President Lynn Walton presided over today’s meeting. Ryan Kelly provided the opening prayer. Bill MacLauchlan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lynn led us in the Four Way Test. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom. Bill MacLauchlan thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and noted that we have no guests.
 
Lynn reminded members that our September 7th meeting will be an evening social. There will be no lunch meeting that day. We’ll meet at the Holiday Inn beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring a potential member to the meeting. Lynn will need a head count by week’s end of those who will be attending. She will send out an email request.
 
Mallory Donald was introduced and asked to provide a brief classification talk. Mallory is the incoming president. She is employed at J. Allen’s as an interior decorator. She has been a Rotarian since 2018. Lynn then introduced today’s guest speaker, Bob Vaughn. Bob is the 6840 District Governor.
 
Bob says his number one goal during his tenure is to re-connect the District to Rotarians. He is trying to fill all the Deputy District Governor positions. They will work closely with four or five clubs within their area.
 
He says that all Rotary projects begin in local clubs, even Polio Plus. Polio Plus was begun by a club in India. They were having a serious outbreak of Polio and the club wanted to do something to help. That local project has now grown to an international project with only two cases of Polio reported worldwide. Bob says these projects starts with a Rotarian who has a passion for a cause.
 
A strategic action planning meeting is scheduled for August 28th. Members will share what works and what doesn’t work in their clubs. They will focus on ways to improve clubs. They will also work to make Clubrunner easier to use and encourage clubs to post their news on Clubrunner so other clubs can stay better informed.
 
Other projects that will receive attention during Bob’s tenure is Habitat for Humanity and sex trafficking. He is encouraging every club to get with their local Habitat for Humanity and provide at least one day of service. Sex trafficking is a serious problem in the New Orleans area and along the I-10 and I-20 corridors. Bob is seeking ways Rotary can help with this problem.
 
Bob closed by noting that Rotarians are an amazing group doing amazing things. The next District Conference is scheduled for the last weekend in June. The International convention will be held in Houston, TX, June 4 – 8, 2022. He encouraged Rotarians to get more involved.
 
Lynn thanked Bob for his remarks. There being no further business to come before the club, she adjourned the meeting with our motto: “Service Above Self.”