In early October, 2009, two powerful earthquakes caused disaster and devastation in the island country of Indonesia. Over 180,000 homes and buildings were toppled or damaged as a result of this act of nature. A massive relief effort is underway to help the people survive until they can rebuild their lives.
The Chester Rotary Club of Chester decided to act on the suggestion of Rotarian Karen Trombley that the club should help these victims until they can help themselves. Rotarian Malcolm Summers took up the call and headed a small team to contact the Rotary sponsored organization, Shelter Box, to arrange for the shipment of a disaster relief Shelter Box to be delivered to Indonesia.
Club Treasurer, Susan Spaulding and club Secretary, Fran Cheslock, worked with Summers to provide the club funding necessary to purchase the box. Summers, a retired international banker, used his ties to the United Kingdom to deal directly with Shelter Box which is headquartered in the UK. Summers said, "We can take advantage of the favorable exchange rates at the present time to get more help to the Indonesians for our dollars."
Shelter Box is a nonprofit disaster relief organization sponsored by Rotary clubs world wide and Rotary International. The Shelter Box contains supplies to help up to ten people for six months with a large tent, a stove, pots, eating utensils, rope, tool kit, sleeping mats, blankets, water containers and more. The Shelter Box is delivered directly to the people who need the help and can be tracked by the purchaser to see who actually received the box.
This is one more of the examples of the work, both locally and internationally, performed by Chester Rotary using the funds derived from the many fund raising events held by the club. If you are interested in any of the activities of the Chester Rotary Club or might be interested in becoming a member, you can contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.