Sandy Relief in New York and New Jersey

Mark Pearce Announcements, District Governor

Rotarians –

The below note from PDGs Ann Lee Hussy (D 7780) and Carol Ann Jeronimo (D 7640) was forwarded to us last week by Past International President Ray Klinginsmith. It relates ways and means for Rotarians and clubs to supply assistance to those with lingering problems due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast.

This information is for a multi-state/multi-District response effort, most particularly focused upon New York and New Jersey, but not limited to them.

There may be other routes for you to help as well, particularly if you are interested in supplying assistance in a particular region, but this is one of the most inclusive response addresses that I have seen.

Thank you for helping to rebuild lives through Rotary.

Mark Pearce
Governor 2012-13
Rotary District 6080

A message from Carol Ann Jeronimo, of D7640

Members of the Rotary Club of Murray, Kentucky, USA, fill a truck with relief supplies. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Murray

Dear Friends throughout the Rotary world and beyond…

It has now been almost two weeks since Hurricane Sandy attacked New Jersey and New York.

At Zones 24 and 32’s director Bryn Sykes suggestion, we are all working together to get donated supplies to the right area. We are asking that cash donations be made to one fund, the Walter D. head Foundation if Rotary District 7490, c/o Calisto Bertin (our DGN), Bertin Engineering, 66 Glen Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.

We also have a way those who wish to do so can wire transfer money or donate on-line or using PayPal or other major credit cards. We will split whatever donations are given among the six affected districts, although we may decide to give more to those districts that are most affected. That information will be on the website (created as part of a mufti-district PR grant we received from Rotary International):

We will keep that site updated with the latest information every other day, including foundations of individual districts.

Longer-term needs

Once people get out of shelters and resume their lives, they will need the following:

  • Furniture – chairs, tables, beds, desks
  • School supplies of all sorts
  • Linens and towels
  • Warm clothing
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Appliances

We are working in a multi- district grant to supply some of these.

Building needs

We will need help rebuilding many structures and will keep that updated on our website at

Among the sites we will need help rebuilding are:

  • Schools (plus all supplies and furniture)
  • Senior Centers
  • Libraries
  • Civic centers

We will need hands-on volunteers for these projects, as well as funds.

We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support we have received from not only Rotarians but also from the general public.

We appreciate your help!