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

Celebrating 101 Anniversary

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AFDA Club, 2 Calle Cervantes, Condado
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PO Box 9021529
San Juan, PR  00902-1529
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Rotary announced US$100 million
to eradicate polio
            Ten days ago Rotary announced that they are giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed  hundreds of thousands of children each year.
            The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final – and most pressing – challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status.
            While there were only 33 cases of wild poliovirus reported in 2018, the last mile of eradication has proven to be the most difficult.  Barriers to eradication, like weak health systems, insecurity, and mobile and remote populations, must be overcome.  As long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and commitment to eradication.
            Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year to be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amounting to $150 million for polio eradication annually.  Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to fight the disease.  In 1988, Rotary became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Bill Gates Foundation later joined.  Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9% from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018.


Attorney Mercedes Peguero, President of the Puerto Rico Parole Board for the past seven years, gave a detailed talk on the vision and mission of the Board which is to promote the rehabilitation of the inmate and the security of the community.  She defined Parole as the release of an inmate from prison prior to his/her sentence's maximum date, under supervision.  Our speaker then went on to explain the different rules depending on the criminal acts committed and the Penal Code that applies.  Mercedes is a member of the Arecibo Rotary Club.  She is our District 7000 Governor Elect for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. Mother of three, she is married to Agustin Montanez-Altman.
ROTARIANS from Greeley Centennial , Colorado were . Evelyn Stiefel and Rock Jannison .  Evelyn is President/Owner of A-Frame Mortgage LLC.
VISITING ROTARIAN from Traverse City, Michigan, KENNARD WEAVER & his wife JUDITH.  He is a retired lawyer and Chairman of Rotary District 6290 Grants Committee. 

WE WELCOMED VISITING ROTARIAN MARIA CAROLINA MALAN from the Rotary Club La Commercial in Montevideo, Uruguay.  She is the Director of Community Service in her Club.  

Rotarian Gerry Cumpiano donated four tickets to upcoming musical events held at the Centro de Bellas Artes. Funds raised will be used to purchase better sound equipment for Rotary meetings.  At the April 23 meeting, bidding for the tickets started at $45 but quickly jumped to several hundred dollars.  The auctioneer - Ray Erb - seemed stunned when one bidder outbid himself several times.  In the end, the auction raised over $1,000 as the high bidder for all tickets was our guest speaker, Robb Rill.  Many thanks to the 20/22 Act Society for their support.  And, Mr. Rill donated the tickets back to the Club so the Auction will continue at next week's meeting.  Tickets are for May 4 and May 5 events.  Let's hope we can stun Ray again next week.  


Were Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of San Jose, Santa Cruz & Modesto, California.  San Juan Rotarians were honored to welcome these representatives and their fellow Rotarians to our Tuesday luncheon.  


Joined us at our meeting last week. These Rotarians worked with our Club and P.E.C.E.S. to do a Rotary International Global Grant in Punta Santiago, a project that helped 10 small businesses re-open by buying the equipment they needed and training them in budgeting and planning.  The Grant also trained 50 underserved kids to be carpenters. These 25 Rotarians from District 5170 and 5220, who funded this project, came to Puerto Rico to visit the project. 

 Pictured are the 25 Rotarians together with our District Governor, Juanita Valentin Morris, our President Jose "Pepito" Rivero Olmedo   and San Juan Rotary Club's Director of Community Service, Georganna Hildebrand.

Of the Marietta Metro, Georgia Club also exchanged banners with our President (Pepito).
Jason is the Senior Assistant District Attorney, Head of White-Collar Crime & Elder Abuse Unit in Cobbs County.
Of the Lake Wales Breakfast, Florida Rotary Club exchanged banners with President Pepito, Jolee is President of Multi Maxis Mfg.
Will be joining us for our meeting on April 9. These Rotarians worked with our Club and P.E.C.E.S. to do a Rotary International Global Grant in Punta Santiago, a project that helped 10 small businesses re-open by buying the equipment they needed and training them in budgeting and planning.  The Grant also trained 50 underserved kids to be carpenters.  Twenty-Five Rotarians from District 5170 and 5220, who funded this project, will be traveling to Puerto Rico to visit the project.  We hope all San Juan Rotarians attend next week's, April 9th, meeting to welcome our California partners.

MEMBERS from District 6720 Clubs in Hinesville, Savannah South, Blackshear, Macon North and Sandersville, Georgia, exchanged banners with our Club.

CESAR ALARCON ZAMBRANO, Visiting Rotarian, and Secretary of his club, from Porto Viejo, Ecuador, exchanged banners with President Pepito.

We miss you a lot at the San Juan Rotary meetings.  If we can keep you attending more often, please let us have your good ideas, which are always appreciated.  Thank you for participating in this survey.


Inducted into San Juan Rotary on Tuesday was MICHELLE CRESPO DAVILA, President of Rolandia, Inc, located on Calle O'Neill in Hato Rey.  Michelle was sponsored by Past President Jorge Gonzalez.


Starting on February 20, San Juan Rotary and the e-Club of PR and Las Americas will take their turn promoting the First Virtual Silent Auction in Plaza las Americas.  On webpage www.rotary-e.org, you can see what is being auctioned.  An example is a week's stay in San Diego, CA.  Fine jewelry and paintings by well-known artists, are also being offered.  Go to the webpage and participate in the 8th Anniversary of Rotary's Virtual Silent Auction.


For enrollment in the Anglo-American University in Prague, the Czech Republic, was EMILY BOMERSBACK, Admissions Director.  Offering 17 undergraduate and graduate programs entirely in English, all of which are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, with students automatically considered for academic merit scholarships, Director Bomersback can be contacted at: Emily.bomersback@aauni.edu.
Achieving 100% Attendance in the October-December Quarter were:  Ken McGrath, Maria Elena Perez, Luis Ramirez, Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo, Enrique Sigas & Juanita Valentin Morris.
The Reserved 100% Table will be waiting for you as you enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.
DAVID & PATRICIA PATTERSON of the Conshohocken, Pennsylvania Rotary Club received our banner at Tuesday's luncheon.  They had been working with The Salvation Army packing emergency food boxes and delivering to the community.  They are still interested in helping our island and can be contacted at: dpatter214@comcast.net
Rotarian & Director Carmen Hammel as she receives her 2nd Paul Harris Award from President Pepito and Rotary Foundation Chairman & Past President John Richardson.
RECEIVING HIS 7th Paul Harris Award was President Jose M."Pepito" Rivero-Olmedo. 
Former San Juan Rotarian and now a Rotarian in Franklin, Tennessee, DAVID HESS, presented a donation to the San Juan Community Library.  Receiving the check was Rotarian JOSEPH SAMPSON.
San Juan Rotary recognized the waiters, who faithfully serve us weekly, with a Christmas gift.  Also receiving congratulations for their culinary skills was the Chef and his kitchen staff.
On behalf of our Hurricane Relief Committee, President JOSÉ M. (Pepito) RIVERO is shown handing a check to OMAYRA BORGES, VP of Fundacion Mochileando, an organization dedicated to repairing homes damaged in Hurricane Maria.
Visiting Rotarian, ANNEMIEKE DIRKES, from the Rotary Club of Doetinchem, The Netherlands, received our banner from President JOSE "PEPITO" RIVERO.  Rotarian ANNEMIEKE is the CEO of Blockchain Projects and is a member of her Club's International Committee.

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.


Brisas del Torito, a neighborhood in Cayey, received a high pressure pump to inject chlorine as the water comes out of the pump in answer to their request to San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Committee.  Rotarian Armand Pique, Coordinator of the Project, delivered the $2,060.32 check to Renato Lopez Fuentes community helper in Cayey.  
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!


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.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT KENNETH McGRATH received his 3rd Paul Harris Award this Tuesday.  

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.

Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Community Service
Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Service Projects
Executive Secretary
June 2019

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