Youngest Club President in District (Aired August 13, 2023)


Radio Rotary interviewed Todd Bowen, president of Wappingers Rotary and, at 21, the youngest club president ever in District 7210. Bowen, originally from Pine Plains, got his start in Rotary
when his family moved to Wappingers Falls, putting Bowen into Roy C. Ketcham High School, where he joined one other male student and 28 young women in the school’s Interact Club, a Rotary-sponsored service organization Bowen was recruited to be Interact’s secretary, which led in the following years for him to become president of the club (twice). He spearheaded the group’s raising $1,000 to finance a ShelterBox. By the end of his second year leading the club, it had grown to 140 members. While attending Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, Bowen joined Wappingers Rotary in 2018 Today he works at the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity while maintaining important roles in the club’s Housing Support project, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and trying to start a Rotary Satellite club. Bowen is also active at the District Level, currently as Executive Secretary of District 7210.

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Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls:
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County:
Rotary Interact:
ShelterBox USA:
Rotary Satellite Clubs:

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September 26, 2023 · Posted in Housing Assistance, Rotary Club Projects, Youth  

Help for Veterans and More; MHA (Aired on July 30, 2023)


Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) provides many services to the residents of Dutchess County, ranging from the Mobile Crisis Center, sober-supported housing, and care management. One of the most wide-reaching group of programs are for veterans. Alyssa Carrion, the Director of Veterans Programs is the guest of Radio Rotary, who describes the several programs MHA offers to vets. Vet2Vet provides emotional support and assistance in obtaining benefits. Another program deals with housing, employment, and reintegration. The Veterans Employment Training and Transitions Program mainly helps veterans with obtaining employment. Because so many veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), MHA provides suicide prevention and programs of different therapy forms. MHA programs also link to other veterans’ services. All MHA programs for veterans are free.

Learn More:
MHA of Dutchess County:
Vet To Vets United:
New York State Veterans’ Services;
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

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September 26, 2023 · Posted in Housing Assistance, Mental Health, Support Groups, Veterans  

Coordinated Behavioral Health Services (Aired on May 21, 2023)


Radio Rotary welcomes Ruthanne Becker, Senior Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Westchester, to discuss the Coordinated Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), a partnership of twenty-eight agencies that provide services for mental health and substance use issues, empowerment, and peer support services, educational and employment services, and many more throughout seven counties in the Hudson Valley, helping more than 60,000 individuals annually. The mission of CBHS is to support its members’ efforts to provide effective behavioral health services to the Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured population. The telephone number (833) 839-2247 will reach trained counselors who can direct a person with mental health issues to the agency that will provide help.

Learn More:
Coordinated Behavioral Health Services:
Mental Health Association of Westchester:

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Making Affordable Housing Available (Aired on November 6, 2022)


RadioRotary interviews Christa Hines, CEO of Hudson River Housing, a vital service primarily in Dutchess County (but with a few facilities in nearby counties). For the past 40 years Hudson River Housing has worked to solve the housing problems of those who my face housing choices that would be more than 30% of their income, providing more than 1,500 units of affordable housing as well as a homeless shelter for those with no housing at all. Since the pandemic brought many new, relatively wealthy families out of the city or suburbs, the need for affordable housing in the region has increased—and Hudson River Housing has helped in several ways, not just with acquiring or building new units. Some of their programs include employment services, a drop-in center for youth, housing options for veterans, and senior housing services.

Learn More:
Hudson River Housing:
Poughkeepsie Housing Authority:
Housing and Homelessness in Mid-Hudson:

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