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In RadioRotary’s weekly 30 minute interviews, two entertaining professional radio hosts, Sarah O’Connell and Jonah Triebwasser, chat with Rotarians and non-Rotarians, people who live by Rotary’s motto, “Service above Self.” Guests are humanitarians who work on many levels in programs that address such important issues as poverty, education, health, the environment, and employment and vocations. Each interview provides timely information that focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone, both here and abroad. Support this podcast:
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This week’s guests on RadioRotary were from the Pleasant Valley Lions Club—Fred De Wald and Pam Highbridge. Every year the Lions Club raises money and improves the Town’s health with its annual Bike-A-Thon, a chance for bikers of all ages to ride together on what has so far always been a beautiful fall day. In 2019, the Lions devoted the occasion to the “Ride to Rebuild” the Pleasant Valley Free Library, which suffered a devastating fire on Election Day 2018. Bikers could choose a 10-mile ride that has traffic eliminated, a ride with a break at Terhune Orchard for free apples and cider and another treat—bananas and water—back at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse. Or they can take a 25-mile along regular roads. Sponsors of riders have a chance to win a discount on a new bike or a child’s bike helmet. The Lions run several events each year, including a “Breakfast with Santa” jointly with Pleasant Valley Rotary.Learn more:Bike-A-Thon: The Ride to Rebuild: Valley Lions Club on Facebook: valley lions club&epa=SEARCH_BOXLions Clubs International: Valley Free Library: of LifeService Organizations--- Support this podcast:
For the past 12 years, Crisp Architects has presented the FineHome Source Home Show in Millbrook, NY, every September, becoming bigger and better each year. This RadioRotary interview with Millbrook Rotarian Jimmy Crisp, live from a Rotary meeting, describes it all. The show features many artisans and manufacturers displaying every possible artifact for enhancing, improving, or creating an excellent living space. In addition, the show offers free samples of local food and drink, demonstrations of blacksmithing, fly fishing, and other crafts, including book signings by local authors and an antique auction. Parking is free, and the small suggested donation per person goes entirely to paying for a ShelterBox, the amazing tent and supply source that can house and provide for a family of 10 for up to 6 months, deployed for disasters around the world; a ShelterBox will be among the displays. The whole event takes place under and around a large tent in front of the town bandshell on the main street in Millbrook.Learn more:FineHome Source Home Show: Architects: https://www.shelterboxusa.orgRotary Club of Millbrook (NY): ReliefEventsQuality of Life--- Support this podcast:
Diana Bellissimo, owner of the Lilymoore Alpaca Farm, visits the RadioRotary studio (sadly without an alpaca) to describe the activities that the farm celebrates on National Alpaca Day and to tell the RadioRotary cohosts about the pleasures of raising 25 alpacas (and a llama) on a 40-acre farm in Pleasant Valley, New York. While alpacas are primarily known for their amazing wool, the sweet-tempered and terminally cute animals are just pleasant to be around. Learn more about this delightful South American relative of the camel and about the wool products and outdoor activities available at the farm.Learn more:Lilymoore Alpaca Farm: Alpaca Days: About Alpacas: Assisted Therapy: Support this podcast:
Once again RadioRotary interviewers haunted the halls of a Rotary International Convention, which in 2019 was in Hamburg, Germany. Our team found many fascinating stories about the projects of Rotarians and representatives of other organizations that are trying to do good in the world. These include fighting hunger in third-world nations; uncovering the roles Rotarians played during the Nazi reign inGermany; providing dictionaries of all kinds around the world; and raising money to end present-day slavery. The program concludes with an in-depth interview with Barry Rassin, Rotary International president for the 2018-19 Rotary Year, focusing especially on his work in providing water to Haiti.Learn more:Rise Against Hunger: in National Socialism: Dictionary Project: from Chai to Hamburg: Rassin: International: ServiceInternational ProgramsLiteracyNutritionRotary InternationalWater Projects--- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell–Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview Millbrook High School student Joe Richard about his year spent in Germany as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Participants are generally high-school students and are sponsored by a Rotary Club to spend a school year abroad in a country with a different language from their native tongue, living with local families and attending a local school. Mr. Richard lived with three different families and attended school in Lüneburg, Germany, a small city 35 miles southeast of Hamburg. Mr. Richard, who plays the tenor saxophone, not only joined his school’s big swing band, but also became a part of several local ensembles, helping him assimilate as he also learned German, his coursework, and the customs of Germany.Learn more:Rotary Youth Exchange:üneburg, Germany:üneburgMillbrook Rotary (sponsor of Joe Richard): https://millbrookrotary.orgCATEGORIESEducationInternational ExchangesTravelYouth--- Support this podcast:
Highland Rotarians Steve Laubach and Tony Marmo tell about the glories of eating barbecue (and listening to music) at the fifteenth annual Ribfest, Ulster County Fairgrounds just outside New Paltz.  In addition to great food and music by local performers, the Ribfest has many activities for children and some special events. The $7 admission--$5 on Friday night with free parking always-- allows you to experience all the music and an opportunity to experience ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, roasted corn-on-the-cob, and a variety of other great foods.  Those who opt for the VIP all-you-can-eat special on Friday and Saturday evenings, also get the best seats for the shows—mostly country music by local bands. The adult-beverage tent specialized in local craft beers, but also has wine and soft drinks. In Competition Alley, barbecue chefs compete for cash prizes and a grand prize of entry into the World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City.Learn more:Hudson Valley Ribfest: Rotary Club: BBQ Society: City Barbeque Society: Series of Barbecue: ValleyNutritionRotary Club ProjectsVolunteers--- Support this podcast:
For 100 years, the villages of Red Hook and Tivoli, New York, have been served by their respective volunteer fire departments, so they are jointly celebrating the anniversary in 2019. RadioRotary gets the whole story of the history and of the celebration from guests Stephen Fell, Chief of the Red Hook Fire Company, and Marc Hildenbrand, Chief of the Tivoli Fire Department. In the 19th century, fire companies were mostly privately owned, often specializing in a particular aspect of fire fighting, such as a hook-and-ladder company or a hose company. Near the beginning of the 20th century, the villages moved to consolidate everything into two volunteer fire companies—both villages are part of the Town of Red Hook. In this program, you will learn about the training and equipment a fire fighter needs; the other services of a fire company, including EMT-staffed ambulances; duties of the fire police; and much more. You will also learn about the recent disaster when the Tivoli Fire Station burned and how the community is coming together to rebuild and re-equip it. Learn more:Red Hook Fire Company: Fired Department on Facebook: County Volunteer Fireman’s Association: to Become a Volunteer Firefighter: Support this podcast:
The dynamic duo of Doris and Ken Obremski, both Past District Governors of Rotary District 7210 and both members of The Rotary Club of Goshen, New York (Ken is once again president of the club after a long hiatus), come to RadioRotary to be interviewed by old friends Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser. Much of the interview consists of reminiscences of Ken’s 50 active years in Rotary (by January 2020) and Doris’ 26 years joining her husband in its work-- from immunizations for children in the US and against polio abroad, international exchanges, to disaster relief after Katrina. RadioRotary started during Doris’ tenure as District Governor and might not have made it through its early years without her help and encouragement. The pair joined Rotary because they wanted to be part of something important and it changed their lives and their family’s lives for the better. Learn more:The Rotary Club of Goshen, New York: Rotary, NY, on Facebook: District 7210: Fights Against Polio: and the United Nations: ReliefInternational ExchangesPeacePolioPlusRotary District 7210United Nations--- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary interviews “Mr. A,” also known as retired Red Hook math teacher Nick Ascienzo, founder of The Ascienzo Family Foundation, a unique resource for helping to alleviate poverty, provide educational services, and serve senior citizens. Many of Mr. Ascienzo’s former students have become Ambassadors for the Foundation, people who seek out local needs and write grant proposals so that the Foundation can support these good causes. Among the examples around the nation are Fresh Truck, a mobile farm market that brings produce to underserved neighborhoods; the Sunflower Bakery, which trains and employs the developmentally disabled in producing baked goods for sale in their store or online; and We Care Solar, a provider of solar-power on backpacks , enabling access to renewable electricity for people in developing regions. Although Mr. Ascienzo’s former students range over the world, the Foundation is based in Red Hook, NY, and many of its projects are local as well.  Learn more:Ascienzo Family Foundation: Family Foundation on Facebook: Truck: Bakery: Care Solar: Hook, NY: DisabledEducartionFiancial AidNutrition--- Support this podcast:
In Flight, Inc. for over sixteen years has provided housing in group homes, day habilitation in locations in Ulster and Columbia Counties, person-centered services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and training for transition to independent living in the community. RadioRotary interviews Bob Lang, a Direct Support Professional who helps resolve the specific needs of the persons he supports, and David Kitchings, Jr., who is one of the persons Mr. Lang supports.  Mr. Lang helps Mr. Kitchings and others live independently and work in the community. The other interviewee on the program is Teresa Stivala, Director of Human Resources for In Flight, who explains some of the other programs that In Flight runs and also describes two important fundraisers for the nonprofit, a golf tournament and the annual Holiday Formal for the people supported. In Flight is happy to train individuals for roles as Direct Support Professionals. Learn more:In Flight: Valley Service Providers: York State Office of Developmental Disabilities: Disabilities: DisabledEventsService OrganizationsVocational--- Support this podcast:
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