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Thank you very much for agreeing to address the members of the Rotary Club of Houma. The member who has invited you to speak is known as our Rotarian of the Day (RoD). This member will be your main point of contact and will assist you with anything that you need for your presentation such as A/V equipment.  The RoD will also introduce you as the guest speaker.   


Our club meets on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Quality Hotel, 210 South Hollywood Road, Houma, LA. The buffet lunch meal is ready by 11:45 a.m., and you will be our guest for lunch.  Please plan to arrive between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.   This will give you time to check out any AV equipment which you may need and time to enjoy lunch and get acquainted with the RoD.  

We request that your presentation not exceed about 20 minutes in length, which includes about 5 minutes for Q&A. Informational brochures or leaflets may be placed on tables and we usually have about 50 members who attend the weekly meetings. Some of our members are limited in their allowed time for lunch, so if your presentation runs beyond 1:00 p.m. you may see some slipping out of the meeting.

A typical meeting begins at 12:20 p.m. with an Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and the Rotary Four Way Test. Visitors are introduced and, if necessary, announcements may be made. By 12:30 p.m., the President turns the meeting over to the RoD, who will introduce you as the guest speaker.  


We respectfully request that speakers keep in mind that the content of the presentation should be informative and not designed to promote a political candidate or issue, specific business, its services or products.  Also, there should be no type of solicitation for a financial or in-kind donation, or a request to purchase products or services. 

Thank you, once again, for being our guest speaker. We look forward to an informative program!


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 When your turn comes up to be Rotarian of the Day, please consider the following guidelines when selecting a speaker for a club meeting:


  • Choose a speaker with a topic of informational, educational, motivational or entertainment value that will be of general interest to all club members.
  • Avoid controversial topics or volatile issues that could arouse anger and division among members.  Refer to the Four-Way Test when considering speakers and topics.
  • Avoid repetition or sameness.  Look for a speaker we haven’t heard before with a fresh topic.
  • Avoid political or religious topics.  Rotary International is a non-political and non-religious organization.  As a matter of policy, Rotary Clubs do not take positions on public questions including political or international issues.
  • No political candidates within 120-days of an election. It is acceptable, however,  to have a congressman, senator or other elected official speak to our club when the format is simply a report to constituents on congressional or legislative affairs.
  • Avoid local representatives of non-profit organizations.  Consider such speakers only if they have a unique topic that is not a sales pitch for funding.  Never allow requests for funding unless the request has been formally approved in advance by the club board of directors.
  • Avoid product or service promotion.  Advise company executives who are invited to speak to deal with issues that affect their industry and the community and how they cope with them. They should not use the Rotary podium to promote their products or services.
  • Club members as speakers are encouraged as long as the topic is of general interest and the speaker’s program does not involve the commercial promotion of the individual nor the individual’s business or employer.
  • Emphasize to the speaker they only have a total of 20 minutes, which includes Q&A time





One of Rotary’s Five Avenues of service is “Vocational Service”, whereby we honor and respect our individual contributions to our community through our vocations.  Members are asked to share their vocation by giving a short 1-2 minute self-introduction talk (not a speech), as this will give everyone an opportunity to get to know more about you. This is not meant to embarrass you and you are not expected to be a professional speaker, so if you need to read from your notes, do it. 


The following is a rough guideline for giving a classification talk and idea of what to talk about:


a.    Briefly mentioned where you grew up and/or a little about your family.

b.    Tell us about your business or position. 

c.    Why did you choose your profession…or why did it choose you?

d.    What does your business do or sell?

e.    What makes your company special?