Great People in D6060
month we are introducing two new features:
Are They Now? What Keeps Them Busy?
Interview with Todd Lindley, PDG 2010-2011
After stepping down, what was the biggest change you
abruptly, as soon as July 1st appeared, I experienced a reduction in
daily volume of emails and phone calls!
What had been 100 daily emails immediately decreased to 30-40 per day;
phone calls followed a similar pattern.
What keeps you busy these days, on a personal level
and in Rotary?
I continue to practice dentistry full time.
My current focus is on the Clean Water projects that
exist in Guatemala, Sumatra, and Costa Rica.
These projects are partially funded by the nationwide coffee fundraising
program first begun by Cape Girardeau Rotarian and former Ambassadorial Scholar
A trip to India is in the planning stages. I will have the honor to attend as a R.I.
President’s Representative when Mrs. Lindley and I travel to the District 2980
Conference held in Salem, India.
How did being District Governor broaden your Rotarian
I became closer to the District Governors around the
world; personal friendships have evolved from many of the DGs that I first met
in San Diego in 2010. We continue to
stay in touch, thanks to my District Governor experience.
People in D6060:
New and Old:
with Dick Sant, owner of Sant Automotive, St. Louis, and Chairman of The
Missouri Rotary Disaster Coordinating Committee
you are the first chairman to take the reins of this newly formed Rotarian
did you first become interested in this project?
Haiti Earthquake had occurred in January, 2010.
I was the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves, so
attended the 2010 PETS conference. I noticed a ShelterBox display manned by
Jeff Deatherage from Leawood, Kansas. I was interested in ShelterBox because
Justilien Landry from our club had taken up a collection for ShelterBox soon
after the disaster. At PETS, Jeff mentioned that he was trying to set up a team
to spread awareness throughout Missouri, and he asked if I was interested in
helping. I became involved with ShelterBox. Then, I asked Governor Eric if he
would name me the ShelterBox representative for the district so that Rotarians
could more easily contact me if they wanted more information about ShelterBox.
Eric said, "Sure!” but he added the caveat that the job would also include
helping to coordinate Rotarians’ response to local disasters. "Not a problem,
"I said. A committee was then formed
that included Jon Hanson from District 6040 and Fred Hahn from District 6080.
Those guys are much smarter than I, so they named me chairman. In retrospect, I
never had a chance.
are your hopes for this project?
mission is to coordinate Missouri Rotarians’ response to our state’s
the committee envision this as a "hands on” response from Missouri Rotarians?
primary goal is to recommend policy regarding the collection of funds and the
coordination of available Rotarian manpower in the event of any state disaster. The "hands on” aspect is still iffy; but we
are talking to agencies like SEMA, the State Emergency Management Agency, to see
how Rotarians can best serve.
there any ways that interested Rotarians and state Clubs may assist the
Committee during the planning stages?
this point, the three Rotary Districts in Missouri are working to recommend
policy as to how each of the districts should organize its disaster relief
efforts. Currently, we envision a system
whereby funds would be collected by and from Rotarians and delivered to Rotary
clubs in affected areas. We will likely set up a 501(c) (3) corporation to
accept donations and from which our Rotary District will distribute funds
directly to clubs nearest to a disaster.
thought is that disasters are local and that those closest are best equipped to
assess needs. So to answer your question, any thoughts or suggestions are
certainly welcome, but each Rotarian and each Club should also think about
preparedness and about how they could best respond should a disaster strike
home. Finally, be ready to serve.