Mental First Aid from MHA Dutchess (Aired On February 26, 2023)


Andrew O’Grady, CEO of Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) visits Radio Rotary to introduce “Mental Health First Aid,” an eight-hour course that teaches ways to identify, understand, and respond to signs of a mental health or substance use problem. Similar to physical First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid helps a trainee assist someone in a mental health or substance use crisis. MHA, among the sponsors of the First Aid course, is a nonprofit devoted to community-based services for dealing with mental health problems. Its many programs include care management, mobile crisis aid, community residences for persons experiencing substance misuse, veterans’ services, mental-health backup for police, supported housing, several varieties of support groups, and workshops and educational programs. MHA has aided more than 6,000 persons to solve their mental health problems in the past twelve years.

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Mental Health America of Dutchess County:
Mental Health First Aid:
National Council for Mental Wellbeing:

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Bringing DEI to Rotary (Aired On February 19, 2023)


Radio Rotary welcomes Rotarians Boe Loendorf (Cairo Durham Rotary) and Elena Mosley (Hudson Rotary), part of the eight-member Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Rotary District 7210. The members of this committee are fanning out through District 7210, helping Rotary Clubs increase their commitment to DEI. Rotary was once an international club whose
members were primarily wealthy male businessmen or government leaders, which might still describe Rotary in some nations. But in the United States, Rotary has been growing more diverse to reflect the local community. No longer does Rotary include primarily professionals—people of all vocations are welcome. Since 1987, when Rotary clubs in the United States began to admit
women as members, the clubs in this country have become more devoted to service without abandoning fellowship. Clubs actively change their meeting schedules and practices to attract younger members and members of all community groups. From this program, you can learn about some of the ways to make DEI happen.

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What is DEI?
DEI in District 7210:
Hudson Rotary Club:
Cairo Durham Rotary Club:

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Comedy Night to Support Polio Eradication (Aired On February 12, 2023)


Hyde Park Rotarians Richard Mattocks, 2022-23 club president, and John Vanderlee are interviewed on Radio Rotary about their club’s activities, focusing mainly on a comedy night at Coppola’s Hyde Park restaurant to support Rotary’s Polio Plus program, which is making great strides toward eradicating polio completely throughout the world. The comedy night program will feature two well-known stand-up comedians, Kendra Cunningham, and Katina Corrao. Dinner at Coppola’s is included. Proceeds of the event will benefit Polio Plus and also other activities of Hyde Park Rotary such as scholarships, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and “Little Libraries.” The “Little Libraries” are available day and night—residents can take a book and/or leave a book for
others to read,

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Hyde Park Rotary:
Hyde Park Rotary on Facebook:
Kendra Cunningham:
Katina Corrao:
Coppola’s Restaurant:

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