by DG Cindi O’Neil

I am deeply saddened by the historic size and impact of the recent wildfires in our District. Our hearts go out to those who have lost family members, homes, businesses and those displaced. We are moving quickly to provide multiple ways forward for Rotary to respond to this crisis.

District 5110 Leadership has established a Fire Relief Fund to provide mid to long-term relief to those impacted by the wildfires. Our international friends from District 3340 in Thailand have generously pledged up to $10,000 for each dollar we raise. District 5110 has now pledged an additional $10,000 from the District reserve fund to match Thailand’s generous pledge.  The challenge 2 to 1!  Generous Rotarians and others have contributed, but we have $9000 to go. Please give to the D5110 Fire Relief Fund and leverage your fund 2 for 1! The need is great.

Donations can be made out to the “Eugene Rotary Charitable Trust,” a 501(c)3 foundation, note “Fire Relief Fund” on your check and mail to P. O. Box 1184, Eugene, Or 97440. Your contributions will be tax deductible.

Funds will be managed by a sub-committee of Rotarians linked to the Eugene Rotary Charitable Trust. Sub-committee members will represent the most impacted areas of the District. Those interested in being a member of this sub- committee may submit their names to DG Cindi O’Neil at dgcindi5110@gmail.com for consideration.