Rotarians in the Community . . .
Assistance beyond the flood; District foundation in place

Walter Hall
ADG Walter Hall

November 22, 2016

With severe flood damage in late June, Rotarians in the 27 clubs across southern West Virginia (RI District 7550) rallied to join the crisis relief efforts throughout the area.

The Putnam club heard from Assistant District Governor Walter Hall that the district had raised $45,000 for flood relief in less than five days.

The District also acted quickly to mobilize Disaster USA, a Rotary-operated nonprofit organization, to serve meals to more than 350 people in Webster and Nicholas counties for 15 days over the better part of a month according to a media report.

Hall reported to Putnam Rotarians at their weekly luncheon meeting today that the District 7550 Relief Team had been approved as a Foundation with tax exemption status for donations.

The southern West Virginia Rotary District, he said today, had raised $193,000 for the new Foundation in addition to assistance on site by Rotary volunteers since the flood disaster.

But the relief work, he added, has moved beyond basic survival to look at long-term needs in the flood zones.

Turner, Hall, Alford
Rotarian Ashley Alford (right) welcomes Walter Hall and guest Bailey Turner. Turner, a Marshall senior is an intern with the Putnam Chamber of Commerce. Hall is an Assistant District Governor for RI District 7550.

"We want to offer support which will be substantial and permanent for these communities," Hall said. "I'm asking you as Rotarians to join in defining these projects."

The Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation is sponsoring Hope Village, which is building 42 homes in White Sulphur Springs for families left homeless by the floods. "Fifty homes are being built in Rainelle," said Hall.

"Playgrounds and parks are needed in each community," he said.

Support is needed for libraries, especially in Clay county and in the Elkview and clendenin communities of Kanawha county where internet access and employment counseling can be made available.

Hall also suggested relief organizations which provide appliances, and food supplies to distressed areas.

An agent for Morris Insurance at 3353 Teays Valley Road, Hall is a Past President of St. Albans Rotary. He also presently serves as District Chair for high school Interact and college Rotaract clubs.


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