Toni Hokanson and Touch A Truck (Aired on May 26 and May 27th, 2018)

Touch a Truck in New Paltz (Aired on May 26 and 27, 2018)

New Paltz Rotarian Toni Hokanson visits RadioRotary to promote the annual “Touch-a-Truck” fair at Ulster County Fairgrounds. While the basic attraction for kids are the trucks, with a chance to climb all over them and sound their horns, the inexpensive family outing includes much more in the way of free entertainment, ranging from the Hurd’s Family Cow Train (cars shaped like cars, pulled by a tractor) to the giant pile of mulch for young mountain-climbers to tackle. The only additional expense is for fair food or a helicopter ride. “Touch-a-Truck” is a major fundraiser for New Paltz Rotary, despite the low per person admission (truck exhibitors also support it with entrance fees), which helps support the good works of the club. These include a weekly food-backpack program for children in the New Paltz schools who would otherwise be food deprived and scholarships, including a new 2-year scholarship to SUNY Ulster College for students whose parents did not attend college. There is much more to be heard.

Learn more:
New Paltz Rotary Club:
Hurd’s Family Farm:
SUNY Ulster College:

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June 1, 2018 · Posted in Children, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects, Vocational  

4-H in Putnam Country (Aired on July 16 & 17, 2016)

4hRadioRotary interviews Carmel Rotarian Marjorie Keith and recent Mahopac High School student Robert Solerno about the role of the 4-H Club of Putnam Country. Keith is the Executive Director of Putnam County’s branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, which sponsors 4-H clubs, while Solerno is not only an enthusiastic member of 4-H, but also a former member of the Mahopac High School Interact Club. Although we think of 4-H (which stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) primarily as rural, the club thrives in Putnam County, which is not rural, with programs or divisions devoted to pet care, media, crafts, the environment, and leadership. A major event is the annual Putnam Country 40H Fair in Kent, NY, that features many local booths devoted to 4-H-related activities and activities that interest children as well as a famous chicken dinner on Saturday night of the Fair.

Learn more:
Putnam County 4-H Club
4-H Organization
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County
Mahopac High School Interact
Carmel Rotary Club

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July 16, 2016 · Posted in Events, Service Organizations, Vocational, Youth  

Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce (Aired on April 2 & 3, 2016)

Kimberly McGrath, Susan Simon, Jonah Triebwasser

Kimberly McGrath, Susan Simon, Jonah Triebwasser

Broadcasting from the Red Hook Rotary meeting, the RadioRotary cohosts interview Kimberly McGrath, Executive Editor of the Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce. The Red Hook Area Chamber has more than 280 active members representing 170 businesses and is still growing. Primarily it acts to promote local businesses with its weekly newsletter and to help local business persons meet and get to know each other, the latter with breakfasts or mixers every month. The Chamber also has several annual events: the Summer Camp Fair to help parents and children find the summer camp that fits best; a golf tournament in cooperation with the Rhinebeck Chamber that is a fundraiser; the Community Arts Network (CAN) to promote every form of art in the Red Hook Area; and, in cooperation with other local organizations, the annual Chocolate Festival.

Learn more:
Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce
Red Hook Community Arts Network
Red Hook Rotary
Red Hook Chocolate Festival

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April 2, 2016 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events, Support Groups, Vocational  

Vocational Education for Senior Citizens (Aired on December 5 & 6, 2015)

(l-r) Sheila Rock, Marlene Fredericks, Patsy Kimbrew & Cheryl George

(l-r) Sheila Rock, Marlene Fredericks, Patsy Kimbrew & Cheryl George

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a Federal program that operates on a country level, providing vocational training for low-income persons age 55 or older. In Dutchess County the SCSEP office is part of PathStone, located in Wappingers Falls. SCSEP counselors Cheryl George, Patsy Kimbrew, Sheila Rock, and Marlene Fredericks describe the program, which provides training in such skills as handling interviews and writing resumes. Retired seniors are placed in jobs that reflect their previous work life or that are based on training received in the program.

Learn more:
PathStone for Seniors
Senior Community Service Employment Program

 

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December 5, 2015 · Posted in Aging, Dutchess County, Education, Vocational  

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