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.
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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.

Erik Cempel, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Chicago, spoke about how the Chicago Club is taking a hands-on approach to address COVID-19 by aiding healthcare workers and first responders with meals. The Club is donating funds to homeless shelters and has instituted a phone tree to check on all their members.

Dr. Roberto Cosentini and Dr. Renato Vico from the Rotary Club of Bergamo spoke about how the curve has been “flattening” in Italy with cases and fatalities on the decline. The Club has been highlighting the efforts of first responders through online videos and murals with celebrity engagement.

Giorgi Rustavi from the Rotary in the Republic of Georgia spoke about how the COVID-19 situation is still developing in the Republic of Georgia. While there are 350 cases in Georgia, there is an effort on the government to maintain safety in a religious celebration coming up this weekend.

H.E. Mrs. Vanessa Frazier from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malta to the United Nations provided insight on the COVID-19 situation in Malta. While COVID-19 is being contained in Malta, there are still cases coming in from overseas. Economically, Malta is adapting with the worldwide challenges with tourism.

Ozan Yasavur from Ankara Bahçelievler Rotary Club spoke on the COVID-19 situation in Turkey. To address the rate of increase of COVID-19 in Turkey, the government has instituted restrictions for vulnerable groups and weekend activities.

Wilford Wilkinson, Past Rotary International President, spoke on Rotary International’s support for Rotary Clubs continuing to meet in a virtual setting to tackle COVID-19 challenges. Particularly, he highlighted the challenges of developing countries that are more affected by the virus.

Tommy Head, Vice President of the Rotary Club of New York, spoke about a children’s book called Adventure Ted from the Childhood Cancer Society. The book is promoting cleanliness behaviors through gamification among the youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. George Onourah from Elmhurst Hospital in New York urged Rotarians to work on the COVID-19 situation as he is working near the epicenter of the pandemic.

The presentation ended with uplifting remarks from the Past President and President Elect of the Rotary Club of New York Helen Reisler and Gerard Aponte respectively. While Helen Reisler emphasized the need for collaboration towards a better collective future, Gerard Aponte spoke on the importance of tolerance and activism in the upcoming year.


Highlighting the meeting was a musical performance from soprano Katrin Bulke and saxophonist Mimmo Malandra
in honor of those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

About Mimmo Maindra
Mimmo Malandra is an internationally recognized Italian saxophonist who works closely with Italian and European composers in order to enhance the expressive potential of the saxophone. He is a researcher of innovative techniques and of new musical languages. He attended masterclasses held by Claude Delangle, Eugéne Rousseau, Arno Bornkamp, Francisco Martinez, Alain Crepin and Vincent David, as well as saxophonists of the prestigious “Quartetto di Sassofoni Accademia.” He took part in courses with saxophone professors of the Conservatorio Superiore of Oviedo in Spain and of the Mannheim Musikhochschule in Germany. He deepens his studies on the methodology and technology of musical technique and on the anthropological psycho-pedagogical disciplines of music.

He has given concerts in various formations: saxophone and piano, saxophone and organ, as a soloist, with chamber ensemble, in saxophone ensemble, and in collaboration with many symphony orchestras. He gave concerts in various formations: saxophone and piano, saxophone and organ, as a soloist, with chamber ensembles, in saxophone ensembles, and in collaboration with many symphony orchestras.

He won national and international competitions of classical and contemporary music. He is the dedicatee of many compositions of which gave the World Premier. Among the many awards he has received, there is the Prize Rotary Club for young talented musicians “International Rotary Club Young Musician”. He is frequently a member of juryand in national and international saxophone competitions sand he is a guest in national and international saxophone festivals. He has given concerts as a soloist in Greece, Switzerland, France, Austria, Belgium, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Palestine (Bethlehem), Hungary, Cyprus, New York and Italy. He is involved in the research and the spread of Italian music for saxophone with a particularly attention on contemporary music and on music for the cinema and the theatre. He teaches saxophone in Italian public school and in various academies and holds master classes in Europe and lectures on Italian music for saxophone and the international contemporary music.

He participated in national and international television recordings (RAI uno, RAI world) and radio. He recorded a CD of world premiers in collaboration with some of the greatest contemporary Italian composers: Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani and Luis Bacalov Oscar Awards; Sergio Rendine, the famous harpist Cecilia Chailly, the cellist Giovanni Sollima and music writers chamber of Marco Tutino, Marco Betta, Giovanni D'Aquila and Opera Lorenzo Ferrero writer. (Sterling record label).

He is endorser artist Henry Selmer Paris and Vandooren Paris

About Katrin Bulke
Katrin Bulke, as a proud graduate of Mozartum in Salzburg (Austria), has worked under supervision of masters such as Helmut Deutsch, Andreas Macco, Carmela Altamura and Valentin Peychinov.

Miss Bulke is quickly establishing herself as a strong and talented Soprano in the world of opera and operetta. The popularity of her voice and her thrilling operatic performance brought her the audience award, by land slide, in the Caruso Competition in October 28th 2017 in NYC and the Grand Prix at the Concert Festival International Competition in January 2018.

Since her arrival to NYC in 2016, Miss Bulke has presented strong performances with ten different stage companies in roles such as: Rosina in Rossini ́s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Frasquita in Bizet ́s Carmen, Queen Elizabeth in Donizetti ́s Roberto Devereux, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Blonde in Mozart’s The adduction of the Serail and Queen of the night in Mozart’s Zauberflöte (Carnegie Hall).

Her variety of repertoire includes characters such as Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Bavaria), Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito (Florence), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Salzburg), Despina in Cosi fan tutte (Salzburg), Girl in Dark Waters (Salzburg), Annina in La traviata (Salzburg) and Octavie in Cleopatre (Riga, Latvia).

In 2018 Miss Bulke has been involved in projects around the globe such as: Soloist in “Spring Blossom 2018 Grand Gala” in David Geffen Hall – Lincoln Center (NYC), concerts in Moscow (Rus), Concert “Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiß” in Augsburg (D), Concert “Im weißen Rössl am Wolfgangsee” in St. Wolfgang (A) and Soloist in the Concert “Verdi ́s Recommendation” in the Nuova Fenice Opera House of Osimo (It).