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    Rotarians mobilize to aid Hurricane Katrina victims By Joseph Derr and David Schober Rotary International News In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one of the
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      Rotarians mobilize to aid Hurricane Katrina victims

      By Joseph Derr and David Schober
      Rotary International News


      In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters
      in U.S. history, Rotary clubs and districts from throughout the
      affected Gulf Coast region and beyond sprang into action to collect
      necessary food and supplies, raise money, and provide shelter to
      refugees.
      Based on preliminary reports coming in to Rotary International,
      Rotarians are responding en-masse to RI President Stenhammar's call
      to help communities affected by the disaster.

      Districts in Louisiana and Missisippi have led the charge.
      Throughout out the area Rotarians are doing what they can to ensure
      the most affected regions are stable.

      District 6820 (Missisippi) Governor Stuart Vance reported via e-mail
      that Rotary districts 6820 and 6840 (Louisiana) established a relief
      fund and have the mechanics in place to collect money. Funds will be
      available to all affected. Donations may be sent to Rotary Katrina
      Fund, Bill Simmons, District Treasurer, 627 Sherwood Road,
      Starkville, MS 39759.

      District 6200 (Louisiana) Governor Don Chauvin reports that the
      district committee is holding a meeting on Friday, 2 September, to
      develop a course of action. Chauvin noted that the District 6200
      Foundation will be accepting monetary contributions for hurricane
      aid. Checks may be mailed to Janice Bradshaw, P.O. Box 44365,
      Lafayette, LA, 70504, USA.

      Rotary clubs on Marco Island in District 6960 (Florida) are
      collecting donations as well. Rotary club secretaries and presidents
      can consult their Official Directory for club contact information.

      In Tennessee, Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Oak Ridge-Breakfast
      and Oak Ridge have parked a truck at a local Wal-Mart and are
      seeking donations of hygiene and health necessities. Water, paper
      products, personal hygiene products, diapers, baby formula, and
      canned foods are being accepted in a weekend-long effort. Working
      with the American Red Cross, the group will bring the truck to a
      designated relief center in the affected area.

      Farther from the immediate fray, the Rotary Club of Decatur,
      Illinois, is collecting summer clothes in an effort to meet basic
      needs of victims. Donation centers are being set up at a local mall
      and radio station.

      For more information on relief efforts and how you can help, please
      visit RI's World Community Service Disaster Relief page.

      Source: R I Webpage
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