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  

Wappingers Falls Rotary Projects (Aired on April 6 and 7, 2019)

Wappingers Falls Rotarians Sue Bennett and Steve Crew visit RadioRotary to
tell about two great fundraisers and how their club uses the funds to support
community and international projects. One of the fundraisers, suggested to
Rotary by Dutchess County Tourism, is “A Cup of the Valley,” a coffee-and-tea
festival recognizing such local suppliers as Greenwood Lake Roasters Craft
Coffee and Harney & Sons for teas. This event is so big that it has two Rotary
sponsors, with the Poughkeepsie South Rotary joining Wappingers for the
occasion. This is a fairly new, but popular event, staged at the CIA (Culinary
Institute of America). The long-term fundraiser for the Wappingers Club is its
annual golf tournament at The Powelton Club in Newburgh. The Roy C. Ketcham
High School Interact Club, which Wappingers Falls Rotary sponsors, is also a big
part of both projects. With the money raised, the Club offers scholarships, five
annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), help with local food panties
and Meals on Wheels, other local projects, and such international programs as
ShelterBox and polio eradication.

Learn more:
Wappingers Falls Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2259
Wappingers Falls Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wappingers-Falls-Rotary-861729083896352/
Poughkeepsie South Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/poughkeepsie-south
Dutchess County Tourism: https://dutchesstourism.com/

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April 18, 2019 · Posted in Events, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

Rotary Improves Spirits of Ill Children (Aired on February 5 and 6, 2019)

Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotarians Past District Governor Nick Constantino and club
President Alex Duenas tell RadioRotary about their visit to Neiva, Colombia,
where the Huellas Fundación brings laughter into the lives of terminal ill children
in four hospitals. In English, the Huellas Fundación is the Footprints Foundation
with Meaning of Life. Teenagers and college students form the basis of the
Foundation, dressing as clowns to amuse the children and, with the help of the
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, find ways to
provide the children with last wishes. Constantino and Duenas joined in the
entertainment dressed as clowns (Mr. Constantino in costume was given the
name “Dr Cute,” which Rotarians in District 7210 will certainly endorse.) Listen to
the heartwarming stories of the children and the good works of the participating
Rotary clubs.

Learn more:
Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotary: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Huellas Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FundacionHuellasConSentidoDeVida/
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary: https://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Make A Wish International: https://www.worldwish.org/en

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in Children, Health, Rotary Club Projects, Youth  

Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on November 10 and 11, 2018)

For eighteen years, the Vassar-Haiti Project, started and still directed by Lila
Meade and her husband Andrew, assistant dean of international students at
Vassar College, has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop
village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Vassar sophomore Mary McCarthy,
publicity director of the project, and Lila Meade were the guests on RadioRotary
for this show. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to work on the project by reading
Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners
in Health. As a result of the project, which raises funds primarily by selling Haitian
paintings and crafts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 250-
student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the
last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington
Rotary. Vassar now has a Rotaract Club, which is seeking grant money from
Rotary to provide the clinic with electricity. It is inspiring work.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Mountains Beyond Mountains: https://www.tracykidder.com/mountains-beyond-mountains.html
Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs

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