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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Mary Ann Coe and Vincent Marzella talk Stuff The Bus (Aired on June 9th and June 10th 2018)

Total Transportation for Local Charities (Aired on June 9 and 10, 2018) RadioRotary interviews two employees of Total Transportation Corp., a business that goes out of its way to help local community organizations such as Rotary clubs.  Vincent Marzello is the Regional Director of Operations, working out of Wappinger Falls, while MaryAnne Coe is the Location Manager in that office.  Marzello and Coe describe how they loan out equipment, often with volunteer drivers (regular employees who volunteer their time), to chairitable organizations such as Pleasant Valley Rotary. The Rotary club regularly runs a “Stuff the Bus” campaign for the local food pantry, and Total Transportation provides the bus, which (festooned with a large sign) is parked in a supermarket lot until donors have filled it with food, which the bus then transmits to the food pantry. In some other recent charitable events, Total Transportation carried supplies for Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria from Dutchess County; they also collected
backpacks of school supplies, drove children to the Kids Expo and to the Ulster Country Fair, and participated in Touch a Truck.
Learn more:
Total Transportation Corp.
http://www.totalbusco.com/
Total Transportation on Facebook:
Pleasant Valley Rotary:

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The Haiti Water Project (Aired on June 2 and June 3rd 2018)

Haiti Clean Water Program (Aired on June 2 and 3, 2018) Liberty (NY) Rotarians Gary Silver and Gary Siegel report to RadioRotary on an

important program that they have been developing and monitoring, including their 16 trips to Haiti. Working with the Rotary Club deCap-Haïtien, the Liberty Club has distributed over a thousand two-bucket water filtration systems to families in Cap-Haïtien, a historic city of about 200,000 whose water supply is not potable (suitable for drinking). This effort began as a Rotary District 2710 grant but now is funded largely by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, which pays about $105 per family, including the cost of technicians who install the system, teach the family
how to use it, and monitor it twice a month thereafter. The Liberty Club is best known for providing and coordinating disaster relief after hurricanes Katrina on the Gulf Coast, Harvey in Houston, and Maria in Puerto Rico, although they also are involved in many local community projects.
Learn more:
Liberty Rotary Club:
Rotary Club de Cap-Haitien on Facebook:
Cap-Haïtien:
A Two-Bucket Water Filter:

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Red Hook Rotary Apple Blossom Festival (Aired on May 5th and May 6th 2018)

Red Hook Rotary’s 2018 Projects (Aired on May 5 and 6, 2018)
RadioRotary visits Red Hook Rotary’s meeting to learn about some of the many activities of the Red Hook Club. Rotarian Dave Wright is in charge of the 2018 Apple Blossom Day, the street festival that traditionally kicks off the spring-summer season in Red Hook and Tivoli. In addition to dance and music performances on the stage, there are hundreds of food and craft vendors. Club president Tim Lynch describes the Aquabox, a box similar to the more familiar ShelterBox, and also designed for disaster relief, but focusing largely on water purification, a great need in many disasters. The Aquabox also contains dozens of other items that may be needed in a  disaster in addition to the water purifier.  Another guest on the show was the youth-exchange inbound person from Spain,Mercedes.  She describes her experiences as a visitor in Red Hook, while Red Hook Rotarian Christine Chale, youth-exchange representative for the club, describes Red Hook’s participation in both the full school-year youth-exchange program and also the shorter summer exchange.
Learn more:
Red Hook Rotary Club:
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook:
Aquabox:
District 7210 Youth Exchange Programs:
Rotary Youth Exchanges:
Short-term Youth Exchange:

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