Nov 16, 2018
Wes Clanton

ShelterBox is a global not for profit organization providing vital shelter aid to people that have been displaced by natural disaster or man-made conflict. Started as a service project by a Rotary Club in Cornwall, England, the organization has grown to be one of the most respected shelter aid organizations in the international humanitarian aid community. ShelterBox is also Rotary’s only official project partner for disaster relief. Wes Clanton spent a year interviewing and training for a spot as a volunteer on the elite ShelterBox Response Team and will share more about his experience with the organization and the life-changing work they perform around the world. To learn more, check out May’s edition of the Rotarian magazine where Wes was featured for his work with ShelterBox (




Wes was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, but only recently moved back to the area after living all around the country. After studying business at the University of Tennessee, Wes moved to Anchorage and began working with the American Cancer Society managing fundraising events throughout the state of Alaska. His career with the non-profit continued with work as the Executive Director of Seattle Metro operations and finally as Regional Director of Colorado and Wyoming, based in Denver. Wes ultimately decided he didn’t want to have a corporate office job for the rest of his career and left the American Cancer Society to follow a dream of becoming a merchant marine officer and attended school at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Michigan to earn his unlimited tonnage license to command ships of any size on oceans around the world. He currently works as a Third Officer with ConocoPhillips’ Polar Tankers shipping crude oil from Valdez, Alaska to refineries along the west coast of the US and Hawaii. Wes believes in the mission of “service above self” and has been a Rotarian for almost a decade as a member of numerous clubs around the country. Now that he has roots back in Tennessee, he recently transferred to the Rotary Club of Nashville and is excited to be more involved in local service. When Wes is not at work on the ship, he travels the world and is also committed to giving back whenever possible. Wes teaches future mariners as adjunct faculty at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and is on several non-profit boards and committees, but his most notable non-profit work is as a volunteer disaster response team member with the global NGO, ShelterBox and he is here today to share more about his work with the organization and the lifesaving aid they provide to those in need.