More than Just a Service Club (Aired on July 27 and 28, 2019)

The dynamic duo of Doris and Ken Obremski, both Past District Governors of
Rotary District 7210 and both members of The Rotary Club of Goshen, New York
(Ken is once again president of the club after a long hiatus), come to
RadioRotary to be interviewed by old friends Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah
Triebwasser. Much of the interview consists of reminiscences of Ken’s 50 active
years in Rotary (by January 2020) and Doris’ 26 years joining her husband in its
work– from immunizations for children in the US and against polio abroad,
international exchanges, to disaster relief after Katrina. RadioRotary started
during Doris’ tenure as District Governor and might not have made it through its
early years without her help and encouragement. The pair joined Rotary because
they wanted to be part of something important and it changed their lives and their
family’s lives for the better.

Learn more:
The Rotary Club of Goshen, New York: https://goshennyrotary.org/
Goshen Rotary, NY, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Goshen-NY-221599024649451/
Rotary District 7210: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Rotary Fights Against Polio: https://www.endpolio.org/rotary-and-the-fight-against-polio
Rotary and the United Nations: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-and-united-nations

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Rotary Year 2018-19 Wrap-Up, District 7210 (Aired on June 29 and 30, 2019)


Christine Giangrasso (Highland Rotary), 2018-19 District Governor for Rotary
District 7210, reports to RadioRotary on her year of traveling to 55 of the 56
Rotary clubs in the 8 counties that make up the Lower Hudson Valley District
(Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster).
DG Giangrasso is proud of her record of adding a new club, a new Interact, and
2 new Rotaract clubs to the District during her year as governor. A major theme
of her year was enlisting local Rotary clubs in the fight against heroin addiction
and overdose. She also was able to champion women’s place in Rotary with a
conference that featured Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman to lead a Rotary club
(1987) and honored some of the women who make District 7210 effective. She
also describes the very successful District Conference at the Red Lion Inn in
Stockbridge, MA.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Highland Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Rotary’s Fight Against Opioid Crisis: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-clubs-come-together-fight-opioid-epidemic
Rotaract Clubs: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
Women in Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-women-rotary

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Rotary District 7210, Women, Youth  

What Rotary Membership Means (Aired on February 9 and 10, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Suffern Rotarian Larry Palant, membership chair for
Rotary District 7210, about changes in Rotary membership opportunities and
ways to increase membership in Rotary clubs, including new types of clubs that
have been invented to make membership easier for the very busy young
professionals. Today, about half the clubs in the eight-country District 7210 meet
weekly for lunch, but increasingly as members from the spread-out hamlets and
villages of the Lower Hudson Valley have less time to travel to a meeting for
lunch, clubs are meeting for breakfast, dinner, or just for drinks. For example,
some clubs meet for lunch two or three times a month, then have a dinner
meeting that supports a local charity. The e-club, with members from around the
world (but still in the District) is a popular option, while Mr. Palant also describes
a new “passport club” concept, in which members only meet four times a year,
but can use their passports to work on projects with other Rotarians in between
meetings. Increasingly also, clubs are accepting corporate members, usually so
that several employees of a corporation can be sponsored as members of a local
Rotary Club.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Suffern Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2255/sitepage/about-our-club/rotary-club-of-suffern
Membership Ideas: https://www.rotary.org/en/strategic-thinking-can-help-rotary-clubs-grow
About Rotary Membership: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

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February 24, 2019 · Posted in Rotary District 7210, Rotary Membership  

PDG Christine about the fun and fellowship of Rotary (Aired on June 23rd & 24th, 2018)

District Governor 2018-19 Christine Giangrasso (Aired on June 23 and 24, 2018)

A long-standing tradition of RadioRotary is the interview with each incoming District Governor (DG) of District 7210, the person who will lead the 55 clubs in 8 counties that make up the District. From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2018, that person will be Christine (“Chrissy G.”) Giangrasso of the Highland Rotary Club. DG Giangrasso brings to the District an attitude of “We Can Do It,” inspired by World War II’s Rosy the Riveter, Sylvia Whitlock (first woman Rotarian in 1987), and the women of Rotary—but not leaving out the men of Rotary. Among her goals for the 2018-19 Rotary Year are revving up the fight against opioid addiction and engaging with the 46 Interact clubs of the District. As a member of Highland Rotary as well as DG, she will be involved in that club’s annual fundraiser, the August Ribfest at Ulster  Fairgrounds, which is not only a fundraiser for Rotary but also for every charitable organization that participates.

Sitting: District Governor Christine Giangrasso; Standing: Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell
Learn more:
District 7210:
Interact:
Highland Rotary Club:
Hudson Valley Ribfest:

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