Posted by Kim Breyley
On Sept. 6, 13 Burton Middlefield Rotary (BMR) members and five guests met at the Welshfield Inn.  The program, a presentation by an organization called "DISASTER AID" (DA) headquartered in Maryland, introduced the group to the volunteer work who maintain 12 cargo rescue trailers in Ohio. These trailers are equipped with water filters, chain saws, fuel, lighting etc and readied to react to natural and man-made disasters caused by tornados, floods, power outages etc. DA, a nationwide organization, is currently serving in Florida helping survivors with damage due to floods and hurricanes, in Kentucky and Idaho where they are helping with firefighting work.  DA also provides emergency food service for disaster workers and DA volunteers.
In the Welshfield parking lot, the club was given a comprehensive presentation and tour of the DA trailer by Dave Roasa and his wife Jan who are DA directors in Ohio.
BMR recently donated funds to DA to partially supply the trailer with equipment. DA is staffed with many Rotarians and every member of their Board of Directors is a Rotarian.
Following dinner, Dave followed up with a detailed presentation about DA operations.
Photos, Disaster Aid, Zone 30 director, Dave Roasa showed BMR members the newly acquired DA trailer and pointed out contents and their use.
President Mike Valentino and Bob Johnson point out the Burton Middlefield Rotary logo posted on the Disaster Aid Trailer, recognition for BMR financial support.