Rotary International Convention in Toronto Canada (Aired on July 7 and July 8th 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on July 7 and 8, 2018)

Each year RadioRotary takes its microphone to the Rotary International Convention, which in 2018 is in Toronto, Ontario. Some 24,000 Rotarians are in attendance and RadioRotary gets as many of the great stories as it can. One of the interviews in this show is with Ellen Haggerty, a Pleasant Valley Rotarian whose mission to improve hearing and make life easier for those who are hearing impaired takes her all over the world. Her organization, Rotarians for Hearing, is one of the many Rotary Action Groups, or RAGs, that deal with specific issues.  Another interview concerts a different RAG, this one uniting Rotarians around the world to help prevent opioid addiction as well as other forms of  addiction.  Disaster Aid USA is not a RAG, but instead is a club-based Rotary project that started with a Bethesda, MD, Rotary Club, but now has chapters in clubs all over the US and sister organizations in Europe and Southeast Asia. One of the highlights of the RadioRotary interviews at the International Convention is the interview with the new president of Rotary International; fir 2018-19, it is Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau in the Bahamas.
Learn more:
Rotarians for Hearing: Rotarian Action Group:

Rotarian Action Group: Addiction Prevention:
Disaster Aid USA:
Barry Rassin, 2018-19 Rotary International President:
Rotary International:

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Kimberly Kochem on Preventing Child Abuse (Aired on June 30th and July 1 2018)

Prevention of Child Abuse (Aired on June 30 and Jul 1, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Kimberly Kochen, Executive Director of The Center for
the Prevention of Child Abuse, located in Poughkeepsie, N, the nonprofit agency
dedicated to the reduction of child maltreatment since 1973. Among their
programs are outreach to elementary schools for educating children and to PTAs
and other groups for educating adults. Almost 17,000 children per year are
served, mostly through lessons in schools, ranging from puppet shows for
younger children to more formal teaching though grade 6. Child abuse is a major
problem but only about one in a thousand children will report it. Everyone who
suspects child abuse should call the NYS Central Registry at 1(800) 342-3720 or
in case of immediate harm, 911. Parents and others are urged to “trust your gut”
if you suspect anything, and take action immediately. Abuse during childhood
often affects the person abused for his or her entire life.
Learn more:
The Center for Prevention of Child Abuse:
Facebook Page for Child Abuse Prevention:
NYS Central Registry (Child Protective Services):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Child Abuse:

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Dorothy Filoramo and Ryan O’Gorman on The El Salvador Water Project (Aired on April 28, 2018 and April 29, 2018)

Clean Water Project in El Salvador (Aired on April 28 and 29, 2018)

Pearl River Rotarians Dorothy Filoramo and Ryan O’Gorman join the RadioRotary team to tell about how a visit by Ryan to El Salvador led to a project to build a well and filtration system for three small villages in that country. Ryan observed that villagers needed to bring water in plastic bags to the site where they were working. Further checking revealed that the local well was not only
running dry, but its water was not safe to drink in any case. He enlisted the help of his fellow Rotarian Dorothy and together they conceived of a project to help.  As a starter, with the aid of the San Miguel El Salvador Rotary they helped the villagers by providing simple filtration systems to improve the little water they had locally. Since then, they have worked toward having a deeper well dug, one thatwould also produce safely filtered water. It is an expensive project (estimated at
$80,000) and they are seeking help from other Rotary clubs.

 

Learn more:

Pearl River Rotary:
San Miguel Rotary on Facebook:
Rotary and Clean Water:
https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/providing-clean- water
The Water Crisis in El Salvador:

 

 

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May 3, 2018 · Posted in Health, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects, Water Projects  

Andrew O’Grady from MARC (Aired on April 14 and April 15th 2018)

Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC) (Aired on April 14 and 15, 2018)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of the Mid-Hudson Recovery Centers (MARC) and Executive Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) visits RadioRotary to tell about changes at MARC as it finds new ways to improve its mission of residential treatment for alcoholics and other addicts. MARC is now
allied with MHA, extending the reach of both organizations. If a person in Dutchess or surrounding counties is sufferance from an addiction or mental crisis, he or she can get immediate help at the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, which is always open day or night and which will provide therapy up to 23 hours while helping the visitor decide what the appropriate next
steps, such a detox or other treatment, are for the specific circumstances.  MARC manages nine beds in the Stabilization Center that focus on addiction and alcoholism problems. A person ready to be helped can also call MARC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis Center at (845) 471-0310. There is much more
useful information in this fascinating interview.
Learn more:
Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC)
MARC Facebook Page
Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Dutchess Country Stabilization Center
 

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