Family Services and the Family Partnership (Aired on August 29, 2021)

Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services, describes for RadioRotary listeners the enormous scope of his organization, which operates in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. He emphasizes the Behavioral Health Centers in several locations, which promote mental health, and the Center for Victim Safety and Support, which provides 24-hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, scams, and other crimes. The Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie, a centerpiece of Family Services, collaborates with some 20 organizations for humanitarian services based largely in a 100-year-old building in downtown Poughkeepsie. All Family Partnership services (except the Behavioral Health Centers) are free. The Partnership Center is very excited that they are adding a branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library in the building. Because of the building’s age, the Family Partnership is about to undergo considerable repairs and remodeling, including a new roof and new front entrance.

Learn More:
Family Services: http://www.familyservicesny.org/
Family Services Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesHV
Poughkeepsie Public Library District: https://poklib.org/
The Lunch Box: https://dutchessoutreach.org/the-lunch-box/

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Dutchess County Fair Returns (Aired on August 15, 2021)

Andy Imperati, president and CEO of the world famous Dutchess County Fair joins RadioRotary to tell about the events at this year’s fair, which has returned for its 175th season after a one-year break due to Covid 19. In 2021, although masks are suggested for the unvaccinated, proof of vaccination is not required for entry. The many familiar Fair events will be returning, including all the animals on display on Livestock Hill (with this year the addition of the Two-by-Two Zoo); milking the cows twice a day, with children allowed to milk Miss Dutchess, a fiberglass cow; the famous 4H milkshakes; the crafts, food, and garden competitions; museum village with its antique engines; the carnival rides; and the shows in the grandstand. A new feature this year will be Thursday mornings cleared for those with sensory problems—no lights on the rides and no pervasive music.

Learn More:
Dutchess County Fair: https://www.dutchessfair.com/
Dutchess County 4H Fairbook 2021: https://www.dutchessfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/FINAL-2021-FAIRBOOK-dutchess-fair.pdf

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August 18, 2021 · Posted in Dutchess County, Events  

Rerunning Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival (Aired on August 1, 2021)

Highland Rotarians Tony Marmo, Steve Laubach, and club-president Dave Lambert visit RadioRotary via Zoom to tell how the club’s principal fundraiser, the annual Ribfest, which started in 2005, has been reconfigured for the Covid-19 era. For a second year, the Highland Rotary Club has decided to replace the Hudson Valley Ribfest at the Ulster County Fairgrounds with a fundraiser that helps local restaurants impacted by Covid, provides a great value for diners, and also raises a little cash for the Rotary Club’s many community grants. Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival is based upon diners being able to purchase a $30 voucher that is worth $50 at a local restaurant. Event sponsors make up the $20 difference, so the restaurant receives the full cost of the meal—a “win-win” opportunity. Go to the website to participate, August 20-22, 2021.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://rrrr.rocks/
Highland NY Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Highland Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandnyrotary/

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August 4, 2021 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

Mike Polasek, 7210 District Governor 2021-22 (Aired July 4, 2021)

The 2021-22 Governor for Rotary District 7210, the eight counties of the Mid-Hudson region, Mike Polasek, started his term on July 1, but like all District Governors he had two years of training for the becoming the administrative head of the district. Unlike many other new District Governors, however, he has been part of an active team of District leaders working together to improve the District. Past District Governors Cindie Kish (2019-20) and Tony Marmo (2020-21) developed plans for the activities and events together with DG Polasek, including the District Service Days, which take place each quarter. DG Polasek will lead service days on addiction prevention and recovery, food security, and the environment. This Rotary Year will see the return of many in-person events, starting with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and including the return to the Youth Exchange program admissions. Continuing programs include the Million Mask Challenge, End Polio Now, and ShelterBox.

Learn more:
Rotary Districts 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Rotary Club of Lagrange: https://lagrangerotaryny.org/
Million Mask Challenge: https://blog.rotary.org/2020/12/30/million-mask-challenge-displays-power-of-rotary-network/
Polio and Rotary: https://www.endpolio.org/
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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