Vegetable Seed Against Hunger (Aired on September 21 and 22, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Asheville (NC) South Rotarian Peter Marks, President
and CEO of Seed Programs International (SPI), a global effort to improve food
supplies by providing vegetable seeds and gardening advice especially to
regions of the world where poverty is endemic. The nonprofit repurposes excess
seeds provided by seed companies and other donors. Most vegetable seeds are
tiny and many varieties have long shelf lives, so when stocks of seeds are not
sold, SPI will take them, repackage the seeds, and ship them to Africa, Central
American, the Caribbean, or Asia, where they can launch gardens of healthy
vegetables. SPI works with many organizations to provide the seeds, including
Rotary clubs, the United Nations, and the United States military services among
others. Seeds include all kinds of vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, melons,
carrots, and various greens (but not grains such as maize, wheat, or rice). One of
the partner programs is Rotarians Against Hunger, a coalition of North Carolina
clubs that package meals for places where hunger is a problem. There is much
more to tell, so listen to the whole program.

Learn more:
Seed Programs International: https://seedprograms.org/
Rotarians Against Hunger: http://rotariansagainsthunger.org/
Rotary Club of Asheville South: https://www.southashevillerotary.org/

 

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October 1, 2019 · Posted in Health, International Programs, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on August 24 and 25, 2019)

Once again RadioRotary interviewers haunted the halls of a Rotary International
Convention, which in 2019 was in Hamburg, Germany. Our team found many
fascinating stories about the projects of Rotarians and representatives of other
organizations that are trying to do good in the world. These include fighting hunger in
third-world nations; uncovering the roles Rotarians played during the Nazi reign in
Germany; providing dictionaries of all kinds around the world; and raising money to end
present-day slavery. The program concludes with an in-depth interview with Barry
Rassin, Rotary International president for the 2018-19 Rotary Year, focusing especially
on his work in providing water to Haiti.

Learn more:
Rise Against Hunger: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/
Rotary in National Socialism: https://memorial.d-1800.org/
The Dictionary Project: https://www.dictionaryproject.org/
Cycling from Chai to Hamburg: https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/travel/chennai-based-cyclist-naresh-kumar-is-pedalling-against-bonded-labour/article26931535.ece
Barry Rassin: https://www.rotary.org/en/2018-19-rotary-president-selected
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en

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Ribfest at Ulster Fairgrounds (Aired on August 10 and 11, 2019)

Highland Rotarians Steve Laubach and Tony Marmo tell about the glories of
eating barbecue (and listening to music) at the fifteenth annual Ribfest, Ulster
County Fairgrounds just outside New Paltz. In addition to great food and music
by local performers, the Ribfest has many activities for children and some special
events. The $7 admission–$5 on Friday night with free parking always– allows
you to experience all the music and an opportunity to experience ribs, pulled
pork, pulled chicken, roasted corn-on-the-cob, and a variety of other great foods.
Those who opt for the VIP all-you-can-eat special on Friday and Saturday
evenings, also get the best seats for the shows—mostly country music by local
bands. The adult-beverage tent specialized in local craft beers, but also has wine
and soft drinks. In Competition Alley, barbecue chefs compete for cash prizes
and a grand prize of entry into the World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://hudsonvalleyribfest.org/
Highland Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Northeast BBQ Society: https://www.nebs.org/
Kansas City Barbeque Society: https://www.kcbs.us/
World Series of Barbecue: http://www.americanroyal.com/bbq/

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects, Volunteers  

Alleviating Poverty and Helping Education and Seniors (Aired on July 6 and 7, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews “Mr. A,” also known as retired Red Hook math teacher
Nick Ascienzo, founder of The Ascienzo Family Foundation, a unique resource
for helping to alleviate poverty, provide educational services, and serve senior
citizens. Many of Mr. Ascienzo’s former students have become Ambassadors for
the Foundation, people who seek out local needs and write grant proposals so
that the Foundation can support these good causes. Among the examples
around the nation are Fresh Truck, a mobile farm market that brings produce to
underserved neighborhoods; the Sunflower Bakery, which trains and employs the
developmentally disabled in producing baked goods for sale in their store or
online; and We Care Solar, a provider of solar-power on backpacks , enabling
access to renewable electricity for people in developing regions. Although Mr.
Ascienzo’s former students range over the world, the Foundation is based in Red
Hook, NY, and many of its projects are local as well.

Learn more:
Ascienzo Family Foundation: http://www.ascienzofamilyfoundation.org/
Ascienzo Family Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ascienzofdn/
Fresh Truck: https://www.freshtruck.org/
Sunflower Bakery: https://www.sunflowerbakery.org/
We Care Solar: https://wecaresolar.org/
Red Hook, NY: https://www.redhook.org/31/Explore

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July 30, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Education, Financial Aid, Nutrition  

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