Welcome to the family, T250! In partnership with Rotary Club of Metro NYC, we raised funds to help the Bowery Mission buy this new van!
Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser last week! We raised almost $2000 for the Bowery Van fund and inducted 2 new members.
Welcome to our new members, Kintu & Gifford!
SAVE THE DATE! BE A SPONSOR!
Join us to help fight hunger in NYC at a fundraiser social at Farm Candy, a lifestyle store in the heart of South Street Seaport. We will have a wine tasting courtesy of our wine sponsor Voga Italia and our host Farm Candy. There will be light appetizers served.
There will be a 50/50 raffle, and a raffle for prizes (gift baskets and more) donated by our sponsors (confirmed sponsors: Voga Italia, Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East Jamaica) and our host Farm Candy.
We look forward to seeing you!
You are invited to be a part of a brand new event that has the potential to shape the future of Rotary International. The first 5 & 5 Young Professionals Summit for Rotary Districts 7210, 7230, and 7255 will be taking place in August 2016 at Bear Mountain, NY. Out of 150 grant applications to the Rotary Foundation for 2016-17 for similar programs featuring young professionals and Rotary, only 19 grants were approved. Only ONE grant was received for Rotary Zones 24 and 32, and this is it! These zones encompass the North East of the United States and all of Canada, so this is truly a unique opportunity.
The goal of the Young Professionals Summit is to understand how Rotary International can be relevant to Young Professionals, what it needs to become to continue to attract members of all ages and demographic groups. We are looking for eager, motivated people with a true sense of “Service Above Self” who are ready to throw away the box and work together on ideas to improve their community and the world through Rotary.
During the weekend, there will be an action-packed agenda. You’ll be networking with one another and the leadership of the sponsoring districts, working with hand and heart on a service project, enjoying nature and Bear Mountain with outdoor activities, and honing your leadership skills. You will have an opportunity to think critically and creatively to help Rotary by providing the insight it needs to continue and thrive.
Each of the three Districts will be selecting ten young professionals (aged 25-40): five will be Rotarians, and five will be non-Rotarians/Rotaractors. A Rotary club will endorse a Rotarian applying for the event, and that Rotarian will put forward a non-Rotarian friend or colleague they in turn are sponsoring and recommending for the event.
Please see the attached application. The application is also available online at each district’s website. The completed applications for a Rotarian and non-Rotarian pair, with sponsoring club President’s signature of approval, are due by June 1, 2016. Applications should be returned by email to: RotaryYPS2016@gmail.com, copying Drew Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org, and with your district listed in the email header. The final selection of attendees will be made by the YPS Committee. Phone, Skype, or in-person interviews may be scheduled as needed to make the final selections. Selections will be announced by June 15, 2016, and selected applicants are expected to confirm and hold free the August 12-14th, 2016 weekend free for participation in the summit.
2016 YPS Committee
The 19-year-old health worker walked alone, the mid-morning sun pressing down on the dirt streets and soaking into the black fabric covering her from head to toe. It was better this way, she thought. In the past, for security reasons, police officers had followed her as she visited houses to administer the polio vaccine to children.
Now, she and 10 vaccinators, all local women, were working unguarded. The low-profile approach was meant to assuage fears in their community that the vaccine was unsafe, forbidden by Islam or a cover for Western espionage — myths that have given the crippling virus, eradicated nearly everywhere else in the world, a lifeline in conservative Pakistan.”
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Talk title: “Civil Rights Movement”
Mayor William Bell of Birmingham, Alabama is leading the charge for America’s Civil Rights City to become a global model for human rights, criminal justice and inclusivity. Mayor Bell will speak to Birmingham’s efforts in this regard and how other communities and citizens alike can work together to advance education and policy for equal rights and civic cooperation.
Birmingham’s efforts are transforming its history of civil rights turmoil into a positive force for future education and growth: This March, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell and Birmingham Mayor William Bell introduced a bill to designate Birmingham’s Civil Rights District as a National Park. Last year, Birmingham was selected by the U.S. Justice Department as one of just 6 pilot cities for the three-year, $4.7 million National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which aims to build a better understanding of underlying tensions between law enforcement and minority communities.
Dedicated to public service, and a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, Mayor Bell has served the City of Birmingham for many years. After spending twenty- five years serving Birmingham as City Councilor, Council President, and Interim Mayor, Mayor Bell was elected Mayor in 2011. Mayor Bell is a past President of the African American Mayors Association, has represented the U.S. at the United Nations Committee on Human Rights, serves on the advisory board for the United States Conference of Mayors,’ and has been strongly involved with President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative. As a respected expert and leader on civil rights, Mayor Bell has travelled around the world speaking about the importance of human rights. You can read more about Mayor Bell’s background and his impressive accomplishments here.
Also the entourage of the Mayor will include:
Birmingham City Council members, Jay Roberson and William Parker
Mayor Bell’s PR Representative, April Odom
Brian Hilson, Birmingham Business Alliance
Sanjay Singh, past President of the Birmingham Rotary Club
Banner exchange with Vaasa Rotary Club (Finland)