First Woman to Preside over RI (Aired on November 22, 2020)

RadioRotary is especially delighted to be able to interview Jennifer Jones, who for the Rotary Year 2022-23 will be president of Rotary International (RI), the first woman in the 115-year history of Rotary to achieve that high office. Until a little more than 30 years ago, there were no women officially in Rotary—a club in California that accepted women in 1977 was dropped from RI for this violation of rules. But ten years later the US Supreme Court ruled that Rotary could not reject members on the basis of gender, and US clubs began to admit women. The Canadian courts also recognized that Rotary clubs should be gender neutral and, in 1989, RI agreed, allowing clubs around the world to admit women members. President-nominee Jones, from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club (which spans Canada and the US), joined Rotary in 1997 and has been active at club and district levels ever since, becoming a director and a vice-president of RI. In her RadioRotary interview she tells her story and discusses how the Rotary Polio-Plus experience has provided thousands of workers who have been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. She reveals that RI has officially added protection of the environment to the six areas of focus and speaks of her interest in making the young-persons Rotary, Rotaract, a gateway to the full Rotary experience.

Learn more:
President-Nominee Jennifer E. Jones: https://www.rotary.org/en/jennifer-e-jones-makes-history-becomes-first-woman-named-rotary-president-nominee
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en
History of Women in Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-women-rotary
Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club: https://www.roselandrotary.com/

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November 27, 2020 · Posted in Environment, Health, PolioPlus, Rotary International, Women  

Helping Victims of Domestic Abuse (Aired February 1 and 2, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Branka Bryan, Executive Director of Grace Smith House, a shelter for
persons confronted with domestic violence in Dutchess Country, about 10% of whom are men.  Domestic violence includes psychological as well as physical abuse of a person in an intimate partner relationship. The abused and the abuser can each be any age, ranging from children in middle school to persons over 90 years old. Grace Smith House started nearly 39 years ago when a small group from Poughkeepsie’s First Presbyterian Church (including a church elder named Grace Smith) recognized that there was a need for housing to protect victims of domestic violence.  Today Grace Smith House also provides transitional housing, counseling, and education in the schools and the community. Victims can easily reach help by calling the hot line, (845) 471-3033, where trained volunteers will direct the caller to help. Services of Grace Smith House are free and highly confidential. Women with young children can be accommodated in the shelter as well as adults and teenagers.

Learn more
Grace Smith House: https://www.gracesmithhouse.org/
Domestic Violence Services, Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Community-Family-Services/Domestic-Violence.htm
Gaslighting: https://www.healthline.com/health/gaslighting

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February 20, 2020 · Posted in Domestic Violence, Support Groups, Women  

Rotary Year 2018-19 Wrap-Up, District 7210 (Aired on June 29 and 30, 2019)


Christine Giangrasso (Highland Rotary), 2018-19 District Governor for Rotary
District 7210, reports to RadioRotary on her year of traveling to 55 of the 56
Rotary clubs in the 8 counties that make up the Lower Hudson Valley District
(Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster).
DG Giangrasso is proud of her record of adding a new club, a new Interact, and
2 new Rotaract clubs to the District during her year as governor. A major theme
of her year was enlisting local Rotary clubs in the fight against heroin addiction
and overdose. She also was able to champion women’s place in Rotary with a
conference that featured Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman to lead a Rotary club
(1987) and honored some of the women who make District 7210 effective. She
also describes the very successful District Conference at the Red Lion Inn in
Stockbridge, MA.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045
Highland Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Rotary’s Fight Against Opioid Crisis: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-clubs-come-together-fight-opioid-epidemic
Rotaract Clubs: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
Women in Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-women-rotary

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Rotary District 7210, Women, Youth  

Rebuilding Children & Community (Aired On October 27 & 28, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Satara Brown, who founded the nonprofit organization
Rebuilding Our Children and Community and is its Chief Executive Officer. The
organization, which works from Poughkeepsie’s Family Partnership Center,
provides services to children and the community throughout Dutchess Country.
Currently the focus is on providing school supplies for needy children and youth
development, including a summer educational program, and on a support group
for women that each month features women coming together to face such issues
as empowerment as entrepreneurs or development of a positive self-image.
Rebuilding Our Children and Community is a family operation itself, involving
Satara Brown’s parents and siblings in making it work. Ms. Brown began the
organization after spending time working for the Albany community in several
capacities before returning to her native Poughkeepsie.

Learn more:
Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://roccpoughkeepsie.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page for Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://www.facebook.com/roccpk/
Family Partnership Center: http://familyservicesny.org/family-partnership-center/

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November 8, 2018 · Posted in Children, Community Planning, Dutchess County, Education, Women