Crowley Rotarians plan on busy new club year

CROWLEY – It was fitting that the Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed three new members Tuesday into its midst as the club held its assembly to discuss plans for the new year.

The club is set for another busy year and plans on making it as successful as last year, if not better.

The club’s assembly began with a look at the Rotary Club of Crowley’s Community Service, chaired by Melinda Malmay.

Peggy Sandidge chairs the Human and Community Development Committee and has continued to push the club’s many volunteering efforts. This year the club will look to once again volunteer every other month at Miss Helen’s Soup Kitchen as well as prepare Thanksgiving dinner the night before Thanksgiving at The Welcome House and collect and deliver Christmas baskets to needy families in the area.

Sandidge added that she hopes for the club to participate in a second paperback book drive in the fall to add to the library the Rotary Club of Crowley created at the local penitentiary.

The club also has plans to once again participate in the FoodNet Drive and the Career EXPO.

Malmay added through the Environmental Protection Committee, she hopes to see the club promote and be made more aware of the annual Clean Up Day in the city when it draws closer. She would also like to see a larger group from Rotary participate.

The floor was turned over to a new committee under the Community Service sector for fundraising, chaired by Mary Zaunbrecher.

Zaunbrecher explained that the club will have several fundraising ventures again this year as in the po’boy sale, once again set for the Thursday of Rice Festival (Oct. 17 this year), and the Christmas auction held in conjunction with the club’s Christmas social.

Zaunbrecher announced that the rousing success that was Dancing with the Stars, in a Caring Way will return for a second year, the date has been set for May 3, 2014.

She also discussed how the club donates to several different area organizations as well.

Under the International Service sector, the club is still looking for ways to team up with other Rotary Clubs, in particular a club in South Africa they have worked toward teaming up with for several years.

The club also learned that the 2014 Rotary International Convention will be held in Sydney, Australia, and several members expressed interest in attending.

The club also reviewed plans for the year in the Rotary Club Service, Vocational Service and New Generations sectors.

Under the Rotary Club Service, specifically the Programs Committee, new chairperson Carolyn Barousse asked the club to alert her of any program ideas club members may have as she hoped to always have an entertaining and informative program at each meeting.

Prior to the assembly, Barbara Meyer, Michael Doughty and Sharon Core officially became new members of the Rotary Club of Crowley.

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