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15th Annual Tour of Homes – December 15th – 1 to 5 PM

Junior Auxiliary of Slidell (JAS) will host its 15th Annual Tour of Homes.  View five stunning homes in the Slidell area on Sunday afternoon the 15th of December from 1-5 pm and enjoy some holiday treats along the way.  You may also purchase tickets to win one of the beautiful themed raffle baskets of goods and/or services.  All proceeds go to fund JAS service projects and initiatives. Tickets may be purchased from any JAS member as well as Petals & Stems, Wine Market, and 3 Divas & a Sugar Daddy, or email jaslidell@gmail.com to request tickets.

Important Upcoming Dates For Spelling Bee

Pizza Parties:  Sept 24 & 25 after school lets out 3:45 & 4pm

Practice #1:  October 8 & 9

Practice #2:  October 29 & 30

Spelling Bee:  1st Choice:  Nov 12 & 13 ; Nov. 19 &20 (incase the first dates do not work for moderator)  

Set up will be the evening before each spelling bee usually around 5:30pm.

Regional bee:  March;  Practices:  February/March – Days TBD

JAS Conducts 2nd Annual MIRROR Retreat At Cafe Luke

The Junior Auxiliary of Slidell (JAS) held the 2nd annual MIRROR retreat for members on August 17, 2019. The meaning of MIRROR is; motivate, inspire, re-engage, re-educate, organize and refresh. Eleven members participated in thought provoking activities and a breakout session to discuss Membership, Provisional Training, Service Projects, and Grants. Each breakout group was tasked to review results from the 2018 MIRROR retreat and update the list to reflect what is needed to move JAS forward into another successful year. Members discussed the new project, S.T.E.A.M. IN THE PARK, to be launched March 14, 2020, at Heritage Park. This project educates children from all socio-economic backgrounds by engaging them in fun “hands-on” activities and demonstrations that inspire them to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. They also celebrated the success of the existing service projects and the completed goals of 2018 – 2019.
New goals for the 2019 – 2020 year were identified at the end of the day. JAS is excited to put these plans into action to faithfully serve the greater Slidell Community in the upcoming year.
Special thanks to Cafe Luke for providing an inviting venue and delicious food for our retreat!

Marina Stevens, Barbara Murphy, Judy Heimbuck, Sharon Cooke, Lisha Bonson, Christy Wood, and Amy Wiggins.

2019-20 President-Karen Gould, V.P. Cathy Newman, and Secretary-Barbara Murphy.
DeAna Augustus presents the results of the break-out session on Membership.
Facilitator Barbara Murphy explains one of our first activities.
Amy Wiggins presenting the Projects/Grant Writing break-out session results.
Front L-R: Lisha Bonson, DeAna Augustus, Cathy Newman, Marina Stevens, Amy Wiggins & Karen Gould. Back L-R: Tracy Stokes-Ducre, Christy Wood, Sharon Cooke, Judy Heimbuck, Barbara Murphy.
President-Karen Gould, Provisional Trainers-Tracy Stokes-Ducre & DeAna Augustus.

JA Slidell Membership

Interested in becoming involved in the Slidell community? Have you seen posts of the positive impact volunteerism has in the Slidell area, particularly for our youth? Then you NEED to join JA Slidell! We are welcoming new members who want to give back and make a difference in our community. Download and complete the membership application – submissions are Due July 15th! If you have any questions, please email us at jaslidell@gmail.com or message us on Facebook. We look forward to meeting you!

2019-2020 JAS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Publications feature JASlidell for 50th Anniversary

Inside Northside Magazine, Times Picayune and Slidell Magazine gave our organization some great publicity over the past couple of months in celebration of 50 years as a chapter of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA).  Thank you to all for your generous contribution to JASlidell through these wonderful articles!  To check out the articles go to the following links:

Inside Northside May/June edition – http://insidepub.com/2017/09/latest-editions/ 

Times Picayune posted May 2 – https://www.nola.com/northshore/index.ssf/2018/05/junior_auxiliary_of_slidell_re.html  https://issuu.com/

Slidell Magazine June edition – slidell_magazine/docs/sm95thedition 

New Playground Equipment in Heritage Park!

JA Slidell enjoys bringing smiles to the faces of those lives we touch through our community service endeavors and especially when it touches the lives of many at once!  One recent fundraising project was to provide equipment for the playground in Heritage Park.  Pictured here is JA Slidell President Deb Jones’ grandson enjoying the equipment with his friends.  We are proud and blessed to have the opportunity to bring into the lives of our community.  Please contact us if you are interested in joining our community service initiatives!

Junior Auxiliary of Slidell Welcomes National President, Charlott Jones, to Annual Christmas Dinner

Junior Auxiliary of Slidell kicked off the holiday season on December 5th at the Pinewood Country Club with its monthly general meeting and Christmas dinner. Not only did the chapter have 36 active members present, there were 40 life and associate members and 6 provisional members at the event.  Several unwrapped toys were donated for Boys & Girls Club.  The provisional members sold raffle tickets for a Mardi Gras basket and Spa basket to raise funds for their upcoming project, Play It Forward.  The chapter was honored by special guest, Charlott Jones, who is the national president of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries. Ms. Jones traveled from Jonesboro, Arkansas, to see first-hand the impact this Chapter makes in the Slidell area.  Her focus this year is “Paying It
Forward” and after the project reports were presented, it was evident that the Slidell chapter is doing just that through their many projects for children and families in the area. 

NAJA President – Charlott Jones addresses the chapter at the annual Christmas Dinner.
Past and Present NAJA Presidents – Jeanne Hildebrandt, Charlott Jones and Carol Caruso.
JAS and/or NAJA Presidents – (L-R Front Row) Deb Jones, Mary Gilmore, Barbara Murphy, Stehanie Hoppmeyer (L-R Back Row) Lori Jugan, Melanie Lishman, Ann Manella, (JAS & NAJA) Jeanne Hildebrandt, (NAJA) Carol Caruso, Alison Cuevas
Superstars of JAS – Life & Associate Members
Class of 2012 (L-R) Amanda Hover, Gladys Lopez, Gloria Poole, Carol Sensebe, Colleen Courtenay, Lisa Emery, Linda Larkin
Class of 2013 (L-R) Becky Rampon, Wanda Enright, Deb Jones, Rita Boggan, Andrea Quave
Class of 2013 (L-R) Becky Rampon, Wanda Enright, Deb Jones, Rita Boggan, Andrea Quave
Class of 2015 (L-R) Stacy Rotunda, Cassie Baker, Robin Frick, Amie Davis, Stephanie Miller, Lisha Bonson, Karen Cantrelle
Class of 2016 (L-R) Natalie Smith, Yeon Ham, Charmaine Seymour, Cathy Newman, Christy Wood, Lisa Kutcher, Lori Aucoin, Tanya Encalarde, Barbara Murphy, Marina Stevens
Provisional Class of 2017 (L-R) Sheila Guthrie, Ann Tassin, Provisional Trainers Becky Rampon & Barbara Murphy, Melissa O’Quin, Joanna Brockhoff, Tracy Stokes-Ducre
Toys collected at the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell annual Christmas Dinner delivered to Ms. Cynthia at Boys & Girls Club by JAS members Andrea Quave and Judy Burton Heimbuck. — at Boys and Girls Club of Slidell.