Talking Shelterbox (Aired on Feb 18 and 19)

Talking about ShelterBox (Aired on February 18 and 19. 2017

Jim Damiani, (Nanuet – West Nyack Rotary) 2017-18 Governor of Rotary District 7210, visits the RadioRotary studio to talk to Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell about ShelterBox, a major initiative for disaster relief that is affiliated with Rotary International.  Simply put, a ShelterBox is a tent and necessary supplies for up to ten people, all packed into a waterproof one-meter plastic cube. That is a good thing, but what makes ShelterBox effective in disaster relief are trained teams that can bring the ShelterBox cubes to the site of a disaster and teach locals how to use them. Because most cities and towns around the world have Rotary clubs, the ShelterBox teams have connections even in remote sites, such as the mountains of Nepal or smaller cities in Haiti, which enables the team to get the equipment to the right place faster than practically any other relief organization. Many Rotary clubs in District 7210 provide the $1,000 per box it takes to assemble a ShelterBox, often contributing more than one box a year, and then track “their boxes” to see where they have been deployed.

Learn more:

ShelterBox USA
Natural Disasters
Rotary District 7210
Nanuet – West Nyack Rotary Club on Facebook

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Rotary District 7210 in 2016-17 (Aired on July 9 & 10, 2016)

Louis Turpin

Louis Turpin

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.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210Rotary Do GOOD, Have FUN
Rotary International
ShelterBox
Rotary Foundation
Polio Eradication
Rhinebeck Rotary

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A Rotarian Doing Good in the World (Aired on February 20 & 21, 2016)

Louis Turpin

Louis Turpin

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.

Learn more:
USA ShelterBox Program
ShelterBox Ambassador Lou Turpin
Albert Schweitzer Institute
Quinnipiac University
Rhinebeck Rotary

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Our Rotary District’s Peace Ambassador (Aired on August 22 & 23, 2015)

(back, l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Doug Sturomski; (front) Sarah O'Connell

(back, l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Doug Sturomski; (front) Sarah O’Connell

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.

Learn more:
Doug Sturomski’s Facebook Page
Newburgh Rotary
District 7210 Rotary
Peace Bell Foundation

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August 22, 2015 · Posted in Peace, Rotary District 7210  

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