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.
Abby Nathanson, Director and Co-Founder of EPIC; Carleton Harris, consultant from the Youth Arts Group; and Evelyn Garzetta, Director of Latino Outreach at Millbrook, NY, Grade Episcopal Church describe new and old programs inspired by Rural and Migrant Ministry that focus on Northeastern Dutchess County. EPIC (Engaging People in Change) gathers high-school students from around NE Dutchess and holds weekly meetings that focus on social justice and leadership skills. Carleton Harris started with the summer camp run by the Rural and Migrant Ministry, leading him to become involved with the Youth Arts Group, which has much the same mission as the newly formed EPIC. Grace Latino Outreach (GLO) has for the past decade offered programs in English as Second Language as well as aid of all kinds for the immigrant population.
RadioRotary co-host Jonah Triebwasser and producer Kathy Kruger interview the man who conceived and launched RadioRotary: Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotarian Roger Risko. Mr. Risko, who is about to retire after many years of teaching at Dutchess County’s BOCES (Bureau of Co-operative Services), not only started RadioRotary but also has been instrumental in forming and helping grow several Rotaract and Interact clubs, organizations for youth—respectively college-age and high-school age—in the Hudson Valley. Inspired by a question from the mother of an Interact student, Mr. Risko created the first Rotary-oriented service organization for senior citizens, Elderact. As he moves his base of operations to Florida, he plans to introduce Elderact to that state.
Each year on Rotary UN Day, which celebrates the role Rotary had in founding the UN and their continuing relationship, RadioRotary conducts onsite interviews with Rotarians and others attending the event. In this program, the interviews included deal with water purification and desalination, developing a new generation of leaders around the world, the Rotary youth exchange program, and dealing with technological obsolescence. The final interview in the series is with Rotary International President for Rotary year 2013-14 Ron Burton, whose motto—“Engage Rotary, Change Lives”—sums up how Rotarians and the United Nations work together.