Rotary Club welcomes fellow members from France
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY- During the Crowley Rotary Club’s Tuesday luncheon, members welcomed five visiting Rotarians from the Lyon Region of France. They included, Jean Fangain of the Bourg Revermont Rotary Club, Clement Girod of the Lyon Ouest Club, Fanny Morlot of the Lyon Croix Rousse Cub, and Nicholas Duvernay and Yannick Girardin, both of the Belley Club.
These four members of Rotary International were selected as delegates of the Group Study Exchange, to visit the District 6200 (Southwest Louisiana) area for four weeks and will “have useful and friendly exchanges in professional and cultural fields,” as stated by Christian Charreaux, District Governor of the 1710 Lyon Region.
During this time, the two groups will attend the District Conference on May 29 in Lyon Villerbanne and participate in the workshop “Rotary: an opportunity for the young.”
The organization of these GSE illustrates the aim of Rotary International, “to promote the agreement between two nations, harmony and peace.”
The crew spent the morning with Alice Whiting, local tour guide and member of the Rotary Club.
“This morning we visited the Grand Opera House of the South and Levy Park, which were both wonderful places to visit,” remarked Duvernay.
Each member of the group shared a little about themselves during the luncheon.
Fangain is a retired executive officer of the cable industry who enjoys golf, sailing, skiing, history, and the opera. He believes that “this exchange gives an ideal opportunity to show Rotary International to young professionals.”
Girod is an instrumental engineer who designs software for automated control machines and enjoys climbing, skiing, tourism and football. Girod believes that GSE is a unique opportunity to meet people from different cultural backgrounds and to exchange ideas.
Morlot is a receptionist in a hotel who enjoys fitness, singing, and is an active member of a Catholic Worship Association. During this experience, she wishes to share professional and cultural experiences and to understand America better.
Duvernay is a project manager for VOLVO. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and mountain hiking. Duvernay believes that this experience will be a great chance to assimilate into the American customs and an opportunity to meet people involved in the Rotary International.
Girardin is a local director of the Suisse ALTRAN-Prime Unit and Consultant in innovation management. He enjoys skiing, mountain hiking, biking and cooking.
“This travel allows me to meet other people from another country, to know their culture and history and to share experiences,” he stated.
Each expressed their thanks for the hospitality that they were greeted with and their delight to be a part of the club’s discussion.
When asked what their favorite Louisiana foods were thus far, the unanimous answer was crawfish.
The group was also glad to share that their country has been extremely fortunate and has felt less economic blow than many other countries have felt through this time of economic struggle.
Following the discussion, each of the five GSE members presented President Lee Wright with a flag from their respective clubs.