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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.

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RadioRotary takes its microphone to a meeting of Red Hook Rotary for breakfast at Cancun’s. Rotarian Dave Wright describes this year’s Apple Blossom Festival, a village-wide celebration of spring with many food and craft vendors as well as live entertainment and special treats for children. In addition to commercial activity, organizations such as the high school, library, and town board have information booths. Local banks are financial sponsors, so entrance and parking are both free. In another interview, Rotarian Christine Chale describes the several Rotary-sponsored international youth exchange programs, ranging from a short-term summer exchange in which the same two high-school students from here and from abroad trade for each others houses sequentially to the long-term full school year exchange in which an older student lives with two or three different families. Red Hook also participates in a program called “CLYNK;” bottles and plastic are recycled through a local Hannaford’s supermarket in special bags and money collected is used for a good purpose—in Red Hook, providing hygiene products to be distributed to needy families at the local food pantry. Some other Red Hook Rotary projects are also noted. Learn more:Red Hook Rotary Club: 7210 Youth Exchange Programs: Youth Exchanges: Youth Exchange: ExchangesQuality of LifeRotary Club Close-upsYouth This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
RadioRotary hosts Beth Alter, Director of Behavioral Health Diversion Services for Dutchess Country, who has been a part of the county government for over 30 year in substance abuse and mental health services. Her topics on this program are the life-saving medicine Narcan, the County HELPLINE, the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team, and the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie. Her team offers training in the use of Narcan to reverse an opioid overdose, which they will bring to any location in the country or provide to visitors at the Stabilization Center. All the services mentioned here can be reached via the HELPLINE, calling or texting to 845-485-9700. Narcan is an easy-to-administer nasal spray that instantly blocks opioid action, although more than one dose may be needed to reverse the drug in some cases. Ms. Alter makes a good case why everyone from boy and girl scouts to Rotarians should learn to use Narcan and have the drug handy for when needed (there is no effect if it is not needed). Learn more:24/7 Crisis Services in Dutchess County: Behavioral and Community Health: Epidemic in Dutchess Country: RecoveryDutchess CountyHealthSupport Groups This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Andrew O’Grady, CEO of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and Executive Director of the Med-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to the RadioRotary microphones to tell more about those two organizations and also to help promote fundraising for MARC and for addiction/alcoholism prevention and recovery through the MARC Foundation. With about 200 employees, MHA and MARC make a significant impact on problems that affect about 1 in 7 of residents of the Mid-Hudson Region. The organizations, primarily funded by New York State, are unique in not requiring insurance for their services, which include many community mental-health caseworkers, family therapy, and a veterans program (MHA) as well has a crisis center for short-term addiction/alcoholism recovery, three half-way houses for longer-term residence, and more than 30 sober apartments throughout Poughkeepsie. The MARC Foundation, which raises money with an annual luncheon, a golf tournament, and appeals to donors, primarily provides supplemental funding for MARC, but also assists prevention and recovery efforts throughout the region. Learn more:Mental Health America Dutchess County: Page for Mental Health America: Foundation: RecoveryHealthHousing AssistanceSupport Groups This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
On Election Day 2018 fire ravaged the Pleasant Valley Free Library building. Pleasant Valley Rotarian, Dave Kruger, president of the library board, received the first notice at 6:45 a.m. but the 150-year-old wooden structure was already in flames throughout the interior. Although sentimental artifacts were recovered by brave firefighters, most of the 52,000 books were damaged beyond what repairs would cost. In this program, Pleasant Valley Library Director Daniela Pulice and Mr. Kruger tell RadioRotary the story of how, within a few months, the Town’s residents and the Library Friends working with a dedicated staff brought the library back into operation in donated quarters. Meanwhile architects have been working on ways to rebuild the historic library building within the standing exterior walls. The recovery  is a remarkable achievement, and this is  a radio program well worth everyone’s attention. Learn more:Pleasant Valley Free Library: Valley Library on Facebook: of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: Library System: Valley Rotary Club: & LettersCommunity PlanningDisaster ReliefLiteracy This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Wappingers Falls Rotarians Sue Bennett and Steve Crew visit RadioRotary to tell about two great fundraisers and how their club uses the funds to support community and international projects. One of the fundraisers, suggested to Rotary by Dutchess County Tourism, is “A Cup of the Valley,” a coffee-and-tea festival recognizing such local suppliers as Greenwood Lake Roasters Craft Coffee and Harney & Sons for teas. This event is so big that it has two Rotary sponsors, with the Poughkeepsie South Rotary joining Wappingers for the occasion. This is a fairly new, but popular event, staged at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). The long-term fundraiser for the Wappingers Club is its annual golf tournament at The Powelton Club in Newburgh. The Roy C. Ketcham High School Interact Club, which Wappingers Falls Rotary sponsors, is also a big part of both projects. With the money raised, the Club offers scholarships, five annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), help with local food panties and Meals on Wheels, other local projects, and such international programs as ShelterBox and polio eradication. Learn more:Wappingers Falls Rotary: Falls Rotary on Facebook: South Rotary: County Tourism: Club Projects This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
RadioRotary welcomes Red Hook Rotarian Susan Simon and her partner Beth Jones, both of Third Eye Associates, to discuss the important topic of financial planning. High on the list is dealing with the new (2018) tax law. Many families were surprised to learn that they had failed to have sufficient funds deducted for taxes, causing them to face large payments needed in the spring of 2019. Dealing with taxes properly is only one of the issues people face in financial planning. Two others of considerable significance are saving for emergencies and saving for retirement—both involve saving, but are best approached differently. The earlier saving starts the better, and parents should help children learn to save for specific goals. All this and more is discussed with the RadioRotary cohosts in this useful program. Learn more:Third Eye Associates: Hook Rotary Club: Planning: Federal Taxes: AssistanceFinancial Planning This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
John Flowers was one of the most important community organizers in recent years in Poughkeepsie. In this interview, his son Frankie Flowers tells some of the history of his father’s charities and describes how he and his sister Yvonne, a Council representative in the city, are continuing his legacy. It started 25 years ago when John Flowers observed a lonely and unhappy woman in Vassar Hospital. He decided to cheer her up—and also the other patients—with stuffed animals. Somehow this original charitable impulse, which has been repeated every Christmas since, inspired other holiday celebrations—an Easter egg hunt, roses for Mother’s Day, a march on Father’s Day, a picnic for Labor Day, and (with the help of Eileen and Dan Hickey) dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  All of this, as well as “Christmas in February for Veterans, is accomplished by dedicated volunteers, known as John’s “Band of Elves.” Learn more:John Flowers Community Events on Facebook: mailto: Flowers Obituary: mailto: Medal for Flowers: ServiceVolunteers This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Matthew Swerdloff and his wife Elisa Gold return to RadioRotary to tell about the many activities and events that the Maya Gold Foundation has been sponsoring in the past couple of years and into the future. They created the Maya Gold Foundation in honor of their daughter Maya who committed suicide at the age of 15, but the Foundation is not primarily involved with suicide prevention. Instead, they work with youth to help them access their inner wisdom and realize their dreams—suicide prevention is a side-effect. Because Maya had become involved in efforts to stop human trafficking in Nepal, the Foundation has developed a close relation with groups in Nepal, including the Kathmandu Rotary Clubs. Both youth and adult trips to Nepal work with Nepalese nonprofit organizations that support youth. Back in the Hudson Valley, the foundation sponsors empowering events of all kinds, including film screenings, live theater, improvisations, and panel discussions in various locations. The Foundation also offers grants and scholarships.Learn more:Maya Gold Foundation: Rotary Clubs: & & Gold Foundation on YouTube: ProgramsSupport GroupsYouth This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
Photohistorian and local history activist David Rocco visits RadioRotary to tell about the project to mount a plaque in Veterans Park, Beacon, NY, to commemorate two airplane crashes on Mount Beacon. Mount Beacon, named for its role in the use of a fire atop the mountain during the American revolution that would notify Washington’s army of British advances toward West Point, is the highest peak of the Hudson Highlands. In 1935 two Navy reservists lost their lives when their biplane crashed high on the mountain; then, ten years later, a twin-engine Navy plane carrying 6 Navy aviators, including legendary Captain Dixie Kiefer, also crashed on the mountain, killing all aboard. Mr. Rocco has been spearheading a group that is mounting a commemorative plaque. Mr. Rocco has been involved in a number of local projects, including developing the Walkway on the Hudson, a local dog park, and restoring the Mount Beacon fire tower. Recently Mr. Rocco has taken 10,000 photographs documenting the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge with the new Mario Cuomo Bridge, including six showing the dramatic explosions used to bring down the last span of the Tappan Zee structure.Learn more:Mount Beacon Eight Remembered: Historical Society: Rocco Tappan Zee Bridge Exhibit: Rocco on Facebook: Indestructible Man: Valley This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Send in a voice message: Become a supporter of this podcast:
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