The Rotary Club of
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Chartered 1918
March 16, 2021
On March 16, Invocation by: Jean Cornelius
Guest Speaker, Attorney Nestor M. Mendez topic will be, "Civics: The Antidote to Populism and Autocracy in a Democracy"
President Frank Earle Message
Fellow Rotarians,
This week, I want to make a special recognition for Jorge Gonzalez.
He has been instrumental in helping resolve two major issues that are especially important to the club:
First, he has been and continues to be an exceptional help, solving unexpected legal issues arising from our project designed to bring drinking water to the homes of a barrio in Adjuntas.
He has also dedicated an amazing amount of energy and time to finding speakers for our weekly meetings.
Both of these activities are critical for the functioning and reputation of the club.
Jorge, Many, many thanks!
All the Very Best,
To the four Members who have reached a higher level In the Paul Harris Fund of Rotary International:
PH+l - William Mevs;  PH+2 - Bucky Tervo;  PH+4 - Dr. Norman Maldonado; and PH+5  Keith Olson
Last Week
Our speaker, Dr. Ylda Farre Rigau, Red Cross Volunteer Leader in Puerto Rico since 2010, gave a comprehensive talk on the organization founded by a Swiss businessman, Henry Dumant in 1863.  Clara Barton, an American nurse in the Civil War, founded the American Red Cross and led it for 23 years.  In 1893, Manuel Fernandez Juncos brought the Red Cross to Puerto Rico until the American Red Cross was founded in 1917.  Fittingly, Henry Dumant won the very first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.  With its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the ARC puts its values to work with compassionate, collaborative, creative, credible, and committed service.  
Dr. Farre, a retired UPR Professor, has visited many countries, including Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Columbia, Panama & Cuba, to name a few.  She is the winner of many volunteer awards and is a volunteer responder to hurricane disasters in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico.  The bonding of volunteers and generous donors has made a great positive impact worldwide.
Thanks to Club Director, Carmen Hammel, for arranging for this informative program.  
Bulletin Editor
Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo
Mar 16, 2021
Civics: The Antidote to Populism and Autocracy in a Democracy
Mar 23, 2021
Garrison Commander, Fort Buchanan
Mar 30, 2021
Apr 13, 2021
Associate State Director for Advocacy AARP Puerto Rico
Apr 20, 2021
Apr 27, 2021
A Dialogue on Successful Aging
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Member Birthdays
Keith Olson
March 5
Hallee Patterson
March 11
Patricia Schneider
March 24
Ricardo Betancourt
March 25
Jennifer Bates
March 26
Armand Pique-Menig
March 28
John Hammel
March 28
Spouse Birthdays
March 2
Pinky Pico
March 9
Hallee Patterson
March 11
March 15
John Ferrandino
March 29
Join Date
Charles K. Elias
March 1, 1982
39 years
Enrique Sigas
March 1, 1983
38 years
Alfredo Castellanos-Bayouth
March 5, 2019
2 years
Eugene Smotkin
March 5, 2019
2 years
Georganna Hildebrand
March 7, 2017
4 years
Lance Brilliantine
March 7, 2017
4 years
Roberto H. Valentín
March 15, 1947
74 years
Michelle Crespo-Davila
March 19, 2019
2 years
John Hammel
March 20, 2007
14 years
Hallee Patterson
March 21, 2017
4 years
Russell Patterson
March 21, 2017
4 years
Russell Hampton
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