1067: Rotarians mobilize to aid Hurricane Katrina victims
- 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
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