"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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Guest speaker, Carolyn Ferrandino, was introduced by husband and fellow-Rotarian, John Ferrandino.  With a Masters Degree from Penn State (where they met) she furthered her studies at UPR & the U of Paris.   Then, Carolyn graduated with a Beekeeping Certification from the U of Kentucky and has been heavily involved with the bee industry in Puerto Rico.  She is also the President and Owner of Truly Nolen Pest Control.  Her mission is to try to create awareness of the importance of pollinators, honeybees and the honeybees on the island.  Pollinators range from lady bugs, bats, wasps, etc.  But, the most efficient and beneficial pollinator to mankind is the honeybee (Apis mellifera).

Everything honeybees do is good!  pollinate, food, medicine, lotions, creams, etc.  Bee pollen has an impressive nutritional profile.  It contains over 250 biologically active substances.  Even bee stings have medicinal value better known as Apitherapy.  Our speaker asked us to do our part to protect bees.  It's the best legacy we can leave our progeny.  Thanks to John for bringing us this positive and informative program.

 

 
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.
 
Congratulations to fellow-Rotarian Jose Duarte da Silveira who received his 3rd Paul Harris Award from Rotary Foundation Chair & Club Director, Georganna Hildebrand.
 
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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Roberto Soto Acosta
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Roadmap for dedecting changes in ocean due to climate changes.
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The State of Reconstruction & its Economic Impact.
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
Dec 17, 2019