Sunday, December 17, 2006

Before leaving for Lebanon to help with the injured children and elderly in the recent hostilities there, Uncle Billy (center) is dining with Past District Governor Paul Caruso at the Rotary Club of New York's Holiday Party. He plans to stay for 3 weeks. Students from a NYC high school where kind enough to perform at the luncheon.

Uncle Billy is featured in the Rotarian Magazine

Transcribed from the "Rotarian" magazine
(Joy of Rotary)December 2006, Page 31

Best Use of a Tip

Don't forget to tip your waiter, especially if he's 86 years old and you 're at a wedding or bar mitzvah at a fancy New York City hotel. Bill De Long, a member of the Rotary Club of New York, donates all the gratitude's he earns waiting tables to Uncle Billy's Happy Dollar Fund, which he set up in 2002, when he decided to travel as an international volunteer. He's accumulated enough "happy dollars" to pay for volunteer trips to places ranging from Albania to China and Liberia to Ukraine. "When I go on a project, I do it in the name of Rotary and the hotel employees and restaurant union staff who support my Uncle Billy's Happy Dollar Fund" he says. "Bill De Long is the most unique Rotarian in our district and, I feel safe saying, in the Rotary world" says Helen Reisler, past governor of District 7230 (Bermuda; New York, USA). He buys a traditional costume wherever he volunteers, and when he returns, he gives a short report in full regalia to his club. "He certainly draws attention to Rotary and has brought in new members," Reisler says.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Rotary Club of New York Celebrates Uncle Billy's Birthday.

Uncle Billy holds the "Birthday Cake" that the President of the Rotary Club of New York, James Bryant, presented for his 86th Birthday on Decemer 5, 2006 at the Princeton Club of New York.