Mr. Rotary: Bajat named on Rotary’s national board of directors

Abbeville’s little Rotary Club just got put on the international map thanks to the new appointment of Noel Bajat to the Rotary International Board of Directors. He will be one of 17 to sit on the board.

The news was announced at Wednesday’s weekly meeting.

“I love Rotary,” said Bajat. “I love what it stands for.”

Rotary International is the world’s largest service organization with a membership totaling 1.2 million business and professional leaders.

This organization is governed by a 19 member board of directors, two of whom are the president and president-elect.

As one of the other 17 board members, Noel will bring national and international attention to the Rotary Club of Abbeville, said long-time Abbeville Rotarian Don Chauvin. Typically, Rotary directors will invite other directors into their community bringing an awareness of our Cajun culture in exchange for learning about the other directors’ culture, Chauvin added.

The Rotary International Conference will be held in New Orleans in May of 2011 providing another major opportunity for foreign dignitaries to visit our city.

“As an RI Director, Noel will serve as a Louisiana ambassador of goodwill to all areas of the world,” Chauvin said.

Bajat is currently president/chief executive officer and director of Abbeville Building & Loan.

He has been a member of four Rotary Clubs and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Abbeville where he served as president in 1993-94. He served as District 6200 Governor in 1998-99.

He is the recipient of his club’s Rotarian of the Year Award, the Rotary Foundation District Service Award, the District 6200 Governors Cup Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award and the Rotary International “Service above Self” Award.

He is currently serving as the Foundation Coordinator and Governor Elects Trainer for the 2008 Institute in Boise, ID.

He has served Rotary International as a Zone Coordinator for Avoidable Blindness; Zone Leader for the Polio Eradication Fundraising Campaign; RI Presidents’ Representative in England, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Newfoundland and Virginia; National Advisor to the Permanent Fund; Committee Member of the 2004 Osaka International Institute; Delegate to the 2004 Council on Legislation; Training Leader at the 2004 International Assembly in Anaheim, CA and Training Leader and the Hospitality Chair at the 2005 International Assembly in Anaheim, CA. He served as a Facilitator for the 2006 Malmo Copenhagen Rotary International Convention and as a Facilitator for the 2007 Salt Lake City Rotary International Convention. At the Los Angeles International Convention in June, 2008, Noel and his wife “Sis” served as the Rotary Senior Leader Sergeant-at-Arms for president elect D.K. Lee and his wife Young. He is currently serving in his third and last year as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 26.

Noel has also been a guest speaker at numerous clubs, District President Elect Training Seminar, District Assemblies, District Conferences and Institutes in several states and in England, Japan and Canada.

He and his wife “Sis” are Major Donors, Benefactors, Charter Members of the Bequest Society and Members of the Paul Harris Society of the Rotary Foundation. They also are members of the White Hat Society.

They have four grown children and seven grandchildren. Sis is also an Honorary Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Abbeville.

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