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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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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:
Mary Albrecht of the Town of Pleasant Valley returns to RadioRotary to describe the annual event known as Pleasant Valley Days Weekend, a festival of food, fun, fireworks, music, and a parade. The festival is largely at Cody Field behind the Town Hall, but the parade is all along Main Street on Saturday evening, followed by the fireworks. The Pleasant Valley Fire Department plays a big role in the event. Many of the events and activities during the event are aimed at children (although Pleasant Valley Rotary runs a beer-and-wine tent), including a “Little Miss Pleasant Valley” pageant for girls 5 to 7 years old-- entrants get to ride in convertibles in the parade. But the whole family can enjoy the bands, the country music, and the typical carnival foods, as well as the annual race of plastic ducks down nearby Wappingers Creek, with the winner bringing a $500 prize to the backer of the lucky duck.  Learn more:Pleasant Valley 2019 Weekend Schedule: Valley Days on Facebook: Valley Rotary: Valley--- Support this podcast:
Christine Giangrasso (Highland Rotary), 2018-19 District Governor for Rotary District 7210, reports to RadioRotary on her year of traveling to 55 of the 56 Rotary clubs in the 8 counties that make up the Lower Hudson Valley District (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster). DG Giangrasso is proud of her record of adding a new club, a new Interact, and 2 new Rotaract clubs to the District during her year as governor. A major theme of her year was enlisting local Rotary clubs in the fight against heroin addiction and overdose. She also was able to champion women’s place in Rotary with a conference that featured Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman to lead a Rotary club (1987) and honored some of the women who make District 7210 effective. She also describes the very successful District Conference at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. Learn more:Rotary District 7210: Rotary Club:’s Fight Against Opioid Crisis: Clubs: in Rotary: RecoveryRotary District 7210WomenYouth--- Support this podcast:
Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO Special Olympics New York, visits RadioRotary on the occasion of the Special Olympics Summer Games for New York State being held in Dutchess County, with Vassar College as the principal site. While we think of the Special Olympics primarily in terms of the 30 Olympic –style team and individual sports, the full program of health, education and community building tackles the inactivity, stigma, isolation, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities face, going beyond sports events enable full social participation for people with intellectual disabilities. Listeners to the program will learn about how some 40,000 volunteers help almost 70,000 athletes—adults as well as children—strive to excel in their chosen sports. The New York State games move from region to region, and Dutchess County has been very excited to host both summer and winter games. The popularity of the Special Olympics has been a big part of “the inclusion resolution,” whose motto is “think differently.” Learn some of the ways you can be a part of this great change. Learn more:Special Olympics in Dutchess Country: Olympics New York State: Olympics USA: Olympics World Games: DisabledDutchess CountyEventsService OrganizationsVolunteersAudio Link: - SPECIAL OLYMPICS 6-1 %26 6-2-19.mp3?dl=0--- Support this podcast:
Since 1862, states were empowered to set aside land that would be used to fund institutes of higher education that would feature agriculture and engineering along with other studies. These “land-grant colleges” became the basis of a 1914 law that had the Department of Agriculture work in improving agriculture and rural life. Today every state has cooperative extensions that carry out this mandate, including extension offices in every country of New York State, which work with Cornell University. For this program, Radio Rotary interviews Stefanie Hubert, the Executive Director of the Putnam County Cornell Cooperative Extension. There are many fascinating topics, ranging from the effort to encourage farmers to grow hemp; the master-gardener program; advice for good nutrition; and the 4-H program for youth—which on the last weekend in July in Putnam County puts on the only free-standing 4-H Fair in the nation.Learn more:Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County: Extension History: Gardeners: Food USA: CATEGORIESEducationEnvironmentEventsHealthNutritionService Organizations--- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary interviews Kathy Sanderson, who decided at age 61 to join the Peace Corps after she became a widow “and the children left and the dog died.” After preliminary training, Ms. Sanderson was stationed on the island of Vanua Lava, among the larger of the 82 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, a 3-hour airplane trip west of Australia. Having been a mathematics teacher in the United State, Ms. Sanderson’s assignment was to teach arithmetic and algebra to about 200 middle-school students. Vanuatu is part of the British Commonwealth, so classes were in English, although students also spoke a form of pidgin English among themselves. Although she loved her students, the actual school was not in very good shape and there were also local hazards, such as centipedes and spiders. Because electricity was on and off, she became used to rising at dawn and going to bed at sunset. A fascinating program that may make you want to sign up for the Peace Corps, whatever your age.Learn more:Peace Corps Opportunities: on Vanua Lava where Kathy Taught: ProgramsTravelVolunteers--- Support this podcast:
 Lake Mahopac Rotarian Greg Amato in this program tells about several of the community activities he has been supporting since his retirement as police chief of the town of Carmel. He has been in Rotary for 25 years and works on his club’s annual fundraiser of raffling off a new Corvette, a practice the club has maintained for 35 years. The proceeds of the raffle all go to support community projects by nonprofit groups, many of them part of the medical support of the county. Another event that looms big for Greg and for the community each year is the 4-H Putnam County Fair, the only 4-H fair in New York State that is its own separate enterprise—winners in each of the 4-H categories will go to the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Greg also has worked a lot for Rotary District 7210 and for RadioRotary, handling communications and websites. Another activity brings together Rotary with the local Lions and Elks clubs to support the Red Cross by manning emergency shelters. Learn more:Rotary Club of Lake Mahopac: Country 4-H: Red Cross: Public Library: ReliefEventsRotary Club Projects--- Support this podcast:
The Anderson Center for Autism returns as a topic for RadioRotary, this time with guests Chrissy Wolcott and Lisa Susczynski telling about some of the programs and techniques used at the Center to improve the lives of children and adults who are on the autism spectrum. Autism is a complex syndrome that required a medical diagnosis to identify. The spectrum ranges from persons with slight problems functioning in society through to those who cannot speak or have other serious mental impairment. The Anderson Center has educational facilities from young persons from age 5 to 21, both residential and day programs. Also it supports group homes throughout Dutchess County. Among the topics covered in the RadioRotary interviews are ways to make stores and other public places friendlier to those with autism. In part because the Center serves individuals who have little money, there are fundraisers, including a golf tournament, and volunteers are always needed to help with these events. There is a lot more in the program, so listen and learn about this important topic and about our local Center that is known for its innovative programs. Learn more:Anderson Center for Autism: Supportive Environment: Spectrum Disorder: Guide to Autism: DisabledEducationHealthYouth--- Support this podcast:
Dana Pavelock, Vice President for Provider Relations at Evercare in Newburgh, NY, and Brian Jones of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging visit RadioRotary to discuss issues related to abuse of senior citizen, known as “elder abuse.” Evercare is a not-for-profit provider of health services for the aging. The Dutchess Office for the Aging provides many services to older citizen, ranging from recreation to long-term care services. Both organization are concerned with the physical, psychological, and financial abuse of the elderly along with just plain neglect. Some 2.5 million older Americans suffer abuse, two-thirds of the time in their own homes. It is suggested that you report any signs of bruises on your older neighbors or if you hear yelling or screaming. In addition to physical or psychological harm, older persons are frequently the target of financial scams. Learn more:Evercare: Country Office for the Aging: Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS): Protective Services (Dutchess County): on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County: ViolenceLawQuality of Life--- Support this podcast:
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