The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as literacy, children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, and conflict resolution. We also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary Club of Houma lives the motto “Service Above Self.”
At times, it seems that our organization flies under the radar because most people have never heard of Rotary. Or, if they have, people think of Rotarians as a stodgy group of elderly men in suits. The Rotary Club of Houma is far from that image! We have a wide diversity of ages (26-96), male and female, along with different ethnic races, a good mixture of business professionals who bring a wide range of knowledge and life experience to our club, as well as a new generation of enthusiastic young people who have recently joined the work force and who are looking to volunteer and make a difference.
To the Rotary Club of Houma, “Service Above Self” is not just a motto, it is more of a call to action. Some of our community service projects include:
Our club also sponsors an EarlyAct Club at Mulberry Elementary School and two Interact Clubs: one at Houma Jr. High and one at H. L. Bourgeois High School. Internationally, our club has helped to sponsor two (2) water wells in Haiti, along with supplying educational materials for a school in a poverty-stricken area of that country. Of course, the club has been a part of the movement to eradication of Polio world wide and will continue to do so.
The Rotary Club of Houma operates under the Standard Rotary Club Constitution, originally adopted in 1922. It contains the club's name, definition of its territorial limits, and rules for regular club meetings, membership, attendance, admission fees and dues. It provides for a Board of Directors as the club's governing body and a President and other officers. Their terms of office — like those of international and district officers — begin on 1 July each year.
Our Rotary Club of Houma uses the recommended Committee Plan for a Rotary Club to carry out service projects and activities. It includes four main committees corresponding directly to Rotary's Five Avenues of Service as well as a committee to focus on those aspects of ClubService pertaining to Membership Development. Our club President assigns a director to each Avenue of Service to act as coordinator and supervisor of the work of several subcommittees.