Lt. General Honore to Focus on Disaster Preparedness at Regional Rotary Conference in New Orleans

Oct 11, 2010, 11:57 ET from Rotary International

Special session on Gulf Coast recovery highlights the value of -- and threats facing -- irreplaceable natural resources

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Rotary International:


Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel L. Honore, will speak about disaster preparedness at a Rotary conference that is expected to draw more than 500 Rotary club members from four states. The conference will also preview the 2011 Rotary International Convention, set for May 21-25, which will draw more than 17,000 Rotary members from over 150 countries, pumping at least $20 million into the local economy.


Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel L. Honore - commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, and an astute observer of the response to the BP oil spill.  Gen. Honore, a member of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, is the author of "Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disaster."

Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D. - director of Loyola University's Center for Environmental Communication, and a member of the Metairie Sunrise Rotary Club. Thomas will talk about the economic value of the Gulf's Coastal wetlands to the region and to the nation, and the threats facing these important natural resources.

Stuart Guey - councilman for Plaquemines Parish, which was severely impacted by both Katrina and the BP spill, and a member of the Rotary Club of Belle Chasse.  


Saturday, Oct. 16

9:15 a.m., Session on Gulf Coast recovery

11 a.m., General Honore speaks


Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., New Orleans.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Gen. Honore will be available for limited one-on-one interviews prior to his talk. Please contact Wayne Hearn, (847) 866-3386;

SOURCE Rotary International