Older Peace Corps Volunteer (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Kathy Sanderson, who decided at age 61 to join the
Peace Corps after she became a widow “and the children left and the dog died.”
After preliminary training, Ms. Sanderson was stationed on the island of Vanua
Lava, among the larger of the 82 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu in
the South Pacific, a 3-hour airplane trip west of Australia. Having been a
mathematics teacher in the United State, Ms. Sanderson’s assignment was to
teach arithmetic and algebra to about 200 middle-school students. Vanuatu is
part of the British Commonwealth, so classes were in English, although students
also spoke a form of pidgin English among themselves. Although she loved her
students, the actual school was not in very good shape and there were also local
hazards, such as centipedes and spiders. Because electricity was on and off, she
became used to rising at dawn and going to bed at sunset. A fascinating program
that may make you want to sign up for the Peace Corps, whatever your age.

Learn more:
Peace Corps Opportunities: https://www.peacecorps.gov/
Vanuatu: http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/vanuatu
Life on Vanua Lava where Kathy Taught: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6fxuecfr38

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June 28, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Education, International Programs, Travel, Volunteers  

The Good Works of John Flowers Live On (Aired on March 23 and 24, 2019)

John Flowers was one of the most important community organizers in recent
years in Poughkeepsie. In this interview, his son Frankie Flowers tells some of
the history of his father’s charities and describes how he and his sister Yvonne, a
Council representative in the city, are continuing his legacy. It started 25 years
ago when John Flowers observed a lonely and unhappy woman in Vassar
Hospital. He decided to cheer her up—and also the other patients—with stuffed
animals. Somehow this original charitable impulse, which has been repeated
every Christmas since, inspired other holiday celebrations—an Easter egg hunt,
roses for Mother’s Day, a march on Father’s Day, a picnic for Labor Day, and
(with the help of Eileen and Dan Hickey) dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
All of this, as well as “Christmas in February for Veterans, is accomplished by
dedicated volunteers, known as John’s “Band of Elves.”

Learn more:
John Flowers Community Events on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnflowerscommunity/
John Flowers Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx%3Fn=john-flowers%26pid=175641649%26fhid=27389
Liberty Medal for Flowers: https://trackbill.com/bill/new-york-senate-legislative-resolution-3988-honoring-john-m-flowers-posthumously-as-recipient-of-a-liberty-medal-the-highest-honor-bestowed-upon-an-individual-by-the-new-york-state-senate/1272903/

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April 7, 2019 · Posted in Children, Humanitarian Service, Volunteers  

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (Aired on February 2 and 3, 2019)

Deanna Mancuso tells the story of how her troubled grandfather’s gift of a
horse with a bad personality led her create the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
farm, which now hosts 50 formerly abused horses at a permanent farm and
animal sanctuary in Dover Plains. Today these horses are providing significant
equine-assisted therapy to humans in need of help—it is “people helping horses
heal people”. In addition to allowing anyone to visit the horses from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m, after 3 there are clients who receive equine-assisted psychotherapy. Also
the form, originally primarily an animal sanctuary, now has many events that
reach out to the community, such as “Faces of PTSD,” which features
photographs of veterans with horses, and an Easter candy program for children
as well as pony rides at the form and elsewhere. Also on the program is Lisa
Odendahl, who is working on the “Faces of PSTD” event.

Learn more:
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue: http://luckyorphans.bravesites.com/
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuckyOrphans/
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: http://www.eagala.org/
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance: https://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/
National Center for PTSD: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

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February 12, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

Hudson Valley RibFest (Aired on August 10th and 11th, 2018)

Recorded live by RadioRotary at the Highland Rotary Club, Highland Rotarians
Steve Laubach and Don Verity tell about the glories of eating barbecue (and
listening to music) at the fourteenth annual Hudson Valley Ribfest, the biggest,
best barbecue in New York State, which takes place every August at Ulster
County Fairgrounds just outside New Paltz. In addition to great food and music
by local performers, the Ribfest has many activities for children and some special
events. The $7 admission (free parking) is waived on Friday night for holders of
advance tickets. Features include the Chef Demonstration Tent, where local
chefs provide cooking and decorating tips and also offer free samples of the
foods being demonstrated. In Competition Alley, individual barbecue chefs
compete for cash prizes and a grand prize of the State Championship and entry
into the World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://hudsonvalleyribfest.org/

Highland Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/

Kansas City Barbecue Society: https://www.kcbs.us/events.php

New England Barbecue Society: https://www.nebs.org/

 

 

 

 

RIBFEST 8-11 & 8-12-18

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October 5, 2018 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects, Volunteers  

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