Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 19, 2019
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19 in the AFDA Club.

Speakers: President Elvin Mendez, VP William Feliciano, Secretary Elisa Munoz:  "What can we do to achieve Puerto Rico Statehood"

INVOCATION:       Juanita Valentin Morris

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.
NEXT WEEK Patricia Schneider 2019-11-19 04:00:00Z 0
Please donate to our Thanksgiving activity for the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico. Betsy Parker 2019-11-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 19, 2019
San Juan Rotary held its Annual Meeting whose purpose is to inform the members of what has been achieved at both the Club level and in Puerto Rico.  We have definitely made an impact on our community.  
 What we need are "boots on the ground."  Club members willing to manage projects. Director Georganna Hildebrand gave an overview of the copious amount of Rotary Foundation Grants extended to our Club in the past years.  We then heard from VP Ray Erb who brought us up to date on the activities of the four high school Rotary Interact and the Inter-Metro Rotaract Club.  We will see the Commonwealth High Interact Club in action at our Thanksgiving Event on November 28 when we host the Boys & Girls Club youngsters.  Service Project Director, Armand Pique, told of the many "hands-on" home repairs and rebuilding that our Club was able to accomplish with the generous help of many stateside and several international clubs.  
Our financial status was reviewed.  An increase in operating costs, will call for a $4 per month uptick in dues, as of January 1, 2020, 
President Gerry took questions from the floor.  The meeting was then adjourned.  
-LAST WEEK- Patricia Schneider 2019-11-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Cumpiano on Nov 17, 2019
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Rotary Club of San Juan and Santurce participate in the collection of non-perishable items at Supermax, De Diego in the Condado Area.
Share your Food Gerry Cumpiano 2019-11-17 04:00:00Z 0
Please donate to our Thanksgiving activity for the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico. Betsy Parker 2019-11-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 12, 2019
San Juan Rotarian, WEI YANG LI i receives his Paul Harris Award from Club Director GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND.
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION   Patricia Schneider 2019-11-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo on Nov 06, 2019
With heavy heart and sadness, we receive the news about the passing of our fellow Rotarian Johnny Rullán.  He was a devoted and passionate member of the San Juan Rotary Club for 20 years. He was always eager to help and collaborate in all the projects we developed. Details of the funeral arrangements will follow. May his soul rest in peace.
Con profundo pesar notificamos el deceso de nuestro querido CR Johnny Rullán, quien perteneció al Club Rotario de San Juan por 20 años.  Fue un apasionado y devoto colaborador de todos nuestros proyectos, siempre dispuesto a ayudar en lo que se le necesitase.  Detalles del funeral serán ofrecidos próximamente.  Descanse en paz su alma y que su familia también encuentre consuelo en los lindos recuerdos que dejó nuestro compañero.
Death Grieving Note Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2019-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 05, 2019

A PERIOD OF SILENCE WAS memory of DR. GARY CLARK, who passed away last Sunday.  Gary was President of San Juan Rotary in 1999-2000.  He was the Head of the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention in P.R).

A PERIOD OF SILENCE Patricia Schneider 2019-11-05 04:00:00Z 0
Boy's & Girl's Clubs with San Juan Rotary Club Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 29, 2019

12-Stephen Waterman; 15-Joseph Sampson; Gerry Cumpiano & Alex Odishelidze; 21-Ramon Torres Rodriguez; 22-Amadeo Francis; 23-Vicente Antonieeti; 26-Ralph Bixler; 28-Maria Rivera'30-Bucky Tervo.

                  Be sure to sit at the Reserved Birthday Table and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine from your fellow-Rotarians.

CELEBRATING  BIRTHDAYS  in Oct. 2019 Patricia Schneider 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 15, 2019
Salvador Coleman Tio, Coordinator of Agroecology & Judy Galib, Development Coordinator of Para La Naturaleza, a local environmental advocacy group educating and training farmers, accepted the first Rotary International Global Grant check for $146,000.  This project started with an idea by the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island, Georgia.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL GRANT   Patricia Schneider 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 15, 2019
 Dr. Antonio Grillo-Lopez, Past President of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, California, visited our club.  Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Grillo's club and other area clubs, extremely generous donations were made to San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund.  These funds are being used to repair damaged homes on the island. San Juan Rotary extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. Grillo.
HURRICANE MARIA  Patricia Schneider 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 17, 2019
   Robert "Bob" Bolte was presented with an  Award for his 2018-19 Rotary Year Community Service accomplishments.
OUTSTANDING ROTARY SERVICE AWARDS Patricia Schneider 2019-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
END POLIO NOW!!!!!! Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2019-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 10, 2019
President Gerry and Rotary e-Club Puerto Rico & Las Americas, Mayra I. Rivero, PP, exchanged banners at last week's luncheon.  Incidentally, Mayra just happens to be the daughter of our Past President and Past District Governor, Jose "Pepito" Rivero Olmedo.  
BANNERS WERE EXCHANGED  Patricia Schneider 2019-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Aug 13, 2019


Rotary Year 2018-19 Perfect Attendance Patricia Schneider 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
PHOTOS OF THE MEETING Patricia Schneider 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 16, 2019

District Governor Marilyn Lopez, her husband PDG Jorge Vazquez, DGE Mercedes Peguero, her husband AG Agustin Montanez were seated at the Head Table with Pepito and Gerry.

DISTRICT 7000 GUESTS Patricia Schneider 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 16, 2019
PAST PRESIDENTS from Rotary Years 1967-68 to the present, were well represented as they escorted the new President for his swearing-in ceremony.
PAST PRESIDENTS Patricia Schneider 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 16, 2019
San Juan Rotary Club new board of directors  and President Gerardo (Gerry) Cumpiano with Rotary District Governor Marilyn Lopez.
SAN JUAN ROTARY CLUB-NEW BOARD MEMBERS Patricia Schneider 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 16, 2019

President Gerry Cumpiano began his talk by thanking District Governor Marilyn Lopez and the many other District officials who came to the Change of Command meeting as well as his wife and fellow-Rotarian, Betsy Parker, and members of his family.  Gerry then proceeded to lay out his vision for the direction of the Club in the new Rotary year.  With "Service Above Self” as its theme, Rotary has many different Avenues of Service for Rotarians to get involved.  Service to the Community is a tradition with our Club as is investing in Youth Leadership through Interact and Rotaract.  A major goal is increasing our membership.  He urged Rotarians to bring more people to lunches to learn about who we are.  By inviting guests and recruiting new members, the audience is enlarged and we will attract excellent speakers. Gerry touched on many areas that need improvement and asked Rotarians to look around the room at the team of people who are about to embark on this year's trip.  The Rotary Team is YOU.

WELCOMING ADDRESS Patricia Schneider 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo on Jul 09, 2019
The Rotary Year 2018-2019 is coming to an end. This past Tuesday was my final lunch as President in which we recognized:
I am very grateful of the results obtained with the help of this extraordinary group who always responded to the call for help.
On Tuesday, July 9, we will have the official change of command ceremony and it would be nice if we have a full house to welcome FR Gerry Cumpiano and the new officers. Remember, all Past Presidents should attend wearing the medallion.  We will celebrate the end of an interesting fiscal year and welcome new challenges for all.


President José M. (Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo-Message Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 09, 2019
The Rotarian recognized for her dedication & service went to GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND, pictured here with President Pepito.  
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR Patricia Schneider 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 09, 2019
ROTARIAN ANTONIO COLORADO received his Second Paul Harris Award.
ROTARIAN ANTONIO COLORADO Patricia Schneider 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 09, 2019
Inducted into San Juan Rotary this past Tuesday was JAMES KENNEDY, President and CEO of Solar Energy Sales.  2018-19 District Governor and Past President, JUANITA VALENTIN MORRIS, was his sponsor.
Welcome New Member Patricia Schneider 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2020 Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
 What is Rotary ? 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Theme Logo 2019-2020 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jun 04, 2019
JIM OWEN, International Service Chairman of the Metropolitan Honolulu, Hawaii Club and President of Holo Hawaii Tours, joined us for lunch last Tuesday.
Visiting Rotarian  Patricia Schneider 2019-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 21, 2019
Brisas del Torito, a neighborhood in Cayey, received a high pressure pump to inject chlorine as the water comes out of the pump in answer to their request to San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Committee.  Rotarian Armand Pique, Coordinator of the Project, delivered the $2,060.32 check to Renato Lopez Fuentes community helper in Cayey.  
HURRICANE RELIEF Patricia Schneider 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 21, 2019
ROTARIANS from Greeley Centennial , Colorado were . Evelyn Stiefel and Rock Jannison .  Evelyn is President/Owner of A-Frame Mortgage LLC.
VISITING ROTARIAN from Traverse City, Michigan, KENNARD WEAVER & his wife JUDITH.  He is a retired lawyer and Chairman of Rotary District 6290 Grants Committee. 
VISITING ROTARIANS Patricia Schneider 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 07, 2019

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS will meet next Tuesday, May 7, at 10:00 AM in the AFDA Club.  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Patricia Schneider 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 30, 2019

Rotarian Gerry Cumpiano donated four tickets to upcoming musical events held at the Centro de Bellas Artes. Funds raised will be used to purchase better sound equipment for Rotary meetings.  At the April 23 meeting, bidding for the tickets started at $45 but quickly jumped to several hundred dollars.  The auctioneer - Ray Erb - seemed stunned when one bidder outbid himself several times.  In the end, the auction raised over $1,000 as the high bidder for all tickets was our guest speaker, Robb Rill.  Many thanks to the 20/22 Act Society for their support.  And, Mr. Rill donated the tickets back to the Club so the Auction will continue at next week's meeting.  Tickets are for May 4 and May 5 events.  Let's hope we can stun Ray again next week.  

FUNDRAISING AUCTION   Patricia Schneider 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 30, 2019

WE WELCOMED VISITING ROTARIAN MARIA CAROLINA MALAN from the Rotary Club La Commercial in Montevideo, Uruguay.  She is the Director of Community Service in her Club.  

VISITING ROTARIANS MARÍA CAROLINA MALAN  Patricia Schneider 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Article in MIRAME Magazine-100 years of San Juan Rotary Club Juanita Valentin-Morris 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 16, 2019

Were Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of San Jose, Santa Cruz & Modesto, California.  San Juan Rotarians were honored to welcome these representatives and their fellow Rotarians to our Tuesday luncheon.  

EXCHANGING BANNERS WITH PRESIDENT PEPITO Patricia Schneider 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 16, 2019

Joined us at our meeting last week. These Rotarians worked with our Club and P.E.C.E.S. to do a Rotary International Global Grant in Punta Santiago, a project that helped 10 small businesses re-open by buying the equipment they needed and training them in budgeting and planning.  The Grant also trained 50 underserved kids to be carpenters. These 25 Rotarians from District 5170 and 5220, who funded this project, came to Puerto Rico to visit the project. 

 Pictured are the 25 Rotarians together with our District Governor, Juanita Valentin Morris, our President Jose "Pepito" Rivero Olmedo   and San Juan Rotary Club's Director of Community Service, Georganna Hildebrand.

Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 09, 2019
Of the Marietta Metro, Georgia Club also exchanged banners with our President (Pepito).
Jason is the Senior Assistant District Attorney, Head of White-Collar Crime & Elder Abuse Unit in Cobbs County.
VISITING ROTARIAN JASON MACHUTT Patricia Schneider 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 09, 2019
Of the Lake Wales Breakfast, Florida Rotary Club exchanged banners with President Pepito, Jolee is President of Multi Maxis Mfg.
VISITING ROTARIAN JOLEE MARTIN Patricia Schneider 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 09, 2019
Will be joining us for our meeting on April 9. These Rotarians worked with our Club and P.E.C.E.S. to do a Rotary International Global Grant in Punta Santiago, a project that helped 10 small businesses re-open by buying the equipment they needed and training them in budgeting and planning.  The Grant also trained 50 underserved kids to be carpenters.  Twenty-Five Rotarians from District 5170 and 5220, who funded this project, will be traveling to Puerto Rico to visit the project.  We hope all San Juan Rotarians attend next week's, April 9th, meeting to welcome our California partners.
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 02, 2019

Saturday, April 13, at 12:30 pm, AAUW (The American Association of University Women) will Hold its Perfect Pairings IX, a gourmet lunch of wine and food pairings at La Casona Restaurant, 609 San Jorge St., Santurce.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship and fellowship grants from AAUW and the projects of AAUW Puerto Rico.  Cost is $75 per person.  Valet parking available. Call Linda Garayalde at 787-505-8207 for reservations or more information.

COMMUNITY NEWS. Patricia Schneider 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 19, 2019

MEMBERS from District 6720 Clubs in Hinesville, Savannah South, Blackshear, Macon North and Sandersville, Georgia, exchanged banners with our Club.

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE Patricia Schneider 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 19, 2019

We miss you a lot at the San Juan Rotary meetings.  If we can keep you attending more often, please let us have your good ideas, which are always appreciated.  Thank you for participating in this survey.

FELLOW ROTARIANS   Patricia Schneider 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 12, 2019
CESAR ALARCON ZAMBRANO, Visiting Rotarian, and Secretary of his club, from Porto Viejo, Ecuador, exchanged banners with President Pepito.
EXCHANGING BANNERS Patricia Schneider 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 12, 2019
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.
CONGRATULATIONS Patricia Schneider 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
San Juan Rotary Club 2019-03-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 05, 2019
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.
A PERIOD OF SILENCE Patricia Schneider 2019-03-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 26, 2019

Starting on February 20, San Juan Rotary and the e-Club of PR and Las Americas will take their turn promoting the First Virtual Silent Auction in Plaza las Americas.  On webpage, you can see what is being auctioned.  An example is a week's stay in San Diego, CA.  Fine jewelry and paintings by well-known artists, are also being offered.  Go to the webpage and participate in the 8th Anniversary of Rotary's Virtual Silent Auction.


ROTARY WEEK IN PLAZA LAS AMERICAS Patricia Schneider 2019-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 26, 2019
For enrollment in the Anglo-American University in Prague, the Czech Republic, was EMILY BOMERSBACK, Admissions Director.  Offering 17 undergraduate and graduate programs entirely in English, all of which are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, with students automatically considered for academic merit scholarships, Director Bomersback can be contacted at:
ON A MISSION TO RECRUIT PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS Patricia Schneider 2019-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 26, 2019
Achieving 100% Attendance in the October-December Quarter were:  Ken McGrath, Maria Elena Perez, Luis Ramirez, Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo, Enrique Sigas & Juanita Valentin Morris.
The Reserved 100% Table will be waiting for you as you enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.
Three Cheers for Perfect Attendance! Patricia Schneider 2019-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 05, 2019


There will be musical entertainment, wine with lunch and a special menu. BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS and invite your spouse and friends to our annual event.

VALENTINE LUNCHEON Patricia Schneider 2019-02-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 05, 2019
DAVID & PATRICIA PATTERSON of the Conshohocken, Pennsylvania Rotary Club received our banner at Tuesday's luncheon.  They had been working with The Salvation Army packing emergency food boxes and delivering to the community.  They are still interested in helping our island and can be contacted at:
VISITING ROTARIAN  Patricia Schneider 2019-02-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 05, 2019
RECEIVING HIS 7th Paul Harris Award was President Jose M."Pepito" Rivero-Olmedo. 
PAUL HARRIS AWARD Patricia Schneider 2019-02-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 05, 2019
Rotarian & Director Carmen Hammel as she receives her 2nd Paul Harris Award from President Pepito and Rotary Foundation Chairman & Past President John Richardson.
 CONGRATULATIONS TO   Patricia Schneider 2019-02-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 15, 2019
San Juan Rotary recognized the waiters, who faithfully serve us weekly, with a Christmas gift.  Also receiving congratulations for their culinary skills was the Chef and his kitchen staff.
San Juan Rotary recognized the waiters Patricia Schneider 2019-01-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 15, 2019
Visiting Rotarian, ANNEMIEKE DIRKES, from the Rotary Club of Doetinchem, The Netherlands, received our banner from President JOSE "PEPITO" RIVERO.  Rotarian ANNEMIEKE is the CEO of Blockchain Projects and is a member of her Club's International Committee.
Visiting Rotarian Patricia Schneider 2019-01-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 15, 2019
On behalf of our Hurricane Relief Committee, President JOSÉ M. (Pepito) RIVERO is shown handing a check to OMAYRA BORGES, VP of Fundacion Mochileando, an organization dedicated to repairing homes damaged in Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Relief Committee Patricia Schneider 2019-01-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 15, 2019
Former San Juan Rotarian and now a Rotarian in Franklin, Tennessee, DAVID HESS, presented a donation to the San Juan Community Library.  Receiving the check was Rotarian JOSEPH SAMPSON.
San Juan Community Library Patricia Schneider 2019-01-15 04:00:00Z 0
Teaser -TEATRO POR AMOR Bob Bolte 2018-12-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 11, 2018

Be sure to mark your calendars and invite spouses and friends to our HOLIDAY LUNCHEON on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, in the AFDA Club.  
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Patricia Schneider 2018-12-11 04:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Banquet with the Boys & Girls Club of P.R. Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 27, 2018
Visiting Rotarian JAMES KENNEDY from the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach, California.  James is on the island consulting with respect to water and solar solutions.
WE WELCOMED Patricia Schneider 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 27, 2018

Achieving Perfect Attendance in the July/August/September Quarter were:  Dr. Rafael Aponte, Georganna Hildebrand, Juanita Morris, Sal Nolfo, Maria Elena Perez, José M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo & Lcdo. Enrique Sigas.


Be sure to sit at the Reserved 100% Attendance Table.


ACHIEVING 100% Attendance Patricia Schneider 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
31th Annual THANKSGIVING EVENT Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 13, 2018
ROTARIANS FROM DISTRICT 6900's Rotary Club of Peach Tree City, Georgia, headed by President Mike Nelson, joined us for lunch last week. We thank them for the generous $54,000 contribution to the Souns Puerto Rico Program for children's early education.
ROTARIANS FROM DISTRICT 6900's Patricia Schneider 2018-11-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 13, 2018

NOMINATIONS from the floor for Officers and Directors for Rotary Year 2019-2020 were held by Nominating Committee Chairman, Immediate Past President Ken McGrath.  There being no nominations from the floor, the slate of Officers and Directors for Rotary Year 2019-2020 was unanimously acclaimed elected by the membership.   

THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE Patricia Schneider 2018-11-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 06, 2018

District Governor Juanita reminds us of Rotary's FAMILY DAY being held this year at Isla de Cabras this Saturday, November 3,2018.  A contingent of Stateside Rotarians will be attending and a warm welcome from our English-speaking members would be greatly appreciated. Give Juanita a call at (787)415-8235 for more information and if you are able to attend this well-organized activity.

FAMILY DAY Patricia Schneider 2018-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 06, 2018


Inducted into San Juan Rotary was Dr. Julio M. Soto, (Medicine: Consultant).  A former member of the Club, Julio was sponsored by Dr. Norman Maldonado.


Also joining our Club is new Palmas Del Mar Satellite Member, Gregory Scott Boyd, sponsored by Membership Director, Enrique Sigas. A warm welcome to Rotarian Greg.

Welcome New Member Patricia Schneider 2018-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 30, 2018
Carmen & John Hammel  07x in Bal Harbour, Florida.  
MAKE UP Patricia Schneider 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 23, 2018


CLUB DIRECTOR GEORGANNA HILDEBRAND brought us up-to-date on several of the Global Grants funded by Rotary International including the Global Grant for Teatro Por Amor in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  This Grant covers all four housing areas that have recruited students studying conflict issues like drug use and gangs. Another large project for a Global Grant is the economic recovery in Punta Santiago (together with P.E.C.E.S.), a project that will provide equipment and training to ten businesses that were damaged by Hurricane Maria and will train 50 underserved residents in carpentry.  As reported previously, Rotary clubs in the States have been most generous in sending monies and relief efforts continues as we find worthy projects. 

Global Grants Patricia Schneider 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 23, 2018

ROTARIAN JOSE ISMAEL IRIZARRY presented President Pepito with a banner from the Rotary Club of Athinai (Athens) Greece together with a stunning make-up card featuring the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis The Athens Club is celebrating its 90th year.  Jose was happy to share our 100th Anniversary pin with Dimitrios Mexis, Secretary of the Athens Club.  

Banner Presentation Patricia Schneider 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 23, 2018

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT Julio Soto Cubano of Pisadas de Amor, an organization formed to help seniors in need, gave a video presentation highlighting various homes restored in San Juan, Manati, Caguas and Vega Baja.  Replacing furniture, cabinets, stoves, refrigerators, clothes and other goods destroyed by Hurricane Maria, made the homes habitable again.  With” A Todas Por Mis Viejos", as the theme, the video clearly showed the dramatic changes In the lives of many affected oldsters.

Pisadas de Amor Patricia Schneider 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 09, 2018

A PERIOD OF SILENCE was held in memory of the passing of Juanita Marquez Gonzalez, the Mother of our Past President & District Governor, Juanita Valentin Morris.

Period of Silence Patricia Schneider 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 02, 2018

Congratulations to new Paul Harris Fellows, AMADEO FRANCIS, RUSSELL PATTERSON & HALLEE PATTERSON.

ROTARY FOUNDATION Patricia Schneider 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 25, 2018

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

THE JANE STERN COMMUNITY LIBRARIES Patricia Schneider 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 25, 2018

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!

TEATRO POR AMOR Patricia Schneider 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 25, 2018

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.

ROTARIAN Patricia Schneider 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Hurricane María Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2018-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Join us ! 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 18, 2018

A non-profit organization consultant, Ana Maria Dapena, spoke on it's mission to educate and inspire the arts of the Caribbean.  To date, the organization has served over 6,000 underprivileged children and adults.  Rotarians who would like to help in this endeavor and/or get more information,  are urged to contact Ana Maria at 787-429-8810 or

FUNDACION CASA CORTES Patricia Schneider 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 18, 2018

CLUB DIRECTOR Georganna Hildebrand's "Idea Box" slide presentation, gave a comprehensive overview on the results to date of San Juan Rotary's efforts post-Hurricane Maria.  

"Idea Box" Patricia Schneider 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 18, 2018

DISTRICT GOVERNOR Juanita Valentin Morris presented Rotary International's 100 YEARS OF MEMBERSHIP certificate to Club President Pepito. in recognition of San Juan Rotary's century of the Object of Rotary, Service Above Self.

100 YEARS OF MEMBERSHIP Patricia Schneider 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Aug 28, 2018
San Juan Rotary was well represented at the recently held Rotary Leadership Institute where new ideas and Rotary International objectives are reviewed and discussed.
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE  Patricia Schneider 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2019 Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 31, 2018
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN JUNE:  3-Hector Gaitan; 4-Federico Sanchez; 6-Jorge Socca; 7-Juanita Morris; 9-Jillian Carmichael; 11-Major Eric Rodriguez; 15-Orlando Fiallo & Amaury Rivera; 25-Bob Bolte &
Sal Nolfo.
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN JULY.  1-Philip Bixler; Jose Duarte da Silveira; 8-Dr. Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado; 13-Russell Patterson; 18-Willie Li; 20-Carlos Hamil; 26-Jose (Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo; 31-Roberto Valentin.
We hope you will sit at the Reserved Birthday Table and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.
Happy Birthday Rotarians! Patricia Schneider 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 24, 2018
THE CONGRESS OF LEADERS OF PUERTO RICO's mission is to identify and train potential leaders of our community.  The non-profit organization counts over 35,000 alumni considered as the most talented of our young people. Invited as guest speaker at their 30th Anniversary meeting was San Juan Rotary President, Jose (Pepito) Rivero, who was honored with a commemorative scroll. 
THE CONGRESS OF LEADERS OF PUERTO RICO Patricia Schneider 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 24, 2018
SAN JUAN ROTARY'S HURRICANE RELIEF FUND presented Pisadas de Amor with an $11,000 check.  Located in Manatí, Pisadas is a non-profit organization that has been helping the elderly for the past five years - focusing on creating safe and secure housing It is a VALOR authorized entity.  Pictured is President Pepito handing the check to Julio E. Soto, official representative of Pisadas de Amor.
HURRICANE RELIEF     Patricia Schneider 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2018-2019 Patricia Schneider 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 17, 2018
OUR CLUB'S PAST PRESIDENTS, from 1967-68 TO 2016-17, attended in full force to the Change of Command program.
OUR CLUB'S PAST PRESIDENTS Patricia Schneider 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 17, 2018
DISTRICT GOVERNOR & PAST PRESIDENT JUANITA VALENTIN MORRIS is pictured with newly installed President Pepito as he presents San Juan Rotary's commemorative plaque to outgoing President Ken.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR & PAST PRESIDENT Patricia Schneider 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 17, 2018
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY PAT SCHNEIDER happily accepts a beautiful orchid plant from President Ken for her work this year.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY PAT SCHNEIDER Patricia Schneider 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
San Juan Rotary Club Centennial Celebration  2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
CLUB COMMITTEE CHAIRS and 100th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE Patricia Schneider 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jun 19, 2018
A group photo will be taken of ALL San Juan Rotarians at the JUNE 19 luncheon.  And, a group photo of the new Board of Directors.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR Patricia Schneider 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jun 12, 2018

Was held in memory of CHARLES "Chuck" HITT, who passed away last week at the age of 99.  Chuck was a dedicated member of our Club in addition to his many civic activities.

A PERIOD OF SILENCE Patricia Schneider 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
WILLIAM MEVS (Restaurant Industry).  Bill, a member of our club from 1987-2013, is the owner of Barrachina Restaurant on Calle Fortaleza in Old San Juan.  PP Jennifer Bates was his sponsor.
WELCOME RETURNING MEMBER   Patricia Schneider 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN May & 100% Attendance Patricia Schneider 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 29, 2018
To Alexandre Cerqueria for his dedication as Advisor to Commonwealth High School's Interact Club since 2004 During his tenure, Commonwealth Interactors raised $40,000 for their "Heart for Haiti" program dedicated to providing space and materials for the underprivileged children of the Matanwa, Haiti community.  There efforts, together with the Skidaway Island Rotary Club, prompted Rotary International to provide $150,000 for the Haiti program.  Alexandre is leaving for a new position at the Bradenton Preparatory Academy in Dubai.  Pictured with Alexandre are some of the people who had the pleasure of working with him including PP Ray Erb, Anna Colomer, PDG John Richardson, Club Director Alan Austen and President Ken McGrath. Alexandre was also an active participant in our club's Chili and Sancocho yearly event.  
SPECIAL HONOR WAS GIVEN Patricia Schneider 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 29, 2018
And presently a member of the SCOTTSDALE, AZ ROTARY, Arizona, Bob Murray, exchanged banners with President Ken.  He also attended the District Conference in Guayanilla last weekend, where he made a donation of $1 million dollars to our Rotary District for Hurricane Relief.  
Former San Juan Rotarian  Patricia Schneider 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 29, 2018
Juanita Valentin Morris, our District Governor for 2018-2019.  Juanita will be vising all island clubs, among other duties, during her year as Governor.
CONGRATULATIONS TO: Patricia Schneider 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 15, 2018
Rotarians Ken McGrath, Pepito Rivero and Bob Bolte are holding the banner representing the Hurricane Relief donation of 327,000 pouches of baby food sent to Puerto Rico by the Skojdt-Barret Company in Indianapolis, Indiana and Toronto, Canada.  With the help of several island Rotary Clubs, the pouches were distributed to children, with 45% going to the elderly.  The pouches, prepared by employees on their free time, is another indication of the generosity of our Stateside compatriots.
HURRICANE RELIEF  Patricia Schneider 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 08, 2018


Inducted into San Juan Rotary on Tuesday was AMAURY RIVERA (Classification: Community Leader), sponsored by Warwick Butler.

Welcome New MEMBERS Patricia Schneider 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2018

CHRIS BRAND, President of Fodac (Friends of Disabled Adults & Children) and member of Stone Mountain, Georgia Rotary, demonstrated a backpack/water carrier.  Chris is on the island helping FEMA distribute medical supplies.

Visit to San Juan Rotary Patricia Schneider 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 10, 2018

Of the work our Club is doing to help the victims of Hurricane Maria, Rotary District 7000 presented President Ken McGrath with an award for outstanding service.

IN RECOGNITION Patricia Schneider 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 03, 2018

Vickie Michaud, Founder & CEO for Hope Builders, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization formed to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Vieques, accepted a $7,000. check from San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund to be shared among six families to make repairs to their homes and replace destroyed furniture, kitchen cabinets and appliances.  Amounts of $500 to $1500 per family will be used for supplies and labor.  This project was researched and approved by our Club's Hurricane Relief Committee.  

HURRICANE RELIEF FOR VIEQUES Patricia Schneider 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 03, 2018

Will be held this year in a different way, but with the same purpose of recognizing the contributions of Rotarians to the Rotary Foundation, in a year where our District hopes to complete large impact projects that will be possible with the funds of this entity.  The President of the Rotary Foundation Committee in the District, PDG Paul Roman Correa, invites all Rotary members to register and participate in the Foundation Awards Gala on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Zafra del Caribe Restaurant in Gurabo.  

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION RECOGNITION GALA Patricia Schneider 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 29, 2018

A community whose home were flooded by the rains of Hurricane Maria, received 52 mattresses last Tuesday thanks to San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund.  As the accompanying pictures show, it was a hands-on task for several of our committee members assisted by community helpers.  Thanks to Bob & Aida Bolte, Armand & Nereida Pique, and Gerry Cumpiano for overseeing the delivery of the much needed bedding. A major source of the funds available for such a project were donated to our Club by many Rotary Clubs and individuals in the United States.

PROJECT VILLA SANTA IN LOIZA Patricia Schneider 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 27, 2018

Past District 5330 Governor, Shab El Awar, and  his wife Bricia, President of the San Bernardino, California Rotary Club, were in Puerto Rico to give San Juan Rotary's Hurricane Relief Fund a $13,000 donation.  PDG Shab El Awar also gave a two-hour seminar covering Rotary International's Global Grants Program.  Accompanying the California Rotarians were members of our Club.   


HURRICANE RELIEF committee Patricia Schneider 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 13, 2018

Attending our meeting on Tuesday were Magda Baggett, Past District 7730 Governor; Joe Running, Asst. District 7730 Governor, both from the Fayetteville, NC Club; Jay Sollis, Asst. District 7730 Governor from New River, NC, and Branka Panic, Duke University Scholar from Serbia.  Joining them were President Ken McGrath, Past District 7000 Governor and President Elect Jose M. “Pepito" Rivero, and District 7000 Governor Elect Juanita Morris.

VISITING DISTRICT GOVERNORS Patricia Schneider 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 13, 2018
Maria Magdalena Jacinto from Sao Paulo, Brazil, accompanied by her sister, Ana Beatriz Martinez, who  is a resident of Lomas Verdes, Bayamon, PR.  
THE CLUB WELCOMED VISITING ROTARIAN Patricia Schneider 2018-02-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Feb 06, 2018

San Juan Rotary inducted two new members at last week's meeting: RICARDO BETANCOURT (Business Service: Retired) sponsored by Past President Jorge Gonzalez and WEI YANG LI (Wine Distribution), President of JJ& L, Inc. Willie was sponsored by Rotarian Ralph Bixler.

WELCOME NEW ROTARIANS  Patricia Schneider 2018-02-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 30, 2018

A MASS IN MEMORY OF Rotarian Didi Connelly will be celebrated on Monday, January 29, at Stella Maris Church at 7:00 pm.  Her family invites all her fellow-Rotarians and friends to be there as Didi loved her 20 years in Rotary.

A MASS IN MEMORY Patricia Schneider 2018-01-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 16, 2018

ROTARIANS celebrated the 99th birthday of Charles "Chuck" Hitt with song and applause.  A pioneer in housing developments, a community leader and champion on the tennis courts, Chuck has been a positive spokesman for our island for many, many years. Happy Birthday, Chuck, from all your fellow-Rotarians!

99th birthday Patricia Schneider 2018-01-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 09, 2018
Troy Fields received word from Nanette Connelly that her mother, Rotarian Andree (Didi) Connelly, passed away in Madrid, Spain on December 20.
WE ANNOUNCE THE PASSING Patricia Schneider 2018-01-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 09, 2018
President Ken distributed Christmas gifts to the waiters in appreciation of their fine weekly service.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS  Patricia Schneider 2018-01-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 09, 2018
We wish one and all a Happy Holiday Season and will see you again on January 9.
Merry Christmas Patricia Schneider 2018-01-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 19, 2017
Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin and SBA Public Affairs Specialist, Annie Mustafa Ramos, receiving their Four Way Test Speaker  Mugs from  President Ken McGrath.
Four Way Test Patricia Schneider 2017-12-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 19, 2017
Representatives of both FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) were our guests last Tuesday.  Hector Soto of FEMA and Annie Mustafa Ramos of SBA gave us an update on their respective organization's endeavors in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Thanks to Rotarian Ed Collins who made the arrangements.
FEMA - SBA  Patricia Schneider 2017-12-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 12, 2017
President:              Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero
President Elect:     Telesforo (Telin) Fernandez
Vice President:      Edwin Aquino
Secretary:              Carmen Hammel
Treasurer:              Luis Ramirez
Immediate Past
  President:            Kenneth McGrath
Directors - 1 year:  Alan Austen
                              Gerardo Cumpiano
                              Georganna Hildebrand
Directors -2 years: Robert Bolte
                              Enrique Sigas
OFFICERS-DIRECTORS FOR ROTARY YEAR 2018-2019:  Patricia Schneider 2017-12-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 05, 2017
The San Juan Rotary Board of Directors met with District Governor Jose Lucas Rodriguez on his Official Visit to the Club.  Our Board presented its Plans and Objectives for this Rotary Year.  Due to an interruption called "Hurricane Maria", the September meeting had a bit of a  delay.
District Governor Official Visit Patricia Schneider 2017-12-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 05, 2017
DISTRICT GOVERNOR ELECT, Juanita Morris, received her lapel pin from 2017-18  DG Jose Lucas Rodriguez.  Past President Juanita will serve as DG in 2018-19.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR ELECT, Juanita Morris Patricia Schneider 2017-12-05 04:00:00Z 0
Toronto, Canada - 2018 2017-11-28 04:00:00Z 0
TORONTO, CANADA -2018 2017-11-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Richardson on Nov 28, 2017
Our Past President, Dr. John Rullan, has made a full recovery after his recent hospitalization.  Johnny is at his brother's home in San Diego and will be returning soon to Puerto Rico.
GOOD NEWS John Richardson 2017-11-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 14, 2017
ALL OUR BEST WISHES to Past President Dr. Johnny Rullan as he is undergoing a bone marrow transplant. 
Get Well Wishes Patricia Schneider 2017-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 31, 2017
Club Director Alan Austen accepts the Community Service Project Award $680 check for the Interact Club of Commonwealth HS.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT Patricia Schneider 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 24, 2017
We heard from Sam Bloch, Director of Communitiere, a San Francisco based organization active world wide that responds and brings relief to disasters stricken areas. 
COMMUNITERE Patricia Schneider 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 17, 2017
Fellow Rotarian and Head of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Dr. Stephen Waterman, spoke about the effects on public health during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  A sharp increase in mosquito borne infections can be mitigated by control of their breeding areas.  River and stream water is absolutely NOT for drinking to avoid water borne diseases.  Increased attention to everyday good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing is a must.  The Center is investigating the cases of suspected rare diseases.
UPDATE ON COMMUNITY HEALTH  Patricia Schneider 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo on Sep 05, 2017
This young lady, 24-years old, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of the Sacred Heart (“Universidad del Sagrado Corazón”) in Psychology. She has always been involved in community service and striving to help wherever possible.  She knew a Master Degree in Peace and Justice was the right choice after graduating.  She applied for a global grant scholarship to be able to pursue her dream.
Our Rotary Club of San Juan (D-7000) along with the Rotary Club of La Jolla Triangle (D-5340) submitted the application to Rotary International (Rotary Grants).  On July 11, 2017, she was awarded the scholarship in the amount of $45,000 to attend the University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, for the 2017-2019 academic years.
Now she is going to San Diego, California, to pursue her dreams of helping communities from around the world.  None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary help of the Rotary Club of San Juan, P.R.
Congratulations to Valentina Rivera-Muñoz (ROTARY-Scholarship Holder) Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero-Olmedo 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Aug 22, 2017
Executive Director, Chris Low, gave an overview of the project's 21 years of serving the youth in Matenwa, Haiti. 
FRIENDS OF MATENWA Patricia Schneider 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Aug 15, 2017
PAST PRESIDENT, Juanita Morris, visited the Pittsburgh Rotary Club, who sponsored San Juan Rotary 100 years ago.  She invited the Club to our Centennial Celebration next year.  Both the Pittsburgh Club president and their District Governor Elect will try to come to our event.
Pittsburgh Rotary Club Patricia Schneider 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Aug 15, 2017
URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD DONORS for Rotarian Louis Petit who needs a transfusion to be able to have his kidney dialysis. If you are or know someone who is a regular donor, please call Mr. Roberto Garcia at the Banco de Sangre, 787-751-6115 ext 614, located on Roosevelt Avenue in front of the Claro store and specify the donation is for Louis V. Petit, Doctors Hospital, Room 320. Four persons are needed for the transfusion.  If you need more information, please contact Vivian Rosado at Mobile Paints, 787-396-4842 or 787-257-2200 ext 302
URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD DONORS Patricia Schneider 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2017-2018 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 04, 2017
District Area One  Patricia Schneider 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 04, 2017
PAST PRESIDENT Patricia Schneider 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 04, 2017
Outgoing President Jennifer and Incoming President Ken at the Turnover Ceremony.
CHANGE OF COMMAND 2017-18 Patricia Schneider 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
You ? 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 27, 2017
The coveted ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR was awarded to Vice President and former District Governor, Jose M. Rivero-Olmedo.  CONGRATULATIONS PEPITO!
Rotarian of the Year 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 23, 2017
A DONATION OF $125.00 was made by our club to the Graduating Class 2017 at Escuela Superior Ramon Power y Giralt located in the Llorens Torres Housing Complex.  Rotarian Angela Schlump is shown receiving the check which will help fund the graduation expenses of several needy students.
DONATION     Patricia Schneider 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 16, 2017
The Mano Amiga (Helping Hand) Program received District 7000 matching fund check for $1,000.
Rotarian Carlos Hamill accepted the donation on behalf of Mano Amiga, which was one of our Community Service Projects this Rotary year.
DISTRICT MATCHING FUNDS  Patricia Schneider 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 11, 2017
Twenty-eight members and guests enjoyed the food and fellowship at the Wednesday fundraising dinner at The Olive Garden located in the Convention Center Area. The Club will be receiving 25% of the total receipts to aid in our Community Service Projects.  A very nice gesture, indeed!
REVELRY AT THE OLIVE GARDEN Patricia Schneider 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bates on Apr 11, 2017
This past Friday the Rotary Tennis Tournament was held at the Isla Verde Tennis Club.
Five Rotarians and seven friends of the club competed for the Passarell Trophy: Julian Rodriguez, Luis Ramirez, Georgie Hildebrand, Warwick Butler and Jennifer Bates participated. 
Kamil Assad, long-time club pro, ran the draw and coordinated the play. Twelve players hit seven rounds on three courts.
The Rotarian who took first place was Jennifer Bates, with Julian Rodriguez in a close second.
Rotary Tennis Tournament Jennifer Bates 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
OLIVE GARDEN REST.-FUND RAISING ACTIVITY Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 14, 2017
Of the San Juan Community Library's cooperation with our Chili Cook Off last Sunday, President Jennifer presented Library Director, Constance Estades, with a contribution from San Juan Rotary. The Library, now 30 years old, had over 9,000 visitors last year with 16,000 books circulated.
IN APPRECIATION Patricia Schneider 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 14, 2017
The Club was pleased to honor officers and members of the Inter-American University Rotaract Club, Rotary International's university student organization whose motive is to promote interest in serving the community and introducing young people to Rotary. Fellow Rotarian, Edwin Aquino is their Advisor.
ROTARACT Patricia Schneider 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Chili & Sancocho Cookoff - 2017 Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2017-03-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 09, 2017
Club members Edwin Aquino, Jennifer Bates, Bob Bolte, Gerry Cumpiano, Troy FieldsJuanita Morris and Angela Schlump, attended a special Intercitadina dinner of Area 1 Clubs on March 7. 
Pictured are the presidents of the seven Area 1 Clubs, Assistant Governor, Jimmy Gonzalez, and the guest speaker of the night, Secretary of State, Luis Rivera Marin.
INTER-CITY MEETING Patricia Schneider 2017-03-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Mar 07, 2017
Rotarian Manion Schwartz received her Paul Harris recognition items from Rotary Foundation Chairman, Hector Gaitan.
ROTARY FOUNDATION  Patricia Schneider 2017-03-07 04:00:00Z 0
Chili & Sancocho Cook Off (2017) Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2017-02-28 04:00:00Z 0
Chili & Sancocho Cookoff Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2017-02-28 04:00:00Z 0
Chil & Sancocho Cookoff-26-febero-2017 Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2017-02-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 20, 2016
Fellow-Rotarian, Dr. Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, on his appointment as the Incoming Secretary of Health for Puerto Rico.
THE CLUB CONGRATULATES Patricia Schneider 2016-12-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Dec 13, 2016
Past President Raymond Erb, President of Easy Checks Puerto Rico,. for 11 years now, thanked fellow Rotarians who first got him interested in Rotary. He quickly pointed out three of the most important happenings in his life.  First, when he married Elizabeth in 1987 (she is also a San Juan Rotarian) and second & third, when his two sons graduated, respectively, from MIT and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In Rotary, Ray has always been geared toward working with young people.  With his year as San Juan Rotary president just finished, Ray is now the Chairman of our District 7000 Youth Activities Committee.
CLASSIFICATION TALKS Patricia Schneider 2016-12-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 29, 2016
Rotarian Jose Ballester received his Paul Harris recognition items from Hector Gaitan, Club Director of The Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris Award Patricia Schneider 2016-11-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 29, 2016


3-Norman Maldonado; 9-Carlos Suarez; 11-Rosita Torruella; 17-Maria Elena Perez; 18-Julian Ducat & Jan Pecce; 20-John Richardson; 25-Telin Fernandez; 30 John Ferrandino & Andres Pagan.
Be sure to sit at the reserved Birthday Table and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your lunch.
Happy Birthday Rotarians! Patricia Schneider 2016-11-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 24, 2016

Held this year on Friday, November  181      when 184 turkeys were awarded to young (6-7-8 graders) winners from the metro public schools. Thanks go to organizer Rotarian Angela Schlump who also did the negotiating with turkey supplier, Costco. Monies for the turkeys were raised among San Juan Rotarians as well as the Rotary Clubs in our Zone, and the Darjo Foundation.  Those who attended witnessed the enthusiasm of the students.

TURKEY RACES Patricia Schneider 2016-11-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 22, 2016
For Children on Thursday, November 24, when Rotarians come together and help at this annual event for 500 underprivileged kids, senior citizens and mentally challenged adults. This year, the event will be held at the La Concha Hotel starting at 9 am and ending at 1 pm. Rotarians Edwin Aquino and Sol Bravman will be there to show you how you can help.

In order to cover the cost of the Event, Rotarians are asked to donate whatever they can. Let Pat know and she will be happy to charge your donation to your Rotary account.

Our Thanksgiving Event Patricia Schneider 2016-11-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7000 - Conference 2017 Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2016-11-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Nov 15, 2016
Former San Juan Rotarian George McDougall was a guest of John Regis, Jr at the club's November 1st luncheon meeting.  George took that opportunity to make his contribution to our Haiti Hurricane Relief Fund. Thank you, George.
HELP for HAITI Patricia Schneider 2016-11-15 04:00:00Z 0
TURKEY RACE 2016-11-09 04:00:00Z 0
Comparte Tú Compra Juanita Morris 2016-11-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Oct 25, 2016
On Tuesday, August 18, following a pledge of $180 from Jose's Rotary Scholarship Fund, nine San Juan Rotarians offered to kick in $25 to help buy Jose Mendez a new laptop computer.
Rotarian Jocelyn Javernick and PDG John Richardson are seen here that afternoon with Jose at Best Buy with the new computer in hand.
Jose will be using this laptop to further his career and studies in graphic design at the Liceo de Artes y Tecnologia. Last week, Jose was also hired by Marshall's Department Stores in Old San Juan as a sales associate.
Our thanks to the following Rotarians for contributing to this Cause: Alan Austen, Jennifer Bates, Rabiah Foss, Jorge Gonzalez, John Hammel, Jocelyn Javernick, John Richardson, Joe Sampson and Rosita Torruella.
ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP FUND Patricia Schneider 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2016
During the recent Rotary Institute (Zones 33-34) in Charlotte, NC, Oct. 13-16, 2016, our PDG Jose M (Pepito) Rivero, had the opportunity to share with Joe Mulkerrin, RI Director (Zones 33-34) and RI Pres for 2017-2018, Ian Riseley from Victoria, Australia.  Zones 33-34 gathered PDG’s, Governors, GE and GN from Mid Atlantic & Southeastern USA, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, French Guiana and Suriname.
Rotary Institute Zone 33-34 in Charlotte, NC.  2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pepito Rivero-Olmedo on Oct 06, 2016
On October 5 the Rotary Club of Boone, IA, through its President Troy Thompson, invited our PDG Jose (Pepito) Rivero to make a presentation regarding how to establish a Rotary Satellite Club in central Iowa.
Presentation - Rotary Club of Boone, IA. Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2016-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bates on Sep 30, 2016
Will be held November 16 9am at Parque Barbosa. We are sponsoring turkeys to give away to the winners. All are welcome to this event.School kids from grades 6-9 will have a field day!
The Llorens Torres Turkey Races Jennifer Bates 2016-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 30, 2016
In order to get an idea of the interest in these two upcoming activities, there will be a sign up sheet at the luncheons. Rotary International President, John Germ, will be the honored speaker at the February 4th Ponce Rotary Club meeting. The February 4th activity will take the place of our regular Tuesday meeting.
Car pooling is suggested.
Atlanta, Georgia, is the  site of the 2017 Rotary International  Convention.  You don't have to go  as far as Seoul, Korea (as President Jennifer did) to see the gathering of your fellow Rotarians  from  all over the world.
PONCE IN FEBRUARY & ATLANTA IN JUNE Patricia Schneider 2016-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bates on Sep 20, 2016
Arrecife Condado, Inc, is a non-profit organization seeking to construct an artificial reef offshore at Condado beach to prevent drowning, coastal erosion and help marine species. Technical studies have been completed and paid for. Funds will contribute to obtaining permits. After that, construction will begin.
Artificial reef offshore at Condado Jennifer Bates 2016-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bates on Sep 02, 2016
Our Revelry, held on Friday, August 26, in the East Restaurant in Plaza Guaynabo, had a healthy attendance of 25+ Rotarians and guests. Two tables of revelers stayed and enjoyed a fine dinner after the cocktails and appetizers were served.
ROTARY REVELRY Jennifer Bates 2016-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rabiah Foss on Aug 26, 2016
A REMINDER to come to the Rotary Revelry at East Restaurant. August 26th (TODAY) at 6pm. Appetizers and drink specials included! 
Rotary Revelry ! Rabiah Foss 2016-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bates on Aug 19, 2016
The San German Club, on August 14, presented awards to a woman Rotarian in each of the island clubs. President Jennifer and San Juan Rotary selected fellow Rotarian and Executive Secretary, Patricia Schneider, to receive the honor.
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN ROTARY Jennifer Bates 2016-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2016
Delivering backpacks for students in Lloréns Torres Elementary School in Santurce  by our District Governor Sylvia Maisonet Díaz, our President Jennifer Bates,  Vice-President José M. (Pepito) Rivero PDG and  Secretary Carmen G. Hammel to the Principal of the school, Rosibel Recondo.
The same day we delivered backpacks at the  Luis Rodriguez Cabrero Elementary School  in the same neighborhood  to the Principal of the school, Armando Montero.
Back to School Jennifer Bates 2016-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
August is Bring a Friend month!!! Jennifer Bates 2016-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Guests of Members Jennifer Bates 2016-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Richard Maraccino popped in for a visit. Jennifer Bates 2016-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
BOARD  OF DIRECTORS-ROTARY   YEAR 2016-17 Patricia Schneider 2016-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 01, 2016
During the recent celebration of the 77th District 7000 Conference (June 24-26, 2016) at the Wyndham Hotel in Palmas del Mar, Humacao, three of our District leaders enjoyed Rotary friendship.  From left to right:  Juanita Valentín Morris, District Governor Proposed; José “Pepito” Rivero, PDG; and Sylvia Maisonet Díaz, District Governor Elect, who holds the honor of being the first native lady elected for the highest position in our D-7000.
NEWS  FROM  OUR DISTRICT CONFERENCE Patricia Schneider 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jul 01, 2016
The coveted ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR for his outstanding efforts (including his help in selling our office) was awarded to DENIS VAZ.
Rotarian of the Year Named Patricia Schneider 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jun 17, 2016
Incoming District Governor, Sylvia Maisonet, shares ideas with President Elect, Jennifer Bates, and PDG José "Pepito" Rivero, after the last meeting of our Club on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
LEADERS IN ROTARY Patricia Schneider 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
TO Director Denis Vaz, recently promoted to President and CEO of Scotiabank de Puerto Rico.
CONGRATULATIONS Patricia Schneider 2016-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jun 10, 2016
Our once a month get acquainted speaker was Past President (2003-2004) Sherman Wildman.  A native son of Missouri, he began by thanking his sponsor, Charles Elias, for introducing him to Rotary.  Sherman is particularly proud of our club’s Libraries for Literacy project that saw eight new libraries established island-wide.  Australia was the site of the Rotary
International Convention in his presidential year and was a most enjoyable and interesting experience in travel as well as in Rotary.  His career has been in communications with radio broadcasting as a hightlight.  Sherman is presently the club’s Speaker/Program Committee Chairman - a position he is right at home in.
HELLO AGAIN Patricia Schneider 2016-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on May 06, 2016
Inducted into the Club was former member (2003-10) CARLOS HAMILL.
He is a Consultant with Barquin International. Troy Fields is his sponsor.
WELCOME BACK, CARLOS Patricia Schneider 2016-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 29, 2016
San Juan Community Library Executive Director, Constance Estades, receives
San Juan Rotary's check for its participation in the Club's Chili Sancocho Cook Off from
Club Treasurer, Luis Ramirez.
Club's Chili Sancocho Cook Off Patricia Schneider 2016-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
San Juan Rotary's Community Special Projects Award  Patricia Schneider 2016-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 22, 2016
THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATE is being considered for membership in the San Juan Rotary Club: CARLOS HAMILL (Management: Consultant) Carlos was a member of the Club from 2003-2010 and is Senior Executive with Barquin International in Hato Rey.  He is sponsored by PP Troy Fields.  Any objections must reach the Secretary at: and must be received by April 30.  The final decision rests with the Board of Directors.
New Members Proposed Patricia Schneider 2016-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 15, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS TO   Bert Finn who received his 9th Paul Harris Award at Tuesday’s luncheon. The Rotary Foundation distributes Paul Harris donations to its many Service Above Self projects world wide.
CONGRATULATIONS 2016-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Apr 01, 2016
With the sale of the club's office completed, 98 years of the Rotary Club of San Juan's history was moved to
Extra Space Storage, a climate-controlled facility located on the Baldorioty de Castro Marginal in Santurce.
Many thanks to all those who responded to the call for action to effect the move.
MOVE Patricia Schneider 2016-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rolando Vescovacci become Paul Harris Fellow. 2016-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 26, 2016
See you all this Sunday, February 28, from 12-4 at our major fundraiser.  Plenty of parking at the San Juan Community Library, Apolo Avenue corner of Topacio St. San Juan.  (Near the Second Union Church).
CHILI & SANCOCHO COOK OUT! 2016-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 19, 2016
Commonwealth Parkville Schools will hold their annual Flea Market on February 20.  The Interact Club is asking for donations of any new or gently used item, including children’s toys, clothing, household items, collectibles and jewelry. You can bring your items to the Commonwealth Campus.  For more information:

HEART FOR HAITI-FLEA MARKET 2016-02-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 19, 2016
Congratulations to Rotarians Rabiah and Gary Foss on the birth of their son last week. 
New Baby. 2016-02-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 29, 2016
Joseph M. Mulkerrin, Director Zones 33 & 34 (2016-2018) has selected San Juan Rotary’s JOSÉ M. (PEPITO) RIVERO,P.D.G. as a member of his Director-Advisory Committee Member from 2016-2018 representing District 7000.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL- ZONES 33 & 34 Patricia Schneider 2016-01-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Schneider on Jan 29, 2016
ROTARY DISTRICT 7000's Nominating Committee has selected San Juan Rotary’s JUANITA MORRIS as District Governor Nominee for the 2018-2019 year.  Our Club is very proud to have our Past President Juanita receive this honor.
ROTARY DISTRICT 7000 Patricia Schneider 2016-01-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2016
Dr. Hal Margolis, head of the CDC, bid a fond farewell to fellow-Rotarians as he retires and leaves for his home in Tucson AZ.  We wish him and his wife, Susan, all the best.
UPDATE 2016-01-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Past President Juanita Morris gave an overview of the Saturday, March 19, Rotary Leadership Institute which will be held at Robinson School in the Condado.  The activity is divided into three parts and includes course materials, breakfast and lunch.  Cost to attend is $95 per session.  Registration cut-off is February 29 so please register early.  Tel: (787) 999-4604 or see Juanita at the meetings. 
Posted on Jan 22, 2016
The date has been changed to March 12. Same time and place: 6:30 pm in the Rio Piedras Rotary Clubhouse.  Please let Hector Gaitan (787-646-8797) or Pat know that you will attend.  This is a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow-Rotarians.
PAUL HARRIS DINNER 2016-01-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Dr. Johnny Rullan gave an overview of this latest mosquito borne infectious disease that is particularly harmful to pregnant women who may give birth to severely brain damaged infants. Eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, use of repellants and screens are the recommendations for preventing the spread of this virus.
Zika Virus Alert !!!!! 2016-01-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2016
Pictured are Edward McGrath and Ryan Christiansen, sons of VP Ken McGrath and former Rotarian Ralph Christiansen, respectively.
Both young men are active in the Paulson organization.
Posted on Jan 15, 2016
President Elect, Jennifer, is shown delivering San Juan Rotary’s donations to Casa Julia.
On hand to receive our donations were Lizbeth Vivas from the institute and Ines Vivas, wife of our District Governor Jesus Vivas. Thanks go to Treasurer Luis Ramirez who photographed the event.
San Juan Rotary’s donations to Casa Julia 2016-01-15 04:00:00Z 0
HAPPY HOLIDAYS Pepito Rivero-Olmedo 2015-12-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 24, 2015
Our Third Annual Chili and Sancocho Cook Off will be held Sunday, February 28th.  The last two years have been a huge success, and this year we hope to increase attendance even more.  This is our signature fundraising event and we need your help to make it a hit. 
     As announced, we are asking each member to purchase 5 tickets at a total price of $75. (face value $15 each).  This is a great family event and we hope you encourage friends, family, professional acquaintances, aunts, uncles, neighbors, (pretty much everyone you know) to attend.       You can do this by giving or selling your tickets. 
     Rotarians who attended the Holiday Lunch have received their tickets.  The rest of our Club members will be receiving their tickets by US Mail with the January 1st  invoice.  The amount of $75 will be added to the January 1st  invoice.
     The Board of Directors and your President hope that you will be generous in your support of this annual Club event.  We look forward to seeing you at the San Juan Community Library at Bucaplaa on February 28,2016,
Raymond Erb, President
CHILI COOK OFF 2015-12-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 11, 2015
This event (December 15, 2015) will feature industry experts that will talk about wine pairings. The meeting will include tasting various wine and grape varieties to discover that perfect wine. The perfect event to start off your holidays.
"Wine for the Holidays" 2015-12-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 27, 2015
The annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon  sponsored by our Club with the participation of the Boys and Girls Clubs , Seniors from the Club de Oro in Llorens and a group of mentally challenged adults was celebrated at the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde.
As the photos clearly indicate, a fine time was had by all.
Much appreciation is extended to all the volunteers and the generous Rotarians who do so much to make this activity a success.  And, special thanks to organizer Rotarian Sol Bravman whose dedication to this Event has passed the quarter century mark.
Thanksgiving Tradition of 28 years. 2015-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 27, 2015
Share your Grocery -Rotary District 7000 activity with the participation of our President Raymond Erb and our Past President Juanita Morris  and members of the Rotary e-Club Puerto Rico y Las Americas and their President Edna Seminario.
Share your Grocery-Rotary District 7000 activity. 2015-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2015
DONATIONS FOR WOMEN’S SHELTER Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, a District 7000 project, will be gratefully received at every Tuesday in November meeting.  Give them to Jennifer Bates, Luis Ramirez or Pat Schneider. 
The following are the items we are being asked to donate:
~Hair brushes         ~Razor blades             ~Perfumes
~Hair spray             ~Sanitary napkins        ~Hair dye  
~Women’s underwear - all sizes   
DONATIONS FOR WOMEN’S SHELTER -Casa Julia de Burgos 2015-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2015
SAN JUAN ROTARY was well represented at the annual fundraiser for the San Juan Community Library.  Enjoying the fine food and wine were a sizeable amount of our members.
San Juan Community Library. 2015-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2015
SAN JUAN ROTARY UNANIMOUSLY NOMINATED Past President Juanita Morris as District Governor Nominee for Rotary Year.2018-2019..
NOMINATION 2015-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2015
Guest speaker Luis Figarella, was born and grew up in Bayamon PR.  A graduate of UPR with a Masters from Boston U in Systems Engineering, he is a registered Patent Agent and professional engineer.  Making his home in Nashua NH, Luis has helped customers in over 10 states, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic & Ecuador. He spoke of the many types of patents such as, intellectual property, industrial secrets, and copyrights, to name a few. Our speaker is a co-inventor of over 14 US patents, and has participated in the development of the MaxiCode and Data Matrix symbologies and scanners with both UPS and Int’l Data Matrix.  Both symbologies are daily used in well over 15 million new individual items.
When we last met.... 2015-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2015
ELECTION BY ACCLAMATION, the Board of Directors for 2016-2017 will consist of President Jennifer Bates; President Elect Kenneth McGrath; Vice President Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero; Secretary Orlando Fiallo; Treasurer Luis Ramirez; Immediate Past President Ray Erb; Directors Rabiah Foss, Carmen Hammil, Hector Gaitan, Carlos Suarez & Denis Vaz.
ELECTION BY ACCLAMATION 2015-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 06, 2015
Past President Jorge Gonzalez accepts the No 2 Club in District Award for per capital Annual Fund giving to The Rotary Foundation in 2014-2015 from PDG José M." Pepito" Rivero.  Congratualtions to us!!
SAN JUAN ROTARY TAKES 2nd SPOT 2015-11-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2015
SAN JUAN ROTARY was honored to welcome the nine visitors from the Rotary Club of Peachtree, Georgia, co-sponsors of the Global Grant with Rotary International and District 7000 of the SONDS Project.  SONDS is a method of teaching very young children to read.  They were accompanied by our District Governor, Jesus Vivas.
Rotary Club of Peachtree, Georgia 2015-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2015
Troy Fields asks fellow-Rotarians  to view San Juan Rotary’s page on Facebook and “share” the information and also “copy” and attach it to an email to your friends.  There is no doubt that social media is a very important way to get your Club’s information circulated. 
PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIRMAN 2015-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2015
PAST PRESIDENT Fernando Valverde (1986-87) visited our club and exchanged banners with Past President Troy.  Fernando is a member of the Poinciana Florida Rotary Club.  He invited several friends and we were happy to see familiar faces at our luncheon.  Fernando has spent 45 years in the public relations field, most of them in Puerto Rico. He had words of encouragement for the island in these troubling times. We hope to see Fernando and his Idalia as they make future visits to their island.  
PAST PRESIDENT Fernando Valverde (1986-87) 2015-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
First up in this new first-of-each-month feature to reintroduce long time San Juan Rotarians to new members was Charles “Chuck” Hitt.  A member since 1972, who was sponsored by Troy Fields, Chuck had a good suggestion - a yearly Rotary Reunion to invite former members as well as members we do not see often, if ever.  As he said, “Rotary does many good things.  But the glue that binds us together is FELLOWSHIP.” 
Hello Again ! 2015-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 22, 2015
When Llorens Torres resident Karol Oviedo was first invited to attend Robinson School in the sixth grade, the School agreed to cover the cost of her tuition and San Juan Rotary offered to cover the cost of books, uniforms, lunches, and other school-related expenses, totaling $2000 per year. Through the years, we witnessed how Karol made the best of her opportunity and has blossomed as a young lady and honor student as she prepares for college at Emory University.
The scholarship program has been expanded so that in the current 2015-16 year, three students from Llorens afforded the opportunity to attend the private school. Robinson has been  successful in raising funds for the tuition expenses of these students, but the students still need the books, uniforms, and miscellaneous expenses covered (the cafeteria caterer has agreed to cover the lunches.) Also needed is a used laptop computer for one of the students. The funds needed for these students is about $1000 per student - $3000 total. If you would like to contribute to the future of an underprivileged and deserving student, you can make a donation and charge it to your Rotary account earmarked: Robinson Scholarship.
Scholarship Students Need Help 2015-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 22, 2015
An invitation to meet and lunch with the World Leader of the Salvation Army, General Andre Cox, has been extended to all Rotarians by our Major Jorge Marzan.  The luncheon will be held at the Salvation Army’s headquarters, 1679 Ponce de Leon Avenue corner of San Jorge St.  Lunch is free.  Parking on Ponce de Leon, right before you get to the office building.  Major Jorge asks that you confirm on or before next Monday, August 24, by calling (787) 999-7000.
Invitation to Lunch with Salvation Army General 2015-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
In his address to the Rotary Club of San Juan, District Governor Jesus A. Vivas offered enthusiasm and shared his vision. The following is the speech he gave, for those who may have missed it:
Dear fellow Rotarians and friends, it is a privilege to be here today in my official visit as Governor of Rotary district 7000.
In my meeting today with Raymond and the Board of Directors, I had the opportunity to discuss and interchange some ideas and could appreciate the work the club have planned for this rotary year. I’m convinced that if you do what you have planned, this year will be full of rotary work but also full of joy and satisfaction for a job  well done.
When we last met... 2015-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Dan Hildebrand, Headmaster of Robinson School, visited the Rotary Club of Wellesley, Mass. where he told about the success of the Youth Wellness Project accomplished in Puerto Rico due to the joint efforts of the Wellesley Club and San Juan Rotary.  The Youth Wellness Project is funded by a Rotary International Global Grant.
Rotarian Dan Hildebrand Shares Wellness Project Success 2015-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
CONGRATULATIONS to Carmen Hammel as she received her “Rotarian of The Year” award for outstanding Rotary service as Chair of the Speaker’s Committee.  Presenting the award during our last luncheon meeting was Immediate Past President Jorge Gonzalez.
Carmen Hammel Presented with Rotarian of Year award 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 25, 2015

New Rotarian, Jillian Carmichael gave an interesting talk on the multi-faceted gold mining industry.  China, Australia, Russia, the US, Peru and South Africa have the largest working mines.  The planets Mars, Mercury and Venus are thought to have gold. Back to Earth, 166,000 tons of gold have been mined with 80% still buried underground.  Our neighbor, the Dominican Republic, mined 1,155 tons in 2014.  Puerto Rico’s gold mines were depleted by 1570.  The ore is drilled and blasted, crushed, leached and poured to make the beautiful metal we so covet.  Rotarian Jillian, a native of Hawaii and a graduate from the U of Hawaii at Manoa, has lived and worked in Santiago Chile and later in Denver, Colorado where she is Director of Global Marketing for Cyanco International, a chemical producer to the gold mining industry.
She moved to Puerto Rico two years ago and continues to work in global marketing for Cyanco from San Juan.  Jillian was brought to us by fellow-member Ken McGrath, who is also her father-in-law.
When we last met... 2015-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

As part of last week's ceremony, several Past Presidents of San Juan Rotary headed by Dr. Rafael Aponte, President in 1967-68, escorted Incoming President Ray Erb to the podium, accompanied by District Governor Jesus Vivas.

Parade of Past Presidents 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
SJR Makes Donation to YWCA 2015-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks for a great year 2015-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Helping Rotary to Grow 2015-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Souns Program Working in the Community 2015-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Our Club and its leaders were recently honored with District Awards at the District conference in Carolina. Receiving high recognitions with Immediate Past President Juanita Morris for organizing and directing this year's District Conference; Director Raymond Erb as leader of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership); and our newsletter, La Garita, for quality and content.  San Juan Rotary congratulates  District Governor Jose M.(Pepito) Rivero Olmedo for his leadership of District 7000 in 2014-15.
PP Juanita is shown in the photo receiving the award as President of the District Conference Committee. To her left is the representative of the President of Rotary International, Jose Moreno from Guatemala, and to the right is Jose M.(Pepito)  Rivero, Governor of District 7000.  Juanita was the first women in 76 years to run the District Conference included speakers such as the Secretary of State, David Bernier, the Comptroller of Puerto Rico, Yesmin Valdivieso, and two representatives from the Agricultural Department, the Under Secretary of Agriculture and the Executive Assistant.
SJR Garners 3 Awards at District Conference 2015-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Blowing out the Candles in April are:  4-Rafael Aponte & Tom Tarbox; 12-Enrique Sigas; 17-Scott Chazdon; 26-Gerald Goldsmith; 27-Bob Schneider; 29-Jorge Gonzalez & Ken McGrath; 30-Rafael Acosta.
Be sure to sit at the reserved Birthday Table and enjoy a complimentary glass of birthday wine! 
Shown in the photo is our own dear Birthday Boy Bob Schneider at his recent 90th Birthday Bash with granddaughters Miranda and Amalia--- Bob, you make 90 look like the new 70! Happy Birthday!
April Birthday Rotarians 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Committee Chair, Jennifer Bates, reported that the February 8th Cook Off raised $10,000+, thanks to the efforts of her committee and to all Rotarians who supported the community service activity.

Chili/Sancocho Fundraiser a Huge Success 2015-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome our newest member Warwick W. Butler (Industrial Shelving- Retired). Warwick, a longtime resident of Puerto Rico was sponsored by Chuck Hitt & Jose Ballester.
Welcome Warwick Butler to SJR 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2014


District Governor Jose Rivero, President Jorge Gonzalez, Rotary Foundation Director Jorge Socca and Past President Juanita Morris were among the group of Rotarians who participated in the inauguration of the newly constructed Ladie’s restroom at the YWCA .  Also present were several of the young ladies who will benefit from the vastly improved facilities thanks to a matching grant from our District 7000. This project is a perfect example of your donations to The Rotary Foundation at work.

Matching Grant Benefits YWCA Ladies 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2014


San Juan Rotary's Board of Directors for 2015-16, will take office on July 1, 2015 consisting of:  President Raymond Erb; President-Elect Jennifer Bates; Vice President Kenneth McGrath; Secretary Orlando Fiallo; Treasurer Luis Ramirez; Immediate Past President Jorge Gonzalez; Directors Troy Fields, Hector Gaitan, Dr. Johnny Rullan, Carlos Suarez & Denis Vaz.

Congratulations and thank you to our esteemed incoming Board!

The Votes have been counted-- A New Board! 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2014


The 2nd Annual Chili & Sancocho Cookoff is set for Sunday February 8, at the YWCA. Put this event that supports our Club and the YWCA on your priority social calendar!

Get Ready for the 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff! 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2014



SAN JUAN ROTARY TENNIS TOURNAMENT winner of the Charles Pasarell Trophy for   2014, Julian Rodriguez-Sacristan, proudly receives the coveted trophy from Club Director Carmen Hammel.  Congratulations Julian!

Julian Rodriguez Takes Home Pasarel Trophy 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2014


A $10,000 Rotary Foundation Matching Grant check was presented to YWCA Director Juanita Morris by Treasurer Kenneth McGrath. Our Club's Foundation Director Jorge Socca, YWCA board members, Carmen Bravman and Maria Arill de Rullan and two youngsters who shared their experiences as recipients of the YWCA's services, also participated.  The funds are earmarked for much needed improvements to the historic facilities located on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Miramar.

SJR presents matching grant to YWCA 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2014


Inducted into the Club during our most recent luncheon was our guest speaker, Gary D. Foss, President & CEO of Seaborne Airlines.  His classification is (Airlines: Regional). Gary was sponsored by President Jorge Gonzalez.

Welcome New Member Gary Foss 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 16, 2014


The Caribbean Partnership Seminar that recently took place at the Intercontinental Hotel brought together Rotarians from Zones 33 and 34 with the purpose to foster friendship and partnership between the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean Rotary Clubs. Ray Erb and Juanita Morris represented our Club as part of District 7000 contingent.

Caribbean Partnership Seminar Hosted in San Juan 2014-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2014


Although he was not able to attend our luncheon, Past President Juanita made sure that, San Juan Rotary's oldest and longest member, 102-year-old Miguel Pons, received his pin for 63 years of membership. Don Miguel faithfully follows our activities by reading the Garita every week. 

Congrats Miguel Pons on 63 Years of Service 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
PP Charles Elias Celebrates 32 Years as a Rotarian 2014-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2014


For their admirable efforts to keep the Club membership on the rise, Jorge Gonzalez and Ray Erb earned a well-deserved recognition at last week’s luncheon.  Rotary International sent the special lapel pins especially for this important presentation.  Keep up the good work Jorge and Ray!

2013-14 New Member Sponsorship Champions 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Welcome and Congratulations to our New Board     

        President:  Jorge Gonzalez

        President Elect: Raymond Erb

        Vice President:  Jennifer Bates

        Treasurer:  Kenneth McGrath

        Secretary:  Orlando Fiallo

        Director-Club Administration:  Didi Connelly

        Director-Membership:  Troy Fields

        Director-Public Relations:  Carmen Hammel

        Director-Service Projects:  Johnny Rullan

        Director-Rotary Foundation:  Jorge Socca      

        Immediate Past President:  Juanita Morris 

2013-2014 Board of Directors 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
George Mark Earns Paul Harris +2 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 04, 2014



    New President Jorge gave an overview of his vision for the 2014-15 Rotary year.  He stated that there is no need to reinvent the wheel as Juanita did an excellent job and we will build on  what was achieved and try to do even better.  He noted that continuing to have interesting speakers is critical.  He also said that his priority would be a 5% increase in our membership and members inviting guests to have more persons attending the luncheons are two of his aims. Some new activities that will be considered for the coming year: A joint project with  Wellesley Rotary for youth emotional wellness (8-14 year olds) utilizing high school leaders who are trained in coping skills to avoid depression.  In addition, he said we have 4-5 English speaking schools and a goal would be to have one agree to participate with enthusiasm.  He explained that this will be discussed at Board level for consideration and approval.  At the District level, we will have Juanita chairing the District Conference in March at the Intercontinental Hotel.  He also reported that o

Our fundraising efforts will be headed by Jennifer Bates (2nd Annual Chili Cook-off) and an Auction with Troy Fields, our talented auctioneer.


New President Jorge Presents Vision for 2014-15 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2014



In recognition of their significant contributions to the success of the SJR, Certificates of Recognition were awarded  to:  Bucky Tervo (Audio-Visual); Sol Bravman (Thanksgiving Event); Louis Petit (Classifications); Joseph Sampson (Chaplain's); Hector Gaitan (Sgt. at Arms); John Ferrandino (Birthdays); Didi Connelly (Door Prize);    Raymond Erb (Chili Cook-Off); and Denis Vaz (Rotary Revelry). Congratulations and thank you to all!

Committee Chairs Recognized 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2014


We had the pleasure to salute and recognize two long-time Rotarians who have made significant contributions to the Club over the years. Past President Sal Nolfo celebrated an impressive 30 years as a member of San Juan Rotary while Past President Dr. Rafael Aponte celebrated 57 years of membership. Congratulations and thank you to both these fine and loyal Rotarians!

A Lasting Commitment to Rotary 2014-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Keith Olson reaches Paul Harris +4 2014-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Ken McGrath a Rotarian more than 3 decades 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 11, 2014


During last week's luncheon, Rotarian John Regis received his Paul Harris + 4 Award , while Rotarian Hector Gaitan received his Paul Harris +2 Award.

Jolly Good Paul Harris Fellows 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2014


Our Chili Sancocho Cook Off fundraiser, held this past Sunday at the YWCA in Miramar, was well attended by SJ Rotarians, District Rotarians and the public. 

           Winners in the Chili Category were:  1st Place- Commonwealth Parkville School Interact Club; 2nd Place - Caribbean Barbeque Association; 3rd Place - WOSO/Sherman Wildman. 

    In the Sancocho Category:  1st Place - the Rio Piedras Rotary Club; 2nd Place- Denery; 3rd Place- Caribbean Barbeque Association.

            Other teams with great entries included: Famous Dave's Restaurant, Troy Fields, Scotiabank, Rotaract Club of IAU Metro Campus, and Jorge Gonzalez.

            Prizes were: $100 for 1st Place; $75 for 2nd Place; $50 for 3rd Place.

            Kudos go to the Cook-Off Committee headed by Club VP, Raymond Erb.

Visit our Facebook page to see all the photos of the event!

Chili-Sancocho Cook Off a Delicious Event 2014-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Parker on Oct 26, 2013

It is all available from the Sales and Marketing Executives Association in Puerto Rico!  Come see for yourself.

Our luncheonspeaker, María Elena Lampaya is the Executive Director of the Sales & Marketing Executives Association of Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization that has a 62 year history promoting the professional development of its members.  She has has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector working in the areas of communications, marketing, community impact and business administration.

Since 2010, her goal has been to move the Association forward, and grow its membership through high quality workshops, networking opportunities, prestigious awards and in depth studies targeted to professionals in areas of sales, marketing and communication.   As a result of her efforts, the SME expanded its membership categories which now include regular members, professional associates, educators and student chapters.   At the moment the SME has more than 640 members and participation keeps growing.

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Posted by Angela Schlump on Oct 22, 2013

ImageShe's up in front of us each week at the podium.  Her face is familiar!  But do you really know Juanita? Fellow San Juan Rotarian, Angela Schlump interviewed Juanita several times over the last few months and wrote this biography for us.

Get To Know our President - Juanita Morris Angela Schlump 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Parker on Oct 21, 2013

Last Tuesday, Luís Ramírez and Ray Erbe gave their classification talks.  Ray has been in Puerto Rico for 20 years, and started his company, Easy Checks in 2006. He has two college aged sons, and wife Elizabeth works with him in his business. Luis is a lifelong resident of Puerto Rico, and is an accountant.  He currently works for PR Soft.  He has a 7 year old son, and his wife is a mortgage banker at Scotia Bank. Louis Petit, the chair of our club's Classification Committee gave us a brief overview of the classification system and how it works to create a inclusive club, of diverse members!

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Classification Talks October 22, 2013 Elizabeth Parker 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Parker on Oct 15, 2013

On Tuesday, October 15th, five local businesswomen were honored as part of Rotary's Vocational Service month.   Recognized for their high ethical standards in their businesses were Bettye Baldwin, Jennifer Bates, Kimberly Casiano, Elizabeth Parker and Myrna Rivera.   The complete bios of the honorees can be seen by clicking "More" below.Image



Five Local Businesswomen Honored as part of Vocational Service Month Elizabeth Parker 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2013

The Club also welcomed a second new Rotarian during last week's induction ceremony. Jose E. Valentin (Medical Services: Consultant) Vice President, Salinas Medical Center. Jose was also sponsored by Past President Marcos A. Vidal. Let's extend him a warm Rotary welcome

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Posted by Elizabeth Parker on Sep 08, 2013

Our speaker on Tuesday, September 10th will be Maximiano Valdez, Artistic Director for the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.  He will focus on what culture can do for a city (and, in our case, an island), focusing on music in particular, and he will make the case to us, as Rotarians, as to why we need to support culture.

Why?  Because culture is a big part of our island.  It could be a selling point to the rest of the world and help put us "on the map".  Cities that thrive and are talked about are those that are not only financially solvent, but who also have a rich and active heritage - which San Juan does. But is it ever used as a promotional feature? The Tourism Company only uses our beaches to promote Puerto Rico as a tourist destination.  Ours is the only island where, in 24 hours, you can go from a zip lining in one of the world's only tropical rain a classical concert/opera or festival from a 55 year old the a 5 star dinner.

Maestro Valdes is also pushing hard for the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra to participate in recordings and tours.  Our culture helps to form the worldwide opinion of our island...not just our beaches!  A surviving, thriving culture will help to sell this island to the rest of the world for investment!



Can Culture Boost Investment in Puerto Rico? Elizabeth Parker 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
President's Installation 2013 Elizabeth Parker 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2012
 San Juan Rotarians lent a hand to install a dozen new computers at the Boys & Girls Club  at the Ramon Antonini  community housing project. The new computers were part of a Rotary Matching Grant effort spearheaded by the Rotary Club of San Juan. Shown in the photo is new San Juan Rotarian Gerry Cumpiano who took the time out of his day to volunteer to set up the new equipment that youngsters will now have the benefit of enjoying. Special thanks to all who pitched in to make this happen!
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Posted by Joanne Curcio on May 05, 2011

San Juan Rotarians, the Club itself and its affiliate projects took home 13 top honors at last week's District 7000 annual conference. Among the awards surround SJR were the Club Excellence Award and Most Funds Contributed honor. Other recognitions related to SJR were:

Special Assistance Award to Ron Chevako; District Rotaract Director to Juanita Morris; District Rotaract Representative to Alejandro Edenhoffer; Arbol Familiar to Myraida Anderson; Exceptional Club to both Commonwealth Interact and InterMetro Rotaract; International Service Help for Haiti Carlos Matos; Blue & Gold Gala to Marcos Vidal; Culebra Community Library to Dottie Hill; and Humanitarian Flights to Haiti to both Dany Epps and Ramon Torres. 

Congratulations to all those who were recognized for their efforts!


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Posted by Joanne Curcio on Apr 28, 2011

Dorado Rotarian and Coordinator of District 7000 Rotary Anns received a $1000 donation from San Juan Rotarians that will be used to purchase an auditory testing machine for the Pediatric Hospital in Centro Medico. PP Enrique Sigas and his wife and Rotary Ann Mildred Sigas thanked members for their generous donations.

SF Rotarians Donate $1,000 for Rotary Anns Charity Joanne Curcio 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Curcio on Mar 25, 2011
The San Juan Rotary Club's annual tennis tourney was, as always, an evening of fun, frolic and darn good tennis. This year Rotarian Jennifer Bates took home the Pasarell Trophy, with runner-up Julian Rodriguez-Sacristan getting a good pat on the back from fellow Rotarians and friends who joined in the action. Congratulations to Jennifer and all the good sports who came out for the exercise and fellowship. Special thanks go out to Tennis Committee Co-Chairs Chuck Hitt and Bob Schneider who make it happen every year! 
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Posted by Joanne Curcio on Mar 10, 2011
United Nations Program Jorge Gonzalez, President of the Board of UNA-USA PR thanked the Club for its $1000 contribution the program that brings educational activities to schools with the theme, "Think Globally, Act Locally". Jorge also thanked the District for its $1000 donation and the Harvey Foundation who contributed $2,200 to the organization founded in 1945.
UNA-USA Thanks SJR for its Support Joanne Curcio 2011-03-10 23:23:05Z 0
Posted by Joanne Curcio on Mar 04, 2011
Hundreds of Rotarians joined members of the House of Representatives and other VIPs for a historic illumination of the Capitol building to recognize Rotary International's worldwide effort of eradicating Polio. The contingent of supporters included a group from the San Juan Rotary Club, who witnessed the significant event that has brought worldwide attention to Rotary and its mission. Congratulations to DG Johnny Richardson and his team who did a magnificent job in making Puerto Rico a shining example of the power of Rotary and getting a tremendous amount of media exposure that highlights Rotary's efforts both locally and abroad. El Capitolio was among hundreds of iconic sites worldwide that were illuminated simultaneously. To see a video clip of the event, visit the District website 
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Posted on Sep 01, 2010
San Juan Rotarians met, mingled and indulged at the latest creative venue of renowned chef Wilo Benet in the Conrad Condado Plaza. Fellowship, food and fun flowed as did intriguing conversation as Rotarians and friends enjoyed a night on the town.San Juan Rotarians met, mingled and indulged at the latest creative venue of renowned chef Wilo Benet in the Conrad Condado Plaza. Fellowship, food and fun flowed as did intriguing conversation as Rotarians and friends enjoyed a night on the town.
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District Governor Jose Rivero was on hand to welcome the incoming Board of Directors as they were sworn in. Congratulations and a big hearty thank you to all those Board Members and Directors who have selflessly volunteered to serve.

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Visiting Rotarian, Mary Toews, of the RC of Everett WA, was part of an eight-person team of teachers and students led by Rotarian Rich Anderson who participated in a 110 wheelchair delivery program.  Supported by funds raised by the Everett RC, the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of Turabo, Isla Verde, Manati, Mayagues, Moca, Monacillos and Santurce, the project deliverd the wheelchairs in Yabucoa, U of Sagrado Corazon and Maricao.  The Everett and Turabo Clubs are implementing a $20,800 matching grant in the Indieras Community of Maricao to develop three small social enterprises.  (See photo)
The San Juan Rotary Club also concluded its Sabores de la Casa Project by returning the remaining $107 of the $14,721 grant to the Rotary Foundation. 
San Juan Rotary’s third Matenwa, Haiti Matching Grant was approved and work is expected to commence soon. 

Finally, Rotarians Alberto Estrella and Kenneth Suria are collaborating with Santurce Rotary in the delivery of a 40 ft. container full of medical equipment and supplies for Siervas de Maria, Casa de Salud in Viejo San Juan.  These are examples of the magic in Rotary!

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The last meeting of District 7000 for the 2011-12 Rotary year was held on Saturday, June 16 when awards were given by DG Paul Roman for outstanding Rotary service. 

San Juan Rotary was recognized for its work with Rotaract and Interact Clubs, its significant increase in membership, and for obtaining several matching grants with the Rotary Foundation along with Rotary Clubs in California and Tortola.  Of the $55,000 in total grants, San Juan Rotary contributed $7,000. 

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President Marcos recently announced that $28,000 net has been raised for the Club as a result of the Rotary Week activity at Plaza Las Americas last month. Congratulations to President Marcos and all the Rotarians who helped make this fundraiser and public relations event a tremendous success!
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During out last luncheon meeting, U.S. Citizenship Director, Roberto Cintron, introduced and offered the citizenship oath to 19 new US citizens from 15 countries. Rotarians also looked on while President Obama welcomed them via a video presentation.
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During one of recent meetings, International Service Chairman, Carlos Matos,showed a visual presentation of the completed playground for the Enis Adams Primary School in Roadtown, Tortola. Our Club contributed $4,000 to this Rotary International Matching Grant Project by selling raffle tickets for a contest with prizes that were donated by several hotels, cruises and other recreational businesses and put together by the Rotary Club of Roadtown.
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The inauguration ceremony of Rotary Week at Plaza was everything President Marcos and the Rotary Week Committee hoped for—and more. The opening of the weeklong event that serves as both a fundraiser for the Club and excellent exposure for Rotary will clearly be remembered as a success judging by the fanfare of its ribbon-cutting day. A host of dignitaries from Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock to Senator Lucy Arce and General Hector Sorrentini came out to take the stage along with Rotary and military leader in support of the event dedicated to Puerto Rico Veterans of war. The Army Band played and the crowd beamed as San Juan Rotary kicked off what is expected to be an annual community tradition. More than 15 local businesses have rallied behind Rotary’s mission as sponsors to make this a worthwhile fundraiser. We ask that all Rotarians visit the exhibit this week to show gratitude to those supporting sponsors.

Congratulations President Marcos, Committee Chair PP Bucky Tervo, and all those Rotarians who worked tirelessly to make this event a success!

A photo album from the opening ceremony will be available on our web page beginning monday 4/30-be sure to take a look...
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A letter received for our recent support of Casa la Providencia.......

On behalf of Casa La Providencia, I would like to thank you for your generous donation of the commercial refrigerator, oven and mixer for our program. With your support we will be able to offer women with drug an alcohol addiction problems an opportunity to learn job skills that will help them to face life after rehabilitation. Again, thank you very much for your support of "Sabores de la Casa" and for your commitment to our mission. The women of Casa la Providencia feel they are not alone and that God is with them through your support and generosity.

Be assured of our prayers,

Respectfully, Sister Maria Socorro Sandoval

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At a recent luncheon meeting, District Governor Paul Roman presented our Club with two recognitions on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.  First a banner of appreciation for our contributions to the Foundation in 2010-11 and second, a banner for our donations to PolioPlus in response to the challange made by Bill and Melinda Gates.
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Rotarian Jose Irizarry, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club, received a check for $15,190 from President Marcos and International Service Director Carlos Matos. These funds were raised through a Matching Grant with Rotary Clubs in Los Angeles, CA and The Rotary Foundation.  As a result of this Rotary joint effort, the Boys & Girls Clubs in the Llorens Torres and Ramon Antonini public  housing projects will receive 24 spanking new computers. Rotary is making a difference in our community!


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 As part of our matching grants project with District 5280, a commercial refrigerator, a commercial oven, and a commercial mixer were delivered for the Sabores de la Casa cooking project at Casa Providencia in old San Juan, a program for troubled women. The mixer weighed 400 pounds!  After removing a door, the equipment fit in the building and now we are awaiting the delivery of the forms, baking pans, and other miscellaneous items. Soon the disadvantaged women of Casa Providencia will be baking away!
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SAN JUAN ROTARY can chalk up another successful Annual Thanksgiving celebration with great press coverage, dedicated Rotary and community volunteers, super entertainment including former Rotarian Juan Carlos Garcia, happy children and seniors, and of course great food.
Critical to the success of this yearly holiday party is the assistance of the volunteers and this year we set a new record-- under the leadership of Jose Irras-- of 17.5 minutes to serve more than 625 meals to the attendees. We also enjoyed the company of the Rotary District Governor as well as the Acting Governor of Puerto Rico.
Kudos to the Marriott and all of the people who donated money, helium gas for the balloons,  ice cream, soda and candy, and the Walmart donation to buy gifts. As always, a special thanks goes out to Linde de Puerto Rico, Sterling Merchandise, IRI de Puerto Rico, U.S. Coast Guard, Walmart, UPR Airforce ROTC, Commonwealth School, Interamerican U. Rotaract, and the Interact clubs and especially to the San Juan Rotarians who so generously gave their financial support. And let us not forget the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico and our fearless organizer, Sol Bravman! 

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Thanks to a $2000 contribution from the Fundacion Darjo and Costco, The Rotary Club of San Juan was able to continue the tradition of donating the turkeys for the Luis Llorens Torres neighborhood schools annual Thanksgiving Turkey Races. Our Club was also able to donate some of the 140 birds to Hermanas Misioneras
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 Rotarian D. Brent Williams, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 34 encompassing 14 Caribbean countries and two states, Governor of District 6970 in 2006-07 and member of the Gainesville, Florida Rotary Club, thanked the club for its continued support of The Rotary Foundation.  Rotarian Brent was here for the Rotary Foundation Seminar held last Sunday in Manati.

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 The power of RI matching grants is about to make a difference right here in our community. Here is a summary of the San Juan Rotary matching grants , which will be matched by Rotary International, in partnership with Rotary Clubs in Tortola, Manhattan Beach, Lennos, Peninsula, South Bay Sunrise, Lynwood, and Playa Venice:    

$4000 Playground equipment for a public elementary school that has been adopted by the Roadtown, Tortola Rotary Club

$1579 for Casa de Providencia Home in Old San Juan, for equipment to train women in marketable cooking skills

$1600 to Ramos Antonini Boys & Girls Club for computers for the youth Clubhouse.
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 Last Tuesday, the Rotary Club of San Juan proudly inducted four new members. We encourage you to welcome the following new members into our Rotary family:

Miguel Principe  (Location Services: Global) General Manager of M2M Global Location Services, Sponsored by Marcos Vidal.

Jorge A. Socca (Internet Service: Technology Governance) President of AXYSNET Corp. Sponsored by Marcos Vidal.

Kenneth C. Suria (Law: Corporate) Partner with William Estrella Law Offices. Sponsored by Alberto Estrella.

Denis Vaz (Banking: Corporate & Commercial) Chief Administrative Officer of Scotiabank de Puerto Rico. He was sponsored by Claudio Reck.

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 Several San Juan Rotarians have been appointed by Rotary International to serve in prominent positions for the global organization's leadership.

It is with great pride that we report that our own San Juan Rotarian and District Governor Johnny Richardson has been named District Chair for the Rotary Foundation for a 3-year term, as well as the Assistant Rotary Coordinator for District 7000, Zone 34. His new duties will move him to a leadership role on an International level.

Several other San Juan Rotarians have been appointed to Rotary Foundation Subcommittees including:
Pres. William "Bucky" Tervo - RF Permanent Fund Subcommittee
Carlos Matos- Grants Committee
Juan Saavedra - Polio Plus Subcommittee

Congratulations to all our fellow Rotarians who have been recognized for their leadership qualities and have been entrusted by RI  to take Rotary International into the future!
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 It actually came as no surprise. The recipient of the coveted Rotarian of the Year award 12010-2011 is Board Secretary and Incoming Vice President, Juanita Morris—a well deserved recognition! Juanita went above and beyond her duties as a member of the Board as she assisted President Bucky, our Club,  and the District in many endeavors and projects this Rotary year. She also played a vital role in mentoring our youth and serving as a liaison to our Interact and Rotaract students. Congratulations Juanita!

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 President Bucky gave an overview of his Rotary year accompanied by a photo slide show. He then presented recognition awards to those who made outstanding "Service Above Self" contributions in the past year as follows:
Sol Bravman - Thanksgiving Event at the Marriott
María Elena Pérez - English Tutoring & Dictionary Distribution
Carmen Hammel - English Tutoring & Attendance Chair
José Irizarry - Health Fair
Didi Connelly - Door Prize Chair
Héctor Gaitán - Sergeant-at-Arms
Alejandro Edenhofer - Inter Metro Rotaract Club
Louis Petit - Classification Chair
John Ferrandino - Birthday Committee Chair
Dr. Norman Maldonado - Program/Speaker Chair
Dr. Rafael Aponte - Chaplain Committee Chair
Dottie Hill - Libraries for Literacy
Commonwealth Interact Club
Marcos A. Vidál - President Elect
Claudio Reck - Vice President & Club Service Director
Kenneth McGrath - Treasurer
Teresita Bagué - Vocational Service Director
Carlos Matos - International Service Director & Flights to Haiti
Enrique Sigas, Esq. - Immediate Past President

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 San Juan Rotary was selected by Rotary International to be part of a pilot project that includes only 200 Clubs worldwide, in which corporate memberships are offered. This test program is intended to bring the International organization into the future by broadening the membership restrictions and allowing corporations to designate four members of their management personnel to serve as Rotarians and having the flexibility to designate new executives if the person originally chosen is transferred or is no longer with the company. This is a great opportunity for Club's like ours to increase membership by drawing in esteemed corporations in our region.
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 During a recent SJR luncheon,Inter Metro Rotaract President, Alejandro Edenhofer, presented awards to outstanding Rotaracters from InterAmerican University.  Recipients included Tatiana Garcia, Mario Avendaro and Joanne Torres.  Also present for the ceremony was their faculty advisor, Professor Armand Pique.  Alejandro then gave awards to President Bucky, on behalf of San Juan Rotary and to DG John Richardson with special recognition to PP Enrique Sigas, who was instrumental in founding the IAU Rotaract Club and Juanita Morris, SJR's liason to the Club's Rotaract and Interact Clubs. 

The Inter Metro Rotaract Club won InterAmerican University's 1st Prize for Social Work.  In addition, Rotary International honored the Rotaract Club with a Presidential Citation.  San Juan Rotary is very proud of its Rotaract Club of university students.

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More than 50 Rotarians and guests took part in the San Juan Rotary field trip to the recently refurbished Conservatory of Music in San Juan. Margo Sila, Public Relations Director of the Conservatory led an informative and intriguing tour of the landmark location that was built by the Spaniards in 1880. It first served as an all-girls school, and then in 1898 as an orphanage for girls, before it was turned into a rehabilitation center some 30 years later. In 1998 it became the Conservatory of Music, where 500 students study at university level to acquire a Bachelor's of Music surrounded in a repertoire that includes classical, jazz, Caribbean and pop music. The school attracts students primarily from Latin America. Its annual budget of $8 million is funded by legislative grants (65%) and donors. Its cost is $75 per credit due to its one-to-one student ratio for advanced instrument instruction is involved.

After the tour, the group moved to the neighboring YWCA where Club Secretary Juanita Morris (President of the YWCA), and enjoyed a delicious box lunch catered by Subway store owner, SJ Rotary Past President Luis Marti.

Special thanks fot Carmen Hammel who made all the arrangements for the memorable and enjoyable field trip.

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The following is a message from District Governor Johnny Richardson:

 San Juan Rotarian Carlos Matos and fellow pilots Danny Epps and Ramon Torres delivered approximately 1,400 pounds of antibacterial hand sanitizer to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following an appeal from 7020 DG Diana White in response to the Cholera outbreak. 

The pilots departed just after sunrise and the last of the three private planes safely touched down at Isla Grande airport at just before 6:00 pm. My thanks go to Carlos, Danny and Ramon the District 7000 Rotarians in the 23 clubs who responded to this call; Districts 7020, 6920 and the Rotary Club of Skidaway Island, each who have offered financial assistance and those persons both civilian and
military who provided aid in Haiti's time of need.

Shown in the photo are pilot and San Juan Rotarian Carlos Matos with his flight companion Vice President Claudio Reck as they head for Haiti to drop off a shipment of the hand sanitizer.
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The 22nd annual Thanksgiving Celebration for children, seniors and disabled adults was a huge success—once again! Hundreds of children from Boys & Girls Clubs around the Island, as well as adults from the Instituto Psicopedigoco enjoyed a hearty traditional Thanksgiving feast, as well as entertainment by guitarist Juan Carlos and talented youth performers. Over 30 San Juan Rotarians came to lend a hand as did a contingent from the U.S. Coast Guard, Boys & Girls Club staff, Rotaractors from the InterMetro Club and Interactors from Commonwealth High School. Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock also made his annual appearance in support of the Club's yearly community service event. The Daily Sun front page featured a photo of the San Juan Marriott's chef presenting the first turkey carvings to youngsters from the San Lorenzo Boys & Girls Club. El Nuevo Dia dedicated a feature story to the event and recognized the fearless leader behind the event for more than two decades—our own Sol Bravman.

Congratulations to all those whose contributions, both monetary and voluntary helped to bring this annual tradition to fruition, putting smiles on the faces of hundreds of happy attendees and giving them the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable holiday meal!


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Rotarian Wells Hood of Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia Club paid a visit to San Juan Rotary to recognize all those whose efforts made it possible for the Matenwa Library in La Gonaive, Haiti to become a reality. It was six years since he first discussed with now DG Johnny Richardson the idea of building a community library on the impoverished island with no electricity or running water, but plenty of children anxious to learn. At the meeting he recognized  the CPS Interact Club who took the initiative to raise the initial funds to kickstart and see the project through by presenting its current student leaders with a District 6920 and District 7000 Governors Award. Chris Low, Matenwa's co-director that was in attendance was also honored with a Paul Harris Fellow Award and the many movers and shakers of the project were thanked including both SJ and Skidaway Rotarians, DG Johnny, former director Angela Schlump and Ana Colomer, among others.

The Matenwa Library project's first phase was a complete success and a more recent effort that also included a Rotary matching grant has continued the expansion of the library that has given residents of the tiny island Internet access and therefore, access to a whole new view of the world.

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As it drew to a close, the District-wide hand sanitizer drive to help combat the spread of Cholera in Haiti had successfully amassed over 1,000 pounds of the potentially life-saving product, thanks to the efforts of Rotarians, Rotaract and Interact Clubs throughout District 7000. DG Johnny Richardson and others are now working on getting the sanitizer shipped to the area where it is most needed. Thanks to all who supported this drive through donations!

Rotary continues to make a difference in the world!

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This past week our Club hosted its annual health fair for Rotarians and Marriott staff and their families, as well as the community. Participants got free flu shots, health screenings and valuable health and wellness info. Congratulations is in order for the event's organizer and SJR Director Jose Irizarry, as well as special thanks to all those who made it happen, including all the San Juan Rotarians who contributed their time and effort, as well as co-sponsors the San Juan Marriott, San Juan Office of Veterans Affairs, the Municipality of San Juan, and the PR Dept. of Health. Salud!!


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Alejandro Edenhofer, President of The Rotaract Club of Inter-Metro and son of SJ Rotarian Norma Krasinksi, has posted the group's promotional video on You Tube.  Click on the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser) to see the video, and get an idea of what the fine young men and women of our Rotaract Clubs are capable of.  We congratulate Alejandro and the Rotaract Club, and look forward to working with them this year.
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A fabulous time was had by the more than 250 Rotarians, guests and friends who attended the July 2nd Blue & Gold Gala, enjoying fine food,wine and music at what is hoped will be the first of an annual activity. It was a honor for our island to welcome 2010-11 Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith and his wife, Judie. Puerto Rico was the first stop for the new president after the RI Conference in Montreal. San Juan Rotary was proud to serve as the host club for this most welcome visitor.

Congratulations to the Gala Committee and especially to Gala Chairman Marcos Vidal for his non-stop efforts towards realizing the elegant event.


Our heartfelt thanks to the sponsors whose support helped to make the event a success.

Redbridge *MCS* Bixler & Associates * Universidad Interamericana  Recinto Metro & Recinto Bayamon * Enrique Sigas, Esq. * Medens Corp.  * Plastex Corp. * Rotary Club of Santurce * Truly Nolen * Universal Insurance * Uticorp * Sol de PR (Shell Gasoline) *Universal Career Community College * Gallery Inn

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Several San Juan Rotarians had the honor of being pinned by the new RI President Klinginsmith at the recent gala as they received their multiple Paul Harris Fellows (PHF). Congratulations to the following San Juan Rotarians:
Jennifer Bates - PHF +5
Enrique Sigas - PHF +4
Ron Chevako - PHF + 3
Bob Schneider- PHF + 2

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Golfing Rotarians and their guests had a good ol' time at the Rosie Copeland Golf Tournament hosted at the beautiful Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club on June 4. Taking home the trophy was the team of San Juan Rotarian Roberto Valentin and his partner Jeronimo Esteves. The longest drive also went to Roberto and Closest to the Pin honors went to Club Services Director and Golf Committee Chairman Claudio Reck. Congratulations to all the golfers and to the Golf Committee for putting together a fun fellowship event.  

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Zone 1 Assistant to the District Governor Juan Torruellas presented the respected Presidential Award for Club Excellence to President Enrique and also Presidential Awards for our Interact Clubs at Commonwealth School and Antilles High School, as well as the InterAmerican University Rotaract Club.  CPS Headmaster and San Juan Rotarian Richard Marracino was also on hand to accept the recognitions on behalf of the hardworking students.

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Rotary does make a difference. The proof is in the pudding as second installment of the Rotary matching grant makes its way to the Matenwa Learning Center to continue the the important literacy project on the tiny impoverished island of the coast of Haiti. The more than $62,388 will fund a project that will allow the Matenwa Library to begin publishing and distributing books in the native Creole language to improve literacy on the Island. This is a fine example of how a collaboration by Rotary International, SJR, its Commonwealth Interact Club, the Skidaway and Port au Prince Club's can come together to make big things happen in a small place. Congratulations to all!
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 More than 30 San Juan Rotarians and their guests enjoyed an evening of fellowship, fun and free-flowing wines at a wine tasting hosted by Cava Serralles. The congenial crowd enjoyed delicious appetizers courtesy of East Sushi and were treated to a memorable event in the lovely cava where they were able to take advantage of generous discounts on the fine wines they sampled throughout the evening.

Three Cheers for Club Service Director Claudio Reck for putting it together, as well as East Sushi for the delectable bites and of course Cava Serralles for their wine and hospitality.  

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The Commonwealth-Parkville Interact Club's annual Heart for Haiti fundraiser this month raised a whopping $18,000 to benefit our neighboring country in crisis. The day-long festival with entertainment, presentations and fun for the whole family has been a success for the last several years in its quest to raise much-needed funds for the Matenwa Learning Center, but this year, the event was a blockbuster, nearly doubling last year's tally. These youngsters are truly an inspiration and their Rotary spirit and determination is admirable. All the proceeds will benefit those in need in Haiti!
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During the Club's Valentine luncheon, President Enrique Sigas proudly presented a check for $12,546.11 to District 7000 Governor Johnny Nieves for our Club's contribution to the District-wide fund raiser to benefit Haitian earthquake victims. The DG expressed his sincere gratitude and pride for the generous contribution and also congratulated the effort by PP Bert Foti and Rotarian contributors that made it possible to send a $5,000-plus boatload of drinking water that was sent to our neighbors in crisis.

Congratulations to all the Rotarians and Friends of Rotarians who made this donation possible. But it's not over yet! More contributions are on their way to Haiti thanks to the efforts of our CPS Interact Club and a major donation by the Paddle for Haiti event to benefit Haiti......stay tuned for details.......and be proud to be a Rotarian!

SJR presents check for $12,546.11 for Haiti Joanne Curcio 0
Posted by William Tervo

The paddle for Haiti activity held last Saturday sponsored by Puerto Rico Paddleboard Tours and Rentals raised over $10,000 for the Hearts For Haiti Project and the Rotary Haiti Relief Fund!

An expected turnout of 20 paddleboarders swelled to almost 90, each paying $50 to paddle from Piñones to Ocean Park on a beautiful sunny day.  A cookout and raffle was then held at the Park Boulevard Condominium, which attracted several hundred people who bought drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, steaks, ribs, and other BBQ goodies donated by several sponsors.  The raffle also was a big success with more than 50 donated items up for grabs.  Everyone had a great time and the final total raised was far more than anyone imagined!

The funds raised will be split between the two Haiti projects our club is involved in.  This is an example of the power and image of Rotary.  According to Tanya Esparza, the co-founder of the event (along with Art Wible), Rotary gave the event  respectability and the participants felt confident that their donations would be handled in the right way, encouraging even more generosity.

Thanks to Tanya and Art, and all the volunteers who participated.  We can't wait for the Second Annual Paddle for Haiti!

Paddle for Haiti Raises Over $10,000! William Tervo 0
Posted by Joanne Curcio
A total of ten recent grads from the Ramon Power High School received the first half of their $500 scholarship awarded by our Club as an incentive for higher learning. The scholarship project funded by our Character Development Fund, began last year as a move to reward deserving students for their diligent efforts to get themselves into college and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. On hand representing our Club to disseminate the checks were Community Service Director Angela Schlump and Vocational Service Director Teresita Bague.
Congrats to all the Grads!
SJR Awards Scholarships to Ramon Power Grads Joanne Curcio 0