Kingston Rotary, Oldest in District (Aired On August 18 &19, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews President Mike Fick and Alicia Marcinkowski of the
recently merged Kingston Rotary Club, which manages to be both the newest
and oldest Rotary in District 7210 at the same time. It is newest because of the
recent merger of the Kingston Sunshine Club with the original Kingston Rotary
and the oldest as the original club originated in 1916, just 11 years after Rotary
started in Chicago. The merged club has both breakfast and lunch meetings,
alternating weekly. The club is responsible for Kingston Point Rotary Park, a site
of barbecues (barbecue is very important to the club) and the annual Mutt Strutt.
The programs describes many of the activities and good works of the club,
including support for the Patriots home for homeless veterans.

Learn more:
Rotary Club of Kingston: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2222 & http://www.kingstonnyrotary.org/

Kingston Point Rotary Park: https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionReview-g48241-d10354521-Reviews-Kingston_Point_Rotary_Park-New_Kingston_New_York.html

Patriots Project Veteran’s Home: http://ulstercountyny.gov/veteran-services-agency/patriots-project-veteran’s-home

SUNY Ulster: https://www.sunyulster.edu/

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Red Hook Rotary Apple Blossom Festival (Aired on May 5th and May 6th 2018)

Red Hook Rotary’s 2018 Projects (Aired on May 5 and 6, 2018)
RadioRotary visits Red Hook Rotary’s meeting to learn about some of the many activities of the Red Hook Club. Rotarian Dave Wright is in charge of the 2018 Apple Blossom Day, the street festival that traditionally kicks off the spring-summer season in Red Hook and Tivoli. In addition to dance and music performances on the stage, there are hundreds of food and craft vendors. Club president Tim Lynch describes the Aquabox, a box similar to the more familiar ShelterBox, and also designed for disaster relief, but focusing largely on water purification, a great need in many disasters. The Aquabox also contains dozens of other items that may be needed in a  disaster in addition to the water purifier.  Another guest on the show was the youth-exchange inbound person from Spain,Mercedes.  She describes her experiences as a visitor in Red Hook, while Red Hook Rotarian Christine Chale, youth-exchange representative for the club, describes Red Hook’s participation in both the full school-year youth-exchange program and also the shorter summer exchange.
Learn more:
Red Hook Rotary Club:
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook:
Aquabox:
District 7210 Youth Exchange Programs:
Rotary Youth Exchanges:
Short-term Youth Exchange:

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Rose Bonhuer and Helping Haiti (Aired On March 17 and March 18th 2018)

Medical Missions to Haiti (Aired on March 17 & 18, 2018)
Pleasant Valley Rotarian Rose Bonheur visits RadioRotary to tell about her seven (so far) medical missions to Puerto Rico, aided by her husband Roberto (also a Pleasant Valley Rotarian) and a host of volunteers. Dr. Bonheur is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and also a Nurse Practitioner, so in 2010, when a terrible earthquake struck Haiti where Rose was born, her husband suggested that they bring medical help to the devastated island. That year, and each year since, the Bonheurs have put together a team to provide primary care for a location in Haiti where such care has been lacking. Well in advance of their arrival, Haitians with such medical problems as untreated diabetes sign up for the visit, being given a number for efficiency. As a result of this kind of organization, Dr. Bonheur and her helpers are able to treat five to six hundred sick Haitians in a visit that is only about a week. The entire operation is funded by donations.  This interview contains many fascinating details and stories about how the incoming team helps the patients.

 

Learn more:
Touching Lives Around the World (the mission)
YouTube of Rose Bonheur
Reach Out Church Around the World
Pleasant Valley Rotary

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Sara O’Connell on The Millbrook Rotary (Aired on February 10 and February 11 2018)

The Rotary Club of Millbrook (Aired on February 10 & 11, 2018)

Regular RadioRotary Co-host Sarah O’Connell turns guest for a show devoted to her own Rotary Club and its activities. The Rotary Club of Millbrook has been doing good in the world for more than 45 years now. The main way it funds its projects is by providing a service to Millbrook and the surrounding region with a Business Directory. The Directory contains much useful community information, but its real strength comes from the paid advertising, advertising that in turn supports the community as 100% of the profit from the ads is returned to the community. While Millbrook Rotary also has various social events, from weekly lunches with interesting speakers to evening parties, these are paid for by the members—in part by “fines” or “good/bad news” announcement paid for with dollars (and more) deposited in a plastic pig at each meeting. The otary Foundation, supported primarily by donations by Rotarians, also contributes to specific projects, recently one providing school supplies for needy families in the Millbrook and Webatuck districts. In addition, financially supporting local nonprofits, Millbrook Rotary also encourages literacy annually with dictionaries for elementary-school students in Millbrook and vicinities and a graduation gift of a book of their own choosing for every local eighth-grader and promotes peace by participating in annual youth exchanges.
Learn more:
Rotary Club of Millbrook:
Millbrook’s: 2017-18 Business Directory
Rotary International Club Locator

 

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