Rotary Pitches In to Aid Tennessee Widlfire Devastation
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
In the Sevier County area the residents are beginning their cleanup efforts. Many are displaced and living in hotels or other temporary quarters but they do not have any of the basic necessities. Local residents can go to the Rotary Distribution Center at Boyd’s Bear to get for free whatever they need.
The five local Rotary clubs and District 6780 have taken over management of the distribution centers in Sevier County. Rotary is serving between 2500 – 3000 people per day. This need is massive. We need your help. Don’t plan to supervise, plan to WORK, WORK, WORK!
We have established a daycare for victims with counselors and dogs. It was opened yesterday and we have a group from UT heading that project for us.
Today’s need, in particular, include:
- Winter coats all sizes. Children’s sizes especially
- Warm gloves for all ages
- water hoses
- work gloves
- mops and brooms
- can openers
All of the above items should be taken to: Rotary Distribution Center, Smoky Mountain Jubilee, 2119 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
There is still a great need for food for the residents who lost everything.
Non-perishable food should be sent to: Rotary Distribution Center, BOYD’S BEAR, Traffic light #8, Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
The distribution centers are now being managed by the local Rotary clubs. This is a massive operation. They need between 150-200 volunteers per day at the distribution centers! If you can volunteer any time please contact Past District Governor Jerry Wear at 865-228-1670 to schedule the times that you can help. ROTARIANS PLEASE REPORT DIRECTLY TO PDG JERRY AT THE BOYD’S BEAR SITE.
We need monetary donations to pay for medicines that are desperately needed by people who lost their medications in the fire.
Your tax-deductible contribution can be made here: https://portal.icheckgateway.com/RotaryCommunityFund/
FROM ROTARY DISTRICT 6780 GOVERNOR FRED HEITMAN; AND, PDG JERRY WEAR
December 6, 2016
WEEK 23 - BEGINNING DECEMBER 5, 2016
TEAMING UP TO DEFEAT POLIO
Another successful Rotary Day with the Jacksonville Jaguars is in the books! It was a gorgeous day and a terrific time of fun and fellowship. While the home team was not victorious, the real winners are the millions of children who will not have to worry about polio because of your generosity. Thanks to all who participated, and a special thank you to PDG Cynde Covington for her coordination with the team.
UPDATE FROM ROTARY DISTRICT 6780 GOVERNOR FRED HEITMAN
There have been many calls to ask how to help our fellow Rotarians and others in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. The club presidents have asked Rotarians to wait until they can better assess what they really need once everything settles down. The Red Cross has asked for a "pause" in sending food, water and other supplies to the rescue workers and others who have lost their homes or otherwise are displaced as they have been overwhelmed by the support from the local communities wanting to help. Donations for the Wildfire Fund are currently being accepted in care of District 6780 Treasurer, Jenifer Campbell, 12515 Choto Mill Lane, Knoxville TN 37922.
ROTARY DISTRICT 6970 YOUTH EXCHANGE BIG REVEAL
On December 14 we will be conducting the "Big Reveal Country Announcements" when the 2017-2018 outbound exchange students find out what country they are going to as part of this incredible program. All Rotarians from District 6970 who wish to attend this event are welcome. It will be at the Westminster Woods Retirement Community in Jacksonville (25 State Road 13, 32259). The event begins at 6:30 PM and light refreshments will be served.
Only 184 days until the All Star Conference in Atlanta!
Service Above Self,
District Governor 2016-2017
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States. It is commonly played in retirement communities which generally don't have much of an opportunity to compete against players from other areas. The Rotary Club of Ocala Southwest organized a regional tournament hosted by the On Top of the World Pickleball Club in Ocala in early November. The event attracted almost 100 players who enjoyed the competition and lunch. More than $2000 was raised from partners, exhibitors and players for a donation to the Ocala Domestic Violence Center.
The Ocala Southwest Rotary Club extends an invitation to all other Rotarians for next year's outting on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Go to www.pickleballocala.com for more information.