Monday, August 26, 2013

Rowan House Emergency Women's Shelter Needs Our Help

Hello AMS & NW,

Can your club meet the Bozeman Breakfast Optimist Club challenge? High River Optimists can! The Regina Downtowners can!

The Bozeman Breakfast Club responded to the terrible news in June of flooding in High River by asking if they could help through the local Optimist Club. The High River Club has elected to direct its assistance to the Rowan House Emergency Women’s Shelter and suggests that other clubs do the same. Cheques can be made payable to “Rowan House” (a registered charity that can issue charitable donation receipts for Individuals).

Some background:
  • The mission of Rowan House is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. in southern Alberta.
  • The floods of June made their lower level unusable and forced evacuation of residents.
  • Two months later, they have their security system operational and have reconfigured the main floor to permit limited acceptance of clients, but still do not have use of the basement which housed facilities for child care, counselling and staff work area.
  • has more details.
  • Most of the businesses in the core of downtown stand vacant, awaiting the drying process to complete and for assessments of the viability of the building structures.
What have Optimists done so far?
  • The Bozeman Breakfast Optimist Club sent a cheque for $1,000 and issued a challenge to other clubs to match them.
  • The Optimist Club of High River gave a cheque for $1,000.
  • The Regina Downtowners committed a minimum of $1,000.
  • The District Convention in Great Falls raised $1,010 by contributing fine pot contents and passing the hat!
  • Jim McWilliams wrote a personal cheque.
If you or your club are in a position to help, you can send cheques directly to Rowan House (Box 5121, High River, AB T1V 1M3) or you could send them to me and I will deliver them (Duane Kelly, Box 34 Site 1 RR1, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0). Either way, if you could drop me a note, I will keep track of totals.

Originally submitted by:  Duane Kelly - charter member of the Optimist Club of High River


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