To make a donation towards the recovery efforts, please go here 

  Rotarians, please enter #NorCalRotary in the notes field




The following open letter was sent all Rotarians in District 5160 on July 31, 2018:

The Leadership of the Redding California Rotary Clubs are living Rotary’s “People of Action” mantra. Within hours of the Carr fire starting they began having discussions and meetings to develop an answer to the questions: “how can we help, what is needed, where can we donate, etc.?” that have come pouring in. The answer is outlined below.

The simple process is that Rotarians give to the main Community Disaster Relief Fund with #NorCalRotary in the notes field so they can track the Rotary donations.

In response to the Carr Fire that has ravaged the North State (NorCal) region, local Rotary Clubs are joining together to promote the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s (SRCF) Community Disaster Relief Fund. With Rotary’s long history as a partner with the Community Foundation, we are confident of their trusted stewardship of donations and generous investors in the Carr Fire recovery over time. Please consider a donation today to help us meet our goal by donating online at

Be sure to note #NorCalRotary in the notes section as you enter your donation. Checks may also be sent directly to the Community Foundation at 1335 Arboretum Drive, Redding, CA 96003 or call 530-244-1219.

SRCF has a proven track record with the Boles Fire in Weed, CA. 100% of donations will be distributed with SRCF taking no administrative fees. (merchant fees will be charged by those institutions). A complete financial tracking of the donations and disbursements for the Boles Fire can be found here

Based on the history of other major fires (such as the Boles fire) complete recovery will be a 10+ year process and the SRCF is uniquely qualified to support both the urgent needs and the long term rebuilding of our community.

The five Redding Rotary Clubs anticipate having each club do a match to the donations from club members. One has already agreed to a $10,000 match. Redding Rotarians have lost their homes and a more will be displaced for quite some time. Although the ‘worst’ in terms of property loss / damage may be behind them, the fires are not yet even close to being contained, and the residents being allowed access to the burned and evacuated area.

Every Rotarian in District 5160 and beyond should be proud of the way that the Redding Rotarians are banding together to help the city and surrounding area recover from another all to frequent disaster.

Our motto of “Service above Self” is just three words that anyone can write or speak, but the Rotarians in Redding are living this creed.

Please donate using #NorCalRotary today.

Jon Dwyer

District Governor 2018 – 19

District 5160