Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on November 10 and 11, 2018)

For eighteen years, the Vassar-Haiti Project, started and still directed by Lila
Meade and her husband Andrew, assistant dean of international students at
Vassar College, has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop
village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Vassar sophomore Mary McCarthy,
publicity director of the project, and Lila Meade were the guests on RadioRotary
for this show. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to work on the project by reading
Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners
in Health. As a result of the project, which raises funds primarily by selling Haitian
paintings and crafts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 250-
student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the
last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington
Rotary. Vassar now has a Rotaract Club, which is seeking grant money from
Rotary to provide the clinic with electricity. It is inspiring work.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Mountains Beyond Mountains: https://www.tracykidder.com/mountains-beyond-mountains.html
Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs

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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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Rotary International Convention in Toronto (Aired on August 4th, 2018 and August 5th, 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 3 (Aired on August 4 and 5, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews three distinguished Rotarians: Donna Gunn of the Lakeway/Lake Travis (Texas) Rotary Club, Peggy Rogers of Sebastopol (California) Rotary, and Rotary 2017-18 President Ian H.S. Riseley of the Sandringham (Australia) Club as all visit the International Convention in Toronto, Ontario. Ms. Gunn is Special Projects Chair of Rotary 3D Limbs, which proved 3D printed limbs, primarily legs, for children in need. The printed limbs not only cost less than 1% of hand-made and fitted limbs. They can be adjusted to make an exact fit for no extra cost and are adjustable in length so that they grow with the child. Ms. Rogers is representing the Family Safety Rotary Action Group (RAG), dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, which can affect men and children as well as women. RI President Riseley looks back at his tree-planting campaign and other hallmarks of his year, as well as outlining a path for the future of Rotary.

Learn more:
Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Club:
Rotary 3D Limbs:
3D Printing:
Family Safety Rotary Action Group:
Ian H.S. Riseley:
Rotary International:

 

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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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