Rotary refresher course focus of Crowley club’s program

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – School may not be back in session for the public schools of Acadia Parish until today, but the Rotary Club of Crowley had their own version of a refresher course complete with a take home quiz at Tuesday’s meeting.

Past District 6200 Governor Clarence Prudhomme, was invited to be the guest speaker Tuesday for a program he decided to call “Rotary 101.”

The information he shared was based on what he learned last year as the governor for district 6200 and visiting all 51 clubs of the district.

Prudhomme speaking at the club’s first meeting of January seemed fitting as January is also Rotary Awareness Month.

The past district governor applauded the successes for the Crowley club and how it’s now 75 members help make Rotary International’s 1.2 million members proud.

“With all the great things this club is doing, I’m sure this will mostly be a refresher,” said Prudhomme.

He also said how the club’s continued successes is dependant upon proactive members and leadership.

“For this club to remain a great club, it needs good leaders,” said Prudhomme. “Looking at what you have accomplished, it is obvious you have that, have had it in the past and will continue it in the future.

“Everyone of you are leaders, and you need to continue that tradition of great leaders in this club.

His two main topics were Rotary club members, which he qualified as the most important element of Rotary, and the club itself.

Rotary members, according to Prudhomme, help not only keep Rotary going but keep the international organization successful.

Local project such as The Welcome House and international initiatives such as PolioPlus and the End Polio Now campaign are prime examples of club members moving the club progressively forward and making it a successful and internationally known project.

The Rotary Club focuses on five main sectors–club, vocational, international, community and new generations. Prudhomme stressed the importance of interacting and engaging the next generation to get them involved in Rotary and Rotary-related projects.

Prudhomme then turned his attention to Rotary International. Rotary International has 530 districts, three within the state of Louisiana–districts 6200, 6840 and 6190).

District 6200 and 13 other district comprise Zone 31. Combined with Zone 30, the two partners create Rotary’s “Heart of America,” which has 26 districts over many states in the United States.

Each zone has a Rotary International Director and there is also a Council on Legislation which has a representative from each district.

Earlier in the meeting District 6200 Governor Linwood Broussard made presentations to the club in honor of their donations to the organization and particularly a certificate of appreciation for their contrabutions to PolioPlus to help Rotary International meet its monetary goals over the past few years.

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