A Festival and More from Red Hook Rotary (Aired on May 4 and 5, 2019)

RadioRotary takes its microphone to a meeting of Red Hook Rotary for breakfast
at Cancun’s. Rotarian Dave Wright describes this year’s Apple Blossom Festival,
a village-wide celebration of spring with many food and craft vendors as well as
live entertainment and special treats for children. In addition to commercial
activity, organizations such as the high school, library, and town board have
information booths. Local banks are financial sponsors, so entrance and parking
are both free. In another interview, Rotarian Christine Chale describes the
several Rotary-sponsored international youth exchange programs, ranging from
a short-term summer exchange in which the same two high-school students from
here and from abroad trade for each others houses sequentially to the long-term
full school year exchange in which an older student lives with two or three
different families. Red Hook also participates in a program called “CLYNK;”
bottles and plastic are recycled through a local Hannaford’s supermarket in
special bags and money collected is used for a good purpose—in Red Hook,
providing hygiene products to be distributed to needy families at the local food
pantry. Some other Red Hook Rotary projects are also noted.

Learn more:
Red Hook Rotary Club: http://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/
District 7210 Youth Exchange Programs: http://yex7210.org/
Rotary Youth Exchanges: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
Short-term Youth Exchange: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/Page/see-summer-exchange-experience
CLYNK: https://www.clynk.com/

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Empowering Youth’s Inner Wisdom (Aired on March 16 and 17, 2019)

Mathew Swerdloff and his wife Elise Gold return to RadioRotary to tell about
the many activities and events that the Maya Gold Foundation has been
sponsoring in the past couple of years and into the future. They created the
Maya Gold Foundation in honor of their daughter Maya who committed suicide at
the age of 15, but the Foundation is not primarily involved with suicide
prevention. Instead, they work with youth to help them access their inner wisdom
and realize their dreams—suicide prevention is a side-effect. Because Maya had
become involved in efforts to stop human trafficking in Nepal, the Foundation has
developed a close relation with groups in Nepal, including the Kathmandu Rotary
Clubs. Both youth and adult trips to Nepal work with Nepalese nonprofit
organizations that support youth. Back in the Hudson Valley, the foundation
sponsors empowering events of all kinds, including film screenings, live theater,
improvisations, and panel discussions in various locations. The Foundation also
offers grants and scholarships.

Learn more:
Maya Gold Foundation: http://www.mayagoldfoundation.org/
Kathmandu Rotary Clubs: http://www.rckne.org/ &
https://rotarymidtown.org.np/ & http://therotarynepal.org/78-therotarynepal/88-welcome-to-rotary-club-of-kathmandu-north
Maya Gold Foundation on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSCIiksR99BV8WceGRNbvg

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March 26, 2019 · Posted in Education, Events, International Programs, Support Groups, Youth  

Grace Year, an Intentional Community (Aired on March 2 and 3, 2019)

Abby Nathanson revisits RadioRotary to talk about the new Grace Year
program that allows recent college graduates to spend a year of intentional living,
focusing on spirituality, religion, and justice. Ms. Nathanson previously was
interviewed on RadioRotary about another program that she has instituted, EPIC
(Engaging People in Change), which provides leadership training for high-school
students in northeastern Dutchess Country. Both programs are run from a base
in Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY, although they are
nondenominational, not especially Episcopalian. Grace Year is a year-long
opportunity to live in a small community of young adults as they prepare for
lifelong journeys of sustained leadership for the common good. Each of the five
fellows, who are fully funded by local nonprofits and donations, spends 32 hours
each week working with local organizations and also develops an independent
project. During the year, the fellows live together along with Ms. Nathanson in the
Grace Church vicarage. Applicants for the 2018-2020 year can apply at
hello@graceyear.org or by phoning Ms. Nathanson at 845-420-4280.

Learn more:
Grace Year: https://www.graceyear.org/
Grace Year Program (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/graceyearprogram/
EPIC Justice (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/epicjustice/
Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook: https://www.gracemillbrook.org/

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March 6, 2019 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, New Generations, Quality of Life, Youth  

Rotary Improves Spirits of Ill Children (Aired on February 5 and 6, 2019)

Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotarians Past District Governor Nick Constantino and club
President Alex Duenas tell RadioRotary about their visit to Neiva, Colombia,
where the Huellas Fundación brings laughter into the lives of terminal ill children
in four hospitals. In English, the Huellas Fundación is the Footprints Foundation
with Meaning of Life. Teenagers and college students form the basis of the
Foundation, dressing as clowns to amuse the children and, with the help of the
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, find ways to
provide the children with last wishes. Constantino and Duenas joined in the
entertainment dressed as clowns (Mr. Constantino in costume was given the
name “Dr Cute,” which Rotarians in District 7210 will certainly endorse.) Listen to
the heartwarming stories of the children and the good works of the participating
Rotary clubs.

Learn more:
Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotary: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Huellas Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FundacionHuellasConSentidoDeVida/
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary: https://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Make A Wish International: https://www.worldwish.org/en

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in Children, Health, Rotary Club Projects, Youth  

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