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Polio Plus Fundraiser on October 19

epn-sq_rgbThe fight to end polio is a massive effort that Rotary and its partners cannot do alone. Help secure support from governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations and the public. Your support helps ensure that no child will suffer from this crippling disease ever again.
Join the Rotary Clubs of Metro & Wall Street New York to raise money for the Polio Plus fund of the Rotary Foundation.

George Camp will speak about his work on immunization trips, and we will have wine, light snacks & fellowship.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Polio Plus fund of the Rotary Foundation.

Buy tickets here:

On to Bermuda

Please see this invite from DG Lora for “On to Bermuda”!

On To Bermuda is a beautiful tradition of fellowship in District 7230 between NY and Bermuda. If you have not already reserved your air, hotel and event tickets, take care of it now for best pricing and use the attachment to review the event info, registration links and daily suggested sightseeing. Come to just one or all events in the itinerary.

The Bermuda Leadership team (Assistant Governor-Area 7- Barrett Dill, Past Assistant Governor Gilda Furbert, President-St. George – Drew Roberts, President- Hamilton- Betty-Jean DeSilva, President – Sandys-Nathan Kowalski, President- Pembroke- Shangri-La Durham-Thompson) have made all the hotel and event arrangements and are hosting the Thursday Night Home Hospitality Dinners. The Saturday Night Monte Carlo Casino Dinner/Dancing Evening is guaranteed to be a wonderful finale to the week with an expected turnout of over 200, including Rotarians, spouses and non-Rotarians from Bermuda and New York. A special Bermuda Celebration in conjunction with celebrating the good work of The Rotary Foundation for 100 years!

All Event registrations should be completed by Sept. 30, cost after this date will include a surcharge.

Click here to view On to Bermuda Information Package

Rotary BBQ Olympics – September 25

bbqgraphicThe Rotary Club of Harlem, joined by Chinatown, Inwood, Metro NYC, New York, Riverdale, and Wall Street hope you can join us to raise money for a good cause and have a good time.

BBQ Olympics
Come with the kids or come by yourself to enjoy all you can eat food & drinks, friendly competition with Olympic style games, medals, BBQ contest, raffles, prizes and more. The 1st annual Rotary BBQ Olympics will be an action-packed, fun-filled day the whole family will enjoy. From individual challenges to group team relays you have the chance to test your will, your skill, and your might against Rotarians from across the city.

So you think you can cook? Enroll in our BBQ cook-off contest and compete with some of the best chefs in the district. Whether you like brisket, chicken, pork shoulder, or ribs you’ll have a chance to enter your best dish for judging. The contest form can be found below.

Buy tickets here:

Proceeds from this event will be going to Education Clinic, Inc. The Clinic is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which is dedicated to providing educational and other programs to children with the conviction that education and opportunity are inextricably linked. Founded in 1979, when programs were initiated in Public School 92 and St. Aloysius, The Clinic, has since expanded from a small community based organization into a thriving education clinic which serves children from ages 3 to 21, from all the boroughs of the city, Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester counties, and Northern New Jersey. Every year The Clinic expands its enrollment and programs to accommodate the needs of the community. Affectionately known as “The Clinic”, The Education Clinic Inc. can be summed up in one simple word, Opportunity.

Funds collected on Eventbrite will be going to the Rotary Club of Wall Street (a 501c4 non-profit organization), passed on to The Clinic, and will NOT be tax-deductible. The Rotary Club of Wall Street is hosting this Eventbrite page for the benefit of this event.

Tentative event agenda:


• Registration starts for all events and activities.
• Check out the amazing food prepared & served by Area 5 Rotarians.
• Table seating and picnic blankets on site and available, feel free to bring your favorite picnic blanket along.




• ALL games and activities open to ALL attendees.
• Sign up for the Individual Olympic Games Skills Challenge and go for the gold! 
Family-friendly versions of shot put, discuss, obstacle course, speed challenge 
and more.
• Get your friends together and participate in the Team Challenge. Trophy cup 
for the team with the most points in challenges like tug-of-war, water balloon 
toss, hula hoop relay and more.
• Also… anytime activities for all including dominoes, cards and checkers, plus 
coloring books & temporary tattoos at the kid’s table.





Please help us keep the park clean! Trash and recycling containers stationed throughout our event.

NY Cares Day – October 22

NY-Cares-LogoSite Information: NY Cares Day Fall 10/22/2016 – Pls Register ASAP by Sept 16

On Saturday, October 22nd from 9.30am to 2.00pm, thousands of volunteers will roll up their sleeves again to give New York City public schools a makeover on the 22nd Annual New York Cares Day Fall.

+ Site
Rotary Joins Hands has a site assignment on Prospect Park, Brooklyn: HS 548 K – Brooklyn School of Music and Theatre at 883 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (4 min. from Franklin Ave stop 2,3,4,5).
In order to keep our site, please ensure to register as soon as you can, ideally by September 16.

+ Team
The Rotary Club of Metro NYC will be joining hands with Rotaract United Nations, the Rotary Clubs of Harlem and Wall Street, and other Rotarians as one Rotary Team – Rotary Joins Hands!

+ Activity
On New York Cares Day Fall, we’ll paint murals in the hallways and stairwells of HS 548 K, and organize the “Vault” used by students in their theater and arts programs.

+ Registration
To participate in this event, please click on following link, and from there on the green SIGN UP button (if you haven’t registered with NY Cares before, you will need to create an account)

Thank you for attending our fundraiser!

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser last week! We raised almost $2000 for the Bowery Van fund and inducted 2 new members.

Help sponsor our June 29 event

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!

5 & 5 Young Professionals Summit for Rotary Districts 7210, 7230, and 7255

Dear Rotarian:

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:, copying Drew Kessler at, 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