Millbrook Celebrates 50 Years Of Rotary (Aired on January 22, 2023)


Millbrook Rotary is 50 years old and celebrating the anniversary Radio Rotary welcomes Millbrook Rotarians past-district-governor Cindie Kish and charter member David Brinkerhoff to describe the history and activities of the Millbrook club. In 1973 a group of about 25 men—at the time only men were admitted to rotary—began meeting in the Cottonwood Inn and soon petitioned Rotary
International and were granted status as the Rotary Club of Central Dutchess with an official territory extending from Pine Plains in the north, LaGrange and Pawling in the south, and Pleasant Valley in the west. As time went on groups from that club spun off the Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Pleasant Valley, and LaGrange Rotaries, leading the Central Dutchess club to change its name to Millbrook Rotary. A major change occurred when women were admitted to Rotary starting in 1987. The 50 th Anniversary will be celebrated at the Links in Unionvale, guest speaker Cara Mia Bacchiochi, founder of Hope on a Mission, one of the many organization that Millbrook Rotary partners with in community service.

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Rotary Club of Millbrook:
Millbrook Rotary Group on Facebook:
Millbrook Rotary Business Directory:
Rotary District 7210:
Hope on a Mission:

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Hudson Valley Helps Refugees (Aired on January 15, 2023)


Highland Rotarian BJ Mikkelsen returns to Radio Rotary to report on the progress of his efforts to help refugees from the February 24 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Mr. Mikkelsen was in Berlin on the day after the invasion, where he observed thousands of Ukrainian refugees crowding the main Berlin train station. He quickly raised money for food and other supplies, and in October traveled
with a truckload of relief to Lviv, Ukraine. Since then he has created the nonprofit corporation “Hudson Valley Helps Refugees,” which by the end of 2022 had collected and delivered some $40,000 in aid. The key elements in getting the aid to those in need are a Rotary Club in Warsaw, Poland; another Rotary in Helmstedt, Germany; and St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church in Berlin. One of the main projects needed for refugee help in Ukraine is an additional ambulance, and Hudson Valley Helps Refugees is working toward providing that, but there are also many other ways that the organization provides aid.

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Hudson Valley Helps Refugees:
Rotary Club Warszawa Fryderyk Chopin:
Rotary Club of Helmstedt:
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church:
Highland (NY) Rotary Club:

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Rotaplast Improving Lives around the World (Aired On October 9, 2022)


Radio Rotary interviews both Broomall (PA) Rotarian Paul Quintavalla and Pleasant Valley (NY) Rotarian Kathy Kruger (producer of Radio Rotary) about their experiences helping teams of Rotary physicians and nurses treatchildren—and some adults—for the birth defect known as cleft lip or cleft palate in locations around the world where the local economy does not offer the option
of surgery, including Venezuela and the Philippines. Teams of physicians, nurses, and volunteer stay in one location for two weeks, using surgery to correct these disfiguring and often unhealthy conditions that frequently cause ostracism and rejection. Children who have never been able to smile or in some cases are unable to eat properly can have their condition easily repaired.

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Cleft Lip and Palate:
Treatment for Cleft Lip or Palate:
Broomall Rotary Club:
Humanitarian Service
International Programs

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October 24, 2022 · Posted in Children, Health, Humanitarian Service  

Helping Children of Incarcerated Mothers (Aired on April 24, 2022)



Hour Children connects incarcerated mothers with their children, who stay for a few days with volunteer families living near correctional facilities while they visit their jailed mothers. Radio Rotary welcomes back Dr. Alethea Taylor, executive director of Hour Children, along with Kate Paletta, an Hour Children volunteer for the past 18 years. Ms. Paletta cares for children of the incarcerated mother for a few days so that the children can visit their mothers at nearby Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Bedford Hills provides a parenting center for the visits. The visiting children interact also with Kate’s four children, often forming lasting relationships. The Hour Children program raises money and brings host families, children, and mothers together at an annual Mother’s Day luncheon.

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Hour Children:
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women:
Recidivism in Women’s Prisons:

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