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.”

Twin Cities Rotary, MOAA donate and install American Flags at Veterans Home

Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home and Twin Cities Rotary

The Twin Cities Rotary Club in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) donated and installed a dozen American Flags at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home on Wednesday, November 10.

The MOAA sponsored the purchasing of the flags, while the club provided the equipment to install and place the flags in the driveway of the Veterans Home located at 6700 Highway 165 North.

Rotary Club of Twin Cities supports Camp Quality

Camp Quality and Twin Cities Rotary

The Rotary Club of the Twin Cities showed its support for the 28th annual Camp Quality organization during the week of July 24.

The Rotary Club sponsored a meal for a day, which included supplying, preparing and serving it, and also returned on another day to help serve during a fish fry. The club also donated decorations for the camp site, which was located at Kings Camp in Mer Rouge.

Camp Quality is an organization that supports children with cancer, either active or in remission.

Executive Director Alan Barth said Camp Quality is a week-long camp during each summer where we “let Kids with cancer be kids again.”

Each child is paired with a volunteer companion as they participate in various activities such as horseback riding, ropes course, archery, canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, Frisbee golf, singing and a talent show.

There is no cost to the child or their family as Camp Quality is operated strictly on community based donations, such as those similar to what Rotary Club of Twin Cities contributed.

Rotary Club President Holly Healey said donating and supporting organizations like Camp Quality is what the Twin Cities club love.

“We are here for our community and being a part of Camp Quality is just another great opportunity for us to assist wherever they need us,” Healey said. “The youth who attend are always fun to be around and we thoroughly enjoy supporting this cause each year.”

Various individuals and organizations such as Rotary spend time at the camp to help prepare meals and entertain the children.

For more information call Executive Director Alan Barth at 318-547-4319 or visit the website at