Rotarians Support the Efforts of Shelter Box

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Layton Rotary Club

An insurance professional with over 25 years of experience, Val Stratford is the owner and president of Stratford Insurance Group in Layton, Utah. Val Stratford’s passion for working with underprivileged youth and community service has led to his involvement with the Layton Rotary Club.

The Layton Rotary Club, part of Rotary International, encourages its members to pursue “service above self.” With that goal in mind, Rotarians actively seek ways to improve the quality of life for those in their communities, both locally and globally.

Rotary International supports the efforts of Shelter Box, a relief organization that provides the essential materials necessary to support a family in disaster situations. The boxes that are distributed to families in need are tailored to fit each situation, including items such as a large tent, blankets, cooking utensils, water purification equipment, basic tools, and children’s activity packs. The organization has helped more than a million people in 90 countries by providing these essential items to people in desperate circumstances.

In addition to raising funds to support the work of Shelter Box, Rotarians around the globe have assisted with local deployment efforts including the accommodation of response teams and training programs.


Rotarians Take Action to Assist Youth

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As the owner and president of Stratford Insurance Group, Inc., Val Stratford consults with clients on matters of property casualty insurance. Philanthropically, Val Stratford contributes to the Layton Rotary Club, of which he is a former president.

In keeping with the club’s mission for meeting community needs, it sponsors Rotaract. Young adults ages 18-30 meet twice monthly to plan service projects, social opportunities, and professional growth ideas. There are more than 184,000 persons in 8,000 Rotaract groups worldwide.

Many Rotary Clubs sponsor Rotaract chapters and give the group a free hand to do good works and organize themselves. Interested participants can contact the Rotary Club in their area to find out if Rotaract exists in their area.

If there is no Rotaract chapter in the vicinity, you can launch one. You will need an adviser from the sponsoring Rotary Club. If the Rotaract is based in a higher learning institution, you will also need a faculty adviser to exchange information between the university and the sponsoring club.