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postheadericon 018 Rotary Club Radio – Laura Kressin – Rotary Exchange Student to Japan

Update from Laura Kriessin on 4/22/11

All the students and staff at my high school, Tokiwagi Gakuen, are safe.   As far as shortages, etc., things are getting better.  Sendai Airport has also started having domestic flights again.

Unfortunately, last week, my first host mother, father and younger sister went to my host mother’s home town to attend the funeral of her niece and niece’s husband, who are still considered missing.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk on Rotary radio.

~ Laura

Rotary Club Radio Episode 018

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Rotary Club has been fighting Polio for a long time.  We have seen a lot of great things happen through our efforts, but some still ask, “How close are we to seeing Polio eradicated?”

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018 Rotary Club Radio – Laura Kressin – Rotary Exchange Student to Japan

Laura Kressin

Laura Kressin at Graduation with Parents

Cannon Falls Rotary Club exchange student to Japan, Laura Kressin, joined us on on Rotary Club Radio to talk about her amazing experience in Japan during the March 11, 2011 earthquake that shook the country.

  • Listen to Laura describe the events as she experienced them back on March 11th and follower her through the emotional roller-coaster that eventually led her back to Cannon Falls, MN, leaving behind her friends and host families she had grown to love over the past 8 months in Japan.
  • Not knowing if classmates had survived, she continues to try to contact her host family in efforts to hear actual news about the tragedy.
  • How did her parents, Ken and Heidi Kressin, cope with the news and what eventually brought Laura home?

We want to thank Laura for giving us some of her time to tell us her story and challenge us to continue to remember and give to the people of Japan.

Shelter Box

In the last episode, #17, I presented the opportunity for listeners to donate to Shelter Box via Rotary Club Radio and we’ll continue to collect donations, but if you’d rather donate directly to Shelter Box, visit: www.ShelterBoxUSA.org.

Shelter Box has committed over 1,500 shelter boxes to Japan.  Shelter Boxes include a shelter (tent) large enough for 10 people, blankets, lights, water purification kit, tools, cook stove, plates, cups, utensils, and even some gifts for kids – to help them cope with the disaster.

Donate to Shelter Box

Links:

www.cannonfallsrotary.org

www.Rotary5960.org

www.ShelterBoxUSA.org

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postheadericon 017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

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Donate to Shelter BoxFor today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to turn our eyes, ears, and hearts to Rotarian’s in the country of Japan and their entire population; as well as Shelter Box International, who responded quickly to the awful situation.  As I’m sure you’ve heard, an earthquake measuring 8.9 shook the island of Japan on March 11, 2011.  This event on its own would have been bad enough, but the earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the coastal cities.

Reports, videos, and pictures from Japan show cars, boats, and building complete destroyed and carried away with waves 10 meters high.  To put this into perspective, the earthquake was reportedly 8,000 times stronger than the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand last month.

Shelter Box sent a (SRT) ShelterBox Response Team of three members to deliver the emergency disaster relief boxes to the people of Japan.  Currently, tens of thousands remain missing and feared dead and nearing a 1/2 million are left homeless, either because of the earthquake, tsunami, or evacuations resulting from the nuclear power plants damaged in the quake’s aftermath.

On March 15th, the first shipments of ShelterBoxes have finally arrived.  With emergency shelters completely overrun by the displaced, the SRT team will face the challenges of distributing the supplies in frigid temperatures, regular snowfall, a lack of food and water, and hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking your help.

For today’s Rotary Club Minute, I want to ask you to take a moment to open up your wallets and give a donation to support the efforts of Shelter Box in Japan.  I’ve asked my local Rotary Club, the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club, to accept the donations via their secured link.  Once we get enough donations for a box, we will send the donations to Shelter Box from the listeners of Rotary Club Radio.  Click the image below to donate now.

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017 Rotary Club Radio – Gerry Wersal – District 5960 DGS Chair

Gerry Wersal has been a Rotarian for 11 years and is a member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club.  He has been a leader his local club as well as in the District.  He is currently serving as the Chair of the District Grants Subcommittee.  His job, as he explains in this episode, is to review and approved projects applying for Grant money through the district.

Visit the District Grants Subcommittee web page.  There you will find downloads for:

  • 2010-11 District Grant Application & Instructions in Word Document format
  • 2010-11 District Grant Reference Guide
  • District 5960 Grant Reporting Form
  • LINK to Future Vision Plan-The Rotary Foundation

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