The E-Club of Wall Street (Aired on June 13 and 14, 2020)

 

Rotarian Jason Gonzales, president of the E-Club of Wall Street, visits RadioRotary via Zoom totell how the former Wall Street Rotary became an online E-club and still continues to do good in the world. When the Rotary Club of Wall Street recognized in 2018 that it was barely hanging in with only 10 active members, the members decided to reconstitute as an online E-club, which today is up to 32 members in 13 countries around the world. The members meet by Zoom from their respective locations at noon (Wall Street time—it is 6:00 p.m. for European members). Just like in-person Rotary clubs, the E-club has speakers (often more famous than most Rotary clubs host) and engages in activities to help the community, hosting Rotary scholars, raising funds for good causes, and volunteering approximately 10 hours for every member. Mr. Gonzalez got interested in Rotary while in Rotaract at Pace University in New York. Today he works for UNESCO at the United Nations, where one of his duties has been to plan the annual Rotary UN Day. There is much more of interest in this interview than we have room to include here, so be sure to listen to the show.

Learn more:
E-Club of Wall Street: http://www.wallstreetrotary.org/
Facebook for E-Club of Wall Street: https://www.facebook.com/RotaryWallStreetNY/
Rotary District 7230: https://rotary7230.org/
Rotaract Club of Pace University: http://www.wallstreetrotary.org/rotaract/
UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/
Rotary UN Day: https://www.rotary.org/en/un-day

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Working for Peace with the UN (Aired March 14 & 15, 2020)

Millbrook Rotarian Jim Lubin and his wife Diane visit RadioRotary to tell how they came to be Peacekeepers for the United Nations and involved in two of the more significant conflicts at the end of the 20th Century. Jim Lubin grew up in England during World War II and as a boy observed the American Air Force heading for the D-Day invasion of Europe. As a young man be made a career of proofreading, which eventually led to his being an editor at the United Nations, where he met and married Diane. Jim thought he could do more for world peace by volunteering to lead missions that the UN conducts to help maintain peace during conflicts. When he went to oversee elections in the new nation of Namibia in southwest Africa, Diane joined him on the mission—the first husband and wife team of UN Peacekeepers. With a successful mission to Namibia behind them, the pair volunteered to help resolve the conflicts between the new nations that used to be part of Yugoslavia, but this active war was between ethnic groups who were out to kill each other and who were not going to stop just because the UN was there. Having survived the war in Croatia, Jim and Diane retired to the United States. Diane was from Oneonta, NY, and had frequently driven the Taconic to New York City, so when the Lubins looked for a retirement home, exiting the Taconic at Millbrook became the key.

Learn more
Peacekeeping by the United Nations: https://peacekeeping.un.org/en
War and Election in Namibia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Border_War
War in Former Yugoslavia: https://www.britannica.com/event/Bosnian-War
Millbrook Rotary Club: https://www.MillbrookRotary.org

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April 3, 2020 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Peace, United Nations  

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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