Philippine Typhoon Response/Rotary Area 7 New York

When a disaster occurs, we watch the news and wish we could help. We CAN help! About every two weeks, a disaster occurs and an organization called ShelterBox delivers lifesaving aid to those affected.

We often take the basics for granted such as a roof over our head or a tap with running water. In the days following a disaster, many are left to cope on their own, forcing survivors to spend their time finding shelter for their family or a means to cook a hot meal and purify water.

Then imagine ShelterBox arrives to provide lifesaving equipment such as a family tent that can withstand harsh temperatures and winds, water purification, a stove, pots and pans, tools, blankets and even a children’s activity pack.

Let’s not wait until we hear about the next disaster in the news to take action. People are living without shelter RIGHT NOW and we can make a difference.

Click here to donate.

Holiday Party Book Drive

We are planning our club holiday party on December 11th. Save the date. [Location and details will follow.] While we celebrate the Holidays and all we have accomplished in the calendar year 2013 we are hosting a book drive for “Books for Kids” a project headed by Pace Rotaractor, Jason Rojelio Gonzalez. A list of books is included below.


ISBN Title Author
9781442403505 Apples and Pumpkins Rockwell, Anne F.
9780688119188 Black on White Hoban, Tana
9780763644376 Brontorina Howe, James
9780811822381 Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Barner, Bob
9780201091472 Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business Slobodkina, Esphyr
9780394800011 The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss
9780688009144 A Chair for My Mother Williams, Vera B.
9780689858819 Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 Martin, Bill, Jr.
9780671679491 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Martin, Bill, Jr.
9780688096991 Chrysanthemum Henkes, Kevin
9780689832130 Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Cronin, Doreen
9780670241330 Corduroy Freeman, Don
9780395159934 Curious George Rey, H. A.
9780763658304 Demolition Sutton, Sally
9780060001506 Diary of a Worm Cronin, Doreen
9780688052515 The Doorbell Rang Hutchins, Pat
9780763619619 The Dot Reynolds, Peter H.
9780060542092 Fancy Nancy O’Connor, Jane
9780060562595 Fire Truck Sis, Peter
9780694013012 From Head to Toe Carle, Eric
9780060256654 The Giving Tree Silverstein, Shel
9780399220333 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Brett, Jan
9780060775858 Goodnight Moon (Revised) Brown, Margaret Wise
9780395570357 Grandfather’s Journey Say, Allen
9780394800165 Green Eggs and Ham Dr Seuss
9780060270872 The Grouchy Ladybug Carle, Eric
9780060229351 Harold and the Purple Crayon Johnson, Crockett
9780060268657 Harry the Dirty Dog Zion, Gene
9780394800295 Hop on Pop Dr Seuss
9780394800776 Horton Hatches the Egg Dr Seuss
9780394800783 Horton Hears a Who! Dr Seuss
9780061229749 I’m Big!: My Life, My Recipes, and Making the Impossible Easy McMullan, Kate
9780060092900 I’m Mighty! McMullan, Kate
9780060245863 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Numeroff, Laura Joffe
9780060266684 In the Night Kitchen (Anniversary) Sendak, Maurice
9780060255664 It Looked Like Spilt Milk Shaw, Charles G.
9780316666039 It’s Okay to Be Different Parr, Todd
9780805087659 Jack and the Beanstalk Crews, Nina
9780060214166 Jamberry Degen, Bruce
9780547608389 Jumanji 30th Anniversary Edition Van Allsburg, Chris
9780688139544 Jump, Frog, Jump! Kalan, Robert
9780060588281 Kitten’s First Full Moon Henkes, Kevin
9780803731950 Ladybug Girl Soman, David
9780688128975 Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Henkes, Kevin
9780448405209 The Little Engine That Could Piper, Watty
9780547668550 Little Red Riding Hood Galdone, Paul
9780670059836 Llama Llama Red Pajama Dewdney, Anna
9780399216190 Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China Young, Ed
9780670445806 Madeline Bemelmans, Ludwig
9780061721663 Maggie’s Ball George, Lindsay Barrett
9780395169612 Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Burton, Virginia Lee
9780395252963 Miss Nelson Is Missing! Allard, Harry
9780439925440 The Mitten Aylesworth, Jim
9780689870279 Moo, Baa, La La La! Boynton, Sandra
9780152002657 Mouse Paint Walsh, Ellen Stoll
9780679882824 Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises Dr Seuss
9780688040451 Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Steptoe, John
9780763632441 No No Yes Yes Patricelli, Leslie
9780061123221 Not a Box Portis, Antoinette
9780679805274 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr Seuss
9780394806693 Old Hat New Hat Berenstain, Stan
9780689829536 Olivia Falconer, Ian
9780679809012 Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow Santoro, Christopher
9780061170744 Paddington (Revised) Bond, Michael
9780399226717 Pink and Say Polacco, Patricia
9780060776398 Pinkalicious Kann, Victoria
9780805053883 Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Martin, Bill, Jr.
9780547215679 The Quiet Book Underwood, Deborah
9780763619527 Quiet Loud Patricelli, Leslie
9780316160049 Reading Makes You Feel Good Parr, Todd
9780394818238 Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day? Scarry, Richard
9780525478492 Ron’s Big Mission Blue, Rose
9780525442653 Rumpelstiltskin: From the German of the Brothers Grimm Zelinsky, Paul
9780060775827 The Runaway Bunny Brown, Margaret Wise
9780060598488 Russell the Sheep Scotton, Rob
9780060294519 Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick Henkes, Kevin
9780399255427 Silly Goose’s Big Story Kasza, Keiko
9781416941330 Smash! Crash! Scieszka, Jon
9780670654000 The Snowy Day Keats, Ezra Jack
9780152062873 Stellaluna Cannon, Janell
9780684922966 Stone Soup Brown, Marcia
9780671662837 Strega Nona: An Original Tale DePaola, Tomie
9780060745141 Superhero ABC McLeod, Bob
9780394817132 Swimmy Lionni, Leo
9780152060572 Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Fox, Mem
9780670061655 Thank You Bear Foley, Greg
9780062019639 That’s How! Niemann, Christoph
9780670869398 There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Taback, Simms
9780803786820 There’s a Nightmare in My Closet Mayer, Mercer
9780763641566 Tia Isa Wants a Car Medina, Meg
9780805006629 Tikki Tikki Tembo Mosel, Arlene
9780805079913 Train Man Zimmerman, Andrea
9780399211669 The Very Busy Spider Carle, Eric
9780399208539 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Carle, Eric
9780807567128 What Do You See? Perrin, Martine
9780688129200 What Is That? Hoban, Tana
9780823423507 The Wheels on the Bus Cabrera, Jane
9780060254926 Where the Wild Things Are (Anniversary) Sendak, Maurice
9780803760899 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Aardema, Verna
9780802727909 Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! Mayo, Margaret

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Join our Thunderclap campaign!

This fall, RCWS is working on a project to create Urban Shelter Kits. Join our Thunderclap campaign to add your support. Sign up at the link below and tomorrow Thunderclap will send a Facebook post / Tweet on your behalf to spread our social reach about this project.

We need more supporters to help us reach our goal of 100. Will you support us?

Seeking food van drivers

As you know for several years we have been delivering food and other items to the homeless in connection with the Coalition of the Homeless. We have added a second trip every month and you can volunteer on Volunteer Spot.

The Coalition is asking if we can provide a consistent driver for the second night. I normally drive the last Monday but will be unable to consistently do the second trip. If you have a valid driver’s license and can commit to driving please let me or Fabiola know. If we can get 2 or more drivers it should be easier to fill the driver spot every month.

Contact us via email at if you’re interested.

New IT equipment donated to Nazareth Housing

The Rotary Club of Wall Street is pleased to announce that we are supporting the Nazareth Housing with a project that updated their aging IT infrastructure by providing new technology including desktop and laptop computers, printers and software, for both its administrative and case management offices as well as the Nazareth Housing’s Center for Learning and Self Sufficiency (CLASS).

The IT equipment has been configured and is now installed in the Nazareth Housing offices and the CLASS center. All over you see staff with big smiles on their faces as they enjoy the super fast speeds of their new IT equipment! Father Michael Callaghan, the Executive Director of Nazareth Housing, expressed his sincere gratitude to all Rotarians involved in the project! The “star” of their new equipment is the MS Surface convertible PC/tablet, which they might use to register attendees at the NH’s Annual Benefit event next week, at which the RC of Wall Street will receive the NH’s community service award, alongside Cardinal Dolan.

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 7040, 7240 (Eastern Canada) and 1880 (South East Germany), all of which contributed to the base funds for this grant. The money provided by the Rotary Club of Wall Street were funds that our club has received from many generous individuals, Rotarians and non-Rotarians, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

This week Rotarians from District 1880 joined RC Wall street to visit Nazareth Housing & Bowery Mission.

As part of our ongoing partnership with Nazareth Housing, we will begin a service project this fall that includes computer literacy courses for low income families, using the new equipment installed as part of this project.

Change of location for 10/23 meeting

Greetings Wall Street Rotarians:

I want to alert you that there has been a change of plans regarding tomorrow’s meeting of October 23rd. The Downtown Association where we normally meet is closed for a movie shoot. The Metro NY Club with whom we were welcoming as guests to our meeting has graciously offered to hold the meeting at their normal venue. So tomorrow’s meeting will be with the Metro NY Club at Trattoria Dopo Teatro, 125 West 44th Street [between 6th and 7th Avenues].

Starting time is still 6pm. Our speaker on Elder Care Joanna Leefer is still joining us. The cost of the meeting is $35 for a three course meal. RCWS will be supplementing our members meals. I believe it will be a $20 discount per person so the cost will be $15. [Price may vary depending on how many of our club members participate.]

Very truly yours,
Hermann P. Walz-President

Great work District 7230!

To everyone who attended the Outreach Food event on Saturday a big Thank You! These types of hands on events are what the Rotary Club of Wall Street is all about. They are only possible when people step up and participate. In this case the RCWS had a great turn out. We had club members, guests, family and a very strong Pace Rotaract presence. Pace Rotaract is showing they have real leadership and member involvement. As club President I was very proud of all of you and our club. Again, Thank all of you for participating!

We received this update from End Hunger NE’s Facebook page:

October 19 at the Memorial United Methodist in White Plains NY over 800 Rotarians from 42 Rotary Clubs around Westchester, the Bronx, and Manhattan came together to package 100,002 meals for local food pantries, soup kitchens, and food banks. Each club donated $500, $1000, or more to fund the cost of the ingredients.

This massive project to feed the needy came up as a result of local Rotary clubs listening to the heartbeats of their neighbors and realizing that hunger is a problem even here.

In the United States in 2013, hunger effects one in six people (including 1 out of every 4 or 5 American kids).

Now two Rotary districts have spots in our Top Ten:
300,240 Colonial Church, Edina (Hennepin MN)
100,002 Rotary District 7230, White Plains (Westchester NY)
100,002 United Way, Warminster (Bucks PA)
75,600 Ledyard Middle School, Gales Ferry (New London CT)
60,006 Lutheran Charities of Western NY, Williamsville with help from the Buffalo Sabres (Erie NY)
57,252 Trinity United Methodist, Jersey Shore (Lycoming PA)
57,246 Upper Dublin Lutheran, Ambler (Montgomery PA)
52,002 Sanctuary, Marshfield (Plymouth MA)
51,600 Rotary District 7950, Brewster (Barnstable MA)
51,474 St John Lutheran, Brooklyn (Windham CT)

Outreach Food Pantry is Tomorrow!

Outreach Meal Packaging Program is taking place tomorrow, October 19. We are packaging prepared dry meals for donation to food pantries. Our clubs contribution will result in 10,200 prepared meals.

Packaging will take place at the United Methodist Church in White Plains, located at 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY.

Directions from the Sprain Brook Parkway:

Head east on Rt 287 to Exit 9A. Get off exit 9A, go slightly to the right onto Westchester Avenue. In one quarter mile make a slight right onto Bryant Avenue. The church will be on the right hand side in one mile.

We are donating these meals to St. Francis Food Pantries who has a network of food pantries they will distribute to in NYC.

Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late to help out.

Click here to register on Volunteer Spot.

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What’s an Urban Shelter Kit?

IMG_1707 This fall, RCWS is working on a project to create Urban Shelter Kits. What’s an Urban Shelter Kit?  The kits are filled with items that homeless New Yorkers need:
2 pair socks
soap holder
toothbrush holder
2 washcloths
sleeping bag
solar lantern

Our plan is to build 100 kits and distribute them this winter. To kick off the project, we’ll collect items at our meetings. Starting at our October 16, we’ll collect toothbrushes.

If you’re interested in holding a collection for items at your office or home, please reach out to us at