Author Kathryn Smith on The Gatekeeper (Aired on 3-11-17 & 3-12-17)

The Gatekeeper : Missy LeHand and FDR (Aired on March 11 and 12, 2017)

The Hudson Valley is known throughout the United State as the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). In this program the author and Rotarian (Greater Anderson Club, SC) Kathryn Smith tells about FDR’s longtime personal secretary, Missy LeHand, the subject of Ms. Smith’s new book The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency . 24-year-old Ms. LeHand joined FDR’s failed candidacy for Vice-President as a secretary in 1920
and stayed with him through his career in business and law, his battle with polio, his New York State governorship (1928-32), and the first years of his presidency, only leaving him by dying in July 1944, nine months before Roosevelt also passed away. In addition to her role that amounted to being “chief of staff” when FDR was president, Ms. LeHand was his co-leader in making the polio rehabilitation center at Warm Springs, GA, a success. Listen to a fascinating interview.
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The Gatekeeper
Kathryn Smith and Missy LeHand
Kathryn Smith, Author
Warm Springs
Greater Anderson Rotary Club

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March 13, 2017 · Posted in History, Hudson Valley, PolioPlus  

Talking about Polio (Aired on October 22 and 23 2016)

Talking about Polio (Aired on October 22nd and 23nd, 2016)

Pleasant Valley Rotarian Kathy Kruger is not only the producer of RadioRotary, but she is also a registered nurse. In this interview, Ms. Kruger tells our regular co-hosts the facts about how Rotary, working the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF, has reduced the incidence of the paralyzing disease polio from an annual toll of about 1,000 cases a day to fewer than 75 per year. At the time of this broadcast, as a result of a vaccination program carried out largely by Rotarian volunteers polio had been eliminated everywhere but for two nations: Pakistan and Afghanistan. But, Ms. Kruger warns, until Rotary and its partners
complete the task of complete elimination—now just “this close”—the disease
could be just an airplane ride away from where you are.
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Rotary and Polio:
World Polio Day
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Polio
UNICEF and Polio

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Rotary District 7210 in 2016-17 (Aired on July 9 & 10, 2016)

Louis Turpin

Louis Turpin

Rhinebeck Rotarian Louis Turpin is the District Governor (DG) for Rotary Year 2016-17 for District 7210, Rotary in the Hudson Valley. Rotary’s governance system has new officers undertake one-year terms starting on July 1, but District Governors have several years training before their year in office. DG Turpin discusses his goals for his year, which he summarizes as “Do Good, Have Fun.” Turpin has previously had many roles in his club and in the district, and also serves as member of the Board for ShelterBox, an international relief organization allied with Rotary International. DG Turpin’s year coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, best known for its efforts to eradicate polio, now on the verge of success.

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Rotary District 7210Rotary Do GOOD, Have FUN
Rotary International
ShelterBox
Rotary Foundation
Polio Eradication
Rhinebeck Rotary

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Polio Vaccinating in West Africa (Aired on March 26 & 27, 2016)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Bob Phillips, Sarah O'Connell

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Bob Phillips, Sarah O’Connell

Rhinebeck Rotarian Bob Phillips, along with 23 other Rotarians from around the United States (and some from Canada and the United Kingdom) went to Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa in the summer of 2015—mission, prevent polio. As he told the RadioRotary co-hosts, the ten-day trip was the most memorable experience of his life, from the West African Fair to actually administering the two drops of polio vaccine to infants under five years old, the target group. Of course, this was part of Rotary’s PolioPlus project, which since 1988 has worked with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the CDC to eradicate the disease, which was causing a thousand cases a week when they started. As a result of this effort, there were only 70 instances in all in 2015, all of them in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with the disease essentially eliminated from the rest of the world.

Learn more:
Rotary and Polio
PolioPlus
Côte d’Ivoire
Rhinebeck Rotary

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March 26, 2016 · Posted in Health, International Programs, PolioPlus  

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