Posted on Sep 07, 2017
Following is a letter from Dave Underhill, Portsmouth Rotary Club, District 7780 Governor (2017-2018) on how you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 7780,
Since my latest message to our Club Presidents and my update in yesterday's district newsletter, The Rotary Foundation has established a single fund to support Rotarians in their relief efforts for the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and other parts of the Gulf Coast.
It's called the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief donor advised fund (DAF).
This DAF has been established by Past RI Director Greg Podd and President-Elect Barry Rassin in consultation with the District Governors of the Gulf region, through The Rotary Foundation.  The fund is collecting relief contributions; Don and Greg are working with leaders from the affected districts to create a process for disbursing DAF funds to their respective district foundations or local 501c3 organizations to support local relief efforts. 
I've just made an online donation to this DAF - it's easy to do.  Will you please consider joining me?
Updated information about contributing to the Gulf Coast DAF is available on the Rotary website. Club Presidents in particular, save this link: this page will continue to be updated as needed.  You can send a check, or you can make a credit card donation from a link on this web page: just specify that it is for the "Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund" account #608.
Other ways to help:
ShelterBox, Rotary’s partner for disaster relief, is providing tents for use as ‘privacy tents’ to be pitched within the convention centers housing families that have been evacuated.
Clubs may contact me at any time, and you can reach out to RI about specific initiatives by writing to
Thank you for caring and Making a Difference.  Have a peaceful Labor Day weekend.
Dave Underhill, Portsmouth Rotary Club, District 7780 Governor (2017-2018)