Rotary’s District 6200 Gov. Mike Hayes and his wife, Natalie, visited the Rotary Club of Zachary on Aug. 20 from their home in Westlake.
During Hayes’ visit, he presented Zachary Rotary President Mindy Head with a framed certificate recognizing the Zachary club for its 75th year of service.
Established in 1941, the Zachary club is one of 49 that comprise Rotary’s District 6200. Others include Baker, Baton Rouge, Central, Crowley, Eunice, Gonzales, Mamou, Plaquemine, Port Allen, St. Francisville, Lafayette and Sulphur.
The original Rotary Club was organized in Chicago by Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, and first met in 1905. The name “Rotary” was chosen because the club met in rotation at each member’s place of business.
From this beginning, the Rotary idea of friendship, fellowship and service to others has spread to six continents, Hayes said.
Hayes, a manager of public affairs for Sasol North America, first joined Rotary in 2000. He said his introduction to the worldwide service organization, which promotes world peace and works to find a cure for polio, was as a guest speaker at the Westlake Rotary Club.
“I was speaking and a food fight broke out. Have you ever tried to speak during a food fight?” Hayes asked Zachary Rotarians on Aug. 20.
Since then, he has been president of Westlake Rotary from 2002-03 and again from 2012 to present and has served as a District 6200 Community Service chairman, District Vocational Service chairman, assistant district governor for three years and as lieutenant governor for a year.
While talking to the Zachary group, Hayes defined through his own beliefs the meaning of Rotary’s four-way test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
“The truth statement in the four-way test is the value of honesty and integrity in our ourselves and in one another,” Hayes said. “Being fair in all business and personal relations means understanding the differences in people and appreciating those differences.”
He said building good will is about promoting world peace, which starts inside each of us, and finally, being beneficial to all eliminates the dog-eat-dog principle of ruthless competition and substitutes the idea of constructive and creative competition, especially with others, Hayes said.