Dist. 6200 Gov. LaCour discusses Rotary’s interworkings

CROWLEY – District 6200 Governor Mark LaCour enjoys talking about Rotary.

It wasn’t always the case, but like he explained to the Rotary Club of Crowley Tuesday, you have to get over the fear of failure and talk to people about Rotary to get more people interested.

“Rotary wants to grow,” he said. “You have to get over the fear and get talking about Rotary.”

As LaCour began studying up about what to talk about with Rotary, he explained Tuesday, at first it was hard to know where to begin. He wanted to talk about the international service organization’s youth exchange program, it’s work to eradicate the world of polio, it’s peace scholars, the food festival and its work with special children. He wanted to talk about everything that has made Rotary so important to him.

“We all belong to Rotary because it means something to us,” he said.

LaCour’s passion about Rotary has earned him accolades, particularly in his own club for helping it grow in membership.

Once he mastered how to approach people about Rotary, he ended up talking to 12 people, eight of which became members.

But for LaCour its more than just the programs Rotary promotes and participates in locally, nationally and internationally, it is about being “a citizen of the world” and promoting peace and service.

Peace was spoken of often Tuesday as it is part of this club year’s theme “Peace Through Service.”

“Paul Harris always believed that Rotary could be a vehicle of peace,” said LaCour.

He also talked about the basic philosophy that helping people reach basic needs, as Rotary strives to do, helps promote peace.

LaCour is known well throughout the district as the guy with “the big wheel” and last year’s newest Rotary public relations creation, the information podium, both of which, grab eyes and talk about Rotary as an international organization and can promote local Rotary causes.

He is now, with the help of other clubs across the country, helping the push to get more wheels made and have them became an international phenomenon.

Before leaving, LaCour also complimented all the hard work Crowley Rotarians have put in over the years.

“I compliment all you all do for the community,” he said.

LaCour concluded his talk by inviting everyone in attendance to join him at the District 6200 Conference, set for April 11-13.

“Please make plans to come,” he said. “I’m going to make sure it’s something you remember.”

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