Cornell Cooperative Extension, Putnam (Aired on June 22 and 23, 2019)

 

Since 1862, states were empowered to set aside land that would be used to fund
institutes of higher education that would feature agriculture and engineering
along with other studies. These “land-grant colleges” became the basis of a
1914 law that had the Department of Agriculture work in improving agriculture
and rural life. Today every state has cooperative extensions that carry out this
mandate, including extension offices in every country of New York State, which
work with Cornell University. For this program, Radio Rotary interviews Stefanie
Hubert, the Executive Director of the Putnam County Cornell Cooperative
Extension. There are many fascinating topics, ranging from the effort to
encourage farmers to grow hemp; the master-gardener program; advice for good
nutrition; and the 4-H program for youth—which on the last weekend in July in
Putnam County puts on the only free-standing 4-H Fair in the nation.

Learn more:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County: http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/
Cooperative Extension History: https://nifa.usda.gov/cooperative-extension-history
Master Gardeners: https://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-resources/master-gardeners
Slow Food USA: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Education, Environment, Events, Health, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

Older Peace Corps Volunteer (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Kathy Sanderson, who decided at age 61 to join the
Peace Corps after she became a widow “and the children left and the dog died.”
After preliminary training, Ms. Sanderson was stationed on the island of Vanua
Lava, among the larger of the 82 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu in
the South Pacific, a 3-hour airplane trip west of Australia. Having been a
mathematics teacher in the United State, Ms. Sanderson’s assignment was to
teach arithmetic and algebra to about 200 middle-school students. Vanuatu is
part of the British Commonwealth, so classes were in English, although students
also spoke a form of pidgin English among themselves. Although she loved her
students, the actual school was not in very good shape and there were also local
hazards, such as centipedes and spiders. Because electricity was on and off, she
became used to rising at dawn and going to bed at sunset. A fascinating program
that may make you want to sign up for the Peace Corps, whatever your age.

Learn more:
Peace Corps Opportunities: https://www.peacecorps.gov/
Vanuatu: http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/vanuatu
Life on Vanua Lava where Kathy Taught: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6fxuecfr38

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June 28, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Education, International Programs, Travel, Volunteers  

The Anderson Center for Autism (Aired on May 18 and 19, 2019)

The Anderson Center for Autism returns as a topic for RadioRotary, this time with guests
Chrissy Wolcott and Lisa Susczynski telling about some of the programs and techniques used at the Center to improve the lives of children and adults who are on the autism spectrum. Autism is a complex syndrome that required a medical diagnosis to identify. The spectrum ranges from persons with slight problems functioning in society through to those who cannot speak or have other serious mental impairment. The Anderson Center has educational facilities from young persons from age 5 to 21, both residential and day programs. Also it supports group homes throughout Dutchess County. Among the topics covered in the RadioRotary interviews are ways to make stores and other public places friendlier to those with autism. In part because the Center serves individuals who have little money, there are fundraisers, including a golf tournament, and volunteers are always needed to help with these events. There is a lot more in the program, so listen and learn about this important topic and about our local Center that is known for its innovative programs.

Learn more:
Anderson Center for Autism: https://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/
Autism Supportive Environment: https://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/community/autism-supportive-environment/
Autism Spectrum Disorder: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml
Parents Guide to Autism: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/autism-spectrum-disorders.htm

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May 30, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Education, Health, Youth  

Great Events from Goshen Rotary (Aired on May 11 and 12, 2019)

Rotary 7210 Past District Governors Ken and Doris Obremski, both members of
the Rotary Club of Goshen NY (Ken is currently club president) visit RadioRotary
to tell about some of the events the club uses to raise funds and support the
community and also about some of the projects that Goshen Rotary funds. In the
spring, The Taste of Goshen brings the culinary talents of local restaurants to
one event, complete with jazz and a silent auction. Then around Independence
Day, Goshen Rotary joins the Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses
and organization to produce the Great American Weekend. 5K and 10K races
are a feature of the weekend sponsored by Goshen Rotary—the Obremskis are
there are the finish line with refreshments for the runners. The money raised is
used for many scholarships for local high-school students, a Thanksgiving dinner
for the needed, and many other community projects. Goshen Rotary is also
proud of its support for The Rotary Foundation, which funds both international
projects and community good works.

Learn more:
Rotary Club of Goshen NY: https://www.goshennyrotary.org/
Goshen Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Goshen-NY-221599024649451/
Harness Racing Museum: https://harnessmuseum.com/
Great American Weekend: https://goshennychamber.com/event/great-american-weekend-2019/
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

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