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SHELTER BOXES: Rotary Hears of Growing New Natural Disaster Tool

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By: Dave Rogers

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Mary Sloan and Jeff Lichty of the Clarkston Rotary Club and Rev. Andreas Teich, programmer,
display a Shelter Box.

A new concept in aid for disaster victims is sponsored in part by Rotary International and provides an added dimension to humanitarian relief.

Programmer Rev. Andreas Teich introduced Mary Sloan and Jeff Lichty of the Clarkston Rotary Club who are heading support efforts for the Shelter Box project.

Since its start in 2000, the Shelter Box project has helped more than 1 million disaster victims rebuild their homes and lives.

The green plastic boxes, costing about $1,000 each, are being shipped regularly to sites across the world where people are in need, explained Ms. Sloan.

"Shelter Box brings lifesaving aid such as equipment & materials to families made homeless by natural disasters," she said. The project was started as a charity in West Cornwall, England and has numerous corporate sponsors in addition to Rotary.

The sturdy green Shelter Boxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.

ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away.

The kits and boxes also contain the items that help transform shelter into a home - like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children.

The program also provides extra aid items, such as SchoolBoxes that contain everything needed to get lessons up and running after a disaster, depending on the situation.

"We deliver the essentials people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster," said Mr. Lichty. "Each disaster is different, and so is every community. We don?t believe that one size fits all, so we make considered assessments to provide the exact support that gives people the hope and the power to transform their own lives."

Chris Warham, Shelter Box chief executive, said: "Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. We're working to change this. By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, we're transforming despair into hope. We are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter. Are you?" ###


The board meets this week
October 10 at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
Everyone is welcomed.
Agenda, minutes, treasurers reports and other information
is in the member's area of the club web site.

Cindy Chadwick is taking sign-ups for the Foundation Gala in Frankenmuth scheduled for November 17.

The next Rotary Social event will be a Fall Wine Tasting for members and their guests at the VNO Warehouse on Bay City's Westside.

The October 18 event starts at 5:30 and goes until?

Frank Janca and Sita Compton of the "Rotary Social Event Task Force" said that the event will feature light Hors D'oeuvres and "Fine Wine" samples that are perfect for fall dining and gift giving.

As a special treat, any member who wears any Rotary garment (shirt, hat, or perhaps Rotary pants) will be entered into a special drawing to win some wine.

As the year progresses the club hopes to hold three or four social nights. Announcements will be made at meetings and in the Breezes newsletter.

The Zombie Run is only a few weeks off. Information is on the web site and Facebook.

Brenda Scramlin is organizing Zombie Run volunteers. We need about 50 people to cover all the stations on the run as well as work various areas. This is a major event for the club and your help is needed! The "Face the FX" face painting group will be on hand again this year to provide that essential ZOMBIE look. Andrea Hales is recruiting sponsors.

Tara Welch sats that the Community Grant cycle's deadline has been extended to October 15. The club has money to give to community organizations that serve "Youth and Education". If you know of a candidate, be sure to have them check the club web site,

Next summer's International Convention will be in Toronto, an easy trip for many of us. Be sure you sign up with her if you can make this life-changing Rotary experience.

REMINDER The board will meet next week, October 10, 11:00, before the regular meeting. Everyone welcomed.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.
Get connected with ROTARY on Facebook.
457 people like us so far. Let's go for 500 people liking our page!


October 10, 2017 Board Meeting - 11:00, prior to the regular meeting. Everyone welcome.

October 14, 2017 - ZOMBIE RUN Bigelow Park.

November 14, 2017 - Vocational Day

November 15, 2017 - Foundation Gala Frankenmuth

May 4-5, 2018 - District Conference Frankenmuth
    New format and breakout sessions.
    1 and a half days rather than two full days.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

October 10, 2017 10-Minute Rotarian

October 24, 2017 Great Lakes Bay College & Career Resource Center
This presentation will offer insight of the great work being done to increase post secondary education. Learn who is helped, what is offered and how help is provided through the Great Lakes Bay College & Career Resource Center.

October 31, 2017 Guatemala Amaranth project. Presented by Chuck Cusick.

November 14, 2017 Vocational Day SPONSORED BY THE ROTARY CLUBS OF BAY CITY
Annual Vocational Day for High School Juniors. After many years of being the sole sponsor of this event, the Rotary Club of Bay City and the Rotary Club of Bay City Morning will be co-sponsoring this event.

Rotary is an intimate affiliation of carefully selected business and professional people,
having as its objective the promotion of high ethical standards in private, commercial
and civic life, and dedicated to the ideal that the basis of all worthy endeavor is unselfish service.

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

Get connected with ROTARY on Facebook.
Over 450 people like us. Let's go for 500 people liking our page!

Rotary Bay City on Facebook
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Remember! Check attendance sheets at the front desk.

District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at
The Rotary Global History Fellowship
Rotary Global History.

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