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

Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014

IMG_5617-SMILECongratulations to RCWS Members Jan, Mike & Susanne for their work at Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014! Check out these photos from their trip!

Mercedes Benz Sprinter van for The Bowery Mission

Foto 1The Rotary Club of Wall Street in early 2014 has procured a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van for The Bowery Mission. The project formed part of the club’s extended assistance to deal with the impact and effects of Superstorm Sandy, and is part of our focus to serve the homeless and low income population in the Lower East Side and across NYC.

Founded in 1879, The Bowery Mission is one of New York’s oldest not-for-profit charity to help alleviate the plight of the city’s homeless, the hungry, the poor, and children at risk. In the aftermath of Sandy, the Bowery Mission experienced a significant increase in the number of emergency shelter intakes, and also provided much needed on-the-ground emergency food supplies, meals, clothes, etc., all of which stretched the mission’s existing fleet of vehicles.

The new dual-purpose van is being used for both passenger and goods transportation and is of great assistance for the charity’s outreach to the homeless population beyond it’s landmark mission location on the Bowery.

The project is made possible by way of a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Wall Street has partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Hartsdale and Pleasantville (both Westchester NY), the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise (Ontario, Canada), as well as Rotary Districts 1880 (South East Germany), 7040 (New York & Bermuda), and 7240 (Eastern Canada), all of which contributed to the base funds for this grant. The money provided by the Rotary Club of Wall Street included funds that our club has received from many generous individuals, Rotarians and non-Rotarians, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

As part of our ongoing partnership with The Bowery Mission, we have commenced a monthly meal service project during which members and friends of our club serve meals at the homeless shelter.

Special Meeting Notice for April 2, 2014

Special Meeting Notice – On April 2nd we have the privilege of having two Special Agents from the U.S. Department of State provide a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) . The DSS has a broad scope of responsibilities protecting people, information, and property as the only law enforcement agency with representation in nearly every country in the world. Overseas, the DSS develops and implements security programs to safeguard all personnel who work in every U.S. diplomatic mission around the world. The DSS formulates plans to deal with various emergency contingencies, including defining emergency management responsibilities for incidents ranging from hostage taking to evacuations. They are the primary liaison with foreign police and security services overseas in support of U.S. law enforcement initiatives and investigations.

In the United States, the Bureau protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries who visit the United States. The DSS develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. The DSS also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel.

Please invite your colleagues to this special presentation which has taken 6 months to plan and get approvals for. Absolutely no recording devices will be permitted.

Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014

DSC_0060DSC_0073Our member Jan Holz is coordinating a project in Haiti. Please read more below!

Our project’s background

January 10, 2010; a huge earthquake hit Haiti-one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemi-sphere. More than 200.000 people passed away. Houses were destroyed, businesses devastated, and buildings collapsed. Early in the next day, many international Non –Governmental organizations (NGOs) were on place to providing food, hygienic kits, shelters, etc… Life was very hard for the population, and would have been even harder without those NGOs that came to lend a helping hand. Three years later, it is becoming obvious that the countless NGOs were paramount to averting the immediate humanitarian crisis. As truly sustainable development however can only come from the inside, it is now time to shift our attention from short term support to long term solutions. That’s how the idea for our inaugural Entrepreneurship Camp was born.

From start to today’s team
In July 2013, Jude V.P. Tranquille, founder of devoted servants Haiti, spoke at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards North America Conference in Washington D.C. Jan Holz, member of Rotary Wall Street NYC, shared the vision from the first moment and brought new team members on board.

Alexandra Heinrich, a Lufthansa colleague of Jan, always wanted to participate in business-related development aid and joined the team shortly after.

Smaragda Strouba inpired by Alexandras commitment joined the team in September.

Jonas Eichhorst, entrepreneur in Singapore, was thrilled by the topic and has been contributing all his experience and endless network to the project.

At the moment the project will be locally implemented by Devoted Servants Haiti and is currently supported by the Rotary Club of Wall Street NYC, the Lufthansa HelpAlliance as well as several Rotaract Clubs in Haiti.

The actual project
In a 2-week intensive workshop program, small entrepreneurs with the will to professionalize their own business will have the opportunity to receive the knowledge they need to reinforce their businesses. Classes will be held by both international and local volunteer speakers. During the workshop period, every participant will be requested to create his/her own business plan. The participant then can convince the committee of the feasibility of his/her business idea and will have the opportunity to receive an investment in his/her business.

Why we need external funds
All of our team members are volunteering their time and are not being financially compensated in any way. However, funds are required on the ground to cover basic expenses like transportation and basic infractructure costs for hosting this 2 week camp for 30 people. If we manage to reach our funding goal, we will be able to reimburse flight costs for our speakers. Finally, any excess funds will be invested into the most promising businesses coming out of this camp to provide further help in getting things off the ground ensuring maximum impact of every dollar raised.

Do you want to support this vision?
Become a volunteer lecturer or support the project with your donation.

Help Haiti’s young entrepreneurs to use their potential!

Everyone with knowledge in business or soft skill-related topics is more than welcome to join our international team. Every of our volunteers is responsible for his class session and can fill it with his own ideas corresponding to our overall curriculum. As an appreciation of your engagement, our local partner DEVOTED SERVANTS invites every volunteer to get a unique, personal impression of the beautiful country of Haiti. Local tours, cultural events, beautiful beaches on this tropical island and visits to local industries will make your help an unforgettable experience for yourself.

Feel free to contact us!

Annual Fundraiser 2014 – seeking sponsors

logo_nkhOn May 28, 2014 the Rotary Club of Wall Street New York, will be hosting a special screening of the film A Place at the Table at SVA Theatre in New York. We invite you to show your support for this cause by joining us as a sponsor for this unique event presented in one of New York City’s most prominent venues.

About Us

The Rotary Club of Wall Street along with its Rotary Club of Wall Street Foundation, based in the Financial District of New York City, is one of the leading clubs comprising Rotary International. Rotary’s core objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the principle of “Service Above Self.”

Our Club members are a diverse group of business professionals, corporate leaders and educators, committed to the service mission of Rotary International. We have spearheaded a number of significant humanitarian initiatives designed for the betterment of the New York City community and communities worldwide, including: Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts; Coalition for the Homeless Food Van; Outreach Meal Packaging Program; Youth Leadership Council in collaboration with the High School of Economics & Finance; the Bowery Mission, Nazareth Housing, and Ronald McDonald House Support Efforts; End Polio Now; Freshwater Projects International; Gift of Life; Shelter Box; Urban Shelter Kits Project; Day Clinic Dewanbegi Project; New York Cares Day; Books for Kids; Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture; and Hands on New York Day. For further information on the Rotary Club of Wall Street and the domestic and global programs we support, please visit our website at:

Film Screening Feature
50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this critical national challenge through the eyes of three persons in different parts of the country struggling with hunger: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the nutrient-deficient meals her hardworking mother can afford.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses a serious economic, social and cultural threat for our nation, and how that threat could be eradicated if the American people decide—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
The Rotary Club of Wall Street is proud to support the artistic endeavor that is A Place at the Table. Your sponsorship contribution will support the screening of A Place at the Table, as well as a donation to the non-profit charity No Kid Hungry, which through its numerous programs, platforms and initiatives, connects kids in need with nutritious food, teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, and engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from this event will further aid the numerous local and international humanitarian projects led by the Rotary Club of Wall Street. We work hard to make a difference in our community and worldwide, and believe that you would be a great partner in our endeavors.

Film Screening Program

-Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres;
-Formal welcome and introduction of Sponsors;
-Screening of documentary feature A Place at the Table;
-Panel Discussion and Q&A with the audience

Sponsorship Opportunities

The following opportunities are available to sponsor the Rotary Club of Wall Street Film Screening at SVA Theatre in New York on May 28, 2014. We look forward to welcoming you as a sponsor to this outstanding event.

Click here to view the list of sponsorship options.

Contact us at with any questions.

Update on Farm Bill

_MG_8560This week, after a long battle, the Senate passed the Farm Bill, which is critical to ensuring the food insecure are able to eat. The legislation successfully rejects the harshest of the policies we have fought so hard against—this would not have been possible without your commitment to action and if you hadn’t raised your voices on behalf of the 49 million Americans who are hungry.

At the same time, in the bill’s current form, spending related to SNAP will be reduced by about $8 billion over the next decade. This reduction in assistance will affect close to 1.7 million people, whose benefits will be reduced by about $90 a month, according to the congressional budget office.

This news is challenging, but we are confident that this community will rise to the occasion, as we have seen you express your priorities through action time and again. You’ve watched and shared A Place at the Table, volunteered in your local communities, made your voice heard at the federal and state levels, and stood up for what you believe in both online and off in the fight to end hunger.

The A Place at the Table community will continue to grow: With each member, a voice; with each voice, action. We thank you for taking action more than 160,000 times through the A Place at the Table Action Center so far, and we are certain the world can change because of people like you.

—Kelsie and the A Place at the Table Team