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Beau Chene Country Club
602 N. Beau Chene Dr.
Mandeville, LA 70471
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The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club celebrated 25 years of awarding scholarships to students that will make impact on our world.  Past scholars and 2023 scholars attended the annual Scholars Banquet held April 30, 2023, at the Beau Chene Country Club.
Pictured below are (left to right):
Celeste Guidry - 2021 Scholar
Claire Kurucar - 2023 Rotary Select Scholar
Bella Kerth - 2020 Scholar
Julia Case - 2023 Anthony and Hope Martin Scholar
Emma Lockwood - 2023 Scholar
Sita Baham - 2023 Scholar
Natalie Lovel - 2022 Scholar
Raina Generose - 2023 Scholar
Not pictured were Andrew Beshenich - 2023 Scholar, Trevor Fortier and Lauren Lacoste - 2021 Scholars, Emma Santiago - 2020 Scholar, and Kylie Michot 2019 Scholar and 2023 Trent Murchison Pay It Forward Scholar.
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On May 2, for the first time since before COVID 19, members of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club resumed their weekly/bi-weekly calling of bingo for elderly residents of the Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
The Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club hosted its 25th Sunday with Scholars event at Beau Chene Country Club on April 30. This annual banquet and meeting serves as a major fundraiser for the $12,000 Rotary scholarships the group awarded to three distinguished scholars from the Mandeville area. The scholars were Emma Lockwood-Northlake Christian, Sita Baham-Mandeville High, Raina Generose-Lakeshore High.  The scholarships are paid to colleges of the recipients' choice in $1,500 semester installments over four years. The students will attend at least two Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club meetings a year to keep members informed about their studies and college experiences.
In addition, the Club awarded three $1,000 scholarships.  The Anthony and Hope Martin Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Julia Case - St Sholastica.  The Rotary Select Scholarship was awarded to Claire Kurucar - Mandeville High.  Trent Murchison, a former scholarship winner, has elected to repay his $8,000 scholarship has awarded $1,000 to Kylie Michot, a current scholar who completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech and is entering Pharmacy school.
At the Banquet sponsors,  local officials, guidance counselors, principals and parents of the scholars participated in a wonderful Silent Auction.
A highlight of the evening was an update on their past semester by current scholars Andrew Beshenich, Natalie Lovell, Trevor Fortier, Lauren Lacoste, Celeste Guidry, Isabella Kerth, and Emma Santiago.
Pictured above are Rotary Foundation President Larry Burch, Scholarship Selection Committee Co-Chairs Laurie Pennison and Doug Place.
Last Friday on February 24, 2023, Rotarians worked again on the playground we are building at Safe Haven for the children of those being treated for mental issues.
The difference was that on Friday we were assisted by four young people from the Louisiana Conservation Corp.  LCC is part of Americorp and is like the old Civilian Conservation Corp.  These young people helped us load and distribute 300 cubic yards of rubberized mulch which will be the floor of the playground.  They were highly motivated, had positive can-do attitudes, and worked hard the entire morning. They were a joy to work with.  Our country will be in good hands with young people like them.  With their help, we were able to load wheelbarrows and spread 30% more mulch in half the time versus the previous week.
Thanks to Breana, Jo, Emily, and Hunter!  They are scheduled to help us for another day in April.
Northlake Mandeville Rotarians have obtained a Rotary District grant and support from five nearby Rotary clubs for the last 4 years to purchase and build a playground for children whose parents visit the Safehaven campus in Mandeville for mental health services.  Over 5,000 people obtained services at Safehaven in 2022.  Shown here are 6 of the 9 elements which will comprise the playground.  Also shown in the background are white totes containing the rubber mulch which forms the floor of the playground.  Rotarians are meeting on Fridays each week to complete the installation of the equipment.  A fifth grant will be applied for in May to purchase benches, additional mulch, borders to contain the mulch, and to refurbish and convert the tennis court shown in the background to pickle ball courts.
On February 16, 2023, Rotarians from the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club celebrated Mardi Gras with a king cake party at the home of Jay and Mary Capouch in Beau Chene.  About 50 members and guests enjoyed a delicious meal and great fellowship.  Several new or potential members joined in the fun!
This week, members of the our Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club joined the Covington Rotary Club to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Covington.  Joining us was special guest, Louisiana's Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, pictured in the center.
At a regular meeting of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club, Rotarians received an update on her last semester from Isabella Koerth, one of ten current scholars who have received $12,000 scholarships.  Recipients report on their previous semester and receive a check for $1500 for the next semester.  We are so proud of each of these scholars.  Isabella reported that she made a 3.85 GPA in Finance at LSU last semester while participating in several activities.  Shown with Isabella is (L-R) Larry Burch, Treasurer and Foundation President, Doug Place, Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Marty Audiffred, Club President, and Glenn St John, Club President-Elect.
Each year, Northlake Mandeville Rotarians, led by member Greg Cannizzaro, build an elaborate moving train display for the children of Mandeville.  The display is open for viewing 24 hours/day, each day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day, at Aquarius Pools which is adjacent to the west end of the Mandeville Trailhead.
Be sure to take your family to study all of the many detailed Christmas scenes. 
On October 27, 2022 the Northlake Mandeville Rotary club recognized area outstanding First Responders at its 2022 Annual Public Service Award banquet.  The Sheriff, State Police Captain, Police and Fire Chiefs described the selfless accomplishments of each of their First Responder of the year.  Shown in the first photo are the following:  Officer Christopher Bertucci of the Madisonville Police Dept; Deputy Walter Eason of the St Tammany Sheriff's Dept; Captain Kevin Hanhart of St Tammany Fire District #2; Trooper First Class William Craig of the Louisiana State Police; Captain Marc May of the St Tammany Fire District 3; John Stephens of St Tammany Fire District 4 ( receiving the award for John Stevens was his partner).  Not shown is Officer Rick Saephan of the Mandeville Police Dept.
In the second photo, Parish President Mike Cooper is shown thanking the First Responder leaders and their Recipients of the Year for their heroic and tireless efforts in keeping our citizens safe.  Also pictured is Marty Audiffred, club President; Bob Matthews, Master of Ceremonies; State Police Troop L Commander Capt. Hiram Mason; Barney Tyrney, Madisonville Police Chief; and Randy Smith, Sheriff of St Tammany Parish.
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On October 15-16, 2022, seventeen members of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club volunteered during the Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville, La.  The Wooden Boat Festival is sponsored by the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Maritime Museum which which is one of over 20 local organizations supported by the Rotary Club.
Members sold tickets at the entrance and worked in two beer booths.  Steve Saux, Jim Burch, and Doug Place are shown here working in the North beer booth.  Note one of the many wooden boats in the background.  
On Wednesday, October 6, 2022, Rotarians enjoyed a social at the Beach Club in Mandeville which was focused on welcoming four new members to the club.  The new members were informed about the workings of the club by Orientation Chair Debbie Stewart.  They then joined the club members for food, fun, and socializing.  A good time was had by all - Rotary is about more than just Thursday meetings and service projects!!
On October 6, 2020, The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club held its regular Thursday meeting at the Samaritan Center's new building in Mandeville.  Dena Grosart, Director of Samaritan Center, briefed club members on the mission and operations of the Center.  The Center functions as a Food Bank for families from LaCombe west to Mandeville.  The Center's Counselors not only provide food to those in need, but they also work with them to create and execute a plan that will make a lasting improvement in their lives.
After lunch, Clay Madden, Mayor of Mandeville, updated the club on the features in the new City Budget and the many other improvements planned and taking place in Mandeville.  Thank you, Mayor, for your leadership and foresight!!
Throughout the year, Rotary offers many opportunities for service to the Mandeville community.  
JOIN US at one of the upcoming service opportunities:
Upcoming Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club Service Opportunities ......
      EVENT                                                                                      CONTACT
1.  Flag Holidays       American Flag  Program - Set Out/Pick Up Flags before Flag Holidays    Ken McAuliffe
                             Volunteers needed
2. SEPT-MAY   3rd Grade Rotary Reading Challenge                        Ben Motion  
                             Help improve reading skills - Chahta-Ima Elementary, Lacombe, LA
3. SEPT 22,2022  Speaker _ Robyn Williams- "Suicide Prevention"
                             she was excellent and wants to talk to any group..
                             If you have a group, church, school, call her to talk...
                                                                                                           phone number 504-450-4735
                                                                                                          email - robynwilliams@ymail.. 
                                                                                                         ( it is Y not G)
5. SEPT-OCT.,         Dictionary Project--3rd grade                            Matt Greene
                              Deliver and Present Dictionaries to all 3rd graders in the area
6. SEPT-OCT     "Beautiful Holiday Evergreens"                             Glenn St. John
                             Taking orders for Dec. delivery
7. OCT 6            Club will meet/lunch "The Samaritan Center" to learn about the services provided.
                                    402 Girod, Mandeville, LA
8. OCT 15-16,       Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival                       Ken McAuliffe
                                          Volunteer to help during this important annual event-  Stephen Satterlee
9. .OCT 29,            @  8am "Gator Tail - 5K Trail Run/Gallop"   Northshore Technical Community College                     
                              Volunteer to help/participate in this fund-raiser          Bob Mathews
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For the above info and more see                       
Service Clubs from Mandeville - Northlake Mandeville Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions - joined together to get to know each other and to provide service to the city.  The group chose to clean up the Mandeville lakefront.  After the cleanup effort, the group met at the Barley Oak on the lakefront for fun and conversation.
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On September 1, 2022, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club held its regular Thursday meeting at the Northshore Technical Community College in LaCombe, La.  The purpose of meeting at NTCC was to gather information about how the Club can help NTCC.  Mike Cooper, Parish President, gave an update on the State of the Parish, including infrastructure improvements.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs, Jim Carlson, gave an update on NTCC.  Following the presentations and discussion, the club was enjoyed a very informative tour of the main campus.
Rotary Clubs host exchanges for students ages 15-19 in more than 100 countries.  Students earn a new culture and become global citizens.  Currently about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary Clubs every year.  Clubs from Rotary District 6840, which includes Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, are hosting two students this school year.  Shown above on August 25 visiting our Northlake Mandeville club are Caio Parente from Brazil who is hosted by the Covington, La, club and Julia Enderle from Germany who is hosted by the Bay St. Louis, Ms, club.  Anniela Carracedo, a former exchange student from Venezuela and now a member of the Bay St Louis Rotary club, introduced Caio and Julia and told members how the Exchange program operates.
Rotary District 6840 covers Eastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.  It includes 49 local Rotary Clubs and about 1800 members.  Leading the District is a District Governor.  The District Governor for the Rotary Year beginning July 1, 2022 is Regina Wedig from the Amite, La, Rotary Club.  District Governor Wedig addressed our club at our regular noon meeting on Thursday, August 18.  Regina spoke about how we could implement the theme for 2022-2023 which is "Imagine Rotary."  She also discussed her initiatives for the District and the District sponsored events for the year, which include the MidWinter Conference in January and the District Convention which will be held in Hattiesburg in April. 
On Saturday, August 20, 2022, five members of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary club joined 60 other Rotarians from each of the clubs in District 6840 at the Rotary Building in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, for the Vibrant Club Conference. Shown are Tom Quinn, Ken McAuliffe, Jeanne Schramm, Doug Place, and Bob Mathews.  Speakers led inter-active discussions on how to Attract new members and how to Retain members.  Tom Quinn, as Assistant District Governor for the Lake Territory, led two of the sessions!
Awards for the recent 2021-2022 Rotary year were distributed by Past District Governor, Bob Vaughn.  For one of the awards, each club of the 49 clubs in the District nominate one of their members for the Club Builder award, which recognizes the member who has most contributed to the progress of their club.  Three Rotarians each year are selected from the approximately 1800 Rotarians in the District.  We are proud that Tom Quinn of our club, was chosen as one of only three in the entire District who had the most impact during 2021-2022.  Congratulations, Tom!! Thank you for your zeal and all that you devote to our club!!
Northlake Mandeville Rotarians helped the Covington Rotary Club collect food for the Northshore Food Bank at Sam's in Covington on Saturday, July 23, 2022. 
During the summer months and due to COVID, the Food Bank is short of food to distribute to those in need.  Rotarians gave Sam's customers who were on the way into Sam's, a flyer asking for six items needed.  Customers bought one or more of the items and place them in a large box as they exited the store.  Rotarians helped load a truck with the items contributed.  It was amazing and gratifying to see the huge number of people from all walks of life who opened their hearts and contributed to needy people they did not know!!!!
Shown above in yellow shirts from the Mandeville club are: Marty Audiffred, Tom Quinn, and Steve Saux.  Not pictured, but participating was Doug Place.
Northlake Mandeville Rotarians journeyed to Baton Rouge on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, to tour the Advocate/Times Picayune Newspaper production facility.  But first, we joined the Baton Rouge Noon Rotary club for the 2022-2023 Officer Installation at their regular noon meeting.  
Following a time of good Rotary fellowship, we travelled across town to the Advocate production facility.  Here, we were hosted by Judi Terzotis, Publisher (shown in middle of second picture).  After Judi gave welcoming remarks and an overview of the company, Kyle Whitfield, VP of Consumer Revenue, and Roger Holmes, General Manager of Production, gave a very informative slide presentation detailing the newspaper's long term strategies and an overview of the production process.  Newsprint comes all the way from Nova Scotia.
After the slide presentation, Roger gave the group a tour of the setup room, the huge printing presses, the collating machines, and the machines that palletize for distribution.  The printing presses can print 75,000 copies per hour, only one hour to print the daily paper for New Orleans.  This leaves time to print over 15 other daily papers, the Wall Street Journal for Louisiana, and numerous weekly papers.
Many thanks to Judi, Roger, and Kyle for an amazing and very informative tour of a great locally owned business which is competing against many online news sources and winning big-time!
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club held its regular Thursday meeting on July 7, 2022, at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (pictured at top).  During the meeting, Mayor Jean Pelloat (bottom photo on left) gave an update on the city of Madisonville; and LPBMM Director Jim McPherson (bottom photo in middle) described the museum, its types of memberships, and the restoration of the land surrounding the Tchefuncte Lighthouse.  He also encouraged Rotarians to volunteer to help at the Wooden Boat Festival to be held October 14-16.  See Rotarian Ken McAuliffe to volunteer. 
During a highlight of the meeting, Membership Chair Tom Quinn (2nd photo on left) inducted new member, Dr. Jeff Pinto (2nd photo in middle).  Pictured with Jeff is his sponsor, former Assistant District Governor for the Lake Territory Rene Arcemont (2nd photo on right).
Also in the action-packed meeting, two of our past Scholarship winners updated us on their recently completed Freshman year and also their plans for this summer.
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.
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!!
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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