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 04, 2018
The next luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 04 in the AFDA Club.
SPEAKER:  Joseph Ryan Smolarz,, MD, FACS, FAACA.  Dr. Smolarz is an Allergist in St. Thomas whose topic is "Mold Problems After the Storm."
INVOCATION:          Warwick Butler
ATTENDANCE:        Sol Bravman
DOOR PRIZE:         Bob Schneider
SOUND SYSTEM:  Bucky Tervo
PHOTOGRAPHER:Julian Rodriguez Sacristan
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
World Polio Day Event – October 24, 2018
The goal:  a polio free world.  The Global Polio Eradication initiative is a public partnership led by national governments with 5 partners: The World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Polio remains endemic in three (3) countries:  Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.  Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization.
As of August 23, 2018, the summary of new viruses this week:  Afghanistan – two new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPP1) positive environmental samples.  Democratic Republic of the Congo – circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 detected in the stool samples of two healthy contacts of two different negative AFP cases.  Nigeria – one new case of cVDPV2 and two new cVDPV2 positive environmental samples.  Somalia – one new case of cVDPV2.
How will our club celebrate World Polio Day?  I would like to hear your suggestions.  We must provide information to non-Rotarians about awareness that there is polio in the world and that Rotary has been working hard to eradicate this terrible disease.


Past President John Richardson and President Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero gave new Paul Harris Fellow, Carola Schropp and Paul Harris +8 Fellow, Sal Nolfo, their lapel pins.
Visiting Rotarian 
Vicki Brentin of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline Club, exchanged banners with President Pepito.
Guest speaker Gabriel Hernandez, CPA and head of the Tax Division at BDO Puerto Rico, and a founding member of Puerto Rico is the Answer, a non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates investment on the island, gave an insight to the 20/22 regulations and options.  He said that more than $1 billion has been invested in Puerto Rico as a result of 20/22.  Another interesting fact is that if residents of the island left before 2006 or after 2012, they would be eligible for 20/22.  Our speaker further indicated other ways to comply:  Be in Puerto Rico for more than 183 days, averaged over a three-year period; set up banking on the island with residency.  Needless to say, this topic created a lively Q&A period.  Kudos go to John Regis who arranged for our speaker!
Celebrating our 100th Anniversary
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
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