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  

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  

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