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

Celebrating 102 Anniversary

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:30 PM
AFDA Club-, 2 Calle Cervantes, Condado
for info: 787-342-6179
PO Box 9021529
San Juan, PR 00902-1529
United States of America
For the moment we are meeting via ZOOM.
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
During Rotary week in Puerto Rico and on Rotary Day we had a wonderful event: the Rally through Old San Juan with a stop at the Capitol Building.
We gathered on the side of the highway in front of the Convention Center where there was a short but very moving ceremony during which the order proclaiming Rotary week and Rotary Day signed by the then Governor Fortuño was read. At the capitol building we parked, got out of our cars, and were greeted by The Vice President of the House, Representative Varela and Senator Elizabeth Rosa.
Among the dignitaries present, there was a wonderful representation of Past District Governors including our own Juanita Morris and Pepito Rivero.
It was a complete success. My thanks to everyone in our club who participated.
Also, as part of our activities during Rotary Week, I want to thank Gerry for picking up our club’s street banner which was prepared for this event and displaying it for all who pass by to see.
All the Best,
Antonio Morales, who brought the arts to the youngsters in the caserios and barrios through his project, Teatro por Amor, began his talk by thanking San Juan Rotary for all its help, financially and emotionally, over many years. Recently appointed Director of the Department of Arts and Culture for the City of San Juan, Antonio has ambitious goals for his new and greatly appreciated position.  He said the arts saved his life and Rotary was a large part of it.  Creating a library in Llorens Torres, sponsoring dance and theatre, to name just a few of the projects that helped kids make a difference in their lives.  He will always remember those Rotarians who went the extra mile for the underserved young people, naming Bob Bolte, Gerry Cumpiano, Juanita Morris & John Richardson, in particular.  A heart-warming narrative of a boy from public housing, becoming the head of a public service government agency.  
Rotarians from all island clubs are flying banners urging and thanking people in Puerto Rico, for their good and the good of others, to get the Covid-19 Vaccine.  San Juan Rotary's banner is located at 1469 Wilson Street, in the Condado, across the street from SuperMax.  Board members and Past Presidents Gerry Cumpiano and José "Pepito" Rivero-Olmedo P.D.G., are pictured with the very colorful banner.  
Vice President, JAMES KENNEDY-PHF, recognized the following Rotarians whose Recognition Level increased their Paul Harris Fund:  HECTOR GAITAN-PHF+2; GERALD CUMPIANO-PHF+1; FRANKLIN EARLE-PHF+7.  Congratulations to all three!
Dear fellow Rotarians,
The Rotary Club of San Juan has the honor of hosting Resident Commissioner Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez as our Speaker on October 13, 2020. We “ring the bell” at 12:30 PM and introduce the Speaker at 12:45PM.
Her presentation will be focused on Economic Development and Healthcare. Given the importance of these issues and our Speaker’s unquestionable expertise to address them, the club has made the decision to open the meeting to all District 7000 Rotarians who would like to join us. Our meetings are held in English and for the time being, totally virtual. All those who want to join us please use the ZOOM link provided in this email
Franklin Earle,
CONGRATULATIONS to JOSE "PEPITO" RIVERO OLMEDO, who was honored by District 7000 for his outstanding efforts as Editor of San Juan Rotary's e-Garita. The weekly newsletter delivers the Rotary message and our Club activities to members and island fellow Rotarians.  
In her presentation Attorney Calero she cover macro events from 2000 to the present, including investment, consumption, employment and unemployment tendencies. The challenges we face in these time, as well as the delays in recuperation funds will also be covered.   But I think most of us will be most interested in Covid 19 impact, and the executive orders and their impact on consumer patterns, and their short term impact.
May 4, 2020.  Delivering 1,000 N/95 masks to Dr. Pablo Rodríguez Medical Director Trauma Center Centro Medico de Puerto Rico and Dr. Graciela Rivera, Intern Ob/Gyn Central Médico.  This is the only trauma center in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean! Daphne Bechara and Vilma Vélez from Fundacion Bechara.  Special thanks to Georgie Hildebrand and the Rotary Club of San Juan for their amazing contribution and support👍👏💪
Our first meeting was held yesterday on zoom. The presentation by Dr Steve Waterman and Dr Francisco Alvarado Ramy was informative and interesting. The relationship between The San Juan Rotary Club and the CDC, and the Health Department has been long and strong.
PAST PRESIDENTS from Rotary Years 1967-68 to the present, were well represented as they escorted the new President for his swearing-in ceremony.
Image may contain: 2 people, text
Rotary Club of San Juan and Santurce participate in the collection of non-perishable items at Supermax, De Diego in the Condado Area.

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.

Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Vice President
President Elect
Club Administration
Rotary Foundation
Service Projects
ZOOM Manager
Executive Secretary
February 2021

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Home Page News
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my father and Fellow  Rotarian, Fred von Hillebrandt, on November 27, 2020 at the age of 91. He was also the  Father-in-law and Grandfather of the Rotarians of our Mayaguez Rotary Club, Gerardo Andrade and Carlos Andrade, respectively.
Attached are some pictures from the last District and Club activities I believe he attended,
Yesterday we learned the sad news of the passing of our CR Troy W. Fields.
We met Troy within the Rotary movement of Puerto Rico as a member of the Rotary Club of San Juan.
All of us who were able to share with Troy through the years are witnesses of his good humor, frank friendship, desire to serve others, and his special commitment to young people.
On behalf of Marilyn and myself, we extend our condolences to Anabel and her family, to all the members of Rotary Club San Juan, and to the entire great Rotary family in Puerto Rico.
Troy, we're going to miss you. May you enjoy eternal Peace in the company of our Lord.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”. Matthew 5:4
PDG Jorge A. Vázquez
PDG Marilyn López
Ignacio Alvarez
Mar 02, 2021
President/CEO of Popular, Inc.
Dr. Yilda Farre Rigau
Mar 09, 2021
The American Red Cross in Puerto Rico-Who We Are, What We Do and When, Where and Why Do We Do It.
Nelson M. Mendez, Esq.
Mar 16, 2021
Past President Raymond Erb
Apr 20, 2021
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Andrew Bert Foti
    February 3
  • Eugene Smotkin
    February 10
  • Julian Rodriguez-Sacristan
    February 18
  • Todd Swanson
    February 25
  • Betsy Parker
    Gerry Cumpiano
    February 20
Join Date:
  • Maria de los Angeles Rivera
    February 3, 2015
    6 years
  • Amadeo Francis
    February 27, 2018
    3 years
  • Antonio Colorado
    February 27, 2018
    3 years