Fitfeet Adventures (Aired on August 19, and 20, 2017)

Adventures and Running with FitFeet (Aired on August 19 and 20, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Kyle Irwin, who went from the Peace Corps and a career in microfinance to found FitFeet Adventures, a unique Rhinebeck-based corporation that focuses on the environment, philanthropy, and running and hiking for everyone from individuals to groups. Locally FitFeet runs 5K races, 10K races, and full and half marathons to support various local and national charities, including a 2017 walk-or-run at Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. The “adventures” part comes with specially designed tours of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, some incorporating major races in Patagonia. The Explore Peru Teen Adventure combines language immersion, volunteer work for charities, visits to cultural sites, and a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. By partnering with nonprofits such as Awamaki, which helps women and rural families in a Peruvian Village lift themselves out of poverty, and the Rainbow Children Foundation, FitFeet Adventures is far more than just a specialized travel agency.

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FitFeet Adventures
Awamaki
Patagonian International Marathon
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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Bunnee Web Tribute Show (Aired on June 24, 2017 and June 25th, 2017)

Bunnee Webb: Polio Eradicator (Aired on June 24 and 25, 2017)
This is a repeat broadcast in honor of Bunnee Webb, who led District 7210’s
campaign to eradicate polio, part of a worldwide effort that involved not only
Rotary, but also the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several United Nations organizations, and governments in the affected areas. Ms. Webb, a past District Governor of Rotary District 7210 (2000-01) and a member of the Congers-Valley Cottage Rotary Club, inspired all who knew her, especially for her dedication to polio eradication. She died on May 23, 2017, at the age of 89. By then the PolioPlus campaign was “this close” to polio eradication, with only 20 known cases of the disease in 2016—although Ms. Webb would never say “only.” When this 2010 show was originally broadcast, there were 349 total cases, down from 52,630 in 1980. The stories on this show are timeless, however, especially Ms. Webb’s account of her experience vaccinating children in India as part of a
National Immunization Day.
Learn more:
Rotary’s PolioPlus
Global Polio Initiative
Congers-Valley Cottage Facebook

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Rotarian Ambassadorial Program (Aired on Jan 7 2017 and Jan 8 2017)

Rotary Ambassador Susan Davis (Aired on Jan7 and 8, 2017)

Ambassadorial Scholarships are the oldest program of the Rotary Foundation, having provided the opportunity for graduate study to over 42,000 students who
have studied international relations in over 60 nations. Rotarian Susan Davis (Rotary District 7210 E-Club), who grew up in the swamps outside of New Orleans became one of the recipients and attended Oxford University in the UK in 1980-81, leading to a career in using nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to fight poverty in Bangladesh (with BRAC) and around the world. In this RadioRotary Interview, recorded live from West Point, where Ms. Davis appeared at the annual Rotary Foundation gala along with District 7210 Past-President Bill Bassett, she tells about her experience with Rotary and her work with microfinancing as a way to improve lives.

Learn more:
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
Susan Davis
Susan Davis Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award
Rotary E-Club of District 7210
BRAC (Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee)
Microfinancing

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Vassar Haiti Project (Aired on 10-26-16 & 10-27-16)

Vassar-Haiti Project Update (Aired on October 26 and 27, 2016)
In response to the September 11, 2001, attack Andrew Meade, director of
international students at Vassar College, and his wife Lila wanted to start a
project that would do good in the world. Both had family ties to Haiti, the poorest
nation in the Western Hemisphere, so that is where their impulse took them. For
fifteen years, the Vassar-Haiti project the started and still direct has improved the
lives of Haitians in the remote village of Chermaitre, starting with building and
staffing a school. Today Chermaitre and the surrounding area is also served by a
clinic that is part of the project. Vassar junior Clairiola Etienne, who is the
director of the health initiative, and Lila Meade are the guests on RadioRotary for
this program. The Vassar-Haiti project is now working to provide clean water for
Chermaitre thanks to a global grant of $55,000 from The Rotary Foundation,
sponsored locally by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington and Peekskill Rotary Clubs.
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary
Peekskill Rotary

The Vassar Haiti Project
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants

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