Posted by Susan Kowalski on Mar 11, 2019
Today Rotarian Jamie Yeats from the Detroit AM Rotary updated us on Shelter Box, and we presented him a check for $1,000 to go to Shelter Box and its work around the world.
Announcements from today's meeting:
  • Remember Westland's Magic Show on March 30th.
  • Dearborn Heights has a Mardi Gras Party scheduled for April 13th.
  • Remember our backpack collection for the District Conference Service Project.  Please partner up in groups of two to purchase and assemble your backpack.  They will be taken to the District Conference in Windsor and delivered to "The United Way Programs for Schools in our Community" for distribution to the schools in the Downtown core of Windsor-Essex.  Please bring your backpacks to the April 29th or the May 6th Club meeting.  See Sue K if you need a flyer detailing the supplies needed in the backpacks.
  • Remember District Assembly at Schoolcraft College on April 6th.  This is for ALL Club Members.  Registration is required by March 31st.
  • Please clear your calendars from June 13 - 15th for Canton Liberty Fest.  The Canton Rotary Club will be manning the Beverage Tent and everyone's help is needed.
After lunch we heard our speaker, Jamie Yeats, from the Detroit AM Rotary Club speak about Shelter Box.  Our Club has donated several boxes in the past, and we again donated $1,000 this year to purchase another Shelter Box.  ShelterBox is made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital. No ifs. No buts.  They provide the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives. They put families first.  They're determined to see a world where no family goes without shelter when disaster strikes – it’s the sole reason they exist.  Rotary is a project partner of Shelter Box.  Below Shelter Boxes are being readied for shipment to disaster areas.
Shelter Box was started in The United Kingdom in 2000.  Since being founded they have responded to over 250 disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 different countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people.  They have evolved from providing the standard "Shelter Box" into providing a variety of boxes that are tailored to the different needs of the people they help.  Some of the countries and areas that Shelter Box is working in today are:  The Chad Basin, Ethiopia, Somali Land, the Philippines, North Iraq and Mosul, The Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syria.  In Syria alone 13 million people need aid, 6 million are displaced, and 4 million refugees have fled to other countries, namely Lebanon and Jordan.  85.5 million people around the world have been displaced.  For more information please see https://www.shelterbox.org.
 
Our 50/50 was won by Lisa, but the ace of hearts eluded her.  Our Sergeant was Bill Simmerer.  And members were reminded that if they are going to be absent from an upcoming meeting to contact Sue K so that we can give the restaurant an accurate count each week. 
 
Have a great week!