The Rotary Club of
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Chartered 1918
September 25, 2018
The next luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 25 in the AFDA Club.
SPEAKER:  Dr. Axel Kaiser, internationally renown Economist, lawyer and author who will speak on Investment, Commerce & Arbitration.  


INVOCATION:         Juanita Valentin Morris

ATTENDANCE:         Frank Earle

DOOR PRIZE:          Bob Schneider
SOUND SYSTEM:   John Ferrandino
MENU: Chef's Choice
If you prefer a vegetarian dish with fish OR a purely vegetarian dish, please tell it to the waiter as you are seated.  This is a great timesaver.
President José M. (Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo-Message


We thank our new fellow members: ANTONIO COLORADO , GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND, BRUNO MAZZA, and RICK WEINLAND who allowed us to know them better by briefing us on their particular interests during our last week meeting.
          As you all know Hurricane Florence caused catastrophic damage and perilous conditions along the east coast of the USA.  Let’s keep all our fellow Rotarians residing there in our prayers.
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.

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.


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 or for sponsorship and registration information please contact Zayra Caraballo at (787) 613-2025 or


On Thursday, September 27, at 12:00 noon at Castellanos Restaurant, at Munoz Rivera Ave & Domenech Ave. All are welcomed.  For more information: 

President Pepito and Rotary Foundation Director John Richardson presented BERT FINN with his 8th Paul Harris Award and LANCE BRILLIANTINE with his 1st Paul Harris Award.  Congratulations to both!

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


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!


Chairman Sherman called upon four new Rotarians to give a 4-minute review of their life's journey and their career history.  We began with ANTONIO COLORADO. Tito was born in NY and came to Puerto Rico when he was 4 years old.  He saw government service as the Secretary of Labor.  Promoting job creation in manufacturing and other areas was then and still is now as a lawyer in private practice.  GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND.  Georgie was born in San Francisco.  The family moved to Oregon where she went to the U of Oregon, got her MBA and, in 1999 her law degree and practiced for six years.  After her husband sold his successful business, they moved to Dorado.  Georgie serves on San Juan Rotary's Board of Directors.  Keeping abreast of our three Global Grants is just one of her many tasks as Director of Public Image.  BRUNO MAZZA was born in Parma, Italy.  After moving to Rome, his first construction job was in Bangladesh.  Next stops were Iraq & Iran (where he married his American wife, Diane).  Wanting his child to be born in the U.S, he moved to San Francisco and worked with a Hawaiian based sugar company.  The sugar industry brought him to Puerto Rico in 1955 but the sugar cane industry suffered a severe blow.  Back he went to the construction industry and helped build the Gurabo-Juncos Highway.  In 1970, he formed his own company, Rio Construction for 18 years.  Bruno formed a new company, Super Asphalt, which mainly deals with road construction.  With the title CEO, he lets his two sons run the business.  Bruno also has a daughter in Florida and he has many grandchildren.  RICK WEINLAND, a New Yorker, went to Brown U in Rhode Island.  He volunteered to teach in Kenya for one year and loved it so much that he decided to make it his career.  His job in San Francisco found him and his wife caught up in the earthquake.  Off they went to Venezuela for six years.  The Tasis School in Switzerland was his next assignment.  On to the Middle East for six years and then Japan for 12 years.  With his last child in college, he has taken on the job of Head of School for the Commonwealth-Parkville School. 

Celebrating our 100th Anniversary
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Club # 4523
Bulletin Editor
Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo
Sep 25, 2018
Investment, Commerce & Arbitration, as Exec-Director of Foundation for Progress
Oct 02, 2018
Be the Inspiration - RI President Barry Rassin's theme for Rotary Year 2018-19
Nov 06, 2018
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