RadioRotary interviews Kingston Rotarians Donna Miller and Georgiana Pangborn about the 100th anniversary of their club, the oldest Rotary club in the Hudson Valley. Rotary was only eleven years old itself when the Kingston Club was chartered by the Association of Rotary Clubs (which became Rotary International six years later). By then Rotary was active in Great Britain, Canada, and had its first non-English-speaking club in Havana, Cuba. The Kingston Rotary also became one of the first to admit women as members, beginning with Nuise Bhityakul and two other women in February 1988. Nuise is still an active member and brings many benefits from her association with Thailand to the club. Kingston Rotary meets each week for lunch, but for those who cannot attend a lunch, the Kingston Sunrise Club meets weekly for breakfast.
Once again RadioRotary travels to the Red Hook Rotary Club for a live broadcast from the Bread and Bottle Bakery and Wine Bar. Red Hook Rotary for the past fifteen years has been the sponsor of the great spring festival, Apple Blossom Day, which has taken place in the village for over thirty years. Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sara O’Connell interview Red Hook Rotary president (and hot-dog cook) Susan Simon along with chair of this year’s Apple Blossom Day Dave Wright about the event that features music, dance, food, and crafts. An addition to the event this year is the Red Hook Film Festival. Robert George, producer of the Film Festival is on hand to tell about the showings, culled from about 700 short-film entries, with one full-length production on the Rhinebeck Aerodrome a special feature this year.
Millbrook Rotary hosted a broadcast of RadioRotary with guests Steve Pressman, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) and Laurie Quinn (Philmont Rotary Club), a director of the MARC Foundation. A main problem facing MARC and the entire nation is the heroin and opiate epidemic. Currently in the United States 129 persons each day die from a heroin or opiate overdose. MARC is a residential program that both sends persons with addiction to other appropriate facilities as needed and houses and treats the addicted in several ways—A Crisis Center, three residential treatment centers, and nearly 30 sober housing apartments. Ms. Quinn is trying to help erase the stigma of drug addiction by shining a light on the problem. She tells the story of her son Eric: About a year ago he showed his mother needle tracks on his arms and said he needed help. At that point, despite holding down two jobs, he was using ten bags of heroin daily. Eric was detoxed for four days and then transferred into MARC’s Crisis Center, which found an appropriate long-term residence program for him. When the broadcast was recorded, Eric had been sober for nearly a year.
Crystal Snow-Hebel is one of the co-founders of Faith House (Linda Arzu is the other), a proposed maternity home for 18- to 24-year old girls and their newborn children. This would be a refuge for girls who otherwise would be homeless, in abusive relationships, or living in poverty. The idea is to provide for spiritual and emotional needs in a real family environment. Many volunteers are already working on this project, which is still in a fundraising stage. In addition to providing parenting skills, there would also be prenatal care and skills and educational development for when the girl and her child re-enters society.