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.
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.
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.
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.