"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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Introduced by Assistant District Governor, Ivette Martin Colon, San Juan Rotary warmly welcomed 2019-2020 District 7000 Governor, MARILYN LOPEZ, who gave an overview of the many areas of activities and projects to be covered in her Rotary Year.  Club Administration, Service to the Community, Public Image, contributions to The Rotary Foundation and, a most important focus - how to increase membership in our club and district.  An area where San Juan Rotary achieved outstanding success was our club's participation in Rotary International's Global Grant funding.  With four grants approved, including Teatro por Amor ($99,700). P.E.C.E.S. ($100,000), Para La Naturaleza ($289,000), and SOUNS  ($163,000), and four more submitted and either approved or in process, under Director Georganna Hildebrand, the Club had a banner year.  Director Ray Erb gave his report on Interact-Rotaract, Rotary International's Youth Services Clubs, followed by reports from all the directors.  

 MARILYN LOPEZ, a native of Ponce, holds many advanced degrees and has held professional positions in both Catholic U and Interamerican U + teaching music in the Caribbean School in Ponce.  Marred to Past District Governor, Jorge Vazquez, with four children and two grandkids, she has served in multiple leadership positions in our District and in Rotary International.  A strong believer in the Rotary Foundation she is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Major Donor.  Member of the Puerto Rico Symphonic Choir, and Choir Director of the Ponce First Methodist Church, Governor Marilyn treated us to a beautiful rendition of "En mi Viejo San Juan"..  The club looks forward to working with this dynamic Rotarian.  .  

                     A beautiful flower arrangement, a check to The Rotary Foundation to add to her Paul Harris Fund, and the ubiquitous Speaker's Mug, were graciously accepted by DG Marilyn from San Juan Rotary President, Gerry Cumpiano.

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

 

2018-19 President Pepito Rivero Olmedo presented Outstanding Service Awards to three Rotarians who join those so honored at the June 25th Meeting:  Pictured are Warwick Butler

Jorge Gonzalez and Luis Ramirez

 

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.

 
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.
 
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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Speakers
Manuel Cidre
Aug 20, 2019
Puerto Rico: The Country we want and Deserve
Dr. Jorge Haddock
Aug 27, 2019
Jon Borschow
Sep 03, 2019
The Third Sector's Role in Transforming Puerto Rico's Economy
Dr. Abrahim Perez
Sep 10, 2019
Graham Castillo
Sep 24, 2019
Kenneth Kay
Oct 01, 2019
Perverse Incentives; as well as good incentives in various countries and focus on Puerto Rico