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The Light for December 13, 2022
 
By Myra Janus
 
The meeting was presided over by Bryant Wallace, president-elect.
 
Katherine Peterson presented the Thought for the Day: “Let the beauty we love be what we do.” From Rumi, a 13th Century Persian poet.
 
Announcements
 
As in past years, Ann Searles is collecting calendars for Refugee One. The 2023 calendars will be used by the social workers to help the new arrivals learn the way appointments are kept in this country.
 
Members of the ETHS Interact Club came to announce that they are starting a new project named Pencil Pals, in order to help an elementary school in Ethiopia with which Jeff Snyder and his wife have a connection. The school has 124 students in three classrooms and they need desks, books, pencils, art supplies, and sports equipment.
 
The Interact Club hopes to raise money for these items, which will be purchased in Ethiopia. They hope to raise at least $400 with an ice-skating event to be held at Robert Crown and by selling their specially designed tote bags created with the help of the Northwestern Rotaract Club. They were advised to speak with their aldermen to see if they could arrange for a reduced fee to rent the rink. They would welcome our support.
 
 Program
 
Topic: Shelter Box
 
Speakers: Donna Lee Gulley and Don Crost
Donna Lee Gulley is the District Shelter-Box Ambassador and Don Crost is a former club member and Shelter Box ambassador.
 
Donna shared the story of Shelter Box and its relationship with Rotary. Rotary and Shelter Box are important partners in the effort to provide needed supplies and help during and after a disaster or conflict.  Shelter Box was founded in England. The relationship of Shelter Box with Rotary began as a Rotary club’s millennium project. More than 1.5 million people have benefitted from the services provided by Shelter Box.
 
Items provided change, depending on the needs of the recipient population, and could include tents or emergency cell phones, and they make use of partnerships to provide items efficiently. Originally boxes included a tent, cookstove, pots, and pans. Now, they may include supplies for water purification or a tarpaulin, Attention is given to providing aid that is culturally appropriate. The needs may change over time.
 
RI does not give directly to Shelter Box, but districts may provide fundsto match donations given by clubs.
 
Disasters currently being monitored include hurricanes Orlene in Mexico, Fiona in Puerto Rico, and the aftermath of Ian in Florida. Help is being given in Somalia to those affected by drought and subsequent famine and to those affected by the flooding in Pakistan.
 
Shelter Box also responded to conflicts in Ukraine, Mozambique, Yemen, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Syria. In Ukraine, partnerships have formed with organizations in neighboring countries such Poland and Moldova. People returning to Ukraine are also given assistance. Current supply needs include mattresses and blankets and other items needed to survive through the winter months.
 
Donna also related how people can become a disaster response team member and the training involved.
 
Don Crost is planning to drive his 1953 Chevy pickup truck from Naples, Fla., to Rotary International along old Federal highway 41. He will have a large shelter box in the back of the truck and will stop at Rotary Clubs along the way to ask for donations to Shelter Box.
 
We are being asked to receive him when he arrives at RI in the middle to late part of April. For more information, please check this link: https://givebutter.com/LittleBlueTruck.
 
Guests and Milestones
 
Rotarian Guests

Donna Lee Gulley, Northbrook Rotary
 
Don Crost,  Rotary Club of Bonita, Naples
 
Maria Antonia Gomez, President of ETHS Interact Club
 
Sophie Glanz, VP, ETHS Interact Club
 
Olivia Glanz, VP, ETHS Interact Club
 
Birthdays
 
Aimee Resnick – December 14
 
Marv Edelstein – December 16