7210 District Governor 2020-21 Report (Aired on June 27, 2021)

Rotary District Governor (DG), Toni Marmo (Highland Rotary), visited RadioRotary and described some of the highlights of his 2020-21 tenure. A District Governor is a well-trained leader, overseeing the 56 clubs in the 8- country district from July 1 to June 30, usually visiting each club in person during that year. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, DG Marmo joined many Zoom meetings, but somehow managed 63 in person visits—most clubs twice, counting online meetings. One Covid-related charitable work during the year was participation in the Million Mask Challenge, with District clubs passing out about 275,000 masks to local community organizations. Another highlight has been the increase in membership after several years of decline, adding a net of about 60 members to the 1,600—DG Marmo has agreed to be the District Membership Chair for 2021-22, continuing his work in this important area. He has not ignored his home club during the year, either. Highland’s big project for years has been Ribfest, but because of Covid restrictions, in 2020 and 2021 the Ribfest has been replaced by Rotary’s Ribfest & Restaurant Revival, helping local restaurants survive the various lockdowns and other problems associated with the pandemic. There is much more of interest in this interview.

Learn more:
Rotary Districts 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Highland, NY Rotary Club: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Rotary’s Ribfest & Restaurant Revival: https://rrrr.rocks/
Million Mask Challenge: https://blog.rotary.org/2020/12/30/million-mask-challenge-displays-power-of-rotary-network/

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Sparrow’s Nest in Covid Pandemic (Aired on March 28, 2021)

Krista Jones, the founder of Sparrow’s Nest, the charity that provides food to the families of persons who have cancer, returns to RadioRotary to tell how the program has fared through the covid pandemic and also to promote the virtual Superhero Challenge. The Superhero Challenge is a healthy way to raise money for the charity by committing to run or walk a specific amount and also committing to donate to the program, which in 2021 was feeding two meals weekly to some 300 persons. Although Ms. Jones has continued to cook for the program, she has had to dismiss the many volunteers who helped prepare the meals before the onset of the covid pandemic, so she does it all herself with one helper. The food is geared to what a family would eat. Generally the person with cancer does not reach out to Sparrow’s Nest—often the oncologist will do that, or sometimes a family member who sees the need. Today Sparrow’s Nest operates from a kitchen in a mall, but Ms. Jones is hoping to move the project to its own farm someday.

Learn more:
Sparrow’s Nest: http://sparrowsnestcharity.org/
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oursparrowsnest/
Sparrow’s Nest on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparrowsnesthv?lang=en
Story of Sparrow’s Nest: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2015/06/20/sparrows-nest-cancer-patients-free-meals-service-fathers/28974775/

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March 31, 2021 · Posted in Health, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

COVID-19 Facts from Health Commissioner (Aired on February 7, 2021)

Dr. Anil K. Vaidian, Dutchess Country Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health visits RadioRotary to present the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccines that prevent it. COVID-19 is the disease caused by a brand-new virus, SARS-CoV-2, so our immune systems are not prepared to deal with it. It is very infectious, so once it began to spread from human to human, a worldwide pandemic occurred. One of the main ways to slow the spread of the disease is to wear a mask with at least two layers of protection whenever you are indoors with other persons. The spread will be stopped when about 80 percent of the population has been vaccinated against the disease. Dr. Vaidian provides on the program detailed advice about both mask wearing and vaccines.

Learn more:
Dutchess County Behavioral and Community Health: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/dbch.htm
COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Vaccines: https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/development-approval-process-cber/vaccine-development-101
Herd Immunity: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/herd-immunity-and-coronavirus/art-20486808

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February 8, 2021 · Posted in Dutchess County, Health  

District 7210 & Million Mask Challenge (Aired on January 24, 2021)

Highland Rotarian and District 7210 President (2020-21) Tony Marmo is the guest on this RadioRotary program. His District of 56 Rotary clubs (including the brand-new Passport Rotary Club) is participating in the Million Mask Challenge, a program started by a Connecticut Rotarian that is designed to provide face masks to organizations. Face masks have been called the best way to stop the spread of the covid-19 pandemic, especially important because of slow progress in vaccinations against the disease. As part of this program 37 District Rotary clubs managed to distribute 137,000 face masks (mostly surgical masks, but also some masks for children and N95 masks for health-care workers). These have been given to such organizations as senior-citizen centers, food pantries, fire departments, and more. Tony Marmo, when not engaged in Rotary activities, is president and owner of Normann Staffing, a source of temporary workers and an employment agency in Kingston, NY.

Learn more:
Rotary District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
Million Mask Challenge: https://millionmaskchallenge.com/
District 7210 Million Mask Challenge: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/stories/rotary-million-mask-challenge-(take-2-)
District 7210 Passport Club: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/district-7210-passport
Normann Staffing: https://www.normannstaffing.com/

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January 30, 2021 · Posted in Health, Rotary District 7210  

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