Judy Bradshaw of SBPusa.org spoke to the Rotary Club of LaPlace at our meeting on December 27, 2016. SBPusa is a non-profit organization which conducts housing restoration for victims of natural disasters using charitable donations, Americorp workers, and volunteer workers to restore the houses. SBP is working with several Rotary Clubs in the area to direct volunteer efforts by Rotary in conjunction with Rotary's 100 Days of Service. The Rotary's 100 Days of Service will take place from January 1, 2017,to April 10, 2017, in celebration of the 100 Year anniversary of the International Rotary Foundation,
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.
Jo Banner, Communications Manager of the River Parishes Tourist Commission, was the speaker at the January 10, 2017, meeting of the Rotary Club of LaPlace. Jo described the attractions available in the River Parishes which encompass St Charles, St John, and St James parishes. There are a total of 11 Plantations which conduct tours, 4 different swamp tours, and numerous film locations in the River Parishes. Approximately 100,000 visitors come each year to experience these attractions. Additional information on these attractions can be found at the New Orleans Plantation Country website: www.VisitNOPC.com
Wayne Norwood, owner of the Louisiana Treasures Museum, spoke at the January 3, 2017, meeting of the Rotary Club of LaPlace. He talked about the origin of many of the artifacts in the museum and the history of the area between Manchac and LaPlace in St John Parish.
Those members participating in the "Ugly Sweater" contest at our December 29, 2016, meeting are shown in the picture. Eliana Defrancesch (shown in the reindeer hat in the middle of the picture) was the contest winner. A "Dirty Santa" gift exchange (gifts can be selected from wrapped group or stolen from another person's unwrapped gift) completed the fun activities at the meeting.
District Governor, Randal Feldman presented the Rotary Foundation 100% Award to the Rotary Club of LaPlace at our December 13, 2016, meeting. This award recognized the 100% participation of our members contributing to the Rotary Foundation with an average per capita contribution of greater than $100 during the 2015-2016 Rotary year.
LaPlace Rotary presented the skit "Fourth Graders Meet the American Flag" to the fourth grade classes at St Joan of Arc Elementary School on December 14, 2016. Following the skit, a new flag was presented to the school to fly on their flag pole.