Rotary thanks McLaughlin Bros. for aiding hurricane victims

Friday, January 11, 2013

Special to the Journal

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, Rotary District 7870 Gov. Tony Gilmore mobilized the HurriNew York and New Jersey.

To coordinate New Hampshire relief efforts, the six Rotary assistant district governors – Julie Whitcome, Betty Arsenault, Dennis McMann, David Conway, Dr. Richard Barryman and Douglas Rupert – have worked closely with the presidents of Southern New Hampshire Rotary Clubs to collect most requested articles for the Hurricane Sandy victims.

Rotarians are not new to helping the needy as they truly believe in “service above self” and were very generous in donating all the requested articles.

Collecting the needed articles for the Hurricane Sandy victims was the easy part. The difficult part was to find a place to collect then to transport the substantial amount of donated articles to New York and New Jersey.

That is where Hollis Brookline Rotarians and brothers, Martin and Michael McLaughlin, stepped in and provided a warehouse, where all the donated items were collected, shrink-wrapped and palletized items. They then provided a 53-foot, 18-wheeler tractor trailer to transport the donations to the needy in New York and New Jersey.

The Nov. 20 delivery of critically needed articles donated by the New Hampshire and Vermont Rotarians was timely and highly appreciated.

For their generous support to provide warehouse and tractor trailer for transportation of critical needed items to the Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey, Gilmore personally thanked Rotarians Martin and Michael with certificates of appreciation.

Rotary is a humanitarian service organization with nearly 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Rotary is also a global network of community volunteers who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, help build global peace and understanding and made polio eradication its top priority in 1985.

Venu Rao is a publicity chairman for the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club

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