Pleasant Valley Weekend (Aired on September 4, 2022)

The chair for the 2022 edition of the Pleasant Valley Weekend in 2022, Terri McCormick, and the publicity director, Cindi White Halupke, visit Radio Rotary to describe the event. The traditional activities at Cady Field (behind the Town Hall) and in the hamlet will include such favorites as Pleasant Rotary’s Beer & Wine Tent, several kinds of popular music, typical carnival foods and more, bonce houses, the Lions Club bicycle ride, a parade on Sunday, and the race of plastic ducks down nearby Wappingers Creek In addition, Friday will feature a car show, Saturday ends with fireworks, and there will be thirteen booths providing information on local organizations such as the Pleasant Valley Free Library and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

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Pleasant Valley Weekend 2022:
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club:
Pleasant Valley Rotary on Facebook:
Pleasant Valley Lions Club on Facebook:

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September 11, 2022 · Posted in Children, Dutchess County, Events  

Foster Care in Dutchess County (Aired on July 24, 2022)

Sabrina Jaar Marzouka, Commissioner of the Dutchess Country Department of Community and Family Services, and Ashely Tilton, case manager for foster care for Dutchess County, visit Radio Rotary to explain how foster care provides a safe environment for children newborn up to age eighteen who are unable to live with their birth families. The goal of using foster care is to provide a temporary refuge; if a permanent arrangement is needed, adoption is the answer. Ms. Tilton has a pool of foster parents who have been through background checks and a ten-week training. She works to match a child who has been identified by Child Protective Services with an appropriate foster family from this foster-parent pool. The ultimate goal is to reunite the child with biological parents.

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Dutchess Country Department of Community and Family Services:
Foster Care, Dutchess County Family Services:
Child Protective Services in Dutchess County:
Dutchess Foster Care Agencies:

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August 15, 2022 · Posted in Children, Dutchess County  

Rotary 2022 Convention in Houston – part 1 (Aired on July 10, 2022)

Once again Radio Rotary brought its microphone to the annual Rotary Convention, this year in Houston, TX, where Dave and Kathy Kruger interviewed several representatives of organizations that are making a difference in the world. Tim Nelson, CEO of Hope for Justice, described the work that nonprofit is doing to end human trafficking and various forms of slavery around the world—a mission also of the Rotary Action Group (RAG) Against Slavery. Rich Lalley spoke about Operation Warm, which provides winter coats and shoes for children
in need. Michelle Wilson represented the Rotary Action Group LBGT+. Jenny Andrews, Executive Director of Malaria Partners International, described this program models on Rotary’s polio eradication effort (and like PolioPlus, blessed with matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Stay tuned to Radio Rotary for more great interviews in a follow-up program from the Convention.

Learn More:
Houston Rotary Convention:
Hope for Justice:
Rotary Action Group Against Slavery:
Operation Warm:
Rotary LBGT+ Fellowship:
Malaria Partners International:

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Helping Children of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on April 24, 2022)



Hour Children connects incarcerated mothers with their children, who stay for a few days with volunteer families living near correctional facilities while they visit their jailed mothers. Radio Rotary welcomes back Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, along with Kate Paletta, an Hour Children volunteer for the past 18 years. Ms. Paletta cares for children of the incarcerated mother for a few days so that the children can visit their mothers at nearby Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Bedford Hills provides a parenting center for the visits. The visiting children interact also with Kate’s four children, often forming lasting relationships. The Hour Children program raises money and brings host families, children, and mothers together at an annual Mother’s Day luncheon.

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Hour Children:
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women:
Recidivism in Women’s Prisons:

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