A Rotary Club Rescues a Poughkeepsie Park (Aired on May 8, 2022)

Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotarian Bernard Handel proposed in 2020 that his club undertake improvement of parks in the city of Poughkeepsie, The Rotary Club met with the city Parks and Recreation Department, which suggested that the club start with Spratt Park, which features a pool and trails, a children’s playground, and a former dog park—all in poor condition or nonfunctional. The following year, the club obtained a grant from The Rotary Foundation and District 7210 to help fund the restoration. The club also found sponsors who could help,
including the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County and insurer Marshall & Sterling. By 2022 work was already showing many improvements, with a ribbon-cutting opening of the restored park on May 13. Poughkeepsie Arlington President Darcy McCourt and Membership Chair Adam Belok visit Radio Rotary to describe the many improvements in the park.

Learn More:
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/poughkeepsie-arlington
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poughkeepsie.arlington.rotary.club
Poughkeepsie Parks and Recreation: https://www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com/221/Parks-Recreation

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May 18, 2022 · Posted in Community Planning, Events, Rotary Club Projects  

Hoops and Swish for Charity (Aired on April 10, 2022)

                

Greater Newburgh Rotarian Bob McCurdy visits Radio Rotary to explain how a fundraiser, or “fun-raiser,” for his Rotary Club also aids many different local nonprofits. The Hoops and Swish event, scheduled in 2022 for Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Newburgh Free Academy gym, was initiated by Newburgh Rotary in 2016, but in the past couple of years has been
suspended because of the covid pandemic. The idea is simple: each participant is given two minutes to make as many baskets as possible—typically from 15 to a high of about 50. Each basket earns money for the sponsoring institution, with Newburgh Rotary collecting 20% of the total for providing the venue and for workers keeping track of baskets. Teams of local nonprofits can use the event to raise money for themselves, or corporate sponsors can choose to benefit a charity of their choice.

Learn More:
Hoops and Swish 2022: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2235/page/hoops-swish-fun-raiser
Greater Newburgh Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2235
Greater Newburgh Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterNewburghRotary/

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April 17, 2022 · Posted in Events, Rotary Club Projects  

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  

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