New Year’s Eve Millbrook (Aired on December 17 and 18, 2016)

New Year’s Eve Millbrook (Aired on December 17 and 18, 2016)
Joyce Heaton
(Millbrook Rotary), who has chaired the annual
event New Year’s Eve Millbrook for 13 years, describes the family-
friendly way that the Millbrook community and visitors celebrate the
last day of each year—with music, puppets, circus and magic acts, and
other entertainments. Many local foundations, businesses, and
individuals fund the free event, but it is run almost entirely by
volunteers from Millbrook Rotary. Each year patrons can donate a
small sum to obtain a lighted button that incorporates a design by a
local student. The RadioRotary interview also describes some of the
many other activities of Millbrook Rotary, which range from annual
publication of a business directory for Millbrook and the surrounding
communities through provision of local school children with school
supplies their families might be able to afford to donations of free
dictionaries and other books to local schools. The club also helps fund
local organizations and international projects.
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Millbrook Rotary:
Millbrook Business Directory:
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Rotary Club Projects
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December 19, 2016 · Posted in Rotary Club Close-ups, Rotary Club Projects  

Goshen’s Got Talent (Aired on May 28 & 29, 2016)

Nan Gill-Wilson and David P. Wilson

Nan Gill-Wilson and David P. Wilson

Goshen Rotarians Nan Gill-Wilson and David P. Wilson are professionals in several branches of show business. The have brought their own talents and performing knowledge to the aid of their Rotary Club in a number of ways. Goshen Rotary manages to have at least one major event every month of the year. One of these fundraisers is “Goshen’s Got Talent,” a show based on local amateur performers—although David and Nan have found amateurs with professional chops. While “Goshen’s Got Talent” benefits the community service of Goshen Rotary—which includes dictionaries for elementary school, disaster relief, scouting, and the Braeside-Museum Village project—Nan and David also have developed “Once More Frankly!” which supports The Rotary Foundation. Their involvement in Willy Gilly Productions, the Acting Anyone Academy, and The Academy of Film Television Stage and Performing Arts also manages to entail Rotary connections in various ways.

Learn more:
Goshen Rotary Club
Willy Gilly Productions
Acting Anyone Academy
The Academy of Film Television Stage and Performing Arts

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May 28, 2016 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events, Rotary Club Close-ups  

Taste of Greater Newburgh (Aired on May 14 & 15, 2016)

RadioRotary is visited by Newburgh Rotarians Allie Sacks, Bob McCury, and Debbie Johnson on the occasion of the ninth annual “Taste of Greater Newburgh” festival of food, drink, music, automobiles, and art. Local restaurants and other food and drink suppliers form the foundation of this annual fundraiser, but a local band supplies music and in 2016 the festival featured both an automobile show and works by local artists. The money raised by the event is used by Newburgh Rotary to help fund fifteen community nonprofits, including the Salvation Army, services for senior citizens, and Peace Poles, physical reminders of the important Rotary goal of peace throughout the world.

Learn more:
Newburgh Rotary Club
Taste of Greater Newburgh
Salvation Army in Newburgh
Independent Living in Newburgh
Peace Poles

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May 14, 2016 · Posted in Events, Rotary Club Close-ups  

Kingston Rotary Celebrates 100th Anniversary (Aired on May 7 & 8, 2016)

(l-r) Georgiana Pangborn, Donna Miller

(l-r) Georgiana Pangborn, Donna Miller

RadioRotary interviews Kingston Rotarians Donna Miller and Georgiana Pangborn about the 100th anniversary of their club, the oldest Rotary club in the Hudson Valley. Rotary was only eleven years old itself when the Kingston Club was chartered by the Association of Rotary Clubs (which became Rotary International six years later). By then Rotary was active in Great Britain, Canada, and had its first non-English-speaking club in Havana, Cuba. The Kingston Rotary also became one of the first to admit women as members, beginning with Nuise Bhityakul and two other women in February 1988. Nuise is still an active member and brings many benefits from her association with Thailand to the club. Kingston Rotary meets each week for lunch, but for those who cannot attend a lunch, the Kingston Sunrise Club meets weekly for breakfast.

Learn more:
Kingston Rotary
Kingston Sunrise Rotary Club
History of Rotary


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May 7, 2016 · Posted in Events, Rotary Club Close-ups  

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