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 05, 2019
 
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The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, MARCH 05 in the AFDA Club.
 
PROGRAM: TBA
 
INVOCATION:       Warwick Butler

ATTENDANCE:         Frank Earle

DOOR PRIZE:          Bob Schneider
SOUND SYSTEM:   Gerry Cumpiano
PHOTOGRAPHER: Gerry Cumpiano
 
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
During this week we lost a dear member, Julian Arthur Ducat, who joined Rotary on June 1st, 1991.  He departed to the Eternal East on Feb. 22, 2019.  We wish to his family our most sincere condolences.  Visitation at the “Funeraria Villa Nevárez” from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  He will be laid to rest on Friday, March 1st, 2019. His life tribute will be held on Wed., March 6, 2019, at Metropol Restaurant in Carolina, PR, starting at 6:00 PM.  Rest in peace!
 
          Also, during this week we had a huge celebration:  Rotary had been serving the world for 114 years.  We are committed to service and we are not afraid to dream big.  We persevere in tough times, like during the WW II, when Rotary clubs were forced to disband in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.  Rotary members continued to meet informally and after the war they came together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
 
In Puerto Rico we are very proud to have dedicated members that showed their strong spirits after María Hurricane in September 2017 and put their hands and souls to start rebuilding our beautiful Island.  Still in 2019 we are providing help to our communities and keep our hearts full of generosity to make significant changes in our affected communities.  Thanks, Fellow Rotarians, for all you do.
 
Regards,
Pepito
A PERIOD OF SILENCE
A PERIOD OF SILENCE WAS HELD IN MEMORY OF JULIAN DUCAT, a member of our club for 28 years, a graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis and a retired Naval officer.  Active in the shipping industry on the island, Julian was President of Octagon Marine Services.  He will be buried, with full military honors, in the National Cemetery in Bayamon.
VISITING ROTARIANS
 
VISITING ROTARIANS FROM NANTUCKET, MA. were Caroline Frey and Mike Burns shown here exchanging banners with President Pepito...     
BROOKLINE, MA ROTARIAN
JOHN GREW, paid us a return visit and brought us up-to-date on the work he and fellow-Rotarians and friends are helping with the recovery of our island.
 
 
-LAST WEEK-
 
Guest Speaker, James Kennedy, recently relocated his company, Beach Cities Solar Consulting, to San Juan from Manhattan Beach, California to take advantage of Acts 20 and 22 as he feels a strong need for the company to be a part of the infrastructure that is rebuilding the island after Hurricane Maria.  He and other members of the Manhattan Beach Rotary raised over $25,000 and partnered with our District Governor Juanita to distribute clean water filtration systems and generators to communities on the island.  His group has also donated funds toward the rebuilding of San Juan's YWCA and its basketball court.  Beach Cities, an education-based solar consulting firm, has worked with a variety of entities in California, New Mexico, New York and now Puerto Rico.  Critical of the "nonpolitical" plan to privatize the electric system, he sees it as poorly regulated and will result in even more expensive electric rates.  Only serious governance by an Independent Private Sector Insurance General (IPSIG) model to reform the governance of PREPA, under a public model that can take advantage of lower-cost public capital, and not more contracts for political friends, will result in rates that are affordable and sustainable for the people of Puerto Rico.
COMMUNITY NEWS.

The Union Church in Punta las Marias, will celebrate its "CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL" Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 pm on the Church patio.  Women members will be making delicious traditional dishes from their home islands, which will include the West Indies, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and more.  There will be music for listening and dancing.  Tickets are $15 pp.  Call Jean Cornelius at 787-565-6638 for tickets. 

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Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo
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