Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Board of Directors - Speaker Coordinator
Board of Directors - Vocational Service
Rotary Foundation
Board of Directors -Satellite Club
Board of Directors -- Outreach
Board of Directors - Club Service
Immediate Past President
Board of Directors - Membership
Board of Directors - Public Relations
Sergeant-at-Arms
July 2024
S M T W T F S
30
01
03
05
06
07
08
10
12
13
21
22
24
25
26
27
28
29
31
01
02
03
Contact Us!
Enter your email address and the message you want to send.
fields are required
Club Information
Welcome to our Website!
Northlake-Mandeville

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Beau Chene Country Club
602 N. Beau Chene Dr.
Mandeville, LA 70471
United States of America
Phone:
(504) 884-1748
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 246 Mandeville, La. 70470
Home Page Stories
Northlake Mandeville Rotarians met with Samantha Walley, District 6840 District Governor, (Pictured in light Blue) and Rotarians from Bogalusa, Slidell and Covington at a Social on July 18, held at Riverside State Park in Madisonville.  The Social was part of an annual visit into our Lake area by the new District Governor.  The District Governor meets individually with each club in the area to discuss their plans for the new Rotary Year beginning July 1.  The social provided an opportunity for Rotarians from the various clubs to meet and get to know each other.  Ten of those pictured above are members of our club.
 
RYLA is a one week program to improve leadership skills and teach the value of service for students going into their senior year of high school.  It is held annually for students from all of the approximately 50 clubs in Rotary District 6840 at the Salman Center, a beautiful facility in rural St Tammany Parish.
Our club served Rotarian Matt Faust's famous Red Beans and Rice to the students on Monday night after their first day.  
On June 2, 2024 the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club installed the new officers and Board members for the 2024-2025 Rotary year beginning July 1, 2024.  Cindi Raymond was awarded Rotarian of the Year for the 2023-2024 year by outgoing President Laurie Pennison and Matt Greene, emcee.
Penny Menge, District 6840 Assistant Governor, conducted the installation of the new officers and Board.  Officers shown above are (l-r) Chase Villeret, Vice President; Larry Burch, Treasurer; Laurie Pennison, now Past President; Ted Dittmer, President for 2024-2025; and Penny Menge, Assistant District Governor.
On June 22, 2024 ten Rotarians, including those shown above cleaned the Mandeville Lakefront.  The scenic waterfront including the walking path, gazebo, two parks and ancient live oaks is 1.5 miles in length.
Rotarians met in the middle.  Half went East and half went went picking up trash.  Once the end of the Lakefront was reached, they returned to the mid-point cleaning the sidewalk and street in front of the homes along the North side of Lakeshore drive.  Rotarians were thanked by the many walkers and runners using the Lakefront.
The St Tammany Farmer newspaper featured Northlake Mandeville's 50th Anniversary with a front page article.
Click on the link for pictures and aticle:  https://www.nola.com/news/communities/st_tammany/northlake-mandeville-rotary-club-celebrates-the-gold/article_95f12e62-23b5-11ef-866a-9bcc7d66f28a.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share
 
Or you can read the article below:

The Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club monthly luncheon on May 30 — held on the exact date the club installed its first officers in 1974 — celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary of “service above self” to the community. 

The event at Beau Chene Country Club brought together 17 past presidents that included John Pleune, the group’s first president. Pleune received the prestigious Paul Harris Award, named for Rotary’s founder.

The luncheon included a video highlighting some of the service projects that the club participated in recent years. The group is planning an anniversary gala on Sept. 6 at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville.

“I’m proud to be a part of a group that does so much for the community,” said current public relations officer Renee Seruntine, who has been a member of the organization for a year. “I wanted to volunteer and get involved in the community, and there is no better place to do that than Rotary.”

She said as a veteran and current active member of the Army National Guard, she appreciates the Rotary Club’s dedication to service and the diversity of projects available to members.

The Northlake-Mandeville Rotary club currently supports almost two dozen nonprofit organizations that tackle issues including homelessness, hunger and food insecurity, abuse, autism, foster care, domestic violence, youth programs, literacy, disaster relief, mental health, suicide prevention, and nature and wildlife perseveration. The group also places American flags throughout the community five times throughout the year

Seruntine said she is especially proud of the Rotary Club scholarship program and its contribution to help Mandeville-area high school students. In its 26th year, the scholarship program awarded $51,000 in 2024 to six high school seniors entering college in the fall.

“The scholarship program is a hallmark of our club, and it is still growing from when we started with a single endowment,” said Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club President Laurie Pennison.

She said club members love having the scholarship recipients return for a meeting to report on their college experiences. “It is so encouraging to see all the accomplishments of these young people,” Pennison said.

Pennison said the club has given special focus in recent years to issues relating to mental health including the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Safe Haven, where the club both built a playground and new pavilion, then repaired the pavilion after damage from Hurricane Ida.

Pennison said that members can find an outlet for volunteering whatever their passion. “We truly embody our motto of ‘Service Above Self.’ No matter how you are looking to serve, we can help. Just pick your slot.”

For information about the recent 50th anniversary luncheon or the upcoming gala, mandevillerotary.org

The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club was founded founded 50 years ago in 1974.  The club celebrated the 50th Anniversary with a luncheon at the Beau Chene Country Club.  All past presidents of the club were invited to attend the luncheon.  Pictured above are 17 of the past presidents who attended the luncheon.  A 50th Anniversary Gala is planned for September 6.
 
May be an image of 1 person, smiling and text that says 'ត្ក់វាលដ Rotary District RotaryDistrict6840 6840 2023-2024 2024 2023- Club CluboftheYear of the Year Large Chub RotaryClubOf Rotary Club Of Northlake Mandeville'
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club is in Rotary District 6840 which is composed of 48 clubs in South Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana.  Each year the clubs are judged on several different categories.  This year our club was voted the best Large Rotary Club out of the 48 clubs.  Congratulations to President Laurie Pennison, the Board of Directors, and all members of the club.  It was a tremendous joint effort of "Service above Self!!!"
Each year Northlake Mandeville Rotarians place over 250 flags to celebrate our country's five flag holidays, including Memorial Day when we remember those whose made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Businesses and homeowners donate $75 per flag per year to the club and club members place the flags for the five flag holidays.  Shown in pictures above are a team composed of Tom Quinn, Doug Place, and Matt Greene placing the flag in front of Bob Matthew's home.  The last picture shows the flags sponsored by the Beau Chene Country Club.
Each year the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club selects students in the Mandeville area who excel in academics, community service, school activities and leadership, and financial need.  The picture on the left shows the 2024 scholarship winners - (l to r) Morgan Evans, Abby Barletter, Everette Dodds, Kara Henry, Sophia Coglaiti, and Madeline Griffiths.  The picture on the right shows the 2024 winners and also past winners who are currently enrolled: Natalie Lovell, Celeste Guidry, Raina Generose, Andrew Beshenich, Sita Baham, and Trevor Fortier.  Not pictured are Emma Santigo, Isabella Koerth, Emma Lockwood, and Kylie Michot.
These are all outstanding individuals.  They are our future leaders.  We are extremely proud of them all and look forward to their reports at a regular Rotary meeting before each semester.
Rotarians conduct a Reading Challenge for elementary students at Catta Ima Elementary school.  Shown are Rotarians Ben Motion, program chair, and Lee and Marty Audiffred awarding prizes at the end of the school year.  The prizes encourage the students to read.  The program has significantly improved the reading scores at this Title 9 school.
On Saturday, April 28, Rotarians participated in the City of Mandeville's City Wide Clean-up.  Each Group was assigned to a specific area of the city.  Rotarians cleaned up along the Mandeville lakefront in the area we are responsible for in the "Keep Mandeville Beautiful" program.  As part of the "Keep Mandeville Beautiful" program, Rotarians clean the lakefront once every one or two months.  Many of the citizens using the park thank us for picking up the liter.
On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Rotarians unloaded two more bags of rubber mulch and installed black rubber bumpers around the Rotary Playground at Safehaven, the 300 acre campus housing multiple agencies addressing the needs of those who have mental illness.  Two of the members helped cleanup the Mandeville Lakefront and then came and helped at this project at Safehaven.  They are Rene Seruntine and Jeanne Schramm, truly emulating our Rotary Motto of "Service Above Self!!"  Others pictured are Jay Capouch, Doug Place, and Larry Burch.
On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Rotarians conducted one of two service projects, this one at the Mandeville Lakefront.  Rotarians picked up trash along the entire 3.4 mile lakefront park.  We have adopted the lakefront and have cleaned it approximately every 2 months for the past 3-4 years.
On Saturday, January 20, Rotarians met to spread rubber mulch under the swing set that they erected in December as part of the Rotary Playground at Safehaven.  The mulch comes in large totes shown above and must be spread to a level of 5 inches beneath and around the swing set and the other playground elements shown in the background.  The playground is being used by children from Family Promise and from the Public School programs located across the street from the Playground.
May be an image of tableMay be an image of 5 people and textMay be an image of text that says '2022-23 The Rotary Foundation Rotary Club ofNorthlake- Mandeville is presented certificate ofappreciation financial support End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign. Together, fulfill our promise children the world and eradicate polio. END POLIO NOW Báby lanH Riseley Chair The Rotary Foundation Trustees Jenigo lones President Rotary Iintemational'
Rotarians attended the annual mid-year District Check Up luncheon on Jan 13 in Bay St. Louis, and engaged in innovative Rotary discussions, connected with fellow leaders and shared club outreach projects and fund raising ideas.
Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club was recognized for its financial support of the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign ⭐ and member Marty Audiffred (Shown in the middle) reported on club updates & outreach opportunities. #ServiceAboveSelf
Here's to a year filled with compassion, service and Rotary blessings!
At our regular meeting on December 21, 2023, members and their guests celebrated Christmas with a Christmas luncheon.  In addition, three of our scholarship winners, Raina Generose, Trevor Fortier, and Celeste Guidry, briefed us on their past semester at college and thanked the club for our support. Allie Grace Greene, daughter of Rotarian Matt Greene, "graced" us by beautifully singing several traditional Christmas songs.  A jovial time was had by all.
 
Pictures below also show a swing set erected today by Larry Burch, Jay Capouch, Tom Quinn, and Doug Place.  The swing set is part of a playground being built over several yeears by Northlake Mandeville Rotarians at Safehaven.  Most of the playground which has already been installed is being used by students who attend school at Safehaven, and by children of parents who are being serviced at Safehaven.  Additional work will be performed by Rotarians beginning in the new year.
At the regular Thursday club meeting on November 30, 2023, Joan Coffman, CEO of St Tammany Health Systems was our speaker.  Joan described the vision and mission of the St Tammany Health System and its various departments and partnerships.  St Tammany Health Systems is the second largest employer in the parish, employing 2900 people.  Joan also talked about 3 future projects, all of which are under construction - the Ambulatory Surgical Center, a Women's and Children's Center, and a Training program for Residents.  Thank you, Joan, for a very informative and interesting program!
At a regular meeting held on November 16, club members heard from David Shapiro, Board President of NorthShore Robotics.  Northshore Robotics is a STEAM organization for students from the age of 5-17 who learn by programming, designing, and applying the engineering process to building robots.  Students participate on competitive robotics teams, in after school programs, summer camps and community partnerships.  Pictured above is David Shapiro with an undersea robot build by students.
Rotarians distributed dictionaries to all of the 1300 third graders in St Tammany Parish during the month of October.  A Rotarian visited each classroom, distributed the dictionaries to each individual, described the Rotary organization, had them read the Four Way Test of Rotary which is included inside the cover, and had them then look up the word "Beneficial" or the word "Service".  To have some fun, the third graders looked up to longest word in the English language and other fun words.  Many of the third grade teachers incorporate the dictionaries in their lessons.  Pictured above with a class is Dictionary Project Chair Matt Greene.
     
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club has a major focus on Youth and also on Vocational Education.  Because of these two focus areas, we support the Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) in a variety of ways.  On October 28, 2023, we had a booth and participated at NTCC's Gator Tail 5K fundraiser.  Rotarians and members of the NTCC Rotoract club (a club for college students sponsored by Rotary) had a great time and helped raise money for scholarships at NTCC.
On October 26, 2023, members of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club honored First Responders of the Year and showed their support for local Fire and Law Enforcement organizations.  The club felt that this annual event honoring our local heroes was particularly important this year to considering some sentiment across this nation.  In addition to club members, Parish President Mike Cooper, Mandeville Mayor Clay Madden, State Police Capt. Hiram Mason and Sheriff Randy Smith honored the recipients.
Shown above (l-r) are:  Fire Operator Christopher Lunn, Fire District #4; Trooper Andrew Hern, Louisiana State Police; Officer Paul Quatrevingt, Madisonville Police Dept; Deputy Michael Helbach, St Tammany Sheriff Dept.; Fire Operator Chris Hoglind, Fire District #2; Lieutenant Jim Lord, Mandeville Police Dept.  Not shown is Fire Operator Justin Stiehl, Fire District #3.
At the regular meeting of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club on October 19, 2023, club members heard from Jason Schneider of the Border Patrol.  Jason is one of the leaders of the 20 geographic sectors in the U.S.  He is responsible for 7 States.  Jason told us that the Cartels are a main force in the 2 million plus per year border incursions.  The cost paid to the Cartel can run from $5,000 to $60,000 per person depending on the country of origin.  Cartel members are now flying people to Canada and helping them cross the borders of Vermont and New York.
Pictured above are Jason and Marty Audiffred, Past President.
At the regular Thursday meeting of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club on October 12, 2023, the club installed new member Courtney Gulledge.  Courtney is shown receiving her official Rotary work shirt which is worn when performing service projects.  Shown with Courtney is Club President Laurie Pennison and Courney's sponsor, Club Member Matt Greene.  Welcome to the club, Courtney!!!
The speaker for the program was Angelique Richardson, CEO of Anvoy, who gave the club a primer on Hospice.  Angelique is shown with Club President  Laurie Pennison.
Rotarians met with elementary students at Chata Ima Elementary School to reward students for their reading after the first quarter.  Rotarians read to the students weekly and award prizes to those who fulfill reading requirements on their own.  Since the reading program began several years ago, reading scores have improved significantly!  Pictured above are Rotarians Bob Mathews, Marty Audiffred, and Ben Motion, Reading Program Chair.  Notice the Rotary Sign on the playground in the rear of the photo.  This playground was donated by the Northlake Mandeville Rotary club after Hurricane Katrina.
Bob Mathews, Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club member and Board Director, was recognized by President Laurie Pennison as a Paul Harris Fellow at a regular Club meeting on October 5, 2023.  Paul Harris Fellows are individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  The Rotary Foundation works to eliminate the poliovirus worldwide, funds global and local grants for humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams, provides grants for Disaster response, and supports the training of peace fellows at Rotary Peace Centers.  Bob has received multiple Paul Harris awards.
At our regular meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2023, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary club inducted three new members.  Shown above are new member Karl Koppy; Laurie Pennison, Club President; new member Peggy Menge; new member Mark Hudson; and New Member Orientation chair Debbie Stewart.  All three of the new members are long time Rotarians who have moved to the Northshore from New Orleans.  We are so pleased to welcome these committed Rotarians to our club!!
Club orientation for these three new members and several other new members will be held on October 25 at 5:00pm at Kona Coffee in Mandeville.  A social for all members welcoming the new members will be held at the adjoining Beach Club Restaurant at 6:00pm.
Two of the twelve areas of Rotary worldwide focus are Youth Service and Vocational Service.  Northlake Mandeville Rotary's support of the Northshore Technical Community College addresses both of these focus areas.  During discussions with NTCC leadership on how our club could help advance NTTC, our members found that many of the students at NTCC are from low-income or single parent families.  To help these students, the school has opened a Food Pantry which is constantly in need of food.  To help stock the Food Pantry, club members collected food items and delivered the food to the Pantry.
Shown above are four members of the NTCC Rotaract club, Dean Oren Smith, Dean of Students at the Main NTCC campus in Lacombe, and Rotarians Bob Mathews, Jeanne Schramm, and Marty Audiffred.
A major area of emphasis for the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club is in the area of Mental Health.  St. Tammany Parish has one of the highest suicide rates in the state and is approximately 18% above the state average.  One of our club projects is the support of STOPS (St Tammany Outreach for Prevention of Suicide).  Our club annually makes a donation to STOPS and also helps raise money for them through their One Step at a Time 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk, which was held this year on September 30 at the Abita Springs Trailhead.   Shown supporting the event are Rotarians Jeanne Schramm, Tom Quinn, Kathy Smith, Bob Mathews, and Marty Audiffred.
The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding service to their community, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” This honor accompanies a donation of $1,000 or more, in the recipient’s name, to Rotary International’s “Annual Program Fund,” which supports Rotary’s world-wide humanitarian grants, its polio eradication program, and its educational programs.
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary club honored Mayor Clay Madden for his outstanding service to Mandeville.  In addition, he has assisted the Rotary Club with its American Flag Program, its Christmas snow village, and its Keep Mandeville Beautiful program on the Mandeville lakefront.
Presenting the coveted Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Mayor Madden are Marty Audiffred, Past President and Glenn St. John, President-Elect.
On August 24, 2023, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club was excited to induct a new member, Renee Seruntine.  Renee is the Public Affairs Communication Specialist for the Louisiana National Guard.  Welcome Rene - we are so glad to have you.  Pictured above are Tom Quinn, membership chair; Renee; and Marty Audiffred, Past President.
At the beginning of each Rotary year, each local Rotary club defines 15-18 goals to achieve over the coming year.  If a club meets 15 of their goals, the club receives a Rotary Citation.  Shown above is Tom Quinn, District Official, presenting the Rotary Citation to Marty Audiffred for the Club's performance during the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.  Marty was club president during the year and Laurie Pennison (pictured on right) was the President-Elect.  Both were the leaders who were instrumental in the club meeting 15 of the goals for the year, thus qualifying for the Citation.
One of the primary annual goals of each Rotary club is to perform community service.  During the year, 34 Northlake Mandeville Rotary club members performed over 2,000 hours of community service on a variety of service projects, meeting one of the 15 goals.
​​​

Each year the Northlake Mandeville club sends Rising Seniors to a leadership camp hosted by Rotary District 6840 which is comprised of Rotary clubs in South Mississippi and Eastern/Southern Louisiana.  About 65 campers from the District attend.  This year our club sent 7 students.  During the five day camp, students hear nationally known speakers, and work and compete in small groups.  The first third of the camp focuses on getting to know the individual, since an individual can lead best when they know their own strengths and weaknesses and have self confidence.  The second third focuses on how to best lead groups.  The last third centers on "Service above Self" (the Rotary Motto), showing that service to others provides a path to true joy and happiness.  Each of the students described the Leadership camp as a "Life Changing Experience."
Pictured above are 6 of our 7 students this year.  From the left:
Noah Bannan, Josh Blake, Ian Arnold, Luciana Notaroberto, Abby Barletter, Georgia Ellerman, RYLA District Chair Mike Sigler, and Debbie Stuart, Northlake Mandeville RYLA Chair.
 
At the regular weekly meeting held on August 4, 2023, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club welcomed two of the 10 students who have received scholarships for the 2023-2024.  Pictured are Isabella Kerth, a senior at LSU, Raina Generose, a freshman at Southeastern Louisiana, along with Doug Place, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair.  Students compete for and are awarded a $12,000 scholarship.  The winners receive $1,500 at the beginning of eight semesters.  During the meeting, they report to the club on what they have been doing during the previous semester and then receive their check for the upcoming semester.  All are outstanding students.  We are so proud of each of them.
At it's final meeting of the Rotary year 2022-2023 District Governor Regina Wedig recognized Tom Quinn for his work as Territory Assisstant Governor and his work for the District during the past year.  Thanks, Tom, for all of your effort. You made a difference in the District.  Marty Audiffred is pictured with Regina making the award.
 
At its final meeting of the Rotary Year for 2022-2023, the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club and Marty Audiffred, Club President, recognized Matt Greene as the Rotarian of the Year for his work on a number of Rotary projects dealing with the youth of St. Tammany.  Congratulations to Matt and Rotary thanks you for the huge effort you put in on the such projects as the Distribution of Dictionaries to all third graders in the Parish, assisting with the Chata Ima Reading Project, serving as the Emcee for the Scholars Banquet, and more!
 
At the last meeting of the Rotary Year 2022-2023 on June 29, 2023, President Marty Audiffred recognized Chase Villeret for his active participation in his first year in the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club.  Congratulations Chase and thank you for all of your contributions to Rotary throughout 2022-2023!  Also shown is Tom Quinn, member of the Recognition Committee.
 
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary club welcomed its newest Corporate member - Gulf Coast Bank!
Shown are Vicki Gutierrez, District Governor for 2023-24; Ferd Marsolan, Club member and Executive with Gulf Coast Bank; Jennifer Carter, new member representing Gulf Coast Bank; Regina Wedig, District Governor for 2022-23; and Tom Quinn, club membership chair.
 
2023 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club awarding scholarships to deserving students from the Mandeville area.  Each year in April the Club hosts the new and past scholars and their parents at a banquet held at the Beau Chene Country Club.  The Collage below shows the students, their families, and sponsors who attended the festivities.
 
The Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club celebrated 25 years of awarding scholarships to students that will make impact on our world.  Past scholars and 2023 scholars attended the annual Scholars Banquet held April 30, 2023, at the Beau Chene Country Club.
Pictured below are (left to right):
Celeste Guidry - 2021 Scholar
Claire Kurucar - 2023 Rotary Select Scholar
Bella Kerth - 2020 Scholar
Julia Case - 2023 Anthony and Hope Martin Scholar
Emma Lockwood - 2023 Scholar
Sita Baham - 2023 Scholar
Natalie Lovel - 2022 Scholar
Raina Generose - 2023 Scholar
Not pictured were Andrew Beshenich - 2023 Scholar, Trevor Fortier and Lauren Lacoste - 2021 Scholars, Emma Santiago - 2020 Scholar, and Kylie Michot 2019 Scholar and 2023 Trent Murchison Pay It Forward Scholar.
 
May be an image of 8 people, people studying, scooter, table and hospital
On May 2, for the first time since before COVID 19, members of the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club resumed their weekly/bi-weekly calling of bingo for elderly residents of the Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
 
ROTARYSCENE.tam.051023.09.jpg
The Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club hosted its 25th Sunday with Scholars event at Beau Chene Country Club on April 30. This annual banquet and meeting serves as a major fundraiser for the $12,000 Rotary scholarships the group awarded to three distinguished scholars from the Mandeville area. The scholars were Emma Lockwood-Northlake Christian, Sita Baham-Mandeville High, Raina Generose-Lakeshore High.  The scholarships are paid to colleges of the recipients' choice in $1,500 semester installments over four years. The students will attend at least two Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club meetings a year to keep members informed about their studies and college experiences.
In addition, the Club awarded three $1,000 scholarships.  The Anthony and Hope Martin Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Julia Case - St Sholastica.  The Rotary Select Scholarship was awarded to Claire Kurucar - Mandeville High.  Trent Murchison, a former scholarship winner, has elected to repay his $8,000 scholarship has awarded $1,000 to Kylie Michot, a current scholar who completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech and is entering Pharmacy school.
At the Banquet sponsors,  local officials, guidance counselors, principals and parents of the scholars participated in a wonderful Silent Auction.
A highlight of the evening was an update on their past semester by current scholars Andrew Beshenich, Natalie Lovell, Trevor Fortier, Lauren Lacoste, Celeste Guidry, Isabella Kerth, and Emma Santiago.
Pictured above are Rotary Foundation President Larry Burch, Scholarship Selection Committee Co-Chairs Laurie Pennison and Doug Place.
  
Last Friday on February 24, 2023, Rotarians worked again on the playground we are building at Safe Haven for the children of those being treated for mental issues.
 
The difference was that on Friday we were assisted by four young people from the Louisiana Conservation Corp.  LCC is part of Americorp and is like the old Civilian Conservation Corp.  These young people helped us load and distribute 300 cubic yards of rubberized mulch which will be the floor of the playground.  They were highly motivated, had positive can-do attitudes, and worked hard the entire morning. They were a joy to work with.  Our country will be in good hands with young people like them.  With their help, we were able to load wheelbarrows and spread 30% more mulch in half the time versus the previous week.
 
Thanks to Breana, Jo, Emily, and Hunter!  They are scheduled to help us for another day in April.
Northlake Mandeville Rotarians have obtained a Rotary District grant and support from five nearby Rotary clubs for the last 4 years to purchase and build a playground for children whose parents visit the Safehaven campus in Mandeville for mental health services.  Over 5,000 people obtained services at Safehaven in 2022.  Shown here are 6 of the 9 elements which will comprise the playground.  Also shown in the background are white totes containing the rubber mulch which forms the floor of the playground.  Rotarians are meeting on Fridays each week to complete the installation of the equipment.  A fifth grant will be applied for in May to purchase benches, additional mulch, borders to contain the mulch, and to refurbish and convert the tennis court shown in the background to pickle ball courts.
On February 16, 2023, Rotarians from the Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club celebrated Mardi Gras with a king cake party at the home of Jay and Mary Capouch in Beau Chene.  About 50 members and guests enjoyed a delicious meal and great fellowship.  Several new or potential members joined in the fun!
This week, members of the our Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club joined the Covington Rotary Club to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Covington.  Joining us was special guest, Louisiana's Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, pictured in the center.