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  

Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on November 10 and 11, 2018)

For eighteen years, the Vassar-Haiti Project, started and still directed by Lila
Meade and her husband Andrew, assistant dean of international students at
Vassar College, has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop
village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Vassar sophomore Mary McCarthy,
publicity director of the project, and Lila Meade were the guests on RadioRotary
for this show. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to work on the project by reading
Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners
in Health. As a result of the project, which raises funds primarily by selling Haitian
paintings and crafts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 250-
student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the
last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington
Rotary. Vassar now has a Rotaract Club, which is seeking grant money from
Rotary to provide the clinic with electricity. It is inspiring work.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Mountains Beyond Mountains: https://www.tracykidder.com/mountains-beyond-mountains.html
Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs

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Rotary International Convention In Atlanta Georgia Show # 7 (Aired on December 16th and 17th 2017)

Atlanta 2017 Rotary Convention, part 7 (Aired on December 16 & 17, 2017)
Continuing its broadcasts from the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta,
RadioRotary Co-Hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Conner interview representatives of several of the many exhibits featured at the Convention. “The One” Rotary Action Group presents an award of $100,000 to the International Humanitarian of the year along with $50,000 each to two runners-up, enabling these humanitarians to increase their work with the poor of the world. One effort to help the poor is Project Peanut Butter, which uses Rotary grants to manufacture and supply a specially formatted peanut butter that saves the lives of starving children, primarily in Africa. Another Rotary Action Group specializes in preventing blindness through improving maternal health, cataract surgery, and detection of macular degeneration. The “I Can Read” songs are taught to pre-school children, providing an easy way to learn reading easy, high-frequency words. Rotary volunteers staff the Wheelchair Foundation, which provides new and refurbished devices to give mobility to the disabled.
Learn more:
The One: International Humanitarian Award
Project Peanut Butter
Rotary Action Group for Blindness Prevention:
“I Can Read” Songs”
Wheelchair Foundation UK
Rotary Action Groups
Rotary Foundation Grant Programs

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Rotary International Convention in Atlanta Georgia #5 (Aired on November 18th and November 19th 2017)

Atlanta 2017 Rotary Convention, part 5 (Aired on November 18 & 19, 2017)
Another fascinating report from the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
This time RadioRotary interviews Rotarian Bill Philpotts (Fredericksburg Morning Club) on the project “It Takes a Toilet,” which brings girl’s toilet facilities to India; Rotarian Dr. Subrahmanyam Ganesh (Methyr Tydfil) Club) who tells about the inexpensive prosthetic known as the Jaipur Limb; Rotarian David C. Forward
(Medford Sunrise Club) on the hundredth anniversary of The Rotary Foundation; Rotarian Ellen Haggerty (Pleasant Valley NY Club) about her project for improving hearing and its success in bringing captioning to the Convention; Artist Ashley Spitsnogle, who draws and sometimes is Josh the Otter, working to prevent child drowning and Regional Director of The Dollywood Foundation Pam Hunsaker, who tells about the Imagination Library that brings free books to preschooler

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Learn more:
Rotary District 5840
Fredericksburg Morning Rotary
Rotary Jaipur Limb
Jaipur Foot
Medford Sunrise Club
Pleasant Valley Rotary Facebook
Josh The Otter Water Safety and Awareness
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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