35 th Annual Bike-A-Thon to Aid Library (Aired on Sept. 14 and 15, 2019)

This week’s guests on RadioRotary were from the Pleasant Valley Lions
Club—Fred De Wald and Pam Highbridge. Every year the Lions Club raises
money and improves the Town’s health with its annual Bike-A-Thon, a chance for
bikers of all ages to ride together on what has so far always been a beautiful fall
day. In 2019, the Lions devoted the occasion to the “Ride to Rebuild” the
Pleasant Valley Free Library, which suffered a devastating fire on Election Day
2018. Bikers could choose a 10-mile ride that has traffic eliminated, a ride with a
break at Terhune Orchard for free apples and cider and another treat—bananas
and water—back at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse. Or they can take a 25-mile
along regular roads. Sponsors of riders have a chance to win a discount on a
new bike or a child’s bike helmet. The Lions run several events each year,
including a “Breakfast with Santa” jointly with Pleasant Valley Rotary.

Learn more:
Bike-A-Thon: The Ride to Rebuild: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/2019/02/28/pv-bike-a-thon-the-ride-to-rebuild/
Pleasant Valley Lions Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=pleasant valley lionsclub&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Lions Clubs International: https://lionsclubs.org/en
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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September 22, 2019 · Posted in Events, Quality of Life, Service Organizations  

FineHome Source Home SHow (Aired on Aug 31 and Sept 1, 2019)

For the past 12 years, Crisp Architects has presented the FineHome Source
Home Show in Millbrook, NY, every September, becoming bigger and better
each year. This RadioRotary interview with Millbrook Rotarian Jimmy Crisp, live
from a Rotary meeting, describes it all. The show features many artisans and
manufacturers displaying every possible artifact for enhancing, improving, or
creating an excellent living space. In addition, the show offers free samples of
local food and drink, demonstrations of blacksmithing, fly fishing, and other
crafts, including book signings by local authors and an antique auction. Parking is
free, and the small suggested donation per person goes entirely to paying for a
ShelterBox, the amazing tent and supply source that can house and provide for a
family of 10 for up to 6 months, deployed for disasters around the world; a
ShelterBox will be among the displays. The whole event takes place under and
around a large tent in front of the town bandshell on the main street in Millbrook.

Learn more:
FineHome Source Home Show: https://finehomesource.com/
Crisp Architects: http://www.crisparchitects.com/
ShelterBox: https://www.shelterboxusa.org
Rotary Club of Millbrook (NY): https://millbrookrotary.org/

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September 22, 2019 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Events, Quality of Life  

Lilymoore Alpaca Farm in Pleasant Valley (Aired on September 7 and 8, 2019)

Diana Bellissimo, owner of the Lilymoore Alpaca Farm, visits the RadioRotary
studio (sadly without an alpaca) to describe the activities that the farm celebrates
on National Alpaca Day and to tell the RadioRotary cohosts about the pleasures
of raising 25 alpacas (and a llama) on a 40-acre farm in Pleasant Valley, New
York. While alpacas are primarily known for their amazing wool, the sweet-
tempered and terminally cute animals are just pleasant to be around. Learn more
about this delightful South American relative of the camel and about the wool
products and outdoor activities available at the farm.

Learn more:
Lilymoore Alpaca Farm: https://www.lilymoorefarm.com/
National Alpaca Days: https://www.alpacainfo.com/alpaca-farm-days
Facts About Alpacas: https://www.livescience.com/52668-alpacas.html
Animal Assisted Therapy: https://www.crchealth.com/types-of-therapy/what-is-animal-assisted-therapy/

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Events  

Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on August 24 and 25, 2019)

Once again RadioRotary interviewers haunted the halls of a Rotary International
Convention, which in 2019 was in Hamburg, Germany. Our team found many
fascinating stories about the projects of Rotarians and representatives of other
organizations that are trying to do good in the world. These include fighting hunger in
third-world nations; uncovering the roles Rotarians played during the Nazi reign in
Germany; providing dictionaries of all kinds around the world; and raising money to end
present-day slavery. The program concludes with an in-depth interview with Barry
Rassin, Rotary International president for the 2018-19 Rotary Year, focusing especially
on his work in providing water to Haiti.

Learn more:
Rise Against Hunger: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/
Rotary in National Socialism: https://memorial.d-1800.org/
The Dictionary Project: https://www.dictionaryproject.org/
Cycling from Chai to Hamburg: https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/travel/chennai-based-cyclist-naresh-kumar-is-pedalling-against-bonded-labour/article26931535.ece
Barry Rassin: https://www.rotary.org/en/2018-19-rotary-president-selected
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en

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