The Rotary Club of
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Chartered 1918
June 27, 2017
The next meeting will be held on JUNE 27 in the AFDA CLUB.
The Change of Command when President Jennifer Bates passes the gavel to Incoming President Kenneth McGrath.
(Past Presidents are asked to please wear their Medallions).

INVOCATION:          Major Eric Rodriguez
ATTENDANCE:        Frank Earle
DOOR PRIZE:         Didi Connelly
SOUND SYSTEM:   John Ferrandino
MENU: Chef's Choise
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President Jennifer Bates Message
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!
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.
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.
Visiting Rotarian 
Visiting our Club on Tuesday was Past President Fernando Valverde (1986-87)
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.
Celebrating our 99th Anniversary
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Club # 4523
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Pepito Rivero-Olmedo
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