by Heather Edwards

“Friends and Fellow Rotarians – as the spike in hate crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans continues to rise in this country, our friends at the Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown are distributing Sabre personal alarms to protect its most vulnerable citizens – the majority of whom are seniors and many of whom don’t speak English.

Each alarm can be clipped to a pocket or lapel instead of risky whistles that require people to take down their masks and allow perpetrators the opportunity to choke them with the lanyard. This allows vulnerable people, particularly seniors, to go about their daily lives, to buy groceries and to feel secure when they’re walking in their own neighborhoods. Here is a video of Chinatown club president Paul Chin demonstrating.

The Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan has a high-impact low-cost “immediate needs” grant program that allows for responsive action. For any club that would be interested in matching our $100 seed to the RC of San Francisco Chinatown, we would love to multiply the impact of our support of their compassionate work. We are already up to $500 as of Thursday, April 29th. If you or your club would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to help our neighbors please send checks to:

  • The Eugene Metropolitan Rotary Foundation
  • P.O. Box 24845
  • Eugene, OR 9702

For any additional questions please feel free to email Heather Edwards at