A Young Person’s Path through Rotary (Aired on February 14, 2021)

Rotarian Marissa Williams of the Stow-Munroe Falls (Ohio) Rotary Club, who visited RadioRotary via Zoom for this show, has a longer association with Rotary than her year and a half in her Rotary Club. It started when she was a freshman at Millbrook High School when she joined that school’s Interact Club (sponsored by Millbrook Rotary). During her four years of high school she continued to be active and was president of the club twice. As she approached graduation she was awarded the principal scholarship Millbrook Rotary offers. She continued a life of service in college as part of the Circle K service club, then spent two years in the Peace Corps before settling down in Akron, immediately joining the Rotary Club near her home. At 24, she became part of the future of Rotary.

Learn more:
Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/5221
Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RotaryStowMunroeFalls/
Interact Clubs: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/interact-clubs
Millbrook Rotary Club: https://millbrookrotary.org/
Circle K International: https://www.circlek.org/

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February 21, 2021 · Posted in New Generations, Rotary International, Service Organizations, Youth  

Grace Year, an Intentional Community (Aired on March 2 and 3, 2019)

Abby Nathanson revisits RadioRotary to talk about the new Grace Year
program that allows recent college graduates to spend a year of intentional living,
focusing on spirituality, religion, and justice. Ms. Nathanson previously was
interviewed on RadioRotary about another program that she has instituted, EPIC
(Engaging People in Change), which provides leadership training for high-school
students in northeastern Dutchess Country. Both programs are run from a base
in Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY, although they are
nondenominational, not especially Episcopalian. Grace Year is a year-long
opportunity to live in a small community of young adults as they prepare for
lifelong journeys of sustained leadership for the common good. Each of the five
fellows, who are fully funded by local nonprofits and donations, spends 32 hours
each week working with local organizations and also develops an independent
project. During the year, the fellows live together along with Ms. Nathanson in the
Grace Church vicarage. Applicants for the 2018-2020 year can apply at
hello@graceyear.org or by phoning Ms. Nathanson at 845-420-4280.

Learn more:
Grace Year: https://www.graceyear.org/
Grace Year Program (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/graceyearprogram/
EPIC Justice (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/epicjustice/
Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook: https://www.gracemillbrook.org/

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March 6, 2019 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, New Generations, Quality of Life, Youth  

United Nations Show 3 (aired on 3-4-17 & 3-5-17)

2017 Rotary Day at the UN #3 (Aired on March 3 and 4, 2017)

RadioRotary presents several interviews from the 2016 Rotary United Nations
Day, this time centering on the activities of Rotary District 7210, the home of RadioRotary. Lou Turpin (Rhinebeck Rotary), the 2016-17 District Governor, starts the program off, emphasizing his view that the essence of Rotary can be summed up as “Do Good. Have Fun.” His interview is followed by chats with students from Red Hook Interact and Rhinebeck Interact clubs, along with Linda Greenblatt, a Rotarian advisor to the Red Hook Club. Interact Clubs in high schools are sponsored by, but run independently from, a local Rotary Club; their mission is the same as Mr. Turpin proposes, doing good and having fun. Another set of interviews brings Millbrook Rotarian Kim Sweck , who supervises Rotary Youth Exchange for Millbrook, and two of the students who have come from Italy and Brazil to spend a school year in the United States. Rotary Youth Exchange works both ways—clubs in the United States often sponsor a local high school student who will live with families in other nations.
Learn more:
Rotary Day at the UN
Rotary District 7210
Interact
ShelterBox USA
Rotary Youth Exchange

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Rotary Youth: Interact & Youth Exchange (Aired on May 21 & 22, 2016)

(l-r) Kathy Kruger, Luisa Pereira, George Ouimet, Jonah Triebwasser

(l-r) Kathy Kruger, Luisa Pereira, George Ouimet, Jonah Triebwasser

In a live show at Millbrook Rotary RadioRotary interviews George Ouimet, this year’s president of the Millbrook High Interact Club, and Luisa Pereira, this year’s incoming Youth Exchange (YEX) student to Millbrook Rotary. Ouimet describes recent projects of Interact, including two canned food drives, two recent blood drives, the Purple Pinkie Project, and the Scott Meyer Memorial 5K Run. George joined Interact in his sophomore year because he wanted to give back to his community. Luisa Pereira competed with 180 other students to become a YEX representative from Brazil. Being a YEX student and living with three families in the Millbrook School District for a whole school year is not the entire exchange experience. She has traveled to Vermont, Connecticut, and New Jersey, and visited New York City several times. Luisa strongly recommends the YEX experience—the best year of her life so far.

Learn more:
Millbrook Rotary Club
District 7210 Youth Exchange
Interact
Rotary Youth Exchange

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