The Rotary Club of
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Chartered 1918
February 05, 2019
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, FEBRUARY 05 in the AFDA Club.
GUEST SPEAKER: Fellow Rotarian Lance Brilliantine, Maricarmen Conoway and Adam Freed's topic will be, "Creating a Sense of Space."  The surprising result of restoring a landmarked building in San Juan.
INVOCATION:        Juanita Valentin Morris

ATTENDANCE:         Frank Earle

DOOR PRIZE:          Bob Schneider
SOUND SYSTEM:   Gerry Cumpiano
MENU: Chef's Choice
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President José M. (Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo-Message
Rotary leadership is developing a strategic plan that will help guide our organization from Rotary Year 2020 and beyond. 
In June, Rotary’s Board of Directors and Trustees approved four key priorities and objectives to serve as the foundation for the next strategic plan:
  • Increase our impact:  Rotary strives to change the lives of others or the better.Our members invest volunteer and financial resources in a broad range of service activities, but they will do a better job of measuring the results and outcomes of our work.So that Rotary can continue to attract members, partners, and donors, we will focus our programs and produce evidence of lasting impact.
  • Expand our reach:  Create unique opportunities for more people and organizations to get involved.Clubs will always be important, but to extend our global reach, they will expand our current structure with innovative models that welcome more participants into Rotary and give them meaningful ways to unite and take action.
  • Enhance participant engagement:  because they recognize the challenges our clubs face in today’s changing world, Rotary will support our clubs’ efforts to deliver an experience that engages and retains members.
  • Increase our ability to adapt:  ensure that our operating and governance structures are efficient, flexible and effective in delivering services to all of our participants.
In the coming year Rotary will craft strategies and tactics for achieving these new priorities and objectives.

IN SAN JUAN ROTARY   EUGENE SMOTKIN, Professor and CEO, NuVant Systems, Inc., Sponsored by Past President John Richardson.  Any objection must be addressed to the Secretary and received by February 9, 2019.  The final decision rests with the Board of Directors.

Rotarian & Director Carmen Hammel as she receives her 2nd Paul Harris Award from President Pepito and Rotary Foundation Chairman & Past President John Richardson.
RECEIVING HIS 7th Paul Harris Award was President Jose M."Pepito" Rivero-Olmedo. 
DAVID & PATRICIA PATTERSON of the Conshohocken, Pennsylvania Rotary Club received our banner at Tuesday's luncheon.  They had been working with The Salvation Army packing emergency food boxes and delivering to the community.  They are still interested in helping our island and can be contacted at:
Joining us last week was one of Puerto Rico's best known political analysts, newspaper columnist and author of over a dozen best sellers, Luis Davila Colon.  Our speaker said the year 2020 will bring a brand new ball game.  Some topics he covered were the way are leaders and parties have hit historic bottoms, the rise of populism, the can't do nothing Congress, our bankrupt local government, the inept Fiscal Board and the extremism of a toxic press as the principal opposition. As he sees it, 2020 will be a war impacted by "Fake News".as the new "truth".  Luis was born in Cidra, earned his B.A. from Marquette U and his Juris Doctor at UPR Law School.  He is considered by Library of Congress experts as the authority on the definitive study on statehood admission process.
Obviously, his talk generated a lively Q&A period.  His nightly radio program on WKAQ is Puerto Rico's Number One show.


There will be musical entertainment, wine with lunch and a special menu. BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS and invite your spouse and friends to our annual event.

Celebrating our 100th Anniversary
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
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