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  Andreas Runggatscher
  Rotary Club of New York
    32 Merriewold Lane North
    Monroe, NY  10950

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Behavioral Sciences Evaluations
PP/PDG/UN Rep Helen Reisler was invited to West Point on Apr 28 to observe and evaluate projects of graduating cadets in the Behavioral Sciences Department. The projects were focused on giving them practice in clear thinking and spontaneous decision making.
Evening Reception Sold Out Success
On Thu Apr 28, RCNY celebrated the great nation of Turkey with an evening reception at the Promenade. The Honorable Ertan Yalcin, Consul General of Turkey, joined us as Guest Speaker. Attendees ranged from NY Rotarians & Rotaractors to many ranking business leaders from Turkey and abroad. We experienced fine Turkish cuisine delightfully prepared by Chef Orhan Yegen of Sip Sak Restaurant, amidst live, soft Turkish music. A free raffle from Turkish Airlines awarded one guest a trip for two to Turkey. Other generous sponsors included Alterra International and TOA Consulting.

The event wouldn't have been possible without the superb leadership of Esra Urkmez, RCNY board member and many volunteers - both Rotaractors and friends of RCNY.
Envision a World Where Poverty Caused by Rural Isolation no Longer Exists
Bridges to Prosperity, founded by a Rotarian in 2001, addresses the global need for safe and reliable access over impassable rivers in developing nations. Bridges to Prosperity has provided nearly one million people with access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity by building more than 200 bridges in 20 countries by partnering with professional engineering volunteers, university engineering students, Rotary International, and local communities and municipalities.
May 12: Honoring Our Heroes!
For 48 years RCNY has been celebrating New York's bravest from the FDNY. This year we share the honor with co-sponsor ADT Security Systems and it is particularly special as our foundation has also gotten enthusiastically involved in the Houston Firefighter Home. This home now provides temporary housing free of charge for professional firefighters and other first responders, nationwide, while undergoing active treatment at the Texas Medical Center for cancer and on-the-job injuries. See the story on our homepage or at www.rotaryfirefightershome.org

UN International Breakfasts
Long-time RCNY member Tom Mc Connon has become the newly appointed chairman of our monthly United Nations International Breakfasts. Welcome and Congrats Tom!

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Monetary Education
Dr. Larry Parks, Executive Director, Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education and member of RCNY will be our speaker for this meeting. His topic will be "The ongoing decline in retirement security: cheating workers out of their pensions and the remedy."

Annual Police Recognition Day
We are happy to report that 80 attendees joined the Apr 14 RCNY luncheon honoring the deserving members of the NYPD and to award one special Hero, Kenneth J. Healey, with a Service Above Self Award. Our guest speaker was NYPD Inspector James Klein. This marked the 48th year of our Recognitions.

Happy Birthday Rotaractors!
The Rotaract Club of New York at the United Nations celebrated their 20th birthday on Mar 30th and was recognized for their support and donations to Gift of Life International's children and medical missions. Their dedication has been deeply appreciated by our International Board and all our children and country representatives. They also generously support other charities throughout the world.
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Houston Event Features RCNY Member
The Rotary Firefighters Home of Houston held its first annual Gala on February 12, the first major fundraiser for the building of the home. The theme for the Gala was "Hope Rises!" and keynote speakers were our own Helen Reisler and Retired District Chief Steve Sparks of Houston.

Successful Occasion
Shown in the photo at left are President Elect Can Erbilgin, Tom McConnon with Matts Ingemanson and our guest speaker Rabbi Yakov Cohen as well as the President of the Rotary Club of Tel Aviv, taken at our Mar 9 International Breakfast meeting.

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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.

Disaster Relief - Japan 2011
Through a connection made at last October's NYC Rotary Peace Fellows dinner, we're pleased to share this recollection from Mark Flanigan. Mark was a full-time graduate student in Tokyo in 2010-12 as a Rotary Peace Fellow at ICU. When the Mar 11, 2011 earthquake struck (the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900) Mark joined a volunteer effort through The Nippon Foundation, with 100 university students to travel up to Ishinomaki and aid in the relief efforts. His blog on the experience is available by clicking here.


Suntex Global Sourcing through GOLI
RCNY member Fusun Hofer, through her clothing firm - Suntex Global Sourcing - generously donated women's, men's and children's clothing to families in San Salvador in collaboration with Latidos de Esperanza and Gift of Life International. The clothes were distributed the week of Jan 22 through the Family Support Program affiliated with Hospital Bloom in San Salvador where GOLI is successfully training the local cardiac surgery team. We are very grateful to Fusun for her generosity and kindness toward these families.

Nominating Slate for 2016-2017
This year's nominating committee has selected the following members in good standing to serve as Officers and on the Board of Directors for 2016-17:

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Share this interesting article written by Rotary Global History Fellowship  member Lloyd T. Navarro, Jr., Rotary Club of the Sandhills, District 7960, Zone 33, Carolina - courtesy Helen Reisler.

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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Andreas Runggatscher at ny.rotary@verizon.net