Rotary 2022 Convention in Houston – part 2 (Aired on July 17, 2022)

Once again Radio Rotary reports from the annual Rotary Convention, this year in Houston, TX, where Dave and Kathy Kruger interviewed representatives of organizations that work with Rotary to make a difference in the world. Stephen Popper, president and CEO of Meals of Hope, tells about how that organization partners with Rotary clubs to pack five different nutritious meals for food pantries to disperse. Razia Jan relates the story of how she, as an Afghan native living in Massachusetts, came to found two free schools to educated girls and women in
Afghanistan, still thriving despite the Taliban government. Gemma Sisia used her Rotary connections to found the School of St. Jude, which educates nearly 2,000 impoverished Africans annually as well as supplying volunteer teachers for Tanzanian government school. President and CEO of Mediators Beyond Borders, Prabha Sankaranarayan leads Mediators Beyond Borders International, an official Service Partner of Rotary International that has been working for peace since 1910. The fifteen international Service Partner—organizations such as ShelterBox and Habitat for Humanity—work closely with Rotary but also maintain separate chartable operations.

Learn More:
Houston Rotary Convention: https://convention.rotary.org/en/houston
Meals of Hope: https://mealsofhope.org/
Razia’s Ray of Hope: https://raziasrayofhope.org/
School of St. Jude: https://www.schoolofstjude.org/
Mediators Beyond Boarders International: https://mediatorsbeyondborders.org/
Service Partners of Rotary International: https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/partners

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Rotary 2022 Convention in Houston – part 1 (Aired on July 10, 2022)

Once again Radio Rotary brought its microphone to the annual Rotary Convention, this year in Houston, TX, where Dave and Kathy Kruger interviewed several representatives of organizations that are making a difference in the world. Tim Nelson, CEO of Hope for Justice, described the work that nonprofit is doing to end human trafficking and various forms of slavery around the world—a mission also of the Rotary Action Group (RAG) Against Slavery. Rich Lalley spoke about Operation Warm, which provides winter coats and shoes for children
in need. Michelle Wilson represented the Rotary Action Group LBGT+. Jenny Andrews, Executive Director of Malaria Partners International, described this program models on Rotary’s polio eradication effort (and like PolioPlus, blessed with matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Stay tuned to Radio Rotary for more great interviews in a follow-up program from the Convention.

Learn More:
Houston Rotary Convention: https://convention.rotary.org/en/houston
Hope for Justice: https://hopeforjustice.org/
Rotary Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Operation Warm: https://www.operationwarm.org/
Rotary LBGT+ Fellowship: https://rotarylgbt.org/
Malaria Partners International: https://www.malariapartnersinternational.org/

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Aquabox Filter Kits for Disaster Relief (Aired on March 27, 2022)

For an international program, the Radio Rotary hosts, Jonah Teibwasser and Kathy Kruger, interview Roger Cassidy and David Hood from the Wirkswirth Rotary in England along with Tim Lynch of the Red Hook (NY) Rotary concerning Aquabox, a source of water filters and other emergency supplies that was formed in 1992 by the Wirkswirth Rotary Club. Aquabox now operates as an
independent charity associated with Rotary International. The box of equipment for providing safe, clean water come in various configurations, from a one-family box of two filters and other disaster supplies to community filters than can produce 6 liters of potable water a minute. The current disaster in Ukraine has been receiving Aquabox filters delivered by the British Ukrainian Society.

Learn More:
Aquabox: https://www.aquabox.org/
Wirkswirth Rotary Club: https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1334
Red Hook Rotary Club: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/
British Ukrainian Society: https://www.britishukrainiansociety.org/

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April 10, 2022 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Health, International Programs, Water Projects  

Rotary’s First E-Club in District 7210 (Aired on October 24, 2021)

Fred Widman, president of the Rotary E-club of District 7210, joins Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell-Claitor on RadioRotary to talk about the formation and present situation of the first-ever international E-club, which has its home base in the Hudson Valley but includes members from around the world, currently including Sweden, Brazil, Nigeria, India, and Turkey. The club has
regular Zoom meetings with guest speakers online one Saturday each month, but members can also attend their local Rotary club meetings when they have a chance. Also, members participate in service projects run by the local clubs or can do individual service and report back on their hours. The club began in 2010 when Ana Johnsen met a Rotarian from Nigeria and they conceived the idea of an international club, which Ana and her husband Knute Johnsen established. The club raises money primarily through a raffle for restaurant meals in high- class restaurants around the world, using the proceeds for such projects as purchase of oxygen generators for India, important during the Covid-19 pandemic, or participation in a global Foundation grant for a hospital in Brazil.

Learn more:
Rotary E-Club of District 7210: https://eclub7210.clubexpress.com/ or https://www.rotarydistrict7210.org/clubInfo/rotary-eclub-7210
District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
About Rotary E-clubs: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000008529/en-ca/files/sitepage/about-e-clubs/e-club-guide/eclub_guide_en.pdf

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November 5, 2021 · Posted in International Programs, Rotary Club Close-ups  

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