The Rotaripost - Rotary Club of Shreveport


The Rotaripost - Rotary Club of Shreveport
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Seeking Freedom: Recounting The
Exodus From Egypt
Hazzan Neil Schwartz has served Conservative Jewish
Movement congregations for over 35 years in Ohio, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Saskatchewan and now
Shreveport. He currently serves as the Spiritual Leader
for Congregation Agudath Achim.
He is a 1980 graduate of the Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2012 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from JTS. He has also earned
five Units of Clinical Pastoral Education hospital-based
Chaplaincy Training. He has completed his master’s
thesis for a master’s degree in religion and culture from
the University of Saskatchewan.
Hazzan Neil Schwartz
Cantor Schwartz has been an adjunct instructor of Biblical Cantillation and Liturgical Chant for the online program of Hebrew College since 2009. He taught the IMUN Program of United Synagogue
for lay religious leaders and is a regular workshop presenter at the annual conferences of
the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education and NewCAJE, its successor organization.
Hazzan Schwartz is a dual member of the Cantors Assembly (Conservative Movement) and
the American Conference of Cantors (Reform Movement). He founded the Music Network
within CAJE. Since 2007 he has notated musical settings for 1,200 Hebrew prayers in the
Tefillah Trainer teaching software of The Cantors Assembly has published
his Trope Flashcards.
You’re Invited! Have Lunch On Us!
April 26,
T ue s d a y ,
1 2 : 1 3 p. m.
S hr e v e p o r t
C o nv e n t i o n
C e nt e r
Serving Others
Denis Poljak
Rotary 201—A Reintroduction
Calling all new members since 07/01/14 and all committee chairs:
Thursday, April 28th
11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.
Petroleum Club of Shreveport
Steve Aiken
Please RSVP to Judy Bellew at [email protected] by April 25th to
reserve your seat.
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New Members Introduced on April 19, 2016
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. is the sixth chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College. He has 23 years of varied higher education experience having served in a
leadership capacity at colleges in Belize, Texas and Louisiana. He holds a Ph.D. in
community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s
degree in religious education from Loyola University New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA.
Rick and his wife Araceli have three children—Brandon, Kimberly and Cailin. He
is not new to Rotary and was a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Lake
Charles for 5 years. While there he received Appreciation Awards for their turkey
trot and their adopt-a-spot projects. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.
In his spare time, Rick enjoys reading, martial arts, swimming, snorkeling and fishing.
His classification is Education, University and his sponsor is Gard Wayt.
Rick Bateman
Jeffrey Thomas is the executive director of the Strategic Action Council and
the managing director of the Minority Supplier Institute. His professional experiences cover supply chain, business development, economic development
and commercialization.
Jeffrey has held global leadership positions at Dell, Edwards Lifesciences and
Novozymes. While working in Copenhagen, Denmark, he directed the global
sourcing activities for production locations in Europe, South America, North
America and Asia.
Jeffrey Thomas
While living in New Orleans, he served as vice-president of business development with the New Orleans Business Alliance where he recruited firms to the
city, championed real estate developments and assisted with the funding of
Thomas participates on the advisor group to ICANN for Customer Trust/Choice
and served as a subject matter expert for the Institute of Supply Chain Management.
Jeffrey is a Shreveport native and received his bachelor’s degree in finance from LA Tech and his master’s degree from Grambling State University and the University of Rochester.
Jeffrey’s classification is Associations, Business & Government and his sponsor is Bob Hamm.
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On behalf of the trustees of The Rotary Foundation, at the April 19th Shreveport club meeting, past club
president Merritt Chastain, Jr. expressed appreciation to Rotarian Jerry Acree who has made substantial
contributions toward the goal of international understanding and peace. Jerry has made such contributions
to the programs of The Rotary Foundation that qualify him as a Major Donor at level one.
Working summers as a pipeline laborer for various pipeline construction companies, Jerry was able to put
himself through college at Louisiana Tech. After graduating in 1979 he was employed as a test engineer
for Milbar Hydro-Test, Inc., a specialized pipeline service company based in Shreveport. Jerry quickly
moved up the ladder becoming assistant general manager in 1984, vice president of operations in 1990 and
then president in 1994. Jerry successfully negotiated the purchase of Milbar Hydro-Test in 1997. Since
taking over the business Jerry has increased the breadth of Milbar nearly 10-fold with Milbar now being
the largest pipeline hydrostatic testing company in North America. Milbar's operations are based in
Shreveport, Houston and in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Milbar has completed hydrostatic testing projects
through the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Panama, Asia and the Ivory Coast.
Milbar was the recipient of The Times Regional Top 100 Privately Owned Business in 2002 and 2003.
Jerry has been married to Arlena for 41 years and has two children and four grandchildren.
Jerry became the 11th Major Donor among our current Shreveport membership.
(Above) Major Donor level one lapel
(Below) Major Donor crystal engaved
with Jerry Acree’s name
(Above, from left) Merritt Chastain, Jr., Jerry Acree, Reginald Abrams and Emily
Mott (seated)
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Judy Bellew
Executive Director
P.O. Box 380
Shreveport, LA 71162
Phone: 318-221-3053
Fax: 318-221-6093
[email protected]
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Raffle Winners last Tuesday
Foundation raffle— Larry Clark
Vance Bailes presents dictionaries to students at Forest Hill
Elementary School.
Thanks for donating raffle to The Rotary Foundation (applies
toward PHF)
Rose-Neath Flower Shop— George Bakowski
Andy Shehee’s chicken eggs—Merrill Wautlet
Tickets to “Dead Man Walking” opera donated by
Robert McGowen—Karen Johnson
“What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business
School” book donated by Karen Johnson—David
Program on May 3, 2016
Judge Jay Caraway
Second Court of Appeals
Shreveport Convention Center
Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2016
Seven police officers guarding a polio vaccination drive in Karachi, Pakistan were killed this week. Islamist extremists have accused the vaccination teams of spying for Western governments
while polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan continues to exist because of those erroneous beliefs. It is unknown if the polio eradication team was a Rotary Polio Plus endeavor or another of our
polio partners.