update update: The International Rotarian has published a little writeup on this story.
“When the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency, Sri Lanka, invited a man to speak about weblogs at a lunch-time meeting in November, members had no idea that only a month later they would use their new knowledge to create such a Web site and raise tens of thousands of dollars to aid Sri Lankan survivors of the world’s deadliest tsunamis in recorded history.”
I am only listed as ‘a man’ which is kinda wack, but I’m still very proud of this Rotary Club.
update: The Colombo Regency Rotary Club has setup a tsunami relief website here:
Please visit for many-times daily updates on their efforts to help the over 1 million people who have lost their homes and livelihoods. Right now the Rotarians are focused on saving as many lives as possible by getting clean water, food, and clothing to the refugee camps. We could use your support.
Harsha invited me to speak to the Colombo Rotary Club over lunch. I think he’s specifically interested in how a blog would help them with external communications. I was looking around the Net and this is what I found on the Rotarians:
In its 75 years of service Rotary District 3220 has been responsible for:
* Established the Ceylon National Association for the prevention of Tuberculosis
* Established the Ceylon Cancer Society
* Helped 2000 destitute children through the Sevana Sarana Foster Parents Scheme
* Upgraded and refurbished the ICU of Matale General Hospital
* Facilitated Audiology Centres in Kandy, Anuradhapura and Rajagiriya
* Donated fire engines to Kandy Municipal Council
* Renovated the District Hospital at Balangoda
* Constructed a Jaipur Foot Workshop and Transit Hospital in Kundasale
* Gifted CAT scanner to General Hospital Badulla
… I’m back now, from the meeting. I hate using projectors, but I think it went well. The people in this Rotary Club were very young and cool. Harsha had to run out cause he got called to Parliament over some budget kerfuffel but, yeah, I think the presentation went fine. It’s not so complicated really, and the Virtusa guy understood that blogging is basically like opening a Yahoo account and writing mail – to yourself. Or the world. However you want to look at it. I mentioned my personal interest in having Sri Lanka appear on the Net for something besides tourism or terrorism, and that seemed to go over well. With me at least. I like that line.
They seem game, so I think I’ll talk to Harsha about setting them up on Blogger, with Flickr for photos.