Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, tells the RadioRotary audience about the history and recent renovations of the Library, which was the first presidential library in the United States, having been designed by Roosevelt himself in 1941. The new Library features new technology to make history come alive better for today’s visitors. Another change is that the Library now takes on the controversial issues of Roosevelt’s four terms, such as the development of the first nuclear weapons and FDR’s health issues. The program also features comments about the National Park Service building visitors can visit—Springwood, Top Cottage, and Val-Kill.
RadioRotary host Jonah Triebwasser interviews Maureen Roche, Program Director for 4-H Youth Development at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Dutchess County. The 4-H organization officially set up by the US Department of Agriculture in 1914, although built on a number of youth organizations from around the turn of the 19th century into the 20th. The name stands for Head – Hearth – Hands – Health. Although best known for members raising animals and competing with them at county fairs, 4-H today goes beyond agriculture with programs emphasizing public speaking, robotics, college preparation, photography, arts and crafts, and community service. Dutchess Country has an active 4-H program that includes, among other projects, “Agriculture Literacy Week,” in which volunteers read stories based in agriculture to 2nd graders; “College Planning 101,” and drives to provide food, coats, and toys for the needy.
RadioRotary interviews four members of Rhinebeck Rotary at the historic Beekman Arms during the Club’s regular Monday lunch: David Albahary, Nat Charny, Club President Phil Meltzer, and Barbara Markell. One of the main projects sponsored by the Club is improving a school near León, Nicaragua. The main workers in Nicaragua each year are about 20 Interact students from the local high school, aided by school counselors and adult chaperones. The students mix concrete, dig trenches, and otherwise work all day during their visit to site, while during the rest of the year they raise from $10,000 to $20,000 for the project. Locally, Rhinebeck Rotary is proud of the work of the Community Service Committee, which handles projects that Rhinebeck residents are unable to deal with themselves, ranging from plumbing to carpentry. Rhinebeck is also one of the Clubs in the District that participates annually in the Youth Exchange Program, bringing one or two students from abroad each year to live with families in Rhinebeck and attend the local high school. The main source of funds for all these projects is an annual golf tournament, which has more than 100 golfers and many sponsors, especially the local banks.
Once again Rotarian Lou Trapani (Rhinebeck), Artistic and Managing Director of The Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, returns to RadioRotary to discuss some of the upcoming performances at this hub for theater and related events, including the summer arts day camp, which brings many courses in theater-arts taught by the professionals who put on the shows in Rhinebeck. Trapani tells how his experience as a child watching old movies on television steered him into his theatrical career. Among other upcoming productions discussed on the show will be Peter Pan, which uses the services of a company that specializes in safely flying actors.