Dr. Norman C. Francis: A legacy of change

This column appeared in the June 2015 [1] issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 80, No. 6, page 47-48). - See more at: http://www.uscatholic.org/print/30175#sthash.fORvsDpy.dpuf

This column appeared in the June 2015 [1] issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 80, No. 6, page 47-48). - See more at: http://www.uscatholic.org/print/30175#sthash.fORvsDpy.dpuf


DR. FRANCIS is in a league of ONE!

We at RDI want to give a quick tribute.

"On Aprl 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and Norman Francis was in Philadelphia meeting with the leaders of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament."  After a couple of offers and declines to become Xavier University's first black president,  DR. FRANCIS CHANGED HIS MIND. 

We are certainly glad he did.  There have been countless interviews of Dr. Francis, but, what sticks out most to us at RDI is his southern and down home personality and values.  He cherishes his lovely wife and partner, Blanche and his six beautiful children and grandchildren.  He loves food, especially Sunday meals with family.  He says Sundays feel like a holiday.  He loves holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  But, he loves best desserts (homemade ice cream, chocolate cake, pumpkin pie and peanut butter cookies).   

Dr. Francis is known for his dedicated education and spiritual mission at Xavier and he quotes about that the mission is "wishing good for others and causing it to be done".  In one of his many speeches he states "education is the road out of poverty...some people still think everyone can just pull themselves up by their own bootstraps...hell, we don't have bootstraps anymore". 

Dr. Francis is president emeritus and now retired and leaves a 47 year legacy.  We are happy to share his legacy here at RDI and we wish him all the spoils of retirement.  Congratulations Dr. Francis and thank you for being a great example of change.  More importantly, thank you for teaching us the meaning of leadership.

 

Why New Orleans Black Residents are still underwater after Hurricane Katrina, New York Times Magazine interviews Alden McDonald, Liberty Bank President

Liberty Bank went from the 6th largest Black bank Pre-Katrina to the THIRD largest bank Post Katrina.  Read this article that is most inspiring and honest.  McDonald says that while much of New Orleans thrived, he saw little hope of a better future for many of his customers. ‘‘The poor will stay poor and the middle class can never get ahead,’’ he said, revealing a rare flash of anger. He paused and added a phrase I don’t imagine he has used many times in his life: ‘‘And I don’t have the solution.’’

Gary Rivlin is a former New York Times reporter and the author of six books, most recently ‘‘Katrina: After the Flood,’’ from which his article in this week’s issue is adapted.

 

Rivlin, Gary.  "Why New Orleans's Black Residents Are Still Underwater After Katrina." The New York Times Magazine. August 18, 2015: Online.   Rivlin, Gary.  "Why New Orleans's Black Residents Are Still Underwater After Katrina." The New York Times Magazine. August 18, 2015: excerpt from August 23, 2015:  MM40. Print.  

Rivlin, Gary.  "Why New Orleans's Black Residents Are Still Underwater After Katrina." The New York Times Magazine. August 18, 2015: Online.  

Rivlin, Gary.  "Why New Orleans's Black Residents Are Still Underwater After Katrina." The New York Times Magazine. August 18, 2015: excerpt from August 23, 2015:  MM40. Print.

 

My My MyAJC and The Richard's Family very own "Sunshine SHARISSE" greets Mayor Landrieu in Atlanta in honor and gratitude on Hurricane Katrina's 10 year Anniversary.

The Richard's Family couldn't be more proud of Sharisse Scineaux Patterson.  Sharisse, is a native New Orleanian, producer at Atlanta's Channel 26 and the daughter of Silvia S. Richard and Clifford Scineaux and step-daughter of Alvin Richard, Jr.  She is known around RDI as "Sunshine Sharisse".  Proudly featured this morning in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the featured cover page of myAJC, AJC.com, Sharisse greets Mayor Landrieu and supports him in his efforts to thank Atlanta for their help during the Katrina crisis.  In true "Sunshine Sharisse" fashion, she brought the light and joy to a press conference that would remind all of great loss.  As Mayor Landrieu stood aside Atlanta's Mayor Kasim Reed stating “We want everybody who was in the city of New Orleans to feel welcome to come home,” we can only imagine that the laughter may have been that both Mayors were bargaining over her!  

Leslie, Katie and Schneider, Craign. "New Orleans mayor to Katrina evacuees: come home." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 19 August 2015: CPO1. Print.

Leslie, Katie and Schneider, Craign. "New Orleans mayor to Katrina evacuees: come home." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 19 August 2015: CPO1. Print.


RDI supports ENONAC in rememberance of HURRICANE KATRINA...10 years!

ENONAC, East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission is hosting an event in celebration of 40 subdivisions and the entire New Orleans East advancement and resilience after Hurricane Katrina...look how far we've come....JOE BROWN PARK, Saturday, August 22, 11am - 6pm on the Victory Track.  Free games, food and entertainment.  RDI was the FIRST to step up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide disaster relief and waste services to the community.  RDI IS HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THIS EVENT by providing event supplies, trash receptacles, portable toilets, trash removal and clean-up.  Click here for the press release.

RDI is proud to have served COMMERCIAL RETAIL BUSINESSES since 1978

Hospitals, municipalities, multi-family private residential communities, home improvement and construction debris and much much more...WATCH FOR THIS AD IN THE PRETIGIOUS EDIBLE MAGAZINE...we are happy to support the efforts of our community through publications that serve the community and are also funded by the community...EDIBLE NEW ORLEANS!

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Friend of City Park AGAIN! MARTINI MADNESS coming September

RDI is happy to maintain the efforts City Park, New Orleans for the third year.  Martini Madness is an event to support the non-profits' projects in City Park such as capital improvement projects, funding of new and improved trains, restorations of the park fountains such as Popp Fountain and paddleboat purchases and restoration for Big Lake.  Come join us at Martini Madness on September 18 at 7:00pm.

LAS VEGAS!!! WasteEXPO

Waste Expo 2015 was June 2-4 in Las Vegas | The Platform: RECYCLE...Waste Executives from all over the world joined at the Waste Expo Welcome Reception to talk about solutions in recycling.

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Divine PURPOSE

RDI is proud to support the efforts of the non-profit organization, P.U.R.P.O.S.E., a non-profit that assist the needs of those who care for youth who have been a victim of Violence and Domestic Abuse. www.we-r-purpose.com.

Father Mike

We regret that we hadn't post this sooner, but, we would be remiss if we never did.  Reverend Michael P. Jacques, S.S.E., whom we affectionately call, Father Mike, was a major part of the RDI family.  We have missed him and wanted to remember him today on our blog.  Thank you Father Mike for raising our company up in prayer.  We have been blessed to have you as a spiritual guide and community leader.

Freret Street Festival Fun in April with Greg and Michelle

the freret street festival attracted over 19,000 visitors this year and our very own team was happy to support the local community efforts.  with scattered rain showers, still, the community came out to support the cultural festivities. from napoleon to jefferson the crowd was very pleasing...jewelry, food, arts and crafts, tons of local entertainment and casual conversation with Trombonne Shorty...RDI could not be more pleased to be chosen to be a selected vendor and this year and honored to assist such an amazing festival team,  MARKET FESTIVALS, INC. (Greg Enslen and Michelle Ingram) in the success of this event.