Last Sunday portions of the communities of Washington, Pekin and East Peoria were seriously damaged by storms and tornadoes. Since then, there has been a significant response by numerous organizations to assist those who have incurred injuries or damages. Each of the Rotary Club Presidents has been in communication with your District Leadership to help us discern our most appropriate responses.
As Rotarians of District 6460, one of the the most effective ways that we can be most helpful at this time is to donate funds to assist. Our Rotary District 6460 Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that has been set up to collect contributions and distribute funds where they will do the most good.
Please write your checks to the Rotary District 6460 Foundation and note that it is for the tornado disaster.
Checks should be sent to:
Rotary District 6460
PO Box 311
Springfield, IL 62705-0311
Assistant Governor Phil Fleming has provided us with two reputable sources that you may want to access for up-to-date and accurate information. The first is on Facebook at Central Illinois Emergency Information. The second is a web page on the Internet: www.ready.illinois.gov. Although we realize that our Rotary District is not prepared to be a first responder, some individual Rotarians may wish to volunteer their skills or donate items to the cause. These sources of information will be of great assistance to you in making connections to provide needed items. The needs and opportunities to serve can change quickly. We have already been notified that the donation centers have been overwhelmed with clothing, blankets and bedding, so DO NOT send any of these items at this time.
We also don’t want to forget the people in the Philippines that have been hit by Typhoon Haiyan. If you wish to donate to provide assistance for that disaster, you can also make a donation to the District 6460 Foundation and note that it is for the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.
Of course, the recovery from both the tornado and typhoon disasters will take significant time. Your prayers for all involved continue to be needed. We will continue to update you as time goes on.
Yours in Rotary Service,
DGN Stephen Hopper
Rotary District 6460
District Governor 2015-16
Rotary Club of Macomb
“Service Above Self”
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