by John Henshaw, President of Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund
The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club and Rotary International are deeply concerned about the humanitarian crises caused by the Russian invasion of the sovereign country of Ukraine. Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced, and as refugees are in desperate need of water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.
In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club has donated $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation – Disaster Response Fund to support disaster response grants for districts affected by this crisis. Rotarians are people of action, and this is indeed the time to act to help the people in Ukraine.
Rotarians Clair Beckman, left, Michael Young, Scott Mowry, Eldon Borhrofen, Bill Letendre, Ed Wheeler and John Henshaw with donation to aid the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Photo provided
The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts and Craft Festival is a major source of funds used to support those in need in and around our community and worthy causes worldwide like the crises in Ukraine. This year’s Arts & Crafts Festival, held February 19-20, 2022, at the Sanibel Community House, was a complete success thanks to the generosity of the Sanibel Community, artist, and island visitors. Our next fundraiser is the Charity Cub San-Cap Golf Scramble on March 26, 2022, at the Sanibel Island Golf Club. Please join us as well take action to support those in need.
All of us, Rotarian, thank you for your support. The primary focus of Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club center around charitable giving to projects that support local disaster relief efforts alleviating hunger and the suffering of our neighbors with limited resources, access to quality care for mothers and children, need-based financial assistance for post-secondary education for students at Florida universities and schools, and conservation efforts for wildlife and natural resources.
In the last four years, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club has raised over $500,000. Through its Trust Fund Board, it has given out over $40,000 in scholarships, $200,000 to international charitable projects, and $260,000 to local nonprofits.