UN Rotary Day 2015—Part One (Aired on December 12 & 13, 2015)

United Nations

United Nations

Rotary has had a unique role in the United Nations starting even before the UN was founded. Each year the United Nations invites more than a thousand Rotarians, members of associated groups such as Rotaract and Interact, and students participating in Rotary international Youth Exchange to come to UN headquarters in New York for panel discussions with Rotary leadership, UN ambassadors, and heads of international nongovernmental organizations. Also each year since 2009 the RadioRotary team has been there to interview some of the participants. This is the first set of interviews from 2015.

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Rotary and the United Nations
Rotaract
Rotary Youth Exchange
ShelterBox

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December 12, 2015 · Posted in International Exchanges, Rotary International, United Nations, Youth ·  

Vocational Education for Senior Citizens (Aired on December 5 & 6, 2015)

(l-r) Sheila Rock, Marlene Fredericks, Patsy Kimbrew & Cheryl George

(l-r) Sheila Rock, Marlene Fredericks, Patsy Kimbrew & Cheryl George

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a Federal program that operates on a country level, providing vocational training for low-income persons age 55 or older. In Dutchess County the SCSEP office is part of PathStone, located in Wappingers Falls. SCSEP counselors Cheryl George, Patsy Kimbrew, Sheila Rock, and Marlene Fredericks describe the program, which provides training in such skills as handling interviews and writing resumes. Retired seniors are placed in jobs that reflect their previous work life or that are based on training received in the program.

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PathStone for Seniors
Senior Community Service Employment Program

 

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December 5, 2015 · Posted in Aging, Dutchess County, Education, Vocational ·  

The Rotary Foundation: Doing Good in the World (Aired on November 28 & 29, 2015)

David Kruger

David Kruger

Pleasant Valley Rotarian, and 2015 winner of the Jeffrey Keahon Foundation Award, David Kruger describes the work of The Rotary Foundation, the part of Rotary that not only does good in the world away from our communities, but also helps fund many local projects. While its most notable success has been the worldwide reduction of polio to a handful of cases in two countries—with complete elimination on the horizon—The Rotary Foundation may have saved even more lives with its projects for clean water, maternal and child health, and peace. It is also the most effective charity because nearly all of every dollar given to The Rotary Foundation is used for its work instead of spent on administration or fundraising.

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The Rotary Foundation
History of The Rotary Foundation
The Story of Polio Eradication
Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club

 

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Salvation Army Helps Homeless and Much More (Aired on November 21 & 22, 2015)

Salvation Army

Salvation Army

Salvation Army Captains Sam and Jenny Alarcon visit RadioRotary to describe some of the many ways that The Salvation Army works to solve problems in Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley. The Salvation Army, founded in London by William Booth in 1865, is a worldwide Christian church that is organized along military lines. Its mission includes meeting human needs without discrimination. From its first days it has focused on helping the homeless, addicts and alcoholics, and the hungry. Many may know it from collecting money outside store entrances at holiday time—the bell ringers in uniform are Salvationists, while many others are volunteers. The Alarcons describe various Salvation Army projects from after school for children to centers for seniors.

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Information about The Salvation Army in Poughkeepsie
The Salvation Army in the United States
The Salvation Army International

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