Lt. Col. Carole Voissey of The Salvation Army (Aired on April 29th 2017 and April 30th 2017)

“Soup, Soap, and Salvation” (Aired on April 29 and 30, 2017)
Peekskill Rotarian Lt. Colonel Carole Voisey tells Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger the story of the Salvation Army, its activities, and her involvement with it, starting with 6 generations in the Church on her father’s side and five on her mother’s. In Peekskill, the Salvation Army runs a soup kitchen, a food pantry, and a children’s after-school homework help program, while different arm of the Salvation Army runs the thrift store selling donated goods whose sales fund residential centers for rehabilitating alcoholics and addicts. Together, the branches of the Salvation Army fulfill a slogan of General William Booth, who founded the Church in 1895: “Soup, Soap, and Salvation. Lt. Colonel Voisey also tells her fascinating personal
story, starting as a Cadet and helping train officers in the Salvation Army in Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe, and outlines plans for a “battle of the bells,” which will pit individuals and service organization in raising money at holiday time.
Learn more:
Peekskill Salvation Army:
Peekskill Rotary
The Salvation Army in the United States
The Salvation Army International

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Pleasant Valley Lions (Aired on April 8, 2017 & April 9, 2017)

Pleasant Valley Service Organization (Aired on April 8 and 9, 2017)
Service Clubs are all about community, partly because they are one of
the glues that hold communities together. This program features two of
the clubs that serve the community of Pleasant Valley, NY—The Lions
Club, represented by its current president, Mike Kessler , and Rotary,
represented by RadioRotary producer and Pleasant Valley Rotarian
Kathy Kruger. Both local clubs are also part of international
organizations with major programs such as elimination of river
blindness and polio, but they work mostly on improving their local
communities. Although most of the time the two organizations are
independent, they support several of the same causes, such as the
local food bank and scholarships for students from the local high
school.
Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Lions Club
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club
Lions Club International
Lions Club Locator
Rotary International
Rotary Club Club Locator

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Missionary Rose on Haiti (Aired 3-25-17 & 3-26-17)

Medical Mission to Haiti (Aired on March 25 and 26, 2017)

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. Roberto Bonheur told his wife, Poughkeepsie Nurse Practitioner Rose Bonheur, that they had to do something to help; she had the skills, as a primary care specialist, to provide much needed medical help. Both Bonheurs had been born in Haiti, although they came to the United States as children. Rose was skeptical at first, but eventually organized a team of six volunteers and found a house in Haiti where they team could treat those in need. The need was immense, so every year since, Rose has found the donations, the medical supplies, and the volunteers to treat about 800 patients, moving to a different locality where there had previously been no medical care in the past. Recently, recognizing thatRotary handles projects like this all over the world, Rose has joined the Pleasant Valley Rotary Club. RadioRotary’s producer, registered nurse and Pleasant Valley Rotarian Kathy Kruger is excited to be among the volunteers for this year’s mission.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club
Health Effects of 2010 Earthquake:
Health in Haiti after the 2015 Hurricane

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Stuff The Buss (Aired on 3-18-17 & 3-19-17)

  

Pleasant Valley Stuffs the Bus (Aired on March 18 and 19, 2017)
Representing her Pleasant Valley Rotary Club, RadioRotary Producer Kathy
Kruger is interviewed by Sarah O’Connell about the Rotary Club’s annual “Stuff
the Bus” food drive. A full-sized School Bus, on loan for the day and decorated
for the occasion, is parked at the Acme Supermarket in Pleasant Valley as the
members of the Rotary Club encourage shoppers to “Stuff the Bus” with food
donations for the local food pantry. The food pantry, located at the Methodist
Church in Pleasant Valley, is run by volunteers from all four churches in the
hamlet with help from the Boy and Girl Scouts, donations from the local senior
citizens group, and financial assistance from the Food Bank of the Hudson
Valley. Acme supermarket aids the operation by selling bags of healthy staples
for $10 a bag, a real bargain. The bus is soon filled with those bags as well as
with other food donations. Ms. Kruger says that it is the easiest community
project a Rotary club can do—and it is certainly one of the most needed in almost
every community.

Learn more:

Pleasant Valley Rotary Club

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

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