Rotary addresses various topics at meeting

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – The Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon gave the club the opportunity to address many different topics as well as add a new member to its ranks.

First, visiting Rotarian from the Hammond-Ponchatoula Sunriser Rotary Club, Mark Gray, was on hand to discuss ShelterBox USA. Gray briefly explained what ShelterBox does. The group responds to natural disasters internationally. It launched formally in 2000 and is the largest Rotary Club project in the world. The box typically consists of custom-designed 10-person tent, thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, multi-fuel stove, cooking utensils, tools, water purification equipment, waterproof ponchos, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack. More information on the group can be found on its website shelterboxusa.org.

The club then moved on to install a new member, Dwayne Fulton. Announcements of more potential members were made.

President Isabella delaHoussaye then took the opportunity to remind the club of several upcoming events including the Welcome House Construction Fundraiser, being held May 9 in Rayne, and the Rotary International Conference, being held May 21-25 in New Orleans.

Due to the lack of a program for the day, the meeting was then turned over to its vocational speaker, Ted Charmichael, who talked about his life growing up, owning various businesses and what brought him to Rotary.

“When you look at what our club has done with the Welcome House; when you look at what we’ve done internationally with polio plus; and with smaller projects, it’s a blessing,” said Carmichael, a 26-year veteran of the club.

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