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The Rotary Club of White Plains is Club 5043, District 7230, Zone 32, Region USCB, Federal tax ID 13-6111471.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1712, White Plains NY 10602.

Our "Foundation of the Rotary Club of White Plains" is tax exempt, New York State #219346, tax ID 13-6165380.

Website created August 2001.

The Rotary Club of White Plains was chartered October 1, 1919, charter number 540.

Rotarian Mike Baker in the News
Film kiosk gets new life for new businesses

June 24, 2014
Barbara Livingston Nackman

Remember those pyramid-shaped Fotomat film kiosks of the 1970s and 1980s that have long since passed their use-by date?

The lonely and vacant drive-in booth in Millwood Plaza's parking lot has found a new life as the Entrepreneur's Shack created by a local businessman to help those with new ventures get publicity.

"This is a place where great ideas get introduced to the public," said Michael Baker while giving a tour albeit a short one of the building that can barely fit two people inside.

At just 8-feet by 4-feet, according to Chris Santomero, owner and manager of the shopping center at 230 Saw Mill River Road, the shack is "for short-term use since it doesn't have water or sewer, just electric."

Post-film shop, it has been a temporary stall to sell flowers and tomatoes.

The Shack, which debuted June 14, is available for rental by the day, weekend or up to two weeks. Those using it to promote their products will get a nice social media push from Baker on his website, www.theentrepreneursshack.com for extended exposure.

Baker is certain that kiosk renters and the stores in the shopping center, which include Dodd's Liquor City, Drug Mart and the A&P, will draw people to each other.

"Once people have parked they will notice what is here," he said.

"I am an entrepreneur at heart," said Baker, a partner in Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods in Chappaqua, started by his late wife, Susan Baker, and her brother Mark Kramer. He also has been a vice president at UBS Financial Services, chef owner of Cafe Liberte in Chappaqua, owner of Lake View Park Water Works in Mahopac and author of "The Magic Business Carpet Ride."

Also former chairman of White Plains Rotary Foundation and deputy chief of Archville Fire Department, Baker, now a Kent resident, knows about bringing people together.

Already scheduled for time in the Entrepreneur's Shack are artists, authors, an entrepreneur selling a tick-free gardening kit, and another with a GERD Block to prevent heart burn. Find a schedule on the website.


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