August 15, 2016
Dear Kiwanis Leaders:
This past weekend, southern Louisiana was devastated with a major rain storm that flooded the state from near the Mississippi border on the east, to the Texas border on the west. With the 20+ inches of rain in much of this area, tens of thousands have been forced from their homes, many with their entire homes flooded. It’s absolutely amazing just how much damage there is. As I sit here writing this, I am listening to reports that say that I-12 is still closed between Juban Road in Denham Springs, La., all the way to I-55 in Hammond, on I-10 from Lafayette to Jennings, and many major roads here in Baton Rouge. Recovery cannot begin until we have the access to provide help.
And just to let you know, many Kiwanians are now among those listed as refugees from their homes!
As Governor of the District, and one that has kept himself busy helping friends and family members evacuate, I can attest that many need our help. Through this letter, I am asking for two things:
- We need to know the names of as many of the Kiwanians from our District that have been displaced because of the storms. I ask the club officers to gather those names and send to the District Office, perhaps with a brief description of the damage they have endured and a good contact number and/or e-mail address so that we might communicate with them.
- We also ask that those Kiwanians that can assist, and any Kiwanis Clubs that are willing to help, to send your donations to the District Office. Make your check payable to the Kiwanis District Foundation (tax-deductible), and mail to 5319-B Didesse Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808-6401. If you wish to make your contribution with a credit card, call the District Office with your card number at 225/769-9233. This will allow our Kiwanians to help their fellow members.
The recovery period for this disaster will take a long time. If you, any of your club members, or even your local Kiwanis Club wish to help, please do so as soon as possible. Many of our members may need some assistance now, rather than later.
Yours in Kiwanis,
Gary S. Graham
Governor LaMisTen District