Crowley Rotary Club hosts District Governor

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - Rotary International’s District 6200 Governor Clarence Prudhomme visited and talked to the Crowley Rotary Club Tuesday during their weekly meeting.

The club put aside its normal program itinerary in order for Prudhomme to have enough time to speak to the club.

Prior to the club’s normal meeting, Prudhomme met with the club’s board members to discuss what the Crowley club has been doing so far this year.

As he began his speech, Prudhomme mentioned that he has been to more than 30 clubs and found the briefings very informative.

“I’m pleased to be here,” said Prudhomme. “You have a great board and they have you on the right track.”

He discussed the International President’s motivations behind the club’s theme this year as well as the president himself.

Ray Klinginsmith of Missouri is this year’s Rotary International president and quickly began not only embracing change but enacting some changes of his own when he took over in July.

First, Klinginsmith’s theme, “Building Communities, Building Continents,” was a change of pace.

“For years, our themes were about action, but Ray wanted the theme to tell non-Rotarians what the club was about,” said Prudhomme.

Prudhomme went on to explain how many people see the Rotary logo and have no idea what the club is and what they do in communities across the world.

“At the club level we also have a new theme, ‘bigger, better, bolder’,” he said.

Prudhomme says the Crowley club has been doing the right things to meet this goal as well.

“Adding new members, the ‘New Generations’ youth programs and community service projects are all ways to make your club bigger,” he said.

He went on to explain that the younger generations of Rotary also take care of the other two aspects.

“You can’t help but get better when you bring in new ideas,” said Prudhomme.

The key, according to Prudhomme, is to listen to these ideas and be bold enough to take them on and try something different.

“You may meet a friend for life,” said Prudhomme.

Prudhomme, a native of Welsh and a Rotarian for almost 20 years, took over as this year’s District 6200 Governor on July 1, 2010. He says that he hopes that when he wakes up on July 1, 2011, he can ask himself if the clubs in his district have done everything they can to become “bigger, better and bolder.” He believes

In honor of Prudhomme’s visit to the club, the Crowley Rotary announced they will donate $100 to the Welcome House in his name.

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