Robert A. Stuart, Jr. • Rotary International Director 2005-2007 • Disaster Relief & Planning Information

Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief & Shelterbox

Dear fellow Rotarians:   As we all know, on November 8th the worst recorded storm to make landfall flattened entire coastal towns and villages in the Philippines. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more are struggling to survive without access to food, water, and shelter. I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses. While Rotary is not an emergency disaster-relief organization, we are in the business of helping people in need. Every one of our six areas of focus is affected when disasters of this size occur. I saw first-hand the difference Rotarians can make

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Update and Trek to Tacloban, Philippine Disaster area

Our Woodstock-Oxford Relief efforts are going well as we continue to receive reports and horrific stories of what is happening there.  To answer some questions:  Yes, our Rotary Club qualifies for the Canada match on funds we receive and Yes, we plan to do a Matching Global Grant with Rotary Foundation to work on renewal projects there.  In the meantime, we continue to support their current needs, mainly for Water, Food and Medicine. In addition the local Woodstock Filipino Community is working on coordinating a FUNraising event in early December and our Mississauga area Rotarians are doing likewise.  Some have asked how we are distributing the money and this is being done via our trusted Rotary leaders and friends in D3860, the main area of

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Philippine Disaster Reflief

Here is the information currently on hand regarding the Philippine Typhoon disaster. These people have been hit by two typhoons and a major earthquake all in this year. They need a lot of help. Hope the information below is of assistance. The international team of Rotarians that I belong to is ready to help as much as we can. Leigh Dear DG Ezera, Carma MacKay called me said that you would like an update that can be sent to all our district club presidents and possibly every Rotarian District 5030.  Here are some of the information compiled by Sunday morning. Lots of Rotarian based stuff in the works. Still being sorted out. The need is going to be more than just for initial response –

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Tornados In Central Illinois

Today we have had tornadoes touch down in the central part of our district.  Towns which were hit include  East Peoria, Pekin, and Washington.   I have tried to contact each of the presidents of these Rotary clubs but communication is down.   As District Governor I would like to find a way to offer them help and the best way to do that is to send financial donations to Rotary 6469 Foundation and note that it is for the central Illinois Tornado fund.  As the situation plays out in the next week we will use your accumulated donations to help rebuild. Yours in Rotary Service, Norman P. Jones Email: norm@indescoop.com HPhone: 217-632-3778 OPhone: 217-622-6345

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More Updates on Philippine Disaster Relief

Here are some updates on efforts to help with the Philippine disaster. Please feel free to forward to anyone you think might be interested in helping. DisasterAidUSA and DisasterAidAustralia have DART teams in the Philippines. The USA group helped with the previous typhoon and were in place helping with the earthquake recovery when this typhoon hit. They sheltered in place and are active on site right now. This group has a very good working relationship with another (Philippine) NGO and with the government, ShelterBox also has a DART team in the Philippines and is, or has, deployed their boxes. WaterBox  (a Rotary Club Based nonprofit in the UK) has promised to send a large quantity of WaterBoxes and is working to raise funds to send

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Phillipine Disaster Relief

Many of you have been sending your kind thoughts and support for our Philippine Disaster Relief efforts. As of today you have generously donated almost $20,000. which will be matched by Canada government. Thanks for opening your hearts to share.  I just wanted to update you on things there, which seem to be getting worse each day.   Yesterday we communicated with a friend who is out in a remote devastated area, but no help has come yet.  She reported how people are frantic and have now reverted to looting and fighting over the few resources of food and water they have remaining.  We understand that our Rotary friends have flown there in a military plane today to try and coordinate aid to them. Other reports

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Oklahoma Tornados – 2

Fellow Rotarians & Concerned Citizens – On behalf of Districts 5750 & 5770 we want to welcome donations on behalf of Disaste relief specifically designated for the May 20, 2013 victims and their families! We all have family and loved ones (including myself) that have lost homes, auto’s, personal belongings and friends to this F 5 tornado. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said today that there were between 12,000 and 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged not including all the businesses and schools destroyed as well! Any funds received by our Rotary Bi-District 501c3 Foundation will be used exclusively for the benefit of those damaged by this terrible event. One can either mail a donation to- Oklahoma Rotary Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund P.O. Box 13800 Oklahoma

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BioMedical Training in Haiti

The Biomedical Program is a joint venture between : Rotary  District 7020 ( DAF ) / HHRI and Pignon Hospital . . The program is to train Technicians from Hospitals all over Haiti to learn how to repair medical equipments as not too many  hospital in Haiti can find repairmen to take care of medical materials. Look at the MAP and see distribution of the 24 Hospitals and 45 students benefiting of this program. Hospitals such as Albert Schweitzer in Artibonite Cange of  Dr Paul Farmer Medishare in Port-au-Prince Brenda Stafford in Cayes Shan Penn Clinics in Port-au-Prince Sove Lavi of Simmeus in Artibonite Hospital Bienfaisance /Pignon Hospital St Michel Hospital Gonaives etc are part of the training For 2 weeks , every 2 months and for

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DAF Expenditures

Happy New Year to you all. I have been remiss in my duties over the last six months.  I have been consumed in opening and running a new facility in Nassau and developing the Medical Tourism business.  However, I am determined to catch up so I have attached the first step of that catch up process. One shows each of the funded projects and where we are.  The other shows the breakdown by local Rotary Club.  There is a Haiti Task Force meeting on the 19th which I would like to use to push the reports and bring us closer to closure.  The District has agreed to limit the ability of any grants based on our past due reports just as they would with TRF grants. 

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UPDATE ON HURRICANE SANDY DISASTER RELIEF (as of November 30, 2012)

District 7230 (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester) DG Greg Arcaro reports that is work being done in lower Manhattan, principally by the Wall Street Club. The Five Street Council is reaching out as the Disaster Relief Committee.  They met last Tuesday and will meet tomorrow, too.  They will coordinate all the projects in Staten Island and will partner with other countries for major grants. Money is still coming in from early solicitation through Staten Island Mid-Island Rotary Foundation. They had two or three days of volunteers to help clean and help to deliver supplies.  They have one location at a Catholic church. They have enough supplies at this point. Foundation Chair Janet deBenedetto is also looking to write matching grants with Matching grants to Nazareth Home.

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