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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Kimberly Kochem on Preventing Child Abuse (Aired on June 30th and July 1 2018)

Prevention of Child Abuse (Aired on June 30 and Jul 1, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Kimberly Kochen, Executive Director of The Center for
the Prevention of Child Abuse, located in Poughkeepsie, N, the nonprofit agency
dedicated to the reduction of child maltreatment since 1973. Among their
programs are outreach to elementary schools for educating children and to PTAs
and other groups for educating adults. Almost 17,000 children per year are
served, mostly through lessons in schools, ranging from puppet shows for
younger children to more formal teaching though grade 6. Child abuse is a major
problem but only about one in a thousand children will report it. Everyone who
suspects child abuse should call the NYS Central Registry at 1(800) 342-3720 or
in case of immediate harm, 911. Parents and others are urged to “trust your gut”
if you suspect anything, and take action immediately. Abuse during childhood
often affects the person abused for his or her entire life.
Learn more:
The Center for Prevention of Child Abuse:
Facebook Page for Child Abuse Prevention:
NYS Central Registry (Child Protective Services):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Child Abuse:

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Eliza Bozenski on the Anderson Center For Autism (Aired on April 4th & 5th, 2018)

Anderson Center for Autism (Aired on April 4 and 5, 2018)
Eliza Bozenski,

Chief Development Officer of the Anderson Center for Autism, and the host of comes to the RadioRotary microphone to discuss the autism
spectrum and how the Anderson Foundation’s several ways of outreach are making a difference for families that must cope with autism. Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability that ranges from what is commonly called Asperger Syndrome, which may be accompanied by high intelligence, to instances of autism that feature very low intelligence and serious disability. Early intervention makes a considerable difference in development; parents recognizing that a child may have a problem should not hesitate about taking the child to a physician for a diagnosis. The Anderson Foundation provides a range of autism services, including residential treatment and consultation with families.  One program helps businesses develop an autism supportive environment that can modify practices so that persons on the autism spectrum can feel more
comfortable and handle business interactions more easily. There is a lot more to learn from this insightful interview.
Learn more:
Anderson Center for Autism:
Autism Supportive Environment:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Parents Guide to Autism:

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Cara Mia Bacchiochi talks about Hope On A Mission (Aired on March 24 and March 25th 2018)

Hope for Homeless and Addicted (Aired on March 24 and 25, 2018) 

Cara Mia Bacchiochi of Hope on a Mission HOAM returns to RadioRotary to describe her continuing effort to help Poughkeepsie women who are homeless, most of them addicted to drugs or alcohol. At the same street corner (Main and Clinton) every Saturday night, sometimes in rain or snow, Bacchiochi and volunteers distribute food, clothing, and personal care items to homeless women.  Bacchiochi was herself a homeless addict before joining a recovery program in 1990. After a brief recurrence of her addiction, she accepted God’s role for her—founding a street-level outreach mission for homeless and addicted women. With the help of her church, she plans someday to acquire a building that would make it easier to carry out the mission. Hope on a Mission HOAM is financed by donations and staffed by volunteers. To donate or volunteer, you can phone (914) 456-2633 or visit its Facebook page: Hope on a Mission HOAM.

 

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page
Dutchess Country Stabilization Center
Walter Hoving Home
Transformation Life Center in West Park
MARC Crisis Center

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