Rotary International and Rotary Foundation CEO (Aired on October 18, 2020)

Through the magic of Zoom. RadioRotary interviews John Hewko, the General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of both Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. As CEO he directs some 800 Rotary employees in the United States and around the world—Rotary has 1.2 million members worldwide, with only about 25% of them in the United States. Rotarians are committed to doing good in the world as well as making person connections with like-minded others. In addition to contributing $400 million for projects through The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians contribute about 47 million people hours to make those projects work—and these numbers do not count the gifts and projects of the 35,000 individual clubs that make up Rotary. With numbers like that, Rotary embarked on a huge project in 1985 (later joined but other international organizations) to eliminate polio. At this point they have succeeded everywhere except Pakistan and Afghanistan where there remain a few cases annually. Another emphasis of Rotary is enrolling youth in both projects to improve communities but also in supporting peace through annual youth exchanges
between countries around the world.

Learn more:
General Secretary and CEO: https://my.rotary.org/en/general-secretary-and-chief-executive-officer
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Polio Eradication: https://polioeradication.org/
Rotary Youth Programs: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-programs

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Rotary Rises to the COVID-19 Challenge (Aired on June 6 and 7, 2020)

Millbrook Rotarian Cindie Kish, the current 2710 District Governor, visits RadioRotary via Zoom, to tell how the 55 Mid-Hudson Rotary Clubs are helping their communities and the world get through the pandemic. Unlike many businesses and other organizations, Rotary in the Mid-Hudson has not gone dark. Clubs have found innovative ways to meet and also members are able to join weekly District meetings online. The good work of Rotary has not stopped, even though many traditional fundraisers have had to be cancelled; Rotary clubs have found ways to support not only such organizations as food pantries, but local businesses as well—for example, some clubs that can no longer meet at their favorite restaurant have helped support it by collecting take-out meals and distributing them to club members. The high-school Interact clubs sponsored by Rotary can no longer meet with schools closed, but they can still do good, perhaps by sending thank-you notes to health workers. Listen to the show to learn about the many ways Rotary continues to do good in the world in spite of the current crisis.

Learn more:
District 7210, Rotary in the Mid-Hudson: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en
Rotary International Virtual Convention, June 10-26: https://www.riconvention.org/en/honolulu
Donate to the Rotary Foundation : https://www.rotary.org/en/donate
ShelterBox: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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A Water Project for Haiti (Aired December 14 and 15, 2019)

Rotterdam Sunrise Rotarian Miriam Cajuste visits RadioRotary to build support for
improving the availability of clean water in Matogou, Haiti, a Global Grant project of the
Rotary Foundation. The effort is led by New York State’s Schenectady Rotary paired
with the Rotary Club of Port-au-Prince Champ-de-Mars om Haiti. For several years the
Schenectady club has been supplying gravity-driven water filtration systems to
Matogou. These essentially consist of two large buckets on a special stand with a
carbon filter between them—effective, but slow. For an ordinary fasmioly, the bucket
has to be filled three times each day. Although the carbon filters are made in the United
States, everything else about the filtration system is made in Haiti. With the Global
Grant, Schenectady wants to build a new well with a pump and filters, which would
supply clean water outlets to three locations in the village. Because then project is
based on a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, every dollar contributed to the project will
be matched by three from the Foundation. The construction for the new well is
scheduled to begin in April 2020.

Learn more:
Matogou Haiti Clean Water Project: https://www.facebook.com/MatogouCleanWater/
Matagou Global Grant: http://www.matchinggrants.org/global/project2179.html
Rotterdam Sunrise Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50091/clubinfo/rotterdam-sunrise
Schenectady Rotary: https://schenectadyrotary.org/
Port-au-Prince Champ-de-Mars Rotary: https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-de-Port-au-Prince-Champ-de-Mars-102945063085174/

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January 5, 2020 · Posted in International Programs, Rotary Foundation, Water Projects  

Donating to The Rotary Foundation (Aired On November 17 & 18, 2018)

RadioRotary welcomes Pleasant Valley Rotarian (and occasional RadioRotary
cohost) Dave Kruger, co-chair of individual giving for District 7210, to its
microphone to tell the audience about the principal charity arm of Rotary
International, The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary fellowship was founded in
1905 by Paul Harris principally as an informal club for business and professional
men, but soon its members began to perform community service. In 1917 then
Rotary president Arch Klumph started The Rotary Foundation to finance good
works locally and around the world. Since then, the Foundation has spent $3
billion on projects to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water and
sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local
economies. The money comes mainly from individual Rotarians and others, with
special help from members of the Paul Harris Society, who pledge to donate
$1,000 a year to the Foundation. One reason that giving to the Foundation is
popular is that it has the highest rating from organizations which rate nonprofits,
such as Charity Navigator.

Learn more:
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4553
Paul Harris Fellows and Society: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/history/paul-harris-society
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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November 29, 2018 · Posted in Global Polio Initiative, Humanitarian Service, Rotary Foundation  

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