Hurricane Sandy left a track of destruction and chaos across the Northeast United States. Here’s an exchange of “forwarded” emails, sent by District Governors, Past District Governors and other concerned Rotarians.
More Rotarians are helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I received the following message from Tom Rudy, President of the Rotary Club of Wall Street :
Please see our website. We do important work to help those most in need. Please tell attendees at UN Day that our club is raising money. We have taken a leadership role. Thank you,
Thomas H. Rudy
You can watch the Rotary Club of Wall Street website at www.wallstreetrotary.org.
I received the following message from Bharat Jalan, President of the Rotary Club of Metro New York
Hi Don, Matt’s and Jim – please let us how we can help. Already working on mobilizing some funds so we can buy some of the short-term must-have’s that Bonnie from NJ listed.
You can watch the website of the Rotary Club of Metro New York at www.rotarymetronyc.org.
What about the work that is being done done in lower Manhattan? Please see the flyer.
A recent communication from a RC Wall St. member
I just dropped off 45 items (6 garbage bags) of clothing at the Bowery. It was pretty nuts down there. There is a line to even enter the building. The lights may be on, but it’s still pretty cold inside and is very cold if you’re waiting to get in. I took the 30 seconds I had to talk to a Bowery rep and asked what they need the most. The answer: a shake of the head, a shrug and “everything”. I asked what kind of food they needed…he said they were ok with sandwiches but beyond that “everything”. I asked about fruit, granola bars, canned food and the answer was “everything” again. Things get really real really fast when you show up at a shelter in the middle of the night…Things were way too intense to be whipping out a camera for a photo op – maybe on the next delivery. Super huge shout out to the total stranger who rode his bike 25 minutes to get his car in Bay Ridge to help me move the clothes.
PDG George R. Camp
Rotary D-7230 Polio Plus Sub Committee Chair
Rotary Foundation Cadre Technical Adviser
Rotary District 7230
Thank you George!
I received the following message from Frances Chu:
I am enclosing a news item. Although it is in Chinese but I just want you to take a look at the video. The donated items are in Lina Mei’s store in Flushing. Lina spoke about the young volunteers coming from Queens, Brooklyn, and as far as Connecticut that they delivered by walking up the dark stairs and carrying the donated water, food, clothing etc. to the Senior victims of Sandy Storm trapped on the top floors in buildings in Chinatown. They are just like Rotarians – Service Above Self volunteers.
All the best,
Thank you Frances!
I received the following message from Rotary International Representative Joe Laureni:
Joseph Laureni, Rotary:
Rotary UN Day —
announcement to make about
how volunteers can help
to the hurricane
Here, highlighted in yellow, is the specific brief information that volunteers this weekend will probably find most actionable, most useful:
The director of the New York Blood Center has informed us that they are in serious need of blood donations to replenish their badly-depleted supply. Visit http://www.nybc.org to find the nearest location where you can give blood.
Give your time:
If you are able to assist local groups in heavily impacted neighborhoods with recovery efforts and resource collection/distribution, please visit the sites listed below for information about where and when your help is most needed.
Lower East Side, Manhattan: https://lowereastside.recovers.org
Staten Island: https://statenisland.recovers.org
Red Hook, Brooklyn: https://redhook.recovers.org
Thank you Joe for that information!
I received the following message from Justine Grosso, Vice President of the Boston Rotaract Club:
From: Justine Grosso
Subject: Rotary International UN Day 2012 – Question from Justine Grosso
Justine Grossohas a question for you about your event.
I am the VP of the Boston Rotaract Club. We are 25 members coming to the UN event and staying until sunday night in the city. Some people of the group feel uncomfortable to come to NYC to enjoy the event and the city, when so many people around us will be struggling of the Sandy’s damages. Is there any possibility to volunteer in NYC on sunday? We are such a large group at the UN that it will be a great idea if we could participate in some way to the effort. Any actions we could do at the UN?
Please keep me informed,
Thank you Justine! I am sure that you will find plenty of opportunities to serve in the great City of New York.
I received the following message from Barbara Edwards, President of the Pembroke Rotary in Bermuda, which is also part of our Rotary District:
Seeing from the correspondence concerning the Sandy disaster, our DG Greg would be unable to receive our email sent recently.
Speaking for Pembroke Club Bermuda, we are at a distinct dis-advantage by being far away, but would like to convey our sincere sadness over the loss of personal matters and of course, lives.
Is there anyway in which the Bermuda Rotary Clubs can help…….if there is, please let me or our ADG know and of course, he will funnel the help request along to the 4 Presidents.
Our only connection to reality concerning hurricane Sandy , is through the various news medias.
We in Bermuda know very well the damage and loss of lives taken during these man made traumas, simply horrific.
Wishing you all a speedy recovery
Pembroke Rotary BERMUDA
Thank you Barabara! I am sure there are ways that you can help. Just contact some of the other Rotarians that I have included in this message and any previous messages.
Here is a new message from District Governor Bonnie Sirower of Rotary District 7490, across the Hudson River:
Hey, everyone. Please keep sending me your needs for your district. Pease be as specific as possible about what is needed and most of all, where the stuff should be sent and to whom. Also consider longer-range needs that we can include in a Multi-District grant like what they did in Vermont last year. When we get power back again, we can have a conference call. That might include rebuilding, equipping schools, etc.
I will give you a bi-weekly accounting of all cash donations,and I thunk we should split the donations equally unless someone specifies one of our areas in making the gift.
Governors not on this e-mail are only dealing with lack of power and gasoline.
See some of you tomorrow…
Thank you everybody for your messages. Sundra and I are now getting ready to head over to the United Nations for the Rotary UN Day. I am looking forward to meeting many of you there!
Rotary is about
Service Above Self!
DGE Matts Ingemanson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary International District 7230
New York & Bermuda