September Newsletter pub by jolinmilioncherie


									September, 2005                                                                          Volume 5 Issue 3
                                                                                                                Rotary International
                                                                                                                District 6200
                                                                                                                Don Chauvin, District Governor

                                                                                                                            Assistant Governors:
 District Governor
Don Chauvin & Janet                                                                                             ♦ Daniel Doiron—Houma
                                                                                                                    Grand Isle, Golden Meadow, Houma, and
                                                                                                                    Houma Terrebonne

                                                                             assistance and gave key            ♦ Mike Hebert—Gonzales
Hurricane Katrina’s Visit                                                    points to club Presidents as           Donaldsonville, East Ascension, Gonzales,
By : Distr ict Gov ern or Don Ch auv in                                      these clubs prepare to activate        North Ascension and Thibodaux
                                                                             a disaster relief plan.
Thursday, September 8th, was a         Joe Hidalgo took center stage to      The message to all Presidents      ♦ Tom Bergeron—B.R. Capital City
very special day. This was the day     discuss the distribution areas        was simple, the district’s             Baker, BR Capital City, Plaquemine, Port
an emergency President’s Meeting       setup around District 6200 for        relief effort must come from
was held in Lafayette at 5:00 PM.      securing relief products.                                                    Allen, and Zachary
                                                                             the club level and the
Logic tells you that at best only      Rotarian Joe expressed his            foundation was prepared to be
25% of the Presidents would            thanks for all of the goods
                                                                             there for help.
                                                                                                                ♦   Douglas Braymer-BR Sunrise
attend, but what a surprise to see     contributed by other Rotary                                                  Baton Rouge, BR Sunrise, Denham Springs,
nearly every one of the 50 clubs in    clubs around the US.                  Governor Don explained that            False River/New Roads, and St. Francisville
District 6200 represented at this                                            our district had agreed to help
important Katrina Relief meeting.      Joe asked a representative from       District 6840 which includes
                                       Shelter Box, Jerry Palmer, to         the City of New Orleans and
                                                                                                                ♦   Tom McGinnis-Patterson
PDG Frank Bradshaw discussed           demonstrate the use of these          the entire Mississippi Gulf            Franklin, Morgan City, New Iberia, Patterson,
the District’s Foundation and the      Shelter Boxes and their               Coast. Nearly every Rotarian           and St. Martinville
role it would play in providing        availability for any evacuee          in this neighboring district
relief. PDG Frank asked the            within District 6200 or
District’s Technology Chairman,        elsewhere. Each Shelter Box
                                                                             was displaced by Katrina and       ♦   Joe Wolf, Sr-Lafayette
                                                                             Governor Don asked all to
Greg Landry, to review the             has two tents and necessary                                                  Abbeville, Lafayette, Laf. North, Laf. Pinhook,
                                                                             adopt this sister district.
District’s Disaster Relief Manual      equipment. Each tent can                                                     and Laf. South
and explain the process for            house a family of four. The           This meeting was the final
applying for relief grants from our    tents are designed to last            piece of the puzzle for the        ♦   Tom Darbonne-Opelousas Sunrise
Foundation. PDG Frank explained        approximately 6 months.               Disaster Committee to be put
that the Foundation Trustees would                                                                                  Eunice, Mamou, Opelousas, Opelousas
                                                                             into place.
meet every Saturday to review          Don Eisenberg and Tom                                                        Sunrise, and Ville Platte
grant requests and the first was       Randolph with the Rotary Club         A big THANK YOU goes out
scheduled for September 10.            of Baton Rouge both shared            to all who demonstrated            ♦   Becky Hudson-Welsh
                                       their expertise (and they have        SERVCE Above Self!
Later, Disaster Relief Coordinator     lots of it) in providing disaster                                            Crowley, Jennings, Kaplan, Kinder, Lake
                                                                                                                    Charles East, Oakdale, Welsh
  The Paradoxical Commandments                                                                                  ♦   Mike Hayes-Westlake
  By: Dr. Kent M. Keith—from his book titled Anyw ay: The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding
                                                                                                                    Beauregard-Sunrise, DeQuincy, DeRidder,
  Personal Meaning in a Crazy World
                                                                                                                    GR Lake Charles, Lake Charles, Sulphur,
                                                                                                                    Sulphur Sunrise & Westlake
        People are illogical,             forgotten tomorrow.                      follow only top dogs.
      unreasonable, and self-                Do good anyway.                Fight for a few underdogs anyway.         Always ready to provide examples of
             centered.                                                                                                        SERVICE Above Self
         Love them anyway.            Honesty and frankness make           What you spend years building may
                                            you vulnerable.                     be destroyed overnight.
     If you do good, people will       Be honest and frank anyway.                   Build anyway.
   accuse you of selfish ulterior
              motives.                 The biggest men and women,           People really need help but may
           Do good anyway.             with the biggest ideas can be        attack you if you do help them.
                                      shot down by the smallest men               Help people anyway
   If you are successful, you win      and women with the smallest
  false friends and true enemies.                  minds.              Give the world the best you have and
           Succeed anyway.                    Think big anyway.            you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
                                                                          Give the world the best you have
   The good you do today will be       People favor underdogs but                      anyway.
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                                  Meet Assistant Governor Mike Hebert
                                  Region II Assistant Governor is     of Gonzales. He has two sons—         and it is a shining example of his
                                  Mike Hebert who has been a          Jason and Michael and is proud        company’s artistic talent.
                                  member of the Rotary Club of        to say that he has six
                                  Gonzales for over 20 years—17       grandchildren—Dru, Brock, Luke,       This is Mike’s first year serving
                                  of those years with perfect         Houston, Holden and Hadley.           as an Assistant Governor and he
                                  attendance.                                                               has enjoyed every minute of this
                                                                      For the past 26 years, Mike has       new assignment.
                                  He has served his club as           owned and operated the Athletic
                                  Secretary, President and            Center in Gonzales. His business
                                  numerous years as a director. A     serves a variety of athletic
   Mike Hebert, Region II         two stone Paul Harris Fellow,       needs for all of Ascension Parish
     Assistant Governor           Mike is also a Benefactor for the   and the surrounding area.
       Member of the
                                  Rotary Foundation.
   Rotary Club of Gonzales                                            Mike’s company did the art
                                  Mike was born on March 23, 1947     design for the logo being used
                                  and has been a lifelong resident    for the 2006 District Conference               May 5-6, 2006

District 6200 Simplified Grants Awarded
By: PDG Frank Bradshaw, District Rotary Foundation Coordinator

I just wanted to bring everyone up-to-                 potable water project to                               China
date on the recent review of the                       provide water to Cow Island                        10. Rotary Club of Port Allen ~
District Simplified Grant Program                      area.                                                  $1,200 ~ Thanksgiving
applications by the District Rotary               2.   Rotary Club of Baker ~                                 celebration for Senior
Foundation Committee.                                  $2,230 ~ literacy project with                         Citizens
                                                       the Baker School system                            11. Rotary Club of St.
First, the committee would like to                3.   Rotary Club of Crowley ~                               Francisville ~ $400 ~
thank all the clubs who took the                       $692 ~ Calendar project with                           Dictionaries for school
initiative to make application ~ we had                local school                                           system
31 applications seeking $129,227 in               4.   Rotary Club of Denham                              12. Rotary Club of Sulphur
funds for outstanding projects on                      Springs ~ $1,000 ~ Park                                Sunrise ~ $1,025 ~
local, regional and international                      Equipment                                              Handicapped Baseball
scale. With so many outstanding                   5.   Rotary Club of East                                13. Rotary Club of Welsh ~
projects and only $20,676 in District                  Ascension ~ $1,000 ~ Literacy                          $1,000 ~ Community
Simplified Grant Funds available for                   Project in Guatemala                                   Assistance Program
this Rotary Year to award, the                    6.   Rotary Club of Gonzales ~
committee faced a daunting tasking in                  $1,629 ~ Exercise Equipment                        I wish we would have had the
evaluating the applications and                        for Senior Center                                  resources to fund all these
selecting those projects to receive               7.   Rotary Club of Greater Lake                        worthwhile projects ~ and its is
funding this Rotary year.                              Charles ~ $1,500 ~ Equipment                       my hope that you will support our
                                                       for the Women's Shelter                            push to fund the Foundation ~ as
After much consideration, the District
                                                  8.   Rotary Clubs of Lafayette                          the more we fund our foundation,
Foundation Committee decided to fund
                                                       and Plaquemine ~ $2,500 ~                          the more money this District will
the following
                                                       joint project ~ Vision                             be able to re-invest into the
                                                       equipment ~ Honduras                               clubs for their individual
1. Rotary Clubs of Abbeville and
                                                  9.   Rotary Club of Morgan City ~                       projects.
    Kaplan ~ $2,500 each ~ joint
                                                       $1,500 ~ Goodwill Project in
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                                                                                                                    SERVICE Above Self
Meet Region I Assistant District Governor Daniel J. Doiron
By : Dan ie l Doir on
I have been a Rotarian for seven     this time is that Rotary gives me    ness Administration. I presently
years minus about eight months       my self-worth in ways that noth-     am owned by three different busi-
when I took a break from the         ing else has.                        nesses: Fabregas Music Store, LLC,
world. Then I remembered, “No                                             which is a full line retail music
man is an island.”                   I am a multiple Paul Harris Fel-     store established in 1898 by my
                                     low and a benefactor. Mention-       great-grandfather. My brother
On a club level I have served on     ing this is not my forte, I’m sure   and partner is the General Man-
numerous committees, chaired         it is expected in an autobiogra-     ager. My great-uncle started our
committees, and even invented a      phy about my Rotary back-            juke box and coin operated busi-
few committees. I was the            ground.                              ness in 1938. I am the General
President of the Houma Rotary                                             Manager of this company, known
Club in this millennium, (under      As Assistant Governor of Region
                                     I, I have a few thoughts already     as F.M.S., INC. I also share in the
Past District Governor Frank
                                     stored in my memory banks. I         joy of rental property.
Bradshaw—2002-2003). That
was a great year in my life even     feel very humbled to walk into a     My wife Trudy and I will celebrate
though I didn’t realize it until I   Rotary meeting or event in my        30 years of marriage in November.
totaled all the points our club      region and be shown the respect      She is a retired school teacher
had scored in that Rotary year.      and reverence clubs give their       who loves being retired. She’s in         Daniel J. Doiron
(I also grew as a person.)           Assistant District Governors. I      the garden club, sewing club, and               Region I
                                     also think the title should be       loves to read and fish. She’s got a
                                                                                                                 Assistant District Governor
I learned how to lead a board        changed to “Assistant to the                                               Member of the Rotary Club of
                                                                          million dollar smile and eyes that
meeting by using the famed work      Governor,” “cause, we ain’t all                                                       Houma
                                                                          melt my heart.
of somebody named, “Robert’s         dat.”
Rules of Order.” I think that book                                        My son, Arthur, is a student at
should follow “The Origin of Man-    My educational background and        Nicholls State University with an
kind” by God. I learned how to       professional background are one      interest in Education. My daughter,
speak before an audience of          and the same. I learned more         Danielle, is a Resident Doctor, who
people, who could buy me with a      about hard work, honesty and         recently graduated from the LSU
                                                                                                                  “I presently am
                                     team work from the family of
dime, or sue me for improper air
replacement in by breathing          twelve I came from, my
                                                                          School of Medicine.                     owned by three
                                     neighbors who hired me to cut        My favorite interests are salt
approach based on the square
                                     the grass and work around their      water marsh fishing, keeping busy,          different
foot capacity of our meeting
                                     houses for 25¢ an hour, and the      Rotary, family and friends, as well
                                     job I had from 4:00 P.M. to 11:00    as yard work, but (no flowers,           businesses:...”
I also learned how to beg with       P.M. at a convenience store four     please) trees, bushes and grass.
dignity, recognize the value of      days a week while attending
public recognition, and use diplo-   college at Nicholls State Univer-    In conclusion, thank you for allow-
matic skills that could solve the    sity. I do have an Associate         ing me to introduce myself to our
problems at the United Nations.      Science Degree from Nicholls         District 6200 Rotarians.
My personal thought on Rotary at     State University, 1975, in Busi-
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                     Your Membership Minute By:     Jana Bodensteiner, coordinator, Membership Development

                     Take a moment and           know how to explain           Rotary. Suggest that
                     think about how you         Rotary to others in a         Rotary membership is
                     were introduced to          concise and appealing         a gift, and emphasize
                     Rotary. Who invited         way.                          how important it is to
                     you to your first                                         share this gift with
                     Rotary meeting? Who         Regardless of the             others. You may want
                     invited you to join         reason for their              to point out that
                     your club?                  hesitation, a change in       someone was once
                                                 perspective may               nice enough to share
                     Now think about all of      motivate more                 Rotary with each one
                     the great people            Rotarians to invite           of them, and so they
                     you've met, important       others to come to a           should all extend the
                     projects you've             Rotary event with             courtesy and share
                     contributed to,             them. Perhaps if              Rotary with others.
                     interesting places          members focus on all          Once members are
                     you've been, and the        of the benefits of            focused on how much
                     people you've helped        Rotary and think of           they have enjoyed and
                     throughout your time        Rotary membership as          gained from their time
                     in Rotary.                  a gift to be shared           in Rotary and how
                                                 instead of product to         appreciative they are
                     It's probably fair to       be sold, they will be         of the person who
    “For many        say that, considering       more inspired to invite       proposed them, they
                     all you've gained           others to join Rotary.        may be more open to
          people,    through your                                              the idea of sharing the
          joining    membership in Rotary,       Because August is             gift of Rotary with
                     you appreciate the          Membership and                others in their lives.
   Rotary is a       person who first            Extension Month, now
                     invited you to your         is the time to challenge      The next step is for
life-changing        club. If it hadn't been     your club members to          each club member to
          event. “   for that person's kind      invite someone into           come up with a list of
                     invitation, you might       Rotary. After all, the        qualified individuals
                     not have had the            fact that membership          who might make a
                     same opportunities for      in Rotary is by               good Rotarian:
                     fellowship, service,        invitation only means         friends, family
                     and international           that the survival of          members, business
                     exposure.                   your club depends on          associates, neighbors,
                                                 members sharing               and other
                     For many people,            Rotary with others.           acquaintances. Some
                     joining Rotary is a life-                                 members may say
                     changing event. So          First, spend a few            that they can't think of
                     why do so many              minutes facilitating a        any good prospective
                     Rotarians find it           discussion among club         members. To address
                     difficult to ask others     members in which they         this issue, hand out
                     to join?                    reflect on the person         index cards and ask
                                                 who proposed each of          your members to use
                     Perhaps members are         them for membership.          the card to keep a list
                     uncomfortable               Ask them to consider          of every person they
                     approaching other           how much their time in        meet or speak to in a
                     people and "selling"        Rotary has meant to           24-hour period –
                     Rotary to them.             them and how much             surely one of those
                     Maybe they don't            they have gained from                   (Continued on page 5)
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                                                                                                       SERVICE Above Self

(Continued from page 4)                         join me?"
people is worthy of the gift of                                                                  them. Once club members
Rotary!                                         Finally, spend a few minutes having              think about recruitment as
                                                your club members write down                     sharing a gift instead of
At this point, it's important to                some of the reasons they're in                   making a sales call, you
discuss how club members                        Rotary. Encourage them to discuss                should see an increase in the
should approach these                           these reasons with the next guest                number of prospective
potential Rotarians. It can be                  they bring to a club event. Sharing              members invited to club
intimidating for both the                       the gift of Rotary is more than just             events.
Rotarian and the prospective                    inviting someone to a meeting; it
member if the Rotarian tries                    also includes sharing personal                   Be sure to follow up with your
to "sell" Rotary and explain                    Rotary experiences with the people               members throughout the year
everything about its programs                   around you. When prospective                     so that recruitment becomes a
in the initial invitation.                      members hear about the great                     continuous activity in your
Therefore, it can be beneficial                 experiences that their hosts have                club and so that every
to keep the initial contact as                  had in Rotary, they can start to                 member is held accountable
simple as possible. Remind                      visualize the great experiences they             for their recruitment activities.
your members that the initial                   might have in Rotary.                            As club members learn to
approach can be very                                                                             discuss their own personal
effortless; in many cases, it's                 At the end of your program, remind               experiences and the benefits
simply inviting someone to                      club members that inviting                       of Rotary with prospective
breakfast or lunch or saying                    someone to a Rotary event opens                  members, they'll soon
something like, "I'm going to a                 up a whole world of exciting new                 discover that inviting
meeting later this week with a                  opportunities for that person.                   individuals and sharing Rotary
program that I think you'd find                 Encourage them to share the gift of              is easier than they thought it
interesting. Would you like to                  Rotary with the people around                    would be.

                                                     SERVICE Above Self
                                                            By: RI President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar

                                Taking             designed to help people learn to read and     themselves and their families.
                                Service            write. We have equipped schools,
                                Above Self         educated                                      In 2005-06, I also encourage
                                as the theme       teachers, and given children the clothing     Rotarians to continue their work on
                                for this           and books required to attend classes.         water management, another issue
                                important          And in communities throughout the             that Rotarians have effectively
                                year reflects      world, Rotarians are taking the time to       addressed in many parts of the world.
                                my desire to       visit schools, reading to children and        The continued action of Rotarians is
                                use                listening to them read in turn. Despite       desperately needed to alleviate hunger
    RI 2005-06 President
 Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar the best and
                                                   our many successes, countless adults          and improve the health and well being
                              most                 cannot read or write a simple sentence or     of all those who are deprived of this
meaningful words to inspire Rotarians. I           are functionally illiterate — that is, they   essential resource.
prefer to focus on those areas in which we         are unable to use reading, writing,
have demonstrated significant strength in          and calculation to engage in most
the past and that represent the most basic         work and normal daily activities.
human needs.
                                                   Clearly, Rotary’s considerable
One such area is literacy and education.           experience and continued
From one-on-one tutoring efforts to large-         commitment is needed in addressing
scale literacy programs, Rotary clubs have         this problem, which limits so many
developed an impressive array of projects          people in their efforts to care for
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                           What Makes a Great Bulletin?                                   programs; make sure each member
                                                                                          knows their scheduled day. Also,
                           By: Mary Donaldson, Rotary Club of Kinder                      make a list of the important dates
                                                                                          to specific events. Make sure
                           Each Tuesday at noon, the      Make a template of the          everyone knows what events are
                           Kinder Rotarians look          newsletter. This makes it       scheduled.
                           forward to fellowship,         easy to update with the
                           good food, and a little fun.   current events from our club    Each week include a message from
                                                                                          the club President. This can be
               “Keep an    As our club’s bulletin         and community. Each week
                                                                                          informative, inspiring, or just plain
                           editor, I try to make our      feature the highlights from
         updated list of   bulletin entertaining and      the program as well as a        humorous. Also, add an inspiring
                           informative.                   photograph.                     quotation related to the theme,
               local and                                                                  “Service Above Self.”
         district Rotary   What makes a successful        Keep an updated list of local
                                                                                          Don’t forget the fines! (My
                           club bulletin? First of all,   and district Rotary news and
               news and    attend all meetings and        occasionally feature            favorite part) List all the fines and
                           board meetings. Make sure      International Rotary News.      clearly state what the guilty party
            occasionally   to take detailed notes. If     List all the guests and         did to deserve to be fined.
                 feature   you are unable to attend,      visiting Rotarians. Keep
                           have someone take notes        track of the attendance,        Have fun with it! Change the order
           International   for you. Get the names of      show who was not in             around occasionally to keep it
                           all the visitors and the       attendance, and stress the      fresh. I want my fellow Rotarians
         Rotary News. “    guest speaker, and photos      importance of attending         to look forward to reading their
                           if possible.                   regularly. Keep an updated      weekly bulletin.
                                                          list of the upcoming
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  Rotary Club of St. Martinville Cruises with
  District Governor
President Lon Latiolais was all     Captain Ray
smiles as he and his fellow Ro-     Pellerin checked
tarians played host to District     the Internet for
Governor Don Chauvin and his        the exact time of
wife Janet. The St. Martinville     the sunset for
club hit a home run when they       Henderson, LA and
arranged for Governor Don and       manuvered the
Jan to get a sunset cruise in the   yacht into perfect
Atchafalya Basin on the beautiful   position for
BEAU RÊVE, a Royal Acadian Yacht    Governor Don to
owned by Rotarian Ray Pellerin.     capture this
President Lon scheduled the         memorable sunset
regular business meeting on the     photo.
yacht one hour before Captain
                                    The fellowship,
Ray Pellerin started the
                                    view and cruise
infamous cruise. After the
business meeting the Board of
                                    SPECTACULAR and
Directors were joined by several
                                    will be talked
other St. Martinville Rotarians
                                    about by all who
and their wives on a perfectly
                                    attended for some
timed cruise of a Louisiana
treasure, the Atchafalya Basin.

                                                                       all 50
    A portion of the group of Club Presidents & disaster
 representatives assembled for an emergency meeting held
             in Lafayette, LA on Sept. 8, 2005
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                                                      DISTRICT 6200 AUGUST 2005Club
                                                   Membership, Attendance and Foundation Goals

Club                         Members             %      Rank     Foundation     Club                  Members             %      Rank      Foundation
                             6/30/2005 Current Attendance      Goal     To Date                      6/30/2005 Current Attendance       Goal      To Date

                       GROUP I - membership to 25 members                                          GROUP III - membership 51 to 75 members
Baker                           22       22                     1,900           Crowley                  63      63     81.00%          5,000
BR - Capital City               12       13    77.00%           1,200           Eunice                   64      60     57.05%          6,500
Denham Springs                  17       17                     1,700           Franklin                 58      62                     5,000
DeQuincy                        17       15    86.99%           1,300           Gonzales                 57      58     75.42%          4,000
False River-New Roads           15       15                     1,000           GR Lake Charles          66      79     72.50%          12,000
Golden Meadow                   22       25    81.00%            600            Houma                    83      84     74.32%          7,000     10,547
Grand Isle                      13       12                      400            Lafayette - South        51      61     72.45%          4,800
Jennings                        20       18    85.00%           2,300           Lake Charles             69      71     73.25%          6,000        3,337
Kaplan                          20       20    75.00%           2,000           Morgan City              59      61     78.77%          6,300
Lafayette - Pinhook             12       12    89.00%            900            St. Francisville         56      54     48.00%          2,600
Lake Charles - East              9        9                      500            Sulphur                  66      68     58.96%          61,400
Lockport                        24       23    54.00%           2,400           Ville Platte             52      51     71.00%          5,300
North Ascension                 23       10                     1,200
Sulphur Sunrise                 22       18    71.93%           1,050                               GROUP IV - membership of 76 and over
Westlake                        22       19    86.00%           1,700           Baton Rouge             495      493    45.98%          35,000          638
                                                                                BR - Sunrise            123      117                    11,000
                     GROUP II - membership 26 to 50 members                     Lafayette               155      155    66.73%          15,000
Abbeville                       49       48    79.23%           4,500           Thibodaux                95      94                     5,000

Beauregard Vernon Sun           32       30    93.25%           1,400   4,050
DeRidder                        33       32    81.03%           3,200           DIST TOTALS            2567     2553    74.03%          212,750     19,047
Donaldsonville                  31       31                     1,200
East Ascension                  42       42    87.12%           4,100
Houma - Terrebonne              45       51                     2,150
Kinder                          31       29    74.50%           3,000
Lafayette - North               27       28    77.69%           2,900
Mamou                           28       28                      500
New Iberia                      39       39    67.00%           4,100
Oakdale                         36       29                      500
Opelousas                       48       46    85.45%           4,500    475
Opelousas - Sunrise             28       24    91.00%           2,800
Patterson                       28       27    60.00%           1,700
Plaquemine                      47       46    67.93%           4,800
Port Allen                      29       29                     1,500
St. Martinville                 33       32    62.50%           1,300
Welsh                           33       34    83.00%           3,300
Zachary                         44       46                     4,500
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 Rotary Promotes Literacy

 Close to a billion people lack the most basic literacy skills with millions more functionally illiterate, lacking the tools to meet the
 demands of everyday life. Every July, Rotary clubs across the world focus on ways to address these problems through literacy

 This year, RI President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar continues Rotary’s emphasis on literacy, and the key role Rotary clubs can play
 in helping promote literacy throughout the world, with the Presidential Resource Group on Literacy.

 In addition to President Carl’s personal initiatives, Rotary International offers a number of resources to help Rotary clubs plan and
 implement local and international literacy projects. For more information visit the Rotary web site,, and see the

 ♦       The WCS Projects Exchange Database
 ♦       Service Opportunities: Literacy
 ♦       Literacy projects at the 2005 RI Convention
 ♦       The Community Projects Database

 Project Ideas
 1.      Organize a public awareness campaign encouraging parents to read to their children.
 2.      Donate books to students and class libraries at home and abroad.
 3.      Schedule a reading hour at a local library or school when club members would read to children.
 4.      Provide child care for parents attending literacy classes.
 5.      Reward students who read the most books, win a spelling bee or book report contest, or tutor others.

Points of Interest
♦     Ninety-eight percent of the world’s illiterate population is in developing countries.
♦     Fifty percent of the world’s illiterate people live in India and China.
♦     More than 50 percent of the population of Africa is illiterate.
♦     Two-thirds of all those who lack literacy and numeracy skills are women.
♦     More than 130 million school-age children are not attending classes.
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                                         Two countries, one destination —
                                         And a new century of service!
                                         Just as Rotary’s mission of peace and understanding unites people every-
                                         where, a spirit of cooperation and togetherness links the cities of Malmo
                                         and Copenhagen, a spirit symbolized by the bridge that connects them. The
                                         2006 RI Convention is not only the first such Rotary celebration in the Nor-
                                         dic region — it’s also the first to embrace the hospitality of host countries.
                                         The 97th annual RI Convention presents a remarkable opportunity to build
                                         your own bridges of friendship and service with fellow Rotarians and come
                                         away with new ideas and inspiration that will resonate into the future.

    Rotarians are encouraged to use materials
    from RI’s Humanity in Motion public image
    campaign to attract positive publicity for
    their service efforts.
      Global Public Image Campaign
      “Humanity in Motion” (Media Kit)

      These files are included on the “Humanity in Motion” Global Public Image Campaign CD-ROM that Rotarians can use to obtain gratis
      or low-cost placements with their local media. The CD-ROM contains television and radio public service announcements as well as
      print, Web, and outdoor ad designs with a polio eradication theme. Rotary members can order the CD-ROM by sending a fax to the
      Rotary International warehouse at 847-866-3276 and requesting item #608 or by ordering online at

      Remember, public image is tied to membership gains!! ~ Ed Futa, RI General Secretary, Rotary World, July 2005
 We’re on the web!                                                                                                                                 Rotary International
                                                                                                                                                   District 6200

 Visit us at :                                                                                                                                     Don Chauvin, District Governor

                                                        Visit our District 6200 website and
                                                        check out our all new Katrina Relief
                                                        information page. The web address
                                                        This is where you will find your
                                                        grant relief forms. But you best                                                 P.O. Box 44365
                                                        hurry!                                                                           Lafayette, LA 70504
                                                                                                                                         Phone: 800-774-8370
                                                                                                                                         Fax: 800-926-0943

Cost of an Oil Change
Oil Change instructions for Women:                   everywhere from holes. Cleverly          34)   Throw stupid crescent wrench.
1)    Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the                 hide old oil filter among trash in       35)   Cuss for additional 10 minutes
      mileage reaches 3000 miles since               trash can to avoid environmental               because wrench hit bowling
      the last oil change.                           penalties. Drink a beer.                       trophy.
2)    2) Drink a cup of coffee.                17)   Buddy shows up; finish case of           36)   Beer.
3)    3) 15 minutes later, write a check             beer with him. Decide to finish oil      37)   Clean up hands and forehead and
      and leave with a properly main-                change tomorrow so you can go                  bandage as required to stop blood
      tained vehicle.                                see his new garage door opener.                flow.
                                               18)   Sunday: Skip church because "I           38)   Beer.
       Money spent:                                  gotta finish the oil change." Drag       39)   Beer.
       Oil Change            $20.00                  pan full of old oil out from under-      40)   Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
       Coffee                $ 1.00                  neath car. Cleverly dump oil in          41)   Beer.
        Total                                        hole in back yard instead of taking      42)   Lower car from jack stands.
              $21.00                                 it back to Kragen to recycle.            43)   Accidentally crush remaining case
                                               19)   Throw kitty litter on oil spilled              of new motor oil.
                                                     during step 18.                          44)   Move car back to apply more kitty
Oil Change instructions for Men:               20)   Beer? No, drank it all yesterday.              litter to fresh oil spilled during
1)    Wait until Saturday, drive to auto       21)   Walk to 7-11; buy beer.                        steps 23 - 43.
      parts store and buy a case of oil,       22)   Install new oil filter making sure to    45)   Beer.
      filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and         apply a thin coat of oil to gasket       46)   Test drive car.
      a scented tree, write a check for              surface.                                 47)   Get pulled over: arrested for
      $50.00.                                  23)   Dump first quart of fresh oil into             driving under the influence.
2)    Stop by 7 - 11 and buy a case of               engine.                                  48)   Car gets impounded.
      beer, write a check for $20, drive       24)   Remember drain plug from step            49)   Call loving wife, make bail.
      home.                                          11.                                      50)   12 hours later, get car from im-
3)    Open a beer and drink it.                25)   Hurry to find drain plug in drain              pound yard.
4)    Jack car up Spend 30 minutes                   pan.
      looking for jack stands.                 26)   Remember that the used oil is                        Money spent:
5)    Find jack stands under kid's pedal             buried in a hole in the back yard,
      car.                                           along with drain plug.                               Parts
6)    In frustration, open another beer        27)   Drink beer.                                                        $   50.00
      and drink it.                            28)   Shovel out hole and sift oily mud                    DUI Ticket
7)    Place drain pan under engine.                  for drain plug Re-shovel oily dirt                                 $2,500.00
8)    Look for 9/16 box end wrench.                  into hole. Steal sand from kid’s                     Impound fee
9)    Give up and use crescent wrench.               sandbox to cleverly cover oily                                     $   75.00
10)   Unscrew drain plug.                            patch of ground and avoid envi-                      Bail
11)   Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil:             ronmental penalties. Wash drain                                    $ 1500.00
      splash hot oil on you in process.              plug in lawnmower gas.                               Beer
      Cuss.                                    29)   Discover that first quart of fresh oil                             $   40.00
12)   Crawl out from under car to wipe               is now on the floor. Throw kitty                       Total
      hot oil off of face and arms. Throw            litter on oil spill.                                               $4,165.00
      kitty litter on spilled oil.             30)   Drink beer.
13)   Have another beer while watching         31)   Crawl under car getting kitty litter     But, hey, you know the job was done
      oil drain.                                     into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag       right!
14)   Spend 30 minutes looking for oil               used to clean drain plug. Slip with
      filter wrench.                                 stupid crescent wrench tightening
15)   Give up; crawl under car and                   drain plug and bang knuckles on
      hammer a screwdriver through oil               frame.
      filter and twist off.                    32)   Bang head on floorboards in
16)   Crawl out from under car with                  reaction to step 31.
      dripping oil filter splashing oil        33)   Begin cussing fit.

    If you always do what you’ve always done,
    you’ll always get what you’ve always got!
                                                                                                                                                     May 5-6, 2006
   Rotary International
   District 6200                                                                        Postage
   P.O. Box 44365
   Lafayette, LA 70504


The following businesses have committed to help sponsor your 2006 District Conference
  scheduled for May 5-6, 2006. We ask that you please thank them the next time you
           visit their business. To add your business to this list simply call
                     Joell Perry, Conference Chair, at 225-647-5110.

                               St. Elizabeth Hospital
                                            Gonzales, LA

                               Ascension Specialty Advertising
 Gordon R. Crawford                    304 E. Ascension Street
 Louisiana Injury Lawyer                Gonzales, LA 70737
 324 E. Worthy                             225.647.5110
 Gonzales, LA 70737
 225.647.2881                                                        United Community Bank
                                                                          Gonzales, LA

                          Stephanie Wall
                          Attorney at Law
                          Gonzales, LA

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