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News Wheel Newsletter - Archive Aug 9, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Houma


News Wheel

Weekly Newsletter


August 10, 2016 



Rotarian of the Day - L. J. Folse

L. J. Folse joined Rotary in about 1975, and was proposed by his former boss, Edward S. Gaidry, CEO of then Terrebonne Bank.  L.J. served as organizing chair of First National Bankers Bank, based in Baton Rouge and  now providing services to more than 800 community banks throughout the South/Southeast.

L. J. is currently the President of Terrebonne Council on Aging (TCOA) Elderly Housing Corporation. He has also served as president of the Houma Rotary Club in 2007-08, president of Houma Chamber of Commerce, Houma Lions Club, and several other civic organizations.

L. J. and his wife Bonnie are proud parents of Carrie Folse Mattison, MD of Birmingham, Todd, of Houma, Dan, of Key Largo, FL and Mark of Houma (CEO of LCB and its five banks).


Guest Speaker - FTCC Chancellor Kristine Strickland

Dr. Kristine H. Strickland currently serves as Chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College. Fletcher serves over 2000 students in the Bayou Region of Louisiana and is known for strong academic, technical and transfer programs.

Prior to her role as Chancellor, Dr Strickland served as Executive Dean for the West Bank Campus at Delgado Community College. In addition to her role as Executive Dean, Dr. Strickland also led the Office of Student Financial Assistance for all Delgado Community College campuses. Prior to her service at Delgado Community College, Dr. Strickland served as Vice President for Student Services and Student Financial Assistance with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. In addition, Dr. Strickland has served in leadership roles as both Dean of Student Affairs at Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma, LA and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA.

In addition to her current responsibilities, Dr. Strickland serves in leadership roles within the community and her profession. Dr. Strickland has served for a number of years in a Chair capacity with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges for accreditation purposes. In addition, she is also Chair of the Board for JCFA, on the Executive Board of Algiers Economic Development Foundation and the Boy Scouts of Southeast Louisiana. She has also served on the board of the West Bank YMCA and as President of the Louisiana Banner Users Group.

Dr. Strickland is married to Adam Strickland and has four children, Adam, Kamron, Mary, and Kierney. Dr. Strickland grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides with her family in Houma, LA.


Quote for the Week

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

-- Charles Caleb Colton



A burglar got into a house one night. Shining his flashlight on the floor in the dark, he heard a voice saying, "Jesus is watching you."


He looked around nervously, shook his head, and kept looking for valuables. He again heard, "Jesus is watching you." This time, he shone his light all over, and it rested on a parrot.


He asked, "Did you say that?"  The parrot admitted that it had.


"I'm just trying to warn you, that's all."


The burglar said, "Warn me, huh? Who are you? What's your name?" 




"Well, what kind of stupid people would name a parrot 'Moses'?" 


The bird answered, "I don't know; I guess the same folks who would name a Rottweiler 'Jesus'."


Larry Rhodes August 10
Cal McKey August 13


Mike Pennington August 12 (First Year!)
Rebecca Hoffman-Spears August 13 (2 Years!)
Earl Eues August 16 (10 Years!)


Upcoming Meeting Schedule
Date Rotarian of the Day Guest Speaker
 Aug 17  Travis Lavigne  Dr. Sonia Clarke
 Aug 24  Gregory Maidoh  
 Aug 31  David Tauzin  


Francis Nezianya District 6200 Governor  Board of Directors
Tim McNabb Assistant District Goveror William Foster, Director Emeritus
Club Officers Jerry Ledet
President Dixon Lewis Reuben Williams
President-Elect Sherri Roach Karen Chauvin
Vice President Tracy Schwab Cal McKey
Secretary Leslie Waalk Dale Norred
Treasurer Derek Chaisson Stephanie Corso
General Secretary Brenda Faucheux Miles Forrest
Sergeant-at-Arms Cal McKey Yolanda Trahan
    Tim McNabb
    Morgan Allison
    David Tauzins (Alternate)


Area Club Make-Ups
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 Quality Inn
Lockport Noon Thursday C'est Cajun Catering
Morgan City Noon Thursday Petroleum Club
Thibodaux Noon Tuesday Envie