Hearts, Dreams, and Laughs (Aired On October 20 & 21, 2018)

Nick Constantino (Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Club) and Alexandra Duenas,
president of Clarkstown Sunrise, are two of the Rotarians working in partnership
with the Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary to help terminally ill children in and
around Neiva, Colombia. The project is called “Hearts, Dreams and Laughs,”
because it mostly consists of hiring professional clowns and other entertainers to
bring some smiles to the nearly 200 children in hospitals in and around Nieva
who will probably live the rest of their young lives in the hospitals. Clarkston
Sunrise hopes to raise enough money to fund the project for a year. Both Nick
and Alexandria are also suitcases filled with toys, including Beanie Babies
supplied by Spring Valley Rotary, as they visit the hospitals. The project is Rotary
all the way, since Clarkston Sunrise learned of it from Alexandra’s cousin, who is
in president of Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary—and you can learn more about it
by listening to the interview with Past District Governor Nick Constantino on
RadioRotary—and learn a little about Nick as well.

Learn more:
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary Club: http://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Club: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=clarkstown sunrise rotary
Spring Valley Rotary Club: http://www.springvalleyrotaryny.org/

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The Animal Farm Foundation (Aired On October 13 & 14, 2018)

You may never have heard about canine discrimination, but you will learn a lot
from this fascinating interview with Stacey Coleman and Nicole Juchem of the
Animal Farm Foundation. The Foundation, which started in the 1980s as a refuse
farm for horses, it now is a nationwide advocate for pit bulls and a trainer and
supplier of service dogs. It specialized in training dogs for very specific tasks,
such as opening doors. Among its programs are training K9 dogs for police
departments, dogs that learn to detect drugs or hidden weapons. The
Foundation works with inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, where
inmates socialize dogs and teach them basic canine manners. The dogs are
recruited from animal shelters. If the dog turns out to be resistant to training, the
Foundation finds a suitable family to adopt it.

Learn more:
Animal Farm Foundation, Inc.: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Animal Farm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalfarmfoundation/
Pit Bull Discrimination: https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-pit-bulls
Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals: https://usaservicedogs.org/

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Rotary International Show From Toronto Canada Show 2 (Aired on July 14 and July 15th, 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 2 (Aired on July 14 and 15, 2018)

Here are four more stories of people putting service before self from the 2018 Toronto Rotary International Convention. Sole 4 Souls not only distributes shoes and other clothing around the world, but also creates sustainable jobs in third-world nations. World Bicycle Relief does not provide relief for bicycles, but provides bicycles for relief of travel problems in places with bad roads or none. The specially designed bicycles are strong enough for bumpy rides and easy to
repair if needed. Rise Against Hunger recognizes that there is food enough for every person on the planet, but 815 million people, many of them children, go hungry because food is unequally distributed. The volunteers at Rise Against Hunger work on assembly lines to produce nourishing food packages; often the volunteers are Rotarians. Rotary is most known, however, for its steps to end polio now, which is discussed by Al Bonney of Traverse City Rotary. Mr. Bonney emphasizes the problems of post-polio syndrome as well as updating the fight to eradicate polio.
Learn more:
Soles 4 Souls:
World Bicycle Relief:
Rise Against Hunger:
End Polio Now:
Global Polio Eradication Initiative:
Post-Polio Syndrome:

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Mary Ann Coe and Vincent Marzella talk Stuff The Bus (Aired on June 9th and June 10th 2018)

Total Transportation for Local Charities (Aired on June 9 and 10, 2018) RadioRotary interviews two employees of Total Transportation Corp., a business that goes out of its way to help local community organizations such as Rotary clubs.  Vincent Marzello is the Regional Director of Operations, working out of Wappinger Falls, while MaryAnne Coe is the Location Manager in that office.  Marzello and Coe describe how they loan out equipment, often with volunteer drivers (regular employees who volunteer their time), to chairitable organizations such as Pleasant Valley Rotary. The Rotary club regularly runs a “Stuff the Bus” campaign for the local food pantry, and Total Transportation provides the bus, which (festooned with a large sign) is parked in a supermarket lot until donors have filled it with food, which the bus then transmits to the food pantry. In some other recent charitable events, Total Transportation carried supplies for Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria from Dutchess County; they also collected
backpacks of school supplies, drove children to the Kids Expo and to the Ulster Country Fair, and participated in Touch a Truck.
Learn more:
Total Transportation Corp.
http://www.totalbusco.com/
Total Transportation on Facebook:
Pleasant Valley Rotary:

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