Strategic Partnership ShelterBox USA and Rotary International: Caring for Disaster Victims; Turning Despair into Hope; Changing Millions of Lives; One ShelterBox at a Time in the Face of Ever More Dramatic Climate Change [6.10.18]


  • Guest 1: Sarah Robinson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, ShelterBox USA (Disaster Relief)
  • Guest 2: William (Bill) Woodard, Member, Board of Directors and Response Team Member, ShelterBox USA
  • Guest 3: Yi Shun Lai, Member, Board of Directors and Response Team Member, ShelterBox USA
  • Guest 4: Erik Elsea, Ambassador, ShelterBox USA
Show 1Sarah Robinson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, ShelterBox USA (Disaster Relief) Show 2William (Bill) Woodard, Member, Board of Directors and Response Team Member, ShelterBox USA
Show 3Yi Shun Lai, Member, Board of Directors and Response Team Member, ShelterBox USA Show 4Erik Elsea, Ambassador, ShelterBox USA

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Sarah Robinson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, ShelterBox USA (Disaster Relief), (In Studio)* and “Special Guest” (In-Studio Skype Back-Up); Theme: “ShelterBox: Providing Shelter From The Havoc of Ecological and Human Made Disasters;
  • Show ‘2’: William (Bill) Woodard, Member, Board of Directors and Response Team Member, ShelterBox USA, (By Skype)*, Theme: “Growing to Meet the Global Needs – Our Imperative to Do More in Times of Expanding Climate Change Impacts”
  • Show ‘3’: Yi Shun Lai, Member, Board of Directors and Response Team Member, ShelterBox USA, (By Skype)* Theme: “Stories from the Field: Humanitarian Work through the Eyes of a Writer”
  • Show ‘4’: Erik Elsea, Ambassador, ShelterBox USA, (By Skype)*; Theme: “2,552 Miles on the Mississippi River in a Canoe, How One Man is Choosing to Make a Difference”
    • with “Special Guest” Sarah Robinson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, ShelterBox USA (Disaster Relief), (In-Studio Skype Back-Up)

Program Overview:

ShelterBox USA is made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital. When people are plunged into crisis, normality is suspended. But good, quality shelter can cut through the chaos. This is why we provide the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives.

ShelterBox envisions a world in which all people displaced by disasters and humanitarian crises are rapidly provided with the vital emergency shelter and household aid they so desperately need. This drives us to transform the support of our donors, fundraisers and volunteers into the hope and power of families all over the world – the power to rebuild homes, lives and communities. Our impatience leads to determination. We will do whatever it takes to ensure that no family goes without shelter. Since the organization’s inception in 2000 it has sheltered almost 1.5 million people in 100 countries worldwide.

Sarah Robinson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, ShelterBox USA (Disaster Relief), Sarah has a love for service and finds ways to help others, as a community volunteer, and through her non-profit career. Sarah is on the boards of The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and the Rotary Club of Albuquerque Rio Grande, where she has assumed her term as President.

She worked for the American Cancer Society for 12 years and was a Vice President there prior to joining the ShelterBox team. Sarah shares her powerful stories of the about the incredible impact ShelterBox is having for families displaced around the globe on a day-by-day basis..

William (Bill) Woodard is a Member, Board of Directors and Response Team Member of ShelterBox USA,. “Bill” lives in Vancouver, Washington. He is an Honorary Member of the Eugene Delta Rotary Club and has been a ShelterBox volunteer for five years. During that time he has raised over US$200,000 for the organization and as a member of the Board of Directors is helping to steer the future of this grass-roots organization.

Bill discovered ShelterBox after a 32-year career in retail. He began his ShelterBox career as a speaker and has since presented the ShelterBox story to more than 100 Rotary Clubs around the world. Four years ago he was selected and trained as a ShelterBox Team Response Member. He has since deployed to ten [10] disasters on four [4] continents, most recently in the Caribbean.

Yi Shun Lai is a writer and editor and has been for the entirety of her professional life. She is the Co-Owner and Editor of the Tahoma Literary Review and the Author of Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu. She writes, teaches, and speaks regularly on communication across the board, from business to literature.

Since joining ShelterBox in 2009 as a ShelterBox Response Team Member, Yi Shun has raised over US$100,000 for the organization and been on twelve [12] deployments. Inspired by her time in the field, she also authored and illustrated the book: Your Country is Beautiful: Notes from an Aid Worker, a book of ten [10] short stories, one for each of her first deployments, which are accompanied by hand-drawn maps.

Erik Elsea is an Ambassador for ShelterBox USA. He is a certified Realtor® and real estate broker in southwest Florida, Erik has helped hundreds of people, both buyers and sellers, facilitate their real estate transactions successfully. Erik is the current President of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral as well as an Ambassador for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity that provides temporary shelter and supplies to families when communities are damaged by storms or conflict.

When he is not working or volunteering in his community, he is usually training for an IRONMAN Triathlon or endurance race, watching NASCAR or baseball, exploring new countries, or planning his next adventure. Erik is following the course of a “drop of water” on a solo canoe trip which takes ninety [90] days to flow from the Headwaters of the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico in support of ShelterBox.

Thank you Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
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