Vassar-Haiti Project during the Pandemic (Aired on September 20, 2020)

For twenty years, the Vassar-Haiti Project (VHP) has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop Haitian village of Chermaitre and its surroundings, raising funds primarily by selling Haitian paintings and crafts. As a result of these efforts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 300- student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary. But with the Covid-19 situation in 2020, an in-person art sale would be too dangerous, so VHP mounted an on-line auction and other virtual events. RadioRotary is helping promote the sale with an interview with Lila Meade, Executive Director of VHP, and two active students from Vassar, Alice Fan and Sam O’Keefe. VHP is partly operated by Vassar’s Rotaract Club and has close connections with 14 Rotary Clubs, District 7210, and The Rotary Foundation. The current efforts include setting up an $86,500 solar-power system to bring much needed electricity to the clinic, for which 14 Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 7210 have contributed $66,000.

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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Fall Prevention Week (Aired on September 13, 2020)

Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at Vassar Hospital Jill Bubel visits RadioRotary to promote the Lower Hudson Valley Fall Prevention Week, a series of online events devoted to teaching older persons how to avoid those often traumatic and sometimes deadly falls, the most common cause of serious injury or mortality in persons over 60. The events are sponsored by the offices for the aging of the counties in the lower Hudson Valley and include a balance class based on the Kovacs exercises, classes in Tai Chi, information about making homes safer, and much more. Programs for the week include materials for fall prevention from Rebuilding Together, students from Stoney Brook, and Northwell Health.

Learn more:
Lower Hudson Valley Fall Prevention Network: https://www.facebook.com/lhvfallprevention
Fall Prevention from National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures
Trauma Center at Vassar Hospital: https://www.healthquest.org/poughkeepsie/trauma.aspx
Tai Chi for Health: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi 

More Resources:

The Zoom and Facebook Live technology review designed to help older adults to use these virtual platforms with more ease: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=769120840538658

The presentation by Dr. Neal Smoller, holistic pharmacist from Woodstock about “Medication and Fall Risk”:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__drive.google.com_file_d_1-5FUOl-5FXyX8UIdKYXfVSuGVrVArhqZhGsL_view-3Fusp-3Dsharing-5Feil-26ts-3D5f69150a&d=DwMFaQ&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=-nxR3e22jWnzT9Us-N9deLHG_a-C0cykXD4hE5o324U&m=dqugmcW6o-K3GoDsZijHUjzTo0vjH2H1ZXD5Vf0As-s&s=FKPWYmmjUVWFScOzqzcUUGaWN1HOt4ofUzf_SmYpkxA&e=

The live Introduction to Tai Chi class from Bowdoin Park: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__drive.google.com_file_d_1wgLZAKlLR4PluN144G8Dvk9wlk0IiHBr_view-3Fusp-3Dsharing-5Feil-26invite-3DCN7ymNYJ-26ts-3D5f6ff97a&d=DwMFaQ&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=djsh2P2ZWvPyC5xAuko2PTRBLPGepCAVPmlC1RO-caY&m=BfA6j-ZQILoWIvNBs5lE2mCIRQcdwOaiXahD1dOcZDo&s=eOetNFaReihmTtYZAv8arv4a1pVX5pmK1l4VL_lMPpY&e=

The home safety tour from Rebuilding Together:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_BrCaGUy5MXA&d=DwMFAg&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=djsh2P2ZWvPyC5xAuko2PTRBLPGepCAVPmlC1RO-caY&m=TOmDpWNbzK73e81gncfhRSHIAo3VxGD7VV5uXA4bHUQ&s=JB1E-PpYu4uXz2jlXv4BGT252JNcehmRISYm_W7o9rM&e=

A link to a home safety checklist: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org_sites_default_files_PDF_2020-5FRTDC-2520Home-2520Safety-2520Checklist.pdf&d=DwMFAg&c=y10fAQ-MjRVdTmbaCO4gBbko2jPu1Pu3w_E_ih7sRcg&r=djsh2P2ZWvPyC5xAuko2PTRBLPGepCAVPmlC1RO-caY&m=HhOtohe0O0d8geneiUE0WFDKE4B9LzZCWlhL6IYpPC0&s=mqkjdZjdUaaVLL7ui_PCxgsL3IQMksUUgkuUVnHIVNg&e=

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September 18, 2020 · Posted in Aging, Events, Health, Quality of Life  

Gift of Life International (Aired on July 4 and 5, 2020)

Rob Raylman, CEO of Gift of Life International and 2020-21 president of the Manhasset Rotary Club, visits RadioRotary on Zoom to discuss the latest projects of the humanitarian organization that he heads. The purpose of Gift of Life International is to treat children with heart disease and where necessary to provide nutritional assistance to recovering children. Originally children were
brought to the US for pediatric surgery, but since 2009 Gift of Life International has focused largely on creating “Core Programs” that develop regional centers in emerging nations, which, when they are ready, become “Legacy Programs” that are backed by the country’s national government and a working pediatric hospital. Gift of Life International began as an idea raised at a lunch at the
Manhasset Rotary just 13 years ago, although Gift of Life missions go back to 1975. The medical staff and their helpers are all volunteers, while the main costs of the operations and training are borne by The Rotary Foundation, mostly through global grants. The Legacy Programs become self-sustaining and also improve the economy of an emerging nation.

Learn more:
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Manhasset Rotary Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manhassetrotary/
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

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July 23, 2020 · Posted in Children, Health, International Programs  

Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess (Aired on July 11 and 13, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews (via Zoom) Joe Ryan, the Coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corp of Dutchess County, an organization of 1,004 volunteers currently who provide disaster relief, emergency-medical training, and related services throughout Dutchess County. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a nationwide organization designed to prepare for and help hand disaster relief, started after the September 11, 2001, attack. The Dutchess Country branch currently has 1,004 volunteers, and also Mr. Ryan has also won the nationally given Mentor Award for its coordination with surrounding county MRCs. The volunteers are almost exactly split between medical personnel and those with no prior medical training. The many preparedness programs offered by Dutchess MRC include classes in stopping bleeding, overdose recovery, suicide prevention, tick safety, and hands-only CPR. During the COVID-19 epidemic, MRC has been part of contact tracing, monitoring victims who are living at home, and providing food or prescription delivery when necessary. Listen to the whole program to learn much more about the services and also about how to volunteer to become a member.

Learn more:
Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Emergency-Response/Medical-Reserve-Corps-MRC.htm
Medical Reserve Corps: https://mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage
Mentor Award: https://www.dutchessny.gov/County-Government/National-Medical-Reserve-Corps-Bestows-Mentor-Award-on-Dutchess-Countys-Joe-Ryan.htm

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