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 03, 2020
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 03 in the AFDA Club.

PROGRAM : In celebrating Women's History Month, Rotary International and the Rotary Club of   San Juan in conjunction with the American Association of University Women  (AAUW), will be recognizing two professional women who have shown through their action’s high ethical professional standards.   

INVOCATION:      Juanita Valention Morris

DOOR PRICE:     Frank Earle

ATTENDANCE:         Frank Earle

SOUND SYSTEM:   Gerry Cumpiano
PHOTOGRAPHER: José M."Pepito" Rivero
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 Gerry gave Board Member GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND her Major Donor Recognition pin.  She is now the holder of Rotary International's highest donor award.  Congratulations GEORGIE!…………………...………...……………….
From the Rotary Club of North East, Maryland, DALE KERNS, exchanged banners.  Rotarian REBECCA DUNLEAVY of Antioch RC & her husband, TERRY, are active in their District's Relief Through Leadership
Guest speaker, STEFAN LECHNER, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Antilles Fruit & Vegetable Corp, and a former member of our club, gave a concise and informative talk on  Aquaponics, a sustainable method of food production combining aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water).  In this circulating system, fish waste acts as a natural fertilizer for plants, plants then take up those nutrients and return clean water to the fish.  Perfect harmony!  Aquaponics is especially valuable in areas where land and water aren't plentiful.  Aquaponics is beneficial for everyone who wants to grow food and, it can be done just about anywhere that has access to clean water and energy.  Our speaker then stressed the importance of Nitrogen as an essential nutrient for plant growth and it is abundant in a healthy aquaponics system.  Top fish for best growth include Tilapia, Catfish, Koi, Goldfish & Tropical Fish. Several of the many plants that can be grown are green, red and other leafy lettuces, Chard, Basil, Mint, Watercress & Arugula.  Adding potassium to the water triggers better results for tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, beans, peas & squash. A most interesting topic about a system with little environmental impact to produce high-quality fish and vegetables.  
AAUW of Puerto Rico

San Juan Rotary has awarded a $1,200 grant to the AAUW of Puerto Rico to kick start a campaign to close the gender pay gap in Puerto. Closing this gap means greater financial security for Puerto Rico’s women and their families. The president of the AAUW of Puerto Rico, Betsy Parker (also a San Juan Rotarian) sees this partnership with Rotary  as an effective way to work together on a common goal.

The San Juan Rotary grant will specifically help to publicize the free online salary negotiation course called Work Smart. AAUW is not just offering this seminar, it is avidly working to get 10 million U.S. women to take it during the next five years:  AAUW of Puerto Rico wants 40,000 women in Puerto Rico to take the course.  Grant funds will be used for social media advertising, seminars and promotional materials.

AAUW members in our club include Pat Schneider, Angela Schlump, Juanita Morris, Carmen Hammel, Jennifer Bates, Hallee Paterson, Russ Paterson and Gerry Cumpiano. For more information about this project, contact Ms. Parker at

Bulletin Editor
Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo
Mar 03, 2020
AAUW ( American Association of University Women)
Mar 10, 2020
Candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico
Mar 17, 2020
Grant Thorton Women in Business Report
Mar 31, 2020
Apr 07, 2020
San Patricio Village and his experience as a non-family member as CEO.
Apr 14, 2020
The Novel Corona Virus 2020, a global public health emergency.
Apr 21, 2020
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