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News Wheel Newsletter - Archive Jun 27, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Houma


News Wheel

Weekly Newsletter


June 28, 2017 



Rotarian of the Day - Mary Lynn Bisland


Rotarian of the day is Mary Lynn Bisland, wife of fellow Rotarian,Brunnie Bisland.  They have 3 children, William Bisland, Jr (Billy), a general surgeon in Thibodaux, Shelly Bisland Chauvin, an Early Childhood Interventionist with Terrebonne Parish Schools and Lydia Bisland, a commercial appraiser with the Lafayette Parish Assessors Office. 


Mary Lynn is the Executive Director of Terrebonne Arc (TARC) and is a retired teacher with TPSD.  She has been instrumental in the movement for community inclusion for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the State of Louisiana and Nationally.  


Mary Lynn is an avid reader and loves to create jewelry.  At present, it’s all about the Louisiana oyster, and how many crafts and designs are possible to make! 


She is MiMi to her two grandchildren, Connor 12 and William III 3!  She could probably be the President of the Grandparent Stupid Club as all they have to do is ask and she makes it happen! 


She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Houma since 2007.  Mary Lynn became club president in 2014.  Her heart is SERVICE ABOVE SELF, and Rotary has allowed her to constantly be reminded to follow her heart!


Guest Speaker - Dalton and Marie LeBlanc


Dalton LeBlanc is a native of Houma, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Terrebonne High School in 1962. He was an All-American track athlete in high school and a 6 time state track champion. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. At his university he was elected Student Body President and was a college All-American Track athlete. He won the gold medal in the Military Olympics and anchored the American relay team. Dalton represented the USA in Track and Field in Europe and South America several times. In 1998 Dalton became the first Terrebonne Parish athlete to be inducted into the Louisiana High School Athlete Association.

He was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for service to his service to his country in the Vietnam War. After working as a college administrator, Dalton became a State Farm Agent in 1972. He built one of the largest insurance agencies in the state of Louisiana. Every year for 45 years, he has been one of the State Farm’s top producers plus has been in the top 50 out of 18,000 plus agents in America twice. Dalton has won the company life insurance production travel award 41 times which is the most number of years an agent in Louisiana has accomplish this milestone to help families. 

Professionally, he is past state president of the largest professional agents association in Louisiana, is a member of the Rotary International, St. Bernadette Catholic Church, and The Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, The Terrebonne Parish Apartment Owners Association and The Bayou Board of Realtors Association and other professional associations.

His hobbies and interest are chess, fitness, travel, sporting events, and enjoy his family of 5 children. His daughters Nicole and Adrienne and Brooke and sons Carter and Beau are married and all are college graduates and working parents. Dalton is happily married to a native of Houma, Marie Clement, who has a master degree and worked in special education for 30 years with the Terrebonne Parish School Board. Dalton is proud of his 5 children and 9 grandchildren, his Cajun heritage and thinks Louisiana is a wonderful place to work, raise a family and enjoy a good life.


Quote for the Week


The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

-- Socrates




A young investment banker goes out and buys the car of his dreams - a brand new Ferrari GTO. After paying $500,000, he takes it out for a spin and stops at a red light. While waiting for the light to change, a frail looking old man on a yellow moped pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the Ferrari and asks, "What kind of car ya' got there, Sonny?"

The young man replies, "A Ferrari GTO. It cost half a million dollars!"

"Wheeewee... that's a lot of money," says the old man as he tucks his thumbs up against his suspenders. "Why does it cost so much?"

"Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!" states the banker proudly.
The moped driver asks, "Mind if I take a look inside?"

"No problem," replies the proud new owner. So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around at all the bells and whistles lining the dashboard. Sitting back on his moped, the old man whistles and says, "That's a pretty nice car, all right... but I'll stick with my moped!"

Just then the light changes, so the banker decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds, the speedometer reads 160 mph! Suddenly, he notices a yellow dot in his rear view mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see what it could be, and suddenly... Whoooooosssshhhhh! Something blows by him, going much faster!
"What in the hell could be going faster than my Ferrari?" the young man asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it's the old man on the moped! Amazed that the moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas and passes the moped at 275 mph. Whoooooosssshhhhh!

He's feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him again! Dumbfounded, the banker floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph. Not ten seconds later, he sees the moped bearing down on him again!

The Ferrari red lines and there's nothing more he can do! Suddenly, the moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear end. The young man stops and jumps out, and unbelievably, the old man is still alive. He runs up to the mangled old man and says, "Oh my God! Is there anything I can do for you?"


The old man whispers with his dying breath... "Unhook... my... suspenders... from... your.... side view mirror."


Calendar of Events
Date & Time Event
 Jun 28 12:00 pm  ROD: Mary Lynn Bisland, Guest Speakers: Dalton and Marie LeBlanc
 Jun 30  Stephanie Corso's Birthday!
 Jul 1  Craig Dalferes' Birthday!
 Jul 1  Alexis Duval's Birthday!
 Jul 1  Cherri Roach's Anniversary (8 Years!)
 Jul 5 12:00 pm  Open Meeting
 Jul 12 12:00 pm  ROD: Derek Chaisson
 Jul 13   Angie Walsh's Birthday!
 Jul 14  LeslieWaalk's Anniversary (7 Years!)
 Jul 15  Karen Chauvin's Birthday!
 Jul 15  Natalie Bergeron's Birthday!
 Jul 16  PeteKonos' Birthday!
 Jul 16  Lauren Ellender's Anniversary (3 Years!)
 Jul 19 12:00 pm  ROD: Harvey Chauvin
 Jul 19  Billy Foster's Birthday!
 Jul 21  Jeffrey Long's Birthday!
 Jul 26 12:00 pm  ROD: Chris Chiasson, Guest Speaker: Stan Gravois
 Jul 27  Sharon Bergeron's Birthday!
 Jul 27  Sherri Roach's Birthday!


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 Cal McKey
Vice President   Dale Norred
Secretary Leslie Waalk Stephanie Corso
Treasurer Derek Chaisson Yolanda Trahan
General Secretary Brenda Faucheux Miles Forrest
Sergeant-at-Arms Cal McKey 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 Quality Inn
Lockport Noon Thursday C'est Cajun Catering
Morgan City Noon Thursday Petroleum Club
Thibodaux Noon Tuesday Envie