Gift of Life International (Aired on July 4 and 5, 2020)

Rob Raylman, CEO of Gift of Life International and 2020-21 president of the Manhasset Rotary Club, visits RadioRotary on Zoom to discuss the latest projects of the humanitarian organization that he heads. The purpose of Gift of Life International is to treat children with heart disease and where necessary to provide nutritional assistance to recovering children. Originally children were
brought to the US for pediatric surgery, but since 2009 Gift of Life International has focused largely on creating “Core Programs” that develop regional centers in emerging nations, which, when they are ready, become “Legacy Programs” that are backed by the country’s national government and a working pediatric hospital. Gift of Life International began as an idea raised at a lunch at the
Manhasset Rotary just 13 years ago, although Gift of Life missions go back to 1975. The medical staff and their helpers are all volunteers, while the main costs of the operations and training are borne by The Rotary Foundation, mostly through global grants. The Legacy Programs become self-sustaining and also improve the economy of an emerging nation.

Learn more:
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Manhasset Rotary Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manhassetrotary/
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

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July 23, 2020 · Posted in Children, Health, International Programs  

SUNY New Paltz Tutoring Reading (Aired December 7 and 8, 2019)

 

In the United States today, some 30 million adults are functionally illiterate, reading below the
sixth-grade level. RadioRotary interviews Sam Slotnick, the Literacy Center Coordinator at the
State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz), who works with with a program
that brings together teachers who are becoming specialists in reading with elementary or high-
school students with reading problems. For the teachers, it is part of their MS degree in Literacy
Education. For the students it is a chance to be in a one-to-one (or one-to-few) learning
program at a nominal cost. The program begins with a free assessment of reading for individual
students. Then about fifty to seventy students from around the Hudson Valley enter the program
for either a spring or a summer term. Mr. Slotnick offers this advice to parents: Read to your
children; read topics that interest the child; and take your children frequently to the local library.

Learn more:
Literacy Center at SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/literacycenter/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Master of Science in Literacy Education–SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/elementaryed/master-of-science-in-literacy-education/

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January 5, 2020 · Posted in Children, Education, Literacy, Youth  

Pleasant Valley Holiday Festival (Aired November 30 and December 1, 2019)

Pleasant Valley Recreation Director Sandy Coe and local businessman Frank Mazzella
visit RadioRotary to tell about the full-day celebration that is the Pleasant Valley Festival
of Lights. The event, which combines food and Santa, pets and Santa, a parade and
Santa, and many other holiday traditions, started a few years ago with a simple lighting
of the Town Christmas tree. Today it runs from a breakfast (with Santa) starting at 8 in
the morning and concluding about 12 hours later with a parade followed by hot
chocolate and cookies at the Fire House. Aside from Main Street–site of the parade of
floats, fire trucks, walkers, and Santa in a horse-drawn carriage–the main action is at
three important locations in Pleasant Valley: the Fire House, the Library, and the Mill
Site Historical Museum. Starting with a pancake breakfast, continuing with cookie
sales, a chili cook-off, food trucks, and lots of hot chocolate, it is easy to spend the day
in downtown PV, enjoying readings and encounters with various animals in addition to
the main event, the parade.

Learn more:
Festival of Lights: https://www.pvfol.com/
Pleasant Valley Recreation: https://www.pvrec.com/info/default.aspx
Pleasant Valley Fire Department: https://pvfdny.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Lions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Pleasant-Valley-Lions-Club-NY-606476433167428/

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December 8, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Children, Events  

Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 4 (Aired November 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary interviewers visited the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg,
Germany, where they found many Rotarian groups and other Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) doing good in the world. This radio program, the fourth in a
series, covers a few of these projects. Roots of Life deals with land that has been
planted with land mines, which linger long after wars have passed, and replants the land
with grape vines, growing grapes for wine, raisins, or food, which not only helps save
lives but also provides economic benefits to farming communities. Gift of Life offers life-
saving surgery to children who were born with congenital heart disease. Both
organizations work with Rotary to connect around the world. The Rotarian Action Group
(RAG) Against Slavery helps rescue the millions of people still enslaved, often for sex
but also by businesses, and offers programs to rehabilitate them for a life of freedom.
There are many locations where the Don’t Meth With Us Foundation is fighting drug
abuse—primarily methamphetamine but also opioid addiction. War Child, which has
independent branches in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Canada, supports all young
children who have been affected by armed conflict, with education and safe zones
around the world.

Learn more:
Roots of Peace: https://rootsofpeace.org/
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Don’t Meth With Us Foundation: http://www.dontmethwithus.com/
War Child: https://www.warchild.org/

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