The Mutt Strutt (Aired on May 13th 2017 and May 14th 2017)

The Mutt Strut (Aired on May 13 and 214, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Kingston-Sunrise Rotary President Alicia Marcinkowski about the club’s fundraiser known as “The Mutt Strut.” This is a chance for owners of all breeds (or nonbreeds) of dogs to bring their pets to the Kingston Point Dog Park, where prizes are awarded in many categories: e.g. best-behaved dog, best-looking, look-alikes, and more. The event is partnered with SUNY Ulster’s Veterinary-Technical (“Vet-Tech”) club and the nearby Smorgasburg is available for the humans who want to eat during the event.
There are numerous booths from vendors of pet-related materials. The event includes demonstrations of dog-related materials and speakers on dog-related topics. It concludes with the dog parade. Money raised at the event, which is free to participants but not to vendors, will help support two international projects (books for Kenya and toys for Ethiopia and Bosnia) as well as many local
organizations.
Learn more:
Kingston-Sunrise Rotary Club
Facebook: Kingston Point Dog Park

Smorgasburg
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May 15, 2017 · Posted in Animals, Events, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects  

Stuff The Buss (Aired on 3-18-17 & 3-19-17)

  

Pleasant Valley Stuffs the Bus (Aired on March 18 and 19, 2017)
Representing her Pleasant Valley Rotary Club, RadioRotary Producer Kathy
Kruger is interviewed by Sarah O’Connell about the Rotary Club’s annual “Stuff
the Bus” food drive. A full-sized School Bus, on loan for the day and decorated
for the occasion, is parked at the Acme Supermarket in Pleasant Valley as the
members of the Rotary Club encourage shoppers to “Stuff the Bus” with food
donations for the local food pantry. The food pantry, located at the Methodist
Church in Pleasant Valley, is run by volunteers from all four churches in the
hamlet with help from the Boy and Girl Scouts, donations from the local senior
citizens group, and financial assistance from the Food Bank of the Hudson
Valley. Acme supermarket aids the operation by selling bags of healthy staples
for $10 a bag, a real bargain. The bus is soon filled with those bags as well as
with other food donations. Ms. Kruger says that it is the easiest community
project a Rotary club can do—and it is certainly one of the most needed in almost
every community.

Learn more:

Pleasant Valley Rotary Club

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

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

New Year’s Eve Millbrook (Aired on December 17 and 18, 2016)
Rotarian
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.
Learn more:
Millbrook Rotary
Millbrook Business Directory
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December 19, 2016 · Posted in Events, Rotary Club Close-ups, Rotary Club Projects  

Vassar Haiti Project (Aired on 10-26-16 & 10-27-16)

Vassar-Haiti Project Update (Aired on October 26 and 27, 2016)
In response to the September 11, 2001, attack Andrew Meade, director of
international students at Vassar College, and his wife Lila wanted to start a
project that would do good in the world. Both had family ties to Haiti, the poorest
nation in the Western Hemisphere, so that is where their impulse took them. For
fifteen years, the Vassar-Haiti project the started and still direct has improved the
lives of Haitians in the remote village of Chermaitre, starting with building and
staffing a school. Today Chermaitre and the surrounding area is also served by a
clinic that is part of the project. Vassar junior Clairiola Etienne, who is the
director of the health initiative, and Lila Meade are the guests on RadioRotary for
this program. The Vassar-Haiti project is now working to provide clean water for
Chermaitre thanks to a global grant of $55,000 from The Rotary Foundation,
sponsored locally by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington and Peekskill Rotary Clubs.
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary
Peekskill Rotary

The Vassar Haiti Project
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants

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