Freeland named Humanitarian of the Year by Crowley Chamber of Commerce
CROWLEY – The Board of Directors of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the selection of Joseph W. Freeland as the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year. Freeland was born and raised in Crowley, where he now resides with his wife Charlotte Champion Freeland. Married for forty-two years, the Freelands have one daughter, Fran Freeland Yanity, who resides in Texas, and one son, Clint C. Freeland, who resides in New York. They are also the proud grandparents of one granddaughter, Alexandra, and they will welcome twin grandchildren soon.
Freeland graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in applied agricultural engineering and a Master’s degree in agricultural economics. He is a self-employed business man, operating Freeland Real Estate Services and Joseph W. Freeland Interests, including land management and brokerage.
Freeland is a member of First United Methodist Church. There he has been an active member, serving as a former chairman of their mission. He is a past-President and founding member of the Episcopal School of Acadiana.
Freeland is a past Chairman of the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organizations based in North Fort Myers, Florida. He has also served as a board member for the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Acadiana Outreach Center of Lafayette. He has chaired the Acadia Parish Locker to Locker Youth Rally. In addition, Freeland continues to serve by volunteering at Miss Helen’s Soup Kitchen and Crowley Christian Care Center.
Freeland is a long time member of the Crowley Rotary Club. He served previously as the President of the Lafayette club, and currently he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Crowley Rotary Club. He has also served as a board member for the International Service Project.
More recently, Freeland has spearheaded the efforts to rebuild the Welcome House, the only homeless shelter in Acadia Parish. He has motivated the Crowley Rotary Club to give of their talent and resources to create a more suitable environment for those who seek shelter at the Welcome House. He has organized fundraising efforts and in-kind services and donations to bring this project closer to reality. With groundbreaking expected within the year, the Chamber has chosen to recognize Freeland for his work to rebuild the Welcome House, in addition to his many years of service to the humanitarian efforts of our area.
All are invited to join the Chamber at the Annual Banquet on May 29, where Mr. Freeland will be honored as the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year. The Chamber will also recognize its Board of Directors, the Business Person of the Year, and Outstanding Young Citizens. Fezzo’s will cater the event, which will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at 6 p.m. During the cocktail hour, the crowd will be entertained by a jazz trio, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction. The banquet will begin with dinner service at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the Chamber office, at 788-0177. Individual tickets are $30, and tables for ten may be reserved for $250.