Hurricane Sally relief Trip II

We are planning to make a second trip to coastal areas affected by Hurricane Sally on October 9 – 11. The goal of this trip will be to assist a fellow Rotarian remove large debris from his home, as well as assisting others in need in the area.

We will plan to meet Friday, October 9th at 1 PM at CAS aviation. Address is 14560 S Greeno Rd. Fairhope, AL 36532. From there we will convoy to the first work site, and then see how much we can get done and go from there. We will meet at the same location Saturday morning at 9 AM to begin the work day.

Sleeping arrangements for six on Friday and Saturday night have been confirmed, but we can accommodate more if the need is greater. This trip will end on Sunday morning.

Items we need:

  • Pre-mix gas for small engines
  • Chain saw blades, and bar oil
  • Anything that can be used as a tow strap to move large logs
  • Personal protective equipment (hearing protection, eye protection, etc.)
  • Volunteer labor appropriately dressed

If you would like to donate cash in lieu of items of need, please call or text 334-707-2486 and we can arrange that.

Rotary is the world's oldest and most important service organizationwith over 1,200,000 members in more than 30,000 clubs spread throughout 180countries. District 6880 has four active Rotary clubs in the Montgomery area seeking to serve the community. For a few examples locally, these clubs help MACOA provide Meals on Wheels, recently they built the Rotary downtown dog park, planted trees around Montgomery including Oak Park, and delivered dictionaries to third grade students all around Montgomery. The Montgomery clubs are an imporrtant part of Rotary District 6880, led by past District Governor Skip Dotherow, of the Montgomery Sunrise Club. The District encompasses cities as far north as Clanton down to Mobile, Fairhope and Dothan. Through the generosity of 6880 Rotarians, local communities are able to provide services and structures and supplies for those in need. District 6880 built a house in Lee County last year for a displaced family as a result of the deadly tornadoes.

Early-mid July is humming with Rotary Zoom meetings of all types!

In addition to the important training, awards ceremonies and other activities happening in many districts, club and district leaders should consider attending the upcoming meetings.

All of these sessions are free of charge, and open to all Rotary members.

 In every corner of the world, it seems that not a single person or community is unaffected by COVID-19. You may be wondering how to stay focused on our work eradicating polio when we are dealing with a pandemic caused by a virus for which there is not yet a vaccine — a situation similar to what the world faced with the poliovirus not so long ago.

The COVID-19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response.

We can be proud that in the ever-connected world of global health, the polio infrastructure that Rotarians have helped build is already being used to address — and stop the spread of — the new coronavirus, in addition to serving countless other health needs. In Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where polio personnel and assets have a significant presence, workers from all GPEI partners are engaged in surveillance, health worker training, contact tracing, and more. In 13 countries, polio volunteers have been deployed to address COVID-19 preparations and response.

8488 jpegWe recognize that the COVID-19 emergency means that some aspects of the polio eradication program will be affected. While addressing the new challenges of today, the most important thing that Rotary members can do to continue the fight to end polio is to sustain our commitment. We are aiming to reach our fundraising goal of $50 million this year so we can work to safely reach all children with the polio vaccine. In the midst of a global pandemic, we understand that attention to polio eradication will be temporarily diverted, and this makes it all the more vital for Rotarians to remain strongly committed to fighting polio and not let our progress be eroded.

DG Skip