On November 13th, Leesville Rotary Club welcomed invited guests from Ft. Polk.
Ron Semerena and John Bradford represented the Dept. of the Army, and its Commanding General Franks, in appreciation of the military base allowing Leesville Rotary Club to use Honor Field at Ft. Polk to host its annual George C. Thompson Cross Country Run this year.
Rotarian Mario Sorce coordinated efforts with Semerena and Bradford once he obtained approval through General Franks. The gentlemen even assisted with creating the course for the meet.
The cross country meet hosted teams from surrounding parishes, and the event was a great success.
At the meeting, Semerena and Bradford accepted an award of appreciation for helping to facilitate a competitive path, for the participants, on and around the Honor Field track. Additionally, at the meeting, Rotarian Jenny Rogers was honored as Club 125 contributor, bringing the total contributions for Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus by Leesville Rotarians to $2125.
On November 27th, Leesville Rotary Club invited Artie Carhee to speak and represent the Grace Church Soul Soup Kitchen.
Carhee is the Director of the all-volunteer program which serves meals daily from 5pm-630 p.m. "Sometimes we have 40 and sometimes we have 100,” Carhee acknowledged when asked about how many individuals they serve daily. She further stated, "No one is turned away."
Carhee reports the kitchen has served meals every single day, since opening in December of 2010.
She reported, last year, they served 18,250 meals and have already exceeded that number this year.
In addition to a hot meal, individuals also receive community resource information, to include instructions in a safe place where they can stay for the night if needed.
The kitchen operates completely off of food donations from local individuals and businesses.
"Many times we are at the end of the food supply, and we will wonder (and pray) about where the remainder for the night will come, and a vehicle will drive up with additional food which carries us through," Carhee said.
Soul Soup is such an inspiration, Rotarian Angela DeGray challenged her fellow Rotarians to "pony up" and match her $25 donation with several answering the call.
If anyone would like to make a food or monetary donation, they may do so at Soul Soup Kitchen or Grace Church (for Soul Soup Kitchen) or they can call Carhee at 337-348-3610.