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

Celebrating 100 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
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Six kids under the age of 10 have been diagnosed with polio-like illness in Minnesota since September. The MN Dept of Health informed the disease, which primarily affects young children, is extremely rare with the first outbreak reported in August 2014 in the USA. By the end of that year, at least 120 patients had been diagnosed across 34 states, as CNN reported recently.  Yesterday another 10 cases were reported in Illinois.  We should continue contributing and making our best efforts to eradicate this terrible disease that cripple mainly children.


During our October 16 meeting we received a detailed report from the organization “Pisadas de Amor” on the use of the donation they received from our Club. We appreciate their report; they are realizing an extraordinary job.   


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.

District 7000 Governor, Juanita Valentin Morris, made her Official Visit to San Juan Rotary.  With Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme of "Be the Inspiration" in mind, DG Juanita spoke on her three major passions: Rotary, the YWCA and family.  She spent the early morning meeting with our Board of Directors to hear our plans and objectives for this Rotary Year.  The recovery from Hurricane Maria efforts by Rotarians were highly praised as was RI's Polio Plus program that has almost eradicated that dread disease from the planet.  She could not stress enough of the important of transmitting your Rotary enthusiasm to others as we need to increase the membership on the island as well as in our club.  DG Juanita thanked RI for its help in recovery to the YWCA building in Miramar which was badly damaged by Maria.  She also thanked the many Rotarians who offered their sympathy upon the recent death of her Mother. Lastly, she was happy to tell of her grandson's obtaining the title of Attorney-at-law on passing the bar examination.
DG Juanita retired from UPR after 30 years, the last eight as director of the Office of External Resources.  She belongs to multiple professional and civic organizations such as the Foundation for the Supreme Court of PR, YWCA (President) San Juan Rotary (President 2013-2014) and numerous educational associations DG Juanita also has an artistic side - teacher of Ikebana flower arranging in the Japanese tradition, having exhibited her arrangements at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and UPR for the Florist Association. She has lived in England and has literally been around the world. To date, she has visited 15 Rotary Clubs and has another 15 to go as District Governor of Rotary in Puerto Rico.  

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!


James Eggert from the Killeen-Heights, Texas Rotary Club, exchanged banners with President Pepito.


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.

2-Glenn Garayalde & Marcos Vidal; 8-Antonio Colorado; 11-Heiko Faass; 22-Bill Mevs; 25-John Rullan; 28-Sherman Wildman.
Be sure to sit at the Birthday Table and enjoy a glass of wine, compliments of the Club.

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.

ACHIEVING 100% ATTENDANCE IN THE APRIL-JUNE QUARTER:  Ken McGrath, Maria Elena Perez, Julian Rodriguez-Sacristan, Jose M.(Pepito)Rivero and Juanita Morris.

Be sure to sit at the Reserved 100% Attendance Table.


WE HAVE TWO ROTARIANS WITH PERFECT CONSECUTIVE ATTENDANCE.  Maria Elena Perez with 9 years and Juanita Valentin-Morris with 8 years of perfect attendance.

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.
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION awarded Past President Luis Marti with his Sixth Paul Harris Recognition lapel pin.
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.
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