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Last week, in addition to the devastation in Kentucky, a total of 15 tornados devastated towns in Middle and Western Tennessee as storms swept through the state. Winds of up to 135 miles per hour ripped through communities and tore up the lives of those who survived. Small towns such as Dresden, Dickson, Kingston Springs, and Samburg in Rotary District 6760 have lost homes, entire business districts and neighborhoods, and destroyed livelihoods, with many people in need of basics such as a place to sleep, shelter, non-perishable food, gas cans and storage bins, as well as cleanup equipment. This article covering a visit to the area by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee includes photos of some of the hardest-hit communities in West Tennessee.   
 
Rotary District Governor in 6760, Michael Babb, district leadership, and Rotary clubs in the devastated communities have organized to accept donations and contribute to helping these communities survive, recover, and rebuild. At this very special time of year, those who survive have little to celebrate. Please help. Here’s what is currently known, and what you can do.
  • Rotary District 6760 is accepting donations to assist communities in need who have been affected by the tornado. Please make checks out: to:“Rotary District 6760” and include “Disaster Relief” in the memo, and mail to:
    RI District 6760 Treasurer
    P.O. Box 399t
    Dickson, TN 37056
     
  • The Rotary Club of Dresden, through Past District Governor April Lieberman, has established a relief fund that they will use in assisting victims.
    You can make a donation:
If you have a network of suppliers who are willing to donate supplies, or are considering sending a team of recovery volunteers, please contact Michelle Balsley at rotary6760disaster@gmail.com. Please consider helping communities in need at this time of year when family, peace, and compassion are especially important. Thank you for being a Rotarian, and thank you for your compassion.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Usovicz
Director, Rotary Zones 30 and 31
 
The District 5580 Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) committee is now accepting applications for an exchange with District 5850 to Austin, Texas, April 1st – April 10th, 2022. The RFE program is funded by the participants, but travel costs are kept low with lodging and many meals provided by Rotarian host families. Please visit the RFE webpage on the District website to find out more. 
 
The application form is available on the RFE webpage, as well as criteria for team selection. The exchange team is limited to 5 couples; lodging is double occupancy. Please see the criteria for team selection for a full explanation. The application deadline for this exchange to Austin, Texas is January 19, 2022.
 
 
Visit https://rotary5580.org/sitepage/friendship-exchange or look under Avenues of Service/International/Friendship Exchange on the District 5580 website.
Please contact the District 5580 Friendship Exchange Chair, Laurie Lewandowski directly with any questions or to request additional information: lewdlmn@tekstar.com / 218-849-2402. 
 
This last spring, Harbortown Rotary purchased two of CHUM's 43 CSA food shares to provide the benefit of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to those in need. Harbortown donated the food shares rather than a cash donation to CHUM during their March food drive due to the greater impact made. Read the original story below in the Duluth News Tribune to learn more about an example of what amazing and impactful Harbortown funds throughout the year. 
 

This spring, the food shelf partnered with 10 regional farms from Duluth, to Esko, to Bayfield, to bring 43 weekly community-supported agriculture shares to its clients at the food shelf, at Steve O’Neil and on the Iron Range, said Scott Van Daele, CHUM director of distributive services. The shares — equivalent to nearly 4,800 pounds of food — were funded in part by CHUM’s March campaign that brought in nearly $221,000.

Duluth News Tribune - CHUM Program Pairing Clients with CSA Shares Sees Successful First Year

 

Scott Van Daele, distributive services director with CHUM, left, moves a box of food items inside the downtown CHUM food shelf at 120 N. First Ave. W. in Duluth on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, while Mary Lu Larsen, kitchen and garden program coordinator with CHUM-Steve O’Neil Apartments, organizes items for delivery to the Steve O'Neil Apartments.Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Photo and Story Credit: Duluth News Tribune, Melinda Lavine | 

Show your Rotary pride with new official Harbortown logo wear!
 
Thank you to Heather Salfer and John Cron for creating the official Harbortown Rotary Apparel website. Click the link below, select your favorite apparel brand, use the newly branded Harbortown logo, and place your order! Prices vary depending on the brand you select.
 
NEW! Light colored embroidery options are now available for dark apparel. See below for example of thread color.
 
 

 
 
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