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Millbrook Rotary Helps Fund Addiction Recovery
With Dutchess Country facing a local heroin epidemic on top of other long-term addiction problems, the Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers, known as MARC, has been treating as many as a hundred residents at a time, for anywhere from a few days to months-long recovery programs, often followed by sober-supported housing. Recognizing that the transition from a residency program to life in society is an important juncture in recovery, the Millbrook Rotary Club has decided to provide a $500 scholarship award to be given to one or shared among more than one "graduate" of the MARC program to facilitate his or her reinsertion into productive society. 
Working with MARC, the Rotary Club has set the following guidelines: The money may be used for
  • Apartment set-up (security deposit, furniture, moving expense, and so forth) when a resident is moving to his or her own apartment after leaving MARC.
  • Automobile- related expense (insurance, purchase), since lacks of access to an automobile if often an obstacle to getting a decent job. Public transportation is often inadequate for the location and schedule necessary for many job opportunities.
  • Books and fees for college or training schools that may help with re-entry into society.
Millbrook Rotary will ask the MARC Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity devoted to supporting MARC, to determine how these funds can be best used and to ensure that the money is spent for the designated purpose. 
The Rotary Club expect to renew this commitment annually, along with petitioning for a matching grant from Rotary District.
 
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Sachem Robert Hawk Storm Birch and Valerie LaRobardier from the Schaghticoke First Nations came to speak about the history and future of the Schaghticoke First Nations (SFN).
 
 
 
Jamie Turndorf (local resident, aka Dr. Love) told us about the subjects discussed in her best-selling book Love Never Dies. It begins with a premonition of her future husband, so powerful that she vows not to date others until she meets him, which she does while attending Vassar. Emile Jean Pin is an ex-Jesuit priest who founded “Liberation Theology.”  After they connected when Jamie was a senior, they were together for 27 years before a tragic bee sting on a beach in Italy caused Mr. Pin, known as “Jean” since leaving the priesthood, to die.  Although Jamie had been raised by atheists and considered herself one as well, she soon started having visitations from Jean, feeling him touch her, seeing him in an animal messenger, and finding that inanimate machines—in this case, fax machines and cellphones—refused to recognize either his death certificate or obituary, or made calls on their own. Ms. Turndorf has concluded that we do not die, but our essence (soul?) is made of dark energy and continues on beyond the physical body. In her book, she tells how to use meditation, breathing, and dialog to become receptive to those who no longer inhabit the body.  The book is scheduled to become both a movie and a television series.
 

 
One of the misunderstandings of The Rotary Foundation is that all of its work is abroad, but there can be global grants for needs in the United States. One local example is a global grant that helps provide $80,000 to improved conditions in a poverty-ridden neighborhood of Yonkers.  This was secured by Bronxville Rotary, which teamed with a Rotary club from Taiwan, which pitched in $10,000 to aid the project. Although it is common to work internationally on grants, two clubs in the U.S. can combine their efforts.  Peekskill and Poughkeepsie-Arlington raised $5,000 for a water project in Haiti, matched by The Rotary Foundation.
Another way that The Rotary Foundation can help is through district grants.  For example, the Pleasantville Rotary was concerned about the plight of senior citizens in their area. They secured a district grant that helped finance survival kits for seniors.
One of the effective projects financed by The Rotary Foundation is support for Rotary Peace Scholars, which brings a number of young people into working for conflict resolution all over the worlds.  Another Foundation program is Global Scholars.
It does not take a lot of money to accomplish good works A recent trip to Starbucks for a Frappuccino, a tea, and a latte ended up costing $14.17, which if it has been contributed to PolioPlus, one of the main projects of The Rotary Foundation, would have provided vaccine for sixteen children, preventing them from experiencing a devastating disease.  You can become a sustaining member (a contribution of $100 per Rotary year) by contributing just $2 a week—easiest to do with Rotary Direct, which will take the donation from a bank account or credit card on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly schedule.
We are nearly finished with the polio-eradication project.  Today’s high-school students barely know what polio is, for it has long been eradicated in the United States.  In addition to Rotary, there has been good financial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, although they are not so good about crediting Rotary for matching their donations. We think that the next chair of PolioPlus, Mike McGovern, will see the complete eradication of the disease.
In recent years The Rotary Foundation has been producing 60 Peace Scholars a year and last year returned $23.8 million to the districts.
If you are going to be a Rotarian and not just a “lunchatarian,” you should become a regular donor to The Rotary Foundation, since that is the part of Rotary engaged in “doing good in the world.” Using Rotary Direct and just matching what many give to their church would even enroll you in the Paul Harris Society, the folks who donation $1,000 each year to The Rotary Foundation—all it takes is $85 a month, or roughly $20 a week.
Questions:  Dave Brinkerhoff noted that the U.S. (and possibly the world) is experiencing a serious heroin epidemic, with scores dying from overdoses every day.  What is The Rotary Foundation doing to fight that epidemic?  Polio is down to 70 cases a year. Shouldn’t The Rotary Foundation turn to an epidemic that is much more serious today.  Janet: Unfortunately, the Council on Legislation, which would be the ones to make that determination, only meets every three years and has just met.  To get heroin as a major target, we would need to first get our district to endorse the idea, then three years from now they could propose it to the Council on Legislation.  Betty Thurst:  In the meantime, we could do a District Grant to fight addiction in our local area—maybe fund education in the schools.
 

 
 
About 10 years ago, Les Rollins discovered he had heart problems.  Every time he went to the doctor, he said the same thing.  His blood pressure was bad; he was put on medication which caused some dizziness.  After passing out several times, Les went to clinic at Vassar.  He felt with high blood pressure and bad heart, he had to get fixed.  On a nighttime trip to the bathroom, Les slammed into a wall which knocked him down, but he got up and went back to bed.  He was banged up with a black eye and then began to drag his left foot.  A month later, he couldn’t walk at all.  He went to many different doctors; there was no improvement.  Les started to lose the use of his arm – he finally went to the emergency room at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital where they diagnosed bleeding on the brain which was from the fall a month earlier.  Dr. Cho (neurosurgeon) was in the emergency room at the time.  There was big discussion between Dr. Cho and Les’ cardiologist (who was also in the ER), but Les had no choice.  The cardiologist was afraid Les would die if he had brain surgery, but the neurosurgeon was sure that he would die if he did not have it. He had immediate surgery that night.  He could not be put completely out because of his heart condition.  His head was shaved, scalp cut, and Les passed out.  When he came to, he said, “What the hell are you doing?”  The sound he heard was staples being placed.  The surgery was so much an emergency that Les’ clothes (and even shoes) were not taken off. Les speaks very highly of Dr. Cho and of the physical therapy he received following surgery.  Les had to learn to walk; he couldn’t speak for weeks.  Seventeen days were spent in the hospital. 
 

 
Our own Kathy Gallo gave a lively and informative presentation about Life in Tonga. She shared photos of her grandson’s Ben and Sam, and her daughter and son-in-law. She visited for 3 years in a row and lived on a boat called Independence, which they affectionately called “Inde.” The boat has 4 cabins and 4 bathrooms. There are no motels or hotels. You can’t own land, so no one builds! It takes 17 days to cross the Pacific to reach Tonga. There are 2 seasons – hot and hotter!
 
It’s the 5th most corrupt country in the world and the most obese country in the world.  It’s a very religious country. Everything shuts down every Sunday. The population is 103,000. They have large families. Tonga is known as a Remittance country, which is like tithing.
 
There are numerous pig and chickens roaming the streets. Her grandson was attacked by a pig and needed 13 stitches. The hospitals lack cleanliness. Pig roasts are often the main feast. Kathy spent a lot of time in the library, and stumbled upon a book about health written in 1937. Whales have their babies in Tonga.
 

 
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Dr. Alison Nohara is a brain surgeon who is the head of neurointerventional surgery at Vassar Hospital. Dr. Nohara came to the Hudson Valley because she learned that there was not special unit for treating strokes anywhere nearby, Her new facility at Vassar Hospital opened last year. Her group handles treatment of brain, spine, carotid arteries, nosebleeds, and—the subject of her talk—strokes.
 
 
David Brinkerhoff's History of the Millbrook Rotary
David is a charter member of the Millbrook Rotary.  Dave joined Rotary when it was an all male organization.  The first female president was Mary Lou Murphy.  Dave was the 4th president of the Millbrook Rotary Club.
 
 
 
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Dutchess County has single stream recycling. Which means that you do not have to separate your recycling items.  In Dutchess County everyone is required to recycle, it's the law. In Dutchess County our recycling is brought to the Materials Recovery Facility in Beacon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
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