Youngest Club President in District (Aired August 13, 2023)


Radio Rotary interviewed Todd Bowen, president of Wappingers Rotary and, at 21, the youngest club president ever in District 7210. Bowen, originally from Pine Plains, got his start in Rotary
when his family moved to Wappingers Falls, putting Bowen into Roy C. Ketcham High School, where he joined one other male student and 28 young women in the school’s Interact Club, a Rotary-sponsored service organization Bowen was recruited to be Interact’s secretary, which led in the following years for him to become president of the club (twice). He spearheaded the group’s raising $1,000 to finance a ShelterBox. By the end of his second year leading the club, it had grown to 140 members. While attending Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, Bowen joined Wappingers Rotary in 2018 Today he works at the charitable organization Habitat for Humanity while maintaining important roles in the club’s Housing Support project, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and trying to start a Rotary Satellite club. Bowen is also active at the District Level, currently as Executive Secretary of District 7210.

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Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls:
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County:
Rotary Interact:
ShelterBox USA:
Rotary Satellite Clubs:

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September 26, 2023 · Posted in Housing Assistance, Rotary Club Projects, Youth  

Empowering Youth’s Inner Wisdom (Aired on July 23, 2023)


Mathew Swerdloff and his wife Elise Gold created the Maya Gold Foundation in honor of their daughter Maya who committed suicide at the age of 15, but the Foundation is involved with more than suicide prevention. After a trip to India, Maya became involved in efforts to stop human trafficking in Nepal. Today the Foundation has developed a close relationship with groups in Nepal. The program also features Hannah Stillhouse, now a college student who has gone with one of the groups of 16 teenagers the Foundation takes to work in Nepal, but back in the U.S. has led one of the Foundation’s Youth Action Teams who work to help teenagers improve mental health.

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Maya Gold Foundation:
Youth Action Teams:
Teen Mental Health First Aid:

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September 8, 2023 · Posted in Education, International Programs, Mental Health, Support Groups, Youth  

Red Hook Rotary’s 2022 Activities (Aired on May 1, 2022)


Live from Locavore in Red Hook, this Radio Rotary show features the annual Apple Blossom Day, the Mother’s Day weekend street festival that starts the spring-summer season in Red Hook and Tivoli with hundreds of food and craft vendors and live music by local bands. President-Elect Adriane Monterre, chair of Apple Blossom Day 2023, describes the array of entertainers, food trucks,
community organizations, and vendors as well as the new-this-year Student Talent Show. The event and parking are both free. Some of the booths also contribute to CLYNK, described on the program by current Red Hook Rotary President Jennifer van Voorhis. CLYNK collects bottles that return a deposit and funnels the savings to Red Hook Rotary, which uses the income to help support community projects. The program also features Red Hook’s long participation in Rotary’s International Youth Exchange and scholarships funded by the Red Hook Rotary Education Foundation.

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Red Hook Rotary Club:
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook:
District 7210 Youth Exchange (YEX):
Rotary Youth Exchanges:
Red Hook Rotary Education Foundation:

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Red Hook Citizen of the Year (Aired On October 16, 2022)


Radio Rotary once again comes live from the Taste Budd’s Café in Red Hook.  On this program Carl Dowden, Chairman of the Red Hook Rotary Foundation,introduces Amy Smith, Red Hook Rotary’s Citizen of the Year for 2022. Smith is Director of Programs and Youth Services at Red Hook Public Library, but also is engaged with Red Hook Village in several other ways. She worked with Rotary and the Town of Red Hook on installing WiFi at the Red Hook Recreation Park for use during the covid pandemic. Smith also tutors English as A Second Language, and she is a member of both the Dutchess County Youth Board and the Think Differently Planning Committee, activities that earned her the Citizen award. Also on the program Red Hook Rotary President Jennifer Van Voorhis describes the Klick program for recycling and Red Hook Youth-Exchange (YEX) coordinator Christine Chale outlines two types of international youth exchange.

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Red Hook Rotary Club:
Red Hook Rotary on Facebook:
Amy Smith on Daily Catch:
Red Hook Public Library:
District 7210 Youth Exchange:

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