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Northlake-Mandeville

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Beau Chene Country Club
602 N. Beau Chene Dr.
Mandeville, LA 70471
United States of America
Phone:
(985) 789-2316
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 246 Mandeville, La. 70470
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District Governor Regina Wedig and Assistant Governor Tom Quinn installed the Officers and Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 Rotary year on June 30, 2022, at the Beau Chene Country Club.  Shown here from Left are Tom Quinn; Marty Audiffred, incoming President for 2022-2023; Regina Wedig; and Ken McAuliffe, Past President.
Doug Place, Master of Ceremonies, thanks Ken McAuliffe, outgoing President, for his leadership during the past Rotary year.
During the Installation Banquet the following Paul Harris Award donors were honored for their contributions to the Rotary International Foundation: Steve Saux, Debbie Stewart, Reid Falconer, Leanne Truehart!
District Governor Regina Wedig inducted our newest member, Kennon Stingley!!  Tom Quinn is pictured here awarding Kennon with our official T-shirt which is worn when working on our service projects.
Rotarians have adopted the Mandeville Lakefront as part of the Keep Mandeville Beautiful program.  Once during most months, Rotarians pick up trash left by the many visitors to the Lakefront.  For June, the group above met early on Saturday, June 25, to beat the heat.  Cigarette butts are still the most voluminous item picked up, followed this month by paper and many discarded water bottle caps.  Pictured above are Rotarians Bob Matthews, Ben Motion, Jeanne Schram, Tom Quinn, and Doug Place.  A large number of people using the Lakefront stopped us and expressed their gratitude for our cleaning efforts.  Come join us for good exercise benefitting our community.
Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club is sponsoring an incredible student in competition for a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship.  She is Madison Jacks of Lacombe, La, pictured above with Leanne Truehart, her sponsor in our club.
Madison graduated from Arizona State Univ. with a 4.0 GPA.  She is seeking the scholarship to obtain a double degree in Political Economy of Development jointly awarded by Services Po Paris and the London School of Economics.  She would spend her first year in Paris and her second year in London. 
Her passion is to alleviate poverty in underdeveloped countries by focusing on economic and community development.  Her desire was motivated by her experience in Peru where she helped build an aquaculture system which decreased iron-deficienciy anemia in the local population while increasing their incomes.
Good luck Madison in the competition!! We know you will do well!!
Rotarians help neighbors in Mandeville remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.  For each of the flag holidays, Rotarians place a 10 ft pole with American flag in subscribers' yards.  To subscribe the cost is only $50 per year.  Proceeds from the subscriptions are donated to 10-15 charities in the Mandeville area.
On April 22, 2022, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club announced its 2022 Scholarship winners and celebrated with several of its past winners.  The "Sunday With Scholars" event was held at the Beau Chene Country Club.  This collage shows the two 2022 Scholarship winners, Natalie Lovell and Andrew Beshenich,  and our new $1,000 Scholarship winner for 2022, Stephen Guidry.  Each of the three spoke about their achievements and aspirations and are shown speaking next to the Rotary banner.  Each of the past winners gave an update on their achievements from this Spring semester and their plans for the next semester.  The collage above also shows several Rotarians, Sponsors, and Distinguished Guests, all of whom attended the Dinner and Silent Auction.  A more detailed explanation of the event can be found two stories down in this web site tab.
 
On Saturday, May 14, 2022 the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club held its annual Crawfish Boil at the Madisonville Park Pavillion.  The crawfish and shrimp were delicious and catered by Nan's of Mandeville.  Pizza was also provided for those who preferred it.  Thanks to Bob Matthews and Cindi Raymond for chairing the event.  A good time was had by all!!
May be an image of 5 people, people standing and text that says 'මE KONA 20182012 WAITARE Debbie Stuart, Celeste Guidry, Lauren Lacoste, Stephen Guidry and Andrew Beshenich'
 
On Sunday, April 24, 2022, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club hosted its annual "Sunday With Scholars" banquet at the Beau Chene Country Club.  Each year two $12,000 scholarships are awarded to area high school students.  Every four years another $12,000 scholarship is awared by the Rusty Sexton Foundation.  This year a new $1,000 scholarship was initiated by Rotarian Laurie Pennison in memory of her parents. It was awarded to Stephen Guidry shown above.  The 2022 scholarship winners were Natalie Lovell and Andrew Beshenich.  Other scholars pictured were awarded in previous years.  The two 2022 outstanding scholars were selected from over 30 applicants.  Criteria used in the selection process were academics, community service, leadership, and financial need.  Congratulations to Natalie and Andrew!! Welcome to the Rotary Family!!!
During the early Spring of 2022, the blood supplies in St Tammany Parish were at dangerously low levels.  Rotary President-Elect Marty Audiffred identified the need and organized a blood drive through the Blood Bank of Mandeville.  He enlisted two partner sponsors - the Beau Chene Homeowners Association and the Beau Chene Country Club.
The Blood Drive was held on Thursday, April 21, 2002 at the Beau Chene Country Club before, during, and after the regular Rotary Club meeting.
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club bought a table at the Chancellor's Sunrise Breakfast on April 14, 2022, to support the mission of Northshore Technical Community College.  At the breakfast, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, gave the Keynote Address which focused on the importance of Technical Education in providing a productive pathway for students.  The highlight of the Breakfast was the presentation of scholarships to 38 outstanding students.  The scholarships were provided by businesses, non-profits, individuals, and many of the employees of NTTC.  Representatives from those providing the scholarships gave a summary of their organization and then gave a short biography of each student.
Rotarians representing Rotary were, from left to right, Bob Matthews, Marty Audiffred, and Doug Place.  Also attending was Ken McAuliffe.
Rotarian Debbie Stuart receives her second Paul Harris Fellow recognition at a regular meeting of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club.  Pictured from left to right are Leanne Truehart, Past President; David Stuart, spouse; Debbie Stuart; and Ed Goodwin, Northlake Mandeville Rotary Foundation Chairman.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individual Rotarians who contribute $1,000 or more to the Rotary International Foundation.
The Rotary International Foundation helps Rotary members advance world understanding and peace by funding worldwide grants and projects that provide disease prevention and treatment; assist in basic education and literacy; improve water, sanitation and hygiene; alleviate poverty through community economic development; and promote peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
Each year Northlake Mandeville Rotarians donate dictionaries to each of the Mandeville and Madisonville Third Graders.  Last year we were not able to enter the schools due to COVID, so this year we are donating dictionaries to the Fourth Graders as well.
Presenting dictionaries above is a team composed of Rotarian and St Tammany School Board member Matt Greene and Rotarian Jay Capouch.  Each team tells their students about  Rotary International and the Four Way Test of Rotary.  They then discuss what it means to "Serve."  This is followed by helping the students learn to look up words in their dictionary.  
In 2022, 15 Rotarians distributed 2600 dictionaries to 3rd and 4th graders at 13 elementary schools.
Although dictionaries are available on the internet, many teachers tell us they integrate the dictionaries into their class work.  Some of the teachers conduct races to see which of their students can look up words the fastest.  The teachers also tell us that the many of the students cherish having their own book.  
On Saturday, February 12, 2022, Rotarians met at the Gazebo on the Mandeville Lakefront to particpate in their monthly Adopt-A-Spot cleaning of the Lakefront.  Since the Gazebo is about at the mid-point of the Lakefront, one team goes East and another team goes West.
Bags of trash collected are deposited in trash containers found on the Lakefront.  The most common item found is cigarette butts.  
                                                                 
At the regular meeting, Thursday, February 11, 2022, members of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club and their spouses celebrated upcoming Valentine's Day at Benedict's Plantation Event Center.  Each spouse was presented with a red rose.  During the luncheon a harpist from Baton Rouge provided entertainment by playing romantic songs from Broadway plays.  Tom Quinn won the prize for identifying the most songs played.  A lovely time was had by all.
                                                          
On January 27, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club met at the conference center at Fountainbleu State Park.  Fouad Harb, Manager at Fountainbleu, gave the club a very interesting history of the State Park, including that the Indigenous people inhabited the park as early as 200 BC.  At the end of his presentation, Fouad and Bob Matthews, club member, discussed how Rotary can help build a much needed hike and bicycle trail within the park connecting the popular Tammany Trace Trail to Lake Pontchartrain.  Currently families visiting the park must bike or hike on the narrow, heavily travelled main road.  This route is very unsafe, especially for young bikers.
Also participating in the discussion were potential community partners in the effort - Jeanne Marino, Director of Grants for St Tammany Parish and also the President of the Mandeville Master Gardeners.
 
 


 
After the devastating Hurricane Ida, Northlake Mandeville Rotarians and the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Foundation raised $5,000 for hurricane relief.
After investigation, the club found that the people of LaPlace, Louisiana, were particularly hard hit by Ida.  In the picture above, President Ken McAuliffe presents Lake Territory Assistant Governor Tom Quinn with the $5,000 donation which was, in turn, sent to the Rotary Club of Laplace for use in their relief and recovery efforts. 
 
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club met today, Thursday, January 11, 2022 via Zoom.  A guest at last week's meeting tested positive after the meeting.  Several of our members had interacted with the guest.  Out an abundance of caution, our Board of Directors decided to conduct today's meeting via Zoom.  Our next meeting will be held at our regular meeting time and place - Noon at the Beau Chene Country Club.
Come join us as we socialize and work to serve our commnity!
 
 
 
 
It's that time of year again…the 2021 BIG GAME Rotary Raffle is here!! Back and better than ever!  
Time to get back out to sports games, restaurants, and more!!  Buying a ticket not only gives you the chance to win one of over 40 prizes, it also gives you an opportunity to give to local charities and nonprofits. Prizes include Saints and LSU football tickets, gift certificates for fabulous New Orleans-area restaurants, a ride on a World War II PT-17 airplane, and more!! 100% of our club's raffle proceeds goes to charity. Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be August 26. You do not need to be present to win. Don’t miss out!!
 
 
 
 
On April 25, 2021, the Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club hosted its 23rd annual Sunday with Scholars event.  The Rotary Scholarship is a $12,000 award, paid to the college of the recipient’s choice in $1,500 semester installments for a maximum of 8 semesters.  Rotary Scholars have exemplified outstanding academic achievement and participated in serving our community through various volunteer, school, and civic organizations.  Our scholarship goal is to find worthy students where our scholarship will make a difference in helping them realize their potential as a college student and a member of our community.  Over the past 22 years we have helped 44 students in achieving their goal of a college education.  
 
This year's event, planned by the club's Scholarship Committee, was held at Beau Chene Country Club.  Scholarship sponsors, Rotary members, students, their family members, and local elected officials enjoyed a live DJ, a silent auction, a mask contest, and a program event emceed by Rotary member Reid Falconer.  The new scholarship recipients for 2021 are Trevor Fortier, Celeste Guidry, and Lauren Lacoste.  Typically two scholarships are awarded each year but this year a third was available because of the endowed Wilson and Jean Sexton Scholarship.  The current recipient of that endowed scholarship, Ruston Keller, is graduating Spring Hill College and headed to medical school in St. Louis, thus a new recipient, Trevor Fortier, was announced.  The club also presented its 2020 scholarship winners, Isabella Kerth and Emma Santiago, and enjoyed hearing updates from all of our current and past Scholars.  A good time was had by all!
 
 
The work of the Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club and District #6840 was featured in the February 2021 issue of the RAGMHI newsletter.  RAGMHI stands for Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives.  Other countries whose Rotary mental health projects were featured include India, New Zealand, Lithuania, England, and more.  The story focused on the club's recent tour of the new Crisis Receiving Center on the grounds of Safe Haven.
 
 
 
One of our club's important missions is our mental health initiative to address the growing mental health needs in our area.  Our club is committed to developing the recreation and meditation areas at Safe Haven, a multi-agency collaborative effort currently being developed on the grounds of the former Southeast Louisiana State Hospital.  The club's efforts are dedicated to Ken Thompson, a very special Rotarian who died suddenly last year while serving as Rotary District #6840 Governor.  Our club refurbished this lovely pavilion.  Pictured here are our club members celebrating the "crowning" of the pavilion with our Rotary Wheel.   Not long after we had our Annual Crawfish Boil here!
Rotary isn't just a local organization.  It includes 1.2 million members in 35,000 club spread through the world!  With a mission is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace locally and also around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.
 
Rotarians love to have fun!!  These are some of our members enjoying a "Pop-Up" happy hour at the Beach House in Mandeville.  A good time was had by all!
 
One of the most gratifying things our club does is host the Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Scholarship Program.  In its 20th year, the program awards two $12,000 scholarships to local graduating seniors based on a combination of their merit, need, and community service.  Our program doesn't just involve giving a check.  Our "Rotary Scholars" as they are endearingly referred to, come back every semester to give us an update as to how they are doing, their academic and social achievements, and more.  Our Scholars have expressed repeatedly how much being part of our Rotary Family means to them.
 
On the far left is Rotary member Boyd McPhail and on the far right is Evans Spiceland.  In the middle, from left to right, are some of our current Rotary Scholars including Ruston Keller, Kari Ousterhout, Ashleigh Touchard, and Isabel Baird.
 
We are so proud of our Scholars
 
 
 
In May, 2019, members of our club attended a multi-district meeting that took place on a cruise.  Attendees included Rotarians from Mississippi, Louisiana,and Texas!  In addition to some fabulous speakers, members also participated in a service project.  We helped to renovate a drug treatment center in Cozumel for at-risk youth. Great way to put service into practice, especially at a Rotary event!