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The following is a press release sent to The Progress on January 7, 2005.

Rotary Collecting Tents and Medical Supplies for Sri Lanka

In response to the tsunami tragedy in South Asia, the Rotary Club of the Caldwells has established a three phased relief plan. The initial phase is to serve as a drop-off point for tents (all sizes), sleeping bags and medical supplies to be shipped to Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka that will then distribute the goods.

Due to the organizational structural of Rotary International and its clubs, the distribution challenges that face some other organizations are avoided. Rotary clubs and districts have a long history of successfully working together to accomplish international humanitarian and relief projects. The effort on our side will be coordinated by a Rotarian in Denville who is a UN delegate for Sri Lanka and a native of that country.

The Rotary Club of the Caldwells has also allocated a sum of $5000 to be used within the next two months for additional relief. A committee has been appointed to determine the best possible use for those funds.

Our club and Rotary district are also are discussing how to participate in the long-term reconstruction effort. A district wide project of building a school or orphanage in one or more of the affected areas has been suggested.

If you would like to become involved, please visit for more information. If you wish to donate tents, sleeping bags or medical supplies, please contact Christine Coleman at (973) 618-1186.

How the Above Mentioned $5000 was Spent

The committee researched several options and decided to support an International Rotary project headquartered in the U.K. called Shelter Box. Read more about Shelter Box by viewing the article that ran in The Progress on February 17, 2005 or by visiting

How To Become Involved

Be our guest for lunch one day at the Cloverleaf Tavern. We meet every Tuesday at 12:15. You may want to learn more and see whether or not joining our club is a good fit for you.... or perhaps you simply want learn more about ways you can help as a non-Rotarian. You can also call Christine at (973) 618-1186.


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