The 4-H Fair in Putnam County (Aired on July 11 & 12, 2015)

 (l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Mannion O’Conner, Marjorie Nichols Keith, Sarah O'Connell


(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Mannion O’Conner, Marjorie Nichols Keith, Sarah O’Connell

Just-graduated high-school student Mannion O’Conner and Carmel Rotarian Marjorie Nichols Keith, Executive Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County (CCE-Putnam), tell about the activities of 4-H in the county, with a special focus on the 44th annual Putnam Country 4-H Fair. The Fair, run by 4-H clubs with the help of many volunteers, including the Rotary Clubs of Carmel, Brewster, Patterson, and Lake Mahopac, is on July 24-26 this year (2015). CCE-Putnam is the sponsor of all the 4-H groups in the county. Manion has been involved with 4-H for years, although she is into community service (the Teen Action Group TAG) and puppeteering, not animal husbandry. The Fair will have 4-H-raised animals, however, as well as lots of food, with 4-H lemonade one of the specialties.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County
4-H
Carmel Rotary
Brewster Rotary
Patterson Rotary
Lake Mahopac Rotary

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July 11, 2015 · Posted in Education, Events, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects, Youth ·  

Solving Marital Problems with Mediation (Aired on July 4 & 5, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Betsy Shequine, Sarah O’Connell

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Betsy Shequine, Sarah O’Connell

Mediation is a process in which parties with differences meet with a neutral professional to resolve differences. In this program, Attorney Betsy Shequine explains why mediation is a cheaper, faster, and more successful way to end a marriage than litigation for divorce. Trained mediators, such as Ms. Shequine, teach the participants how to speak to each other as they resolve the complications of division of finances, care of children, and financial support after divorce. Mediators who handle divorce are usually lawyers themselves, while other trained mediators who deal with issues such as property disputes may be psychologists or social workers. A phone call to 845-471-6167 costs nothing and provides a way for the process to be explained. For later sessions, including the initial consultation meeting, the parties are charged on a per-session basis.

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Mid-Hudson Divorce & Family Mediation Center
Divorce Mediation Basics

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July 4, 2015 · Posted in Hudson Valley, Law ·  

Saving Children in Nepal (Aired on June 27 & 28, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Lauren Yanks, Sarah O’Connell

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Lauren Yanks, Sarah O’Connell

Even before devastating earthquakes hit Nepal and surrounding territory in April and May of 2015, the plight of numerous children in that Himalayan nation was desperate. Many young children were being sold by their parents to work in Indian factories; young girls were often forced into prostitution. The Blue Butterfly Foundation, created by Lauren Yanks, has helped save over 2,000 children from trafficking, the use of force or fraud to cause humans to provide labor or sex against their will. In this radio interview, Ms. Yanks tells the powerful story of how the Blue Butterfly Foundation was founded and named. She urges listeners to become aware that their pursuit of evermore inexpensive items and food is contributing to this international tragedy.

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Blue Butterfly Foundation
April 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Human Trafficking

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Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on June 20 & 21, 2015)

(l-r) Lila Meade and Sarah Oliver

(l-r) Lila Meade and Sarah Oliver

The ongoing Vassar project for improving education, health, women’s economy, water purity, and forests in Chermaitre, Haiti, is described by the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Vassar-Haiti Project, Lila Meade, and Vassar student Sarah Oliver. Andrew and Lila Meade founded the project in 2001, partly in a response to the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Its original goal was simply a lunch project at a school in poverty-stricken Chermaitre, but it has evolved greatly. So far more than 350 Vassar students have been involved. The project has also attracted the attention and considerable help from the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club. One of the major sources of funding is an annual art show and auction featuring work by native Haitian artists.

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Vassar-Haiti Project
History of Vassar-Haiti Project
Rural Poverty in Haiti

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