Posted on Apr 03, 2022
Latest Update From The District On The Ukraine Crisis:
On April 19, 2022 our District Governor, Brenda Tipton, called a special Finance Committee meeting to review our efforts in the Ukraine relief.
What we know:
  • A shelter with several thousand people, mostly children and women in Mariupol destroyed. This building was marked “children” in Russian language. Still do not know how many perished
  • Major cities including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa and now western city of Lviv are being constantly bombarded from open skies ending in a lot of injuries and death.
  • The authorities are opening orphanages within Ukraine for the children.
  • Desperately needed medicines and medical supplies needed in hospitals to take care of the injured.
  • There is scarcity of food and other essential supplies.
Over five million refugees have escaped to other countries, but Ukraine is a country of almost forty-four million. So, thirty-nine million people are still in Ukraine without any hope for the future. They need direct help from us.
Our District Rotary Foundation Chair, Ashish Sarkar, coordinated with the Foundation Committee, to donate $8,000 in direct relief for Ukraine. In addition, Governor Tipton asked our Finance Committee to review how they too can donate to Ukraine. After much review and due diligence, the Finance Committee voted unanimously to donate $24,000 in relief in our Ukraine efforts.
The total amount approved by District 6380 is $42,000 in relief which will provide direct aid to Ukraine. 
This donation is part of a District effort and adds to the amazing efforts and personal donations already given from many Rotarians, the clubs and others to the Ukraine Disaster Fund as well as Shelter Box.
In addition, District 6380 is finalizing plans for Rotary International General Secretary/CEO John Hewko as guest speaker at our Rotary 6380 District Conference - It's All About The Clubs!, on May 21, 2022 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. John’s Dad was a member of the Clarkston Rotary Club and was key to the creation of the first Rotary club in Ukraine. In addition to his Rotary International duties, John is a member of the Rotary Club of Ukraine.
From John Hewko: A webinar on welcoming families from Afghanistan and Ukraine to the United States:
Rotary International would like to invite you to an informational webinar regarding the welcoming process for families and people who are coming to the United States from Afghanistan and Ukraine. The webinar will include the following: 
  • Orientation to the Welcome.US platform. Rotary has partnered with Welcome.US, a new national initiative built to inspire, mobilize, and empower Americans from all corners of the country to welcome and support those seeking refuge in the United States. The platform provides direct service opportunities to donate housing, airline miles, and supplies; serve as a welcomer to new community members; and directly sponsor Ukrainians. 
  • Presentation of Rotary resources available to Rotary members to assist their efforts, including information on the disaster response funding mechanism. Regional Grants Officers will be available to answer questions.  
  • Discussion with members of the Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement and Migration about the type of support the Action Group members can provide to your club/district.  
Webinar details: 
Date: Wednesday May 11 
Time: 3 – 4pm ET 

Want more, the following is more information and links that may interest you:
Rotary Response: 
10 million people have been displaced from the
war in Ukraine and need support. You can help.
Rotary members are using their connections to collect, ship, and coordinate the delivery of critical medical supplies to Ukraine. Two cargo planes packed with medical equipment, including an ambulance, have already flown from Chicago to Europe, where unloading and delivery to hospitals were led by members in and outside of Ukraine. See story called "Rotary clubs unite across continents to collect and deliver medial aid to Ukraine".

Disaster Response Fund:
Option for Rotarians or Guests
The Rotary Foundation Creates Channel For Direct Humanitarian Support In Ukraine Area:
Disaster Response Grants:
Rotary Voices:
Rotary's Network Enables Rapid Humanitarian Relief For Ukrainian Refugees:
As refugees continue to flee the war in Ukraine, Rotary's network of clubs in surrounding countries work to provide humanitarian relief. From transportation efforts to coordinating food, water, and shelter-- members are working to provide aid in response to the escalating humanitarian hardship. To learn more about clubs' local efforts and how you can support CLICK HERE.
Rotary Partners Efforts In The Ukraine Crisis:
Right now, ShelterBox teams are in the process of working on three different projects: people who have fled their homes, but remain in Ukraine, People who have remained in damaged buildings in Ukraine and are in need of supplies that will help them survive and finally, ShelterBox will be supporting refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. The situation in Ukraine is changing so fast that I encourage you to go to the ShelterBox website to find out the latest in supplies being provided. Shelter Box website is at To donate to Shelter Box's efforts in Ukraine CLICK HERE.
Rotary & Shelter Box Work Together to Provide Relief for Ukraine: 
With over 10 million people displaced by the war in Ukraine, Rotary and ShelterBox work together in
and around the region to provide relief. 6.5 million people are now estimated to be displaced within Ukraine.
In addition, more than 12 million people are thought to be cut off in places most ravaged by the conflict. Many
are unable to leave because of damage to infrastructure, lack of resources, and the increased security risk.
CLICK HERE to see more about ShelterBox & Rotary's Partnership.
Statistics of Rotary District 6380 to ShelterBox:
ShelterBox July 1, 2021 through Mar 31st 2022 Rotary giving report for District 6380 (U.S. only), Canada Rotary giving is reported via ShelterBox Canada
HERO Clubs: A HERO club is awarded at
  • $1,000 Bronze
  • $3,000 Silver
  • and $5, 000 Gold in a Rotary Year.
Rotary Districts can be a HERO too. CLICK HERE
Total HERO in District:
4 (3 Bronze, 1 Silver, 0 Gold)
Total Giving: includes clubs, district, groups, and individuals who identify as Rotarians when giving.
Total in District: $ 22,180
Rank in US: 39 of 147 districts
Habitat For Humanity:
Habitat for Humanity the week of March 4th, began distributing hotel vouchers to families fleeing the violence in Ukraine as the humanitarian housing organization ramps up its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of refugees and meet their shelter needs in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. For more information CLICK HERE.
R. I. Statement on Ukraine Crisis:

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence.

Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.