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Wildfires in Northern California

We have received inquiries about how best to help the victims of the fires that are devastating Northern California.

Rotary District 5160 is working with the other Northern California Districts and Rotary International to set up a Donor Advised Fund in the Rotary Foundation to provide funds for rebuilding needs in the fire areas of all our districts. We will send out an announcement when the fund is ready to accept donations.

Two other funds are available now to support individual fire areas. There may be other funds and we will notify you when information becomes available. As we become aware of clean-up and rebuilding efforts we will notify Rotary Clubs and members.

  • The first is to provide emergency food and shelter to victims of the Helena Fire near Weaverville in District 5160. The Weaverville Rotary Club has setup the Wildfire Emergency Relief Fund. Funds can be made payable to the Weaverville Rotary Foundation (EIN 68-0108505) and mailed to P.O. Box 589, Weaverville, CA 96093. Questions can be sent to James M. Underwood, President 2017-18 Weaverville Rotary Club; Jim@UnderwoodWetzelLaw.com
  • The other fund is the Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA). This fund is set up to provide support to the fire survivors and businesses in communities in District 5130 that include Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties. Donations can be sent to Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA), c/o 5130 Fire Relief Fund, PO Box 2921, Clearlake, CA 95422 or online at www.larca5130.org;NON-PROFIT TAX ID# 46-1149482; for questions emaillarca5130@gmail.com

For clubs and Rotarians who want to donate to immediate relief efforts donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army will go to the front-line efforts. Please check with these organizations to find out what they would prefer as donations. District 5130 recommends from past fires that cash and/or gift cards are most needed.

Earthquake in Mexico Recovery

Mexico is now on a long road to recovery after two powerful earthquakes earlier this month, followed by aftershocks that occurred over last weekend.

When disaster strikes, Rotarians reach out and ask how they can help Rotary International staff contact district governors in affected areas to determine how best to direct any offers of aid. They have been working diligently with governors all over the world to help address recent natural disasters. To help in Mexico, a donor advised fund has been created to accept contributions for earthquake relief efforts.

If you would like to help, please go to the following link to contribute online: https://www.your-fundaccount.com/rotary/HowToContribute.asp. You will need to provide the following information when making your donation: The Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund, account number #613.

To contribute by wire transfer, please contact The Rotary Foundation Planned Giving team at +1-847-866-3100 or planned.giving@rotary.org.

As a reminder, contributions can only be made in U.S. dollars and cannot be made by money order or cashier’s check.

Please share this information with your fellow Rotarians and Rotary clubs. If you have any questions, contact relief@rotary.org.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery

The Rotary Foundation and clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend.

Severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane, which made landfall on 25 August.

How to contribute to the
Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at: https://www.your-fundaccount.com/rotary/HowToContribute.asp

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

By wire transfer

To the account of: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
ABA number: 011002343
For credit to: The Rotary Foundation
Account number: 943423732

For Further Credit: TRF DAF
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608

You must fax a copy of the wire authorization to +1-781-658-2497 to complete the transfer.

With an estimated damage of $190 billion, Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

“The power of Rotary is in the foundation’s ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Rotary districts located along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are collecting emergency relief funds and providing immediate aid to flood victims.

“We know that a disaster of this magnitude will require our financial assistance for months into the future,” says District 5930 Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara. “Our disaster relief committee will provide support where we believe it can best be used.”

ShelterBox, an independent charity and Rotary’s project partner, is also providing support to families displaced by the storm. Hundreds of light privacy tents will be deployed to evacuation centers throughout Texas for families to use temporarily.

“Our normal tents and ShelterKits are not appropriate for the conditions families are experiencing in Texas,” says James Luxton, ShelterBox operations team leader. “The flooding is covering large swathes of land, and is set to rise even further in the coming days, making indoor shelter the best option.”

If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org.

 

 


MAKING A DIFFERENCE.. There is a continuing focus in all our clubs for making a difference in our communities and the world. Rotary International President, Ian Riseley’s, theme for 2017-2018 is “making a difference”, and I would like to further challenge you and your clubs that there is NO LIMIT to what we as Rotarians can do.

It all begins with YOUR club, YOUR members and YOUR leadership. The beginning of the new year is the time for your Club to think about the amazing differences you are already making and then also look toward new directions and paths you may want to take. As you think about your club, reflect on why YOU are in Rotary.

In Rotary throughout the world, we know why our members join – for fellowship and a chance to serve our communities. And we know we stay for the same reasons plus we are proud to be part of an organization that is making a difference in the world. We are people of action.

The strength of our organization begins with friendship. We get together with people who may be of diverse backgrounds, interests, and beliefs but with the common value of service above self. The great strength of District 5160 is not only the diversity within each Club’s membership but there is diversity throughout the cities and towns and the clubs within those communities. Our clubs all have their own identities and unique culture. This is an exciting time to be a Rotarian as each Club has more flexibility in their operations to make sure each Club can focus on the best ways for our members to get together for friendship and service.

As leaders in our communities, Rotary members are making a difference when we get together and exchange ideas not only within the Club but with others in our local communities. We also join other Rotarians at District Area Meetings, District Training at Assemblies, Seminars and the District Conference and at the Rotary International Convention. We learn from our fellow Rotarians, or just as important, share our great projects or what makes our clubs great. We partner with others in our communities to make a difference.

Together, your actions make a greater difference. As a Rotarian, you can be proud of what you are doing within your communities and throughout the world because we are recognized as people of action, giving us visibility and encouraging partnerships. You have seen this in your local communities and you see this on the Rotary.org website, on the internet, and in the news.

Be proud to be a Rotarian. We are people of action. We make a difference. And there is no limit to what you and your Club can do to make a difference.

I invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Gary Vilhauer
District Governor 2017-18