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Rotarians sends van to Turkey

John HartThe Nevada City 49er Rotary Club, along with members of other area Rotary clubs, raised money to buy a van to send to Turkey. In photo above, left to right, are Ben Nowland, Matt Weaver, Pamela Yazell, Yvonne Bartlett, Sandy Conlee, Diane Nowland and Victor Mathews.
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The large earthquake in Turkey in August 1999 occurred only one week after the Nevada City 49er Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange student returned to his home in Karaman, Turkey.

We collected funds from our own Rotarians, as well as Rotarians in all the other area Rotary Clubs. Many Nevada County residents also donated to this effort.

Through Rotary District and International Matching Grants for Humanitarian Projects, we were able to quadruple all the money we raised. Our $8,000 became $36,000.



Matt Weaver, of Weaver Auto & Truck Center, has worked very hard to get us a van and outfit it with shelving to hold all the medical supplies.

Ken Eslick with Cintas Company (First Aid & Safety) sold us medical supplies at cost.




The van will be shipped to Istanbul as soon as the shelves are installed. This project is expected to last three years and will be turned over to the city of Karaman’s health department to continue operation.


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