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

Celebrating 101 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 of America
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Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Guest speaker, TONY SCHIFANO, is the founder and CEO of Antos Environmental - a Management firm focused on implementing sustainability initiatives, specifically waste reduction.  Founded 30 years ago as an education company, Antos helps elevate this organizational performance in hospitals, universities, corporations and countries to reduce landfill waste, recycle, create circular economies, build sustainable infrastructures - reduce food waste by composting to support farming and energy.  His clients, just to name a few:  Yale/NYU/ Columbia/Baptist/U of Miami/Mount Sinai (7 hospitals in NYC)/Thomas Jefferson U & Hospitals/Doctor's Center Hospital in Puerto Rico - & over a thousand more.  Mr. Schifano wrote Federal Regulations, the Medical Waste Tracking Act in 1988.  He has spoken at conference throughout the world.  Our speaker gave a vivid description of what a virtual garbage dumps our world is becoming. He sees possible salvation in our youth and stands ready and willing to bring his talk to schools on the island He ended his talk with the following: Waste Disposal is NOT Waste Management.  We have a long way to go to get a handle on the management part.
 

Club Foundation Director, GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND, presented Past President & Past District Governor, JOSE ‘Pepito’ RIVERO OLMEDO, with his 8th Paul Harris Award. 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - ROTARY CLUB OF SAN JUAN
 
Please mark your calendars:  
 
There will be NO meeting on Tuesday, December 24.
There will be NO meeting on Tuesday, December 31
 
The next meeting of San Juan Rotary will be held on Tuesday, JANUARY 7 in the AFDA Club.
 
The festively decorated meeting room saw Rotarians, spouses and friends enjoying the holiday menu,
accompanied by the music of the piano virtuoso, Marci Franki.    Birthdays in November and December were also recognized.
 
President Gerry gave the waiter staff their thank you gifts for a job well done.
 
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a joyful Holiday Season to one and all!
 
 

As you will see from the photos, our Thanksgiving lunch with the Boys & Girls Clubs of PR was a banner affair, made even more festive with the surprise appearance of New York State Governor ANDREW CUOMO, accompanied by his daughters.  Commonwealth High Interacters came to help and to face-paint the kids.  Many fellow Rotarians helped to serve the delicious lunch prepared by the chefs at La Concha Resort.  La Concha's special pricing, together with donations from Rotarians and suppliers, were greatly appreciated.  There were some highlights that didn't make press time but will be noted in a future Garita.

(More photos on the WEB page of San Juan Rotary Club (Photo Album) -  www.sanjuanrotary.org  

 
 

This is to inform you that Fellow-Rotarian Robert "Bob" Schneider passed away on January 10, 

Visiting at Buxeda Funeral Home on Thursday, January 16, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.

A Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, January 17.

Immediately after, burial  will take place at the National Cemetery in Bayamon

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San Juan Rotarian, WEI YANG LI i receives his Paul Harris Award from Club Director GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND.
 
Salvador Coleman Tio, Coordinator of Agroecology & Judy Galib, Development Coordinator of Para La Naturaleza, a local environmental advocacy group educating and training farmers, accepted the first Rotary International Global Grant check for $146,000.  This project started with an idea by the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island, Georgia.
 
 Dr. Antonio Grillo-Lopez, Past President of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, California, visited our club.  Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Grillo's club and other area clubs, extremely generous donations were made to San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund.  These funds are being used to repair damaged homes on the island. San Juan Rotary extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. Grillo.
 
President Gerry and Rotary e-Club Puerto Rico & Las Americas, Mayra I. Rivero, PP, exchanged banners at last week's luncheon.  Incidentally, Mayra just happens to be the daughter of our Past President and Past District Governor, Jose "Pepito" Rivero Olmedo.  

ROTARY YEAR 2018-19 PERFECT ATTENDANCE:  JOSE "PEPITO" RIVERO-OLMEDO, BOB SCHNEIDER, ENRIQUE SIGAS AND WITH NINE STRAIGHT YEARS OF 100%, JUANITA VALENTIN MORRIS.

 
   Robert "Bob" Bolte was presented with an  Award for his 2018-19 Rotary Year Community Service accomplishments.
 

President Gerry Cumpiano began his talk by thanking District Governor Marilyn Lopez and the many other District officials who came to the Change of Command meeting as well as his wife and fellow-Rotarian, Betsy Parker, and members of his family.  Gerry then proceeded to lay out his vision for the direction of the Club in the new Rotary year.  With "Service Above Self” as its theme, Rotary has many different Avenues of Service for Rotarians to get involved.  Service to the Community is a tradition with our Club as is investing in Youth Leadership through Interact and Rotaract.  A major goal is increasing our membership.  He urged Rotarians to bring more people to lunches to learn about who we are.  By inviting guests and recruiting new members, the audience is enlarged and we will attract excellent speakers. Gerry touched on many areas that need improvement and asked Rotarians to look around the room at the team of people who are about to embark on this year's trip.  The Rotary Team is YOU.

 
With heavy heart and sadness, we receive the news about the passing of our fellow Rotarian Johnny Rullán.  He was a devoted and passionate member of the San Juan Rotary Club for 20 years. He was always eager to help and collaborate in all the projects we developed. Details of the funeral arrangements will follow. May his soul rest in peace.
 
 
Con profundo pesar notificamos el deceso de nuestro querido CR Johnny Rullán, quien perteneció al Club Rotario de San Juan por 20 años.  Fue un apasionado y devoto colaborador de todos nuestros proyectos, siempre dispuesto a ayudar en lo que se le necesitase.  Detalles del funeral serán ofrecidos próximamente.  Descanse en paz su alma y que su familia también encuentre consuelo en los lindos recuerdos que dejó nuestro compañero.

A PERIOD OF SILENCE WAS HELD.in memory of DR. GARY CLARK, who passed away last Sunday.  Gary was President of San Juan Rotary in 1999-2000.  He was the Head of the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention in P.R).

 
San Juan Rotary Club new board of directors  and President Gerardo (Gerry) Cumpiano with Rotary District Governor Marilyn Lopez.
 

District Governor Marilyn Lopez, her husband PDG Jorge Vazquez, DGE Mercedes Peguero, her husband AG Agustin Montanez were seated at the Head Table with Pepito and Gerry.

PAST PRESIDENTS from Rotary Years 1967-68 to the present, were well represented as they escorted the new President for his swearing-in ceremony.
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Rotary Club of San Juan and Santurce participate in the collection of non-perishable items at Supermax, De Diego in the Condado Area.
 
The Rotarian recognized for her dedication & service went to GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND, pictured here with President Pepito.  
 

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.

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