Rotarian Climbs Everest–Partway (Aired January 4 and 5, 2020)

New Paltz Rotarian Laura Rooney has had many adventures all over the world, but she still had
Mount Everest on her “bucket list” until recently when she turned 50 and thought it was time to
get on with it. Not quite true mountain climbers, some 40,000 persons each year hike far up
Everest with no desire to use the special equipment most climbers need to reach the 27,000-ft-
high peak—Everest Base Camp is high enough, at 17,500 feet, for serious hikers; it is some
3,000 feet higher than the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Ms. Rooney describes what it is
like to fly into Lukla, Nepal, arriving at the most dangerous airport in the world. Then, with
Sherpas as guides, she walked 4 or 5 miles for 8 days up the mountain for a rise in elevation of
8,000 more feet to reach Everest Base Camp, spending the nights in various villages or camps
along the way. She was part of a small group of 15 trekkers who slept on mats in small dome
tents. When they reached Everest Base Camp, they were living on a glacier. Being a Rotarian,
she got people to sponsor her hike by donating to the New Paltz Rotary’s BackPack Program,
and she wore ribbons honoring the contributors on her own backpack as she climbed. Downhill
was easier, only a 4-day hike.

Learn more
New Paltz Rotary Club: https://www.newpaltzrotary.org/
Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/07/20/lukla-the-worlds-most-dangerous-airport/-36e71e064a1a
Everest Base Camp Trek: https://ebctrekguide.com/
Living at Everest Base Camp: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/2019/05/everest-base-camp-daily-life/

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January 20, 2020 · Posted in Rotary Club Projects, Travel  

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  

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  

Many Hats of Rotarian Greg Amato (Aired on June 8 and 9, 2019)

Lake Mahopac Rotarian Greg Amato in this program tells about several of the
community activities he has been supporting since his retirement as police chief
of the town of Carmel. He has been in Rotary for 25 years and works on his
club’s annual fundraiser of raffling off a new Corvette, a practice the club has
maintained for 35 years. The proceeds of the raffle all go to support community
projects by nonprofit groups, many of them part of the medical support of the
county. Another event that looms big for Greg and for the community each year
is the 4-H Putnam County Fair, the only 4-H fair in New York State that is its own
separate enterprise—winners in each of the 4-H categories will go to the New
York State Fair in Syracuse. Greg also has worked a lot for Rotary District 7210
and for RadioRotary, handling communications and websites. Another activity
brings together Rotary with the local Lions and Elks clubs to support the Red
Cross by manning emergency shelters.

Learn more:
Rotary Club of Lake Mahopac: https://lakemahopacrotary.org/
Putnam Country 4-H: http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth/4-h-in-putnam-county
American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/
Mahopac Public Library: https://mahopaclibrary.org/

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June 28, 2019 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Events, Rotary Club Projects  

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