Rotarians everywhere are moved and saddened by the catastrophic events unfolding in Texas and Louisiana.  Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night August 25, 2017 between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas as a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 MPH.  The first Category 4 storm to make landfall in the US since 2004, Harvey dropped record amounts of rain causing massive flooding.
The Rotary Districts in the areas impacted by Harvey have established funds to receive donations as they struggle to recover from the devastating flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Rotary is not attempting to take the place of the Red Cross, FEMA, the National Guard or other disaster relief organizations at the local, state or federal level.  As Rotarians, we have a responsibility to bring people and organizations together to better address our community needs.   Because our local Rotary Clubs are the “boots on the ground” consisting of community leaders in all walks of life, Rotarians are uniquely positioned to “make a difference” in this crisis, to advocate for their communities, to help set priorities, and to marshal resources (volunteers, workers, material and money) where they are most needed.
Because of the size of the area impacted, (the Houston area is slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts) donations made directly to the Rotary Districts can be distributed to Rotary Clubs and their communities in the most cost effective and timely manner taking advantage of their knowledge of local conditions.  As a volunteer organization, we can also be assured that our donations are not being diverted to fund raising or administrative overhead.
Listed below (click 'read more') are the five Rotary Districts that deserve our support. Please note that District 5890, 5910, and 5930 appear to have sustained the most damage, and they also have Federal Tax Ids for their 501C-3 organizations that will receive your tax -deductible donations.  (Please make a note of the Fed. Tax. ID on your check or in your 2017 tax file and share this information with your accountant or tax preparer.) Also make sure that your donation lists your Rotary Club or town, and your Rotary District number. 
Rotary District 5890 (Houston Area)
District 5890 Charities, Inc.  c/o Jackie Barmore    3525 Preston Ave.  
 Pasadena, Texas   77505   Tax Id # 76-0569758
District Governor- DG- Bill Palko
Rotary District 5910 (Palestine Area)
Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation c/o Bobbie Applegate 985 1H-10N, Suite 111 Beaumont, Texas 77706 Tax Id # 23-7350450
DG- Rhonda Herrington
Rotary District 5930 (Rockport Area)
McAllen North Rotary Fund/Rotary District 5930 c/o 501 W. Nolana   
McAllen, Texas 78504   Tax Id# 27-3855943
DG- Betty Ramirez-Lara
Rotary District 5840 (San Antonio, Hill Country Area)
District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund) c/o Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer
P.O. Box 13   Boerne, Texas 78006
 (Review the excellent District 5840 Disaster Relief Plan on the District Website)
DG Carol Holmes
Rotary District 6200 (Louisiana)
Hurricane Relief – Rotary District 6200 c/o 2286 South College Road Ext. Suite C
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508   
    or visit     to donate by credit or debit card.
DG Martha D. Collins Phone: 337-237-0628
Shelter Box began as a Centennial project of a Rotary Club in England.  It has sent boxes around the world where there is a need for shelter.  Each box includes shelter for 10 people, water purification, sleeping bags, a cooking stove, utensils, solar light, etc.  To address the needs created by Hurricane Harvey, they are now also forwarding privacy tents and emergency kits to the victims.
Contributions can be made at their website:
Disaster Aid USA, Inc. is a 501C-3 organization founded by Rotarians, and it is focused on providing aid worldwide for disaster recovery.   Disaster Aid is already busy cleaning up houses, clearing debris, and beginning the rebuilding of communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
For donations or information, please visit the Disaster Aid USA website:
A Donor Advised Fund has been created by RI President Elect Barry Rassin and Greg Podd at the Rotary Foundation to collect relief contributions.  RI Presidential Aide Don Mebus is working with Barry and Greg and the leaders from the affected District to create a process of disbursing DAF funds to their respective Districts and Foundations.  Distributions from a DAF must be made to 501C-3 organizations.
To contribute please go to the following link:
To Contribute by credit or debit card go to:
To open the Donor Advised Fund Document, click or paste this link into your browser: