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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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Hi everyone - during the "stay in place" period, we will not be recording new programs for radio broadcast, which then are posted as podcasts here. In the meantime, go to and listen to any of our more than 500 previous shows. Stay safe and stay healthy everyone! Sincerely, The RadioRotary Team Greg Amato District 7210 RadioRotary Webmaster (Lake Mahopac Rotary) Bryan Bunch: Website and Publicity (Millbrook Rotary) Dave Kruger: Substitute host (Pleasant Valley Rotary) Sarah O’Connell: RadioRotary Co-host (Millbrook Rotary) Kathy Kruger: Program Producer, Administrator (Pleasant Valley) Jonah Triebwasser: RadioRotary Co-host (Red Hook Rotary) Don Verity: Station Manager – (Highland Rotary) Jay Verzi: Technical Producer (Honorary Rotary Member of Red Hook Rotary) Sue Dolye,  (Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary) Tony Marmo, business manager (Highland Rotary) --- Support this podcast:
The Anderson Center for Autism returns as a topic for RadioRotary, this time with Chief Development Officer to describe the history and scope of the Center’s activities.  autism spectrum. The Anderson Center started as a school 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: Anderson Center on Facebook: mailto: Podcasts of Eliza’s Radio Program, “1 in 54”: Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parents Guide to Autism: CATEGORIES Developmentally Disabled Education Health Youth --- Support this podcast:
Erich Steffensen, Special Programs Manager at the Animal Farm Foundation in Amenia, NY, is the guest for this RadioRotary Program. The Animal Farm Foundation, although it does run an actual farm with rescue farm animals, is primary concerned with dogs—especially dogs that have been called “pit bulls” because of square-shaped heads and bulky bodies, although these are generally of no recognized breed (originally their ancestors were a cross between bulldogs and terriers, but other breeds have joined the mix over the years). One of the goals of the Foundation is to help erase the bad reputation of pit bulls for aggressive behavior. The other goal is to train shelter dogs—primarily pit bulls—for three different types of service: true service dogs, narcotic-recognizing dogs, and family pets. An early part of this training is conducted by prisoners at Riker’s Island, the “Paws of Purpose” program where the dogs go from shelters to 8 weeks at the prison. Formal training for narcotics-sniffers is conducted at a site in Texas; then the trained dogs are donated to police around the nation. Service dogs, including those who aid the hearing and mobility impaired (but not seeing-eye dogs), are trained at the farm in Amenia. All the programs are free to those who adopt the dogs, whether police who take K-9 dogs, mobility or hearing impaired persons needing help, or families that just want a friendly animal. Listen to the program and learn fascinating details about how trained dogs can solve problems and even save lives. Learn more Animal Farm Foundation: mailto: Service Dogs: mailto: Myths and Facts about Pit Bulls: mailto: CATEGORIES Animals Service Organizations --- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary Co-Host Jonah Triebwasser interviews Rabbi Jonathan Kligler of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation in this unusual and extremely interesting program based largely on Rabbi Kligler’s book Turn It and Turn It for Everything is In It. The book’s title comes from an ancient Rabbi’s saying about the Torah scroll that is a part of every Jewish temple and used in various services. The Torah’s text consists of the first five books of the Old Testament, common to Jewish and Christian faiths, but the scroll is a special handwritten version on parchment that is a physical representation of those texts. In a temple, the scroll is on rollers so that turning the rollers reveals a different part of the text. In the interview, Rabbi Kligler’s book consists of 54 chapters, one for each week in a lunar year, each relating to a specific passage of the Torah. There are deeper meanings that are found in the creation story and in the stories of Abraham, Jacob (Israel), Joseph, and Moses. Rabbi Kligler also tells a bit about his early career teaching dancing to children and about his other role today as a musician who has worked with many of the great folk musicians of the twentieth century. Learn more Woodstock Jewish Congregation: mailto: Rabbi Jonathan Kligler: mailto: Turn It and Turn It for Everything is In It: mailto: The Torah and Torah Scroll: mailto: CATEGORIES Religion (new category) --- Support this podcast:
Millbrook Rotarian Jim Lubin and his wife Diane visit RadioRotary to tell how they came to be Peacekeepers for the United Nations and involved in two of the more significant conflicts at the end of the 20th Century. Jim Lubin grew up in England during World War II and as a boy observed the American Air Force heading for the D-Day invasion of Europe. As a young man be made a career of proofreading, which eventually led to his being an editor at the United Nations, where he met and married Diane. Jim thought he could do more for world peace by volunteering to lead missions that the UN conducts to help maintain peace during conflicts. When he went to oversee elections in the new nation of Namibia in southwest Africa, Diane joined him on the mission—the first husband and wife team of UN Peacekeepers. With a successful mission to Namibia behind them, the pair volunteered to help resolve the conflicts between the new nations that used to be part of Yugoslavia, but this active war was between ethnic groups who were out to kill each other and who were not going to stop just because the UN was there. Having survived the war in Croatia, Jim and Diane retired to the United States. Diane was from Oneonta, NY, and had frequently driven the Taconic to New York City, so when the Lubins looked for a retirement home, exiting the Taconic at Millbrook became the key. Learn more Peacekeeping by the United Nations: mailto: War and Election in Namibia: mailto: War in Former Yugoslavia: mailto: Millbrook Rotary Club: CATEGORIES Humanitarian Service Peace United Nations --- Support this podcast:
Warwick Valley, NY, has a very strong Rotary Club; like other Rotaries in District 7210 (the Mid-Hudson), it has found a creative way to raise money for good causes, locally or internationally. In this show, two Warwick Rotarians—retired Lt. Col. Edward Lynch and Dr. David Dempster—describe “Bowling for a Cause,” a fun fundraiser that they produce along with the Warwick Valley High School Interact Club. A small fee paid by each bowler provides all the necessities of the sport and also food and drink during the event. The Interact Club chose four causes to support, all dealing with suicide prevention or prevention and recovery from alcoholism or drug abuse. Suicide has been major problem for veterans, so two of the groups supported by the event are the American Legion and VFW. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has especially effective suicide-prevention programs, while ADAC, the alcoholism and drug abuse council of Orange County, is central to those issues in the county and in nearby Rockland County. “Bowling for a Cause” raises most of its money from community sponsors—a law firm, bank, insurance agent, real estate firm, and restaurant. It is interesting to know that neither Col. Lynch nor Dr. Dempster thought they would be eligible for Rotary because they incorrectly believed that Rotary was only for businessmen. As Rotarians they are glad to have a chance to improve their community. Learn more Warwick Valley Rotary Club: mailto: American Legion of Warwick on Facebook: VFW of Warwick on Facebook: mailto: NAMI in Orange County, NY: mailto: ADAC (The Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County): mailto: CATEGORIES Addiction Recovery Events Mental Health Rotary Club Projects --- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary interviews Literacy Connections Coordinator for Southern and Rural Dutchess County Marian Thompson and Book Bodies Coordinator Katherine Stikkers about the annual Spelling Bee. For 29 years the organization has raised money from sponsors of two-person teams who compete for the glory of best spellers. The money is used to help Literacy Connections in its principal effort, which is to teach adults how to read, as well as in its other efforts such as the Book Buddies program—adults reading to elementary-school students. The reading program uses a state-approved tutoring program with trained volunteer to help adults gain reading skills and to tutor immigrants who have poor or no English. Although the program works all year long, the highlight of the year comes with the Spelling Bee, which in recent years has been at Marist College. Most teams are sponsored, often by Rotary Clubs, and can consist of high-school students or adults, but any two-person team can enter. The words are chosen from a dictionary and vary in difficulty. After a first round for points, the high-scorers compete until every team but one has been eliminated by misspelling a word (second chances are available). An audience is present just to enjoy the competition. Learn more Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley: mailto: 29thAnnual Spelling Bee: mailto: National Spelling Bee: mailto: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: CATEGORIES Arts & Letters Education Events Literacy Volunteers --- Support this podcast:
Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club president Cristina Boryk and vice-president Mike Mullaney join the cohosts at RadioRotary to tell mostly about the Hudson Valley Auto Show, now it its 10thyear, and also about another event sponsored by their club in conjunction with Wappingers Rotary, A Cup of the Valley, a coffee and tea show now in its third year. The Auto Show is much like the new-model auto show in New York City, except that this array of new cars from eleven local dealers is at the Nesheiwat Convention Center (formerly mid-Hudson Civic Center) in downtown Poughkeepsie and is free. In addition to the new cars on display, there is entertainment for the whole family, including face-painting and balloon animals for children to enjoy while their parents contemplate about 60 or the latest Cadillacs, Toyotas, Hondas, Fords, Nissans, and so forth. A Cup of the Valley, a few weeks later, is at the Marriott Pavilion of the Culinary Institute of America, focuses on varieties of imported coffees and teas but also has various sweet treats to enjoy. There is an entrance fee that covers the food, music, and fun, including a Japanese Tea Ceremony and tea-leaf reading. Proceeds from both events are used to support community charities such as the Miles of Hope for breast cancer, the Poughkeepsie Children’s Home, Rebuilding America, and local parks. Learn more Hudson Valley Auto Show: mailto: Cup of the Valley Coffee and Tea Show: mailto: Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club: mailto: Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club on Facebook: mailto: Wappingers Rotary Club: CATEGORIES Events Nutrition Rotary Club Projects --- Support this podcast:
Rotarians Marjorie Keith and Jessica Vanacoro of the Carmel (NY) Rotary Club visit RadioRotary to describe and promote the way their club has found to induce the community to donate to the many worthy local nonprofit organizations. Instead of having a fundraiser for donations to the club and then distributing the money as requests for help come in, the Carmel Club along with the Carmel High School Interact has an event that raises money directly for the participating nonprofits. The club handles all the preparations for the event, which is their annual Basketball Challenge, and also collects the donations, doing whatever paperwork or arithmetic required. At the end, the club gives 90% of the money to the participating nonprofits, while retaining the rest for their own projects and donations. This is the 13th year that Carmel Rotary has been running the Basketball Challenge—in 2019 the total amount collected was $60,000 for 65 nonprofit organizations, and they expect to do even better today. Although the Challenge is to see how many baskets you can make in 2 minutes, the game is adjusted to handle children as young as 3, persons with handicaps, and the aged, so everyone has a chance to make money for their favorite cause. Learn more Carmel Rotary Club (NY): mailto: Carmel Rotary Facebook: mailto: Carmel High School Interact: mailto: Mighty Cause, Carmel Basketball Challenge: mailto: CATEGORIES Events Rotary Club Projects --- Support this podcast:
Victor Guirma and Pascal Guirma along with Bob Rich visited RadioRotary from their home Rotary Club, New Paltz. All three are part of Friends of Guirgho, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is trying to improve the school and other facilities in the village of Guirgho, Burkina Faso, the ancestral home of the Guirma brothers. Burkino Faso (formerly known as Upper Volta) is a landlocked nation in West Africa whose people are mostly Mossi. Roughly 100 years ago when France controlled this part of West Africa, French Jesuits wanted to start a boarding school, but few natives would attend. Finally the Mossi emperor had his second son, known as Bila Victor, hogtied and carried off to the school, which signaled the other Mossi that it was safe to attend. Bila Victor became educated and his children did also, one of whom became the first ambassador from Upper Volta to the United States and later the ambassador to the United Nations, which is how his sons Victor and Pascal came to attend school at SUNY New Paltz and later settle in the town. They always had remained connected to the ancestral village of Guirgho, a rural settlement about 60 km from the capital of Burkina Faso. Visiting the village of they saw the need for a better school and for other modern improvements. One of their most complicated projects was bringing computers to the school, since there was no infrastructure. Listen to the program, which tells much of the story. Learn more Friends of Guirgho: mailto: New Paltz Rotary Club: mailto: Burkina Faso: mailto: Ambassador Frédéric Guirma: mailto:édéric_Guirma CATEGORIES International Programs Rotary Club Projects --- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary interviews Branka Bryan, Executive Director of Grace Smith House, a shelter for persons confronted with domestic violence in Dutchess Country, about 10% of whom are men. Domestic violence includes psychological as well as physical abuse of a person in an intimate partner relationship. The abused and the abuser can each be any age, ranging from children in middle school to persons over 90 years old. Grace Smith House started nearly 39 years ago when a small group from Poughkeepsie’s First Presbyterian Church (including a church elder named Grace Smith) recognized that there was a need for housing to protect victims of domestic violence. Today Grace Smith House also provides transitional housing, counseling, and education in the schools and the community. Victims can easily reach help by calling the hot line, (845) 471-3033, where trained volunteers will direct the caller to help. Services of Grace Smith House are free and highly confidential. Women with young children can be accommodated in the shelter as well as adults and teenagers. Learn more Grace Smith House: mailto: Domestic Violence Services, Dutchess County: mailto: Gaslighting: mailto: CATEGORIES Domestic Violence Support Groups Women --- Support this podcast:
Back in 1980, Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison recognized that there was a homeless crisis in the county and appointed a Task Force to address the problem, which resulted in the formation of Hudson River Housing and the first emergency shelter for the homeless. This vital service has been at the heart of the program as Hudson River Housing expanded over the years to include transitional housing; affordable apartments and houses; housing for veterans, for youth, and for seniors; historic preservation; rehabs of existing structures as well as new construction; employment assistance; and help for first-time home buyers. In this program, Christa Hines, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing, tells the story of this amazing agency and the work that it does. With a staff of 160 as well as many volunteer workers, the Housing Agency has become central to improving Poughkeepsie—and it has extensions to Beacon and to northeastern Dutchess (Amenia, Pine Plains, and Millerton) where there are considerable needs as well. Learn more Hudson River Housing: mailto: Family Partnership Center: mailto: Mental Health America of Dutchess County: mailto: CATEGORIES Community Planning Financial Planning Housing Assistance Service Organizations --- Support this podcast:
Jessica Davis is interviewed about her experience of taking a “gap year” after graduating from SUNY New Paltz. She is living with other young persons who are working to help others in a program called “Grace Year.” Grace Year allows recent college graduates to spend a year of intentional living from a base in Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY, focusing on spirituality, religion, and justice It is a year-long opportunity to live in a small community of young adults as they prepare for lifelong journeys of sustained leadership for the common good. During the year, the fellows live together along with the program leader, Abby Nathanson, in the Grace Church vicarage while they volunteer to work with local nonprofits. These include a preschool; youth programs for teens; EPIC (Engaging People in Change), a bilingual leadership program for high-school students; programs for immigrants; local farms; Hudson River Housing; and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Ms. Davis is helping senior citizens by working with the Church Alliance senior residence and Millbrook at Home, which helps senior citizens who are aging in place.  When her Grace Year has passed, Ms. Davis plans to attend graduate school with the intention of becoming a guidance counselor. Learn more Grace Year: Grace Year Program (Instagram): EPIC (Engaging People in Change): Church Alliance of Millbrook Gardens: Millbrook at Home: Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook: CATEGORIES Aging Humanitarian Service Support Groups Youth --- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary interviews Poughkeepsie South Rotary president Christina Boryk, executive director of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County. Rebuilding Together is the nonprofit organization (once known as “Christmas in July”) that for the past 27 years has repaired, revitalized, and rehabilitated homes for homeowners who because of age or disability or poverty are unable to make the necessary repairs that would make the dwelling safe and healthy. The service is free to the homeowner. The volunteer workers install grab bars, ramps, and smoke and carbon-dioxide alarms, and make other modifications as well as undertake minor repairs. Larger-scale projects are handled by outside contractors. They have repaired more than 800 homes since the program started. The program is funded by state and local grants, by local corporations such as Central Hudson, and donations. Learn more Rebuilding Together Dutchess County: Rebuilding Together Dutchess on Facebook: Office for the Aging, Dutchess County: National Center for Healthy Housing: Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club: CATEGORIES Aging Dutchess County Housing Assistance Service Organizations Volunteers --- Support this podcast:
New Paltz Rotarian Laura Rooney has had many adventures all over the world, but she still had Mount Everest on her “bucket list” until recently when she turned 50 and thought it was time to get on with it. Not quite true mountain climbers, some 40,000 persons each year hike far up Everest with no desire to use the special equipment most climbers need to reach the 27,000-ft-high peak—Everest Base Camp is high enough, at 17,500 feet, for serious hikers; it is some 3,000 feet higher than the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Ms. Rooney describes what it is like to fly into Lukla, Nepal, arriving at the most dangerous airport in the world. Then, with Sherpas as guides, she walked 4 or 5 miles for 8 days up the mountain for a rise in elevation of 8,000 more feet to reach Everest Base Camp, spending the nights in various villages or camps along the way. She was part of a small group of 15 trekkers who slept on mats in small dome tents. When they reached Everest Base Camp, they were living on a glacier. Being a Rotarian, she got people to sponsor her hike by donating to the New Paltz Rotary’s BackPack Program, and she wore ribbons honoring the contributors on her own backpack as she climbed. Downhill was easier, only a 4-day hike. Learn more New Paltz Rotary Club: Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla: - 36e71e064a1a Everest Base Camp Trek: Living at Everest Base Camp: CATEGORIES Rotary Club Projects Travel --- Support this podcast:
Navy Veteran Nelson Eddy Rivera, now Director of the Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services, is interviewed about the many ways both man and women veterans in Dutchess Country (or other New York State Counties) can get help. Every country in the state has been mandated since 1946 to have veterans’ services available. These include help in filing disability claims or obtaining educational benefits. The division also helps surviving partners of veterans; among other ways, the division helps arrange funerals, which for honorably discharged members of the armed services will include at least three soldiers, who will fold a memorial flag and play taps on a bugle. One special benefit for veterans in Dutchess County is a discount card, honored at many stories around the county. Learn more: Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services Discount Cards for Veterans New York State Division of Veterans --- Support this podcast:
Pastor Steve Dambra visits RadioRotary to tell about the Odyssey Church, which serves the developmentally disabled community of Dutchess County (and others who choose to attend). Located at the ARC Vocational Center in Poughkeepsie, Odyssey provides the all the services you expect from a Christian Church—a Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. that is filled with hymns and prayers, Bible study, even baptisms. Sermons are kept simple, focusing on a single topic. Much of the congregation is bussed in from group homes around the county. Members of the congregation participate in the organization in many ways. The church is also planning to partake in a celebration run by the Tim Tebow Foundation, called “A Night to Shine,” a prom night where every participant is a King or Queen of the Prom. Odyssey Church is part of the outreach from the Hopewell Reformed Church, a pillar of religion and good works in Dutchess Country that has been active since 1757. Learn more: Odyssey Church: Hopewell Reformed Church: The ARC of Dutchess: Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine: CATEGORIES Developmentally Disabled Events --- Support this podcast:
RadioRotary often discovers remarkable people living in the mid-Hudson region who are not well known to the general population. Cari Swanson of Wind Rock Farm in Amenia is an example. When asked if she is a horse whisperer, she replies that she is a horse listener. Whatever you call it, she is able to train horses to act in movies and on television as well as teaching rescued horses how to live with and work for humans. Among her horse's credits are the white angel horse from the movie Winter's Tale and the various horses that make a setting in the year 1900 authentic on Cinemax's series The Knick. Ms. Swanson's horse rescue operation is the focus of the interview. The seven abused horses that she trains at any given time at the nonprofit Red Horse Rescue will eventually move to their permanent homes when they have been restored to physical and mental health. There are many ways that horses have helped humans over the past 6,000 years. Among them, Ms. Swanson and her horses provide equine-assisted psychotherapy to veterans and autistic children. Learn more Cari Swanson enterprises: Red Horse Rescue: Windrock Farm on Facebook: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy--Eagala: CATEGORIES Animals Arts & Letters Mental Health --- Support this podcast:
Sue Doyle of the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary Club was given the 2019 Tansukh Dorawala Humanitarian Award of Rotary District 7210 for her service to the community. This RadioRotary Program covers some of the ways that Ms. Doyle, known to regular RadioRotary listeners as the voice of Absolute Auction & Realty, works with other volunteers in several organizations. Fishkill Food Pantry serves about 200 families in southern Dutchess Country and Cold Spring with 5-day emergency meals, available once every 28 days. Their healthy food is provided in part by the Food Bank of Dutchess County but mostly by local donations directly to the pantry in downtown Fishkill. The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Beacon is a no-kill refuge for dogs and cats that stay until a family adopts the pet for a permanent home. Not only does ARF of Beacon provide food and medicine for locally abandoned pets, it also collects unwanted dogs and cats who otherwise would be killed from animal shelters across the country. In addition to her work with the Fishkill Food Pantry and ARF of Beacon, Ms. Doyle has been an asset to the Pleasant Valley Free Library by providing company trucks needed to move books, along with her husband Rob Doyle will be honorary chair of the MARC Foundation 2020 Annual Dinner, and helps her Rotary club bring assistance of Caramia Bacchiochi's Hope on a Mission, which provides meals each week for Poughkeepsie's homeless population. Learn more Fishkill Food Pantry on Facebook: Animal Rescue Foundation of Beacon: ARF in Beacon on Facebook: Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary: MARC Foundation: CATEGORIES Addiction Recovery Animals Homelessness Humanitarian Service Nutrition Service Organizations Volunteers --- Support this podcast:
Rotterdam Sunrise Rotarian Miriam Cajuste visits RadioRotary to build support for improving the availability of clean water in Matogou, Haiti, a Global Grant project of the Rotary Foundation. The effort is led by New York State's Schenectady Rotary paired with the Rotary Club of Port-au-Prince Champ-de-Mars om Haiti. For several years the Schenectady club has been supplying gravity-driven water filtration systems to Matogou. These essentially consist of two large buckets on a special stand with a carbon filter between them—effective, but slow. For an ordinary fasmioly, the bucket has to be filled three times each day. Although the carbon filters are made in the United States, everything else about the filtration system is made in Haiti. With the Global Grant, Schenectady wants to build a new well with a pump and filters, which would supply clean water outlets to three locations in the village. Because then project is based on a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, every dollar contributed to the project will be matched by three from the Foundation. The construction for the new well is scheduled to begin in April 2020. Learn more: Matogou Haiti Clean Water Project: Matagou Global Grant: Rotterdam Sunrise Rotary: Schenectady Rotary: Port-au-Prince Champ-de-Mars Rotary: CATEGORIES International Programs Rotary Foundation Water Projects --- Support this podcast:
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