Vassar-Haiti Project Accomplishments (Aired on January 1, 2023)

         

Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Kathy Kruger learn the latest development of the Vassar-Haiti Project (VHP) from Lila Meade, Executive Director of Vassar-Haiti Project (VHP), and Laury Senecal, Vassar senior who is president of the Vassar Rotaract Club and co-president of Student Executive Board. For twenty-one years, VJP the has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop Haitian village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Today Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 200-student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, solar-power system to bring electricity to the clinic. and a system bringing clean water to the community. A new project is adult education, teaching illiterate patients to read. Education, health, community economic improvement, and clean water are all Rotary goals as well, and 14 Rotary Clubs from District 7210 as well as three others from other districts, have been one of the main supports of VHP, along with annual sales of works by Haitian artists.

Learn More:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
Rotary District 7210:https://rotarydistrict7210.org/

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Rotary 2022 Convention in Houston – part 2 (Aired on July 17, 2022)

Once again Radio Rotary reports from the annual Rotary Convention, this year in Houston, TX, where Dave and Kathy Kruger interviewed representatives of organizations that work with Rotary to make a difference in the world. Stephen Popper, president and CEO of Meals of Hope, tells about how that organization partners with Rotary clubs to pack five different nutritious meals for food pantries to disperse. Razia Jan relates the story of how she, as an Afghan native living in Massachusetts, came to found two free schools to educated girls and women in
Afghanistan, still thriving despite the Taliban government. Gemma Sisia used her Rotary connections to found the School of St. Jude, which educates nearly 2,000 impoverished Africans annually as well as supplying volunteer teachers for Tanzanian government school. President and CEO of Mediators Beyond Borders, Prabha Sankaranarayan leads Mediators Beyond Borders International, an official Service Partner of Rotary International that has been working for peace since 1910. The fifteen international Service Partner—organizations such as ShelterBox and Habitat for Humanity—work closely with Rotary but also maintain separate chartable operations.

Learn More:
Houston Rotary Convention: https://convention.rotary.org/en/houston
Meals of Hope: https://mealsofhope.org/
Razia’s Ray of Hope: https://raziasrayofhope.org/
School of St. Jude: https://www.schoolofstjude.org/
Mediators Beyond Boarders International: https://mediatorsbeyondborders.org/
Service Partners of Rotary International: https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/partners

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Red Hook Middle School Does Shakespeare (Aired on May 29, 2022)

      

The Radio Rotary team interviews a half dozen members of the cast of Romeo and Juliet (Or Dating Game Gone Wrong), directed by Emily Haupt, a production of Red Hook’s Linden Avenue Middle School’s. The concept is that a frame story based on television’s Dating Game leads into Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers. The show was presented on June 4 and 5 in the new, professional auditorium at Red Hook High School. While some of the actors are new to live performances, others, although still in middle school, have been acting for years in camp productions and elsewhere. By double-casting some of the roles, the performance utilized the skills of abut twenty actors as well as other students working behind the scenes.

Learn More:
L.A.M.S. Romeo and Juliet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/344497695706336/search/?q=Romeo
Linden Avenue Middle School: https://www.redhookcentralschools.org/domain/152
Red Hook Central School District on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redhookcsd/
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/

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June 5, 2022 · Posted in Education, Events, Youth  

After the Prom is Over (Aired on May 22, 2022)

Lisa Hoffman Murry and Maria Scinelli, co-chairs of the Red Hook HIgh School Post-Prom Party’ join Radio Rotary’s co-hosts to describe the annual event, a Red Hook tradition for the past 32 years (except when Covid prevented the student’s dance). High schools across the nation celebrate junior and senior years with a dance that is generally the biggest social event of the school year,
but one that may lead to after-dance activities that are dangerous in one way or another—generally with alcohol or drugs involved. Parents in Red Hook, NY, have prevented trouble with a popular party attended by more than 80% of the prom participants. Participation is encouraged not only with games and other fun activities, but by cash prizes. Food is donated by local restaurants and stores as well as by parents. It starts at midnight and continues to breakfast at the historic Red Hook Diner.

Learn More:
Post-Prom Party: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2017/05/19/after-prom-festivities-focus-fun-food-friends/330546001/
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/

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May 29, 2022 · Posted in Education, Events, Youth  

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