DG’s Blog 30th September 2019

Caribbean Hurricane Dorian Update.

Update From Our Team in Nassau

Thank you, Rotary Family

for your dedication to supporting our islands and residents affected by Hurricane Dorian!


During the last week, your collective work has enabled us to:

  • See an increase in donations across our multiple funding channels to approximately $940,000.
  • Receive, pack, and sort (alongside other partners) supplies for distribution to Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Shelters, and private accommodations.
  • Continue pumping water (daily capacity of 6,000 gallons) at the Rotary Water Plant in Grand Bahama for distribution to the hospital, clinics, feeding centers, shelters, and the community at large. More than 120,000 gallons have been pumped since the passing of the storm.
  • Continue engaging officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) plus other international and local private and corporate partners to discuss ways Rotary can assist in the immediate and long-term building efforts.
  • Begin erecting tents from Disaster Aid International in partnership with the Bahamas Scouts Association at their Headquarters, a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) approved Temporary Shelter Area.
  • Deliver over 750 meals prepared by Mercy Chefs to persons in temporary private housing.

Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland has now received donations of over $25,000. A recent report mentioned collections by Melcombe Regis and Weymouth. The advice is to continue to support ShelterBox and Water Survival Box or to qualify for Gift Aid, donate to Rotary’s Disaster Recovery Trust for Caribbean Hurricane Dorian.


In the post this morning I received banners for the top three clubs that gave the most per capita, to the Annual Fund in 2018-19.  These are Frome Selwood $128.55; Chippenham $110.13; Midsomer Norton & Radstock $97.54

I also received certificates for clubs that contributed at least $1,500 to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts in the year 2018-19. The clubs are: Chelwood Bridge, Glastonbury & Street, Lyme Regis, Minehead, Shepton Mallet, Sherborne Castles and Yeovil.  Well done everyone and keep up the great work. The banners and certificated will be presented at the District Forum on 30 November.

District Family Tree

I recently came across the Districts Family Tree which I believe was produced by Stan Jones back in 2018.

There have been quite a few changes since then.   


Best wishes, Dennis




One response

  1. I am a Rotarian in Taunton. My son works as a photojournalist in New York and was asked by our national press to visit and take pictures of this terrible event. I have see all that he took as well as the published ones. The effect on the permanent villagers and workers was appalling I hope that the wealthy visitors with homes there will realise and contribute and assist the local population where and however they can. Is there a specific charity to which we Rotarians can contribute please? from anne.elder@icloud.com


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