Red Hook Rotary’s 2022 Activities (Aired on May 1, 2022)

 

In a rare all-live show, Radio Rotary’s co-hosts visit Red Hook Rotary’s meeting in Taste Budd’s Café to learn about some of the club’s activities. Dave Wright is heading the 2022 Apple Blossom Day, the street festival that starts the spring- summer season in Red Hook and Tivoli with hundreds of food and craft vendors and live music by local bands. Linda Greenblatt is the club’s chair for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), the week-long leadership training program for high-school sophomores. Tom Lynch is the advisor for the Red Hook High School Interact club, a junior edition of Rotary with similar goals of community service. Chris Chale not only handles the International Youth Exchange (YEX) or the club, but also is the YEX Chair for District 7210. YEX in District 7210 sends high school juniors or seniors to select nations where English is not the primary language and brings students from those countries to local Rotary clubs where the student spends an entire school year living with local families. There are several other club activities, including CLYNK, described on the program by current Red Hook Rotary President Jennifer van Voorhis. CLYNK locally is a service of Hannaford grocery, which collects bottles that return a deposit and funnels the savings to Red Hook Rotary, which uses the income to help support community projects.

Learn More:
Red Hook Rotary Club: http://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedHookRotaryClub/
RYLA: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/rotary-youth-leadership-awards
Interact: https://admissionsight.com/interact-club/
District 7210 Youth Exchange (YEX): http://yex7210.org/
Rotary Youth Exchanges: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges

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Membership Needs in Rotary District 7210 (Aired on January 2, 2022)

Highland (NY) Rotarian and past District 7210 Governor (2020-21) Tony Marmo is now the District Membership Chair. He joined Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger on RadioRotary to discuss the value of Rotary membership and his plans to increase membership in the District. Although international membership in Rotary is stable or growing slightly, Rotary, like all other similar organizations in the United States, has been shrinking somewhat as fewer Americans participate in group activities. District 7210 is no exception, having lost about 40% of its members since its high point of recent years. But the members that remain are more diverse and often younger than the older white males that once were typical of Rotarians. Today, with varied types of clubs and flexibility in meetings/arrangements, Rotary remains an important force for doing good in the world. PDG Marmo describes several ways to increase membership, although the basic first step is that each current Rotarian needs to invite community-minded friends to join.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Highland Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/
District 7210 Membership Information: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/page/membership

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January 6, 2022 · Posted in Rotary District 7210, Rotary Membership  

Mike Polasek, 7210 District Governor 2021-22 (Aired July 4, 2021)

The 2021-22 Governor for Rotary District 7210, the eight counties of the Mid-Hudson region, Mike Polasek, started his term on July 1, but like all District Governors he had two years of training for the becoming the administrative head of the district. Unlike many other new District Governors, however, he has been part of an active team of District leaders working together to improve the District. Past District Governors Cindie Kish (2019-20) and Tony Marmo (2020-21) developed plans for the activities and events together with DG Polasek, including the District Service Days, which take place each quarter. DG Polasek will lead service days on addiction prevention and recovery, food security, and the environment. This Rotary Year will see the return of many in-person events, starting with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and including the return to the Youth Exchange program admissions. Continuing programs include the Million Mask Challenge, End Polio Now, and ShelterBox.

Learn more:
Rotary Districts 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Rotary Club of Lagrange: https://lagrangerotaryny.org/
Million Mask Challenge: https://blog.rotary.org/2020/12/30/million-mask-challenge-displays-power-of-rotary-network/
Polio and Rotary: https://www.endpolio.org/
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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7210 District Governor 2020-21 Report (Aired on June 27, 2021)

Rotary District Governor (DG), Toni Marmo (Highland Rotary), visited RadioRotary and described some of the highlights of his 2020-21 tenure. A District Governor is a well-trained leader, overseeing the 56 clubs in the 8- country district from July 1 to June 30, usually visiting each club in person during that year. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, DG Marmo joined many Zoom meetings, but somehow managed 63 in person visits—most clubs twice, counting online meetings. One Covid-related charitable work during the year was participation in the Million Mask Challenge, with District clubs passing out about 275,000 masks to local community organizations. Another highlight has been the increase in membership after several years of decline, adding a net of about 60 members to the 1,600—DG Marmo has agreed to be the District Membership Chair for 2021-22, continuing his work in this important area. He has not ignored his home club during the year, either. Highland’s big project for years has been Ribfest, but because of Covid restrictions, in 2020 and 2021 the Ribfest has been replaced by Rotary’s Ribfest & Restaurant Revival, helping local restaurants survive the various lockdowns and other problems associated with the pandemic. There is much more of interest in this interview.

Learn more:
Rotary Districts 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Highland, NY Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Rotary’s Ribfest & Restaurant Revival: https://rrrr.rocks/
Million Mask Challenge: https://blog.rotary.org/2020/12/30/million-mask-challenge-displays-power-of-rotary-network/

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