13th Annual Tour of Homes

JA Slidell presents the 13th Annual Tour of Homes on December 10th, 1p-5p! Four homeowners in the Slidell area are graciously opening the doors of their beautifully decorated homes for your enjoyment. Contact any JA Slidell member to purchase your tickets in advance, as they sell out quick and very few are offered “at the door”! Proceeds from ticket and raffle sales fund service projects and initiatives in our community.

Thank you to Petals & Stems and Three Divas and a Sugar Daddy for selling Tour of Homes tickets!  Stop by these local merchants for your tickets and your Christmas gifts!

JAS Life & Associate Members Luncheon – October2017


JAS Life & Associate Luncheon at Bayou Haven Bed & Breakfast October 2017.

Life & Associate “Lunch on the Bayou” was well attended at Bayou Haven Bed & Breakfast this month. Best of all $170 was collected for the NAJA Scholarship through a 50/50 raffle. Alison Cuevas won and donated most of her winnings back for the scholarship donation. Thank you, Alison and everyone who participated! Also thank you Lena Joyce and Sandra Chavers for organizing the 50/50 raffle.

Dining for Two for a Year!


Two lucky winners will win a dinner for two at some of the most popular restaurants in the Metro Area with 12 gift certificates!!


Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 from any JA of Slidell member


Restaurants include:

Assunta’s * BJ’s * Byblo’s * Carreta’s

Cote * Creole Tomateaux * de St. Germain’s * Emeril’s Nola

Fatty’s * Galatoire’s * Joe’s Italian Restaurant * KY’s Olde Towne

La Provence * Michael’s * Nola Southern Grill * Outback

Pascal’s Manale * Ralph Brennan Group * Sal and Judy’s * Silver Slipper

Texas Roadhouse * Young’s * Zea’s Rotisserie



Drawing will be held during the JA of Slidell November meeting

(winner need not be present)



For more information or to purchase a ticket

please contact any JA of Slidell member or email:



All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit JA of Slidell community service projects and initiatives.

dinner for 2 flyer 2017

2017 Provisional Wine & Cheese Reception

The JA Slidell Annual Wine & Cheese Reception to welcome the new Provisional members was hosted by Ann Mannella and organized by Membership Committee Chairs Lisha Bonson and Cassie Baker. We are excited to have Ann Tassin, Tracy Ducre, Megan Brown, and Sheila Guthrie join us in our community service projects and initiatives!

NAJA Area Meeting in Hattiesburg, MS

JA Slidell Active and Life/Associate members attended the NAJA Area Meeting in Hattiesburg, MS on August 12, 2017 to combine talents, expertise, and knowledge with other NAJA member chapters to brainstorm and learn ways to improve and further grow our service efforts within our respective communities.   Pictured here are attendees from JAS – front row: Tanya Le Gaux Encalarde, Lori Aucoin, Hilary Toups; back row: Sandra Chavers, Barbara Murphy, Andrea Quave, Judy Heimbuck, Jeanne Hildebrandt, Deb Jones, Mary Gilmore, Gladys Lopez.

Jennifer Anti Receives NAJA Graduate Scholarship

The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc., has selected Jennifer Anti of Slidell, LA as a recipient of a graduate scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Jennifer will attend William Carey University, Biloxi, MS where she will begin work on the Master Degree in Dyslexia Therapy. Jennifer has previously earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Millsaps College, Jackson, MS.

Jennifer has been working as a kindergarten teacher at Florida Avenue, since 2012. Jennifer has served in the following committees: St.Tammany Parish School Board LEAD Academy (2016-2017), PBIS committee (since 2015), where she helped redesign the current school wide behavior program at Florida Avenue Elementary, and is currently serving on the Relay for Life team for Florida Avenue Elementary. Jennifer is involved in several community service organizations including being a life member for the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell, Chairperson for Literacy Liaison and Backpack 4 kids for Junior Auxiliary of Slidell (from 2010- 2015), Kappa Delta Pi Board member for Blessings in a Backpack at Southeastern University, and Wedding Coordinator of First United Methodist Church in Slidell, LA. Jennifer has lived in Slidell since 1985. She has been married to Damian Anti for 18 years and she has two daughters, MollieAnn (11) and MaryGrace (2).

Beginning in 1962, the NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program has awarded 542 grants totaling almost $1,268,504.  Awards are given to persons pursuing graduate level studies in fields which address the special needs of children and youth.  Graduate fields of study include, but are not limited to, counseling, psychology, mental development, special education, speech pathology, exceptional children, remedial skills development, hearing impaired, and gifted and talented. Scholarships are not awarded for graduate work in administrative or general education.

Award recipients may attend the U.S. college or university of their choice.  Applicants must be a permanent U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of states with chapters of nonprofit Junior Auxiliary. Those states are Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri.

Junior Auxiliary is an organization dedicated to rendering charitable services beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children.  The primary purpose of the scholarship program is to present a gift to the  children who utimately benefit from the advance schooling of the NAJA Scholarship recipient.

The NAJA Graduate Scholarship program is supported by contributions from Junior Auxiliary Chapters, the National Association, and memorials and honorary gifts from individuals and groups.  Information about the scholarships is available ONLY from the NAJA website at from September 1 to February 1.

Sandra Chavers Appointed Region VI CSC!

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.

2016-7 NAJA President Jeanne Hildebrandt and NAJA Chapter Support Coordinator-Region VI Sandra Chavers.
2016-7 NAJA President Jeanne Hildebrandt and NAJA Chapter Support Coordinator-Region VI Sandra Chavers.

Women In Business Luncheon

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.

Judy Heimbuck, Chrissy Miller, Dawn Sharpe and Deb Jones.