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News Wheel Newsletter - Current Oct 17, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Houma


News Wheel

Weekly Newsletter


October 18, 2017 



Rotarian of the Day - Alexis Duval


Alexis A. Duval is a Principal of the CPA firm of Bourgeois Bennett. Specializing in taxation planning and preparation, client accounting and advisory services, Alexis has served a varied client base.

A Houma native, Alexis received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Nicholls State University. She is a member of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants and its South Central Chapter and serves on its Women's Initiative Task Force and Small Business Committee. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

Active in the community, in addition to her service as Board Chairperson of the Bayou Community Foundation, she is a member and past Board member of the Houma Rotary Club, a participant and supporter of Women of the Storm, Board member of the Nicholls State University Foundation, member of Restore or Retreat and a founding member , former Treasurer and Board Member of the Morganza Action Coalition. A graduate of Leadership Terrebonne, Alexis chaired the Board of Directors of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and has served on several committees since 1996.


Guest Speaker - Caitlin Berni


Caitlin S. Berni serves as Vice President of Policy and Communications for Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) She is responsible for directing the organization’s policy work at the federal and state level and serves as the primary liaison with Congressional, state, and local elected officials.  She also directs the organization’s communications team, which focuses on communicating why Greater New Orleans is the logical choice to live, work, and raise a family. Berni directs the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI), an effort initiated by GNO, Inc. to keep flood insurance offered through the National Flood Insurance Program affordable.  CSFI represents 35 states and 250 organizations and its work resulted in the passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. CSFI is now advocating for further reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program to enhance mitigation, accurately assess and communicate risk, ensure affordability, and increase program participation. In June 2017, Berni testified before the House Financial Services Committee on CSFI’s proposals for reauthorization and has made national media appearances to discuss the subject as well. 

Prior to joining GNO, Inc., Berni worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Steve Scalise (LA01) as a legislative assistant. Her policy portfolio included business and tax issues, financial services,  military and defense, veterans’ affairs, and foreign affairs issues. She focused extensively on reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, extending Go Zone tax credits, and improving veterans’ access to care in the New Orleans area.  She also worked at the House Committee on Ways and Means.   

Berni has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She is a member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and the St. Andrew’s Village Young Friends Steering Committee. She lives in New Orleans with her husband Ryan and son Benjamin.


President's Message


World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.  Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988.  As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.


Words of Wisdom


All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.

-- Sean O'Casey


Calendar of Events
Date & Time Event
 Oct 25 12:00 pm  ROD: Earl Eues
 Oct 26  Layla Heard's Birthday!
 Oct 26  Jacob Dagate's Birthday!
 Oct 26  Darryl Christen's Birthday!
 Oct 29 4:00 pm  Steak Night!
 Oct 31  Carroll Parr's Birthday!
 Nov 1 12:00 pm  ROD: Darryl Christen
 Nov 1  Dale Thompson, Jr.'s Birthday!
 Nov 7  Rene' Williams' Birthday!
 Nov 8 12:00 pm  ROD: Miles Forrest
 Nov 8  Happy Bucks!
 Nov 9  Michael D'Angelo's Anniversary! (6 Years!)
 Nov 9  Derek Chaisson's Anniversary! (6 Years!)
 Nov 11  J. Louis Watkins, III's Anniversary! (19 Years!)
 Nov 11  Brunnie Bisland's 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
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.