Incoming president Bill Tobin passed not one, but three, hats at a breakfast meeting in January to raise money for the people in Haiti who are recovering from a devastating hurricane. The three hats gathered $2,410. The money will go for Shelter Boxes. Wayne Lowery announced the EDHCSD Employee Association has joined the Shelter Box effort. Donations received after the collection brought the total to over $2,500

The idea of donating to the Shelter Boxes came from Jessica Pratt, an officer in the Oak Ridge High School Interact Club. The Shelter Boxes provide temporary quarters for people and families who have lost their homes. Each shelter costs $1,000 and can house 10 people.

Other Rotary clubs are uniting in this relief effort. Tobin reports that the total donated via our challenge to other clubs is $20,000. The participating clubs are:
District 5180 – El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Lincoln, Pocket/Greenhaven, Ranch Cordova, Roseville Sunrise, Sacramento East, Sacramento South
District 5190 – Cameron Park, Nevada County South, Placerville, Pollock Pines/Camino, Sparks Centennial Sunrise Club (NV)
District 5330 – Crestline/Lake Gregory
Our district governor, Barry Kalar, says:

"Rotary has posted at their website information about the Haitian Relief Fund established by the Foundation.  This link will take you directly to the form explaining the relief fund and how to contribute.
"A ShelterBox response team of two U.S. Rotarians and one from the United Kingdom has already mobilized to deliver 500 containers of supplies to the affected areas. Also, more than 100 Aquaboxes are being delivered to Haiti to provide safe water.

"Claude Surena, a member of the Rotary Club of Petion-Ville, is sheltering more than 100 people in his damaged home in Port-au-Prince. He is also leading the efforts of the 17 Haitian Rotary clubs to ensure that the ShelterBox containers will be deployed effectively to the thousands left homeless.

"The Rotary Club of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, has committed US$50,000 to clubs in the affected areas.

"This is Rotary at its best."

The total amount of relief funds from our Rotary club and District 5180 is still to be calculated.