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Lafayette (Louisiana) Rotary Club Records

Collection 170

Lafayette (Louisiana) Rotary Club. Records, 1920–2020, n.d.

31 feet, 9 inches; oversize

The Lafayette Rotary Club was founded with twenty charter members in August 1920. It was the first men's service club in the city. Among the founders were community leaders such as Robert L. Mouton, T. M. Callahan, and Rt. Rev. Jules B. Jeanmard. Through the years the club has been active in improving the local community with special concern for youth work. Rotarians have actively participated in the city recreation program for youth and have been leaders of the Boy Scout movement. One of the unique contributions of the club was the Rotary Boys' Band which existed from 1922 to 1939 under the direction of Frank A. Baranco. The club has also been involved with civic improvement projects such as the Lafayette Public Library and the Municipal Auditorium.

The records reflect the civic involvement of the club as well as its organizational structure. Much of the general records and correspondence involves membership concerns such as attendance and dues. The records also show the relationship of the local club to the larger organization at the district and national levels.

The records have been arranged by Rotary year which runs from July 1 through June 30. Materials for each year are arranged as follows:

General Records Correspondence
Financial Records Bulletins
Minutes of Regular Meetings District Records
Board of Directors Records Miscellaneous

Raoul Gerac, J. M. Jennings and Donald L. Saporito are largely responsible for the preservation and collection of these records and their transfer to the UAAMC at Dupré Library. Mike Maher and Loretta Tauzin have been responsible for transferring more recent records. The most recent addition, in 2020, includes records spanning from 1996 through part of 2020. Rotary Club materials can also be found in some existing collections:

Collections 12 & 12A Joel Lafayette Fletcher, Jr. Papers
A 01 Office of the President: Edwin L. Stephens Papers
A 03 Office of the President: Joel L. Fletcher, Jr. Papers
A 04 Office of the President: Clyde L. Rougeou Papers
A 05 Office of the President: Ray P. Authement


Lafayette (Louisiana) Rotary Club. Records, 1920-2020, n.d. (PDF)