Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (Aired on April 20 and 21, 2019)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and
Executive Director of the Med-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to
the RadioRotary microphones to tell more about those two organizations and
also to help promote fundraising for MARC and for addiction/alcoholism
prevention and recovery through the MARC Foundation. With about 200
employees, MHA and MARC make a significant impact on problems that affect
about 1 in 7 of residents of the Mid-Hudson Region. The organizations, primarily
funded by New York State, are unique in not requiring insurance for their
services, which include many community mental-health caseworkers, family
therapy, and a veterans program (MHA) as well has a crisis center for short-term
addiction/alcoholism recovery, three half-way houses for longer-term residence,
and more than 30 sober apartments throughout Poughkeepsie. The MARC
Foundation, which raises money with an annual luncheon, a golf tournament, and
appeals to donors, primarily provides supplemental funding for MARC, but also
assists prevention and recovery efforts throughout the region.

Learn more:
Mental Health America Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Facebook Page for Mental Health America: https://www.facebook.com/MHADutchess/
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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April 28, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Housing Assistance, Support Groups  

Pleasant Valley Library Recovers from Fire (Aired on April 13 and 14, 2019)

On Election Day 2018 fire ravaged the Pleasant Valley Free Library building.
Pleasant Valley Rotarian, Dave Kruger, president of the library board, received
the first notice at 6:45 a.m. but the 150-year-old wooden structure was already in
flames throughout the interior. Although sentimental artifacts were recovered by
brave firefighters, most of the 52,000 books were damaged beyond what repairs
would cost. In this program, Pleasant Valley Library Director Daniela Pulice and
Mr. Kruger tell RadioRotary the story of how, within a few months, the Town’s
residents and the Library Friends working with a dedicated staff brought the
library back into operation in donated quarters. Meanwhile architects have been
working on ways to rebuild the historic library building within the standing exterior
walls. The recovery is a remarkable achievement, and this is a radio program
well worth everyone’s attention.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/
Mid-Hudson Library System: https://midhudson.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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April 18, 2019 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Community Planning, Disaster Relief, Literacy  

Wappingers Falls Rotary Projects (Aired on April 6 and 7, 2019)

Wappingers Falls Rotarians Sue Bennett and Steve Crew visit RadioRotary to
tell about two great fundraisers and how their club uses the funds to support
community and international projects. One of the fundraisers, suggested to
Rotary by Dutchess County Tourism, is “A Cup of the Valley,” a coffee-and-tea
festival recognizing such local suppliers as Greenwood Lake Roasters Craft
Coffee and Harney & Sons for teas. This event is so big that it has two Rotary
sponsors, with the Poughkeepsie South Rotary joining Wappingers for the
occasion. This is a fairly new, but popular event, staged at the CIA (Culinary
Institute of America). The long-term fundraiser for the Wappingers Club is its
annual golf tournament at The Powelton Club in Newburgh. The Roy C. Ketcham
High School Interact Club, which Wappingers Falls Rotary sponsors, is also a big
part of both projects. With the money raised, the Club offers scholarships, five
annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), help with local food panties
and Meals on Wheels, other local projects, and such international programs as
ShelterBox and polio eradication.

Learn more:
Wappingers Falls Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2259
Wappingers Falls Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wappingers-Falls-Rotary-861729083896352/
Poughkeepsie South Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/poughkeepsie-south
Dutchess County Tourism: https://dutchesstourism.com/

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April 18, 2019 · Posted in Events, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

The Good Works of John Flowers Live On (Aired on March 23 and 24, 2019)

John Flowers was one of the most important community organizers in recent
years in Poughkeepsie. In this interview, his son Frankie Flowers tells some of
the history of his father’s charities and describes how he and his sister Yvonne, a
Council representative in the city, are continuing his legacy. It started 25 years
ago when John Flowers observed a lonely and unhappy woman in Vassar
Hospital. He decided to cheer her up—and also the other patients—with stuffed
animals. Somehow this original charitable impulse, which has been repeated
every Christmas since, inspired other holiday celebrations—an Easter egg hunt,
roses for Mother’s Day, a march on Father’s Day, a picnic for Labor Day, and
(with the help of Eileen and Dan Hickey) dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
All of this, as well as “Christmas in February for Veterans, is accomplished by
dedicated volunteers, known as John’s “Band of Elves.”

Learn more:
John Flowers Community Events on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnflowerscommunity/
John Flowers Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx%3Fn=john-flowers%26pid=175641649%26fhid=27389
Liberty Medal for Flowers: https://trackbill.com/bill/new-york-senate-legislative-resolution-3988-honoring-john-m-flowers-posthumously-as-recipient-of-a-liberty-medal-the-highest-honor-bestowed-upon-an-individual-by-the-new-york-state-senate/1272903/

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April 7, 2019 · Posted in Children, Humanitarian Service, Volunteers