​Rotary Hosts Cajun Supper March 4

The Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Club will host its third annual Cajun Supper, 4:30–6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4, in Claiborne Hall at Otey Memorial Parish.

Live music by the Bazzania band will provide a festive atmosphere while diners or take-out patrons can enjoy Cajun crawfish etoufee or vegetarian red beans and rice. Draft beer will be served on-site for the 21 and older patrons.
Tickets are $20 each, $10 for students age 12-22 and children under 12 eat free. Tickets are available from Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Club members or online at , and at the door.
Proceeds from the Cajun Supper are used for international humanitarian service projects. One project, Heart 2 Heart, is an American/Mexican Rotary Club cooperative effort. Our club partners with other US clubs, and clubs in Mexico’s District 4170 to support two signature projects: water tank systems for grade schools and the Holtz-Beahon Kidney Transplant Program. District 4170 is in the central part of Mexico and includes the Mexico City metropolitan area and several hundred square miles of adjacent rural areas.
The Monteagle Sewanee Rotary also supports the Sewanee Haiti Initiative. Last year the club donated $2,500 to the project.
“This fund was so important for helping us support five research interns who worked with four Haitian technicians and 30 Haitian families in two villages to conduct agroecological research,” said Deb McGrath, professor of biology. “The research is aimed at better understanding the farming systems so we can find other strategies, in addition to coffee, that work for all households. While Sewanee internships pay the student researchers a weekly stipend, the cost of round trip airfare, in-country transport and room and board in Haiti consume a significant amount of this. The Rotary club gift allowed us to give each intern $400 towards their plane ticket. The students have been very devoted to the project, returning over several summer/spring breaks.”
“This year, Duncan Pearce (Biology) and Peter Davis (Natural Resources) will graduate using their work in Haiti as the basis for the senior Honors Theses and Capstone projects. In this way, they leave a base from which future interns can learn about and build upon our work in Haiti. The remaining $500 from the Rotary gift was used to help farmers in Bois Jolie stock their nursery with tree seedlings.”