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  Andreas Runggatscher
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    Monroe, NY  10950

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Bridges to Prosperity
We just finished building our bridge in Panama and celebrating with the community. It was an incredible experience, and we had an extraordinary team including Bridges to Prosperity staff, Bridge Corps engineers, volunteers, and the community of La Candelaria. I have included a photo of the completed bridge and the celebration.

Dr. Reza Houssaini and UNICEF
During the RCNY International Breakfast meeting on Aug 17 we greatly benefited from a wonderful connection with UNICEF through our member and Event Chair Malika Abrous. The meeting took place in the wonderful Labouisse Room with close to 50 participants - RCNY members, visiting Rotarians, and Rotaractors as well as staff members of UNICEF.

For RCNY Funding of Hospital in Buchcarest
We have received a letter and message of thanks for one of our charitable acts. It begins, "We at Gift of Life International (GOLI) are excited to express our deep appreciation to the Rotary Club of New York for their generous contribution to the Rotary Foundation Global Grant that is funding our partnership with the Grigore Alexandrescu Hospital in Bucharest, Romania. This Grant is helping with the construction of the cardiovascular center and the emergency units within the hospital....."

International Breakfast Committee
Please welcome Hon. Ambassador Hahn Choong-hee to our International Breakfast Committee. Ambassador Hahn's role will be to add his experience, professionalism and international expertise to our moderator team. Welcome Ambassador Hahn!


Larry Cohen Promotes Bridges to Prosperity
On August 9th, Larry Cohen, our respected member, spoke at the Rotary Club of the Bronx on Bridges to Prosperity during their meeting on City Island. This is an organization founded in 2001 by Rotarian, Ken Frantz, to provide isolated communities with access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.


In Honor of Labor Day
On Sep 1, in Honor of Labor Day, RCNY will not hold it's regular luncheon.


Events for Sep & Oct 2016
The Rotaract Club of New York at the United Nations has a busy fall schedule.

Check them out.


Restorative Justice
Long-time Bronxville Judge George C. McKinnis, has initiated an alternative sentencing program that aims to help criminal offenders rebuild positive lives. This program is called Community Restorative Justice and he'll speak to us about it at this meeting.

Former NY Knicks and Chicago Bulls Player
The 32-year-old Sweetney - who hasn't played in the NBA since 2007, thanks largely to an inability to keep his weight down and stay in shape — is focused less on his past than on pushing into the future after finally having gotten one particularly heavy load off his shoulders

RCNY, UN Women, RCNY Foundation to create A.G.R.E.E.
RCNY, UN Women, and the RCNY Foundation will be discussing in a panel and signing a Memo of Understanding, declaring their partnership and the intentions and goals of a new initiative called “A.G.R.E.E. (Adolescent Girls Reclaim Education Empowerment). This will happen at an evening event, Thursday Sep 22 from 6 - 9 pm at a location soon to be announced.


Many Newcomers
This Thursday's meeting was a rich and fruitful one. Our speaker, Isaac Rodriguez, spoke on how improvisational theatre can be applied to business connections. We also met a host of visitors from across the US and Europe, and met two newcomers who are soon to be RCNY members.


Work in Progress
On August 9, 2016 President Can Erbilgin, Foundation Chair Jim Thompson, International Breakfast Chair Kaan Soyak , PP and RI Representative and PDG Helen Reisler held a great friendly meeting at Wolfgang’s on Park Ave. concerning the Rotary Global Fellowship.
Your Rotary Leadership Team hard at work!


Happy Birthday RCNY!
On August 9th we celebrated our 107th birthday and we will soon celebrate our 107th anniversary of incorporation. On September 14, 1909, the Rotary Club of New York was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York. The first lapel pin in the history of the Rotary was designed and made by NY Club member, John Frick on October 14, 1909 and worn by President Bradford Bullock from 1909 to 1911. This was the forerunner of the traditional Rotary pin worn today.



H.E. Mr. Gholam Ali Khoshroo

Ambassador Khoshroor is the highest-ranking Iranian government official in the United States. Furthermore, that this may be the first time that such a high-level Iranian government official met with Rotarians.

The Ambassador's visit is a very significant event because Rotarians believe that an open and free society welcomes and encourages civic-minded individuals to pool their talents in improving their local community, their country, and even the world. There are no Rotary Clubs in Iran. However, for the Ambassador to accept our invitation, the Iranian government is recognizing the value of organizations similar to that of Rotary's role in civic society.

There are more than 1.3 million Rotarians, in more than 200 countries and territories, Yet there are a few countries where civic-society organizations are not encouraged, and may even be illegal. There are no Rotary Clubs, for example, in North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Syria, Saudi Arabia, to name a few. In contrast, the United States has over 7,000 clubs, India has over 2,000 clubs, and The Philippines has over 700 clubs, for example. Even the Russian Federation has allowed the chartering of a number of Rotary Clubs* since the 1990's.

We assured our guest speaker that our meetings are off-the-record, so keeping that in mind, here is only a brief summary of the issues that were discussed:
  • The pain caused to the Iranian people of the recently lifted, world-wide sanctions. The sanctions are something that many Iranians are still angry about, especially when many could not get medicine or life-saving medical equipment because of these sanctions.
  • A detailed analysis of U.S. and Iranian relations especially with the one year old "Nuclear Agreement" and he stated that Iran is in full-compliance with the agreement, and many U.S. and Israeli analysts also agree.
  • The relationship between Iran and Western countries should be strengthened in order to work together on some of our common problems, such as Syria, Yemen, extreme Islamic terrorism, and ISIS.
  • The recent lifting of sanctions enables Iran to become an active member of the international business community once again. Since his country is the second largest producer of oil, Iran's oil will be once again sold on the world market. Iran has more students earning engineering degrees than the United States does and his country is very much prepared to produce this oil.
Ambassador Khoshroo answered many of the questions submitted to him in a thoughtful, and often times humorous way. He gave many of the attendees a lot to think about, and he made many friends. One thing we can conclude is that no one left the meeting thinking the same about Iran / U.S. relations. Perhaps that is why he accepted our invitation and to have a dialog with private citizens, and find areas of agreement!
Matts Ingemanson was honored with a certificate for his outstanding work in connection with this event and the International Breakfasts in general. A very special thanks goes out to our fine member Kay Ghachem for initiating this connection with the Iranian Ambassador.
Installation Begins a New Year
During our Jul 14 Luncheon, which also marked the beginning of RCNY's 107th year, the Board of Officers, Directors and Trustees honored the Installation of President Can Erbilgin as well as it's own mandate to serve.

Rotary Club of New York Honored
Rotary International has awarded RCNY (as only 1 of 2 of the 44 District 7230 Clubs) a Presidential Citation for 2016. The award is presented to Clubs whose activities make Rotary measureably and demonstrably stronger, more effective at delivering service, and more widely known and respected by the general public. Shown with the citation are President Jan Brown and PDG David DelMonte.

Our respected member and guest speaker was presented with his Paul Harris Pin during the May 5 luncheon for a most generous donation of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Thanks for all you do, Larry. A true Rotarian.

Check out the video of Larry's talk, "Bridges to Prosperity."

Annual Entries Now Available
As our members may recall from past years, RCNY has once again obtained guaranteed entries to the Nov 6, 2011 NYC Marathon. If you know anyone that is interested in running the Marathon under the Team NY Rotary colors please refer them to our now-open website www.teamnyrotary.org where four entries are still available. Fundraising will be done through Crowdrise but the steps are listed on the site. For questions kindly contact Andreas Runggatscher at ny.rotary@verizon.net or 212.633.1311.

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