The Rotary Club of New Orleans extended the figurative welcoming hand at the Audubon Tea Room for “A Celebratory Evening.” During the course of the program, an installation ceremony for officers and board members took place, along with the presentation of the Cliff Dochterman Award to Kenneth E. Pickering and Frank B. Stewart. Ernesto Carballo Jr., Boy Scouts of America Southeast Louisiana Council CEO, was the presenter of the awards, which recognized the active service given by the two honorees to the Boy Scouts.
In the order of events, outgoing New Orleans Rotary Club President Dianne Boazman issued the welcome and, in turn, Duane Nettles and Torrey Hayden, the prayer and the pledge. Joining Dianne was fiancé Alex McGraw.
Rotary District Governor-Elect Randy Feldman (with spouse Dr. Madelaine) served as master of ceremonies. Tapped as the new club president was John Olinde, who was accompanied by his wife, Nancy.
Additional VIPs were Loyola University President Emeritus the Rev. James “Jim” Carter, SJ, former state Sen. Fritz Windhorst with Barbara, and past club Presidents Kevin Laborde, Charles Young II, Susan Simon (with Barry) and Mike Bourg (with Flossie).
Also breaking bread during the dinner service were Patty Monju, Charles Nelson, Paulette (Mrs. Frank B.) Stewart, Ellen Yellin with Marc, Norman Robinson, Tommy Moore with Mary, Michael Duplantier with Betty, Faun Fenderson, Jane and Henry Lowentritt, Hilton Bell, Peter Waring, the Fred Smiths, Juli Pattison, and Michael Frederick, who was dubbed “brewmeister extraordinaire.” An auction was set up to raise money for the club’s education and scholarship fund and it featured among its must-have items, beer crafted and bottled just for the event.
Meanwhile, guests enjoyed a dinner of steamship round, Cajun-fried turkey, pasta jambalaya, corn maque choux, a fresh fruit “fiesta” and a dessert table.
More business included thanks to the outgoing board and a hearty welcome to the incoming one; the award presentations to Frank Stewart and Ken Pickering; and the recognition of such club accomplishments as sponsorship of the Duck Derby, giving out 10 college scholarships, assisting with food banks, and handing out more than 100 Thanksgiving baskets.