Meet Ms. Soraya Aziz Souleymane


Meet Ms. Soraya, our Speaker (August 22, 2016, at 6:00PM)

Please bring a friend to hear a special guest from the D R Congo.

Ms. Soraya Aziz Souleymane hails from the Eastern and Central areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ms. Soraya has master’s degrees in Development Studies from Sussex, UK and in International Relations from CAM in Kenya.

She works on the enforcement of values such as social justice and democracy in the use of natural resources on the D R Congo. She promotes participation and citizen engagement in natural resources governance. Her special focus is on women and children. She is also an active member of the Lions Club in Kinshasa.

Ms. Soraya is the founder Nyota, a nonprofit organization that is working in natural resources governance. Since March 2016, she is its Executive Director. She was the Deputy Director of the Carter Center. Ms. Soraya was also a fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

She is a great speaker and motivator.

Ms. Soraya is currently attending a workshop in the USA, on transparency and accountability in government.

We have Service Opportunities

Thanks to our newest member Darren Slack allowing us to join his group’s activities we can be of service at least 4 times a month.  If you are not familiar with Pro(ACT) Community Partnerships you should go check it out. Here is a link to the calendar we will try to let you know about these as they come up, but please try to make as many as you can.

This is a great chance for us to make a difference here in Indy.


May’s Service project Anna’s House

We joined Proact’s flagship program, project (greater than) at Anna’s house to help assist it in passing out groceries to their constituents. If you look carefully you can see some Rotarians in this video.

  We are committed to volunteering at Second Helpings at 1121 Southeastern Avenue on Saturday June 22nd from 9AM until Noon.  We will help with meal preparation and a van washing.  We will be working alongside members of Pro(Act) Community Partnerships, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching youth about the value and benefits of service and altruism.
  I am hoping the lead time will allow for maximum participation.  We don’t need to provide numbers to Second Helpings until the middle of June, but if you are able to pledge your time now, please let Dawn know at
  For those who are not familiar with Second Helpings:

Our Mission:
Transforming Lives
through the Power of Food

Second Helpings, Inc. accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.

We’re more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry – we’re a community kitchen. We’re not just  teaching people to cook – we’re providing an avenue for people to transform their own lives. We don’t just collect food – we rescue food because we can’t stand to see it go to waste when others have none. Today, the need is so much greater than we ever imagined when we began – so we’ll go on undeterred. Would you join us?


Volunteer at Anna’s House

Anna’s House at 303 North Elder Avenue, Indianapolis 46222 on Saturday May 11th from 9:00 to 12:00. 

May’s Service Opportunity is scheduled for Saturday May 11th at Anna’s House 9AM – Noon.  We will unload, sort and prepare food for community members who shop there on Saturdays.  We may also prepare a meal.

Dawn Grimes has taken over as the service chair for the Club.  She will be scheduling a service opportunity once every month, usually on a Saturday morning.

If you have questions please contact Dawn Grimes at

Monday May 13 Meeting 6pm Rathskellar

ImageKristin Wright will be speaking to us about the situation in Burma and the Burmese refugees in Indiana.

Kristin is a journalist focusing on global human rights issues. Kristin currently serves as Director of Development for Exodus Refugee Immigration, where she works with refugees from Burma, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Eritrea, securing funding to help refugees adapt to their new lives in the United States.

Bring a friend.