District 7210 & Million Mask Challenge (Aired on January 24, 2021)

Highland Rotarian and District 7210 President (2020-21) Tony Marmo is the guest on this RadioRotary program. His District of 56 Rotary clubs (including the brand-new Passport Rotary Club) is participating in the Million Mask Challenge, a program started by a Connecticut Rotarian that is designed to provide face masks to organizations. Face masks have been called the best way to stop the spread of the covid-19 pandemic, especially important because of slow progress in vaccinations against the disease. As part of this program 37 District Rotary clubs managed to distribute 137,000 face masks (mostly surgical masks, but also some masks for children and N95 masks for health-care workers). These have been given to such organizations as senior-citizen centers, food pantries, fire departments, and more. Tony Marmo, when not engaged in Rotary activities, is president and owner of Normann Staffing, a source of temporary workers and an employment agency in Kingston, NY.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Million Mask Challenge: https://millionmaskchallenge.com/
District 7210 Million Mask Challenge: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/stories/rotary-million-mask-challenge-(take-2-)
District 7210 Passport Club: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/district-7210-passport
Normann Staffing: https://www.normannstaffing.com/

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January 30, 2021 · Posted in Health, Rotary District 7210  

Virtual Video Visits from Pets (Aired on January 17, 2021)

Animal Farm Foundation Manager Nicole Juchem visits RadioRotary via Zoom to tell RadioRotary listeners about a new program from the Animal Farm Foundation geared to easing the social isolation that the covid-19 lock-downs are causing: virtual pet visits. Starting with a visit to the Pets Together website https://petstogether.org/ , you can book your virtual pet visit. The website
includes a choice of cats and dogs (and even cows and horses) that will visit the lonely human via Zoom—along with the pet’s owner who will be happy to engage in friendly talk. Animal Farm Foundation’s main work is training shelter dogs to become useful service dogs and also to work to improve the public image of dogs taken to be pit bulls. The new Pets Together program is a welcome addition to their mission.

Learn more:
Pets Together: https://petstogether.org/
Animal Farm Foundation: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Service Dogs: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/service-dog-training-101/
Myths and Facts about Pit Bulls: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/myths-and-facts-about-pit-bulls/

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January 30, 2021 · Posted in Animals, Mental Health, Support Groups  

Peace and Conflict Prevention, Resolution (Aired on January 10, 2021)


Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have seven areas of focus, among them “Promoting Peace.” One of the main ways this is accomplished is by providing full fellowships for Master’s Degrees in Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution. On this show RadioRotary welcomes one of those Peace Fellows, Bianca Neff, founder and CEO of Petra Peacebuillders. Her organization promotes peace in three ways: Training members of organizations working for peace; coaching individuals directly; and providing retreats for stressed out workers in areas of conflict. Most of their work recently has been in war-torn Afghanistan. The interview has much fascinating material about how a peace organization works and about Ms. Neff’s interesting life story.

Learn more:
Petra Peacebuilders: http://www.petrapeacebuilders.org/
Rotary Peace Fellows: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
Petra Peacebuilders on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petra.peacebuilders/
Rotary Areas of Focus: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes

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January 19, 2021 · Posted in International Programs, Mental Health, Peace, Rotary Foundation  

The First Black U.S. Navy Officers (Aired on January 3, 2021)

RadioRotary interviews author and journalist Dan Goldberg about his book The Golden 13: How Black Men Won the Right to Wear Navy Gold.  Mr. Goldberg, an award-winning writer for Politico, spent eight years researching the story of the first Black officers in the U.S. Navy, working to restore these men to their rightful place in history. World War II was nearing its end in January 1944. The Navy until then had assigned all Black sailors to the Mess Corps, but it was past time for a change. Sixteen Black sailors were chosen to take secret and intense training to become officers. Although all sixteen passed their finals, the U.S. Navy knew that of ordinary officers-in-training, only 75% passed, so they whittled the final list down to thirteen. All thirteen served with distinction in the last days of World War II.  Listen to their story as told by the author of this readable and important book.

Learn more:
The Golden 13 by Dan Goldberg: https://smile.amazon.com/Golden-Thirteen-Black-Right-Wear/dp/080702158X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Golden+13&qid=1610137918&s=books&sr=1-1
Dan Goldberg: https://smile.amazon.com/Dan-Goldberg/e/B084B27MD3?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000
Golden Thirteen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Thirteen
African-American Experience in the U.S. Navy: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/african-americans.html

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January 9, 2021 · Posted in History  

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