Rhinebeck Rotarian Louis Turpin is the District Governor (DG) for Rotary Year 2016-17 for District 7210, Rotary in the Hudson Valley. Rotary’s governance system has new officers undertake one-year terms starting on July 1, but District Governors have several years training before their year in office. DG Turpin discusses his goals for his year, which he summarizes as “Do Good, Have Fun.” Turpin has previously had many roles in his club and in the district, and also serves as member of the Board for ShelterBox, an international relief organization allied with Rotary International. DG Turpin’s year coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, best known for its efforts to eradicate polio, now on the verge of success.
Rhinebeck Rotarian and District 7210 Governor-Elect for 2016-17 Lou Turpin describes two of the several activities that help fulfill the Rotary Foundation motto of “Doing Good in the World.” In addition to his work for District 7210, Turpin has been instrumental in furthering the work of ShelterBox, perhaps the leading disaster-relief organization in the world. Not only has he been a Shelter-Box Ambassador, encouraging the funding of the program throughout the district, but be also serves on the board of ShelterBox USA. On another front, through his involvement with the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, he has participated in several of the Nobel Peace Summits, an annual gathering of winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. At the most recent summit in Barcelona, Spain, Turpin combined these two aspects of his work by speaking to the meeting about how ShelterBox has been working to aid the refugees from the Syrian Civil War.
Pleasant Valley Rotarian, and 2015 winner of the Jeffrey Keahon Foundation Award, David Kruger describes the work of The Rotary Foundation, the part of Rotary that not only does good in the world away from our communities, but also helps fund many local projects. While its most notable success has been the worldwide reduction of polio to a handful of cases in two countries—with complete elimination on the horizon—The Rotary Foundation may have saved even more lives with its projects for clean water, maternal and child health, and peace. It is also the most effective charity because nearly all of every dollar given to The Rotary Foundation is used for its work instead of spent on administration or fundraising.
Even before devastating earthquakes hit Nepal and surrounding territory in April and May of 2015, the plight of numerous children in that Himalayan nation was desperate. Many young children were being sold by their parents to work in Indian factories; young girls were often forced into prostitution. The Blue Butterfly Foundation, created by Lauren Yanks, has helped save over 2,000 children from trafficking, the use of force or fraud to cause humans to provide labor or sex against their will. In this radio interview, Ms. Yanks tells the powerful story of how the Blue Butterfly Foundation was founded and named. She urges listeners to become aware that their pursuit of evermore inexpensive items and food is contributing to this international tragedy.