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Tune in to RadioRotary on Saturday, November 28th at 11:30 a.m. (on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and Sunday, November 29th at 7:25 a.m. (on WBPM 92.9 or http:// and 9:30 a.m. (on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or http:// when we will talk with Rotarian David Kruger about the great work of the Rotary Foundation.

The award-winning RadioRotary can be heard on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on WTBQ 93.5 FM and 1110AM or and on Sundays at 7:25 a.m. on WBPM 92.9 or and at 9:30 a.m. on WBNR 1260AM and WLNA 1420 or . Listen to all previous programs at or on your MP3 player via iTunes at



Students from Interact Clubs in District 7210 Region 2 - New Paltz, Highland and Kingston, attended the Region 2 Interact Challenge Day.  The day included Team Building Exercises as well as presentations from S.T.E.P. and Shelter Box. 
The students had an opportunity to work together and problem solve throughout the day.  Many new friendships were made. 
Be on the lookout for a Region 2 Interact Project is the very near future!!!!

 L to R - Highland Rotarians Stephanie King, Deb Dooley, Christine Giangrasso, Denise Gorski and Sue Naglieri and Ulster County Community Action representative Joyce Wagner 
Highland Rotary purchased 45 coats for families in need - coats are being distributed through the Ulster County Community Action Highland Office. 
Millbrook Rotarian Recalls His Role in World War II
On Veterans Day this year, 97-year-old World War II Veteran Robert Gunther spoke to his fellow members of Millbrook Rotary about his adventures as a B-29 bomber pilot in World War II. He proudly wore his uniform, which still fit, and medals as he detailed his path into what was then the Army Air Corps and described his service before, during, and after the war. Here are some of the highlights of his talk.
In 1930, when Gunther was only 12 years old, he memorized the Morse Code, an event that had a profound effect on his life. Nine years later, Gunther circumvented the draft by volunteering for the army. After spending time marching in the infantry, he was transferred to Fort Benning in Georgia where, because he knew code, he became a communicator for airplanes—in those days the army communicated by radio using the telegraph code.  This gave Gunther a chance to fly on airplanes, which led to his becoming a pilot in the Army Air Corps, predecessor of the Air Force.
The Air Corp sent Gunther to flight school, where he learned to fly several different planes, starting with one that could have flown in World War I. Gunther was deemed too big to fly fighter planes, so he became a bomber pilot, starting with the B-24, based in Smyrna, Tennessee.  He trained other pilots to fly the B-24 there.  Then Boeing introduced a better bomber, the B-29, which among other advantages had a reliable heater (lacking on the B-24).  The B-29 carried crew of eleven, including pilot, copilot, navigator, flight engineer, five gunners, the bombardier, and a radio operator. Gunther and his B-29 crew traveled to San Francisco, ready to head overseas.
Their first attempt became an adventure.  To fly all the way from California to Hawaii, they needed to carry extra fuel.  The fuel was 145-octane and very volatile.  As they were on their way, it became apparent that the fuel was not loaded properly and fumes filled the airplane. Since any spark might set the whole plane on fire, they turned back to California and very carefully flew without turning any switches. When they reached Los Angeles, with great trepidation, they clicked the switch that lowered the landing gear. The vapor did not ignite and they proceeded to land.  However, because the plane was landing with a heavy load of extra fuel, it was a “hot” landing and the wheels when they landed (surrounded by fire-extinguisher foam) were cherry red from the heat of friction. But new wheels were installed and the next day the B-29 had an uneventful trip to Pearl Harbor.
By then it was 1944 and the U.S. had recaptured a number of the Pacific Islands from the Japanese. They flew from Hawaii to the Marshall Islands and then on to Guam, which would be their base.
Their mission was to bomb targets in Japan. A flight of fifty or more B-29s would take off, one plane every 30 seconds, maintaining a 500-foot separation vertically or horizontally from the other airplanes. For a daylight run, the convoy would assemble above a small island off the coast of Japan and then head together toward their assigned target.  At night, they had to keep all the lights off and somehow do the same.  You had to be careful not to drop any bombs on planes that were flying 500 feet beneath yours.
The most memorable mission for Gunther and his crew came one time when their first target, the backup target, and the backup to the backup were all obscured by clouds.  Although they did not drop their bombs, the bomb bay doors were open and closed several times.  The doors operated on compressed air, and after the last time they opened, the mechanism ran out of air, so the doors could not be closed.  They flew to Iwo Jima, where the U.S. now had an airfield, and managed to land the plane with the doors still open.
When the war was over, Gunther and his crew flew over the battleship Missouri as the peace treaty was being signed.  Then there were missions to POW camps, where instead of bombs, they dropped supplies.
After the war, Gunther was assigned to Florida, where he worked on a geodetic survey, needed to resolve gravity anomalies that affected flights of missiles. They used radar to determine the curvature of the Earth, the density of the air, and other anomalies.  The pilots were termed photo mappers, and today, at the age of 97, he is the oldest photo mapper alive. Following a long tradition, he is now the holder of a 44-year-old bottle of  scotch that is always held by the oldest of the Ai Force Photomapping Association.  
PDG Penny Byron presents new PHF Laurie Quinn with PHF pin and certificate in appreciation of all Laurie has done to make District 7210 better.
I am happy to report that I was able to make it to Binghampton for this District Foundation dinner, and had the pleasure and honor to sing the Sri Lanka National Anthem, followed by the US anthem to a full house of about 250 Rotarians. 
They all seemed to enjoy both songs!
              Best regards, Jack Austin, Port Jervis Rotary Club
Regions 8 & 9 got together recently for a night of fellowship and a video was born!

Serving Rotarians with hearing loss in District 7210
Do you have trouble hearing in noisy restaurants and Rotary events?
Do you "hear" what is being said but do not understand what you heard?
Do you miss most of what's happening at movies, at the theater and at family get together's?
Do you have trouble understanding your Grandchildren when they speak?
Join Rotarians for Hearing RAG (Rotarian Action Group) (which stands for International Fellowship of Rotarians with Hearing Loss), click on Join/Donate preferably for 3 years and email Ellen Haggerty, Chair of Rotarians for Hearing RAG at
Join other Rotarians with similar hearing loss issues and come to Rotarians for Hearing RAG social events to share coping strategies.




Rotary General Secretary John Hewko announced an additional $40.4 million Rotary will direct to the fight against polio. More than $26 million will go to African countries to prevent the disease from returning. Rotary has also earmarked $5.3 million for India, $6.7 for Pakistan, and $400,000 for Iraq. Nearly $1 million will support immunization activities and surveillance. Since 1979, Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion to polio eradication.

“Our program this evening will show how far we have come -- and what we still have to do -- to slam the door on polio for good,” said Hewko. “Once we do, not only will we end the suffering of children from this entirely preventable disease -- we will also create a blueprint for the next major global health initiative and leave in place resources to protect the world’s health in the future.”

I would like to get the word out that:
November 2 - 8, 2015 is "WORLD INTERACT WEEK":
-   Invite all Rotary Clubs who sponsor interact Clubs to please thank their Interact Clubs for all they do for the Community.
-  Go to the Interact Club that week and say "THANK YOU".  What can we do to help you?        Continue your good works!!  We are proud of you!
Also = invite Skip Rottkamp - the Rotary District 7210 Interact Coordinator to a:
-  Regional' President's Meeting' to talk to all the Rotary Presidents in that region about Interact Clubs, etc.
-  Rotary Meetings to talk "INTERACT";
-  Interact Meetings - to observe/ to recommend/to assist/to help = in all the good work the Interact Club is doing. 
I have been to: Roy C. Ketcham HS,  John Jay HS, next week to Brewster Rotary Club. 
I am not earning my salary (💲) - INVITE ME!!!!   😢

(Left to right: Club President Susan Simon, Kimberly Coyle and Speaker host Barry Ramage. Photo by Rev. Fred Cartier)
Rotarians Explore Services for the Disabled

Red Hook Rotary welcomed Kimberly Coyle to their recent breakfast meeting where she spoke about the services offered by In Flight to the developmentally disabled.

In Flight, Inc. is an ethical organization whose mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to achieve their life goals and aspirations in order to lead richer, fuller lives within their communities.

In Flight, Inc. provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities within Ulster, Columbia and Greene Counties. The needs we address include Service Coordination, Residential Habilitation, Day Habilitation, and Respite Services and are provided for within an individual’s home or at a group home. 

Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bread and Bottle Restaurant in Red Hook. Visitors are welcomed. 

Our Youth Exchange Team has some exciting news. Dozens of districts, including ours, are rolling out the YEX Scholarship Program. This major rebranding project means that your club, at minimal cost, will be in a position to award a life changing scholarship -- with a value estimated at well over $20,000 -- to one of your high school students to study overseas in 2016-2017. The YEX Scholarship, which covers room, board, tuition and a monthly stipend for one academic year, is actually paid for by our overseas partners (Rotary districts, Rotary clubs, Rotarians, schools and private donors). Having a student selected for the YEX Scholarship is a big deal for your local school officials, and it's a good way for your club to stand out in your community.

Each Outbound YEX Scholar requires a reciprocal Inbound student as part of the exchange. To make it easier to host, each Outbound Scholar is to recruit three host families for the Inbound student. The Outbound student's family pays a flat fee to cover airfare, insurance, visa, orientation and training, and the club contributes toward the Rotary blazer, pins, business cards, banners and administrative costs, as well as the monthly allowance and YEX weekends for the Inbound student. Your club benefits from a perceived value that is approximately ten times the actual club investment.

Above is a flyer to promote the YEX Scholarship at your local school, library and other public venues. It provides room to list your club liaison for inquiries. Further information and a club presentation can be requested from YEX Chair David Greenwood at, 845.677.5767.

David Greenwood, YEX Chair
Rotary District 7210 YEX Inc., Hudson Valley NY USA


Members of the Red Hook Rotary Club welcomed Red Hook Town Supervisor Sue Crane as an honorary member at the Citizen of the Year Dinner held in Sue's honor.


Past honorees as Citizen of the Year joined Sue Crane at this year's celebrations. Standing (left to right) are: Rev. Fred Cartier (2005), Doug Strawinski (2014) and John Kuhn (2004); seated (left to right) are: Ruth Oja (2013), Sue Crane (2015) and Margaret Doty (2002).







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