The ARC Westchester (Aired On December 15 & 16, 2018)

The ARC Westchester supports more than 2,000 children, teens, and adults who
cope with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including (but not limited to)
autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Millie Gaines, one of the 800 or so
employees who works with clients at The ARC Westchester, visits the
RadioRotary studios to describe some of the programs, which range from testing
infants and young children through to residential services for independent living.
Programs can be grouped into six categories: early childhood, day services,
career and employment, family support, staying healthy, and living at home.
Some clients volunteer to help other charitable programs, while some volunteers
become interns who help the clients. It is a fascinating story.

Learn more:
ARC of Westchester: https://www.arcwestchester.org/
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/ViewFactSheet.aspx?csid=100
Autism: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml
Cerebral Palsy: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/cp/facts.html
Down Syndrome: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/down-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355977

 

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The Animal Farm Foundation (Aired On October 13 & 14, 2018)

You may never have heard about canine discrimination, but you will learn a lot
from this fascinating interview with Stacey Coleman and Nicole Juchem of the
Animal Farm Foundation. The Foundation, which started in the 1980s as a refuse
farm for horses, it now is a nationwide advocate for pit bulls and a trainer and
supplier of service dogs. It specialized in training dogs for very specific tasks,
such as opening doors. Among its programs are training K9 dogs for police
departments, dogs that learn to detect drugs or hidden weapons. The
Foundation works with inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, where
inmates socialize dogs and teach them basic canine manners. The dogs are
recruited from animal shelters. If the dog turns out to be resistant to training, the
Foundation finds a suitable family to adopt it.

Learn more:
Animal Farm Foundation, Inc.: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Animal Farm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalfarmfoundation/
Pit Bull Discrimination: https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-pit-bulls
Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals: https://usaservicedogs.org/

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Helping the Public with Legal Issues (Aired On September 15 & 16, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotarian Veronica McMillan, an
attorney, and Janna Whearty, Executive Director of the Dutchess Country Bar
Association, on the programs of the Country Bar, an organization of 548
attorneys practicing in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. The group is
best known for evaluating candidates for judgeships, but it does much more.
One of the useful services is based in the different specialties of lawyers; the
Lawyer Referral Service directs persons in need of legal help to attorneys who
specialize in the problem, whether it be patent law; wills, health-care proxies, or
power of attorney; real-estate transactions; consumer issues; or criminal matters.
The Bar Association is also involved in the continuous education required of
licensed attorneys. Every May the Association sponsors the annual Law Day
event.

Learn more:
Dutchess Country Bar Association: http://dutchesscountybar.org/

Law Day: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day.html

Lawyer Referral Service: http://dutchesscountybar.org/lawyer-referral-service
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in New York State:
https://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle/mcle_states/states_l-o/new_york.html
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club: poughkeepsie arlington rotary

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Dutchess County, Law, Service Organizations  

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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