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History of the Rotary Club of New York

HISTORY OF THE  ROTARY CLUB OF NEW YORK
CLUB #6 - "HOST CLUB OF AMERICA"

On February 23, 1905, on Dearborn Street in Chicago the miracle happened - Rotary was born. The Chicago Club was Club#1. Rotary moved west and San Francisco became Club #2 in 1908; then Oakland was chartered a couple months later as Club #3; followed by Seattle #4; and Los Angeles #5. Rotary was on the move, but there was no Rotary Club on the East Coast. The idea of forming a Rotary Club in New York came in a message to Elmer DePue in New York, not from Paul Harris but from Clarence J. Wetmore, member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. Elmer was the President of the Eastern Division of the Cresta Blanca Wine Company.  In an effort to start the wheels rolling, Elmer consulted with Daniel Cady of New York who, as a close friend of Paul Harris, agreed to talk with Paul. Paul Harris dispatched Fred Tweed of Chicago to talk with Cady, DePue and Bradford Bullock at a meeting held on August 18, 1909. Six days later on August 24, 1909, the Rotary Club of New York was formed as the first Rotary Club on the East Coast. There were 15 charter members and Bradford Bullock was elected President. Bradford Bullock served as President for two years.
The Honorary Member of this Club was Paul Harris, elected at the initial meeting of the New York Rotary on August 24, 1909.Since there were no established requirements for weekly meetings, Club #6 held dinner meetings semi-monthly, the second and fourth Thursday, rotating the meeting to different restaurants and hotels.
It is interesting to note that the Club's chief slogan was: "Rotary Club of New York: Composed of men who are old enough to know how to do business, and young enough to want more business to do.”
    At that time, there were three objectives:
      1) Promotion of the business interests of the members;
      2) Advance the best interests of New York; and
      3) Spread the spirit of the city pride and loyalty among its citizens.

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. The pin was presented to the club and is now on display in the Club office. This was the forerunner of the traditional Rotary pin worn today.

 

August Janssen, Proprietor of The Hofbrau House, the first permanent location where luncheons were held, presented the Club with the first Rotary banner in 1914. It was a gigantic size, navy blue background with a white Rotary wheel in the center. The banner was on display outside the Hofbrau on meeting days.
The first permanent meeting place was the Hofbrau House. In 1917 the Club moved to the McAlpin Hotel. In 1926 the Club moved to the Waldorf Astoria. In 1929 a move was made to the Hotel Commodore and in 1974 meetings were held at the Roosevelt Hotel. In every case, the Club's office was always located in the hotel in which the Club met. In 1991 the Club moved its Thursday luncheon meetings to the Marriott East Side Hotel, but kept the office at the Roosevelt. In 2000 the club moved its luncheon meetings to the Princeton Club and at the same time changed the meeting day to Tuesdays.
 
In 1919 a New York Rotarian visited the Rotary Club of London and presented that Club with a banner which he designed and made. This very act was the forerunner of the exchange of club banners which takes place daily throughout the world of Rotary.
Beginning in 1918. The Rotary Club of New York for several years presented a silk American flag to each club outside of the United States. These flags marked the promotion of cordial relationships between the clubs of other countries and our Club and the other Rotary Clubs of the United States. This very special deed was recognized in 1919 by a special resolution at the convention of Rotary International.
The Rotary Club of New York participated in the founding of the National Association of Rotary Clubs in Chicago in 1910. The delegates from the NY Club brought to the convention a draft constitution, which became the basis of the first constitution and by-laws of what is now Rotary International's present day constitution and by-laws. New York's President. Ray Knoeppel, served as the Chairman of the committee that rendered the final draft of both the first constitution and by-laws. Paul Harris noted "No one is in a better position to realize the great contribution the Rotary Club of New York made in the developmental phase of Rotary International than me." Over 60,000 Rotarians from clubs around the world and the USA have visited NY Rotary luncheons over the last 88 years. Twice the Club served as host of the International Convention, in 1949 and again in 1959. A prime interest of the Club in the early years had been youth activities with an emphasis on the handicapped. Today the Club shares the same interest, but also allocates its funds and energy, serving senior citizens, the homeless and improving the quality of Life in and around New York City.
One of the greatest tributes bestowed upon New York Rotary came when Paul Harris, in a speech before the Club in1934, designated the Club as the "Host Club of America." A prized possession of the Club was the "Attention Bell," won in an attendance contest with the Rotary Club of London in 1922. The bell was from the British auxiliary warship, "Patrol No. 20," and was mounted on oak timber from Admiral Nelson’s flagship, "Victory." The original bell was stolen during a fire in the Colonial Room at the Roosevelt Hotel in 1978. Today's bell was obtained from the Rotary Club of London in 1992. The bell is also from a British ship, a submarine chaser, the "H.M.S. P20." It was presented to the club by Ken Standish, President of the London Club on June 17, 1992. The Club's welcome song, Fellow Rotarians, We Greet You, written by club member Johnny Shays, was copyrighted in 1945 and has been sung continually since that time. John Shays died in April of 1970. History reveals that New York Rotary not only did the normal community service projects that we do today, but we searched for the really big projects and had a reputation for doing the big things.
  In 1917, we contributed a dozen WWI ambulance to the war effort.
In 1921, a call went out to the whole of North America as NY Rotary put on billboards across the country advertising the message of then-President Warren Harding: "Prosperity will be realized when we put people back to work"
In 1926, a full summer cap was built on Fire Island for crippled children, Camp Cheerful. Although extremely successful,  it was unfortunately destroyed in the 1935 hurricane.
From 1960 to 1970, New York Rotary hosted the Lambert Trophies ceremonies. This was then taken over by the New Jersey Sports Authority and is now held at Giant Stadium.
In 1968, the Club raised $1 million and renovated a court house and jail on the west side known as Hell's Kitchen. This building became the Clinton Youth Center, and the building and its program were then donated to the YM-YWCA and became part of the YM-YWCA Outreach Programs.
From 1978 to 1980, New York Rotary was host to 1400 Rotarians in what was called an Annual Area Assembly.
Rotarians came to New York for this one-day seminar from 17 Districts in eight of the surrounding states.
1991 to 1992, New York Rotary worked with the Sanitation Department of New York City in a program to introduce school children to the City's Recycling Program. The Club has 800,000 buttons made up which, when presented to the children made them official recycling agents of the City of New York. Rotarians spend many hours in assembly programs in schools throughout the City making these awards. 
1989 to 1997, the NY Rotary Golf and Tennis Classic has raised over $50,000 for both Muscular Dystrophy and the Boy Scouts of Greater New York. This major club activity involves a great many club members in a very worthwhile and memorable project.
     



Some of the most recent accomplishments are as follows:
    · Rotarians served as volunteer teachers for the Junior Achievement program at PS 175 to assist students in establishing self-sufficient business enterprises. Rotarians contributed $40,000 over a three year period to fund this program.
    · Rotarians contributed $28,000 to establish a computer lab program at PS 175 through the purchase of 22 computers.
    · Rotary Club, through its annual Golf and Tennis Outings, raised $8,000 for the Boy Scout's Handicapped Campers program.
    · Rotary Club donated $6,000 to the New York City Police Department to purchase bicycles for its innovative bike patrol program.
    · For the third consecutive year, the Rotary Club provided $20,000 to fund the Columbia Writing and Reading Project at PS 199.
    · Rotarians, through the Blanket Day Project, were able to buy 300 blankets for the homeless.
    · Rotarians purchased 800,000 recycling button for use by the New York City's Department of Sanitation for its recycling program.
    · Each year the Rotary Club of New York hosts Policeman and Fireman Recognition Days. At these luncheons, a member of each department is presented with the New York Rotary Club's "Outstanding Service Award"
    The Rotary Club of New York is a major contributor to Fraternite Notre Dame, founded by its current leader The Most Reverend Jean Marie Roger Kozik. Fraternite Notre Dame helps the poor through its missions in America, France, Cameroon, Niger, Martinique, Haiti and Mongolia.
    The Rotary Club of New York Electronic Learning Center was dedicated on February 6, 2001 and quickly became the focal point for the promotion of literacy through art and technology for the young in Harlem.

Obviously the above mentioned programs are but a glimpse of the many and varied contributions the Rotary Club of New York has made to the city and the surrounding community. Today our Club is involved with the United Nations and the work of the UN’s Non-Governmental Agency through the work of a special International Rotary representative. In addition, New York Rotary's own Foundation has contributed on a regular basis approximately $60,000 to needy causes and projects in the New York community.

 

The Rotary Club of New York is very proud to be the 6th club in Rotary, which now has grown to 30,000 clubs with 1.2 million members in 163 countries.

 



 

 

2001 – 2002 A Historic Year

 

History was made when Helen Reisler was installed, on July 10, 2001, as the first woman president of the 92‑year‑old Rotary Club of New York. The celebration included the New York City Police Marching Band, the Ambassadors of Peace Youth Orchestra, and an audience of over two hundred Rotarians and community leaders.

 

On September 11, 2001, history was made, once again, when an unprecedented terror attack took place on the World Trade Center in New York City. The destruction of the Twin Towers resulted in the loss of over 3,000 people including 343 firefighters and 23 police officers. President Helen, along with her Board of Directors, the New York Rotary Foundation, and the club members, rose to the challenge of assisting those in need.

 


 

The Rotarian Magazine, in a six‑page article, described how members of the Rotary Club of New York offered their time, services, and expertise in various professions to help the victims of "Ground Zero." Members deliv­ered water, masks and gloves to the site, delivered and served food, tested the air quality, cleaned out debris embedded in the rescue workers' eyes, identified victims and offered grief counseling.

 

President Helen and Werner Kobelt, the New York Rotary Foundation Chair, set up a Disaster Fund, which accumulated over 1.5 million dollars, which reflects the generosity of Rotarians all over the world. An advisory committee of three trustees and two members was formed. They did intensive research to ensure the disbursement of the monies to the neediest.

 

Matts Ingemanson, our Internet Communications Expert continued to keep information flowing between the Rotary Club of New York and the rest of the world through the effective website he created for us. Our club meetings drew a constant stream of visiting Rotarians who came to present checks and offer support. Rescue workers and members of victims' families came to share their grief and for comfort.

 

In response to the hundreds of E‑mails sent by Rotary Presidents from every corner of the globe, President Helen created the "9/11 Adoption / Vacation Committee" with Jim Thompson as co‑coordinator. Members of other Rotary clubs as well as volunteers from the community, including the Police and Fire Departments, joined our own members. The program arranges " adoptions" and therapeutic vacations, offered by other Rotary clubs for families of 9/11 victims and rescue workers.

 

The Rotary Club of New York took pride in the fact that it was ready and able to address the most horrendous tragedy in our city and nations. It was done spontaneously, by forming a solid bond of unity between its members and the rest of the Rotary World, to emerge as a leader in the community.

 

 

 

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New York Rotary Presidents and the Formation of the United Nations

There were nearly fifty Rotarians at the Formation of the United Nations at the San Francisco Conference.  No organization was more international than Rotary at the time. And no Rotary Club was more influential in making Rotary an international organization than the legendary Rotary Club of New York.  Here is a short biography on the early New York Rotarian Presidents and their role in making Rotary a global organization.



1909-1911- Arthur Bullock Legal Publisher and Attorney’s Attorney, died while President of the club) was the first president of the Rotary Club of New York. He was born in Jackson Ind. and attended Terre Haute College and the Indiana State Normal School. He was admitted to the Indianapolis Bar in 1894. He then married Harriet Emaline Nowline of Terre Haute.
Arthur soon became connected with the American Legal News of Detroit, representing it as a special editor, from 1904 to 1906. He was the advertising manager of publication known as “The Lawyer and Credit Man” and did educational work in Indiana Schools. In 1897, he originated the business of acting as attorney to attorneys, being an intermediary between lawyers in all parts of the United States, and was one of the organizers of the Commercial Law League of America. His office was at 220 Broadway. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the New York Athletic club at sixth Ave and fifty-Ninth Street. He was 49 years old and still holding the office of President of the Rotary club of New York when he died.


1911-12 Orrel A. Parker  Automobile Enthusiast and promoter of the New York to Paris Automobile Race of 1908) was the 2nd President of the Rotary Club of New York. He was born in Ohio and graduated from Princeton University in 1895 with a B.S. in Science. He then attended New York Law School and graduated in 1897. In 1905 he was arrested for driving a” gasoline machine” on 5th Ave. at the alleged reckless speed of 20 miles an hour. Orrel, one of the founding members of the Automobile Club of America disputed the arresting officers charges stating the it was impossible for him to travel at such a speed since the car was geared-down to only be able to travel at safer 13 miles per hour. He vowed to the New York Times that he would take the case all the way to the Supreme Court. He was found guilty and paid the fine. However, he did handle an immigration case of a Puerto Rican women who was denied entry to the United States. Orrel argued that since Puerto Rico was now a protectorate of the United States, his client was entitled to stay in New York. While he did not actually try the case, the case did make it to the United States Supreme Court and changed the immigration law and policy for the entire country.

Orrville was also was of the main supports of the Great Auto Race from 1908 from New York to Paris via the Bearing Strait. The race was one of the biggest events of the decade and Orville gave weekly lectures and updates about the race. During this time Orrel was also instrumental in standardizing respective State laws in accepting automobile registrations from state to state.
In 1917 he was granted a patent to manufacture a new rim and he move to Ohio to produce the product.
 
1912-13 - V. Clement Jenkins the City Planner that was responsible for changing name of 6th Ave to Avenue of America) was the third President of the Rotary club of New York. While he was born in England, he was a graduate of the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1895. He then studied for two years at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Widely known as a city planner, President Clement was chiefly responsible for the removal of the Sixth Ave. elevated train in 1927. His organization, the Sixth Ave. Association was responsible for changing the name Sixth Ave. to Avenue of the Americas in 1942. After being president of the Rotary Club of New York for years he remained the secretary and general manager of the Sixth Ave. Association. He believed that 6th Ave. was the Gateway of America starting at the Battery and extending to Central Park.
He also was the founder of the Americas Club, an organization handling scholarships for the study of South American and Central American Affairs and culture. After he retired in 1949, he lectured at Rutgers and Yale . He died in 1964 at the age of 87 in New Jersey.
Walter C. Gilbert was the 4th President of the Rotary Club of New York

William Gettinger was the owner of the Gettinger Printing Corporation at 293 Ninth Ave. He died at the age of 73 and lived in the Inwood section of Manhattan.
1916-17 B. Vanderver was also a City planner and encouraged rezoning laws for New York City to adjust to the wide use of the of the automobile, was the 6th president of the Rotary Club of New York. In 1924 he was head of the Broadway Association and wanted to relocate manufacturing from Manhattan. He told the New York Times that “I would rather be ridiculed in 1924 for proposing something that may at first look impossible than to be blamed in 1974 for having failed to look ahead in anticipation of the requirement of the growing metropolis”. His organization also recommends that the zoning laws be changed to have municipal parking lots. He also advocated that it would also be possible to built subterranean parking garages 40 feet below the street surface. In 1937 J.B. is pictured opening a new bus route on 57th st from river to river as Mr. Kickerbocker. His organization also implemented a cleanup drive and asked property owners to sweep their sidewalks in from of their place of business.

1918-19 Clinton E. Achom the club raised $700,00 for the War Camp community fund.
1919-20 Glen A. Tisdale the club raised 2,100,000 in Liberty Loans.

1920-22 Raymond J. Knoeppel was influential in the creating the 1922 Rotary International Constitution and its by-laws. His input based largely on the by-laws of the Rotary club of New York set the groundwork for RI to grow into a international organization. He was the ninth President of the Rotary Club of New York.
He commented to the New York Times regarding the Catholic Clergy not binge allowed to join Rotary. originally, the Holy See made a public announcement that had condemned Rotary for its alleged practice of inculcating a religion “without God”. “The news that the Catholic clergy would be allowed to join Rotary International will be approved by the Holy See will bring great joy to Rotarians regardless of creed”he is quoted in the New York Times.
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1922-23 Robert L. Hatch was the 10th president of the Rotary Club of New York . As the 10 president the club celebrated that is had grown from 13 member in 1909 and it now had 514 during his term.
Thomas A. Dwyer who was well known for his controversial and provocative letters to the New York Times was the 11th president of the Rotary Club of New York. Born what is now known as Times Square in 1877, he was a graduate of City College and a member of the Lotus Club as well. He was the owner of Rational Recreation and operated eight bowling alleys and pool halls in New York City.
Shortly after his presidency, he became vice president of the Brunswick Corporation, a manufacturer of blowing alleys and general manager.
He was also a prolific writer of letters to the New York Times about life in New York City. In one letter he wrote that “Times Square should be deodorized, fumigated, and perfumed, and he remembers it wasn't Times Square nor Long acre Square nor any Square.”


Charles E. Keck was a chief spoke person and defender of Rotary by Social Critics. was born in Clinton N. Y. and graduated from Hamilton College in 1987. After College he was the principal of Palatine Bridge N. Y. Union School and the South Hampton N. Y. High School.
In 1901, President Charles joined the publishing company D. Appleton & Co. for 11 years. In 1912, he joined and became overseas manager of Scott, Foresman & Co., the educational book publisher at 114 east 23rd Street. He was appointed to its board of directors.
As president of the Rotary Club of New York, he struck back at criticism of Rotarians by Sinclair Lewis -the author of Babbitt. On the radio station WFBH, he characterized Mr. Lewis as someone who wrote two or three books and now thinks knows everything in the world. President Keck wanted to correct a misunderstanding about Rotary which has been spread by some writers who don't take into account the actual facts. The Basis of Rotary is to bring businessmen together in a way that no other organization can to enable them to work for the good of the community. President Charles stated on the Radio. He assured others that is not annoyed by Sinclair Lewis comments, he felt that Sinclair was” just a little bit off his trolley”.

During his presidency to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the completion of the first transatlantic cable by Cyrus W. Field Rotarians received messages from 7 overseas Rotary clubs. That same year they also created a Junior Rotary Club of Rotarian sons.

1926-27 Pirie Macdonald World Famous Photographer  including many world leaders such as Teddy Roosevelt was the 14 president of the Rotary Club of New York.
Ian Pirie MacDonald was born in Chicago on January 27, 1867, nine days after his mother arrived in this country from Scotland. The eldest of four children, he left his formal schooling at the age of 11 and took on a series of jobs to help support the family. In 1883 he began an apprenticeship in Hudson, New York. By 1890, MacDonald had opened his own portrait studio in Albany. President Pirie chose to henceforth photograph only men. This change in focus also inspired him to move to New York City where he would have a patron pool sizeable enough to support his specialty.
A long-time member of the Professional Photographers Society of New York and the Camera Club of New York, MacDonald was also a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. He was active in a number of other non-photographic organizations as well, including the Boy Scouts of America, and the Adirondack Mountain Club, serving as an officer in each. In addition, he was the author and publisher of a drill manual for the Boy Scouts.
Rotarians celebrated a year–end party at the Waldorf Astoria as a going away party for President Pierre since he had to sail to Europe to judge several international Photo competitions. Rotarians and children and grandchildren were invited. During his presidency, our club’s Camp Cheerful, said to be the first camp for the exclusive use of crippled children in the world, was officially dedicated. The land was donated by the Long Island Parks Commission, headed by Robert Moses who was also a New York Rotarian. The club received more than 1,200 applications for the first season. The slogan for the camp was “Live and help live.”

1927-28 J. Burnett Jones was the 15th President of the Rotary Club of New York. He was the President of the Peck and Hills Furniture Company. He died in 1972 in New Milford Connecticut at the age of 91. Burnett directed a benefit vaudeville performance for the Rotary Club Crippled Children’s Camp at Fire Island, at the Joison Theatre. The Club raised $50,000 to maintain and operate the camp.


1928-29 Andrew H. Dykes was the 16th president of the Rotary Club of New York. He lived at One Fifth Ave and was president of the Dykes Lumber Company at 137 West Twenty-fourth St. He was also the president of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, vice president of the Central Mercantile Association, a director of the New York Credit Men’s Association, and a vice president of the Springfield Golf Club.

1930-31 Robert C. Farley, the Donald Trump of the 1920’s was the 18th President of the Rotary Club of New York. He was born in Fort Plains, N.Y. and graduated from Clinton Liberal Institute in NYC in 1888. In 1894, he earned an A.B. degree from Rutgers, and a Masters Degree in 1888. He graduated from New York Law School with honors in 1895. In 1899, he started the Robert E. Farley Organization which became one of the largest real estate companies in Westchester, with offices in Phillips Manor, Scarsdale, Manhattan, and White Plains. He organized the Westchester Hills golf club, the Country Tennis Club at Hartsdale, and the Grammatan National Bank in Bronxville. He also designed and built many of Westchester’s most prestigious housing developments. In addition, he owned the fashionable Griswald Hotel in New Haven until 1932.
During his year as president he was the Master of Ceremony where nearly 500 Rotarians including 150 delegates from England and other Rotary Clubs who were on their way to Chicago for Rotary’s Silver Jubilee. President Bob was quoted as stating at this luncheon “Every man, woman and child in the world today, should and must considered himself a citizen of the world. We are too close in physical and spiritual ties with other countries or peoples. Those who refuse to recognize it are out of step with age, and as a group cannot long be powerful.”
President Bob also had also to defend Rotary customs when an English essayist and novelist, Gilbert Chesterfield, was critical of Rotary using first names on name tags and being too complimentary to each other. President Farley recommend that the key to happiness is to just” laugh it off’.
Sadly while in poor health, in September of 1933 past-president Robert hung himself in his home attic.


1931-32 - Leo C. Faulkner was the general manager of the Dobb’s Ferry Children’s Village19th president of the Rotary Club of New York. Major was originally in the Baltimore Rotary Club in 1918 and then he moved to New York in 1924, and become a member of the Rotary Club of New York. He also became the District Governor.

William H Guppy was the 20th president of the Rotary Club of New York. He was the Eastern Sales Manager for the American Sterilizer Company of Erie Pa. He and his family lived in East Orange N. J. He was also active in the affairs of the Sanford Methodist Church of East Orange and he has a summer home in Long Branch N. J... He died in 1936 at the age of 56.
Ernest V. Moncrieff was the 24th president of the Rotary ‘Club of New York. He was president of the Swan Finch Oil Corporation.

1933-34 Dr. William Seaman Bainbridge, the internationally recognized surgeon and cancer expert was the 25th president of Rotary Club of New York.

He was born in Providence RI was educated at the Mohegan Lake and moved to Brooklyn as a pre-teen. He attended Military Academy in New York and graduated from the college of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. After his graduation, he spent several years in post-graduate study in Europe. During World War 1 he helped form the Medical Reserve of the United States Navy.
He was the professor of Surgery of operative gynecology of the New York Post Graduate Hospital and School. He was also Surgeon and Secretary of the research committee of the New York. A frequent public lecture on cancer he earn national attention when he became the first surgeon to use spinal analgesia and techniques to curb cancer and developed a technique for removal of the breast for cancer which became widely used.
While he received citations and awards in more than a dozen countries in 1942 he also received the gold medal of the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service of the Salvation Army for his outstanding contribution the science and art of healing his service to the United States in the first World War, his assistance in organizing the International Congress of Military Medicine and Surgery, his efforts toward better understanding, good will and friendship among nations and his service to the Salvation Army for moiré than 35 years.
He was significant promoter of Rotary when during his dozens of visits around the world. He always made time to speak and promote Rotary in other countries
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1931-32 Leon C. Faulkner Managing Director of the Children’s Village of Dobbs Ferry


1934-35 Lewis I Hird was the 26th president of the Rotary Club of New York. He graduated from the Philadelphia Textile Institute in Philadelphia and was an executive of Samuel Hird & Sons chairman of the National Association of Wool Manufacturers. During World War 11 serviced on the committee to study the synthetic fiber industry between on the utilization of the material in Army equipment. He was also a member of the rotary international fiancé committee between 1938 and 1941. As president the club did a performance of Point Verlaine a new play by Noel Coward at the Ethel Barrymore theaters to raise funds for the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry. The Village cared for more than 400underprivalge boys giving them home like surroundings and training them to earn their own livelihood after they leave its shelter boysHe died in 1947 at the age of 77 in Bethel Connecticut.

 
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1937-38 Charles S. Morris was president of the Metropolitan Fireproof Warehouse, in his farewell address to the Club “despite financial and economic difficulties we have closed the past fiscal year with a balance budget”.
1938-40 Andre J. Haire, president of the Haire Publishing Company

1940-41 Henery H. Simmens president awards to underprivileged cripple children swimming classes who had shown the best improvement at the Evangeline Residence of the Salvation Army at 123 was thirteen street.
1942-43 Rev. Dr. Ray O. Wyland of Scarsdale and the director of education of the boy Scouts of America.

1943-44 Elmer W. Nelson Hosted a farewell banquet for Sir Godfrey Haggard from the British embassy.


Luther Hodges,  Governor of North Caroline and President Kennedy’s Secretary of Commerce and President of Rotary International was born in 1898 in Pittsyvania county VA and moved to
Leakesville N. C. and worked part time in a textile mill while going to
school. During WW 1 he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the
Army He received an A.B. Degree in 1919 at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. He became secretary to the general manager of
Marshall Field’s eight textile mills in the Leakesville Are.. During WW
11 he headed the textile division of the Office of price Administration
(OPA) The year before he became president of the Rotary Club of new
York and was Vice president of Marshall's Field &Co he was named
National Chairman for the five-year Post-war Anti Leprosy Program to be
carried on in Eight countries of Asia and Africa by the American Mission
to Lepers. He raised $500,000 by the end of 1945 to build and expand
twenty Leprosarium in Asia and Africa where an estimated 10,000,000
suffers of the disease live. In 1950 he was chief of the Industrial
Division of the office of United States High commission in Germany.

He was the author of Businessmen in the State House and The business
Conscience.

IN 1952 he was elected at Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and
became governor when Governor William B. Umstead died in office. He
won a landslide victory in 1956 and service his own term


1949-50 - Alfred H. Nicholls was president of the Graybar Electric Company.
During President Alfred’s year as president the Rotary Club of New York
Donated an x-ray machine to the Children's Aid Society's James Boys
Club at 154 Hester Street. It was estimated that 1000 children a year
form the Boy's club as well as the Metropolitan Vocational High School
would benefit. During this year through a grant from the Charles
e. Culpeper Foundation, the Rotary Club provided free dental care for
650 boys at the Children's Aid society dental Clinics
 
 Kinsey N. Merritt He began his career with Railway Express in Baltimore as a clerk in 1908 and later Worked in Philadelphia. He became vice president in charge of traffic in 1947 and he retired from the company in 1958... He was 76 when he died in Elizabeth New Jersey.
1950-51 Arthur Schwartz publisher of “The Commercial Bar” a legal directory that he founded in 1927. He was born in Jersey City and was a graduate of City College. He was the co-founder and first President of the Downtown Glee Club of New York. This Glee club performed more than 50 concerts at Carnegie Hall from 1927 to 1953.
He lived in Brooklyn while president of the Club. He was also the president of World Education, an organization devoted to the cause of world literacy. He was 77 years old when he died in Decatur Ga.

1951-52 J. Elmer Hann lived in Acotch Plains New Jersey and was president of Lebanon Woolen Mills

1952-53 William Schroeder was an attorney with an office at 42 Broadway. He attended Dwight Preparatory school and a graduate of New York University. He was a liquidating Trustee of the Union ferry Company. He joined the Rotary club of New York in 1942 and was also a past president of the Downtown glee Club of New York and the Leiderkrang Club.
1952-54 Roger W. Burman the New York manager of the National Cash Register Company served two terms as the Club’s president
1954-55 Edgar B. Ingrahm

1955-56 William S. Hedges awarded the Rotary Service Medal to Helen Keller at the American Foundation for the Blind at 15 West Sixteenth St. In his address on the citation “To Helen Keller, out of whose inspiring triumph over handclaps came a lifetime of priceless service to humanity. Mayor Wager also visited and thanked the Club the Club during his year. Mayor Wagner your club helps the city in solving one of our most vexing problems: giving so many of our youngsters an opportunity in life. The club raised 15,000 for youth programs.

1956-57 William E. Walsh
1957-58 Mervin P. Bickely


1958-59 Henry Counts


1959-60 Kinsey N Meritt was the vice president of the Railway express Agency where he worked for 50 years. He began his career in 1908 in Baltimore. He did in 1967 in Elizabeth N.J.

1960-61 D. Stanley Corcoran

1961-62- George J. Balbach the New York  Judge was born in Manhattan where he and Robert F. Wagner were class mates at the Yorkville Grammar School. He graduated from City College and Brooklyn Law School both of which he attended at night while working as a clerk in a law office. He was senior Partner of the law firm Young, Balbach, Tilford & Lewis. partner in the

In 1961 Mayor Wagner appointed him to the City Tax Commissioner for Queens. In 1962 he was successful in getting the property taxes of home owners in the Rock away section of Queens lowered to the noise level of the aircraft flying to Idewild (JFK)airport. Later he was past president of the Queens borough Public Library. He also received the UBI Caritas the highest honor for laymen the Roman Catholic Church. Around 1960 he was appointed to his most notorious proceeding came with the second trail of Alice Crimmins, the cocktail waitress charged in the 1965 death of her 4-year old daughter and 5-year old son. She was convicted in 1968 He was community interest included the Wyckoff Heights Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center. He died in 1996. At the age of 86.

1962-63 Joseph Johnson Sr. was born in Columbus Ohio and graduated from the University of Chicago. He was a member of the Detroit Rotary Club before coming to New York 1954 an executive of Western Union international. He joined the Western Union company in 1927 and he retired in 1964 as a Senior vice president He was also a past president of the West Side Association of Commerce and a for vice president of the New York Board of Trade and the Broadway Association. He died in 1990 at the age of 83 in Huntington, Long Island.



Edwin J Fitzsimons executive vice president of the Weed Radio Corporation
Robert1966-67 President James was originally form North Dakota and graduated with a mechanical Engineering Degree from the North Dakota State University began his business career worth Pan AM Airlines in 1943. Around 1960 he headed Northeaster Airlines and then returned to Pan Am in 1970 as the General Manager and President of Northeastern Airlines
1967-68 Donald A Schwartz vice president of the Commercial Publishing Company as its 54th president. President Swhwartz was 35 years old and the youngest president of the club

1968-69 Robert A Lakamp special assistant to the president of J C Penny also a member of the Rotary Club of New York presented an award to the managing editor of the New York Times Clifton Daniel for the contribution to community and international understanding

1971-72 Herbert Steifel president of the Stielfel/Raymond Advertising Agency Incorporated He was a aboard member of the American Theater Wing, the Tony Selection committee. Among his honors were the Horatio Algiers Award and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He did in 1992 in Portland Oregon.

1972-73 Rudolf Berle was the brother of Adolf A. Berle assistant secretary of state. In 1939, Hull said: " Roosevelt …doesn't consult me or confide in me and I have to feel my way in the dark."[1]
Throughout World War II, Hull had been a very sick man and Sumner Welles had been Secretary in all but name. After Hull’s his visit to Moscow in September 1943, Hull forced President Franklin Roosevelt to dismiss Welles. Edward Stettinius then became Under-Secretary and when Hull resigned in October 1944, Stettinius moved up as Secretary of State. Joseph C. Grew, who had been ambassador in Japan for many years, was made Under-Secretary. Grew held that post for only nine months.
Dean Acheson had been appointed an Assistant Secretary of State in 1941. When Grew resigned in 1945, Acheson became Under-Secretary and remained in that post during the term as Secretary of James F. Byrnes and part of the term of George C. Marshall. In 1949 Acheson became Secretary of State upon Marshall's resignation.
When the Office of Special Political Affairs (OSPA) was created in 1944, Alger Hiss became the deputy director and late director. Hiss and others worked on the first drafts of the United Nations Charter. [2] John Carter Vincent was appointed head of the Far Eastern Division in 1945. John Carter Vincent was completely anti-Kuomintang (KMT) and pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The State Department had a Coordinating Committee with immense power throughout the Department. It had "responsibility for considering matters of policy or actions and questions of inter-office relations referred to it by the Secretary, Under Secretary and Secretary's Staff Committee or initiated by the members." Acheson was chairman, Hiss was the next most powerful, and John Carter Vincent was also a member. In 1946 Hiss drew up a plan for reorganizing the State Department. Another official presented a protest in which he pointed out it was designed to give Hiss and his group "astounding control of the Department." A suggestion was made that the matter be brought to the attention of the FBI.
Adolph Berle, who had been an Assistant Secretary of State, testified before a Congressional investigating committee,
"in the fall of 1944, there was a difference of opinion in the State Department. I felt that the Russians were not going to be sympathetic and cooperative. Victory was then assured… and the intelligence reports which were in my charge, among other things, indicated a very aggressive policy, not at all in line with the kind of cooperation everyone was hoping for…The opposite group in the State Department was largely the men—Mr. Acheson's group, of course—with Mr. Hiss as a principal assistant in the matter.”[3]
Marshall, being unfamiliar with the world of Communist revolutionary activity, during his tenure fell under the influence of State Department China hands, John Stewart Service, John Paton Davies, John Carter Vincent, and others.

1974-75 Gaius W. Merwin was a vice president of the Manufacturers Trust Company
1983-84 Eugene D. Becken was the president of RCA Global communications. In 1973 established a communication satellite to provide voice, message and TV traffic between both coasts of the United States with Alaska.

 

20141127

Four more Polio-Plus Volunteer Health Workers Murdered In Rural Pakistan.

Pakistan attackVolunteers carry an injured polio-vaccination worker to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, on Nov. 26 after gunmen attacked a vaccination team, killing four. (Arshad Butt / Associated Press)


The attackers opened fire on the volunteers’ vehicle once they ascertained that they were involved in the anti-polio campaign. The number of new Pakistani polio cases so far this year is 260, which is four times as many as at the same time last year.

Pakistan’s militants have seen it as an opportunity to strike at symbols of authority, portraying the workers as agents in a "sinister Western plot".   Mr. Aziz Memon, who leads Rotary International’s immunization efforts in Pakistan stated that “It’s not just polio — they want to disrupt all government activities,”   (Rotarians are committed to the Polio plus program) and -  “The children of this country should walk, not crawl. We promised to end this, and we will.” he said.

 The other two countries where polio is endemic are, Afghanistan with 21 new cases, and Nigeria,  with six cases. In the last two years two health workers have delivered 450 million doses of vaccine, said Dr. Durry of the W.H.O.








20141120

H.E. Ms. Betty King, U.S. Ambassador to the UN in Geneva

 

About Ambassador King
Ambassador Betty King was nominated on October 22, 2009, by President Obama to serve as the Representative of the United States to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and attested by the President on February 12, 2010.

Ambassador King served as the United States Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In that capacity, she worked on human rights, development, children, aging, and population issues. She was the principal U.S. negotiator on the Millennium Development Goals.

Ambassador King has an extensive background in philanthropy having served as the Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children. She served as the Senior Advisor to the CEO of the California Endowment where she worked to improve health services and systems, and as an advisor to the Atlantic Philanthropies on their programs for children and youth.

In the public sector, Ambassador King has served as the Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health Services in the District of Columbia, as the Director of the Department on Aging in Arkansas, and as an Assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. She currently serves on the boards of Refugees International, The United Nations Association of the United States, Phoenix House, and on the Advisory Board of the Annenberg School of Public Diplomacy.

Ambassador King earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, a Masters Degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was a National Humanities Fellow at Harvard University, and a Public Policy Fellow at the

20141102


Rotary Day at the United Nations November 1, 2014




More that 1,200 Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors attended the Rotary Day at the United Nations. District Governor David Del Monte (second from left) also attend the sold-out annual meeting. This annual meetings was started more than 25 years ago by our own New York Rotarian Sylvan Barnet. The first few years there were only 50 to 100 attendees, but has now grown to be a major Rotary event with attendees and RI Board members from around the world.

 

 

 


 Alanna Walker, President of the Rotaract Club of the UN (center),  outlined her club's essay project during Rotary UN Day.  Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang from Taiwan was also on the panel (left).   The Rotaract Club of the United Nations is sponsored by The Rotary Club of New York.

H.E. Mr R. Mansour , Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN







He stressed the importance the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and the longstanding parameters enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions, Madrid Principles, Arab Peace Initiative and Quartet Roadmap.and also feels that  the Security Council’s paralysis,

In April 2014, President Mahmoud Abbas signed 15 instruments of accession to multilateral treaties, affirming the State of Palestine’s acceptance of the principles therein, readiness to uphold legal obligations, and commitment to promoting the rights of the Palestinian people in accordance with the law. Among those are the core treaties of international humanitarian law – the Four Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocol 1 and the 1907 Hague Convention, and the core human rights treaties, including, among others, the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. 

The Palestinian people will never forgo their inalienable rights, and the Palestinian leadership will continue to take all necessary political, legal and peaceful measures for the fulfillment of those rights and the achievement of justice, freedom and peace for our people. We once again appeal for the international community’s support in this noble endeavor.


 

 
 
 



 
 
 
 

 
 
our guest speaker for October 2014 was H.E. Mr R. Mansour , Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN

Mr. Udo Janz, Director of the NY office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees


Our guest speaker for September 2014 was Mr. Udo Janz.  He is the Director of the NY office The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons.

Septmber meeting

Peace Corps and Rotary kickoff historic collaboration

 

John Osterlund (far left) and Ron Burton watch as Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko sign a letter of collaboration on a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson
In an effort to promote global development and volunteer service, Rotary and Peace Corps have agreed to participate in a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.
Under the agreement, Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers are encouraged to share their resources and knowledge to boost the impact of development projects in these three countries.
Opportunities for collaboration include supporting community projects, training, networking, and community education. Through the , Rotary clubs can continue to provide small grants to support volunteers and their communities.
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko signed the on Monday, 5 May, at Rotary's headquarters during a ceremony that was attended by RI President Ron Burton and RPCV Rotary staff. In his remarks to the audience, Burton applauded the collaboration and both organizations' commitments to service.
"Today's announcement is particularly meaningful for me because I come from a family of Rotarians," said Hessler-Radelet, referring to her father, grandfather, and aunt. "We are eager to join together in common efforts to inspire volunteerism across the country and around the world."
Hewko noted how both organizations are committed to improving lives and building stronger communities by addressing the root causes of violence and conflict, such as poverty, illiteracy, disease, and lack of access to clean water and sanitation.
The two organizations also agreed to explore expanding the collaboration to more countries based on the results of the pilot. Rotary will enlist the support of its members in recruiting Peace Corps volunteers and involving returned Peace Corps volunteers in service projects at home.

Rotary members made collaboration possible

Hessler-Radelet credited Rotary members in the Denver area, particularly returned Peace Corps volunteers Sue Fox, Valerie Hopkins, and Steve Werner, with helping to make the collaboration possible.
The three Rotarians, who attended the signing, are members of the District 5450 Rotary-Peace Corps Alliance Committee, which has sought a formal agreement between the two organizations since 2010.
Werner said they wanted to create an official relationship to make it easier for Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers to connect. "[The letter] ensures compatibility and a shared value system," he added.
Jesse Davis, one of more than a dozen Rotary employees who are returned Peace Corps volunteers, said he hopes the partnership inspires more like it around the world.
"While serving as a Peace Corps response volunteer in Panama, I found myself working with the local Rotary club on countless occasions. They were an integral partner in my work," he said.

Strengthening connections

The letter of collaboration not only officially recognizes the partnership between the two organizations, but also encourages Rotary clubs and Peace Corps volunteers to expand the connections already in place.
In Togo, Peace Corps volunteers Daniel Brown and David Gooze have teamed up with Rotary and other partners in the United States and Togo to distribute more than 5,000 soccer balls to disadvantaged youth. They are organizing 'More Than Just a Game' sessions, which use soccer as a medium to teach children about malaria prevention.
"It's just one example of how Rotary and Peace Corps can collaborate on the ground to achieve lasting impact in the communities where we work," Hessler-Radelet said.
Within the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo, Peace Corps posts and Rotary districts will coordinate at the country level with support from the headquarters of both organizations. Local Rotary clubs interested in working with Peace Corps volunteers should contact their district governors. Clubs located elsewhere should work through their Rotary counterparts in the pilot countries.
what Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet says on the collaboration
how you can support peace through Rotary
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20140511

Polio Update from the New York Times

|​NYT Now

Disease of Pakistan’s Poor Now Worries the Affluent


   

A worker administering polio vaccine drops to a child at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Credit Rizwan Tabassum/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

           
KARACHI, Pakistan — Until recently, polio was considered a poor man’s problem in Pakistan — a crippling virus that festered in the mountainous tribal belt, traversed the country on interprovincial buses, and spread via infected children who played in the open sewers of sprawling slums.
But since the World Health Organization declared a polio emergency here last week — identifying Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon as the world’s main reservoirs of the virus — the disease has become an urgent concern of the wealthy, too.
A W.H.O. recommendation that travelers not leave Pakistan without a polio vaccination certificate has caused confusion. Doctors, clinics and hospitals have been inundated with inquiries. The association of travel agents has reported “panic” among air travel customers.
The government, which is scrambling to meet the W.H.O. requirement, says it needs two weeks to make arrangements at airports and buy more vaccines. But to most Pakistanis, it is a jolting reminder of the gravity of a crisis that has been quietly building for years, and which is now, according to the W.H.O., spilling into other countries, threatening to undo decades of efforts to eradicate polio across the globe.
Despite years of multimillion-dollar immunization campaigns, led by the government and international organizations, this year Pakistan reported 59 new polio cases, by far the most of any country. The W.H.O. had reported only 68 cases worldwide as of April 30.
Instability is driving the crisis. The Taliban, which had long opposed the vaccinations as part of what its leaders said was a Jewish conspiracy, has stymied immunization efforts in the northwest and the tribal belt, where infection rates are highest. The Taliban have forbidden vaccinations in North Waziristan for years, and killed vaccination teams in other areas.
Suspicions among the Taliban and others that the vaccination campaign was an espionage effort gained currency after 2011, when a covert, C.I.A.-financed vaccination campaign used to try to find Osama bin Laden came to light.
The sense of urgency that has gripped health professionals for years, however, was largely absent among the upper class, who have had limited exposure to polio. “There was a total disconnect” in society about the problem, said Dr. Anita Zaidi, a pediatric infectious diseases expert and a member of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group.
Some of the highest refusal rates for polio vaccination were recorded in wealthy Karachi neighborhoods, where residents had little faith in public health care, Dr. Zaidi said, citing a 2011 study. Now, the vaccination requirement has drawn an ambivalent response from the wealthy.
Ibrahim Shamsi, a textile exporter who intends to travel to Canada, called it “a lot of botheration.” He said, “I’m sure I was vaccinated as a child so I don’t know why I need to do it now.”
Seher Naveed, an artist with travel plans for Berlin and Amsterdam, said she was worried that the vaccine could have an adverse effect on adults.
In Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, residents of the wealthy Gulberg neighborhood also expressed unease about the new requirements. Jameel Ahmed, a businessman, said he was embarrassed to have to take a vaccination at the age of 57.
 
A woman who gave her name as Mrs. Ahsan said the restrictions were discriminatory and unfair. “We have been singled out in the world,” she said. For some experts, the worry is that immunizing all travelers will divert scarce resources from efforts to fight polio where it is most prevalent. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta of the Center for Excellence in Women and Child Health at Karachi’s Aga Khan University, said the W.H.O. travel advisory was “unfortunate,” and would foster an erroneous sense that polio is a universal problem in Pakistan.
“It’s not — it’s a geographic problem, and this will take the pressure off the hot spots,” he said.
One such hot spot is on the edge of Karachi where, on a desolate stretch of road at the city gates, the fight against polio is being fought bus by bus.
Buses filled with ethnic Pashtuns, fleeing poverty or conflict in the northwest, enter the city every day; some are unwittingly carrying the polio virus from areas where infection rates are highest, W.H.O. officials say.
On Friday morning a team of eight government health workers, clad in bright yellow jackets and blue caps, boarded passenger buses as they entered the city, administering the vaccine to children under the age of 5.
One vaccinator, Nadir Ali, wove through the crowded aisles with a box filled with vaccines. Children bawled in protest, and passengers looked bemused. “Shh,” one mother said to her crying baby. “You’ve gotten the drops, now quiet.”
Every day Mr. Ali and his fellow vaccinators, who are paid $2.50 a day, immunize at least 2,800 children. Some eight million children were immunized at 10 such transit points across the country in 2013, in a program that is partly financed by Rotary International and supported by the W.H.O. “Terrorists may want to destroy Pakistan, but this virus is destroying our nation,” Mr. Ali said.
Karachi’s importance in this battle stems from its position as a trade and transit hub, which facilitates the movement of migrants, travelers and, more recently, the polio virus.
“Karachi acts not only as a reservoir for the disease, but also as an amplifier,” said Dr. Zubair Mufti, the national coordinator for the W.H.O.’s polio campaign.
Efforts to banish polio from the city have also been hurt by the growing Taliban presence in ethnic Pashtun neighborhoods. There have been several militant attacks on polio vaccination teams since the first in July 2012; over the same period reported cases of polio — a disease that can be carried by adults but mostly strikes infant children — have steadily risen. Eight cases were reported in 2013; so far this year the figure is four.
The latest Taliban attack in Qayumabad, an area close to the upscale Defense neighborhood, on Jan. 21 resulted in the death of three female health workers.
One Pakistani Taliban militant, who identified himself as Gul, said in an interview that his group had attacked two polio teams in Karachi in 2012 because “they were trying to find the hide-outs of our leaders in these areas.”
But some experts say the bin Laden factor has been overstated, noting that the Taliban started to target polio workers long before the American commando raid that killed the Al Qaeda leader.
“The Taliban in North Waziristan didn’t stop the campaign because of Shakil Afridi, they did it for political reasons,” said Dr. Bhutta, referring to the Pakistani doctor hired by the C.I.A. to run the vaccination campaign in 2011. “And they’ve done themselves and the country a lot of damage.”
But for Mr. Ali, the immunizer jumping between buses outside Karachi, the most immediate problem is persuading reluctant parents. Some passengers offered up their children enthusiastically for immunization; others were cajoled into compliance by fellow passengers or even bus drivers.
But one mother, on a bus from Bahawalpur in Punjab Province, staunchly refused his entreaties to immunize her baby son.
“The vaccination is necessary against the virus. There are no side effects,” he pleaded.
“I’m his mother,” said the woman firmly.
Mr. Ali shrugged and retreated.

20140426

Central Europe and the Crimea from a Bulgarian Perspective


International Breakfast  Apr 16
Our featured speaker was H.E. Mr. Milen Lyutskonov, Consul-General of Bulgaria. His topic was  "Central Europe and the Crimea from a Bulgarian Perspective."


Milen Lyutskanov, Consul General of Bulgaria in New York was appointed  to represent his country in New York. He is a career diplomats with extensive service. Before his current post in New York, Milen Lyutskanov was Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of the Bulgarian mission to NATO. Lyutskanov was also Deputy Foreign Minister.
The President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev is following with concern the development of the situation in Ukraine after Russia’s Upper House of Parliament adopted a decree which allows the usage of Russian armed forces in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

The Head of State has said more than once that the only lasting solution may be achieved by peaceful means and if the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine is guaranteed. The usage of military force to occupy foreign territories is violation of the rules of international law.

The President calls on the UN Security Council and the countries-guarantors of the security in Ukraine, in compliance with the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, to ensure a peaceful solution to the problem and to avoid a further escalation of the tension.

In May 2014 presidential elections are due to be held in Ukraine. The people of Ukraine should alone decide what their future should be in a democratic way.

If necessary, the President will convene the Consultative Council for National Security. 

20140406

Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations

H.E.Bénédicte Frankinet, is the currrent  Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations. Before her appointment, Ms. Frankinet was Ambassador to Israel since 2008, after she previously served as Director for the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels from 2003.From 1999 to 2003, Ms. Frankinet was Ambassador to Zimbabwe, accredited also to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.  Between 1994 and 1999, she served as Counsellor, then Deputy Head of Mission at her country’s Embassy in Paris. In 1992, Ms. Frankinet was an adviser in the private office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and from 1988 to 1992, she was First Secretary at Belgium’s Permanent Representation to the European Communities in Brussels.
She served a previous stint, between 1983 and 1988, at the New York Permanent Mission as First Secretary, and was an attaché in Brasilia from 1979 to 1983.Ms. Frankinet holds degrees in political science, social science and journalism from the Free University of Brussels.

Like Rotary international,Belgium is an important donor to the development programs of the UN-system. In 2005 Belgian contributions amounted to 184 million euro, or 12% of its total official development assistance. Belgium plays an active role in the executive boards of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UNCDF, and in consultations between these funds and programmes and the major donor countries.
In its relationship with the funds and programs Belgium strongly emphasises the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
When funding programs of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UNCDF, Belgium tries to concentrate on a limited number of themes it feels are essential for development, such as:
  • support to subsidiary administration and local development;
  • good governance, in particular the strengthening of parliaments and support of election processes; on March 14-15, 2007, Belgium will host an  "International Conference on Good Governance" in Brussels;
  • the fight against the abuse of children and women, particularly in post-conflict zones.
(The above is from the Belgium Mission Website)