ROTARY NEWS
Club President Kathleen Murphy
 
The New Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor has been installed and has started serving its term on July 1st.
President Kathleen Murphy says she “will continue the good work that others have started. A couple of weeks ago we distinguished Ed Bell for his work with ShelterBox and I want to continue where he left off. As a realtor I understand how important it is to have shelter and even temporary shelter to help families feel safe and stable.”
Other members of the Board are President Elect Luis Ribas; Vice President Lee Weed; Secretary John Williams; Assistant Secretary Pam Peterson; Treasurer Tim Shotmeyer; Assistant Treasurers Rob Deiana andBecky Linhart; Past President Michael Cognata; and Directors Patricia Sullivan, Diane Barbour, Karyn Lang, and Molly Williams.
 
 
Club President Kathleen Murphy has chosen ShelterBox as the primary service project for 2019-2020. ShelterBox works with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives. 
 

Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family is vital for starting the long process of rebuilding your life. Every disaster is different and so is every community, so ShelterBox spend time with those affected to make sure it can offer the right support at the right time to help them recover.

Their teams travel by boat, helicopter or tuk-tuk to get to the families who need your support - whatever it takes to get to the people who have lost their homes to disaster, and provide shelter for those who have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict or natural disaster.

Syria is one such place. It faces extreme heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter, so ShelterBox‘s aid is designed to reduce their vulnerablity to weather and environmental extremes. When families are far from home, and traumatised from their experiences, having a safe place to call home is invaluable. ShelterBox aim is to help vulnerable people who are not being reached by other humanitarian organisations. Working through local partners, ShelterBox has now supported 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq since 2012. This makes it the largest, most sustained response in ShelterBox‘s history. Stay tuned for news on our Club‘s work with ShelterBox.

 
MARBLEHEAD HARBOR SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
 
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor is committed to helping the community most of its members call home. We donated tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and contributions to important causes. We recently delivered checks to Marblehead Food Pantry executive director Janet Fitch Parker (above with club president Kathleen Murphy and past president Michael Cognata), as well as to C.A.P.T.S., North Shore Hearing Foundation, and many others. Through the selfless service of its members and the generosity of those who support our fundraising initiatives, Rotary of Marblehead Harbor is making a difference.
 
Fellowship and Fun at the District Installation
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Club President Kathleen Murphy and her Marblehead counterpart Gail Novack, (center, above) share a fellowship moment at the Distric Installation Dinner, where regional club presidents were sworn-in.
They were joined by hundreds of family members, friends and district officers and club presidents at the Danversport Yacht Club. Click here to see the photos in our Facebook page.
 
 
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