Sara O’Connell on The Millbrook Rotary (Aired on February 10 and February 11 2018)

The Rotary Club of Millbrook (Aired on February 10 & 11, 2018)

Regular RadioRotary Co-host Sarah O’Connell turns guest for a show devoted to her own Rotary Club and its activities. The Rotary Club of Millbrook has been doing good in the world for more than 45 years now. The main way it funds its projects is by providing a service to Millbrook and the surrounding region with a Business Directory. The Directory contains much useful community information, but its real strength comes from the paid advertising, advertising that in turn supports the community as 100% of the profit from the ads is returned to the community. While Millbrook Rotary also has various social events, from weekly lunches with interesting speakers to evening parties, these are paid for by the members—in part by “fines” or “good/bad news” announcement paid for with dollars (and more) deposited in a plastic pig at each meeting. The otary Foundation, supported primarily by donations by Rotarians, also contributes to specific projects, recently one providing school supplies for needy families in the Millbrook and Webatuck districts. In addition, financially supporting local nonprofits, Millbrook Rotary also encourages literacy annually with dictionaries for elementary-school students in Millbrook and vicinities and a graduation gift of a book of their own choosing for every local eighth-grader and promotes peace by participating in annual youth exchanges.
Learn more:
Rotary Club of Millbrook:
Millbrook’s: 2017-18 Business Directory
Rotary International Club Locator


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Rotary International Convention From Atlanta GA (Aired on February 3rd & 4th, 2018) Show # 10

Once again RadioRotary brings listeners interviews with Rotarians attending the Convention who describe the Rotary programs that have brought them to Atlanta.  Regular listeners to RadioRotary know about ShelterBox, but in this program they learn new ways the ShelterBox teams are helping disaster victim around the world. Also, listeners are probably familiar with Rotary’s role in polio eradication, but there is also a Rotarian Action Group (RAG) that helps survivors of polio, including those whose symptoms return many years afterward. Health professionals of all types can be part of the Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors and Health Professionals, which provides opportunities to help solve medical problems for disadvantaged people everywhere. Youth Exchange includes other Rotary programs, notably the one-school-year exchange of high-school students, part of Rotary’s goal of promoting peace.
Learn more:
Rotary Action Group for Polio Survivors and Associates:
Rotarian Action Groups
Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors and Health Professionals:
 Rotary Fellowships
Rotary Youth Exchange Programs
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Rtn, Ellen Haggarty on Hearing Loss (Aired on January 6 and January 7th 2018)

Ellen Haggerty, Rotary’s Hearing Hero (Aired on January 6 and 7, 2018)

Pleasant Valley Rotarian Ellen Haggerty returns to the RadioRotary microphone to tell about her latest efforts to improve hearing and communication around the world. Ms. Haggerty, who lost her own hearing at age 4, but has compensated with hearing aids and excellent lip reading, is the chair of the Rotarians for Hearing Rotary Action Group (RAG). In past projects she has helped provide solar hearing aids for impoverished Brazilians, spread the use of hearing loopsthat improve sound for hearing aids at gatherings, and persuaded the Rotary Annual Convention to have captioning for its main talks. Her newest project in based on the idea that speech for those with hearing loss is impaired unless very young children hear others speak. Tests exist that can detect hearing loss in infants before they learn to speak. These tests are being introduced in Guatemala through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant sponsored by Pleasant Valley and Folsom, California, Rotary clubs in the United States partnered with two clubs in Guatemala. Listen to the program and learn about the project and about you can help.
Learn more:

Rotarians for Hearing RAG
Help the Children Hear
Rotary Action Groups
Pleasant Valley Rotary on Facebook

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Rotary International Convention In Atlanta Georgia Show # 7 (Aired on December 16th and 17th 2017)

Atlanta 2017 Rotary Convention, part 7 (Aired on December 16 & 17, 2017)
Continuing its broadcasts from the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta,
RadioRotary Co-Hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Conner interview representatives of several of the many exhibits featured at the Convention. “The One” Rotary Action Group presents an award of $100,000 to the International Humanitarian of the year along with $50,000 each to two runners-up, enabling these humanitarians to increase their work with the poor of the world. One effort to help the poor is Project Peanut Butter, which uses Rotary grants to manufacture and supply a specially formatted peanut butter that saves the lives of starving children, primarily in Africa. Another Rotary Action Group specializes in preventing blindness through improving maternal health, cataract surgery, and detection of macular degeneration. The “I Can Read” songs are taught to pre-school children, providing an easy way to learn reading easy, high-frequency words. Rotary volunteers staff the Wheelchair Foundation, which provides new and refurbished devices to give mobility to the disabled.
Learn more:
The One: International Humanitarian Award
Project Peanut Butter
Rotary Action Group for Blindness Prevention:
“I Can Read” Songs”
Wheelchair Foundation UK
Rotary Action Groups
Rotary Foundation Grant Programs

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