Wednesday Volunteers gather again

TOGETHER – From left are WVFC Secretary Gloria Messenger, Reporter Pam Villagran, and Environmental Chair Donna Bouterie; and in back, guest Rhonda Young, Vice President Karen Moran, Hospitality Chair Cathy Vilardo Treasurer Betty Bankston and member Millie Falgout.

Nine members of Wednesday Volunteers for Family and Community and one guest gathered at Mike’s Catfish Inn in Amite on May 5 LA for their monthly meeting.

It was a memorable occasion because it was the first time the club was able to meet in person and indoors since last year.

They discussed four events:

Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community’s Appreciation Luncheon on May 20 at Joe’s Italian Ristorante.

Area Fun Day to be held in July (exact dated to be announced) at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ponchatoula.

The Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community’s annual state convention hosted by TVFC on Sept. 23 at the KC Hall. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event will be a one-day affair this year as opposed to the normal three days.

TVFC’s annual Holiday Ideas Showcase with Bingo this year on Sept. 30 at Ponchatoula’s Community Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and open to the public.

All four of these events had to be cancelled last year due to COVID restrictions.

WVFC President Jean Hebert, chairperson for the club’s scholarship program, happily announced Bill Hood Nissan’s car dealership has generously agreed to once again sponsor the scholarship raffle and TVFC is extremely grateful. She distributed raffle tickets to each of the club members present so that they could sell them to friends and family.

This year’s raffle item will be a beautiful Americana-themed quilt throw blanket made by one of the club’s retired members, Mitzi Verbene, who has been an avid quilter for many years. After the meeting, the members enjoyed lunch together.

TVFC is an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Agriculture Extension Services. There are two groups parishwide: Wednesday Volunteers for Family and Community and Sunshine Ladies Volunteers for Family and Community. Tangipahoa is one of 15 parishes in the Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community.

Call TVFC Secretary Donna Bouterie at 985-228-3048 or Membership Chairwoman Sue Nelson at 225-567-9769 for information.

— Submitted by Pam Villagran

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