Rotary’s First E-Club in District 7210 (Aired on October 24, 2021)

Fred Widman, president of the Rotary E-club of District 7210, joins Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell-Claitor on RadioRotary to talk about the formation and present situation of the first-ever international E-club, which has its home base in the Hudson Valley but includes members from around the world, currently including Sweden, Brazil, Nigeria, India, and Turkey. The club has
regular Zoom meetings with guest speakers online one Saturday each month, but members can also attend their local Rotary club meetings when they have a chance. Also, members participate in service projects run by the local clubs or can do individual service and report back on their hours. The club began in 2010 when Ana Johnsen met a Rotarian from Nigeria and they conceived the idea of an international club, which Ana and her husband Knute Johnsen established. The club raises money primarily through a raffle for restaurant meals in high- class restaurants around the world, using the proceeds for such projects as purchase of oxygen generators for India, important during the Covid-19 pandemic, or participation in a global Foundation grant for a hospital in Brazil.

Learn more:
Rotary E-Club of District 7210: https://eclub7210.clubexpress.com/ or https://www.rotarydistrict7210.org/clubInfo/rotary-eclub-7210
District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
About Rotary E-clubs: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000008529/en-ca/files/sitepage/about-e-clubs/e-club-guide/eclub_guide_en.pdf

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November 5, 2021 · Posted in International Programs, Rotary Club Close-ups  

Rotary’s Work in Eradicating Polio (Aired on October 17, 2021)

Carole Tjoa, District PolioPlus Chair

North Rockland Rotarian and 7210 Past District Governor (2006-07) Carole Tjoa, currently the District PolioPlus Chair, once again joins RadioRotary to update the progress on polio eradication. After polio in 1979, was completely eliminated from the U.S. by the Salk and Sabin vaccines, Rotary used the vaccines to eradicated polio in the Philippines, then in 1985 carried the program to South America, Asia, and Africa, the continents where wild polio was infecting some 35,000 annually. Rotary was joined with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. CDC in 1988, joined by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation starting in 2007. Foundation. The immunization program has eliminated the wild polio virus from everywhere but Pakistan and Afghanistan, which continue to have fewer than 200 cases annually between them. Listen, and learn more, both about polio and the remarkable life of Mrs. Tjoa, who came from Hong Kong to the U.S. on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and has since received degrees from Oxford
in England and Columbia in New York. She joined Rotary in 1988 soon after it first admitted women.

Learn more:
Global Polio Eradication Initiative: https://polioeradication.org/
PolioPlus: https://www.endpolio.org/
Carole Tjoa: https://www.rocklandtimes.com/2017/03/23/unsung-hero-carole-tjoa-rotary-club-of-north-rockland/
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: https://www.pfw.edu/dotAsset/eeaeb34f-0487-4999-9082-0c680d268ce6.pdf
North Rockland Rotary Club: https://northrocklandrotary.org/

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October 24, 2021 · Posted in Global Polio Initiative, Health, International Programs, PolioPlus  

Helping People Survive Disasters and Conflicts (Aired on August 22, 2021)

Montecito (CA) Rotarian Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA, joins Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger to talk about how the ShelterBox organization helps survivors of disasters and refugees from conflicts around the world. ShelterBox is a program that provides disaster or conflict relief based on a specially designed tent that can hold an entire family and also the tools, food,
solar lighting, cookware, and water filtration needed to support that family for up to half a year—including toys for children. The traditional ShelterBoxes resemble trunk-sized Tupperware boxes that contain everything needed for a family, but sometimes a tent is not the answer, so ShelterBox also provides as needed ShelterKits with tools and supplies for rebuilding and restocking a damaged home or other specific materials such as SchoolBoxes to replace lost lessons. When ShelterBox was started by a group of British Rotarians in 2000 they expected to 8 to 10 families a year, but today more than 200,000 persons facing such disasters as tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, giant storms, and civil wars are being helped. Listen and learn much more.

Learn More:
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/
Stock the Box Campaign: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/stockthebox/
Rotary International and ShelterBox: https://www.rotary.org/en/shelterbox-and-rotary-help-disasters
Montecito Rotary Club: http://www.montecitorotary.org/

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Mike Polasek, 7210 District Governor 2021-22 (Aired July 4, 2021)

The 2021-22 Governor for Rotary District 7210, the eight counties of the Mid-Hudson region, Mike Polasek, started his term on July 1, but like all District Governors he had two years of training for the becoming the administrative head of the district. Unlike many other new District Governors, however, he has been part of an active team of District leaders working together to improve the District. Past District Governors Cindie Kish (2019-20) and Tony Marmo (2020-21) developed plans for the activities and events together with DG Polasek, including the District Service Days, which take place each quarter. DG Polasek will lead service days on addiction prevention and recovery, food security, and the environment. This Rotary Year will see the return of many in-person events, starting with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and including the return to the Youth Exchange program admissions. Continuing programs include the Million Mask Challenge, End Polio Now, and ShelterBox.

Learn more:
Rotary Districts 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Rotary Club of Lagrange: https://lagrangerotaryny.org/
Million Mask Challenge: https://blog.rotary.org/2020/12/30/million-mask-challenge-displays-power-of-rotary-network/
Polio and Rotary: https://www.endpolio.org/
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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