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!