District Gov. Broussard visits Crowley Rotary

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – The Crowley Rotary Club’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed locally over the years.

It turns out that the eyes of Rotary District 6200 and Rotary International have been caught by Crowley’s club as well.

That was just part of the message District 6200 Gov. Linwood Broussard delivered during his, and his wife’s, visit to the club Tuesday.

The bulk of Broussard’s message, however, was all about the great work that Rotary does each year and how Crowley’s club contributes to that work.

His speech started unconventionally, though.

First, he had the Crowley Rotarians join him in song, Westlife’s “Love Can Build A Bridge” to be exact. Broussard realized that some were probably wondering why he started with a song.

“It’s all about reaching out through love to build bridges,” he said.

Broussard relayed story after story that were all prime examples of Rotarians becoming more involved with the club through interaction and seeing the need to lend a hand and make others smile.

Broussard likened the experience as seeing those in need through a window and how Rotarians refuse to close that window and ignore problems.

He then moved on to explain how the money that Rotary club members put into the organization is very beneficial.

“They are like pebbles hitting the surface of a pond,” said Brousard. “There are ripples going in all directions and we don’t know where they will end. But we are certain that they can and will save lives.”

Finally Broussard pointed out the difference of a Rotary club member and a Rotarian. According to Broussard, they are not interchangeable terms.

A Rotarian is someone who is thoroughly involved in the club, he said, and is someone who does what he is asked to do and more.

He presented several more stories of members becoming Rotarians.

He also pointed out that projects such as PolioPlus prove that Rotarians “can indeed do anything.”

Before Broussard spoke, however, the announcement was made that the Crowley Rotary Club, in conjunction with First Church of God in Christ in Jeanerette’s mission department, had collected over 500 pounds of nonperishable food and toiletry items. The drive was held in conjunction with the Broussards’ visit and Shirley’s “Hunger Project.”

Each year the spouse of the district governor has a project that he or she works on the entire year. Shirley’s project takes donated items and puts them back into the community through local food banks and similar charitable organizations.

The Crowley collection was donated to The Welcome House and A.J. Bellow, one of the managers at The Welcome House, was on hand to accept the donation.

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