"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.
 

"School by School; A new Puerto Rico" as her topic, Ana Maria Garcia Blanco, Director of Instituto Nueva Escuela, spoke on the right of children to receive an excellent education.  Her focus was on the Montessori method, a scientifically proven pedagogy, based  on the profound respect for children and their potential.  .An outstanding example of success is the Juan Domingo Public School, a school that went from failing to a model school.  The Instituto Nueva Escuela is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2005.  It accomplishes its mission by training and certifying teachers, organizing and building the capacity of school leaders, community organizing and establishing strong family programs.  

                     A graduate of Harvard University, from undergraduate through her Doctorate in Education, (and in the first class that accepted women) Dr. Garcia Blanco's enthusiasm captivated the audience and energized a strong Q&A session. Thanks go to Carmen Hammel who arranged for our guest speaker.

 

 
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.

 
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
Graham Castillo, President, Estudios Tecnicos
Sep 24, 2019
The State of Reconstruction & its Economic Impact.
Kenneth Kay
Oct 01, 2019
Building an Innovation Ecosystem in Puerto Rico
Jose Enrique Fernandez - The Kinesis Foundation
Oct 08, 2019
Mission:To ensure a higher education for our students to transform the future of Puerto Rico
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
Dec 17, 2019