The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Rotarian Dr. Philippe Vidrine talk about the Louisiana Iris plants. He reminded club members that now is the perfect time to plan the Iris. He said there are five species that are native to Louisiana and grow well in our special climate. He urged club members to stay away from the yellow Spanish flag Iris. The five Louisiana varieties all grow well in various colors. You can buy these beautiful plants by mail order and in area nurseries. In other business, Rotary Club President Nicole Wenger informed club members that the local club has teamed up with the two Opelousas rotary clubs to obtain a grant from Rotary International. The $9,000 grant will be used to make improvements to the kitchen at the Refinery Men’s Mission in Opelousas. Rotarians Bob Manuel, Jimmy LeBlanc, Susan Saunders, John Mayeaux and Nicole Wenger will be working at the mission later today (Tuesday). Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine reported to club members that the Solid Waste Commission is still working hard to pick up all the limbs and branches throughout the city and parish. She is asking residents to please be patient.