Dictionaries for Schools and More (Aired on September 26, 2021)

RadioRotary welcomes Mary French, director (and founder) of The Dictionary Project, a nonprofit that provides dictionaries, primarily to children in third grade. Inspired by the example of Annie Plummer, who began giving dictionaries to schools near her home in Georgia in 1992, Mary French of Charleston, South Carolina, and her husband started The Dictionary Project in 1995. Four years later the Project had provided dictionaries to all the schools in South Carolina and was helping get dictionaries to those in need of them worldwide. Among its other dictionary-related activities, it—along with a number of other sources—provides a “Word of the Day” for improving vocabulary. The Dictionary Project partners with service clubs, such as Rotaries, in delivering dictionaries to school children. It offers nine different English-language dictionaries, including three from Merriam-Webster, as well as other types such as foreign-language dictionaries.

Learn more:
The Dictionary Project: https://www.dictionaryproject.org/
Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/
Word of the Day: https://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-day/
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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October 1, 2021 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Children, Education, Literacy, Rotary Club Projects  

Rerunning Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival (Aired on August 1, 2021)

Highland Rotarians Tony Marmo, Steve Laubach, and club-president Dave Lambert visit RadioRotary via Zoom to tell how the club’s principal fundraiser, the annual Ribfest, which started in 2005, has been reconfigured for the Covid-19 era. For a second year, the Highland Rotary Club has decided to replace the Hudson Valley Ribfest at the Ulster County Fairgrounds with a fundraiser that helps local restaurants impacted by Covid, provides a great value for diners, and also raises a little cash for the Rotary Club’s many community grants. Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival is based upon diners being able to purchase a $30 voucher that is worth $50 at a local restaurant. Event sponsors make up the $20 difference, so the restaurant receives the full cost of the meal—a “win-win” opportunity. Go to the website to participate, August 20-22, 2021.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://rrrr.rocks/
Highland NY Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Highland Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandnyrotary/

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August 4, 2021 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

7210 District Governor 2020-21 Report (Aired on June 27, 2021)

Rotary District Governor (DG), Toni Marmo (Highland Rotary), visited RadioRotary and described some of the highlights of his 2020-21 tenure. A District Governor is a well-trained leader, overseeing the 56 clubs in the 8- country district from July 1 to June 30, usually visiting each club in person during that year. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, DG Marmo joined many Zoom meetings, but somehow managed 63 in person visits—most clubs twice, counting online meetings. One Covid-related charitable work during the year was participation in the Million Mask Challenge, with District clubs passing out about 275,000 masks to local community organizations. Another highlight has been the increase in membership after several years of decline, adding a net of about 60 members to the 1,600—DG Marmo has agreed to be the District Membership Chair for 2021-22, continuing his work in this important area. He has not ignored his home club during the year, either. Highland’s big project for years has been Ribfest, but because of Covid restrictions, in 2020 and 2021 the Ribfest has been replaced by Rotary’s Ribfest & Restaurant Revival, helping local restaurants survive the various lockdowns and other problems associated with the pandemic. There is much more of interest in this interview.

Learn more:
Rotary Districts 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Highland, NY Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Rotary’s Ribfest & Restaurant Revival: https://rrrr.rocks/
Million Mask Challenge: https://blog.rotary.org/2020/12/30/million-mask-challenge-displays-power-of-rotary-network/

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Guatemala Literacy Project (Aired on May 30, 2021)

Rotarian Joe Berninger from the Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways joins RadioRotary to tell about a work that was called “the gold standard of Rotary projects” by past Rotary President Ian Riseley (2017-18)—the Guatemala Literary Project. More than 600 clubs from 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. In that time, nearly 225,500 students have been made more literate—both for reading and in technology– through sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work.

Learn more:
Guatemala Literacy Project: https://www.guatemalaliteracy.org/
Cooperative for Education: https://coeduc.org/
Literacy Statistics for Guatemala: http://uis.unesco.org/en/country/gt
Rotary E-club of District 6600 Ohio Pathways: Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways

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