After the Prom is Over (Aired on May 22, 2022)

Lisa Hoffman Murry and Maria Scinelli, co-chairs of the Red Hook HIgh School Post-Prom Party’ join Radio Rotary’s co-hosts to describe the annual event, a Red Hook tradition for the past 32 years (except when Covid prevented the student’s dance). High schools across the nation celebrate junior and senior years with a dance that is generally the biggest social event of the school year,
but one that may lead to after-dance activities that are dangerous in one way or another—generally with alcohol or drugs involved. Parents in Red Hook, NY, have prevented trouble with a popular party attended by more than 80% of the prom participants. Participation is encouraged not only with games and other fun activities, but by cash prizes. Food is donated by local restaurants and stores as well as by parents. It starts at midnight and continues to breakfast at the historic Red Hook Diner.

Learn More:
Post-Prom Party: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2017/05/19/after-prom-festivities-focus-fun-food-friends/330546001/
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/

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May 29, 2022 · Posted in Education, Events, Youth  

Helping Vets and Others Prepare for Jobs (Aired on May 15, 2022)

Ron Ferris, Operations Manager at Mid-Hudson Works in Poughkeepsie, visits Radio Rotary to describe how this unique 75-year-old nonprofit helps veterans and persons with disabilities find work in the Hudson Valley. In 1947 as World War II veterans, many still in their early 20s or even younger, returned home and needed work, IBM (then International Business Machines) started a program to train these veterans, many of whom had never held a job outside the armed services. Today this work continues in a huge brick building on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie, a place that hires, trains, and places today’s veterans along with others who may need training for such work as packing or assembling, skills useful in the many distribution centers of the Mid-Hudson region. Paying work also takes place within the building, providing a useful aid for local businesses.

Learn More:
Mid-Hudson Works: https://midhudsonworks.org/
Mental Health America of Dutchess Country: https://mhadutchess.org/
MHA Veterans Programs: https://mhadutchess.org/services/vet2vet/
Dutchess Country Veterans’ Services: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Veteran-Services/Veterans-Services.htm
Think Dutchess (Dutchess Alliance for Business): https://thinkdutchess.com/

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A Rotary Club Rescues a Poughkeepsie Park (Aired on May 8, 2022)

Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotarian Bernard Handel proposed in 2020 that his club undertake improvement of parks in the city of Poughkeepsie, The Rotary Club met with the city Parks and Recreation Department, which suggested that the club start with Spratt Park, which features a pool and trails, a children’s playground, and a former dog park—all in poor condition or nonfunctional. The following year, the club obtained a grant from The Rotary Foundation and District 7210 to help fund the restoration. The club also found sponsors who could help,
including the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County and insurer Marshall & Sterling. By 2022 work was already showing many improvements, with a ribbon-cutting opening of the restored park on May 13. Poughkeepsie Arlington President Darcy McCourt and Membership Chair Adam Belok visit Radio Rotary to describe the many improvements in the park.

Learn More:
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/poughkeepsie-arlington
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poughkeepsie.arlington.rotary.club
Poughkeepsie Parks and Recreation: https://www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com/221/Parks-Recreation

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May 18, 2022 · Posted in Community Planning, Events, Rotary Club Projects  

Red Hook Rotary’s 2022 Activities (Aired on May 1, 2022)

 

In a rare all-live show, Radio Rotary’s co-hosts visit Red Hook Rotary’s meeting in Taste Budd’s Café to learn about some of the club’s activities. Dave Wright is heading the 2022 Apple Blossom Day, the street festival that starts the spring- summer season in Red Hook and Tivoli with hundreds of food and craft vendors and live music by local bands. Linda Greenblatt is the club’s chair for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), the week-long leadership training program for high-school sophomores. Tom Lynch is the advisor for the Red Hook High School Interact club, a junior edition of Rotary with similar goals of community service. Chris Chale not only handles the International Youth Exchange (YEX) or the club, but also is the YEX Chair for District 7210. YEX in District 7210 sends high school juniors or seniors to select nations where English is not the primary language and brings students from those countries to local Rotary clubs where the student spends an entire school year living with local families. There are several other club activities, including CLYNK, described on the program by current Red Hook Rotary President Jennifer van Voorhis. CLYNK locally is a service of Hannaford grocery, which collects bottles that return a deposit and funnels the savings to Red Hook Rotary, which uses the income to help support community projects.

Learn More:
Red Hook Rotary Club: http://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedHookRotaryClub/
RYLA: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/rotary-youth-leadership-awards
Interact: https://admissionsight.com/interact-club/
District 7210 Youth Exchange (YEX): http://yex7210.org/
Rotary Youth Exchanges: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges

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