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Rotary Club in Ghana, and the NEW R.E.A.D.I Group Watch Online
Episode first aired 4/1/2018 12:00 PM

Dr. Mary Crave UW and Mary O'Brien from the Rotary Club of Madison.  In a segment called Change HERstory, about a trip by 9 Rotarians to Ghana and a project which provides feminine sanitary products to young women, keeping them in school.  

In honor of April National Volunteer Week, a discussion on the R.E.A.D.I. group from Oscar Meyer, a longtime volunteer opportunity for Oscar Meyer retirees.  Once OM was no more, what happened to this valuable resource of volunteers?  United Way to the rescue, to reinvent and revitalize this effort.

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Host Helen Aarli
Host Helen Aarli
Helen Aarli, co-host/co-producer of Senior Beat, is New York-born, has lived in different parts of the U.S., and is now happily settled in Madison. In the world of work, Helen's career has encompassed two main areas: as reading teacher/specialist from elementary students through community college and one summer at UW/La Crosse to replace a vacationing university professor.

A second career in gerontology led her to explore the growing field of intergenerational programming and the creative world of developing intergenerational programs that are "mutually beneficial and satisfying to ALL individuals, across the entire age spectrum." This includes: Mentoring, the Clay Stomp, Native American Cultural Project, the ENJOY Home Chore Program, Improv Drama, Single Moms Program, social studies curriculum discussion groups, politics and ethics.

Her favorite things to do includes working on Senior Beat, PLATO class coordinator, art, music, dance... and of course, politics!

Regarding her goals for Senior Beat, Helen stated "That stretch between the State Capitol (i.e. the political world) and the University of Wisconsin (intellectual center) and the exciting, alive stretch of State Street that connects the two, open endless opportunities for Madison retirees. And that excitement and diversity are what we try to bring to the entire community of Madison via Senior Beat."

Host Christine Beatty
Host Christine Beatty
Christine Beatty
Christine Beatty is the Director of the Madison Senior Center and has been working with and for older adults in a variety of capacities since 1977.

She serves on the Board of Directors of The National Council of Aging, Washington, DC, and she is a national speaker on topics impacting older adults including: volunteerism, retirement and other aging issues.

About the Show

Join us for Senior Beat, our half hour series which showcases different programs and events surrounding Madison as well as conversation about issues that affect the senior citizens today. Hosted by Tom Frazier and Christine Beatty, Senior Beat is a show for, by and about seniors.

Wednesdays at 5pm, Sundays at 8:30am and 5:30pm


Director of the show: Chris Richter, (608)261-9116
If you have ideas or suggestions for a Senior Beat topic, please contact Pat Guttenberg at (608)267-8650.