Rotary International Convention in Toronto Canada (Aired on July 7 and July 8th 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on July 7 and 8, 2018)

Each year RadioRotary takes its microphone to the Rotary International Convention, which in 2018 is in Toronto, Ontario. Some 24,000 Rotarians are in attendance and RadioRotary gets as many of the great stories as it can. One of the interviews in this show is with Ellen Haggerty, a Pleasant Valley Rotarian whose mission to improve hearing and make life easier for those who are hearing impaired takes her all over the world. Her organization, Rotarians for Hearing, is one of the many Rotary Action Groups, or RAGs, that deal with specific issues.  Another interview concerts a different RAG, this one uniting Rotarians around the world to help prevent opioid addiction as well as other forms of  addiction.  Disaster Aid USA is not a RAG, but instead is a club-based Rotary project that started with a Bethesda, MD, Rotary Club, but now has chapters in clubs all over the US and sister organizations in Europe and Southeast Asia. One of the highlights of the RadioRotary interviews at the International Convention is the interview with the new president of Rotary International; fir 2018-19, it is Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau in the Bahamas.
Learn more:
Rotarians for Hearing: Rotarian Action Group:

Rotarian Action Group: Addiction Prevention:
Disaster Aid USA:
Barry Rassin, 2018-19 Rotary International President:
Rotary International:

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Andrew O’Grady from MARC (Aired on April 14 and April 15th 2018)

Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC) (Aired on April 14 and 15, 2018)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of the Mid-Hudson Recovery Centers (MARC) and Executive Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) visits RadioRotary to tell about changes at MARC as it finds new ways to improve its mission of residential treatment for alcoholics and other addicts. MARC is now
allied with MHA, extending the reach of both organizations. If a person in Dutchess or surrounding counties is sufferance from an addiction or mental crisis, he or she can get immediate help at the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, which is always open day or night and which will provide therapy up to 23 hours while helping the visitor decide what the appropriate next
steps, such a detox or other treatment, are for the specific circumstances.  MARC manages nine beds in the Stabilization Center that focus on addiction and alcoholism problems. A person ready to be helped can also call MARC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis Center at (845) 471-0310. There is much more
useful information in this fascinating interview.
Learn more:
Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC)
MARC Facebook Page
Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Dutchess Country Stabilization Center
 

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Rtn. Mike Polasek Talks About The Dangers Of Opioids Addiction (Aired On January 20th & 21st, 2018)

Opioid Abuse Awareness and Prevention (Aired on January 20th & 21st, 2018)
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Mike Polasek (LaGrange) reports to the RadioRotary team about a major effort on the part of local Rotary Clubs (LaGrange, Millbrook, Fishkill) to obtain a grant from The Rotary Foundation to fund awareness and prevention programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley, although Mr. Polasek emphasizes that opioid addiction is a worldwide program that affects all ages and all classes. Opioid abuse often starts with an original prescription for pain relief from an injury or surgical procedure, but the drug becomes a necessity for the person addicted, a
person who then may seek out street drugs to replace the prescription. The result is not only the misery of addiction but often overdose and death. The grant from The Rotary Foundation, focusing on adolescents 15 to 10 years old, would support awareness through social media and prevention by working with agencies already in the field, such as SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) and MARC (Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers, Inc.).
Learn more:
The Rotary Foundation
SAMSHA
MARC
Opiate Treatment Centers
Rotary Club of LaGrange
Rotary Club of Millbrook:
Fishkill Rotary Club

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January 29, 2018 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Help for Adult Developmentally Disabled (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2016)

Help for Adult Developmentally Disabled (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2016)

RadioRotary interviews Holly Gaiman, Development Coordinator at InFlight, Inc., which supplies residential facilities, including group homes and apartments, for people with developmental disabilities.  Its mission is to ensure the people it supports reach their highest level of independence and inclusion into the community while living in a home setting.  InFlight operates throughout much of the mid-Hudson region, providing not only a home but also vocational services, art and music programs, activities of many kinds, and even the Can Do Café in Catskill, where residents meet to prepare the food. The residents served must be 22 years old or older and may be on the autism spectrum, have been born intellectually disabled, or suffer from brain damage. InFlight is supported by New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Learn more:

InFlight

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities

 

 

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