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News Wheel Newsletter - Archive Sep 30, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Houma


News Wheel

Weekly Newsletter


September 30, 2015 



Rotarian of the Day - JJ Buquet


JJ Boquet was fortunate to marry his best friend, Sinclair Mercer. They have 2 wonderful kids, James and Mary Mercer. JJ earned an MBA from Tulane University in 1990. Following his time at Tulane, JJ joined the family business: the Houma-based Buquet Distributing Company. He took over as President of the company in 1997. Since 2012, Mr. Bouquet has also served as chairman of Costal Commerce Bank.


JJ is a founder of Leadership Terrebonne and has also served on the boards, or as chairman, of the Bayou Community Foundation, the Terrebonne Library Board of Control, the Louisiana Beer Industry League, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and the Houma-Terrebonne Rotary Club.


Guest Speaker - Dr. Bruce Murphy


Dr. Bruce Murphy is the fifth President of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  He is also a Professor of Educational Leadership at Nicholls. 


Prior to his current position he served for eight and a half years as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Air Force’s Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. 


Dr. Murphy has spent his entire career in the study, teaching and practice of leadership. He served in the U.S. Army completing both Parachutist and Ranger training and taught Leadership at West Point. Following military service, Dr. Murphy taught for three years in the Department of Human and Organization Development at Vanderbilt University and was the Founding Director of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program and Chair, Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Bruce was the founding Dean of the School of Business and professor of management at Point Park University in Pittsburgh with departments of accounting, business management, public administration, and computer science and information technology. 


Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He also earned a Master of Arts from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Doctorate in Education from Vanderbilt University.  He is a 2007 graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, and the New Presidents Seminar at Harvard University. 


Both President Murphy and his wife, Jeanne Murphy, are retired from the U.S. Army. They earned the rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel, respectively.


President's Thought for the Week


Gear up for each day with love, patience, and a huge sense of humor.


Best of the Bayou


The 4th annual Best of the Bayou Festival concluded this past Sunday. Of course it rained on our lovely festival, but that didn't dampen the fun! 


What You May Have Missed Last Week


Lt. Col. Paul Rappmundt explained the role of the Civil Air Patrol and the current state of the Louisiana Wing.


Jude Laperouse October 4
Mark Lee October 6
Juan Pickett October 6


Upcoming Meeting Schedule
Date Rotarian of the Day Guest Speaker
 Oct 7  Angela Chaisson  Katie Faulk and Conner Chaisson
 Oct 14  Stephanie Corso  TBA
 Oct 21  Norby Chabert  TBA


 Michael G. Hayes District 6200 Governor  Board of Directors
 Tim McNabb Assistant District Goveror William Foster, Director Emeritus
Club Officers Jerry Ledet
President  Tracy Schwab Reuben Williams
President-Elect  Dixon Lewis Jim Goodwin
Vice President  Sharon Bergeron Derek Chaisson
Secretary  Sherri Roach Dale Norred
Treasurer  Leslie Cheramie Donna Wright
General Secretary  Brenda Faucheux Miles Forrest
Sargeant-at-Arms  Derek Chaisson Yolanda Trahan
    Tim McNabb
    Mary Lynn Bisland


Area Club Make-Ups
Golden Meadow Noon Thursday Bayou Bowling Alley
Grand Isle 7pm Wednesday Community Center
Houma Sunrise Club 7:30 am Tuesday Courtyard by Marriot
Houma-Terrebonne Club Noon Thursday Quality Inn
Lockport Noon Thursday C'est Cajun Catering
Morgan City Noon Thursday Petroleum Club
Thibodaux Noon Tuesday Envie