Sonoma Valley Rotary is Asking for Your Help
Fellow Rotarians,
As a member of the Rotary Club of La Conner WA and former Grant chair of District 5050 I have had the privilege of seeing and working with Rotarians on disaster relief projects all over the world.
We now have another one very close to home, the devastating fires in Northern California. My wife, Connie, and I have a home in Sonoma CA, and though our place was thankfully spared many others were not.
The area was devastated and over 5000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by fires just in the last week. Included in that were a significant number of Rotarian’s homes. Thousands of people have been evacuated and are staying in shelters or at friend’s or family’s homes.  
Despite that, Rotarians have risen to the challenge. The Sonoma Valley Rotary Club has set up a fundraising effort to directly help those in the greatest immediate need. They would appreciate, and I am personally asking for, all the help we can give.
We never know where the next disaster can occur and I know that if it were to happen here Rotary would be at the fore-front of the relief effort.
I cannot say enough about the help Sonoma Valley has received from fire departments all over the United States and Canada. They, along with multiple police forces and medical personnel, have saved countless lives as well as both the downtown communities of Napa and Sonoma.
As an example of that sacrifice a very active Rotarian and former President of the Sonoma Club had several fire trucks trying to (and ultimately succeeding) in saving his home only to find out that one of the firemen while saving his house had his own burn down.
Now we need to begin the rebuilding and healing process, and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley will be at the forefront of that. Contributions of any amount would be gratefully appreciated.
100% of the proceeds from this campaign will go to continuing the work Rotary of Sonoma Valley members are already doing to support fire victims, evacuees and first responders. The need is only beginning.
I am asking all club presidents to please pass on this request to their members. As I write this, the battle is not over. Not all of the fires are contained. But I also know that every effort is being made to prevent further loss of life and homes.
It is simple and can be done via any computer or mobile device.
Thank you for your support!
Rick Bolduc
Rotary Club of La Conner