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News Wheel Newsletter - Current Mar 14, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Houma


News Wheel

Weekly Newsletter


March 14, 2018 



Rotarian of the Day - L. J. Folse


He is a past president of the Houma Lions club, our Rotary club, our Chamber of Commerce, and Board member and organizing Chair of the Fletcher Foundation.

For almost 65 years he has been married to the former Bonnie Folse, also of Raceland. They are proud parents of 4 children, 7 grand and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Folse has served in banking 62 years and have organized 4 banks. This includes the First National Bankers Bank which now serves over 800 community banks from the Texas border across the South to the Atlantic, Including Virginia. They began organizing Coastal, now PEDESTAL BANK, 20 years ago. 
Mr. Folse is now Director Emeritus. His son Mark (a former Rotarian) is President and CEO of the bank and holding company. As of year end, Pedestal was in top 10 in asset size of Louisiana based banks, and was in top five in net earnings. Based in Houma, Pedestal serves clients from Leeville to Leesville, LA, a distance of about 250 miles.

LJ Folse presently serves as Chair of the TCOA Board (for the 3rd time). TCOA is ranked among the top in the state and serves over 800 meals daily to needy seniors. Many thanks for this go to Sheriff Larpenter who has prisoners prepare the meals at minimal costs.

His one addiction is walking about 3 miles each morning.


Guest Speaker - Dr. Regina Verdin, Fletcher


Dr. Regina SimonDr. Verdin started her professional career as a graphic designer and small business owner in Orange County, California serving non-profits and faith-based organizations. Her career evolved into opportunities to teach her craft, which opened the door to a second career in education for both the community college and private education sectors.


As an educator, Dr. Verdin taught in the graphic design field in areas of business development, professional practice and management, as well as in creative design and development. Furthering her career in education, upon moving to Las Vegas, Dr. Verdin became an administrator in education as Academic Director at a private proprietary college. In this role she worked to develop curriculum, support local industry with qualified workforce and facilitate communications between education and the local industry.


Her work partnering the college with the non-profit sector provided valuable partnerships with organizations such as The American Heart Association, Goodwill Industries and Clark County Department of Family and Child Services. There she developed a student partnership program that supported these non-profit organizations with artists talent. 

Taking her expertise to Austin, Texas, under the role of Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Verdin further developed partnerships with many organizations including Austin Food and Wine Festival, Austin Fashion Week, Louie Mueller Barbecue, and Sony Entertainment increasing student exposure into the professions that campus served as well as providing Austin businesses excellent talent. 

Dr. Verdin has worked hard in her career to build solid partnerships between businesses, non-profit organizations and the education community. Currently, Dr. Verdin serves as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Fletcher Technical Community College, in Schriever.


She has continued to build community partnerships to serve the local workforce in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. Dr. Verdin holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis on the non-traditional learner.




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Weekly Words of Wisdom


There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

-- Henry Kissinger


Calendar of Events
Date & Time Event
 Mar 15  Michael D'Angelo's Birthday!
 Mar 17  Sybil Webb's Anniversary (14 Years!)
 Mar 18  David Boudreaux's Anniversary (3 Years!)
 Mar 21  ROD: Jude Laperouse, Guest Speaker: Michelle Simon, MD - Veteran's Hospital
 Mar 23 6pm  Wine Tasting at Cannata's
 Mar 24  Jacob Dagate's Anniversary (8 Years!)
 Mar 27  David Boudreaux's Birthday!
 Mar 28  ROD: Joe Paul Mayet
 Apr 4  ROD: Travis Lavigne
 Apr 5  Ricky Johnson's Anniversary (First Year!)
 Apr 6  Felix McElroy's Anniversary (2 Years!)
 Apr 6  Sharon Bergeron's Anniversary (13 Years!)
 Apr 7  Brunnie Bisland's Anniversary (14 Years!)
 Apr 10  Stephanie Corso's Anniversary (5 Years!)
 Apr 11  ROD: Dalton LeBlanc
 Apr 12  Reuben Williams' Birthday!


Martha D. Collins District 6200 Governor  Board of Directors
Gary J. Lacombe  District 6200 Governor-Elect William Foster, Director Emeritus
Club Officers Rev. Craig Dalferes
President Sherri Roach Reuben Williams
President-Elect Leslie Waalk Cal McKey
Vice President F. Dixon Lewis Brenda Faucheux
Secretary Derek Chaisson Stephanie Corso
Treasurer Jerry Ledet Yolanda Trahan
General Secretary Brenda Faucheux Miles Forrest
Sergeant-at-Arms Patrick Yancey Morgan Allison
    Joe Paul Mayet
Area Club Make-Ups
Online Makeups https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/  
Downtown Houma Club 5:30 pm Tues (except the 3rd Tues) The Patio
  5:30 pm 3rd Tues Downtown Jeaux
Golden Meadow Noon Thursday Bayou Bowling Alley
Grand Isle 7pm Wednesday Community Center
Houma Sunrise Club 7:30 am Tuesday The Vintage Garden Café
Houma-Terrebonne Club Noon Thursday Plantation Inn
Lockport Noon Thursday C'est Cajun Catering
Morgan City Noon Thursday Petroleum Club
Thibodaux Noon Tuesday Envie


The Rotary Club of Houma, committed to the motto “Service Above Self,” is an active humanitarian organization made up of community leaders who have fun working together while developing leaders of all ages.