(The following is a press release from the Rotary Foundation. For more details, call 504-782-6500.)
Rotary District 6840 in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi will spend the first 100 days of 2017 celebrating the centennial of The Rotary Foundation with a multi-faceted approach to serving the needs of this unique coastal region.
From as far west as La Place, Louisiana, to as far east as Moss Point, Mississippi, as far north as Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and as far south as Port Sulfur, Louisiana, the 49 Rotary Clubs and its 2,100 Rotarians will be providing, as their motto puts it, "Service Above Self."
Just to mention a few of the service projects which will take place:
The Rotary Clubs of Covington, Hammond, Metairie, and New Orleans Riverbend (LA) will work on relief efforts in response to the August floods. The Rotary Club of Picayune (MS) will be working with children with disabilities. In Pascagoula (MS), the Rotary Club will be working on economic development and ecotourism. There will be an environmental clean-up by the Rotary Club of Lucedale (MS). In La Place (LA) the Rotary club will be "Reading with Rotary" in 11 elementary schools in St. John Parish. The clubs in New Orleans and St Charles Parish (LA) will be working on hunger. There are many others. All of this is in honor of the centennial of The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation is the $1 billion charitable arm of Rotary International, the oldest, largest, and by all accounts, most effective service organization in the world. It funds numerous service projects every year in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi. To mark the centennial, Rotary aims to raise $300 million by July 2017 for its campaign to eradicate polio and for other essential services in communities around the world.
In addition to its service projects District 6840, annually raises over $200,000 in support of The Rotary Foundation activities here and around the world. This year's goal in honor of the centennial is $300,000.