Category Archives: meetings

2017 District 7230 Conference

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for this year’s District 7230 Conference! This event will be held at the Tarrytown House Estate on April 8th from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Join in the fellowship with fellow 7230-ers as well as discussions about district business, awards, ideas & inspiration, an optional dinner and a showcase of successful service projects. See you there!

Happy birthday, RCWS!

Happy Birthday!

Thanks to all who turned out for our 7th birthday party and to everyone who has visited or supported us through these years! We love our Rotary family and friends!

Mayor William Bell of Birmingham, Alabama, Wednesday May 18

Mayor BellTalk 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.

Speaker bio:
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

March 2 – Investing with Impact

Guest speaker: Graham Nolen

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Graham Nolen is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, where he started in 2015 in the Callea/Cintron group. The group provides financial advisory and asset management services with a focus on financial and estate planning.

Investing with Impact

This topic is often referred to as ESG investing (Environmental, social, governance). ESG investing first emerged the 1970’s but has gained popularity in the past 10 years.

ESG investing is the school of thought that believes a company’s environmental, social and governance impact are a crucial part the evaluation of its investment merits along with traditional factors such as profitability and growth prospects. There are four categories in which ESG generally falls into, the first of which is a negative screen called ‘values alignment’ where certain investors avoid exposure to certain industries they have an ethical or moral obligation to (i.e. tobacco, firearms). The next is integration of ESG topics in alongside the typical financial analysis, an example of this would be determining a metric to evaluate the labor practices of companies that can be evaluated alongside various financial metrics. Third, is determining an industry to invest in with a certain thematic exposure such as investing a sizable sum in a group of solar energy companies. Lastly, ESG investing is not limited to a the public markets, as it can be done on the private level where investors look to find specific companies whose business model has a certain ESG concern built into it.

While investing with an ESG lens can bring can satisfy certain moral and ethical needs of investors, it also can be used as another way to evaluate and reduce risk. Some of the biggest financial disasters over the years have been due to company’s poor ESG records. Whether it’s Enron, Volkswagen or any company in the coal industry, they all could have raised ESG red flags that lead to their loss in value.

Graham Nolen will introduce the concept to those that may be unfamiliar and then lead a discussion about the merits and downsides of the using ESG lens for investment purposes.

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Rotary Club of New Tampa & University of South Florida Retract Club International Service Trip 2016

kathleenwithtoucanWednesday, February 17, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM:
The Rotary Club of New Tampa is the sponsor club for the University of South Florida Rotaract Club. For the third time, we are partnering with the Rotary Club of Alajuela for community service projects in Costa Rica. Examples of past service projects include building a self-sustaining butterfly garden in the courtyard of San Rafael Hospital in May 2013. The butterfly garden is a welcome reprieve to patients waiting in the crowded Emergency Department as well as smoking cessation, oncology, and pediatrics patients. In May 2013, the team also refreshed paint in the courtyard of The Special Needs School in San Ramon. Both the oldest and largest special needs school in the country, refreshing faded paint lifted spirits of staff & families. The March 2014 project focus was the Alajuela neighborhood of Luz del Sol where the neighborhood children played in the street for lack of a safe space. The Rotary Club of Alajuela bought a corner lot and the team built a well-received playground in three days. This project then inspired a rebuild of Rotary’s Camp Florida playground in September 2015, creating a better play area for our campers with special needs. A public elementary school in Alajuela is our project focus in 2016. Invu las Cañas is in need of maintenance work including ceiling, floor, and playground repair and painting. We look forward to creating an environment more conducive to safety and learning for the students and faculty.

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Kathleen Novak is a member of the Rotary Club of New Tampa and is a Paul Harris Fellow Plus Seven. She is President of Novak Knows, Inc and has over 20 years combined healthcare and management consulting experience. She worked several years as a Level One Trauma Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse and currently enjoys participating in periodic emergency preparedness exercises with the State of Florida. Kathleen was a member of the medical team for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. Kathleen feels most fulfilled volunteering as a nurse, most recently as a pediatric nurse at a children’s cancer camp at Rotary’s Camp Florida. She is a self-described people person and enjoys visiting other Rotary Clubs, most especially Rotaract Clubs. Kathleen feels Rotaractors greatly augment the Rotary family. 2016 finds Kathleen in charge of the University of South Florida Rotaract Club International Service Project. This will be the third time she has been on the International Service Project team with the USF Rotaract Club.

Speaker: Doug “Clydesdale” Comstock on December 2

image001-1Our guest speaker is Doug “Clydesdale” Comstock who will talk on getting to goal and mental toughness.
We will meet at the CRE Conference Center location, steps away from the Charging Bull of Wall Street.
EXCAVATE YOUR INNER CHAMPION with Douglas “Clydesdale” Comstock

Goal setting is easy; goal achievement can be yet another story. If you want achieve more while living with a greater sense of vitality, passion and purpose, excavate your inner champion by increasing your vitality and mental toughness. Doug will share applicable stories and lessons he has learned from his mentors that will help you on your personal as well as business journey.

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Speaker: Judge Janice Law @ 42 Broadway

https_proxy-2Our guest speaker on October 28 is Judge Janice Law at our CRE Conference Center location, steps away from the Charging Bull of Wall Street.

Talk description: Before the wife-husband political team of Hillary and Bill, there was George and Lurleen, Juan and Evita. When Alabama’s fiery Governor George Wallace ran his wife Lurleen for Alabama governor – and she won Big Time – he was in for an unwelcome surprise!

Janice Law just released her 6th nonfiction book AMERICAN EVITA; LURLEEN WALLACE the first full biography of America’s third woman governor, and Alabama’s only woman governor. Governor Lurleen, the white wife of avowed segregationist George, in 1968 was eulogized by a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lieutenant: “A dark shadow has been cast across the horizon of America by the death of the Honorable Governor Lurleen Wallace”, he said in a public statement.

Judge Janice Law’s bio:
Judge Janice Law has spoken to more than 100 Rotary Clubs across America. Judge Law has done an interview with WTSU radio, the National Public Radio affiliate for the southeastern region. She has met with Alabama Governor Robert Beasley’s Chief of Staff Seth Hammett, and the Alabama Lt Governor, been the subject of a feature article in the Montgomery Advertiser, and had book signings in many cities. She is the author of 6 books, one of which was a 2007 nonfiction finalist for the Texas Book Award. She has been a featured author at prestigious book festivals in America.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
CRE Conference Center
42 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Please register early to help us with the planning of the venue space. Please note that there is a fee for Visiting Rotarians/Rotaractors, and guests. We serve wine, sodas, water, and light appetizers (all included in your fee) at the meeting.