John Olynick, Director of the St John United Way, spoke to the Rotary Club of LaPlace at the February 7, 2017, Meeting about the activityes of the United Way. The St John United Way is one of only three United Ways in Louisiana that serve only one parish. Last year the St John United Way raised over $1,000,000 and helped fund thirty agencies providing services to over 20,000 St John Parish citizens. John also talked about study looking at economic need for families in St John Parish that focused on families living in poverty and families that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE). There are about 40% of families in St John Parish which fall into either Poverty or ALICE classifications.
Teryn Davis was named Student of the Quarter by the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their meeting on January 31, 2017. Teryn is a fourth grader at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School in LaPlace and was nominated by her Principal, Jason Beber. Shown in the picture is Rosalind Davis, Asst Principal at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School, Teryn Davis and Anita Dabon, Vocational Director for the Rotary Club of LaPlace.
Mrs Robyn Denny was named Teacher of the Quarter by the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their membership meeting on January 31, 2017. Mrs Denny teaches digital design, fine arts and studio art at St Charles Catholic School in LaPlace. Pictured above is Mr Doug Triche, Asst. Principal at St Charles School, Mrs Triche, and Anita Dabon, Vocational Director for Rotary Club of LaPlace.
Penny Freeman, Dean of South Central Louisiana Technical College, Reserve Campus, was the speaker at the January 31, 2017, meeting of the Rotary Club of LaPlace. She described the course offering at the college and the fact that over 80% of the graduates obtain job placement after they complete their studies. Also discussed was the distribution of students from the various parishes in the area. Effort is also underway to increase the participation of students from St John the Baptist Parish. The college has just moved into expanded facilities on the campus.
The Rotary Club of LaPlace presented the skit, Fourth Graders Meet the American Flag to fourth grade classes at Emily C. Watkins Elementary School in LaPlace on January 19, 2017.
Fourth Graders Meet the American Flag was presented to the Fourth Grade classes at West St John Elementary School on January 26, 2017. Shown in the picture are those students who successfully answered questions about what they learned about the American Flag following the presentation.
Bob Vaughn, Rotary District 6840 Grants Chair, was the speaker at the January 17, 2017, meeting of the Rotary Club of LaPlace. He outlined the criteria and the selection process for awarding Rotary District Grants for club sponsored projects. Bob indicated that the Rotary Club of LaPlace does a good job of meeting the grant criteria by being a substantial giver to the Rotary Foundation, being active in district sponsored programs, and providing matching funds from club fundraising. If we continue our current performance, the club should continue to successfully receive district grants in the future.
The Rotary Club of LaPlace was represented by four members at the Rotary District 6840 Mid-year Check-up on January 7th at the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club in Bay St Louis Mississippi. The guest speaker for the meeting was Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley from Australia.
Pictured above are Robbie Tomeny, LaPlace President-elect; Juliete Riseley, wife of Ian; Rotary Past District Governor, Karen Babin; Ian Riseley; Poonam Oberoi, LaPlace President Nominee; and Harry Glidden, LaPlace President. Cheryl Millet, LaPlace Vice-president also attended but was taking the picture and is not shown.