Blessed to Be A Blessing

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
 
By Gordon Taylor
 
        Rotarians from the Rotary Club of LaPlace attended and participated in the Back to School Supplies Distribution organized by the Blessed to Be A Blessing NPO on Saturday July 17, 2021  
 
 
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Thank You Beverly Harris

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           Beverly Harris was a beautiful, committed, dedicated, loving, outstanding and supportive Rotarian of the Rotary Club of La Place in Rotary International District 6840, Rotary International Zones 30 and 31 and Rotary International Worldwide.  Beverly became a member of the RCOL on June 25, 2002.  She was a Rotarian for nearly 19 years.  She recruited past, present and future members to the RCOL.  She was beautiful and loving to Rotary, the RCOL People of Action (Rotarians) and to people everywhere, everyday.  Beverly passed away peacefully on March  31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Beverly was a RCOL Past President, Board Member, Organizer, Educator, Membership Recruiter, yearly supporter of RCOL Awards, Fundraisers, ESJH Interact Club, Recognitions, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Scholarships to the St. John The Baptist Parish High School Seniors.  There is so much that can be said as we thank Beverly Harris for her daily "Service Above Self" to people everywhere.  Beverly, and all of the Rotarians in the RI District 6840 who passed away in the Rotary Calendar Years of 2019 and 2020, were remembered in the RI District 6840 Memorial Service at 6:00 AM on Saturday Morning May 22, 2021 in Gulfport, Mississippi Centennial Plaza.  Past President Gordon Taylor attended the service and did the second reading from Mahatma Gandhi. "Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the one who serves nor the served, but all pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy".  "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others".  Beverly was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus Contributor throughout her Rotarian years. 
 
            We, the People of Action (Rotarians) and everyone whose life was touched with the many acts of random kindness (ARK) by Beverly Harris, appreciate, celebrate, honor and remember the many contributions to her Family, the Church, Educators, Students, Employees, Rotary, Rotarians and People everywhere through out her wonderful life.  
 
Thank you for being the inspiration to everyone, everyday with your beautiful smile!   Member picture 
 
 You will continue to be remembered in our hearts and minds for the rest of our lives.  Keep on keeping on in Heaven!  See you later!
 
 
Respectfully and sincerely yours
Rotary Club of La Place (RCOL) Rotarians
Rotary International (RI) District 6840 Rotarians
Rotary International (RI) Globally/Worldwide
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2020 Comfort For Learning at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary 

The Rotary Club of La Place purchased Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School Fourth Graders Sweatshirts with the Rotary Logo.  The funding for the sweatshirts was paid for by the 2020 Rotary International District (RI) 6840 District Grant.  The 2020 - 2022 RCOL President, Lucien Gauff III, is pictured with the Principal of Lake Pontchartrain Elementary, Dr. Shelly Chauvin.   The Rotary Club of La Place Rotarians continue daily providing "Service Above Self" to the children and adults in St. John The Baptist Parish.
2020 Comfort For Learning at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary Gordon Taylor 2021-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Linda Lambert Director of St John ARC Speaks to Club

 
Linda Lambert, Director of the St John ARC, was the guest speaker at the October 17th meeting of the Rotary Club of LaPlace.  She described the programs provided for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also discussed plans to expand the current facilities located on Bamboo Rd in LaPlace.  Linda invited members of Rotary to come by and visit with the clients being served since they love to have visitors.
Linda Lambert Director of St John ARC Speaks to Club Harry Glidden 2017-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Andouille Fest 2017

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace provided staffing for the Daiquiri Booth at the 2017 Andouille Fest October 13-15, 2017.  This is one of our annual fundraising events.  We thank all Rotarians and Friends of Rotary personal who helped staff the booth.  A good time was had by all in spite of a few rain showers.  Pictured are Anita Dabon, Lucien Gauff, and Candice Hemelt.
Andouille Fest 2017 Harry Glidden 2017-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

LaPlace Rotary Begins 10th Year of Flag Education

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace kicked off the tenth year of the Project entitled “Fourth Graders Meet the American Flag” with a presentation to the Fourth Grade at Garyville Magnet School in LaPlace on October 4, 2017.  This project, presented by Rotarians as a skit, teaches fourth graders about the history of the American Flag.  Also covered is how to display the flag and how to pay respect to the flag.  Students earn a flag pin at the end of the presentation by answering questions about what was presented. 
 
The flag presentation is given to all twelve elementary schools in St John Parish each year.  The Rotary Club of LaPlace also presents a new American flag to each school for their flagpole at the end of each presentation.  In 2016-2017 this project involved about 80 person hours and involved about half of the club members.
 
Shown in the attached picture is the Garyville Elementary fourth graders. Rotarians in the back row were Lucien Gauff, Mike Tregre, Eliana DeFrancesch, Cheryl Millet, Mary Lynn Alltmont, and Betty Martin.  Assistant Principle Gillian King-Hughes is shown holding the new flag presented to the school.
LaPlace Rotary Begins 10th Year of Flag Education Harry Glidden 2017-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Student and Teacher of the Quarter Awards Presented

 
At the October 10, 2017, meeting, the Rotary Club of Laplace recognized Amiee Dauenhauer as the Student of the Quarter.  Amiee is an outstanding student at Ascension of Our Lord Elementary School and is a member of the Beta Club, on the Honor Roll, and a member of the Student Council.  Shown in the picture are Amiee and Rotary Vocational Director Anita Dabon.
 
 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace recognized Angela McDonald as Teacher of the Quarter.  Angela is a teacher and coach at Fifth Ward Elementary School and was nominated by her Principle for her energy, passion and drive toward educational excellence.  Pictured are Rotary Vocational Director Anita Dabon, Angela McDonald, and Assistant Fifth Ward Principle Sherelle Guidry.
Student and Teacher of the Quarter Awards Presented Harry Glidden 2017-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Kathie Short Visits Club

 
District Governor Kathie Short visited the Rotary Club of LaPlace at the regular meeting on October 3, 2017.  Prior to the meeting she met with the Board to review programs and planning for the year.  Pictured are Treasurer Gordon Taylor, Secretary Betty Martin, DG Kathie Short, President Robbie Tomeny, Vice President Raj Pannu, President Elect Poonam Oberoi, Past President Harry Glidden, and Director Damon Davis.
District Governor Kathie Short Visits Club Harry Glidden 2017-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Beverly Harris Receives District 6840 Club Builder Award

 
At the September 19th meeting of the Rotary Club of LaPlace, Past District Governor Randy Feldman presented the District 6840 Club Builder Award to Beverly Harris.  Beverly has sponsored approximately 25% of the current members of the Rotary Club of LaPlace.  She has also served as local club president twice and has been a moving force in the club for many projects and interaction with the Interact Club at East St John High School.
 
Pictured are President Robbie Tomeny, Beverly Harris, and Past District Governor Randy Feldman.
Beverly Harris Receives District 6840 Club Builder Award 2017-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of LaPlace Installs 2017-2018 Officers

 
Outgoing President transfers the President's Jewels to incoming President Robbie Tomeny at the Rotary Club of LaPlace Installation Banquet on June 29, 2017.  The Banquet was held at the Belle Terre County Club in LaPlace.  Installation of officers was conducted by Rotary District Governor Randall Feldman.
Rotary Club of LaPlace Installs 2017-2018 Officers Harry Glidden 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

College Scholarships Awarded to St John Graduates

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace presented college scholarships to three graduates of St John schools at their meeting on June 6, 2017. Shown are scholarship recipients Glenn Grayman, Bynae Bazile, and Glan Grayman with Rotary Scholarship Chair Beverly Harris. Glenn and Glan Grayman are twins, graduated from West St John High School and will both be attending Southeastern University. Bynae Bazile graduated from East St John High School and will attend Nicholes State University.
 
A fourth scholarship will be awarded at a future meeting since the recipient was not able to attend the June 6th meeting.
College Scholarships Awarded to St John Graduates Harry Glidden 2017-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Bernell Charles Speaks to Rotary

 
Bernell Charles from the St John Sheriff's office spoke to the Rotary Club of LaPlace at the regular meeting on May 30, 2017.  He described the annual Children's Fishing Camp that was conducted in early May organized by the Sheriff's office and held in the Bonnet Carre Spillway.  Discussion followed about ways the Rotary Club of LaPlace could become involved with the camp next year.
Bernell Charles Speaks to Rotary Harry Glidden 2017-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Jerry Jones Inducted as Member

 
Jerry Jones was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of LaPlace and Rotary International at the meeting on May23, 2017.  Jerry is the St John Parish Economic Development Director.  Jerry was sponsored by Rotarian Lucien Gauff.  We welcome Jerry as our newest Rotarian.
Jerry Jones Inducted as Member Harry Glidden 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Stephanie Hotard of Youth Empowerment Project Speaks to Rotary

 
Stephanie Hotard from the Youth Empowerment Project was the guest speaker at the May 16, 2017, Rotary Club of LaPlace meeting. She described the programs available for their target group of at-risk young people between the ages of 7 and 24 years of age. In 2016 about 1200 participants were served by programs ranging from High School Equivalencies, re-entry support for juvenile offenders, job skill training and mentoring.
Stephanie Hotard of Youth Empowerment Project Speaks to Rotary Harry Glidden 2017-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Representatives of East St John Interact Attend Rotary Meeting

 
Representatives of the Interact Club of East St John High School attended the Rotary Club of LaPlace meeting on May 9, 2017. They discussed their experiences at the recent Interact District Conference where they took first place in the scrapbook competition. Pictured are Harry Glidden, Rotary President; Yevette Scioneaux, Interact Co-Sponsor; Cristal Meja-Reyes, Interact member; and Elijah Tumblin, Interact member. The Interact Club at East St John High is an affiliate of Rotary International and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of LaPlace.
Representatives of East St John Interact Attend Rotary Meeting Harry Glidden 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Kirwin Jackson Selected as Teacher of the Quarter

 
Kirwin Jackson, coach and special ed teacher at LaPlace Elementary School was named Teacher of the Quarter by the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their meeting on May 9, 2017. Pictured are Anita Dabon, Rotary Vocational director; Kirwin Jackson; and Patty Forsythe, Principal of LaPlace Elementary.
 
 
Kirwin Jackson Selected as Teacher of the Quarter Harry Glidden 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Jai Gaines Selected Student of the Quarter

 
Jai Gaines, 7th grade student at East St John Elementary School, was selected as the Student of the Quarter by the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their meeting on May 9, 2017. Pictured are Anita Dabon, Rotary Vocational Director; Jai Gaines: and ESJ Elementary Principal Stacy Bradfrod.
Jai Gaines Selected Student of the Quarter Harry Glidden 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Travis Tresca Speaks to Rotary on May 2, 2017

 
Rotarian Travis Tresca was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of LaPlace meeting on May 2, 2017.  Travis is the Co-Chair of the 2017 District 6840 Conference that will be held in Mobile, Alabama, on May 19-21.  Travis described the events planned for the Conference.  The Food Fest on Friday night will be held at the Battleship Alabama.  A golf fishing events are planned preceding the conference on Thursday.  The conference will be held at The Historic Battlehouse Inn in downtown Mobile.  All Rotarians and guests are encouraged to attend the conference.
Travis Tresca Speaks to Rotary on May 2, 2017 Harry Glidden 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Interact Club Participate in St John Clean Sweep

 
Rotarians and members of the East St John High School Interact Club helped with the St John Parish Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  They picked up several bags full of trash along Bell Terre Blvd in LaPlace.  The Interact Club is a Rotary affiliated club for high school students.  The Interact Club at East St John High School is sponsored by the Rotary Club of LaPlace and participates with the Rotary Club of LaPlace in several joint projects throughout the school year.
Rotary and Interact Club Participate in St John Clean Sweep Harry Glidden 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rhonda Lemons Speaks to Rotary on April 25, 2017

Rhonda Gregoire Lemons, St John Parish Director of Health and Human Services spoke to the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their regular meeting on April 25, 2017.  Rhonda reviewed her Department's program in the area of Client Services, Food Distribution Services, Special Needs Directory, Income Tax Assistance, Weatherization, and various seasonal activities.  Also discussed were the activities available to help people find required assistance from other governmental and non-governmental sources.  Ms. Lemons was accompanied by Michelle Thomas and Marisa Wallace, who assist her at HHS.
Rhonda Lemons Speaks to Rotary on April 25, 2017 Harry Glidden 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Dean Arnett from Odyssey House Speaks at April 11, 2017 Meeting

 
Dean Arnett from Odyssey House was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of LaPlace meeting on April 11, 2017. Dean described the facilities and programs operated by Odyssey House in their efforts to help people conquer addiction to opioid drugs, alcohol and other abused substances. Odyssey House treats over 700 patients per month. Dean indicated that opioid drug deaths in New Orleans exceeded murders in 2016. Over 80% of opioid drug addictions started with drugs prescribed to treat pain after some sort of injury. Additional information can be found on FaceBook @odyessyhouselouisiana
Dean Arnett from Odyssey House Speaks at April 11, 2017 Meeting Harry Glidden 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrates March Birthdays at Twin Oaks

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace provided cake and company to the residents of Twin Oaks Nursing Home on Friday, March 31, 2017.
The residents who have birthdays in March were honored during the event.  This is an annual event for the Rotary Club. 
Rotary Celebrates March Birthdays at Twin Oaks Harry Glidden 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Stacy Ortega from Louisiana Wildlife And Fisheries Spoke to Club

 
Stacy Ortega from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spoke to the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their regular meeting on April 4, 2017.  Stacey described the Coastal Restoration Plan for 2017 that is in the final stages of approval.  The types of action included in the plan for St John the Baptist Parish was the main focus of her talk.  Three major items included are the proposed protection levee for the western end of Lake Pontchartrain, a Mississippi River diversion project to build land around Lake Maurepas, and some structure elevation efforts on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St John Parish.  Public hearings on the plan will be held in the near future.
Stacy Ortega from Louisiana Wildlife And Fisheries Spoke to Club Harry Glidden 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Debra Rieder with Assistance for Single Parents Speaks to Club

 
Debra Rieder, Executive Director of Assistance for Single Parents, was the speaker at the March 28, 2017, meeting of the Rotary Club of LaPlace.  Debra described her groups programs to provide assistance to single working parents in the areas of supportive services, empowerment and resource referrals.  In particular, they work to foster mental, emotional and financial skills.  More information can be obtained at their website www.AssistanceForSingleParents.org.
 
 
Debra Rieder with Assistance for Single Parents Speaks to Club Harry Glidden 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of LaPlace Welcomes Candice Hemelt as a Member

 
Club Secretary Eliana Defrancesch pins the Rotary pin on Candice Hemelt as part of her induction into Rotary at the Rotary Club of LaPlace meeting on March 21, 2017.  Candice works as an Advertising Representative for the l"Observateur newspaper in LaPlace.
 
Persons interested in join the Rotary are encouraged to contact the Rotary Club of LaPlace or any of our members.
Rotary Club of LaPlace Welcomes Candice Hemelt as a Member Harry Glidden 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Reading with Rotary at John L Ory Magnet school

 
Rotarian Melanie Duhe is shown reading to a first grade class at the John L Ory Magnet School on March 15, 2017.
 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace project Reading with Rotary is part of a series of community service projects being conducted by Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 6840 in celebration of 100 years service by The Rotary Foundation, the benevolent foundation of Rotary international.
 
Reading with Rotary at John L Ory Magnet school Harry Glidden 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Flag Presentation to 4th Graders at John L Ory School

The skit "Fourth Graders Meet the American Flag" was presented by the Rotary Club of LaPlace to the fourth grade classes at John L Ory Magnet School on March 15, 2017.  Pictured are Rotarians: Mike Tregre, Betty Martin, Eliana Defrancesch, Mary Lynn Alltmont, Damon Davis, Melanie Duhe, Lucien Gauff and Harry Glidden. 
 
This is the ninth year that the Rotary Club of LaPlace has presented this skit detailing the history, proper display methods and methods of showing respect to the American flag.
 
Rotary Flag Presentation to 4th Graders at John L Ory School Harry Glidden 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Initiates Reading With Rotary at Elementary Schools Harry Glidden 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Paige Edler as Student of the Quarter

 
Paige Edler, a senior at East St John High School, was recognized as the Student of the Quarter by the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their meeting on March 14, 2017.  Shown in the picture are Tabari Simon, Principal of East St John High School; Paige Edlar and Anita Dabon, Rotary Vocational Director.
Rotary Recognizes Paige Edler as Student of the Quarter Harry Glidden 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Randie Bailey as Teacher of the Quarter

Randie Bailey, a math teacher at John L Ory Magnet School in LaPlace, was recognized as Teacher of The Quarter by the Rotary Club of LaPlace at their meeting on March 14, 2017.  Pictured above are Anita Dabon, Rotary Vocational Director; Randie Bailey and Christal Sylvain, Principal of John L Ory Magnet School.
Rotary Recognizes Randie Bailey as Teacher of the Quarter Harry Glidden 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes Jorge Lavastida as New Member

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace inducted Jorge Lavastida as a Rotarian at the Club meeting on March 14, 2017.  Shown is Harry Glidden, who sponsored Jorge, and Jorge.  Jorge is the Plant Manager for the Denka Performance Elastomers site located in Reserve, LA.
Rotary Welcomes Jorge Lavastida as New Member Harry Glidden 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes Bridget Dinvaut as a Member

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace inducted Bridget Dinvaut as a new Rotarian at the Club meeting on March 7, 2017.  Pictured are Harry Glidden, President; Bridget Dinvaut; and Beverly Harris, who sponsored Bridget for membership.
 
Anyone interested in Rotary membership can contact a Rotarian or send an email using the Contact option under the About Us menu item on this website.
Rotary Welcomes Bridget Dinvaut as a Member Harry Glidden 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports West St John High Close-Up Trip to Washington

The Rotary Club of LaPlace presented a contribution of $500 to help support the West St John High School students in their Close-Up Foundation trip to Washington, D.C. scheduled for April of this year.  Shown in the picture are the students going on the trip and Harry Glidden, President of the Rotary Club of LaPlace.
Rotary Supports West St John High Close-Up Trip to Washington Harry Glidden 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Mardi Gras Social Meeting Held on February 21, 2017

Mardi Gras served as the theme for the Quarterly Social at the Rotary Club of LaPlace meeting on February 21, 2017.  Beads, king cakes and parade throws were shared.  Ten invited guests were in attendance.  Following a short business meeting, the members all participated in several 2 minute, progressive interactions to get to know the guests.  Members were then asked to talk about what they learned about the guests.  A good time was had by all.
 
Happy Mardi Gras to all. There will be no Rotary meeting on February 28th, since it is Mardi Gras. 
Mardi Gras Social Meeting Held on February 21, 2017 Harry Glidden 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Parish President Speaks to Rotary on February 14

St John Parish President, Natalie Robottom, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of LaPlace meeting on February 14, 2017.  She discussed the state of the proposed flood levee for St John Parish and advised that a bond issue election to finance the Parish's portion of the cost will be held in April.  Several construction projects and planned road work in the Parish was also discussed. 
Parish President Speaks to Rotary on February 14 Harry Glidden 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

John Olynick Speaks About St John United Way

 
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.
John Olynick Speaks About St John United Way Harry Glidden 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Teryn Davis Named Student of the Quarter

 
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.
Teryn Davis Named Student of the Quarter Harry Glidden 2017-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Robyn Denny Named Teacher of the Quarter

 
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.
Robyn Denny Named Teacher of the Quarter Harry Glidden 2017-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Penny Freeman Speaks to LaPlace Rotary

 
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.
Penny Freeman Speaks to LaPlace Rotary Harry Glidden 2017-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of LaPlace Cancer Day at Sicily's

Please help the Rotary Club of LaPlace raise money for the Cancer Relay for Life by eating at Sicily's on Wednesday, February 8th.  Be sure to tell the cashier to credit "Rotary Cancer" when you pay.  Thanks for your support.
Rotary Club of LaPlace Cancer Day at Sicily's Harry Glidden 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Super Bowl 2017 Football Pool

The completed grid for the 2017 Super Bowl football pool can be found by clicking on this LINK.  It can also be found in the football pools photo album at the bottom of the left column on the web site.
 
The pool is a minute by minute pool where a $20 payout is made to the square representing the score at the end of each game minute of the regular game.  No payout is made for overtime minutes.
 
We thank everyone for participating in the pool.  Proceeds will be used for community projects conducted by the Rotary Club of LaPlace. 
Super Bowl 2017 Football Pool Harry Glidden 2017-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Flag Presentation Given to WSJ and ECW Elementary

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.
Flag Presentation Given to WSJ and ECW Elementary Harry Glidden 2017-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Bob Vaughn Speaks About Rotary District Grants

 
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.
Bob Vaughn Speaks About Rotary District Grants Harry Glidden 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Jo Banner Speaks to Rotary Club of LaPlace

 
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
Jo Banner Speaks to Rotary Club of LaPlace Harry Glidden 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of LaPlace Participates in District Mid-year Check-up

 
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.
Rotary Club of LaPlace Participates in District Mid-year Check-up Harry Glidden 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

Wayne Norwood Speaks About History in St John Parish

 
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. 
Wayne Norwood Speaks About History in St John Parish Harry Glidden 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0

Judy Bradshaw of SBP Speaks at December 27th Meeting

 

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,

Judy Bradshaw of SBP Speaks at December 27th Meeting Harry Glidden 2016-12-28 00:00:00Z 0

Holiday Meeting Ugly Sweater Contest

 
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.
Holiday Meeting Ugly Sweater Contest Harry Glidden 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of LaPlace Receives Rotary Foundation Award

 
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.
Rotary Club of LaPlace Receives Rotary Foundation Award Harry Glidden 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Flag Presentation to St Joan of Arc Elementary

 
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.
Flag Presentation to St Joan of Arc Elementary Harry Glidden 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Visit to Louisiana War Veterans Home

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace was joined by the East St John High School Interact Club at our visit to the Louisiana War Veterans Home on Tuesday, December 6th.  After a brief meeting, The Rotarians and Interactors entertained the War Veterans with caroling and a bingo.  A gift of puzzles and handicraft supplies for the Veterans Home game room was presented to the veterans.
 
The Rotary Christmas raffle drawing was held and Jackie Forest of LaPlace was the $500 raffle winner.
Visit to Louisiana War Veterans Home Harry Glidden 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Aucoin Speaker at November 29, 2016 meeting

 
Paul Aucoin, Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana, was the speaker at the November 29, 2016, Rotary Club of LaPlace.  Paul described the impact the Port has on the local, state, national, and world economies.  Port Commissioner Judy Songy accompanied Paul to the meeting.
Paul Aucoin Speaker at November 29, 2016 meeting Harry Glidden 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

St John Sheriff Senior Luncheon

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace was one of the Gold Sponsors for the St John Sheriff's Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.  Members of the Rotary Club also helped serve meals to the Senior citizens in attendance at the luncheon.  The East St John High School Interact Club also assisted at the event.
St John Sheriff Senior Luncheon Harry Glidden 2016-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

Officers Elected for 2017-2018 Rotary Year

The officers for the Rotary Club of LaPlace 2017-2018 Year were elected at the Annual Business Meeting on November 15, 2016. Please congratulate the new officers and give them your support as they prepare to take office officially on July 1, 2017.
 
 
Officers Elected for 2017-2018 Rotary Year Harry Glidden 2016-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

Flag Presentation at Fifth Ward Elementary

 
The Flag Presentation was given to the fourth grade at Fifth Ward Elementary School on November 11, 2016.  Since it was also Veteran's Day, Rotarian Gordon Taylor brought his keyboard and added some patriotic music to the presentation.  Shown are the students. teachers and Rotarians Fifth Ward.
Flag Presentation at Fifth Ward Elementary Harry Glidden 2016-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of LaPlace at the Andouille Fest

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace staffed the Daiquiri booth at the LaPlace Andouille Fest October 14-16, 2016.  This is one of our fundraising activities which support our community projects.  Pictured are Rotarians Poonam Oberoi, Cheryl Millet, and Raj Panuu.
Rotary Club of LaPlace at the Andouille Fest Harry Glidden 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Flag Presentation at Garyville Magnet School

 
The Rotary Club of LaPlace presented "Forth Graders Meet the American Flag" to the 4th grade classes at Garyville Magnet School on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.  Pictured are the students that answered questions correctly at the end of the presentation.  Also pictured are Rotarians: Betty Martin, Eliana DeFrancesch, Mike Tregre, Gordon Taylor, Dean Torres, and Mary Lynn Alltmont.
Flag Presentation at Garyville Magnet School Harry Glidden 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Comfort for Learning

 
Rotary Club of LaPlace provided school sweatshirts for 3rd and 4th graders at John L Ory Elementary and West St John Elementary schools as a part of the Comfort for Learning Project.
Comfort for Learning Harry Glidden 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Friends Forever Youth Visit Rotary Club of LaPlace Harry Glidden 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0

Melissa Matey of the Louisiana State Police Speaks to Rotary

Melissa Matey of the Louisiana State Police spoke to the Rotary Club of LaPlace at our meeting on October 11, 2016.  When asked what to do if you have a disabled vehicle on the interstate, she advised you should stay in the car with your seat belt fastened, put on your caution lights, and call 911 or *577 (the state police direct) for help.
Melissa Matey of the Louisiana State Police Speaks to Rotary Harry Glidden 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0

Flag Presentation at LaPlace Elementary

 
The skit, "Fourth Graders Meet the American Flag" was presented to the fourth grade classes at LaPlace Elementary School on October 6th.  Pictured are the Rotary members Mary Lynn Alltmont, Eliana DeFrancesch, Mike Tregre, Gordon Taylor, Constance Woods, Harry Glidden, and Betty Martin.  Also pictured are two fourth grade teachers and the students that successfully answered questions about the flag at the end of the skit.
Flag Presentation at LaPlace Elementary Harry Glidden 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Place Dubourg Bingo October 2016 Harry Glidden 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of LaPlace Flag Presentation to Lake Pontchartrain Elementary Harry Glidden 2016-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Saints vs Falcons Pool Winners

Winners of the minute by minute September 26th Saints vs Falcons Football game pool are shown below.
Checks should be ready by October 1st.  See the person who signed you up on the pool to receive the check.
 
 
Saints vs Falcons Pool Winners Harry Glidden 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Student of the Quarter Awarded

 
Rotary Club of LaPlace awarded the Student of the Quarter to Burnell Hall, a Senior at West St John High School, at the Rotary Meeting on September 27, 2016.  Pictured is: Harry Glidden, Rotary Club President; Mr. Claude Hill, Jr., Principal of West St John High School; Burnell Hall; and Rotarian Betty Martin.
Student of the Quarter Awarded Harry Glidden 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

2016-2017 Officers Installed

 
2016-2017 Board of Directors l to R: Harry Glidden, President; Raj Pannu, President Elect; Melanie Basile, Past President; Eliana DeFrancesch, Secretary; Robbie Tomeny, Treasurer; Poonam Oberoi, Director; Cheryl Millet, Vice President; Anita Dabon, Director.  Not Present was Damon Davis, Sgt at Arms.
2016-2017 Officers Installed Harry Glidden 2016-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

LaPlace Rotary Awards 3 College Scholarships

 
On Tuesday June 7, 2016, the club awarded three $1000 scholarships to local high school seniors, Crystal Dabney (attending Nicholls State,)  Rayson Knight (attending Southern University,) and Kenneth Johnson, Jr (attending Alcorn State.) The scholarships were awarded in memory of long time educator, Rotarian and community leader, Allene Gregoire who passed away in 2009.
 
Student selection was based on their academic excellance, community involvment and dedication to self improvement.  Presenting the awards were Beverly Harris, Scholarship Committee chair and Harry Glidden, club treasurer. 
LaPlace Rotary Awards 3 College Scholarships Harry Glidden 2016-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Governor Visits Club Harry Glidden 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0