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Service Above Self

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 12-1 PM (Fellowship begins at 11:45)

The Seiler Bar

434 North Columbia Street
Covington, LA 70433
United States

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Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

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Beginning Tuesday, September 2, the Covington Rotary Club will return to Downtown Covington.  Beginning at 11:45am, Covington Rotarians, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us for fellowship at The Seiler Bar.  While we have thoroughly enjoyed our time and our meals at Dakota Restaurant, we have felt separated from our home base in the Covington community.

We will hold our regular meetings with guest speakers on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, with fellowship beginning at 11:45 and the meetings beginning promptly at noon and ending promptly at 1pm, with fellowship encouraged among those whose schedules allow them to linger a while in good company.

All professionals in the Covington community are invited to attend a meeting; those who feel aligned with the Rotarian ideals of business ethics, philanthropy and Service Above Self are encouraged to meet with a member or our Membership Chair to discuss what it means to become a Rotarian.  We hope that the return to Downtown will help us increase our membership, visibility, and impact on our local community, our community partners, and the world.

This is just one facet of the renewed Covington Rotary Club to get excited about!  We hope current, past, and future members will visit us soon and join us in our Community, Club, Vocational, Youth, and International Service.

 

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

Susan Bonnett of the Northshore Community Foundation is our speaker on Tuesday, August 19.  While she is our presenter, this is also a meeting about how we can participate in the NCF to strengthen our own Covington Rotary Foundation.  We have been successful over the years in always raising enough money to provide for Feeding the Needy, our scholarships, and our support of local and international family health, relief and peace-keeping initiatives.  However, we have not necessarily capitalized on our own resources to plan for the future.  This meeting is intended to spark discussion within the club as to the best way to bolster our Foundation and partner with other agencies to maximize our capacity to do good.

This meeting will also serve as a reminder that our own District Governor, Brian Hall, has asked us to increase our donations to the Rotary Foundation, which has a 4 Star Rating (the highest possible) by the Charity Navigator.  By becoming Sustaining Members of the Rotary Foundation ($100 each fiscal year), we have a direct and measurable impact on the health of communities here and abroad.

Please come today ready to increase the impact of the Covington Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Foundation.  Remember to find out if your company or that of your spouse has a matching program.

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

ImageThis Tuesday, please plan to arrive EARLY to Dakota so you get a good seat!

We will have updates from our 3 returning Covington Rotary Scholarship recipients, Mariena, Dakota, and Alexis.

Our 3 RYLA scholars, Gabrielle, Dominick, and Taylor, will present on the highlights of their week with other RYLA scholars from across District 6840.

We will meet our Youth Exchange Student from Brazil, Joara, who will begin her year at Covington High this week...and we might even get a visit from Slidell's Exchange Student from Taiwan, Lily, who will begin classes at Northshore High.

All of these young people have been recognized among their peers as current and future leaders...and all of them have received a vote of confidence and investment from the membership of the Covington Rotary Club.  This meeting is both a celebration of these young people and a renewal of our commitment to Rotary's Fifth Avenue of Service: New Generations.

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

Congratulations, Covington Rotarians!  We had 3 events so far this Rotary Year: A visit from DG Brian Hall, a service project that was also a fellowship event and a fundraiser (and lots of fun), and a presentation about Group Study Exchange from local Gifted and Honors English teacher Ren Agena.

July is not over yet...on Tuesday, July 22 at 11:30 we will hold our first Board Meeting of the 2014-2015 year.  We have a full agenda and all members are welcome to attend.  Contact Club President Lauren Coudrain with your interest, as the meeting will take place off-site for a change of pace.  At this meeting we will address details of the many service projects commitments we have made including how to ensure that every member assume a role in getting them all off the ground.  One of the reasons for reducing lunch meetings was to create time for all members to plan and participate in more opportunities for service.

This year we will not hold monthly Business Meetings.  Instead, we will hold a Club Assembly in every month that has a 5th Tuesday.  July 29 is the 5th Tuesday.  We will therefore hold our first Club Assembly.  At that meeting we will have complete financial information, committee reports, project and funding updates, and hold any vote required by our Club By-Laws.  The agenda will be distributed in advance of that meeting and we will facilitate on-line voting where appropriate.  It is our hope that all members will attend every Club Assembly and understand that participation in the Club Assembly is the right and the privilege of every member.  Without your active participation, progress slows and new initiatives are made more difficult.  Please plan to attend.  Again, this meeting will take place off-site and will be catered.  RSVP directly to President Lauren Coudrain (you can use the link under her name on this page).

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant on Jun 25, 2014

July 1 begins the new Rotary Year worldwide.  The new RI President is Gary Huang, from Taiwan.  Read more about him and his plans for the year in the latest issue of The Rotarian magazine, delivered to your home in late June.  Coincidentally, Covington's Outbound Exchange student, Ethan, will be hosted in President Huang's home district, D3480.  Perhaps the new Covington Rotary Club banner will make its way into the RI President's hands!

Within District 6840, our very own Brian Hall becomes District Governor!  His very first official act as DG is to make his very first club visit...to Covington!  We hope to have a full house at Dakota's on July 1 to welcome Brian and to be the very first Rotarians to hear his call to action and to be among the first to act...we hope to lead the district in membership growth, foundation giving, and innovative programs.  All members are encouraged to show their support of Covington's first DG by bringing to the July 1 meeting a commitment to making this club stronger and to increasing our impact on the community and the world.  A check made out to either the Covington Rotary Foundation or the Rotary Foundation would be an excellent tribute to Brian's year!

And at the club level, we have locally-gown Lauren Coudrain as President for 2014-2015.  Lauren has been studying up on the plans that both the RI President Gary Huang and DG Brian Hall have been making, and putting them in the context of our own club and community.  Starting July 1, the Covington Club will begin its path toward being The Service Club.  We will reduce our lunch meetings to the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and supplement with increased opportunities for fellowship, service, and community impact.

The first of these fellowship and service events is Saturday, July 12 at the Covington Trailhead.  The Covington Rotary Club will run the beer booth at a special music event featuring Don Vappie, a world-renowned banjo player and musician who makes Covington his home.  This event is in conjunction with a leadership initiative sponsored in part by the City of Covington.  We have a wonderful opportunity to combine fellowship and community service while strengthening our partnership with the City ... and it's a fundraiser, too!  A great way to start the year.

Our second July lunch meeting, on July 15, will feature Ren Agena and Bran Marchese, two Covington teachers, from William Pitcher and St. Paul's School, respectively, who represented the Covington Club as members of the Group Study Exchange team from D6840 to Serbia-Montenegro.  You can see pictures of their vocational and international fellowship exchange on their facebook page and in the recent District newsletter.  Group Study Exchange is primarily a vocational program that exchange teams of 4 professionals between Rotary districts in different countries with the goal of exposing the young professionals to their peers to see first-hand how obstacles are overcome and challenges are met by their counterparts.  Ideally, when they return home, all of the participants are able to apply this broader appreciation of their professions in their local contexts.  An additional permanent impact of GSE is the important international friendships that begin in the course of the program.  This is just one of the ways Rotary actively creates opportunities for international goodwill and friendship, thus actively increasing possibilities for world peace.

On July 29, we will hold the first of our quarterly Club Assemblies.  Others will follow in October, January, and April.  The purpose of the assemblies is to devote a full hour to the business of the club; to hear reports from the various committees, and to discuss in greater depth club initiatives.  Because we will no longer hold monthly business meetings, all club members are encouraged to pay close attention to information posted on this site and in the president's e-mail bulletins.  Items for discussion should be sent to the club president or specific committee chair well in advance of the Club Assembly.  The Board will continue to meet on a monthly basis and all club members are invited to attend those meetings.

On August 5, our three RYLA scholarship winners will present jointly on their experience at RYLA.  All club members are invited to sit in on any of the sessions of RYLA, which will be help from July  21-25 in Poplarville, MS.  Information is available on the district website under District Programs => RYLA.  And, to make this meeting about the New Generations of Rotary even more exciting, our very first exchange student, Joara, from Brazil, will also be at this meeting to meet Covington Rotarians.

+++Remember, that one of the reasons we will have fewer lunches is to allow for more of your Rotary time to be spent in service and fellowship rather than eating lunch and listening to speakers.  It is the hope of the club leadership that you will redouble your efforts to create a large audience for our speakers and to help create a larger impact in our service and fundraising projects.+++

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

Join us on July 15 when our speakers will be Brad Marchese and Ren Agena, members of the recently-returned Group Study Exchange Team to Serbia-Montenegro.

Brad teaches Spanish at St. Paul's School where he also coaches the rugby and soccer teams.

Ren teaches Gifted English and Language Arts at William Pitcher Jr. High.

Both were selected to represent Covington Rotary and District 6840 as members of the 4-person + Rotarian leader Group Study Exchange team to District 2843.  They spent 4 weeks visiting Rotary clubs and doing vocational exchanges with teaching colleagues throughout Serbia and Montenegro.

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women in their initial years of professional life. Rotary districts in different countries are paired to send and receive professional study groups of four to six non-Rotarian team members and one Rotarian team leader to travel for four to six weeks, staying in the homes of Rotarians when
possible.
Launched in 1965, this dynamic program has built a successful track record at the personal, community, and international level. With good planning, a goal-driven itinerary, and active participation of dedicated Rotarians, a GSE can be an exceptional educational experience for both the visiting GSE team and local Rotarians.

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

Use the Events link to the right to register to assist the Covington Rotary Club in this fun service and fellowship project.

The City of Covington is holding a special lagniappe Rockin the Rails at the Covington Trailhead on Saturday, July 12 from 5-8pm featuring Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders.  We have been asked to provide our world-renowned beer pulling services to support this event as part of the Louisiana Leadership program.  The event is family-friendly, but beer-pullers need to be 18 or older.

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

On May 6, we made a quick adjustment to the change in the GSE Team plans and held our Installation Pizza Party at Colonna's.  President Elect Lauren Coudrain installed her officers for the 2014-2015 year and current President Sean Bourgeois recognized Mimi Nothacker as our club's Rotarian of the Year.

On May 9, Covington Rotary won the Best Refreshment Award at the District Conference Food Fest thatnks to a generous gift of Covington Brewhouse Kolsch.  Our table was a big hit and we were kept busy all night giving out our newly-minted cups honoring incoming District Governor Brian Hall.

On May 10 at District Conference, Elizabeth Van Sant was awarded Rotarian of the Year for District 6840 by DG Barbara Mauldin in recognition of the very significant return of Rotary Youth Exchange to our district.  Brian Hall received the "jewels of office" in anticipation of his year as the 100th District Governor of D6840.

On May 13 Rotary Youth Exchange Student David B from Belgium will present on his year as a student at Northshore High School and give us some pointers on how to do the best job for our exchange student from Brazil next year.  David came to our club on his first full day in the US and is visiting us in his final weeks here.  He returns home at the end of June.

On May 20, our to Covington Rotary Scholarship winners, Alex V. and Linsay P., both recent graduates from Covington High, will come and tell us about their plans for next year.  Also presenting will be our final RYLA candidate, Dominick V. from Northlake Christian.  Our Outbound Exchange Student, Ethan VS will also show off his new Rotary Youth Exchange blazer and tell us a bit about what he hopes will happen next year in Taiwan.

The final Tuesday in May, May 27, President-Elect Lauren Coudrain will present her budget for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year.

We will set the meeting calendar for June based on anticipated attendance.

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

April 15: Meet one of our RYLA winners, Gabrielle, of Lakeshore High.  She and her family will be coming to lunch to meet our members and receive her Certificate of Achievement.

Our speaker is Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta.

Thursday April 17: Rockin the Rails -- we will be serving beer, soft drinks, and water to the thirsty crowd at the Covington Trailhead and listen to the Creole String Beans (click here for their site).  This is a great fellowship event and epitomizes the FUN in FUNdraiser.  We hope you'll join us and buy a beer and leave a tip!

April 22: Another of our RYLA winners, Taylor, of Covington High, will join us with her parents.  Our members will get a chance to meet her and learn of her plans for the future.

Our speaker is Jan Roberts who will bring us up-to-date on the reality of homeless teenagers in St. Tammany Parish, the many challenges they face, and what we can do individually within the community to help.

April 29: We won't call this a Business Meeting...this is an in-depth conversation about why we are here, the Object of Rotary and the Five Avenues of Service.  How is our club and how are our individual members fulfilling the purpose of Rotary.  It's not a lunch club, it's the world's oldest and most successful service organization.  We represent business ethics and philanthropy and have daily opportunities to demonstrate the significance of Rotary and membership in Rotary.

May 6: NO LUNCH MEETING.  Instead, we will host the Group Study Exchange team from Serbia-Montenegro.  We have teamed up with the Northlake Mandeville Club to host the team and match them with local professionals in their vocations to exchange ideas and further international goodwill.  Join us from 6-8pm at COLONNA's PIZZA at 843 N. Collins in Covington to meet the team and engage in fellowship.  Families are encouraged to come along.  Non-Covington or Mandeville Rotarians are asked to pay $10 at the door.

[Earlier in the day, we will take the GSE team to InstaGator Ranch to meet some alligators and then have a private tour of Covington Brewhouse.  On Wednesday, we match them with local professionals for a Vocational Day.  The team consists of a pharmacist, a radiologist, a lawyer, an events manager, and the leader is an aviation engineer.]

Thursday, May 8: Northlake Mandeville will host the GSE Team for their presentation on Serbia-Montenegro.  Lunch cost at Beau Chene is $17.  We hope to have a good number of Covington Rotarians there to meet the Mandeville club and to support our new friends from Serbia.  Fellowship begins at 11:45; the meeting begins at noon.  We will see the GSE team again just once more, at District Conference.

Friday, May 9: District Conference begins in Biloxi with the FOOD FEST.  This is free to Rotarians and their families.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.  See the District Website for specifics on the food, the band, and directions.  Covington Rotarians are needed to help man the beer booth -- Covington Brewhouse has donated and we all are experts at pouring beer.  Meet the current Youth Exchange Students, Andrea from Ecuador, and David from Belgium, and hear about their year with us in Louisiana.  Our own Ethan from Covington who is going to Taiwan next year as our first Rotary Youth Exchange student in over a decade, will also be there to meet district Rotarians. 

Saturday, May 10: District Conference continues with a morning breakfast provided by the RC of Ocean Springs.  There is just one plenary session this year, so you can have the afternoon at the beach.  Our own Elizabeth will graduate from the Rotary Leadership Institute with a handful of others who completed the course this year.  Our own Brian will almost-officially begin his year as District Governor.  Come participate in and celebrate the achievements of our club members and learn how you can step up your Rotary game.

May 13: Guest speaker TBA

May 20: We will meet our third RYLA winner, Dominick, and his parents.  Also attending are our two Covington High Scholarship award winners, Alex and Lindsey.  This is our biggest year of scholarships on record and these kids are all fantastic and appreciative of the club's support.

May 27: We will also not call this a business meeting, but we will need to vote on the budget for 2014-2015.

 

 

 

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant

On Tuesday, March 4, we did not hold a meeting due to Mardi Gras!

Tuesday, March 11, we had the great fortune to hear from representatives of the Boys' and Girls' Club of Covington.  Pictures are posted on our facebook page.

Tuesday, March 18, we continue our Rotary 101 Series with Jason Sanchez, President-Nominee and charter member of the Rotary Club of New Orleans Riverbend.  The theme this month is Literacy, and Jason will talk about the many projects his club is involved in and specifically about the Little Library Project begun by a Rotarian (see this month's issue of the Rotarian Magazine) and now all over the country, including right here in Covington.  Our clubs worked together to place a Little Library in our community.  More on Jason under his speaker bio.

Tuesday, March 25 will be a Business Meeting.  Please come prepared to discuss all aspects of Club business and to vote on some prospective members!  Remember that we always encourage membership growth, so speak loudly and proudly about your involvement in our club, our many projects, and the incredible achievements of Rotarians and Rotary Clubs around the world.  Don't keep Covington Rotary and our projects a secret!!

Coming up in April, we have 2 fun service projects in conjunction with 2 New Orleans Clubs.

Saturday, April 5 is the Freret Street Festival.  The RC of New Orleans Riverbend is responsible for staffing all of the beer and drinks booth at this great free street festival with food, vendors, and lots of music.  Please volunteer and have some fun!

Saturday, April 12 is District Assembly.  It will be held in Poplarville, just a short drive away.  Next year's Board and all interested Rotarians are invited to attend to learn more about what more there is to Rotary besides eating a meal.  There is also a Rotary Youth Exchange Information and Training Session.  Covington Rotary is hosting a student next year and our Youth Exchange Officer and Rotary Counselor will be trained.  Everyone with an interest in getting ahead of the game on this incredible program is encouraged to attend.  This means potential host families, school administrators and all club members from across the district. Details on the meeting and meeting place are on the District website.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Students will be volunteering over at the Festivale Internationale in Lafayette during the weekend of April 25.  If you haven't been, please make plans to attend; all drink booths there are staffed and subbed-out by the RC of Lafayette.  This festival is also free!

The second weekend of Jazz Fest, we are also supplying a crew to work the Carrollton Rotary Club's beer booth Thursday, May 1.  That festival is NOT free...so those who volunteer are the lucky ones who attend for free in exchange for a few hours of icing down and selling beer.

Posted by Elizabeth Van Sant on Feb 03, 2014

February 23rd is the 109th anniversary of Rotary!

Tuesday February 4: to celebrate the founding of Rotary, we have Jamie Haueser as our speaker.  She will entertain us with some personal history of Paul Harris and his legacy that not many Rotarians know.  We will even hear his voice with some recordings from the archives.  Bring a guest and get excited about Paul Harris' vision and international impact of this wonderful organization that you are a part of.

Sunday February 9: a fellowship event that is also a fundraiser for NOLA loves the Philippines at Rock N Bowl in New Orleans.  $25 at the door; $12.50 for students with ID; free for children 12 and under.  The proceeds go to replace fishing boats to enable people to resume their livelihoods.  Find out more via the link on our club's fb page.

Tuesday February 11: we will not hold a meeting but instead have partnered with Dunavant Wealth Strategies and our member Eric for a day of service at The Covington Food Bank.  Everyone over the age of 12 is invited to participate.  The Covington Food Bank will put us to work wherever they need us.  Check your e-mail inbox for the invitation and to RSVP.

Tuesday February 18: our speaker is Mack Daloney from SCORE on the Northshore.

Saturday February 22: Covington Rotary will participate in the World's Greatest Meal to End Polio, celebrate Rotary's anniversary, and enjoy fellowship at the Olympia Parade...all in one event!  Details are in your inbox.  $25 per individual or $50 per family.  Profits go to Rotary's Polio Plus program...we are THIS CLOSE to eradicating polio from the planet.  All Covington Rotarians will receive matching points from the club's Foundation Committee.  It's a win-win-win-win.  We hope you will bring the whole family -- we have prime parade-watching real estate!

Tuesday February 25: Business Meeting...come and find out what you've been missing!  Our Club is very active locally and we have some international projects as well.  At this meeting you will find out what's been going on and what is about to happen.  And we may have some new members to add to our roster.  What better way to celebrate Rotary than to increase our membership and the amount of service we can provide?


News
Mar 13, 2014
by Elizabeth Van Sant

On Tuesday, March 4, we did not hold a meeting due to Mardi Gras!

Tuesday, March 11, we had the great fortune to hear from representatives of the Boys' and Girls' Club of Covington.  Pictures are posted on our facebook page.

Tuesday, March 18, we continue our Rotary 101 Series with Jason Sanchez, President-Nominee and charter member of the Rotary Club of New Orleans Riverbend.  The theme this month is Literacy, and Jason will talk about the many projects his club is involved in and specifically about the Little Library Project begun by a Rotarian (see this month's issue of the Rotarian Magazine) and now all over the country, including right here in Covington.  Our clubs worked together to place a Little Library in our community.  More on Jason under his speaker bio.

Tuesday, March 25 will be a Business Meeting.  Please come prepared to discuss all aspects of Club business and to vote on some prospective members!  Remember that we always encourage membership growth, so speak loudly and proudly about your involvement in our club, our many projects, and the incredible achievements of Rotarians and Rotary Clubs around the world.  Don't keep Covington Rotary and our projects a secret!!

Coming up in April, we have 2 fun service projects in conjunction with 2 New Orleans Clubs.

Saturday, April 5 is the Freret Street Festival.  The RC of New Orleans Riverbend is responsible for staffing all of the beer and drinks booth at this great free street festival with food, vendors, and lots of music.  Please volunteer and have some fun!

The Rotary Youth Exchange Students will be volunteering over at the Festivale Internationale in Lafayette during the weekend of April 25.  If you haven't been, please make plans to attend; all drink booths there are staffed and subbed-out by the RC of Lafayette.  This festival is also free!

The second weekend of Jazz Fest, we are also supplying a crew to work the Carrollton Rotary Club's beer booth.  That festival is NOT free...so those who volunteer are the lucky ones who attend for free in exchange for a few hours of icing down and selling beer.

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