Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on August 24 and 25, 2019)

Once again RadioRotary interviewers haunted the halls of a Rotary International
Convention, which in 2019 was in Hamburg, Germany. Our team found many
fascinating stories about the projects of Rotarians and representatives of other
organizations that are trying to do good in the world. These include fighting hunger in
third-world nations; uncovering the roles Rotarians played during the Nazi reign in
Germany; providing dictionaries of all kinds around the world; and raising money to end
present-day slavery. The program concludes with an in-depth interview with Barry
Rassin, Rotary International president for the 2018-19 Rotary Year, focusing especially
on his work in providing water to Haiti.

Learn more:
Rise Against Hunger: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/
Rotary in National Socialism: https://memorial.d-1800.org/
The Dictionary Project: https://www.dictionaryproject.org/
Cycling from Chai to Hamburg: https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/travel/chennai-based-cyclist-naresh-kumar-is-pedalling-against-bonded-labour/article26931535.ece
Barry Rassin: https://www.rotary.org/en/2018-19-rotary-president-selected
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en

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Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on November 10 and 11, 2018)

For eighteen years, the Vassar-Haiti Project, started and still directed by Lila
Meade and her husband Andrew, assistant dean of international students at
Vassar College, has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop
village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Vassar sophomore Mary McCarthy,
publicity director of the project, and Lila Meade were the guests on RadioRotary
for this show. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to work on the project by reading
Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners
in Health. As a result of the project, which raises funds primarily by selling Haitian
paintings and crafts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 250-
student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the
last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington
Rotary. Vassar now has a Rotaract Club, which is seeking grant money from
Rotary to provide the clinic with electricity. It is inspiring work.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Mountains Beyond Mountains: https://www.tracykidder.com/mountains-beyond-mountains.html
Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs

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The Haiti Water Project (Aired on June 2 and June 3rd 2018)

Haiti Clean Water Program (Aired on June 2 and 3, 2018) Liberty (NY) Rotarians Gary Silver and Gary Siegel report to RadioRotary on an

important program that they have been developing and monitoring, including their 16 trips to Haiti. Working with the Rotary Club deCap-Haïtien, the Liberty Club has distributed over a thousand two-bucket water filtration systems to families in Cap-Haïtien, a historic city of about 200,000 whose water supply is not potable (suitable for drinking). This effort began as a Rotary District 2710 grant but now is funded largely by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, which pays about $105 per family, including the cost of technicians who install the system, teach the family
how to use it, and monitor it twice a month thereafter. The Liberty Club is best known for providing and coordinating disaster relief after hurricanes Katrina on the Gulf Coast, Harvey in Houston, and Maria in Puerto Rico, although they also are involved in many local community projects.
Learn more:
Liberty Rotary Club:
Rotary Club de Cap-Haitien on Facebook:
Cap-Haïtien:
A Two-Bucket Water Filter:

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Red Hook Rotary Apple Blossom Festival (Aired on May 5th and May 6th 2018)

Red Hook Rotary’s 2018 Projects (Aired on May 5 and 6, 2018)
RadioRotary visits Red Hook Rotary’s meeting to learn about some of the many activities of the Red Hook Club. Rotarian Dave Wright is in charge of the 2018 Apple Blossom Day, the street festival that traditionally kicks off the spring-summer season in Red Hook and Tivoli. In addition to dance and music performances on the stage, there are hundreds of food and craft vendors. Club president Tim Lynch describes the Aquabox, a box similar to the more familiar ShelterBox, and also designed for disaster relief, but focusing largely on water purification, a great need in many disasters. The Aquabox also contains dozens of other items that may be needed in a  disaster in addition to the water purifier.  Another guest on the show was the youth-exchange inbound person from Spain,Mercedes.  She describes her experiences as a visitor in Red Hook, while Red Hook Rotarian Christine Chale, youth-exchange representative for the club, describes Red Hook’s participation in both the full school-year youth-exchange program and also the shorter summer exchange.
Learn more:
Red Hook Rotary Club:
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook:
Aquabox:
District 7210 Youth Exchange Programs:
Rotary Youth Exchanges:
Short-term Youth Exchange:

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