How can we better share our efforts of compassion?

Although a search of the internet did not find this effort by the Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland for my April 12,  2018 post  Rotary and the Tale of Two Tragedies, I felt it important to share with all Rotarians.

I have to also pay tribute to Rotarian Frank Cosway of The Rotary Club of Winnipeg for sharing this information with me.

One takeaway from the delay in learning about Coral Springs-Parkland’s efforts is to have Rotary International consider creating a clearinghouse where, when a tragedy of significant magnitude occurs a club can post a notice of its fundraising efforts and invite other clubs to become involved. At the same time, a club can reach out to others through such a clearinghouse.

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February 26, 2018

To All Rotary Clubs who want to support the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School project of the Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland,

We deeply appreciate your caring and interest.  Funds donated to the Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland Foundation Inc. will be deposited into our Foundation account (we are a 501(c)(3) organization) and allocated to provide assistance to the students and families affected by the tragedy.  We are a Club that meets in Parkland with the vast majority of our members residing in Parkland and Coral Springs, Florida.  We are the sponsor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Interact Club.  We are the Rotary Club best positioned to determine the needs of the students and families affected by the incident, and devote donated funds to help them.

The donated funds will be applied toward programs and events designed to help affected students and their families heal and return to some semblance of normalcy.  This will include programs and events sponsored by our Club, and programs and events implemented by MSD students and their high school.  We have direct access to representatives of the MSD student body (including through our Interact Club), school administration, local law enforcement, community leaders and political representatives, including the Mayor of Parkland and the Commissioners of Parkland and Broward County, Florida.

Our Club was formed in 1987 and has experience in handling important projects.  I have taken a leadership role in 5 consecutive Rotary International grants including 2 Global Grants, i.e., the Rotary Hands Across Waters program.  Fortunately, Rotary offers a structure to sustain our efforts in the form of the Interact Clubs we sponsor in not only in MSD but also two neighboring high schools in Coral Springs.  This will enable us to hear the students and respond.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dr. Gerald Sussman, Ph.D., President,

Rotary Club of Coral Springs-Parkland

P.S.: Checks should be made out to Rotary Club of Coral Springs – Parkland Foundation, Inc. with a notation that it is for the MSD Fund and mailed to Dennis Parker, 3650 Coral Ridge Drive Suite 110, Coral Springs Florida, 33065.