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This Breaking News August Update is being sent to all D6840 Rotarians.
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Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief Preparedness
    The Rotary District 6840 Foundation, working closely with DG Elizabeth Van Sant, activated our disaster response in advance of Hurricane Laura. 
Donations to the Rotary District 6840 Foundation Hurricane Laura Disaster Response Fund are now being accepted.
In D6840, we know all too well how lives change between Pre- and Post- a hurricane of this size and impact.
 
Our friends in the rest of Louisiana and beyond will need our support, service, and friendship in the coming weeks and months.
 
DG Elizabeth is working closely with the District Governors of Southwest Louisiana (D6200) and Central/North Louisiana (6190) and North MS (D6800) to be ready to assist in their disaster relief efforts. If you would like to make a donation to the Rotary District 6840 Hurricane Laura Relief Fund, use this link:
 
 
We have also reached out to South/East Tx and South Arkansas District Governors. If your club is mounting a relief opetation of any sort, please share that information with your Assistant Governor and,if you are posting on social media,use the #Rotary6840 and share to the Rotary District 6840 facebook page.  Rotarians from across our district will be keen to lend a hand or make a contribution and pay forward the generosity of Rotarians from around the world we received 14 years and 363 days ago.
 
As of Thursday, August 27 at noon, the Rotary Clubs of Pascagoula and Ocean Springs have begun specific collections and preparations to deliver specific items to the Lake Charles area.   Several other clubs in our area are undoubtedly also preparing their responses.  Please do share your efforts; many people would like to participate in clean up efforts, for example, but don't have the proper equipment and are wary of arriving and being underfoot rather than being of service.
 
Experienced disaster mitigation volunteers recommend against sending donations of clothing unless specifically requested; include feminine care products and baby care care products in your collection efforts.
 
+++some background on the District's Disaster Response process+++
 
On Saturday, August 22, District Governor began conversations with the Chair of the Rotary District 6840 Foundation PDG Ace Necaise to prepare the district's response for the two tropical storms, Marco and Laura, that were in the Gulf of Mexico and possibly headed toward much of District 6840. 
 
An ad hoc Disaster Response Committee and other members of the District Leadership team met on Tuesday, August 25 to ensure that the district's disaster reponse policies and procedures were up to date and ready to field requests for disaster relief and to open up the RD6840 Foundation's ability to accept donations for possible needed relief.
 
On Wednesday, August 26 a fund was established for Hurricane Laura Relief and the district websited was updated with current information and active links for both donors and relief applications.  Thse can be found using the link on the website home page under "District 6840 Foundation and Disaster Response."  Rotarians are encouraged to stay in close communication with Assistant Governors in the event of a Hurricane-Laura-related need in your community AND if you are directly engaged in relief efforts and wish to appeal to more District 6840 Rotarians to engage with you. 
DG 2023-2024 Selected
  Rotary District 6840 is pleased to announce the selection of Vicky Gutierrez of the Rotary Club of Edgewater as our 2023-2024 District Governor!

Vicky Gutierrez was raised in Louisiana and moved to Mississippi in 1991.  While her career has been primarily in office administration, Vicky has spent most of her life involved community and volunteer work.  Raising her son and daughter, Vicky held an office in the PTA for over twenty years.  She received several awards for this work, including St. Bernard Parish and Hancock County Parent of the Year.

A Rotarian since 2001, DGND Vicky –in her words—drank the Rotary Kool Aid.  She has received several President’s Awards, Rotary Spirit Awards, Governor’s Award, and was twice selected as her club’s Rotarian of the Year.  She has held various club and district offices since 2002 including District Treasurer, Assistant Governor,  and Deputy Governor of Administration. She is a current member of the Rotary Club of Edgewater in Biloxi whose members work towards improving their local community, state, country, and world.

Vicky served on the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Board for seven years. Serving as VP of Military Affairs for three years she began conducting welcoming tours of the area for incoming military spouses. She chaired Uncorked, a well-known Chamber event supporting education and work force development, for six years. Vicky is also past president of Centurions, a military support organization.  Centurions provide financial support to the ongoing activities and programs of work for the Military Affairs Committees in Gulfport and Biloxi, as well as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Her daughter, Kyla Lee, lives and works in Memphis.  Kyla is married to Michael Guyette and has a son, Adam Wyatt.  Vicky’s son, Larry Paul, lives in Dallas with his wife Jennifer Smith and three daughters, Kacey, Ashley, and Brina. Vicky says being a grandmother is the best job she has ever held!

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DG Elizabeth's GOALS for the year that ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES
Every Rotarian Every Year (individual donation to the Rotary Foundation)
Two members per club graduate from Rotary Leadership Institute (link on Rotary6840.org)
Every Club President earn the Presidential Citation (set and achieve 13 of 25 goals on Rotary.org)
100% club participation at the Mid Year Check Up Jan 9,2021 in New Orleans
and the Celebration at the Centennial May 21-22, 2021 in Gulfport