The Tuesday meeting of the Leesville Rotary Club was centered around the Leesville community.

Guest speaker, Tammy Anderson, President for Leesville Change for Main, spoke to the club about the improvement of Leesville’s downtown area.

Leesville Main is an organization focused on making the downtown area of the city a place citizens want to visit. The area of focus includes Main Street, Third Street and the surrounding downtown area.

The Main Board consists of Anderson and eight other citizen volunteers who work with the business and leaders of the community to make improvements to downtown.

The changes which have come to Main like tourist attractions, event increases and building beautifications have been well received by area residents.
Anderson reiterated the phrase often used, "It takes a village" as she relished in the fact of how all of the area business and residents came together to provide the Military Appreciation Parade recently held downtown for the returning military servicemen.

She encouraged everyone to participate in the preservations, restorations and improvements any way they can.   

Later in the meeting, Rotarian Angela DeGray returned from Colorado with the club’s annual guitar contribution from Guitars for the Troops.

With a $200 Rotary donation, Guitars for the Troops, a non-profit organization, provides a $600 valued Harvest acoustic dreadnought guitar, case, practice book and CD to the Club for a worthy donation to one of our valued servicemen.

This is another annual project Leesville Rotary Club enjoys and thanks to Rotary District 6190's Foundation Chair and Past District Governor Steve Serna, many more Rotary Clubs are doing the same.

Rotarian Mario Sorce updated on the upcoming Annual George Thompson Memorial Cross Country Meet which will be held at the Honor Field in Fort Polk on September 22.

This event is held every year by Leesville Rotary Club to benefit local athletes.

Letters will be sent to all area school coaches within the next 2 weeks. Coaches will be able to register students online once the registration opens.

Next week, Quinton Murray with Veterans Place will  be the guest speaker for the Club’s meeting.

The public is welcome to attend and learn more about Rotary as well as our community. They can also visit for more information on Rotary and upcoming events/speakers.