Jacob Ong- President Cebu Rotary - Philippines - February 3, 2022 Andreas Runggatscher 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
RCNY International Breakfast - January 19, 2022 with Natalie Hahn Andreas Runggatscher 2022-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

RCNY Wires Financial Donation for Cebu Philippines Update

Thank You Letter From The Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines   (received January 22, 2022)

Dear members of the Rotary Club of New York,
Typhoon Odette made landfall in the island of Cebu on the night of December 16, 2021 and the sound of the howling wind and crashing debris during the night while we huddled inside our homes will be something that we will not be able to forget easily. 
Amidst all the hardship that we are going through now in buying food & water, rebuilding homes and trying to get back to work, we have still been given a reason to smile. This is because the help that we have received from all over the world has really been incredible and overwhelming. 
From the bottom of our hearts, 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐊 𝐘𝐎𝐔 for all the love and care that you have extended to the people of Cebu. 
Coming from Club # 6 all the way from New York, we are speechless that you are able to reach out to us.  Thank you so much!  🙏  
We will never forget your kindness and generosity.       🙏🙏🙏
Yours in Rotary,
Jacob Ong
President, RY2021-2022
Rotary Club of Cebu



RCNY Letter To President Jacob of Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines:  click here for video  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7FrZm1_40oA&feature=youtu.be

January 21, 2022
Dear President Jacob Ong of the Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines: 
With the Rotary Club of Cebu being the 2nd oldest club in the Philippines and being the mother club in District 3860,  the Rotary Club of New York has wired to your club's bank a financial donation yesterday. 
The damage caused by Typhoon Rai to the central Philippines is still being covered in the New York Newspapers and TV News. Cebu was really hit very hard. We have been following your Club’s Face book pages and the photos. Your club's remarkable relief efforts to the local villages are inspiring, and you have made us here in New York  very proud to be Fellow Rotarians.
Keep up the great work to your community.
Yours in Rotary
Members of the Rotary Club of New York,   Club # 6

Update  from Cebu   January 5, 2020

It is so inspiring to hear from our fellow Rotarian from the  Rotary Club of Cebu.   Their club caravanned a relief mission on January 2 to villages severely damaged by Typhoon Ria.  While at times is was disheartening for these dedicated volunteers to see so many homes completely washed out or blown away by the typhoon, the RC Cebu distributed 2,000 food packs and 36,000 liters of drinking water, that was  donated by Virginia Foods Inc, (most likely a Rotarian Owned Company) and many other donors. 
Their convoy (personally owned vehicles, most likely) of six SUVS,  four commercial vans traveled  and Virginai Foods Incmore than 150  miles (round trip)  to deliver the desperately needed relief goods.  Sections of the coastal highway were completely destroyed, requiring their convoy to detour to mountainous routes obstructed by toppled trees and low hanging electrical wires.  Remarkably,  the RC Cebu will undertake a third mission to this area again this weekend.  They are very thankful to the many donors that make their assistance possible, and any other New York Rotarians or Friends of NY Rotary,  can still  send a donation to Cebu by using our Club's website's PayPal account. It is on the left side of  our Home Page @ nyrotary.org.   It is secure and very easy to use.  The help is really needed.
RCNY Wires Financial Donation for Cebu Philippines Update 2022-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Lisa Jacobs - Be The CEO of your own Life - January 27, 2021 Andreas Runggatscher 2021-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines Needs a Helping Hand


Rotary's Ad Hoc Central Philippines Typhoon Relief Effort

Over the Christmas Holidays, our Rotary Club has been in contact with President Jacob Ong of the Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines to Lend A Hand to Rotarians of Central Philippines. Similar to our Club, the Rotary Club of Cebu is the second oldest Rotary club in Asia and the Philippines, and is considered the “Mother Club” in District 3860 that includes most of the Visayans Islands in Central Philippines.  (Rotary Club of Manila is the first). As such, their club has been assigned by District Governor Anna Bumagat to be the conduit to receive donations in kind or in cash to Cebu Island Area  to provide relief from the damage caused by Typhoon Ria.   
Humanitarian agencies have warned the true scale of destruction remains unknown, partly because rescue workers are unable to access some disaster-hit areas. It is estimated by UNICEF that close to one million children are lacking drinking water, sanitation, and housing due to to the Typhoon Ria,  known locally as Odette, this super-storm has now claimed at least 375 lives since it ripped through the archipelago late last week.    
Our Rotary Club of New York knows first-hand how quick and cost-effective "Direct Ad Hoc Club to Club Financial Donations" are.  When our city was devastated by the 9/11 Terrorist Attack twenty years ago, dozens and dozens of Rotary Clubs from around the world sent our Foundation donations, both large and small. Thanks to these donations, our club was able to provide vital assistance to hundreds of 9/11 victims, especially those that fell thru the cracks of our beloved city's safety net,  because of the generous Rotarians around the world.
Any fellow Rotarians that would like to make a contribution to the Rotary Club of Cebu  Ad Hoc Typhoon Relief Effort please contact Andreas at executivedirector@nyrotary.org. 
Editors Historical Note: Cebu is the island where Magellan first landed when Europeans first reached the Pacific Ocean and the Philippines during his famous 1523 Voyage, and humankind ascertained that the world was indeed round, not flat.  Magellan was in only in Cebu for a few weeks before was  killed in a skirmish that he instigated with local villagers by a poison arrow.
Image below shows just some of the damage in Cebu
Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines Needs a Helping Hand 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
SANTA CAME TO FRATERNITE TOWN 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

VA Hospital Gets 100 Gift-Wrapped Hoddies" for Patients Holiday Party

Our Club received a request from Ms.Victoria Townes (Specialist, Center for Development and Civic Engagement) of the Manhattan VA Hospital at East 23rd Street.  She wanted to know if we could donate "Hoodies"  that would be handed out at the Patient Holiday Party on December 22. Our club raised enough funds to send one hundred Gift-Wrapped Hoddies" (pictured below) in an assortment of colors and sizes. Ms.Townes and other staff members (photo below) gave our club a very nice welcoming reception at the hospital.
For more than twenty years, our Legendary Club provided new clothing, shaving kits, etc., and a home cooked turkey diner, with live entertainment at the former homeless Veterans Residence on East 119th street in upper Manhattan. Unfortunately, since the Covid Outbreak, this Residence can no longer accept any outside donations.  Many of our fellow Rotarians had wonderful times over the years with the residence there. This year, the Vets Hospital gave our club the opportunity to show in a small way our appreciation for those that sacrificed so much to our country. Ms. Townes told our club there is a great need for many donated items, and if any others would like to make help out, please let Andreas know.
This large hospital campus has over 15 floors, 150 beds, and treats more than 300,000 out-patient Veterans a year. Since June of this year,  the center is now known as the "Margaret Corbin VA Center" named after the first woman to be injured in battle during the American Revolutionary War.
VA Hospital Gets 100 Gift-Wrapped Hoddies" for Patients Holiday Party TMC 2021-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
RCNY International Breakfast - December 15, 2021 Andreas Runggatscher 2021-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

New Stove For Soup Kitchen!

Fellow New York Rotarian, Sister Marie of the Cross of the Fraternities Notre Dame has a big smile while watching the men hooking up their brand new stove. Our Legendary Rotary Club made a financial donation to their Soup Kitchen on 1st Ave and East 117th st.which allowed them to get this stove.  Twenty years ago our club donated the previous stove, but the last few years it has been breaking down often, and it was difficult to get replacement parts.  They now have this brand new heavy-duty Commercial Stove that will work for the next twenty years. They plan on serving hundreds of hot meals a day with this stove.!
New Stove For Soup Kitchen! 2021-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Marya Ghazipura on Omicron variance - December 9, 2021 at noon Andreas Runggatscher 2021-11-29 05:00:00Z 0



HAPPY THANKSGIVING Andreas Runggatscher 2021-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING ON THANKSGIVING - BACK ON 12/2/2021 - GREAT SPEAKER Andreas Runggatscher 2021-11-23 05:00:00Z 0

RCNY International Breakfast November 17 - Peace Corps

In 2015, a formal partnership was established between Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko and Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet when they signed an agreement during a ceremony at Rotary Headquarters that included RI President Ron Burton and others. This agreement was inspired by a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from Rotary District 5450 which is in Denver Colorado. The heart of the agreement is that Peace Corps and Rotary have almost identical goals and create greater good working together.

At this month's November 17th RCNY's International Breakfast Meeting at the United Nations, join New York Rotarian Thomas McConnon and Denver, Colorado Rotarian Charlie Miller, both Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and decades-long Rotarians outline the relationship between Rotary International and the United States Peace Corps.

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81929589710



RCNY International Breakfast November 17 - Peace Corps Andreas Runggatscher 2021-11-05 04:00:00Z 0

Ulrick Gaillard - Batey Relief Alliance 

ULRICK GAILLARD - GUEST SPEAKER - NOVEMBER 4, 2021 AT NOON https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83378811938

With a career of more than 30 years in the non-profit and government sectors, ULRICK GAILLARD, founder, president and CEO of Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) worked with world leaders, international organizations, universities, multinationals, faith-based institutions, and local governments and grassroots groups to implement strategic initiatives that foster socioeconomic growth and equity within vulnerable communities in the Americas and the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Peru. 

Ulrick Gaillard - Batey Relief Alliance Andreas Runggatscher 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Anil Srivatsa - Organ Donations Champion Andreas Runggatscher 2021-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

RCNY breakfast 10/20/2021

Paloma Escudero to speak on: Topic: The "State of the World's Children Report 2021". The flagship publication of UNICEF reveals the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and adolescents. Against a backdrop of rising awareness of mental health issues, there is now a unique opportunity to promote good mental health for those facing the greatest challenges, including by addressing stigma, promoting understanding, and taking seriously the experiences of children and young people.  https://www.unicef.org/reports/state-worlds-children-2021

RCNY breakfast 10/20/2021 Andreas Runggatscher 2021-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Alyna Smith - Migrant issues/Covid 19 vaccinations 2021-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker is Angela Soriano-Quevedo Environmental Advisor to the World Bank Andreas Runggatscher 2021-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

Michael Collins - Executive Director - IEP - The Americas

Michael Collins, Executive Director - Institute for Economics & Peace, The Americas - September 30 at 12 noon via Zoom

Michael develops working partnerships with Americas-based governments, civil society organizations, foundations, universities, businesses and think tanks and seeks new opportunities to build IEP’s presence and impact throughout the Americas, with particular focus on expanding the use of IEP’s Positive Peace Framework as a training tool and an evidence-based metric for peace-centered development. 
Michael Collins - Executive Director - IEP - The Americas Andreas Runggatscher 2021-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Sonia Thomas - ICE 

Sonia Thomas  

Community Relations Officer (CRO)

DHS/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

will provide an overview of the Victim Assistance program, share some resources and overview of the Office of Partnership and Engagement and talk about Immigration during COVID-19
Sonia Thomas - ICE Andreas Runggatscher 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
RCNY International Breakfast, September 15, 2021 Andreas Runggatscher 2021-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Back from Summer break on September 9 - COVID Variances explained by Dr. Marya Ghazipura Andreas Runggatscher 2021-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Can Rotary help?

Can Rotary Help? In June of this year, more than 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine was delivered to Chad directed by the United Nations backed program. This program was organized to get the least developed countries a Covid vaccine. Sadly, only six percent of the vaccine, more than 94,000 doses  (94 percent) has now expired.

Can Rotary help? Thomas McConnon 2021-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
RCNY Officers and Directors Andreas Runggatscher 2021-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Youth Empowerment Session#10- June 30, 2021 Andreas Runggatscher 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
St. Vincent Volcano Disaster Update Andreas Runggatscher 2021-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
RCNY International Breakfast, June 16, 2021 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Virtual Luncheon, June 10, 2021 12 noon


Levi Browde serves as the Executive Director with the New York-based Falun Dafa Information Center – an organization dedicated to ending the human rights abuses against people who practice Falun Gong in China. 

Virtual Luncheon, June 10, 2021 12 noon 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Youth Empowerment Session , May 26, 2021 7PM 2021-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Scott Olson - May 13, 2021 12 noon Andreas Runggatscher 2021-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
May 6, 2021 - Christian Mambelli, Head of Operations Il Mulino Restaurant Group Andreas Runggatscher 2021-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
April 28, 2021 - Youth Empowerment Session #9 Andreas Runggatscher 2021-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

May 19, 2021 RCNY Intl. Breakfast

Irena Zubcevic, Chief of Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and our member Elira Karaja, Ph.D.  is and Economist, Fellow at Columbia University, and Sustainability Specialist within the United Nation System.  

May 19, 2021 RCNY Intl. Breakfast Andreas Runggatscher 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Sandra Navidi - April 14, 2021

Sandra Navidi is an international attorney, bestselling author, consultant, media contributor and public speaker. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BeyondGlobal, an international strategic consultancy.

Europe’s economy, the transatlantic partnership and the future of the EU. And comparison of the EU’s COVID approach with that of the US.

Sandra Navidi - April 14, 2021 Andreas Runggatscher 2021-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Youth Empowerment Session #8 - March 31, 2021 7PM Andreas Runggatscher 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Ideas Hour - March 4, 2021 at 6.30PM 2021-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
RCNY supports teachers who serve English Language Learners in New York Andreas Runggatscher 2021-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Youth Empowerment Session #7, Virtual February 24, 2021 7PM Andreas Runggatscher 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Past President Larry Cohen - Service Above Self Award

Rotary International Service Above Self Award 

(by District Governor Mary Shackleton)
I am proud to announce that Larry Cohen has been recognized by Rotary International with the Service Above Self Award, one of the highest distinctions in service for Rotarians who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talent! 
Past President Larry Cohen - Service Above Self Award 2021-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Incoming Board of Trustees for 2021-2022

This year's Nominating Committee for trustees has selected following members to serve in the upcoming Fiscal Rotary year:
Scarlett Pildes
Michael Snizek
Kerime Ataker
Larry Cohen
Can Erbilgin
Almas Jahnbaz
Dr. Marcela Bonafina
Incoming Board of Trustees for 2021-2022 2021-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Vaccine Panel - Thursday, February 11 at 12 noon

Marya Ghazipura is an epidemiologist and biostatistician in New York City with nearly 10 years of experience in epidemiological consulting, evidence analytics, scientific advisory, guideline creation and evaluation, developing implementation frameworks, and working with other strategists to sustain improvements in complex health systems. Also presenting her husband: Dr. Tanzib Hossain, who is a pulmonary and critical care doctor in his NYC hospital. Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Join via Zoom: 
Covid-19 Vaccine Panel - Thursday, February 11 at 12 noon Andreas Runggatscher 2021-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Jason Gardner - Escape What's Holding You Back! February 4, 2021 12 noon Zoom

Jason Gardner, the founder of Radical Shift Coaching, is a highly respected life coach with capabilities for unlocking human potential. With a long history in magic, escapology (think Houdini), and showmanship, he is known for his ability to help people free themselves from the straight jackets they put themselves in and reach full personal potential and freedom.

Jason Gardner - Escape What's Holding You Back! February 4, 2021 12 noon Zoom Andreas Runggatscher 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Youth Empowerment Session #6 - Rethinking The Future: The Great Reset - January 27, 2021 2021-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
RCNY International Breakfast - January 20, 2021 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Online Evening Zoom meeting - Families for Safe Street, January 14, 2021 at 7PM

Please join the Rotary Club of New York and Families for Safe Streets to learn about the dangers to everyone in our city, and what we can do to prevent it and stop it.
Please join at Zoom link: 
Chana Widowski will lead a panel of family members who lost someone to a traffic death in our city. Hosted by the Rotary Club of New York you will learn how this does not have to happen and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
Online Evening Zoom meeting - Families for Safe Street, January 14, 2021 at 7PM Andreas Runggatscher 2021-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Online: Evening Zoom Meeting, December 30, 2020 - Youth Empowerment #5 - The Future Of Cities Andreas Runggatscher 2020-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
Santa is coming to Harlem - Fraternite Notre Dame 2020-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
ONLINE:   Weekly Zoom Mtg - November 25th Andreas Runggatscher 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  International Breakfast – November 18th

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
International Breakfast - Nov 18th
Our featured speaker was Consul General Francesco Genuardi, who has extensive diplomacy experience over 23 years across multiple positions within the Italian government and NATO.
    Read the full report inside.
REPORT:  International Breakfast – November 18th Andreas Runggatscher 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  International Breakfast – Oct 21st  

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
International Breakfast - October 21st
Our October 21st meeting featured Consul General Adrian Kubicki of Poland who explained its status as an area of economic investment in the United States. He expressed his optimism in Poland’s future as a young democracy that is investing in innovation and technology.

    Read the full report inside.
REPORT:  International Breakfast – Oct 21st   Andreas Runggatscher 2020-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:   Oct 15th Zoom Meeting

China Overtaking America’s Dominance
Our October 15th Zoom meeting featured Sarwar A. Kashmeri, Int'l Relations Specialist, Author, Commentator and Fellow, Foreign Policy Association. He has sent us a letter with some additionally promised information.
        letter & info plus video of meeting inside.
REPORT:   Oct 15th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  October 8th Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
CSPAN Allows Citizens To Curate How They're Informed
Our Oct 8 meeting featured Joel Bacon & Jenae Green of CSPAN, who (among other things) explained that what separates CSPAN from other networks is that the network empowers citizens to view public events in their entirety.
        Full Report and Link to a Meeting Video inside.
REPORT:  October 8th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:   International Bkfst – Sep 16th

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
Virtual International Bkfst - September 16th
Our meeting featured Khazakstan Consul General Almat Aidarbekov, who provided an overview of Kazakhstan’s history and economic reforms that are helping Kazakhstan make significant progress.
    Read the meeting report inside.
REPORT:   International Bkfst – Sep 16th Andreas Runggatscher 2020-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  Sept 10th Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
Meeting of September 10th
Our Sept 10th Zoom Meeting featured Ralph Kader, who has served in diplomatic missions around the world. He is a Special Advisor to the Arab States Governments regarding military peace-keeping issues.
        report inside.
REPORT:  Sept 10th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

EMPOWERMENT:  Transform Young Lives

Tackle Today’s Problems
On August 26, 2020 the RCNY conducted its first virtual Youth Empowerment Session. Presenters were Dr. Nouriel Roubini, an economist, and Vivian James Rigney, a telecommunication executive and executive coach.
          more info & photos inside.
EMPOWERMENT:  Transform Young Lives Andreas Runggatscher 2020-08-28 04:00:00Z 0


WHO African Region is Polio-Free
Rotary Congratulates African Region on becoming wild polio-virus-free. Rotary and its partners the the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are proud to announce an historic public health achievement as the World Health Organization's African region is now certified wild polio-virus-free.
        Press Release & more inside.
CONGRATULATIONS:  Rotary Int'l to GPEI Andreas Runggatscher 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  Aug 13th Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
COVID-19 Vaccine
The fourth meeting of the 2020-21 year of the Rotary Club of New York took place on Zoom on Aug 13, 2020. The speaker was Erwin Blomsma, CEO of a Biotech startup named Vironet which focuses on the development of disruptive novel vaccine technologies for the control of infectious diseases in livestock and is now collaborating with KU Leuven to prove out a COVID-19 vaccine.
        full report inside.
REPORT:  Aug 13th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  Aug 6th Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
“Investing In The New Normal”
The second meeting of the 2020-21 year of RCNY took place on Zoom on July 23. The speakers were Matt Forester, Chief Investment Officer for Lockwood at BNY Mellon | Pershing with expertise in proprietary investment models, and Brendan Ahern, Chief Investment Officer at Krane Funds Advisors. These speakers were graciously arranged by our member James Keenan.
        report inside.
REPORT:  Aug 6th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  July 23 Zoom Meeting..

Rotary Has More to Offer Than Service
Our speaker was RI President for 2020-2021 Holger Knaack. While he spoke about the need for Rotary Clubs to continue leveraging Zoom to come together amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he outlined his vision for Rotary to become a more inclusive organization
        full report inside.
REPORT:  July 23 Zoom Meeting.. Andreas Runggatscher 2020-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

GIVING:  Farmstands Project

World Central Kitchen in Manhattan
Another successful Farmstands Project with World Central Kitchen took place this week on Thursday in three Manhattan locations. The project is co-sponsored by your New York Rotary Foundation and a number of members & officers enthusiastically participated.
        more info & photos inside.
GIVING:  Farmstands Project Andreas Runggatscher 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

PACKING:  Help for Those in need

Collaboration with World Central Kitchen
This Saturday, June 27 several Rotarians led by President Larry Cohen and including Past President and PDG David Del Monte, others from Metro Club and Brooklyn/Queens Club helped package 18,000 pounds of fresh produce and dairy products into more than 1200 boxes of food headed for local communities in need.
         photos inside.
PACKING:  Help for Those in need Andreas Runggatscher 2020-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT: June 25 Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
Recurrence/Spikes of Covid-19
The final meeting of RCNY's 2019-2020 year took place on Zoom on June 25. Our featured speaker was Dr. Chunhuei Chi, Director of Center for Global Health in College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State Univ. and an advisory committee member of Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare's Bureau of Int'l Collaboration. He was joined by Emily Y.C. Hou, Economic Officer with Taiwan’s Investment and Trade Office.
        report & video inside.
REPORT: June 25 Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

RECALL:  Joseph Sullivan 

Posted by Helen Reisler
Civil Rights Trial
Today marks the death of three Civil Rights workers assassinated in 1964.The FBI Investigator responsible for the "Mississippi Burning" trial was RCNY member Joseph Sullivan, who became a friend of Helen Reisler in later years.
        more inside.
RECALL:  Joseph Sullivan  Helen Reisler 2020-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  June 18th Zoom Meeting

World Central Kitchen Joins Us
The third June virtual luncheon of the Rotary Club of New York in 2020 took place on Zoom on June 18, 2020. The speakers from World Central Kitchen were Maggie Leahy and David Strong, an organization working across America to safely distribute individually packaged, nutritious meals to those who need support, including over 9 million fresh meals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        full report inside.
REPORT:  June 18th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

VACCINE: More than COVID-19 is needed..

Posted by Thomas McConnon
We Need to Vaccinate Children
While the world is waiting for the development of the vaccine to curtail corona-19, the United Nations’ W.H.O. and its partners released a survey this week showing that 80 million babies under a year old were at risk of missing their routine immunizations.
        more info inside.
VACCINE: More than COVID-19 is needed.. Thomas McConnon 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

VACCINE:  More than COVID-19 is needed

Posted by Thomas McConnon
We Need to Vaccinate Children
While the world is waiting for the development of the vaccine to curtail corona-19, the United Nations’ W.H.O. and its partners released a survey this week showing that 80 million babies under a year old were at risk of missing their routine immunizations.
        more info inside.
VACCINE:  More than COVID-19 is needed Thomas McConnon 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  June 4th Zoom Meeting

The Bonding Power of Social Distancing
Our June 4th speaker was Wendy L. Patrick JD, PhD, a career trial attorney and commentator on behavioral issues for several major news outlets. Wendy spoke about how while social distancing has brought people closer together virtually, and potential challenges post-COVID 19 to reintegrate society in a humane way.
        full report inside.
REPORT:  June 4th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Sponsor - An Intl Affair

An International Affair
is the NYC-based, husband-and-wife duo of two award-winning musicians,
Taiwanese pianist/composer Sherry Shieh and Russian-American
cellist Adrian Daurov. The duo performs original music along with all the
greatest hits ranging from Bach to Billie Eilish.




Dedicated to all whose lives have been affected by the pandemic. This music was originally inspired by a spiritual poem REBORN and premiered in 2016 during a peace concert with 2000 audiences.

The journey of REBORN starts with a recurring melody (duetted by piano and cello) that transcends into a surprising higher but distant key at the end, symbolizing the rebirth of music and life.

The music is now dedicated to all in COVID-19:
Be strong. Be reborn.


Inspired by the first of J.S. Bach's unaccompanied six cello suites, CONTINUO is an imaginative take to de-construct Bach and give it a modern "face-lift".

CONTINUO transforms Bach’s harmony into an electrifying song which with every repetition takes the music into a higher level and eventually climaxes with a cello cadenza at the end (improvised by cellist Adrian Daurov). Its steadfast driving force gives the impetus to keep the crescendo of our lives going, never stopping or pausing, even in dire circumstances. The high-spirited brio of the coda reinstates the powerful strive for life with almost frenetic vigor.


Come visit us on our homepage to discover more about us
- to connect - to chat and to - have a grand time.


Sponsor - An Intl Affair Andreas Runggatscher 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

PRESS:  AM New York

RCNY & FSCLI at Elmhurst
AM New York featured RC New York and Foundation for Sustainable Community Development Initiative Inc. in a recent story about our mutual support of Elmhurst Elmhurst hospital regarded as one of the most adversely impacted in the fight against COVID-19.
        story inside.
PRESS:  AM New York Andreas Runggatscher 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0


Appreciation for Essential Health Workers
United by our common mission of building a better community and humanity, Foundation for Sustainable Community Development Initiative Inc. and the Rotary Club of New York joined hands on May 15th for a "Thank You" to front-line staff at Elmhurst hospital regarded as one of the most adversely impacted in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. 
        full story inside.
APPRECIATION:  FSCDI and RCNY Andreas Runggatscher 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  May 14th - Zoom Meeting

Parasitology vs COVID-19
Featured at this meeting was Dr. Andrea Crisanti, professor of molecular parasitology at Imperial College London who shared insights from his work and fields of interest.
        report inside.
REPORT:  May 14th - Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT: May 7th Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
Outlook Ahead
RCNY's May 7 virtual luncheon included Dr. Marya Ghazipura and Dr. Tanzib Hossain, currently both members of New York City’s COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Council to advise Mayor DeBlasio.
        full report inside.
REPORT: May 7th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  April 30th Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
COVID-19 and Isolation
The fifth virtual luncheon of the RCNYin 2020 took place on April 30. Our guest speakers were Fredlee Ann Kaplan and Marcela A. Bonafina, Ph.D.
        read about our discusssion inside.
REPORT:  April 30th Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

SUCCESS:  The Day Has Arrived!

Farms to Food Banks
RCNY shares in the joy shared by one of it’s partner charities, Farms to Food Banks. We’ve received a message from FFB’s John Botti: “Yesterday was the day we've been waiting for! Our first truckload of food has arrived and we can begin distributing to Bronx communiies A.S.A.P." 
        more info & photos inside.
SUCCESS:  The Day Has Arrived! Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
HIGHLIGHT:  Member Bolor Tumurchudur Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

SPEECH:  Helen Reisler in Texas

Serving in the Face of Crisis
On Friday April 17th, RCNY's own Helen Reisler, accompanied by Andreas Runggatscher, addressed the Central Texas Rotary District 5870 Zoom Series - Serving in the Face of Crisis. Her speech has been recorded and is available on YouTube.
        links are inside.
SPEECH:  Helen Reisler in Texas Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT: April 23 - Zoom Meeting

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
Coronavirus and the Food Supply
This week’s virtual luncheon of the RCNY in 2020 took place on Zoom on April 23. Our guest speakers were Daniel Diaz and John Botti of East Side House Settlement and Sean Thomas of #InMyScrubs.
        report inside.
REPORT: April 23 - Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

HIGHLIGHT:  Dr. George Onourah

An Honored Member
We're offering a short highlight here of our respected member Dr. George Onourah who is quite active in support of Elmhurst Hospital Queens during the current crisis among other good works. We asked him to provide a bit about himself.
        story inside.
HIGHLIGHT:  Dr. George Onourah Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  April 16 Zoom Meeting 

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
Addressing COVID-19
This week’s virtual luncheon of the Rotary Club of New York in 2020 took place on Zoom on April 16, 2020. The meeting served as a platform for different Rotary clubs around the world to discuss how they are addressing the COVID-19 crisis in their regions.
        report inside.
REPORT:  April 16 Zoom Meeting  Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT:  April 9 Zoom Meeting

Thanks to all who participated in the April 9th Zoom meeting - our 4th. It was a great energy in our virtual room. Many thanks to Dr. Ruanne Barnabas and to Dr. Joseph Masci .
        more info & links inside.
REPORT:  April 9 Zoom Meeting Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

COLLABORATION:  Two Hard Hit Clubs

Collaboration with Rotary Bergamo
On March 26th 2020 the first virtual Interclub was held between RCNY and the Rotary Club Bergamo Hospital 1 GXXIII. It was a spontaneously born collaboration due to the closeness of intent and feelings between the Clubs, as they are both serving in two of the cities most affected by COVID-19.
        more info & links inside.
COLLABORATION:  Two Hard Hit Clubs Andreas Runggatscher 2020-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

INSIGHT:  Elmhurst Hospital Queens

Health Care Struggles
We've received valuable information from our respected member Dr. George Onourah regarding Elmhurst Hospital Queens. After suffering 13 COVID-19 deaths in a 24-hour span last week, Elmhurst Hospital has become the epicenter of the growing novel coronavirus outbreak in New York City. we may have them represented at our Zoom meeting on April 9th.
        more info & photos inside.
INSIGHT:  Elmhurst Hospital Queens 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

REPORT: Luncheon Meeting – Jan 23

First Luncheon of 2020
RCNY’s first luncheon meeting of 2020 took place on Thurs Jan 23rd at the Tudor City Steakhouse. Our guest speaker was Stephan D. Bognar, Executive Director of the New York Dermatological Group Foundation.
        full report inside.
REPORT: Luncheon Meeting – Jan 23 Andreas Runggatscher 2020-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

REPORT: International Breakfast – Jan 15

Monthly Breakfast Meeting - Jan 15
Our Jan 15 International Breakfast Meeting featured the Hon. Ambassador Robert L. Shafer, Deputy Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the United Nations. Amb. Shafer was kind enough to speak in place of Amb. Beresford-Hill who became ill at the last minute.
    Read a report and share pictures of the meeting inside.
REPORT: International Breakfast – Jan 15 Andreas Runggatscher 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

REPORT: Joint Meeting - Jan 9

Rotary and Rotaract UN
RCNY and Rotaract UN held a joint meeting on Thurs Jan 9. The speaker was John A. Nanni, District 7630 PolioPlus Chair. Another highlight was when President Larry Cohen announced our Club's giving of $110,000 towards Polio Plus-Rotary International thanks to a Gates matching fund.
        photos inside.
REPORT: Joint Meeting - Jan 9 Andreas Runggatscher 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

REPORT: 2019 Year's End

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
How the Year has Gone!
The first half year of our 110th year of Rotary Club of New York’s existence is almost concluded. It is time to give a brief summary and outlook.


2019 Year-End Report
The first half year of our 110th year of Rotary Club of New York’s existence is almost concluded. It is time to give a brief summary and outlook.

We started the year with a wonderful installation event at the Union League Club of NYC, Library with a full house. The energy in the room and the presentation of President Larry Cohen gave a positive start to the year after a good year under Past President Theodore Perednia had concluded.

After a summer break we worked on a joint project with our District 7230 in steering the collection and distribution of 300 pairs of socks and gloves benefitting the homeless of NYC.

Through our Foundation we have been able to fund worthy projects and organizations in NYC, such as Childhood Cancer Society with a $25,000 grant allowing many sick children to travel to Disneyland.

We helped the Ronald McDonald House celebrate forty years of existence with a $10,000 grant for its great work for children with cancer.

Our Foundation funded the traditional Foundation Fraternite Notre Dame toy giving in Spanish Harlem with a $3,000 grant and the Foundation for Community Advancement with a $1,000 grant for toy giving to needy children in Queens. The Fraternite Notre Dame also received a $10,000 grant for the operation of their Soup Kitchen which is vital for the homeless in and around Spanish Harlem.

We also enhanced the work of Little Brothers for the Elderly with a $6,000 grant allowing more frequent visits to elderly in NYC who are homebound.

A matching RI Grant of $5,000 for Polio Plus aided to the giving this year and ensured that we are the highest per capita giving of all clubs in the district.

We have also managed to organize a successful donation from Indian Rotarians to local charities of 600 pajamas. That was the result of their visit at our RCNY Breakfast at the UN and some of our Rotarians helped serving Meals to Veterans at the Veterans Home in Harlem.

On a most positive note we have added year to date 16 high level new members to our membership roster and all are already showing enthusiasm and engagement.

Our International Breakfast under the Chairwomanship of Jasmin Cowin has produced high quality speakers and we have already planned out the remainder of the dates with equally interesting guest speakers.

Our luncheons remain impactful with equally interesting speakers. We do however encounter the challenges of overcoming highly priced venues we are collaborating with and have yet to find/negotiate a suitable pricing level in order to break-even without personal donations from our President. We are working diligently in finding a suitable solution and a permanent home for our luncheons.

Furthermore, our Nominating committee for board of directors and officers has met and put forth the new slate for the incoming board members for 2020-2021 already published on both our website and Spokes.

Attached you'll find this past year’s Financials as audited for both club and foundation.

We thank you for your continued support of the Rotary Club of New York and its Foundation. This is the season of giving so please feel obliged to donate to our projects and causes.

Happy Holidays!


REPORT: 2019 Year's End Andreas Runggatscher 2019-12-26 05:00:00Z 0

GIFTS: A Great Day

Santa Visits Fraternitê
Our legendary Rotary Club, in partnership with the other Manhattan Rotary clubs, made it possible for Santa to have his wonderful annual visit in East Harlem. Over 2,000 toys were handed out last Thursday at Fraterntiê Notre Dame's’ Mary House.
        more about the day inside.
GIFTS: A Great Day Andreas Runggatscher 2019-12-24 05:00:00Z 0

REPORT: Luncheon Meeting – Dec 12

Weekly Meeting - Dec 12
The last luncheon of RCNY in 2019 took place at the Penn Club of NYC on Dec 12. Our guest speaker was Coren Allen who gave a very interesting presentation. We also inducted new members and presented a donation to Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly.
    more about the meeting & photos inside.
REPORT: Luncheon Meeting – Dec 12 2019-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

CELEBRATIONS: Ronald Mc Donald & Fraternitê

RCNY Gives
On Dec 4 RCNY, represented by President Larry Cohen was proud to present a check from our New York Rotary Foundation at the Ronald McDonald House’s 40th anniversary Holiday Open House Celebration. A second part of the evening brought President Larry and Andreas to the Toy Drive Event for Fraternitê Notre Dame's Toy Giving in Spanish Harlem.
        more about the events & photos inside.
CELEBRATIONS: Ronald Mc Donald & Fraternitê Andreas Runggatscher 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

FRATERNITE:  Thanksgiving Dinner for Vets

Posted by Thomas McConnon
Thanks to Our Deserving Vets
NYRC helped out on last Monday evening, Nov 25, with the Fraternite Notre Dame Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Veteran's Home on East 119th St. managed by Volunteers of America.
        more about the dinner & photos inside.
FRATERNITE:  Thanksgiving Dinner for Vets Thomas McConnon 2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

REPORT: UN Rotaract Fundraiser - Nov 9th

A Successful Event
This fundraiser, benefiting Refugee Relief in NYC, took place on Nov 9th following Rotary Day at the UN and was well attended by Rotaractors, NY Rotarians, Rotary International President Mark Maloney and other ranking RI members.
        photos inside.
REPORT: UN Rotaract Fundraiser - Nov 9th Andreas Runggatscher 2019-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

LETTER: Thomas McConnon Visits Detroit

Fraternite Notre Dame Establishes a New Location
Tom McConnon was invited to attend opening ceremonies on Oct 5 of Fraternite Notre Dame's newly retrieved church in Detroit by Bishop Jean Marie Kozik, founder of Fraternitie Notre Dame. Fraternite, in addition to opening the church also opened a new food pantry
        Tom's Letter & photos inside.
LETTER: Thomas McConnon Visits Detroit Andreas Runggatscher 2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

DONATION: Fraternities Notre Dame

Providers of Much-Needed Services
Our Foundation Chairman, Jim Thompson, on behalf of the members of the legendary Rotary Club of New York, presented a much-needed donation to the Sisters of Fraternities Notre Dame. These French Nuns nourish (physically, as well as spiritually) the hungry of our beloved city.
        more about the Sisters inside.
DONATION: Fraternities Notre Dame Andreas Runggatscher 2019-07-13 04:00:00Z 0


Welcome President Lawrence Cohen
RCNY began it's 110th year on Jul 11th with the Installation of President Lawrence Cohen, new Officers and Board. of Directors. Presentations were made by President 2018-19 Ted Perednia and RI Director Jeffry Cadorette among several others. Trustee and PP, PDG Helen Reisler gave an overview on our rich history. Recognition was a major theme for all.
        Many more details inside reported by Andreas Runggatscher & photos from the event.
INSTALLATION: RCNY's 11th Decade Andreas Runggatscher 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

SUPPORT: Women's Needs

Posted by Anna Folz, Rotaract UN
Helping Homeless Women
Anna Folz, VP of the UN Rotaract Club, is asking for help with a city-wide donation project. Rotaract is asking all of the New York Rotary Clubs to pitch in and help this be a successful occasion. They are working in partnership with Coalition for the Homeless to raise funds to provide feminine hygiene products to as many homeless women as they can.
        more info & donation connectons inside.
SUPPORT: Women's Needs Anna Folz, Rotaract UN 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

SUPPORT: Women in Need

Working Together
Based on a previous donation to Women in Need by the Rotaract Club at the UN, Trustees of the New York Rotary Foundation decided to fund this most valuable project as well. It's a good example of the collaboration we share and the sorts of giving we care about.
        more about WIN inside.
SUPPORT: Women in Need Andreas Runggatscher 2019-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

GOLI: Caring for Children

Posted by Laura Meijere Cristanelli
Healing Little Hearts
Gift of Life International is a Rotarian affiliated organization that has evolved into a global network of caring. Approximately 1.3 million children are born each year with congenital heart defects and as 93% of them do not have access to cardiac care, the goal of “Gift of Life International” is to provide life-saving cardiac treatment to children in developing countries
        much more about GOLI, photos, & video links inside.
GOLI: Caring for Children Laura Meijere Cristanelli 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

HISTORY: RCNY Yearbook 2017-18

Newly Available
The Rotary Club of New York is proud of the good work that its members Alexander Litvinov and PP Jasmin Cowin have completed with the yearbook for 2017-2018. The yearbook is available to those who make a donation to the New York Rotary Foundation in the amount of at least $100. It is also available in digital version for a donation of $50. 
        details & purchase info inside
HISTORY: RCNY Yearbook 2017-18 Andreas Runggatscher 2019-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

MEMORIES: Cyprus Club Charters - 2004 x

Posted by Andreas Runggatscher

Northern Cyprus Club Charters
One of the many wonderful memories of late NY Rotarian Barney Barnet comes from an event in which he was instrumental back in 2004. Two Rotary Clubs from the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had been having Rotary meetings regularly without charters from Rotary International for the previous 25 years. Rotarians from Northern Cyprus came to RCNY and sought our help. We agreed to help establish the charters with one condition. Rotary Clubs from the Northern Turkish side would work with clubs from the Southern Greek side, regardless of political differences. They agreed and RCNY facilitated International Charters for the two Clubs on June 23, 2004 in just 3 weeks.

MEMORIES: Cyprus Club Charters - 2004 x Andreas Runggatscher 2015-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
EREY: Now Donate Through Rotary Direct x Andreas Runggatscher 2014-11-02 04:00:00Z 0