Rtn. Mike Polasek Talks About The Dangers Of Opioids Addiction (Aired On January 20th & 21st, 2018)

Opioid Abuse Awareness and Prevention (Aired on January 20th & 21st, 2018)
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Mike Polasek (LaGrange) reports to the RadioRotary team about a major effort on the part of local Rotary Clubs (LaGrange, Millbrook, Fishkill) to obtain a grant from The Rotary Foundation to fund awareness and prevention programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley, although Mr. Polasek emphasizes that opioid addiction is a worldwide program that affects all ages and all classes. Opioid abuse often starts with an original prescription for pain relief from an injury or surgical procedure, but the drug becomes a necessity for the person addicted, a
person who then may seek out street drugs to replace the prescription. The result is not only the misery of addiction but often overdose and death. The grant from The Rotary Foundation, focusing on adolescents 15 to 10 years old, would support awareness through social media and prevention by working with agencies already in the field, such as SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) and MARC (Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers, Inc.).
Learn more:
The Rotary Foundation
SAMSHA
MARC
Opiate Treatment Centers
Rotary Club of LaGrange
Rotary Club of Millbrook:
Fishkill Rotary Club

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January 29, 2018 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Rotary International Convention From Atlanta Georgia Show Number 9 (Aired on January 13 and 14th, 2018)

Atlanta 2017 Rotary Convention, part 9 (Aired on January 13 & 14, 2018)

The ninth compilation of interviews with humanitarians conducted by
RadioRotary at the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta focuses largely on
Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) and their humanitarian aims, but it also includes
a special interview with golf-great Jack Nicklaus. Rotarian Action Groups
discussed include efforts to protect endangered species, prevention of all types of addiction from tobacco and gambling to heroin, encouragement for an increase in blood donations around the world, and training local communities in the method to correct clubfoot. Mr. Nicklaus tells why he is a Rotary Polio Ambassador, beginning with his own experience of polio at age 13.
Learn more:
RAGES Inc. (RAG for Endangered Species)
Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention
Global Network for Blood Donation
Rotarian Action Group for Clubfoot
Rotarian Action Groups
Rotary Partners and Ambassadors

 

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Rtn, Ellen Haggarty on Hearing Loss (Aired on January 6 and January 7th 2018)

Ellen Haggerty, Rotary’s Hearing Hero (Aired on January 6 and 7, 2018)

Pleasant Valley Rotarian Ellen Haggerty returns to the RadioRotary microphone to tell about her latest efforts to improve hearing and communication around the world. Ms. Haggerty, who lost her own hearing at age 4, but has compensated with hearing aids and excellent lip reading, is the chair of the Rotarians for Hearing Rotary Action Group (RAG). In past projects she has helped provide solar hearing aids for impoverished Brazilians, spread the use of hearing loopsthat improve sound for hearing aids at gatherings, and persuaded the Rotary Annual Convention to have captioning for its main talks. Her newest project in based on the idea that speech for those with hearing loss is impaired unless very young children hear others speak. Tests exist that can detect hearing loss in infants before they learn to speak. These tests are being introduced in Guatemala through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant sponsored by Pleasant Valley and Folsom, California, Rotary clubs in the United States partnered with two clubs in Guatemala. Listen to the program and learn about the project and about you can help.
Learn more:

Rotarians for Hearing RAG
Help the Children Hear
Rotary Action Groups
Pleasant Valley Rotary on Facebook

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Rhinebeck Rotary Club talks about Senior Assistance (Aired on December 23 and December 24th 2017)


Rhinebeck Rotarians Mike Frazier and Mike Mazzarella tell RadioRotary producer Kathy Kruger about the program Rhinebeck Rotary has instituted to help senior citizens age in place. Many older Americans prefer to stay in their existing homes instead of moving into assisted-living communities or nursing homes. Sometimes the physical infirmities of aging mean that homes need to be modified for safer living; in other instances, simple tasks such as mounting storm windows in the fall have become too difficult for an aging homeowner. In Rhinebeck, NY, the Rhinebeck Community Committee on Aging recognized this problem and committee members who were also Rotarians asked their club to help. Today Rhinebeck Rotarians who are skilled in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work volunteer to solve these problems for senior citizens at no cost for materials or labor. Grab bars are installed in bathrooms and railings on stairs as needed. Plumbing and electrical problems are solved. Necessary tasks such as cleaning gutters are handled as well. Seniors in need only need to contact Mike Frazier at Rhinebeck Rotary to get the help scheduled.

Learn More:
Rhinebeck Rotary
Aging in Place
Other Programs for Home Improvement

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January 4, 2018 · Posted in Aging, Health, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life, Rotary Club Projects