Pleasant Valley Days Weekend 2019 (Aired on July 13 and 14, 2019)

Mary Albrecht of the Town of Pleasant Valley returns to RadioRotary to describe
the annual event known as Pleasant Valley Days Weekend, a festival of food,
fun, fireworks, music, and a parade. The festival is largely at Cody Field behind
the Town Hall, but the parade is all along Main Street on Saturday evening,
followed by the fireworks. The Pleasant Valley Fire Department plays a big role in
the event. Many of the events and activities during the event are aimed at
children (although Pleasant Valley Rotary runs a beer-and-wine tent), including a
“Little Miss Pleasant Valley” pageant for girls 5 to 7 years old– entrants get to
ride in convertibles in the parade. But the whole family can enjoy the bands, the
country music, and the typical carnival foods, as well as the annual race of plastic
ducks down nearby Wappingers Creek, with the winner bringing a $500 prize to
the backer of the lucky duck.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley 2019 Weekend Schedule: https://dutchesstourism.com/event-view/24738
Pleasant Valley Days on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleyweekend/
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Children, Events, Hudson Valley  

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  

Literary Connections for Non-Readers (Aired on February 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary’s co-host Jonah Triebwasser interviews three members of the staff
of Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: Debra Paskowski, Katherine
Stikkers, and Marian Thompson. A surprising number of adults are unable to
read English, either because they did not learn to read as a child or perhaps they
grew up speaking a language other then English. Literacy Connections helps
resolve reading problems in various ways. The Book Buddy program, which
brings adult readers into elementary schools where they read along with children
or have children read to them, gets children on the path to reading success. For
most children, the transition from first-grade struggling to third-grade proficiency
is the key to lifelong reading success. Other volunteers and staff members work
with adult nonreaders or with those for whom English is not their first language.
For the past 18 years, the largest fundraiser for Literacy Connections has been
the annual Spelling Bee for high-school students and adult teams. Various
organizations, such a Rotary, pay to sponsor a team. The Spelling Bee is one of
the major annual events in the mid-Hudson valley, fun for both participants and
the audience.

Learn more:
Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Book Buddies: https://www.childtrends.org/programs/book-buddies https://www.childtrends.org/programs/book-buddies
Dyslexia (inability to learn to read: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dyslexia/symptoms-causes/syc-20353552
Teaching English as a Second Language: https://teach.com/become/what-can-i-teach/tesol/

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March 6, 2019 · Posted in Children, Education, Events, Literacy  

Rotary Improves Spirits of Ill Children (Aired on February 5 and 6, 2019)

Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotarians Past District Governor Nick Constantino and club
President Alex Duenas tell RadioRotary about their visit to Neiva, Colombia,
where the Huellas Fundación brings laughter into the lives of terminal ill children
in four hospitals. In English, the Huellas Fundación is the Footprints Foundation
with Meaning of Life. Teenagers and college students form the basis of the
Foundation, dressing as clowns to amuse the children and, with the help of the
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, find ways to
provide the children with last wishes. Constantino and Duenas joined in the
entertainment dressed as clowns (Mr. Constantino in costume was given the
name “Dr Cute,” which Rotarians in District 7210 will certainly endorse.) Listen to
the heartwarming stories of the children and the good works of the participating
Rotary clubs.

Learn more:
Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotary: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Huellas Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FundacionHuellasConSentidoDeVida/
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary: https://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Make A Wish International: https://www.worldwish.org/en

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in Children, Health, Rotary Club Projects, Youth  

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