Rotary International Convention in Toronto Canada (Aired on July 7 and July 8th 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on July 7 and 8, 2018)

Each year RadioRotary takes its microphone to the Rotary International Convention, which in 2018 is in Toronto, Ontario. Some 24,000 Rotarians are in attendance and RadioRotary gets as many of the great stories as it can. One of the interviews in this show is with Ellen Haggerty, a Pleasant Valley Rotarian whose mission to improve hearing and make life easier for those who are hearing impaired takes her all over the world. Her organization, Rotarians for Hearing, is one of the many Rotary Action Groups, or RAGs, that deal with specific issues.  Another interview concerts a different RAG, this one uniting Rotarians around the world to help prevent opioid addiction as well as other forms of  addiction.  Disaster Aid USA is not a RAG, but instead is a club-based Rotary project that started with a Bethesda, MD, Rotary Club, but now has chapters in clubs all over the US and sister organizations in Europe and Southeast Asia. One of the highlights of the RadioRotary interviews at the International Convention is the interview with the new president of Rotary International; fir 2018-19, it is Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau in the Bahamas.
Learn more:
Rotarians for Hearing: Rotarian Action Group:

Rotarian Action Group: Addiction Prevention:
Disaster Aid USA:
Barry Rassin, 2018-19 Rotary International President:
Rotary International:

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PDG Christine about the fun and fellowship of Rotary (Aired on June 23rd & 24th, 2018)

District Governor 2018-19 Christine Giangrasso (Aired on June 23 and 24, 2018)

A long-standing tradition of RadioRotary is the interview with each incoming District Governor (DG) of District 7210, the person who will lead the 55 clubs in 8 counties that make up the District. From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2018, that person will be Christine (“Chrissy G.”) Giangrasso of the Highland Rotary Club. DG Giangrasso brings to the District an attitude of “We Can Do It,” inspired by World War II’s Rosy the Riveter, Sylvia Whitlock (first woman Rotarian in 1987), and the women of Rotary—but not leaving out the men of Rotary. Among her goals for the 2018-19 Rotary Year are revving up the fight against opioid addiction and engaging with the 46 Interact clubs of the District. As a member of Highland Rotary as well as DG, she will be involved in that club’s annual fundraiser, the August Ribfest at Ulster  Fairgrounds, which is not only a fundraiser for Rotary but also for every charitable organization that participates.

Sitting: District Governor Christine Giangrasso; Standing: Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell
Learn more:
District 7210:
Interact:
Highland Rotary Club:
Hudson Valley Ribfest:

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Andrew O’Grady from MARC (Aired on April 14 and April 15th 2018)

Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC) (Aired on April 14 and 15, 2018)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of the Mid-Hudson Recovery Centers (MARC) and Executive Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) visits RadioRotary to tell about changes at MARC as it finds new ways to improve its mission of residential treatment for alcoholics and other addicts. MARC is now
allied with MHA, extending the reach of both organizations. If a person in Dutchess or surrounding counties is sufferance from an addiction or mental crisis, he or she can get immediate help at the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, which is always open day or night and which will provide therapy up to 23 hours while helping the visitor decide what the appropriate next
steps, such a detox or other treatment, are for the specific circumstances.  MARC manages nine beds in the Stabilization Center that focus on addiction and alcoholism problems. A person ready to be helped can also call MARC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis Center at (845) 471-0310. There is much more
useful information in this fascinating interview.
Learn more:
Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC)
MARC Facebook Page
Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Dutchess Country Stabilization Center
 

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Cara Mia Bacchiochi talks about Hope On A Mission (Aired on March 24 and March 25th 2018)

Hope for Homeless and Addicted (Aired on March 24 and 25, 2018) 

Cara Mia Bacchiochi of Hope on a Mission HOAM returns to RadioRotary to describe her continuing effort to help Poughkeepsie women who are homeless, most of them addicted to drugs or alcohol. At the same street corner (Main and Clinton) every Saturday night, sometimes in rain or snow, Bacchiochi and volunteers distribute food, clothing, and personal care items to homeless women.  Bacchiochi was herself a homeless addict before joining a recovery program in 1990. After a brief recurrence of her addiction, she accepted God’s role for her—founding a street-level outreach mission for homeless and addicted women. With the help of her church, she plans someday to acquire a building that would make it easier to carry out the mission. Hope on a Mission HOAM is financed by donations and staffed by volunteers. To donate or volunteer, you can phone (914) 456-2633 or visit its Facebook page: Hope on a Mission HOAM.

 

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page
Dutchess Country Stabilization Center
Walter Hoving Home
Transformation Life Center in West Park
MARC Crisis Center

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