ZOOM MEETINGS

George Jackson, our President, will host ZOOM meetings starting April 30 until such time as we can get back for breakfast.  Everyone should be able to attend on their lap top or smart phone.   Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (Zoom) is an American communications technology company headquartered in San Jose, California. It provides videotelephony and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations.  Use of the platform is free for video conferences of up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. 
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Corona Shut-in News

2020.04.09  For the entire week of Passover, we are locked down in our home, but there is hope that people will start to return to work and school on April 19th, gradually at first. However social distancing and mask-wearing will be required and entertainment (malls, theatres, restaurants, bars, etc) will not open until next month at the earliest, if things go well.  As of today, 86 people have died, so firm and fast government policy has been working and has averted a disaster here. Dr. Bob Goldwasser from Jerusalem.  
 
2020.04.09   Everything fine with us at the Point.  We are both working from home and things surprisingly going well.  I have a large cigar supply.  Hope everyone is safe and has a good Easter.  
I hope jimmy ray has enough wine to survive.  Dick Neff 
 
  
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BUNNY FEST Update

Bunny Fest has been called off.  Both the Kenner and Metairie Sunrise Rotary Clubs are planning to have Bunny Fest 2021 weekend of April 2 and 3.  We have notified our vendors, suppliers, and sponsors.  Everything is on hold for a year. (12,000 eggs and candy are stored in air conditioned facilities and should be fine). 
 
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CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Rotarians Damon Batiste and Dana Ehlinger welcomed Nercio Duvane to New Orleans last week.  Nercio is a university professor from Maputo, Mozambique. He is not a Rotarian but knows the Rotary Club in Mabuto.  He is heads up a Government Youth Council for several regions in his country and represents many millions of children. The language of Mozambique is Portuguese, and one of our best Bunny Fest volunteers, Marcio Martinez (who speaks Brazilian Portuguese), and Nercio conversed about the USA and his trip.  Damon's shirt is a gift from Mozambique. Both young men are pictured before leaving to Sunday church services up river. In the tradition of their Portuguese founders most people of Mozambique are Catholics.  
 
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SMOTHERS ACADEMY  TOUR

Three Metairie Sunrise Rotary members met for a tour of The Smothers Academy Preparatory School for Boys today, February 26, 2019.  The school is only three years old and is chartered by the State of Louisiana.  They are located on Jefferson Highway near Ochsner Foundation campus.  Currently enrollment is 440 children from 1st through 8th grade, serving children from Jefferson, Orleans, and a few other nearby parishes.  
 
Pictured  are:  Karen Henderson, M.Ed. (Headmistress), Dana Ehlinger (Rotarian), Damon Batiste (Rotarian), and Dr. Vimala Mascarenhas (Rotarian).  Not in photo, but joining our tour is the Founder, Damon Smothers, S.S. Pay., M.Ed., LEP.  
 
 
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JANUARY 10, 2019  SPEAKER - Dan Stumper 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

ROTARY SUNRISE HOLIDAY PARTY

Saturday,  December 15 at 7:39 pm.  The home of Dr. Vimala and Clarence Mascarenhas. 
  Thanks so much to Vimala and Clarence.  It was a terrific party.  
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OCT 25 - HISTORICAL FICTION  - c1824 - New Orleans

Sue Ingalls Finan and her husband, Jim joined us for breakfast.  Her fiction-non-fiction novel is about three women who joined forces to defend New Orleans in the War of Independence. 
 
"The Cards Don't Lie"  Amazon -  About $12.00 paperback and $9.00 kindle
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KEN THOMPSON, ROTARY DISTRICT 6840

UPDATE: November 5, 2018 - The sudden death of Ken over the weekend was a blow to everyone.  He will be very much missed.  A donation in his honor has been sent to Shelter Box. 
It was such a pleasure to have been with Ken Thompson on his last visit to see us.  He was proud to announce that our club was one of the top in the District's average individual member contribution ($137.00 ea) to the Rotary Foundation.   
 
PHOTO:  (Left to right) Ken Thompson, Rene Guas, Subhash Kulkarni 
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FREE NOLA 

On Thursday morning, September 27, Diane Amos and her husband, Philip, joined us for breakfast.  Diane is Executive Director of Free Nola.  This amazing organization targets the domestic human trafficking problem in New Orleans and our Gulf Coast area.  https://www.freenola.org/awareness-education
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BREAKFAST, BACON and BEER TALK

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September 13, 2018 Speaker: Jacob Landry, founder of a new and very successful brewery here in New Orleans. He was a Rotary exchange student in France, where he learned tasting Belgian and English ales and German lagers right from the source.  Naturally, as a good Cajun and Southerner, he knew he had to share the gospel of good beer.  The company has many brands of beer - VISIT:  UrbanSouthBrewery.com
 
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SEPTEMBER to REMEMBER CONCERT

Damon Batiste, Sunrise Member, and his family staged a concert last night for special needs children.  Several youngsters, some special kids, and one who attended RYLA performed also.  It made this September truly one to remember!  All of the best of New Orleans music venue - gospel, jazz, funk and a bit of British (Beatles tribute) - "Oh, yeah, well, alright we're jammin'"!    Several Metairie Sunrise Rotary members were in attendance and received a great 'shout out' from Damon and the band.   FABULOUS PERFORMANCE BY ALL.    
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ROTARY FOUNDATION THANK YOU

 
 
Our Club had 100% individual membership participation.  $1,560.00 raised at Bunny Fest was sent to the Rotary Foundation by Metairie Sunrise Rotary Club, in the name of the Club and each member. 
This Thank You was recently sent to our Club and it's members.
The Rotary Foundation helped raise more than $414 million last Rotary year. Rotarians are hard at work providing opportunities for communities that need our help most. That means more clean water, less disease, and hope for a peaceful world.  
 
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NIKKI COHN-BYRD 

Our Speaker today, Nikki, is a wellness coach and spoke to us about planning some time in busy schedules for relaxation and exercise for improvements in wellness.  
www.wellianceamerica.com 
 
August 30, 2018
Nikki (left), with Dr. Vimala (middle) and Mike Sigler (right).  
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WE CARE ABOUT SPECIAL PEOPLE

Posted on Aug 16, 2018
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David Koscielniak, an Engineer with Dow Chemical, was our Rotary Sunrise guest speaker this morning.  He is President of a very wonderful local organization which provides sports programs, recreational, and social activities for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Greater New Orleans Area.  The Non-Profit Community currently consists of 100 members.   Favorite activities of the members are the monthly Dances and Bingo games. 
                     https://www.facebook.com/pg/We-Care-For-Special-People-Inc-1441581892558626/about/?ref=page_internal
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BRAIN HEALTH

Posted on Aug 09, 2018
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We all enjoyed meeting and hearing Janet speak.  We were reminede that our brains can play tricks on us and also that our brains need oxygen (exercise), B-12 as an excellent supplement, try blueberries, chia seeds, practice new skills for a healthier brain. We hope that Janet back again soon.  
VISIT HER WEBSITE - www.brainresearch.us
 
 
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SONIAT NO LIMITS PLAYGROUND

  AUGUST 5, 2018 UPDATE:  Newspaper Spread - East Jefferson Picayune - about 'No Limits' and their goals for improvements to Soniat Park.  
 
  JULY 26, 2018 MEETING hosted three supporters and promoters of ADA improvements to Soniat Park in Harahan.  Our guests were Melissa Taylor, Jason Asbill, Atty, and Rod Ferrand all strong supporters of this effort. 
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HOBY THANK YOU NOTES

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Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.  Rotary Sunrise received several thank you notes of attendees of this years leadership conference.
"Thank You for donating to HOBY. Your contribution has allowed me to learn how to be a better leader.  Your donation is very appreciated. Angelle McCormick.   Your contribution has allowed me to learn valuable leadership skills. Katherine.  Thank you for your contribution that has been given to Hoby.  We really appreciate is.  Without people like you, HOBY would never happen. A HOBY Ambassador"
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Sunrise Jly 19 meeting at Cafe B 

This morning's breakfast was very nice and also delicious.  Service was terrific.  
Bob Thomas called in during the meeting.  He was calling from Itasca, Minnesota where he is working on a documentary (to tell all about it when he returns).  The Mississippi River starts from this area and travels over 2,500 miles down to New Orleans. 
After breakfast, Damon was on his way to Robert, Louisiana to speak at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership) which is currently having the annual summer camp for soon to be seniors in high school. 
 
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DAMON BATISTE - NEW MEMBER

                             
 PHOTO:  Dick Neff (left),  Subhash Kulkarhi (center), Damon Batiste (left) - newest Rotary member. 
 
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Damon Batiste Becomes our newest member this week! 
 

Damon Batiste will become a Rotarian this Thursday, July 12 at the Landmark.  Damon has managed the "Bunny Stage" at our Annual Bunny Fest for the past two year.  Devoted to 'making a difference' he looks forward to doing just that as a member of Rotary.  
 
Hailing from New Orleans, he stems from music royalty in rich culture and heritage.  He attended Southern University in New Orleans and University of Southwest Louisiana to study music.  He has performed faithfully in his family's legendary "Batiste Fathers & Sons" and many past years with the "Batiste Brothers Band".  Damon and our Club's music tradition are a match. 
He is currently President & Cultural Ambassador or the New Orleans  South African Connection which has seen him travel to Africa over 77 times since 1998.  The results were the beginning of a solid cultural music exchange between New Orleans and South Africa. He believes strongly in production of festival   activities related to cultural exchange to establish economic development related to trade, music, art, education and tourism between the USA and South Africa, Brazil, France, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Asia to name a few.   
 His production company, Thumbs Up, was started in 1994.  With a focus on development in smaller scale events, the company produced "McMania" a high school music extravaganza held at McMain High School.  As to large productions, the company had a part in the 1997 Presidential   Inauguration events.
 
WONDER WHO DAMON IS WITH IN THIS PHOTO?  ANSWER on Thursday Morning.  (Damon is the fellow on the right)
 
Damon's wife, Johanna, is currently working on a Master's degree in social work at Tulane University.  His daughter, Leila Marie, goes to Mt. Carmel Academy; his daughter, Nola Jean, to St. Cletus in Gretna and  son, DJ Damon, Jr.,  is a student at Estelle School.
 
As a musical producer, Batiste performed in the HBO Sinbad Soul Music Festival in Aruba, which included George Clinton & P-Funk Allstars. Since 1990 Damon has been involved in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, assisting in public relations, booking venues, Culture Exchanges organizing budgets and generating contracts for artists.  Damon also served as a production coordinator for the Essence Music Festival since 1996, and past sponsorship director tor the International Arts Festival. 
 
The Rotary Club of Metairie Sunrise has an wonderful musical tradition (i.e. the Sunrise Rotary music production at the Anthony Bean Community Theater several years ago).  Damon also shares the Club's love of music. 
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Studmuffins and Muffettes

Charlie Bosworth's Studmuffin of the Year
   In the past, this 'award' was presented from time to time to a member who has in no way earned it.  There are no qualifications, no necessary achievements, no standards whatsoever. It was created by, presented by, and named by the late Charlie Bosworth, who made the annual selection on what ever moved him after a few drinks the night of the annual club banquet.  
   There was only one exception to Charlie's rules, and that was in 2011, to Neela Kulkarni who took the honor for her hard work on the Rotary International Convention hosted by all the area Rotary Clubs.  
Joan Brennan received the 2012 Studmuffin (muffette) of the year.  Pictured with her husband and Rotarian, Vaughn Brennan.   
   Undeserving club members who have won the Muffette or Studmuffin of the year include:
       2002 - Subhash Kulkarni         2009 - Jose Awill
       2005 - Margaret Grace             2011 - Neela Hulkarni
       2006 - Anthony Nicholich       2012 - Joan Brennan
       2007 - Bob Diaz                       2013 - George Jackson
       2008 - Bob Diaz
 
 
                                                     
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Greenlight 

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NOTICE !!
     Tomorrow, June 21, the Metairie Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at Living Witness Church at 1528 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans 70013.
We should be at Living Witness at 6:15 AM ... we’ll be serving breakfast from 6:30 to 7:30 AM to @100 homeless folks.               

        ENTER THROUGH THE WHITE DOORS. 

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Tulane Rotaract trip to Belize

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 Charlotte Pearson, Tulane Rotaract, Class of 2020, Neuroscience Major, Chinese Minor visited our Club May 24. The Tulane Club is joining other Rotaract students in Belize this summer to teach math and other science at a such children's summer camp in San Pedro.  Metairie Sunrise in helping to support their trip.  

 

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Sunrise Rotary Certificate of Appreciation

Posted on May 18, 2018
Benjamin Bucholtz, Band Director at Riverdale HS, is presented a plaque by Dana Ehlinger expressing our Club's appreciation for their participation in BUNNY FEST 2017 and  2018.  This group has given us valued help with games and activities, the wearing of the bunny and Elmo customers, pulling the pinyata rope, and selling cookies and cascarones.  The band's JAZZ group wowed the crowd during their performance on the Bunny State.  Riverdale High School is a public school in the Jefferson Parish School System. 
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2nd Annual Bunny Fest

Posted on May 05, 2018
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The Metairie Sunrise Rotary Club hosted this family oriented event at Lafrenier Park.  Over two days more than 4,200 attended.  Rotarians brought joy and fun for all.  Funds raised were for for local and international children's projects. All the activities and games were for children ages 2 - 12.  There were many venues of events on the bunny stage - directed by Damon Baptiste - story tellers (Loyola University Students),  several live jazz and gospel performers (incl. Riverdale HS jazz group), and a disk jockey's fun selections.  We had yummy food - hot dogs, and drinks, cookies, pizza - Mellow Mushroom, Snow balls - Plum Street, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn.  It was a wonderful community event !!  
 
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