Rhinebeck Rotarian Louis Turpin is the District Governor (DG) for Rotary Year 2016-17 for District 7210, Rotary in the Hudson Valley. Rotary’s governance system has new officers undertake one-year terms starting on July 1, but District Governors have several years training before their year in office. DG Turpin discusses his goals for his year, which he summarizes as “Do Good, Have Fun.” Turpin has previously had many roles in his club and in the district, and also serves as member of the Board for ShelterBox, an international relief organization allied with Rotary International. DG Turpin’s year coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, best known for its efforts to eradicate polio, now on the verge of success.
Rhinebeck Rotarian and District 7210 Governor-Elect for 2016-17 Lou Turpin describes two of the several activities that help fulfill the Rotary Foundation motto of “Doing Good in the World.” In addition to his work for District 7210, Turpin has been instrumental in furthering the work of ShelterBox, perhaps the leading disaster-relief organization in the world. Not only has he been a Shelter-Box Ambassador, encouraging the funding of the program throughout the district, but be also serves on the board of ShelterBox USA. On another front, through his involvement with the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, he has participated in several of the Nobel Peace Summits, an annual gathering of winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. At the most recent summit in Barcelona, Spain, Turpin combined these two aspects of his work by speaking to the meeting about how ShelterBox has been working to aid the refugees from the Syrian Civil War.
Newburgh Rotarian Doug Sturomski is the unofficial Peace Ambassador for Rotary District 7210, which encompasses the eight counties in the Mid-Hudson Region. One of his several projects related to peace is building and placing Peace Poles in parks, high schools, colleges, and various public places around the region. The Peace Poles that Mr. Sturomski builds are 8-feet high, resembling the Washington Monument, and have the message “May Peace prevail upon the Earth” in 80 languages. Another project is the Peace Bell, related to the Peace Bell permanently placed in Hiroshima, Japan. Rotary, which has Peace as one of its six areas of service, has over 500 different ways to symbolize Peace, and among the examples are over 200,000 Peace Poles worldwide.
RadioRotary hosts a discussion of Rotary in the Hudson Valley featuring District Governor (DG) 2014-15 Penny Byron (Patterson Rotary), Past District Governor (PDG) 2009-10 David Green (New Windsor-Cornwall Rotary), and District Governor Elect (DGE) 2015-16 Nick Constantino (Walkill East Rotary). DGE Constantino had just returned from training for his post in San Diego along with 531 other District-Governors-Elect. DG Byron tells that she has completed an obligatory visit to each of the 62 Rotary Clubs in District 7210, the district covering the Mid-Hudson Valley, including its E-Club, which has international membership. PDG Green tells of his plans for the District Convention in April. All three describe some of the ways Rotary International fulfills its mission of “doing good in the world.”