More than Just a Service Club (Aired on July 27 and 28, 2019)

The dynamic duo of Doris and Ken Obremski, both Past District Governors of
Rotary District 7210 and both members of The Rotary Club of Goshen, New York
(Ken is once again president of the club after a long hiatus), come to
RadioRotary to be interviewed by old friends Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah
Triebwasser. Much of the interview consists of reminiscences of Ken’s 50 active
years in Rotary (by January 2020) and Doris’ 26 years joining her husband in its
work– from immunizations for children in the US and against polio abroad,
international exchanges, to disaster relief after Katrina. RadioRotary started
during Doris’ tenure as District Governor and might not have made it through its
early years without her help and encouragement. The pair joined Rotary because
they wanted to be part of something important and it changed their lives and their
family’s lives for the better.

Learn more:
The Rotary Club of Goshen, New York: https://goshennyrotary.org/
Goshen Rotary, NY, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Goshen-NY-221599024649451/
Rotary District 7210: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Rotary Fights Against Polio: https://www.endpolio.org/rotary-and-the-fight-against-polio
Rotary and the United Nations: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-and-united-nations

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Bunnee Web Tribute Show (Aired on June 24, 2017 and June 25th, 2017)

Bunnee Webb: Polio Eradicator (Aired on June 24 and 25, 2017)
This is a repeat broadcast in honor of Bunnee Webb, who led District 7210’s
campaign to eradicate polio, part of a worldwide effort that involved not only
Rotary, but also the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several United Nations organizations, and governments in the affected areas. Ms. Webb, a past District Governor of Rotary District 7210 (2000-01) and a member of the Congers-Valley Cottage Rotary Club, inspired all who knew her, especially for her dedication to polio eradication. She died on May 23, 2017, at the age of 89. By then the PolioPlus campaign was “this close” to polio eradication, with only 20 known cases of the disease in 2016—although Ms. Webb would never say “only.” When this 2010 show was originally broadcast, there were 349 total cases, down from 52,630 in 1980. The stories on this show are timeless, however, especially Ms. Webb’s account of her experience vaccinating children in India as part of a
National Immunization Day.
Learn more:
Rotary’s PolioPlus
Global Polio Initiative
Congers-Valley Cottage Facebook

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United Nations Show 3 (aired on 3-4-17 & 3-5-17)

2017 Rotary Day at the UN #3 (Aired on March 3 and 4, 2017)

RadioRotary presents several interviews from the 2016 Rotary United Nations
Day, this time centering on the activities of Rotary District 7210, the home of RadioRotary. Lou Turpin (Rhinebeck Rotary), the 2016-17 District Governor, starts the program off, emphasizing his view that the essence of Rotary can be summed up as “Do Good. Have Fun.” His interview is followed by chats with students from Red Hook Interact and Rhinebeck Interact clubs, along with Linda Greenblatt, a Rotarian advisor to the Red Hook Club. Interact Clubs in high schools are sponsored by, but run independently from, a local Rotary Club; their mission is the same as Mr. Turpin proposes, doing good and having fun. Another set of interviews brings Millbrook Rotarian Kim Sweck , who supervises Rotary Youth Exchange for Millbrook, and two of the students who have come from Italy and Brazil to spend a school year in the United States. Rotary Youth Exchange works both ways—clubs in the United States often sponsor a local high school student who will live with families in other nations.
Learn more:
Rotary Day at the UN
Rotary District 7210
Interact
ShelterBox USA
Rotary Youth Exchange

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Representing Rotary at the United Nations (Aired on February 11 and 12, 2017)

Representing Rotary at the United Nations (Aired on February 11 and 12,
2017)

Rotary International has had a close relation with the United Nations even beforeits fou nding—the London Rotary Club helps start UNESCO and nearly 50 of the de legates to the conference that drafted the UN Charter in 1945 were Rotarians. This relationship became even closer when Rotary partnered with several UN divisions in 1988 for a campaign to eradicate polio. Several Rotarians represent Rotary at UN meetings, including Greater Newburgh Rotarian Knut Johnsen, who tells RadioRotary about the experience on this program. An important part ofthe UN representatives’ work is planning the annual Rotary Day at the United Nations, when the UN is closed to all but Rotarians. Mr. Johnsen is active in Rotary in many ways, especially with The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary that regularly receives the highest ratings from independent evaluators.
Learn more:
Rotary Representatives to the United Nations:
Rotary’s Role in Founding the UN:
Newburgh Rotary:

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February 11, 2017 · Posted in Rotary Foundation, Rotary International, United Nations  

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