Whoops and cheers at their latest meeting greeted the news that the small Marco Noontime club had amassed $27,270 to ease some of the misery in the Bahamas.
Club president Durell Buzzini presented a check to District 6960 Governor Rich Kirschner who said the 59-club District had so far realized more than $100,000 to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.
The Noontime effort, he said, was “simply amazing.”
Buzzini told the meeting that the board had approved $2,000 from club funds just two days after the hurricane.
About the same amount was set aside for forwarding to ShelterBox USA, part of a global organization “made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital.”
This prompted a pledge by the ever-philanthropic Jim Richards to match personal donations, so the club committed to another $4,000.
“Then we had an individual fund drive, and 19 donors gave $9,240,” Buzzini said. “Jim decided to match that figure, but rounded it out to $10,000, so the grand total was $27,240.”
In the wake of the excitement, Kirshner outlined some of the current Rotary goals.
They include helping to bring full water and sanitation services to Haiti; fully eradicating polio (Afghanistan and Pakistan still have reported cases); and fighting hunger with a 10-million meal goal to be tackled by Rotarians in a zone reaching from Pennsylvania down to Florida and indeed including the Bahamas.
Kirshner said attracting more women members is another priority, along with increasing family participation in socials and projects, and also wooing younger members to join the ranks.