Rotary Fights to Eradicate Polio (Aired on October 31 & November 1, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O'Connell, Bill Bassett

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell, Bill Bassett

Rotary District 7210 Past District Governor Bill Bassett (Walkill East Rotary Club) describes the history and current success of the effort, started by Rotary in 1979, to completely eradicate the terrible disease poliomyelitis, commonly called polio. Polio has a long history as a human disease that often causes lifetime paralysis or even death. In the early 1980s a thousand persons per day contracted it and it was endemic in 125 nations. As a result of a partnership led by Rotary, but including the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UNICEF, the number of cases has been reduced to about 150 per year and it is endemic only in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This effort has been aided by hundreds of millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put forth as matching challenges for The Rotary Foundation, currently a two-for-one match to every Rotary dollar up to $35 million per year.

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End Polio Now
Rotary District 7210
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Rotary District 7210 in 2014-15 (Aired on April 26 & 27, 2014)

District Governor Penny Byron (Rotary Year 2014-15)

District Governor Penny Byron (2014-15)

RadioRotary co-hosts interview incoming District Governor Penny Byron (Rotary Year 2014-15), who describes her work with District 7210, which includes 62 clubs at various locations in the eight Mid-Hudson counties that make up the District—Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster. District 7210 actually extends beyond the Mid-Hudson, however, for one of the 62 clubs is the E-Club, the first in Rotary International; its members can be located anywhere in the world and several are international members, although most live here in the Hudson Valley but attend meetings online. Another distinction for the District is that one of its past District Governors, Knut Johnsen, occupies Rotary’s seat at the United Nations. RadioRotary itself is a third unique asset of the District. Ms. Byron, whose home club is Patterson, began her journey toward District Governor in 4H, then moved on to Rotary where she has been active at both the Club and District levels.

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Rotary District 7210
Rotary International
The Rotary Foundation

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April 26, 2014 · Posted in Hudson Valley, Rotary District 7210, United Nations  

Rotary UN Day- Part 2 (Aired on AM on Dec. 27 & on FM on Dec. 29)

Rotary UN Day

Rotary UN Day

Each year on Rotary UN Day, which celebrates the role Rotary had in founding the UN and their continuing relationship, RadioRotary conducts onsite interviews with Rotarians and others attending the event. In this program, the interviews included deal with water purification and desalination, developing a new generation of leaders around the world, the Rotary youth exchange program, and dealing with technological obsolescence. The final interview in the series is with Rotary International President for Rotary year 2013-14 Ron Burton, whose motto—“Engage Rotary, Change Lives”—sums up how Rotarians and the United Nations work together.

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Water Treatment
Water Supply Crisis
Young Global Leadership Organization
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Connecting Businesses around the World
President Ron Burton

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Rotary UN Day 2013 (Aired on AM on Dec.13 & on FM on Dec.15)

L-R: Louis Turpin, RI President Ron Burton, Larry Palant

L-R: Louis Turpin, RI President Ron Burton, Larry Palant

Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates the important role Rotary had in founding the UN and the continuing relationship. Each year on Rotary UN Day, RadioRotary hosts attend and record interviews with attendees. This year the interviews included Freddie Lee Kaplan discussing the Gift of Life, which is the second largest Rotary Foundation program (after PolioPlus). Gift of Life works to fix congenital heart disorders in children from all over the world. Rotarian Lou Turpin describes ShelterBox, an international effort allied with Rotary that brings shelter and necessities to people facing disasters, whether storms, earthquakes, floods, or other calamities. Todd Horvath discusses a program that brings free prosthetic hands that can grip objects and that resemble real hands; more than 16,000 have been helped with these hands. On a more local level, Jaina Diaz-Kelly and Michelle Eggink tell about how the Rotarian youth organization Interact has changed their lives and helped their communities, while District 7210 Governor (2013-14) Drew Kessler explains why a person should consider joining Rotary.

Learn More:
Gift of Life
Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation (EMPHF)
ShelterBox
Interact Clubs
Rotary District 7210

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