Great American Smoke-Out (Aired on November 14, 2021)

Tobacco contains nicotine, a more powerful addictive substance than marijuana, opium, or cocaine. Furthermore, today’s cigarettes contain many harmful chemicals in addition to tobacco. Before 1964 there was a general understanding that cigarettes are not good for health (“coffin nails” was one nickname), and in 1964 the US surgeon general’s report made this official, although a high percentage of Americans continued to smoke. Six years after the surgeon general’s report, a community in Massachusetts proposed a day without smoking, which soon grew into the Great American Smokeout, celebrated by many giving up the cigarette habit on the third Thursday in November. Dora Celestino from the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) visits RadioRotary for this show outlining the dangers of cigarettes, and progress since the 1970s. CAPE is better known for its work in high schools educating students about drug and alcohol addiction, but it also helps fight nicotine addiction.

Learn more:
Great American Smokeout: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html
CAPE (Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County): https://capedc.org/
New York State Smokers’ Quitline: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/3485.pdf

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November 21, 2021 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Events, Health, Service Organizations ·  

Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health (Aired on November 7, 2021)

RadioRotary welcomes Kingston Rotarian Gwen McCann, secretary of the Board of the Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health, which supports nonprofit organizations in five mid-Hudson counties, northern Dutchess and Columbia, Greene, Ulster, and Delaware counties. The Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health has since 1994 awarded over $3 million to some 1,500 community organizations committed to supporting programs that address parenting; alcohol and substance abuse; mental and emotional health; domestic violence; quality education; and other basic health issues. The money distributed is mostly from the income on a $2.6 million endowment from a former Health Maintenance Organization, which used its cash remaining in 1992 when it went out of business to set up the charitable organization. The foundation also receives and distributes donations from the public.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health: https://www.hvfyh.org/
Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health on Facebook: Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health
Rotary Club of Kingston: https://www.kingstonnyrotary.org/

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November 12, 2021 · Posted in Financial Aid, Service Organizations, Youth ·  

Dutchess Outreach Feeds and Warms (Aired on October 31, 2021)

Nyhisha Gibbs, Manager of Volunteers for Dutchess Outreach, and Coat Drive Volunteer Manager Mary Dynes visit RadioRotary to report on the various ways that Dutchess Outreach helps feed the community and to promote their annual winter coat drive. Dutchess Outreach is best known for running the daily Lunch Box, which supplies nutritious food for both lunch and dinner. Because of Covid-19, currently the meals are provided in boxes, distributed outside in front of the Family Partnership Center. Dutchess Outreach is also the prime mover in an annual coat and warm clothing drive. Clothing is donated around the country at Guardian Self Storage units and Red Cap Cleaners and at the Rotary Clubs of Pleasant Valley and Millbrook. On specific days in November (check the Websites below), the clothing is distributed at various locations around the county, free to all in need.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: https://dutchessoutreach.org/
Family Partnership Center: https://familyservicesny.org/hslide/family-partnership-center/
Guardian Self-Storage: https://guardianselfstorage.com/
Red Cap Cleaners: https://www.redcapcleaners.com/locations.htm
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Millbrook Rotary: https://millbrookrotary.org/

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November 8, 2021 · Posted in Events, Humanitarian Service, Nutrition, Service Organizations ·  

Rotary’s First E-Club in District 7210 (Aired on October 24, 2021)

Fred Widman, president of the Rotary E-club of District 7210, joins Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell-Claitor on RadioRotary to talk about the formation and present situation of the first-ever international E-club, which has its home base in the Hudson Valley but includes members from around the world, currently including Sweden, Brazil, Nigeria, India, and Turkey. The club has
regular Zoom meetings with guest speakers online one Saturday each month, but members can also attend their local Rotary club meetings when they have a chance. Also, members participate in service projects run by the local clubs or can do individual service and report back on their hours. The club began in 2010 when Ana Johnsen met a Rotarian from Nigeria and they conceived the idea of an international club, which Ana and her husband Knute Johnsen established. The club raises money primarily through a raffle for restaurant meals in high- class restaurants around the world, using the proceeds for such projects as purchase of oxygen generators for India, important during the Covid-19 pandemic, or participation in a global Foundation grant for a hospital in Brazil.

Learn more:
Rotary E-Club of District 7210: https://eclub7210.clubexpress.com/ or https://www.rotarydistrict7210.org/clubInfo/rotary-eclub-7210
District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
About Rotary E-clubs: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000008529/en-ca/files/sitepage/about-e-clubs/e-club-guide/eclub_guide_en.pdf

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November 5, 2021 · Posted in International Programs, Rotary Club Close-ups ·  

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