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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rotary Club of LaPlace began a Reading With Rotary project in March as a part of the celebration of the Centennial of the Rotary Foundation. Pictured is Rotarian Lucien Gauff reading to a kindergarten class at West St John Elementary School in Edgard, LA.
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.