Rotary Governor to speak at April 24 meeting

DeQuincy Rotary Club will host its regularly scheduled luncheon meeting at 12 noon on Wednesday, Apr. 24, at El Tucan Restaurant, located at 1577 W. Fourth St.

Governor Gary Lacombe of Livingston Parish Rotary, former Governor and District Trainer Mike Hayes of Rotary Club of Westlake, as well as Pam Trahan of Abbeville Rotary Club, District 6200 Membership Chair and John Wells, Sulphur Rotary Club President will be in attendance to review the club’s new charter for Rotary District 6200, making it the 51st club in the district. Sulphur Rotary Club is sponsoring DeQuincy Rotary Club’s new charter.

26 new charter members will represent the new DeQuincy Rotary Club which focuses on Five Avenues of Service: club, vocational, community, international and youth.

Mary Jo Bayles, Executive Director for Chennault International Airshow will give a program on the upcoming airshow to be held in Lake Charles on May 10-12.

The club’s first official project, Louisiana Railroad Day Festival Rotary Booth, featured a raffle for a Char-Broil grill. Becky Grove was the winner of the random drawing held on stage by Tristan Templet, La. Railroad Days Festival Queen, and Madi Harrison, Young Miss Queen. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for the club’s scholarship program

On Wednesday, Apr. 10, DeQuincy Rotary Club met at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital. Guest speaker, Heath Hairgrove, CEO, gave the program highlighting future plans for the hospital.

Hairgrove said that the hospital’s new parent company, Allegiance Management Corp. is one of the largest healthcare companies in the state; their concept focuses on keeping rural hospitals alive. He said he is working with leaders to provide other services to the hospital to include: therapists, physicians from the surrounding area, an urgent care clinic and more outpatient services and special clinics. Upgrades will be made to the hospital professional building. The focus will be to keep patients from having to go out of town and make sure they have everything they need to maintain the best healthcare outcome right here, locally.

Loren Burnett, owner of Burnett Enterprises, Inc., was welcomed as a new member. The club is still accepting new members. Interested persons may contact Jeffra DeViney, membership chair at 337-912-5063 or learn more about Rotary on DeQuincy Rotary Club’s Facebook page.

Meetings are held twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 12 noon with a luncheon. The next meeting is slated to be held at DeQuincy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, May 8, at 12 noon.