The Rotary Club of
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The oldest continuously operating club in the world south of the Tropic of Cancer.
Chartered 1918
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March 12, 2019
 
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The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, MARCH 12 in the AFDA Club.
 
GUEST SPEAKER:  Our speaker will be JORGE COLON GERENA, CEO of Wendco of Puerto Rico and other food outlets, including Applebees, Olive Garden, Red Lobster & Sizzler, among others, with sales of $135 million.  
 
INVOCATION:       Warwick Butler

ATTENDANCE:         Frank Earle

DOOR PRIZE:          Bob Schneider
SOUND SYSTEM:   Gerry Cumpiano
PHOTOGRAPHER: Luis Ramirez
 
MENU: Chef's Choice
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President José M. (Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo-Message
March 8 marks the international women’s day and we would like to extend to all our female fellow Rotarians our most sincere appreciation to all their efforts and contributions.  They illustrate the power of women to change the world and improve people’s lives though innovative and impactful projects in education, economic development and health.  The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
Actually, the District 7000 Governor, Juanita Valentín-Morris, is a distinguished Rotarian from our Club and we are very proud of all the excellent work she is doing.
 
Congratulations on this day and always for everything they do to improve our world!
Regards,
Pepito
CANDIDATE FOR MEMBERSHIP
THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATE has been approved for membership in the Rotary Club of San Juan:  MICHELLE CRESPO DAVILA , Owner/President of Rolandia, Inc. located at G15 Calle O'Neill, sponsored by Past President Jorge Gonzalez.  Any objections should be directed to the Secretary by March 15. The final decision rests with the Board of Directors.  
CONGRATULATIONS
 
To Rotarian LANCE BRILLIANTINE who choreographed for the Ballet of San Juan, the performances to be shown this Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9, at the Tapia Theater in Old San Juan.  The show is at 8 pm. His ballet is one of several that will be shown and is part of the 65th anniversary of the Ballet of San Juan.  Lance thanks Rotary for supporting mosquito spraying and refurbishment of the Ballet's headquarters on Avenida Ponce de Leon. He hopes to see many fellow Rotarians at the ballet on Friday and Saturday.
Welcome New Members
 
 
San Juan Rotary welcomed two new Rotarians:   ALFREDO CASTELLANOS BAYOUTH, owner of the Castellanos Group Law Firm, sponsored by President Jose M. Rivero Olmedo and EUGENE S. SMOTKIN, CEO of NuVant Systems, with offices in San Juan and Crown Point, Indiana.  Gene was sponsored by Past President John Richardson.  
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION  
 
Receiving his 2nd Paul Harris Award was DR. JOHNNY RULLAN.  
EXCHANGING BANNERS
 
CESAR ALARCON ZAMBRANO, Visiting Rotarian, and Secretary of his club, from Porto Viejo, Ecuador, exchanged banners with President Pepito.
-LAST WEEK-
 
Fellow Rotarian, Past President of San Juan Rotary and former Secretary of Health for Puerto Rico, DR. JOHNNY RULLAN, gave a fact-filled report on the Opioid epidemic affecting the U.S. population.  The figures for the spread of the addiction and the subsequent deaths are astoundingly high.  Many of these drugs started out as prescriptions for pain relief but quickly spread to substance abuse.  It was interesting to note that Fentanyl, one of the most sought-after opioids that is 50 times more potent than morphine, is coming from the Dominican Republic. The good news is the public's growing awareness of this health and life destroying epidemic and hopefully some strong measures to educate the population will be successful. 
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Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo
Speakers
Mar 12, 2019
Sales of $135 million with Wendy's and other food outlets
Mar 19, 2019
An outstanding group of women will be honored
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