Rotary Club of Watertown
We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Oakley Country Club
410 Belmont StWatertown, MA 02472United States
As everyone knows, the Philippines where recently devastated by a typhoon.
District7910 seeks donations to Assist the Philippines Rotary Clubs in District 7910are mobilizing to take action to help Filipinos in the wake of the death anddestruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The three Rotary districts impacted bythe typhoon are D-3850, D-3860 and D-3830 and Rotarians in those districts havemobilized to provide help to their people where 88% of the population haslittle to eat and no housing after the typhoon flattened the area. TerryGriffith, president together with Curtis Whitney (Past President 02-04) of theRotary Club of Watertown, Have started to raise money to send to thePhilippines, We want to pursue a broader, sustainable response by pursuingsupport from The Rotary International Foundation in the form of a matchingGlobal Grant to purchase water filtration systems which can be used in people’shomes. We will partner with District 2820 in Japan because they have expertisein this area. On the recommendation of our Rotarian friends in the Philippines,we will use Sawyer Water Filters because they are portable, inexpensive, easyto assemble, washable, and ideal for disaster relief. The American Red Crossalso uses them. Each filter costs about $45 to $50, depending on the cost oftransportation. By using The Rotary Foundation as our “force multiplier”, thereis the real possibility that other Rotary districts will join this effort and,including Foundation match, we can raise $100,000 to purchase water filtrationsystems. In order to begin the grant application process, we in this districtfirst need to raise the $10,000 minimum matching pledge and we are askingRotarians in District 7910 for help. As we Americans pause to give thanks inthis season of giving, please consider a contribution toward the $10,000 wemust raise in order to qualify for the global grant. With Rotarians joiningtogether to create leverage, we anticipate that a global grant will put ourdistrict in a position to provide monetary support well over the $35,000minimum threshold. Most importantly, we will be putting this support directlyinto the hands of those who can make the depth and breadth of aid really matter– Rotarians on the ground at the epicenter of devastation. Please send your taxdeductible donations, which also qualify for Paul Harris points, to: TheDistrict 7910 Charitable Endowment, c/o Lee Ouellette, 52 Lupine Road, Lowell,MA 01850 The District leadership will work to maximize your contributionthrough The Rotary Foundation.