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>Local executive elected to international board

The executive director of Buffalo's human rights commission has been elected to the board of an international group that fights discrimination.

Crystal J. Rodriguez, who oversees Buffalo's Commission on Citizens' Rights and Community Relations, has been elected as a member-at-large of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies.

Based in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit coalition represents human rights groups in the U.S. and Canada, including Buffalo's commission. Prior to her appointment to the city's anti-discrimination panel, Rodriguez was a legal fellow in a courtroom in the state's 8th Judicial District. She also previously served as a commissioner of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.


>Exchange program seeks team for Central America

The Rotary district that serves Western New York and Southern Ontario is putting together a team of young adults to exchange with a Rotary district in Central America that covers Belize and Guatemala.

Rotary District 7090 Gov. Pravin Suchak of Amherst said: "We seek young, open-minded, flexible individuals who are enthusiastic about their chosen vocation . . . who can take one month to learn about their profession in a different culture."

Team members must be age 25 to 40, live within District 7090, have been fully employed for two years and be able to travel with the team from Feb. 15 to March 16. Almost all of the costs of transportation, lodging and meals are provided by the Rotary International Foundation.

Deadline for applications is Oct. 16. For information go to


>Pulaski Day Parade dinner to honor labor leaders

A fundraiser for the annual Pulaski Day Parade will be held Sept. 13 to honor 14 Polish-American labor leaders.

Sponsored by the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier, the event includes dinner at 7 p.m. at the Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Tickets cost $35 per person and $350 per table of 10.

For more information, call Brian Rusk at 908-8008.

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