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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Felicia DiNonno and Andrew Cicconne from Clove Creek Dinner Theater (Aired on April 21st and April 22nd 2018)

Dinner Theater in Dutchess Country (Aired on April 21 and 22, 2018) Felicia DiNonno, founder of the Clove Creek Dinner Theater in            Fishkill, NY, and Rotarian Andrew Ciccone (Newburgh) visit RadioRotary to tell about the many fundraising opportunities available using the facilities of the dinner theater. Of course, Clove Creek Dinner Theater features new comedy theater every month interspersed with audience-participation mysteries and other special evenings along with dinners prepared by Culinary Institute chefs. Nonprofit organizations can use the shows as fundraisers in several ways. Tickets can be purchased for an evening fundraiser at a reduced rate and then sold at the regular rate or higher, with the organization pocketing the difference. Clove Creek staff will help set up drawings or contests with prizes supplied by the dinner theater and organizations can run their own raffles or silent auctions, taking home all of the money earned. The dinner theater will also help promote the fundraising event on its popular Facebook page.
Learn more:
Clove Creek Dinner Theater:
National Dinner Theatre Association:
Newburgh Rotary:

 

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April 24, 2018 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Dutchess County, Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

Christine Giangrasso talks about Honor Flight (Aired on March 10 and March 11th 2018)

Hudson Valley Honor Flights (Aired on March 10 & 411, 2018)

Highland Rotarian Christine Giangrasso visits RadioRotary to talk primarily about the Hudson Valley Honor Flights, especially the one she participated in recently.  Honor Flights are fully paid for visits to Washington, D.C. for veterans of World  War II or the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. Volunteers (who pay their own way) pair with a veteran as they visit the war memorials in Washington and other important national sites such as the Capitol and Lincoln Memorial. The veterans are treated as true celebrities all along the way, from bands and flag wavers as they leave Stewart Airport to a welcome by Boy Scouts on their return. Ms. Giangrasso, who is also the incoming Rotary District 7210 Governor for 2018-19, also tells about some of the other activities of the Highland Rotary Club, including their famous Ribfest (3rd week in August). Listen for an emotional account of her experience accompanying a Korean War veteran on his big day.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Honor Flights:
National Honor Flight Network:
Rotary Club of Highland (NY)
Hudson Valley Ribfest

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March 24, 2018 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Service Organizations  

Kingston Italian Festival (Aired on September 30th, 2017 & October 1st 2017)

The Italian Festival in Kingston (Aired on September 30 and October 1,
2017)

Rotarian Tony Marmo (Highland Club) and Frank Faluotico visit RadioRotary to describe the Italian Festival in Kingston, NY, a fundraiser for Ulster County’s Italian American Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the Italian heritage of the country. Both were among the founders of the 501(c)3 nonprofit group in June 2015. The Foundation is similar to a Rotary Club in that it primarily raises money to give back to the community, especially in scholarships for Italian-American high-school students to attend college. The Festival features many vendors purveying Italian foods to eat on the spot or to take home as well as other goods. There is Italian music from folk songs to opera (not to mention Sinatra songs) and dances, such as the famous tarantella. The Italian Signor and Signora of the year are presented. Held in the historic Roundout section of Kingston, the many local restaurants also participate in the event.

Learn more:
Ulster County Italian American Foundation
National Italian American Foundation
Highland Rotary Club

 

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October 28, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

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