we see young EVAN receiving his Paul Harris from DGE Juanita, PDG & President Elect José M.(Pepito) & Vicki Brentin.  
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.
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.
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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