The Community at Brookmeade, located on 75 country acres just outside the Village of Rhinebeck, is a senior-living retirement community serving the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. It consists of three connected facilities: Arbor Ridge offers independent living; The Terraces offers assisted living; and The Baptist Home provides long term care, sub-acute rehabilitation, palliative care and Out-Patient Rehabilitation Services. In this informative program, Rhinebeck Rotarians Carolyn Bernitt, president of the Brookmeade Community Foundation, and Brian Zeiden, Brookmeade’s Director of Development, describe the many programs available, including short-term rehabilitation and palliative care at The Baptist Home as well as activities available, such as an art show featuring residents’ art.
RadioRotary interviews Shayna Micucci and Kasandra Quednau, founders of the Rt. 212 Coalition, which aids persons and families facing addiction problems. Micucci is a trained addiction specialist and Quednau has personal experience with addiction in the past. The Coalition’s name comes from New York State Route 212, which runs through Ulster Country from Saugerties to Woodstock and beyond. Its mission is to bridge gaps in substance-abuse services by linking resources, providing support, building awareness, and collaborating with other organizations in Ulster County. Micucci and Quednau envision a community free from the stigma associated with addiction, which they work to achieve by supporting accessible substance-abuse prevention, education, and treatment services. The Coalition works with PAARI, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative to provide scholarships that enable addicts to obtain treatment and also provides regular support meetings in Woodstock for those touched by addiction.
RadioRotary interviews Kathy Smith, who is on the board of the Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson about the some of the many activities that not only involve using the great bridge but also raise money for its upkeep and improvement. Walkway Over the Hudson is a free New York State Historic Park that opening in October 2009 and today has half a million users each year. It was a railroad bridge from 1888 to 1974—the first bridge of any kind across the Hudson between New York City and Albany–but has been reconstructed as a 1.2-mile pedestrian bridge. Although the main purpose of the Walkway is to provide a stirring experience and views, there are many annual events, such as the races associated with the marathon, the Fourth of July Fireworks, and moon walks and sunrise strolls. Among the improvements funded by the Friends of the Walkway, the most notable is a dramatic elevator, a short distance from the Poughkeepsie Railroad Station, that lifts passengers in a glass enclosure up to the Walkway.
Goshen Rotarians Nan Gill-Wilson and David P. Wilson are professionals in several branches of show business. The have brought their own talents and performing knowledge to the aid of their Rotary Club in a number of ways. Goshen Rotary manages to have at least one major event every month of the year. One of these fundraisers is “Goshen’s Got Talent,” a show based on local amateur performers—although David and Nan have found amateurs with professional chops. While “Goshen’s Got Talent” benefits the community service of Goshen Rotary—which includes dictionaries for elementary school, disaster relief, scouting, and the Braeside-Museum Village project—Nan and David also have developed “Once More Frankly!” which supports The Rotary Foundation. Their involvement in Willy Gilly Productions, the Acting Anyone Academy, and The Academy of Film Television Stage and Performing Arts also manages to entail Rotary connections in various ways.