Twin Cities Rotary plants hundreds of trees at Kiroli Park

Twin Cities Rotary led a project in response to Rotary International’s President for every Rotarian to plant a tree by planting nearly 1,000 trees at Kiroli Park in West Monroe.

The Twin Cities Rotary Club met a challenge issued from Rotary International President Ian Riseley who charged every Rotarian to plant a tree in 2018. Twin Cities Rotary did just that and more. On Saturday, May 5 the club – with the help of ULM Rotaract and Monroe Rotary Club – planted nearly 1,000 trees at Kiroli Park. The initiative was sponsored by Rain Tight Roofing.

With 30 members on the club roster, Twin Cities Rotary only needed to plant 30 trees to satisfy the Rotary International president’s request, however it went for more as it acquired more than 1,200 trees with the bulk being planted at Kiroli Park in West Monroe and others will be donated to the Monroe Gardens and Zoo and to Geneva Academy.

Riseley said planting a tree shows “long-term commitment to the community” and Twin Cities Rotary President DeRon Talley agrees.

“Our club does a lot to impact the community of today such as packing boxes at the Food Bank for senior citizens, issuing dictionaries to third grade students, or giving brand new coats to children in need during the winter months; but planting trees shows that Twin Cities Rotary cares about the future generations that will lead and live in Ouachita Parish,” Talley said.

Research has shown that trees are good for economic and community development – they increase property values.

West Monroe Parks and Recreation Director Doug Seegers said the Rotary club’s efforts are definitely appreciated.

“Continued planting of trees in Kiroli Park assure that our natural beauty will be preserved for generations to come,” Seegers said.

Seegers added, “Donations of all types and sizes of trees are gladly accepted from groups or in memory of loved ones.”

Talley added, “We’re just glad to be able to make a difference in our community, and we know there is more to do.”

Service Before Salsa

On May, 5, 2018 at 2 p.m., Twin Cities Rotary will be planting nearly 1,000 trees at Kiroli Park as part of Rotary International President Ian Risely’s global charge. Join us to make a difference!

Service Before Salsa

Meet Rotary at Geno’s

twincitiesrotary at Geno's

Meet Twin Cities Rotary at Geno’s Italian Restaurant on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Same club, same service, same purpose, different place!

Join us to #MakeADifference in the Twin Cities of Ouachita Parish!

Bowling Fun Night

Rotary Fundraiser

Join Twin Cities Rotary on March 22 for some Bowling Fun at the Bayou Bowl at 100 Horseshoe Lake Road, in Monroe, LA from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Rotary Fundraiser


Twin Cities Rotary Free Reading Program

Twin Cities Rotary Free Reading Program

The Rotary Club of Twin Cities Ouachita is a proud sponsor of the FREE Reading program for kids in K-6. The program is compatible with most Internet browsers used by desktop and tablet computers. Anyone can sign up for the program through the Rotary Club of Twin Cities Ouachita website –

What We Do

We provide an effective literacy program for children that has a social media twist that helps the sponsor too. We partner with organizations looking to improve literacy in their community or around the world.

  • We provide them with our robust Kindergarten to grade 6 level Reading program. The program includes over 3600 online interactive Reading, Spelling and Grammar lessons. The program is distributed freely in their community. The program is monitored, managed and serviced by our organization.
  • We assist with community promotion by providing social media, marketing, consulting and technical development assistance. We ensure this literacy initiative is successful using a number of tools and approaches that have been tried, tested and proven successful.

Our Goal

Our goal is to enhance the literacy skills of English language learners for Kindergarten to 6th grade. The FREE reading program will help improve English reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and much more! 60,000 + students are currently using the program.

Our Learning Content

The FREE reading program has been extensively tested for efficacy by third party researchers amongst diverse groups in both the United States and Canada. The Free Reading Program can assist in the development of new skills, reinforce literary knowledge and motivate students to succeed. Children complete activities and attempt to get perfect scores. A lot of kids think the activities are games. In fact, they are educational grade learning activities.

The Free Reading Program was developed by Essential Skills Advantage, a recognized leader in online children’s education. The programs were created by teachers with literacy expertise. The program uses a range of pedagogical tools to ensure comprehension and success is acquired by each student. Students have the ability to start at any level they feel comfortable at and can work at their own pace.

Club History

Twin Cities Rotary (Ouachita) was founded by Doug Seegers who at that time was the Rotary District 6190 Governor and a member of the Monroe Downtown Rotary Club in 2010.

Twin Cities Rotary Club of Ouachita donates to Habitat for Humanity

1 of 17 Twin Cities Rotary donates $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity

The Twin Cities Rotary Club of Ouachita Parish donated $1,000 to support the Habitat for Humanity of Ouachita and its service-based projects. Twin Cities Rotary President DeRon Talley presented a check, along with partner Bryan Thigpen of Rain Tight Roofing, to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Seth Pryor on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Sage Restaurant.

Talley said Twin Cities Rotary declared this year the year to “make a difference in Ouachita Parish and added that this is just one of the many steps to do that.”

“Habitat for Humanity is a perfect example of service we want to be a part of as leaders in this community,” Talley said. “The work they do is next to none and we’re glad to be able to financially assist them and offer volunteer service hours to them as well.”

A big part of the initiative Twin Cities Rotary has with Habitat for Humanity comes from its club member Thigpen and his company Rain Tight Roofing. Thigpen is able to assist Habitat for Humanity in its build and restore projects as well as many other areas of the construction work.

Twin Cities Rotary supports Camp Quality

Twin Cities Rotary supports Camp Quality

Twin Cities Rotary of Ouachita Parish is a community group that finds a need and takes action. That’s what it did last week during the Camp Quality Louisiana’s annual camp at King’s Camp in Mer Rouge.

Twin Cities Rotary made financial contributions to help support the camp, volunteered to prepare and serve meals to the campers, facilitate an evening activity, and even be a one-to-one companion with a camper.

“Twin Cities Rotary is here to make a difference, and Camp Quality is a great organization that we wanted to support as much as possible through financial contributions, sweat equity and just being here to lend a helping hand,” DeRon Talley said, Twin Cities Rotary President.

The mission of Camp Quality is to offer camping experiences and ongoing support programs for children with cancer and their families.

“We’re just letting kids with cancer be kids again,” Alan Barth said, Camp Quality Executive Director. “And we thank Twin Cities Rotary for their support.”

Barth, also a member of Twin Cities Rotary, said Camp Quality is a free camp for the camper, and added they would like more campers to participate.

Campers are aged 5 -17 with cancer active or in remission, and siblings are accepted on a limited basis. Barth said they are always looking for more support from the community such as volunteers to be companions, staff, and to help plan camp year-round. The camp is community funded with grants, individual donations and fundraisers.

For more information on Camp Quality contact Alan Barth, Executive Director, by phone at 318-547-4319.

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon speaks at Twin Cities Rotary

Twin Cities Rotary President DeRon Talley (left) stands with Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon (right) at the club meeting on July 18 at Sage Restaurant.

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James “Jim” Donelon stopped in Ouachita Parish on Tuesday, July 18 for a moment to speak at the Twin Cities Rotary meeting at Sage Restaurant.

Each year Donelon visits all corners of the state to spread the word about preparing for hurricane season – advising homeowners to know what is and what is not covered under their insurance policies.

“One of the issues I stress is the importance of flood insurance for all Louisiana homeowners and businesses,” Donelon said.

Donelon said a total of 56 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes were in major disaster declarations because of flood and severe weather events over the last 18 months, and 14 of those parishes were declared multiple times.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Donelon said FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program saw a significane increase in number of flood insurance policies in Louisiana.

“But memories are short,” he said. “Statewide, the residential takeup in the NFIP is 23.4 percent.”

“Here in Ouachita Parish, the residential takeup is about nine percent in the program,” Donelon said.

Twin Cities Rotary President DeRon Talley said having Donelon come to the community and speak to the club is important for the bettering of the community.

“The information Mr. Jim shared with us ought to give us a change of heart in terms of how we prepare for disaster,” Talley said. “Rotary played a major part in flood recovery efforts, and this making our community aware to be better prepared is part of our service as well.”