Special Meetings In April

For the 8th year, the Rotary Club of Alexandria and the Central Louisiana Community Foundation (CLCF) will partner to host the Celebration of Philanthropy at our April 3rd Club meeting.  The goal of Celebration of Philanthropy is to remind Cenla of the importance of the philanthropic work that is accomplished each year.  Area Nonprofits and citizens join the Rotary Club of Alexandria to highlight a variety of organizations and the work they  undertake. 

The organizations selected for the 2017 Community Impact award (Re-Entry Solutions and Red River Charter Academy) will make presentations on their projects.  Based in Alexandria, Re-Entry Solutions’ mission is to reduce recidivism by finding employment for returning citizens.  With the $25,000 that Re-Entry was awarded they will develop a system with the Alexandria City Court to reduce recidivism.  Based in Marksville, Red River Charter Academy’s mission is providing education opportunities for a diverse population of students in Avoyelles Parish.  With the $25,000 that Red River Charter Academy was awarded they will provide students in grades 1-12 access to tutoring, homework help, and a list of elective activities between the hours of 3:30 and 6:30 Monday through Thursday from January through May 2018.  200 student are expected to benefit from the program each week.

In 2017, along with the Celebration, CLCF launched the Community Impact Challenge, a two week online fundraising event to help people find, learn about and contribute to causes that they care about.  The Community Impact Challenge enables nonprofits to share their stories and engage the community through a unique giving platform. As part of this program CLCF gives additional awards to some of the participating nonprofits.  Participating nonprofits will be eligible for the following 2018 awards each worth $2500; The organization with most individual donations (multiple donations from same individual only counted once), and the organization with the most overall money raised.

On April 17th, we will host our annual Career Day program.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jim Henderson, President of the University of Louisiana System. He will speak on "The Value of Higher Education and How we Can Work to Keep our Best and Brightest in Louisiana."  Crystal Burch and Aaron Mangum co-chair this committee which partners students from 12 area high schools with business mentors in the community.  There are approximately 25 students who will shadow mentors and be in attendance at this special career day meeting. 

Hope you will plan to attend these two special programs in April. 


Zeb Winstead to be District 6190 Governor

At the District mid-year meeting, Club Member and Past President, Zeb Winstead was selected to be the District 6190 Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.  Zeb is the Managing Member of the Law Firm Crowell and Owens, LLC, the President and CEO of the Central LA Community Foundation and an adjunct faculty member at LSUA.   He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Business Administration and of the Tulane University School of Law.   Congratulations, Zeb!


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