Newburgh Rotary Honors Women (Aired on March 21, 2021)

RadioRotary brings to the air two members of the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club, President Elect, Arlette Murrain, and President Andrew Ciccone; they tell listeners about their club’s exciting awards program on March 31, 2021,which will celebrate International Women’s Day and International Women’s History Month. Members of the Newburgh and Orange County communities will be honored for community service, contributions to education and health care, and other humanitarian service.  At the same ceremony five who made significant community contributions in the past will be commemorated. Among the honorees from the past will be Bunny Webb, who was the first woman president of Rotary District 7210. The honorees active today include Hyun Chin Kim, Orange County Judge, Karen Mejia, Newburgh Councilwoman, Joan Cusack-McGuirk, CEO Montefiore St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Mary McTamaney, Newburgh Historian, and Ruth Smith, Community Service. To join the awards program go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88054413758?pwd=RlhiY3lUcGgrQXdvNFRqcm5hR2hJdz09.

Learn more:
Greater Newburgh Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2235
Greater Newburgh Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterNewburghRotary/
Women’s History Month: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2021/womens-history-month.html
International Women’s Day: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

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March 22, 2021 · Posted in Events, Humanitarian Service, Rotary Club Projects, Women  

Vassar-Haiti Project during the Pandemic (Aired on September 20, 2020)

For twenty years, the Vassar-Haiti Project (VHP) has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop Haitian village of Chermaitre and its surroundings, raising funds primarily by selling Haitian paintings and crafts. As a result of these efforts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 300- student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary. But with the Covid-19 situation in 2020, an in-person art sale would be too dangerous, so VHP mounted an on-line auction and other virtual events. RadioRotary is helping promote the sale with an interview with Lila Meade, Executive Director of VHP, and two active students from Vassar, Alice Fan and Sam O’Keefe. VHP is partly operated by Vassar’s Rotaract Club and has close connections with 14 Rotary Clubs, District 7210, and The Rotary Foundation. The current efforts include setting up an $86,500 solar-power system to bring much needed electricity to the clinic, for which 14 Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 7210 have contributed $66,000.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
Rotary District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/

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Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival (Aired on August 16, 2020)

Highland Rotarians Steve Laubach and Peter Rein visit RadioRotary via Zoom totell how the club’s annual Ribfest has been reconfigured for the Covid-19 era.  Due to the New York State Covid-19 guidelines, the Highland Rotary Club  decided to cancel the 2020 Hudson Valley Ribfest at the Ulster County Fairgrounds scheduled for August 21–23, 2020. The organizers recognized that the essence of the festival was food and music, while the goal of a Rotary club is to help the community, so they have developed a way to do both. Rotary’s Ribfest Restaurant Revival is configured to help the area’s restaurants, all of which have been suffering from the pandemic and at the same time make it possible for the public to enjoy a great meal. At the same time, the club has arranged a YouTube concern of local musicians to take place during the festival days. Listen to the program and also visit their Website for the details of how this all will work. And, the club is planning to return to the fairgrounds next year on August 20–22, 2021 with an even bigger live event.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://rrrr.rocks/
Highland NY Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Highland Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandnyrotary/

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September 8, 2020 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

Warwick Valley Bowls for a Cause (Aired March 7 & 8, 2020)

Warwick Valley, NY, has a very strong Rotary Club; like other Rotaries in District 7210 (the Mid- Hudson), it has found a creative way to raise money for good causes, locally or internationally. In this show, two Warwick Rotarians—retired Lt. Col. Edward Lynch and Dr. David Dempster—describe “Bowling for a Cause,” a fun fundraiser that they produce along with the Warwick Valley High School Interact Club. A small fee paid by each bowler provides all the necessities of the sport and also food and drink during the event. The Interact Club chose four causes to support, all dealing with suicide prevention or prevention and recovery from alcoholism or drug abuse. Suicide has been major problem for veterans, so two of the groups supported by the event are the American Legion and VFW. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has especially effective suicide-prevention programs, while ADAC, the alcoholism and drug abuse council of Orange County, is central to those issues in the county and in nearby Rockland County. “Bowling for a Cause” raises most of its money from community sponsors—a law firm, bank, insurance agent, real estate firm, and restaurant. It is interesting to know that neither Col. Lynch nor Dr. Dempster thought they would be eligible for Rotary because they incorrectly believed that Rotary was only for businessmen. As Rotarians they are glad to have a chance to improve their community.

Learn more
Warwick Valley Rotary Club: https://www.warwickvalleyrotary.org/
American Legion of Warwick on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Warwickpost214/
VFW of Warwick on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WarwickValleyVFWPost4662/
NAMI in Orange County, NY: http://www.namiorangeny.org/
ADAC (The Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County): http://www.adacinfo.com/

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March 17, 2020 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Events, Mental Health, Rotary Club Projects  

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