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Ronald McDonald House Service Project April 28

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On April 28, RCWS is hosting a dinner at Ronald McDonald House of New York, which provides a temporary home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families who travel to New York City for life-saving treatment.

Save the date and sign up on Volunteer Spot to be one of the RCWS volunteers participating in this dinner event. Providing a meal is an important part of supporting the children living at Ronald McDonald House of New York who are battling cancer and the families caring for them.

Ronald McDonald House is located at 405 East 73rd Street between York and 1st Avenues. Dinner service will begin at 6:30 pm (volunteers will need to arrive at least by 6:00 pm to help with the set up).

Click here to sign up: http://vols.pt/23LTPDz

NY Cares Day

new_york_cares_day_spring_revitalize_parks_gardens_girls_painting_benchNew York Cares Day Spring is a day of service in cooperation with New York Cares. Thousands of volunteers work together on volunteer projects that improve our communal backyard. By the end of the day, 70 parks, community gardens, and shorelines and green spaces across the five boroughs will be spruced up and ready for the arrival of spring.

On Saturday, April 18th from 9.30am to 2.00pm, thousands of volunteers will roll up their sleeves again to give New York City a spring greening during New York Cares Day Spring 2015. The Rotary Club of Metro NYC will be joining hands with Rotaract United Nations, the Rotary Club of Wall Street and other Rotarians as one Rotary Team – Rotary New York Joins Hands! On New York Cares Day Spring, we will clean up shorelines, restore garden beds, plant flowers and trees, paint benches, and remove invasive species in the community.

To participate, please click on “Join Our Team” on our ‘Rotary NY Joining Hands’ Team website: http://www.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=1133152&g=6300024

Register, pay the $25 fee to defray the costs of the event, Registration ends April 10th (next Friday).

RCWS Bowling Night

01_Bowling_Pins Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Rotary Club of Wall Street Bowling kicks off on April 21st, and you’re invited to take part in the festivities. Frames Bowling Lounge (550 9th Avenue) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic!

Please join The Rotary Club of Wall Street, The Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club and Rotoract Club of Pace University for an evening of (somewhat) competitive Bowling and Fundraiser Social

FRAMES Bowling Lounge generously offers us a package deal for $33 per bowler which includes Bowling from 7pm to 9pm along with:
-A DJ will surround you with the music and accompanying videos
-A pair of bowling shoes
-A first round of shared Party Food Platters (e.g. Angus, Mahi Mahi, & Veggie Sliders; Spring Rolls; Stuffed Mushrooms)
-An first round of huge towers of specialty beer shared with teammates
-Additional drinks and food may be ordered from cocktail waitresses in the reserved adjacent lounge and Pool Table Game Room.
This event was lots of fun last year and again we will mingle, battle and bowl. We are forming teams of 7 Bowlers (or more if necessary) comprised of Rotarians and their friends as “Ringers”. We invite those who do not want to bowl to socialize and cheer on their friends as they compete for trophies awarded to the Highest Score (and for some of us Lowest Score). Bring as many friends as you would like. Deposits are now being accepted to reserve a lane for each team.
All proceeds from a raffle will be donated to support Doctors Without Borders.

Buy tickets here: https://rcwsbowling.splashthat.com

Nazareth Housing Holiday Party 2014

Check out photos from our holiday part at Nazareth Housing!

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Gift of Life Fundraiser, September 24 at 6pm

The Rotary Club of Wall Street New York invites you to a fundraiser for the Gift of Life Foundation taking place at Maggie’s Place Bar and Restaurant on September 24, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Please join The Rotary Club of Wall Street on September 24th for our third Guest Bartender Night at Maggie’s Place, a fine eating and drinking establishment, located at 47th St. and Madison Ave. The format of the evening is an informal Social supporting a great cause, The Gift of Life Foundation.

For more than 30 years, Rotary Clubs have supported the Gift of Life International program. During this time, the equivalent of $500 million has been raised and more than 10,000 children, from over 60 countries, have been saved. We help fund a heart operation for a young child who is in dire need of an operation that is not available in their native community. We bring the child and the mother to NYC and provide housing for them in our homes. We provide financial assistance and work with local hospitals to provide heart surgeries at a significantly reduced rate by dedicated Health professionals. In the short 5 year history of our club we have assisted with surgeries for 2 Gift of Life children.

Please bring as many friends as you would like and join Rotarians, from the NYC Metro Area, and our friends to socialize and make new friends. There are no cover charges or raffles. Maggie’s Place has generously allowed us to collect all the tips that you would normally provide to the Bartenders. We have grand plans to multiply the proceeds, raised from the night, through matching grants from corporate sponsors and Rotary. So, your modest contribution will truly go a long way towards saving a young child’s life. The previous events were great fun and we expect a huge turnout this year. Please join us on September 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm and help us support a great cause.

For more information about all the great work by the Rotary Club of Wall Street, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, please visit www.WallStreetRotary.org

Find out more about YLC

The YLC project is an initiative started by the Rotary Club of Wall Street (RCWS) in early 2013. It consists of the RCWS partnering with New York City high schools to create Youth Leadership Councils in those schools. The ultimate goal would be for other Rotary Clubs to adopt the model pioneered by the RCWS and to create Youth Leadership Councils in high schools within their respective communities. The initiative falls under the RI ‘Basic Education and Literacy’ Avenue of Services.

The objectives of YLCs are to identify representatives from within the student body who, through their example and leadership, will serve as positive role models for their respective peers with the ultimate goals of:

• Character education.
• Creation of a bullying-free environment.
• Reducing acts of violence.
• Reducing the use of substance abuse.
• Providing complementary educational opportunities.
• Creating links between the schools and the respective business communities.

To read the full brochure, click here.

Polio’s Retreat – Article from The Rotarian

polios retreatPlease read this article from The Rotarian Magazine:

As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio.

Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling, “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard overlooking patches of farmland, except for his slight limp. She moves closer and the children pause, half encircled around the boy. Kwesell recognizes him by his eyes. Samir is six years old now, and with the help of physical therapy, he can run and play with the rest of the kids in his village on the outskirts of Moradabad.

Samir is one of the last children in India to contract polio. In March, the World Health Organization announced that its Southeast Asia region is officially polio-free. The certification came on the heels of India’s successful fight against the disease: It celebrated three years without polio in January.

The nation’s achievement is the result of a grueling 36-year battle that sent millions of health workers down alleys, up mountains, and across deserts to reach every child in this sprawling country. Not long ago, India had more cases of polio than any other nation in the world. This milestone in Southeast Asia means that 80 percent of the population worldwide lives without fear of the paralyzing disease.

Read the full article here: http://therotarianmagazine.com/polios-retreat/

Photos from A Place at the Table, May 28, 2014