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1. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, financial donations are most helpful. When the cleanup and rebuilding phase begins, then clothes and household items are sought. But in the short-term, basic needs such as food and shelter come first.
2. Consider making initial donations to established charities such as The American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) or other organizations which have vast experience in carrying out relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters.
3. Be sure that the charity is well-positioned to provide assistance in the affected regions. However well-intentioned they might be, not every charity has the infrastructure in place to be able to effectively deliver aid to those most in need.
4. Don't give your credit card number or other personal information to a telephone solicitor or in response to an e-mail solicitation.
5. Be aware that while donating via text (through your cell phone carrier) is an easy way to give, funds will likely not be available for relief efforts as quickly as they would be if donations were made directly through the websites of individual charities and relief organizations. In some cases, it can take months for such donations to be received.
6. Don't give in to excessive pressure for on-the-spot donations. Be especially wary of any offer to send a "runner" to pick up your contribution.
7. Be wary of charities that are reluctant to answer reasonable questions about their operations, finances and programs.
8. Don't give cash. Checks or money orders should be made out to the name of the charitable organization, not to the individual collecting the donation.
9. Beware of fake charities that imitate the name and style of well-known organizations in an attempt to confuse donors.
10. Watch out for appeals that are long on emotion, but short on describing what the charity will do to address the needs of victims and their families.
11. Make sure your contribution is tax deductible: donations should be made to charitable organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Go to IRS Publication 78 on the IRS' website for a current list of all organizations eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable gifts.
12. Visit www.bbb.org/charity to research organization
These are a couple items of importance that I would like to share with the club
The 2012 Convention in Gettysburg Pa. was a great success and brought on a lot of first time things, it was the first time that we had a strict pre-registration form. In today’s economy hotels and events are holding a strict line on the meals etc. that are preplanned. Please register for future conventions following the deadlines to avoid complications for both you and the hosts.
It was the first time that we had “five” countries represented, United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and Belgium. It was the largest convention in our history with well over 400 Red Knights in attendance.
It was the first time we had used the electronic voting, although all of the seats were uncontested, it was the first time that anyone could have run for the positions without being at convention.
I want to thank Brain Sames and PA 12 for all of their hard work and dedication to making a memorable convention. They overcame the challenges and issues and the entire convention was a huge hit. Now is the time to start planning for 2013 in Rutland Vermont.
Next, do to personal issues we received the resignation of Region 2 Director Dennis Gobey. We accepted his resignation with regret; Dennis is a great contributor to the Board and will be missed.
To finish out the term, the board appointed Scott Ryan from Prince Edward Island. Scott comes to us with a great deal of enthusiasm and I am sure will do a wonderful job as the director. The position is up for election in 2013.
The board was also notified that the Quartermaster Kent Armstrong and the Assistant Joy Ellis would be stepping down as of January 2013. Kent and Joy came on board when the QM’s office was in disarray. They worked very hard and brought it up to the standard that we all have come to appreciate.
Their timely process of filling orders and attention to detail will be sorely missed. The entire board wants to thank them for a job well done.
The process to fill the position lies with the Red Knights Regalia Board, you will be hearing more about the process as it becomes available. Keep an eye on the web site.
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When you go to check out, you will be given the option to register with an email address and password. All this does is save some time the next time your order because your information can be automatically retrieved.
Registering is not manditory and most times, it is much easier to just check out as a "Guest." The option is up to you.
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