International Service - The Fourth Avenue of Service
Service defines Rotary's character; whether local or international, it promotes Rotary's appeal and visibility in the community, and is the reason Rotary continues to grow.
In 2009, The Rotary Club of Houma presented our 1st check to Deacon Lloyd, Haiti Mission, Inc., for International Water/Literacy Project. Our water well is adjacent to the school. The literacy part of the project will be textbooks into the hands of students at this school.
The Rotary Club of Houma through its members active support of projects and programs that make the world a better place to live. The Rotary Club of Houma has participated in many of Rotary’s excellent exchange programs. Our Rotary Club has followed Rotary’s dream for world peace and understanding through the service of outstanding Rotarians such as Dr George Arceneaux’s work saving the sugar cane industry worldwide. Judge George Arceneaux served Rotary International as Vice-President providing worldwide service. Our Rotary History in book form or in our History CD will provide details of our many Rotarians proving international service.
Rotary International description: The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages 25 and 40 and in the early years of their professional lives. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.
In 1974 five years after Alva Eschete became a Rotarian, The Houma Rotary Club appointed him to be our representative on The Rotary District 620 Group Study Exchange Committee.
District 6200 has always been a donator to The Rotary Foundation and has always met the goal for Foundation Donations. The Houma Rotary Club through Rotary District 6200 participated in the Group Study Exchange Program from the beginning.
In 1990 Rotarian Gregory A. Whitney was selected out-of-a-field-of-one” to be the team leader to Brazil (Minas Gerais - District 456) beginning a fourteen year “GSE Career” in Houma Rotary Club and Rotary District 6200 committees until this date. Serving as a committee member; assistant chair to district committee; district chairman; district team trainer and club chairman.