Sandra Chavers (JAS Class of 2011) has been appointed to be a Chapter Support Coordinator for Region VI which includes the Slidell Chapter. Sandra has served as an Active member of JAS and logged hundreds of service hours working on several projects the past five years as well as serve on the JAS Board. Now as an Associate member she continues to serve on the national level working with other chapters to help them continually improve. JAS would like to congratulate Sandra and wish her well as she embarks on this new endeavor.
Deb Jones and Judy Heimbuck attended the Chamber’s Women in Business Luncheon. Chrissy Miller gave an inspiring talk entitled P.I.E. which represented PASSION, INFLUENCE AND EMPOWERMENT. Have passion for what you do. Use your influence to make a positive difference. Empower others to get the job done and give them the credit. In the end make a traceable imprint to make a difference. It was a beautiful day on the bayou.
May 5th and 6th JAS members enjoyed an educational and fun weekend in Memphis celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Association of Junior Auxiliary (NAJA). Outgoing President Jeanne Hildebrandt opened the conference with a welcome address.
Our first speaker was country singer/song writer Jimmy Wayne who wrote “Do You Believe Me Now”. Besides singing for us he shared his story about coming up through the foster care system and the people who influenced his life the most. After becoming successful he walked from Nashville to Phoenix in 2010 to help raise awareness for kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. He has authored his memoir, Walk to Beautiful, and written a novel and made-for-TV movie, Paper Angels.
Several other speakers covered cyber safety, working with different personalities, cyber bullying, growing leaders and serving without burnout.
The awards banquet included the Parade of Presidents, Presentation of Roses to all past and present chapter presidents, entertainment from Elvis, award presentations and the installation of the 2017-18 NAJA Board of Directors and Incoming President Charlotte Jones.
After the banquet an after party and reception for Jeanne Hildebrandt was hosted by the Slidell Chapter. Make plans to attend next year in Mobile, AL on April 27-28 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel – Mobile Convention Center.