March is Red Cross Month…Eat To Support On Tuesday March 15th


Clara Barton, Founder of The American Red Cross

March is Red Cross month.  You can help support our local Red Cross chapter by eating at Little Shebas (click to see their menu) on Tuesday, March 15th. They will donate 10% of the sales for the entire day to the Red Cross.

According to the Wayne/Union Red Cross site, “Every day, emergencies happen.  Your Wayne/Union County Chapter of the American Red Cross is staffed with caring professionals who are dedicated to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.”

Aftermath of Earthquake In Japan

The Red Cross is an international organization with local chapters all over America as well as other countries including Japan.  The American Red Cross is working with the Japanese Red Cross to help in any way that they can with the 8.9 magnitude earthquake devastation which occurred last week.

Monies raised for the event locally will remain in the local Red Cross chapter for Wayne and Union Counties.  However if you would also like to give to the relief fund for the earthquake in Japan you can go to the site for the American Red Cross which has a secured donation program.

Hope to see you at Sheba’s tomorrow for lunch or dinner.  Little Sheba’s is a locally owned and operated business making a difference in our community.

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Earlham Students In Japan Affected By Earthquake Are Safe

March 11, 2011

Road In Japan Following Quake

RICHMOND, Ind. — Gary DeCoker, director of Earlham’s Japan Study program, reports that the program’s resident director in Tokyo has been in touch with all of the Earlham students on the Japan Study program and all are safe after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.  Most students now are on the Cultural Practicum portion of the program and are outside of Tokyo.  “Fortunately,” reports DeCoker, “most of the students are in southern Japan, away from the epicenter of the earthquake.”  Students will stay in those locations and continue with their programs.  Cell phone communication in Tokyo and points north has been severely disrupted.  E-mail and land line phones in some areas remain open.

Gary DeCoker, Earlham College

Earlham also hosts students from Waseda University each year. According to an e-mail from Junho Song of the Center for International Education of Waseda University, the university “has not reported of any loss or injuries of their students, faculties and staffs at this point.

Submitted by Earlham College

Earthquake In New Zealand Has Direct Ties To Wayne County


February 22, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

Earlham College, Richmond IN

RICHMOND, Ind. — “Earlham College students studying in New Zealand are safe following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the island nation earlier today. Director of International Programs Patty Lamson reports that she has received word from program director Jay Roberts that all are safe and accounted for.

“We are obviously deeply concerned for the students’ safety and we are consulting about ways in which the operation of the program may be effected. ” she says.

Lamson notes that Roberts, an associate professor who also directs Earlham’s Wilderness Programs, is skilled in leading programs in adverse conditions.

“The group is obviously dealing with changed conditions that are typical in the wake of an earthquake.  Although we have had direct communication with the program, we understand that phone lines have been compromised so communication may be spotty,” she notes.

Seventeen Earlham College students are spending this semester in New Zealand along with Jay Roberts, his wife, Marcie, and their two young daughters.

We will release additional information as it becomes available.” (Earlham College)

Marcie Roberts

Note: Marcie Roberts is also School Coordinator for the Richmond Friends School.  She is on leave from her work at RFS while in New Zealand, with her husband Jay Roberts and daughters Ellie and Arden, who also attend RFS.  The parents, teachers, staff and children all wish them safe travels.