Rotary for Young, Old, and In-Between (Aired on May 30 & 31, 2015)

Roger Risko

Roger Risko

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.

Learn More:
Rotaract
Interact
Elderact
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club
Dutchess County BOCES

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May 30, 2015 · Posted in Aging, Education, New Generations, Youth  

Rotary UN Day- Part 2 (Aired on AM on Dec. 27 & on FM on Dec. 29)

Rotary UN Day

Rotary UN Day

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.

Learn More:
Water Treatment
Water Supply Crisis
Young Global Leadership Organization
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Connecting Businesses around the World
President Ron Burton

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Planting the Seeds of Service (Aired on AM on Sept. 6 & on FM on Sept. 8, 2013)

Seated L to R:. Standing L to R: Co-host Jonah Triebwasser & Sarah O’Connell; Louis Turpin, Interact Advisor

Seated L to R:. Standing L to R: Co-host Jonah Triebwasser & Sarah O’Connell; Louis Turpin, Interact Advisor

Rhinebeck Interact, a Rotary-sponsored high-school service organization, provides hands-on support in Nicaragua, building classrooms in that Central American nation during Rhinebeck school breaks. Two New York Rhinebeck High School students in Interact, Addie Crenshaw and Emily McGettrick, epitomize our next generation of humanitarians as they discuss how, working in the co-operation with a Nicaragua Rotary Club, they use “rebar” to reinforce structures, implement water systems, lay bricks, mix cement for a foundation, and do much, much more. On their trip south to Nicaragua, they fill their baggage with shoes (shoes are a requirement to attend school in Nicaragua. Rhinebeck Interact also supports several projects in the Hudson Valley, such as local soup kitchens, and they implement various fundraising activities for these projects.

Learn More:
Rotary International Interact Website:
Contact Rhinebeck Interact
Rotary Club of Rhinebeck

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September 6, 2013 · Posted in Education, International Programs, New Generations, Youth  

Youth Exchange: Building Global Friendships (Aired on AM on June 7 & on FM June 9, 2013)

Standing: Outbound Students. Adults L to R: co-host substitute Dave Kruger, Outbound Co-Dir. Betty Djerf, Outbound Dir. Donna Bemiss, co-host Sarah O’Connell, YEX Chair David Greenwood. Kneeling: Inbound Students. Adult: Inbound Dir. Nan Greenwood.

Standing: Outbound Students. Adults L to R: co-host substitute Dave Kruger, Outbound Co-Dir. Betty Djerf, Outbound Dir. Donna Bemiss, co-host Sarah O’Connell, YEX Chair David Greenwood. Kneeling: Inbound Students. Adult: Inbound Dir. Nan Greenwood.

 

Loads of fun at this on-site interview with two sets of high school Rotary Youth Exchange students: Inbound students from all over the world who have spent a year in the Hudson Valley and Outbound Hudson Valley students who will be leaving to spend a year abroad. The students are endearing, charming, and at times very funny. Inbound students describe the foods they enjoyed (for example—the Thailand student’s favorite is lasagna), the difference in schooling here and at home, and what they learned from their experiences. Outbound students describe why they decided to participate in an exchange program and what they hope to learn.

 

 

Learn More:
Rotary District 7210’s Youth Exchange Program
Rotary International’s Youth Exchange

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