Friends Forever International 2024

The Rotary Club of Slidell hosted a group of alumni from the Friends Forever International organization on Friday, March 22, 2024 at Pinewood Country Club. 
Five alumni of the program attended the luncheon --  1 from Israel, 2 from Northern Ireland, and 2 from the Republic of Ireland -- along with their two staff leaders from FFI.  A total of 24 Rotarians were on hand to welcome our guests and show them Southern hospitality.  The Rotary Club of Slidell has hosted FFI for a luncheon on their annual visits since 2016!
The entire group:  (left to right) Friends Forever International staff Matt Arsenault and Monica Rodgers, Rotary Club of Metairie sponsor Karen Babin, Mayan from Israel, Oisin from the Republic of Ireland, Luca from Northern Ireland, Lisa from the Northern Ireland, Molly from the Republic of Ireland and Rotary Club of Slidell host President Dede Ricard.

Friends Forever International 2024 Dede Ricard 2024-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Dead People, Crazy People, Drugs and Politicians Dede Ricard 2024-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

2024 Wreaths Across America

Our Club is proud to be a Group Sponsor of Wreaths Across America again this year! We have changed our plan to sponsor a wreath for every 2 wreaths purchased through our site (link below). Our wreaths are specifically for the graves at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell.
You can purchase your wreaths beginning NOW until the wreath-laying ceremony, scheduled for December 14, 2024!
Help us to REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH about the sacrifice of our veterans!!
2024 Wreaths Across America Dede Ricard 2024-02-29 06:00:00Z 0

Slidell Heritage Festival and Board 2024

2024 Heritage Festival Board members are:
Chairman - Trey BrownfieldVendors - Aaron Hirsch
Secretary - Tanya WitchenTreasurer - Doyle Freeman
Site Manager - Ron DavisSite Manager Assistant - Jordan Hubbard
Volunteers - Barbara DoyleChildren's Activities - Michelle Chappuis
Beverages - Kenny BreauxFireworks, Bands/Entertainment - Pat Burke
Sponsorships - Sharron Newton, Mike Jugan 
Slidell Heritage Festival and Board 2024 Dede Ricard 2024-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell becomes a Sponsorship Group of Wreaths Across America Dede Ricard 2023-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
2023 Holiday Evergreens Sarah Hill 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

2023-24 Backpack Blessings

Our recurring service project for the year will be filling bags with food for the weekends for children 6th grade and below that are on food assistance in five area schools.  We will refill the food bins with food, as well as assist in delivering bags to schools.
2023-24 Backpack Blessings Dede Ricard 2023-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
2022-23 Rotary Citation award Dede Ricard 2023-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Northshore Food Drive 2023

Rotarians from both Slidell Rotary clubs partnered with the Northshore Food Bank for their Food Drive on August 12, 2023 at Sam's Club on Airport Road in Slidell.  Over 2,000 lbs. of food was collected for our community!!  Way to go Rotary!!
Northshore Food Drive 2023 Dede Ricard 2023-08-12 05:00:00Z 0

Slidell Heritage Festival 2023

The Slidell Heritage Festival celebrated its 25th year at Heritage Park with fun, food and fireworks as well as music from Amanda Shaw with special guest Choppa.  The event culminated in a fabulous headline performance by local band, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee and recording artist Zebra, featuring all 3 original band members:  Randy Jackson, Felix Hanemann, and Guy Gelso.
Slidell Heritage Festival 2023 Dede Ricard 2023-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell installs 2023-2024 Board of Directors Sarah Hill 2023-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell Awards 2023 Sarah Hill 2023-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians at work at the Louisiana Veterans Festival Dede Ricard 2023-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

May 19, 2023 meeting

President Eleanor Cumbow with Jim Pagones of the Ozone Music Foundation and Norman Robinson, Rotary Club of New Orleans President.
May 19, 2023 meeting Dede Ricard 2023-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell inducts new member 2023-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell hosts Friends Forever International Dede Ricard 2023-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Sponsorships now available for Slidell Heritage Festival 2023 Dede Ricard 2023-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell partners with Epworth Project Dede Ricard 2023-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell inducts 4 new members Dede Ricard 2023-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Wreaths Across America 2022

On December 17, 2022, the Rotary Club of Slidell joined with the Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore to assist in unboxing wreaths to be laid on the graves of our military veterans at the Southeast Veterans Cemetery for the Wreaths Across America project and laying wreaths on the gravesites.
Wreaths Across America 2022 Dede Ricard 2022-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

2022 Slidell's Bayou Christmas

Slidell's Bayou Christmas was held at Slidell's Heritage Park and benefits the Slidell Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Louisiana. It took place over two weekends, beginning Thursday - Sunday, December 15-18 and again Thursday and Friday, December 22 and 23.
2022 Slidell's Bayou Christmas Dede Ricard 2022-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Community Thanksgiving 2022

Rotary Club of Slidell provided volunteers in preparation for and on the day of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. 
Community Thanksgiving 2022 Dede Ricard 2022-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

2022 Keep Slidell Beautiful

Rotary Club of Slidell members worked with Keep Slidell Beautiful at their Recycle Day in Possum Hollow Park on Saturday, November 12, 2022 and participated in the drive.
2022 Keep Slidell Beautiful Dede Ricard 2022-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

2022 Christmas Evergreens

It's that time of year again!!  The Rotary Club of Slidell is selling beautiful Christmas Evergreens from the Pacific Northwest to support our scholarship program, awarded to local high school students to offset their college expenses.
DEADLINE TO TURN IN ORDERS IS OCTOBER 28, 2022!!  Only 2 weeks left!
2022 Christmas Evergreens Dede Ricard 2022-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell joins the East St. Tammany Business Alliance 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians and the Slidell Heritage Festival 2022

For the 25th year, the two Rotary Clubs of Slidell (Slidell and Northshore) have partnered together and in conjunction with the City of Slidell to put on the Slidell Heritage Festival at Heritage Park, which is held annually on the Saturday of the 4th of July weekend.  The Festival features food, beverages, booths from our sponsors, children’s activities and live music from local performers, and culminates in a fantastic fireworks display that lasts over 10 minutes!!
Rotarians and the Slidell Heritage Festival 2022 Dede Ricard 2022-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians volunteer with United Way

Rotary Club of Slidell members served at United Way's annual East St. Tammany Red Beans and Rice Cookoff, which was back to being an in-person event after being drive-through ONLY the last 2 years due to COVID.
Also, congratulations to our own Dave Martin whose company, Southern Ambit Insurance, won First Place Dessert!
Rotarians volunteer with United Way Dede Ricard 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Service project - Epworth - Summer 2022 Dede Ricard 2022-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Big Game Raffle Dede Ricard 2022-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the New Rotary Year! Dede Ricard 2022-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Why Join Rotary 2022-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Wreaths Fundraiser

News of Christmas wreath sales for 2022 will be upcoming. 
Stay tuned.
Wreaths Fundraiser Denise Ricard 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Slidell Heritage Fest 2022

Posted by Denise Ricard on May 09, 2022
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The 23rd Annual Slidell Heritage Festival will be held on July 2, 2022 in Heritage Park and is presented by the  Rotary Club of Slidell, Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore, The New Orleans Advocate/St. Tammany Farmer, and the City of Slidell.
Sponsorships can be purchased for as little as $150 for individuals and companies. Click here to apply:
Slidell Heritage Fest 2022 Denise Ricard 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Slidell Heritage Fest

Posted by Matthew Meyers on Jan 19, 2018
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The 21st annual Slidell Heritage Festival will be held on June 30, 2018 in Heritage Park. 
Charities in the Slidell area are invited to apply for funds from the festival. 
Application forms are available at and must be received by Jan. 29. 2018.
For more information please contact Dean Bedekar at 985-290-1699.
Slidell Heritage Fest Matthew Meyers 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary provides Narcan for opiate overdose prevention to local schools

Posted by tana
Rotarian Matt Meyers was on a quest to protect St. Tammany children at school from drug overdoses when he applied for a grant with the maker of Narcan, Adapt Pharma.
Narcan is a nasal spray used for the emergency treatment of opioid overdose. While there have been no opioid overdoses in parish schools, Meyers wants them to be prepared before it can happen.
“We no longer live in a world where experimentation under the bleachers might result in being grounded and would get you in a bit of trouble,” said Meyers. “The drugs our children have the potential for contact with are so potent that a dose the size of a sesame seed is enough to kill one child if not more.”
Experimental drug use is not the only concern for youth. Accidental exposure to prescription medications such as pill or pain patches can cause an overdose, as well.
Thirteen schools will have Narcan available, and it will be administered by school resource officers. The project was coordinated with a variety of first-responder agencies, including the police department, the fire department, the sheriff’s and coroner’s office.  The coroner’s office will provide training for law enforcement officers, and first responders will administer the Narcan.
“I’ve received support from Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville and Slidell police chiefs,” said Meyers. “Covington Mayor Cooper and Police Chief Lentz gave me tremendous support and have been truly proactive in terms of opiate overdose death prevention.”
Meyers intends to take the project national through other Rotary organizations. He’s already worked with a Rotarian in Maine who is implementing the program throughout the state.
Rotary provides Narcan for opiate overdose prevention to local schools tana 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rainbow Child Care Volunteers

Posted by Tana Stevenson
Rotarians held a job fair at the Boys & Girls Club in Sidell March 23 as part of the 100 Days of Service.
Rotary District 6840, which includes Slidell Rotary clubs is committed to 100 Days of Service from January 1 to April 10, 2017. The goal is to have a significant impact on the lives of the people in our district by involving our members in more than 2,500 hours of service, raising a minimum of $65,000 for charity.
Members spoke to small groups of after-school children about their jobs and potential career opportunities. The goal was to create interest in a variety of jobs that children and expand their possibilities.
Some of the jobs featured were real estate, banking, journalism, meteorology, counseling, insurance sales and marketing.
Rainbow Child Care Center is a non-profit, United Way Partner agency that offers care for children ages one through five. It was started in 1983 as an outreach mission of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Macedonia Baptist Church. It moved to 121 Kingspoint Boulevard in 1990.
When the center was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, local Rotarians and Rotary International funding helped to rebuild the facility.
Rainbow Child Care Volunteers Tana Stevenson 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Shoes for Orphan Souls

Posted by David Dammon on Jan 29, 2015


The Rotary Club of Slidell is collecting Shoes for Orphan Souls.  These shoes are part of the largest humanitarian aid projects sponsored by Buckner International, a global Christian ministry dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children, families and elders.  According to the Buckner Shoes for Orphan Soul’s website, ap air of simple shoes can go a long way to preventing disease from hookworms and other parasites, as well as protect feet from injury.  In many communities, they allow children to attend school who would not have been eligible due to lacking of the required footwear.

The donations will be distributed overseas, as well as in the United States, to vulnerable children and orphans.  Since 1999, more than 2.5 million pairs of new shoes have been distributed to children in 74 countries.

Rotary International District 6840, made up of Louisiana and Mississippi chapters, last year collected 1,494 pairs of shoes and 1,390 pairs of socks for distribution.

Buy a new pair of shoes and socks.  Sneakers and athletic shoes are best.  The greatest need is for sizes Youth 1 - Adult 7.  Bring these new socks and shoes to our regular meeting.

You can find information about Shoes for Orphan Souls at

Shoes for Orphan Souls David Dammon 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Slidell Supports Hope of the Generation Uganda Tracy Clanton 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0