Rotary Year 2017-2018 didn’t start off right. Natural disasters around the world and close
to home seemed to occur on a daily basis. Hurricanes in our part of the world seemed to be the main problem, but
there were no limits on disaster – fires in California and the western US,
floods and typhoons in parts of Asia, and earthquakes in Mexico and elsewhere
were devastating to those affected.
Your Rotary District – District 6900, decided years ago to
establish a District Charitable Fund ... it is a 501 (c) 3 approved fund that can accept contributions for our work on a tax-deductible basis. We have used this fund
over the years for various projects and for disaster relief. Thank you to all of the individual Rotarians
and clubs who have made donations to this fund for disaster relief and other
causes. So far, we have had contributions to the District Charitable Fund toward this Rotary year's disaster relief efforts of more than $13,000 ... and many clubs have contributed to relief efforts through other channels.
Our philosophy on disaster relief is the same as Rotary
International’s policy. We believe that “first response” should be left to organizations that
are set up to do first response – such as the Red Cross, Shelter Box, Aqua Box,
and many others. Our Rotary district
provides a collection point in the District Charitable Fund to allow collection
of funds on a tax-deductible basis that can be distributed where the District
and individuals specify.
The disasters that we chose to send our donations to so far
this year, have been the Rotary Districts in Rotary Zones 33 and 34 that have
been devastated by hurricanes. We have
been asked by our Zone Director to focus on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
Islands. We know these Rotary Clubs and
their Presidents and District Governors. We meet with them at Rotary Zone Institute annually.
This year we met with the Governors from the Rotary
Districts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean during our Zone Institute in
Orlando, Florida, in October 2017.They
told us that their needs included projects to repair homes, schools, and water
supplies for their families affected by hurricanes. To fulfill that request we have applied
donations from individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs of District 6900 to those
projects. There have been individual
donations from Rotarians to the District Charitable Fund for this effort and
from Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Clubs of
Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, North Atlanta, North Fulton, Muscogee, and Henry County have all contributed to our
These donations have been designated for Aqua Box – water
filters for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and for home roofing projects
requests by the Rotary Club of Dominica. Your donations gone to the Rotary Action Group – Disaster Network of
Assistance (DNA – RAG) for the roofing projects in Dominica, and Aqua Box in
England (run by Rotarians) to provide family and community water filters.Past District Governor David
Edwards (who was our Rotary International President’s Representative to our
District Conference several years ago) has served as our advisor in making these donations.
We know that many clubs in our District chose to make
disaster relief donations on their own directly to those individuals and
organizations that needed their help. We
would like to tell your club’s story of disaster relief assistance and
recognize your club for their help to the citizens of our world. Please share those stories with Jackie
Cuthbert, our Newsletter Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO ON A DAILY BASIS
TO HELP THE CITIZENS OF OUR WORLD!