Brent's District Bulletin 

Posted on Oct 11, 2017
Brent's District Bulletin


The District Governors from Zone 33 & 34 meet with Rotary International President Elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, Rotary International Director (RID) Ron Ferrell and several current and past District Governors from the Caribbean Region.  There were no governors or representatives from Puerto Rico able to attend.

RIPE Barry told us Puerto Rico plus (8) other island countries were devastated from Hurricane Irma and Maria with several taking the brunt of both hurricanes.  He said there are some parts of P.R. where it will take close to a year before electrical power can be restored.  Several of the island countries were totally wiped out and probably would not be rebuilt.  He said the recovery process will take several years.

Rassin told us Rotary International was going to establish a link on web page directing Rotarians for disaster relief areas.  He said there were 14 areas globally currently recovering from disasters. He stated WPS Disaster Management is contracted by FEMA and has expressed an interest in contracting with Rotary for future disasters.  He is going to meet with them in the next few weeks to determine if it is a viable partnership. He did tell us “Shelter Box” will not send any Shelter Boxes to Puerto Rico after a request from Rotary International stating “they (Shelter Box) make their determination where to send the boxes.”  Those Rotary Districts and Rotarians who specifically requested their donations for the boxes be sent to P. R. should request their donations back.


PDG Marshall Butler and his “All-Star” leadership team was recognized at the at the Zone Institute in Orlando last week for their efforts serving humanity….more to come!


Don’t forget to register your Club’s event on World Polio DayOctober 24 in Rotary Club Central.


  • The Rotary International theme for October is “Economic & Community Development”.
  • October is National “Domestic Violence Awareness” month with a great opportunity for Clubs to partner on projects to support their local domestic violence shelters.
  • October is National “Breast Cancer Awareness” month.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Brent Coates
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise
Rotary International District 6970 – “Florida’s Friendliest District”