Newsletter – April 17, 2018

$1000 Donation

Pledge by Jonathan Koycz

Invocation by Mike Grace

Visiting Rotarians: Sherry Tobin, wife of our speaker Bill both from El Dorado Hills Rotary. Guest: Austin Schlocker from the Arden Chamber of Commerce.

Les and Howard each donated $5 to keep Prez Mike from telling jokes….Cathy said she likes his jokes so she got to spin the wheel!

Chance to make a difference: Happy Bucks: Cathy gave Happy Bucks because she just spent a week in Sedona and played golf and got a 205’ drive. Steve gave happy bucks in honor of Linda Bigler and Carolyn Lewis who gave him free lift tickets which he and Audrey took advantage of and had a ball. Audrey took a private lesson and then a special lesson from Linda. Carolyn Ewing went on a cruise from LA to Canada with 26 girl-friends! Randy gave happy bucks because he got a bill reforming hazardous waste material disposal through.

Paul King announced the last chance to attend a Fireside Meeting is Thursday, April 26th, at Linda Bigler’s. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting.

Rob Ford brought us up to date on the Golf Tournament. He also said items for the Auction, and Tee Prizes are needed. Our Partners are the Crisis Nursery and Big Broth-ers Big Sisters. Remember this event is at Del Paso and many golfers really want to play the course but can only do so if the know a member. This is a great opportunity for them to play Sacramento’s premier course. Individual players do not really cover the cost of playing, prizes, lunch and dinner. It is very important to get the sponsor-ships to make it a profitable fundraiser. Dimple Drop tickets will be handed out next week. Carolyn Lewis and Linda Bigler are organizing the volunteers.

Foothills Highlands Rotary is celebrating Administrative Assistants Week by having Anne Marie Schubert speak. As we know she is under a lot of pressure right now, you may want to hear her and offer your support. It takes place on April 23rd at 5411 Luce
Ave., in McClellan Park at their meeting.

The Rotarians not wearing a pin today had a choice of paying $1 or singing “It’s a Small World”. They sang!

Tom Goode attended the District Leadership Conference on April 7th. He said it was a great way to reinforce the things he learned at PETS. Matt Ross also attended.

We are DARK on May 29th due to the Memorial Day Holiday

Carolyn Ewing says to look at your roster page and if anything needs to change let her
know. New members need a picture taken and their information turned into Carolyn.

Tim Cahill is the Treasurer of the Rotary House Board. They have a meeting tonight. There is a new tenant, a leukemia patient. Tim said for those of you who’ve never seen the house it is a very nice 2 bed-room 1 bath home and the Rotarians maintain it in good condition.

Bruce Stimson wanted to acknowledge the Poker Tournament and the contribution to First Tee which was over $21,000. The tournament grossed $106,000 and the Club received about $45,000 and Crisis Nursery received about $10,000. 98.3% of the money that came in went to the charities.

Danny Curtola asked Prez Mike to let everyone know it’s time for softball but we need players. If you are interested let Danny know.

Our speaker today is Bill Tobin, an Ambassador for Shelter Box. He has been involved with Shelter Box since 2010. When he learned about Shelter Box through Rotary, he loved the concept and now loves working as an ambassador for them. Through Shelter Box International he has met people from all over the world. Shelter Box was a Millennium Project started by a Rotary Club in England (ours was Rotary House) in 2000. The first place they sent Shelter Boxes to was India after a large earthquake and after that they were hooked and became Shelter Box International. Their purpose became immediate relief in times of disaster. They have served over 300 times in 100 countries since they began. 1.3 million people have benefited from receiving a shelter box.
A Shelter Box includes things like: blankets; ground mats; mosquito nets; water filtration—up to 300 gallons; solar light; a children’s activity pack; tools; hat, gloves and scarves; water containers; cooking equipment; plastic box; a relief tent. There are several sizes of tents: relief tent is most common but there are also larger ones—a Flex 3 with room for a fire, a midi one for nomadic populations, and an UN Spec tent when they can’t have any identification on them.

After the hurricanes last year, Houston used tents for infrastructure to house medical operations (breastfeeding and an autistic child). They provided a moment of contentment in the midst of chaos.

Sometimes Shelter Boxes are made without tents which allows 10 families to be helped instead of one when the need is great. They can even construct a shelter with the instructions in the box. Some area require local sourcing for items like plywood or reeds. They will even use the tarps to make a shelter. These shelters don’t last as long as tents but can be a Godsend during heavy rain. The tents are suppose to be a temporary solution but people in Haiti are still living in them 8 years later.

In Barramundi they used tents to shelter aid workers as well because the island was so devastated. One of the biggest needs for Shelter Boxes comes from refugees fleeing their country or the country’s regime. The need is great in refugee camps and Shelter Box is trying to meet that need. Things like floods, hurricanes and earthquakes are also where Shelter Box helps supply the need. All the boxes are housed in storage facilities mostly donated by Rotarians in strategic places.

None are stored in the US because sending them from here is too difficult. Shelter Box will not accept government funds because there are too many regulations attached. The one item they will accept is help with transportation. If a military plane is going to a hard hit region they sometimes transport Shelter Boxes. When the earthquakes hit Japan, Shelter Box was only able to help because of local Rotary Districts in Japan, not because of the government. When countries have a government that relies on bribes, we sometimes cannot ship Shelter Boxes to them unless they will accept them without a bribe. Volunteers do not work in places like Syria. They use local people who will then get the boxes to the people in need along with plywood and nails.
The latest effort is School Boxes filled with school supplies to help children regain normalcy by going to school. Bill showed a picture of a Syrian classroom with girls attending school.
What can we do? Volunteer, donate , spread the word, be an ambassador, join the response team. Be a voice—this is a Rotary Club project that went viral.
In order to respond to disasters as they happen, it is necessary to have sustained donations ready when needed. Usually people hear of the disaster and then contribute, but Shelter Boxes are needed immediately. A sustained giving program is a 3 year pledge at:
Bronze: $1,000 per year
Silver: at $3,000 a year or
Gold: at $5,000 a year
Arden Arcade presented Shelter Box with a check for $1,000 today. Thank you, Bill, for another great presentation for such a worthwhile project.

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