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.

JAS Successfully Hosts Spelling Bees at Boyet and Clearwood Jr. High Schools


Junior Auxiliary of Slidell (JAS) recently sponsored two spelling bees where 65 junior high students competed for an opportunity to advance to the Scripps Regional and National Spelling Bees.  This was the fifth year for the Boyet Junior High 7th & 8th graders, and the fourth year for Clearwood 5th-8th graders.

State Senator Sharon Hewitt was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the two Bees.  Senator Hewitt is a Life member of Junior Auxiliary of Slidell.  Returning as pronouncer for the Bees was WWL-TV Sports Director, Doug Mouton.

Boyet Jr. High (Principal – John Priola) had 26 students participate on November 14th.  The students completed 10 rounds and spelled 107 words.  Michael Bartels came through as the champion by spelling the winning word, xylorimba, and then the championship word, tamara.  An extra word must be spelled after the winning word to become the champion.  The other seven finalists were Travis Elmore, Hannah Joseph, Trey McGill, Julia Spiess, Wilson Hou, Annabelle Goggin and Christina Jackson.

Clearwood Jr. High (Principal – Alan Bennett) had 39 students compete on November 15th.  This group spelled through 25 rounds with 137 words completed.  Olivia Holmes spelled the winning word, defensiveness, and the championship word, cyclops, to be declared the Clearwood Spelling Bee Champion.  The other seven finalists were Sophia Weaver, Amelia Britt, Letrece McCoy, Amanda Krinsky, Brayden Bostick, Kaelyn Hardrick, and Keara Harbin. 

The overall school winner at each school was awarded a trophy, and all eight finalists received medals.  Students competing in the bee were selected based on their classroom pre-tests.  To prepare for this event, the JAS Spelling Bee committee met with the participants at each school hosting a kickoff party where they watched the movie, “Akeelah and the Bee” while enjoying some pizza.  This movie gives the students insight as to how to prepare for a bee and the commitment it takes to compete.  From there, the committee met with each school twice to practice spelling words for the bee.  Here the students were taught the rules of the bee, given study guides and had the opportunity to compete in a mock spelling bee to give them a feel for what the competition would be like.  The students were very nervous the day of the spelling bee but did a fabulous job!  They took all of what they learned and gave it their best.  Both faculty sponsors, Jennifer Crain (Boyet) and Chris Brewin (Clearwood), felt that the Spelling Bees presented a positive experience for the students.  Their spelling abilities sparked an interest in their vocabulary and etymology as well.

The event went very smoothly due to the combined efforts of JAS volunteers and school sponsors, Crain and Brewin, who helped get the bee organized.  A special thank you goes to pronouncer, Doug Mouton from WWL-TV, emcee, Senator Sharon Hewitt and judges, Sandra Chavers and Debra Mire.  Their dedication and enthusiasm for the Junior Auxiliary Spelling Bee program each year truly makes it enjoyable for all those who participate as well as the families and friends attending the bee.

What happens next:

The Boyet and Clearwood Spelling Bees were a preliminary local competition for Junior High Students, with the eight finalists from each school spelling their way to a spot in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee to be hosted in March 2018 at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Regional Bee is co-sponsored by the Times Picayune Newspaper and the LINKS Service Organization.

Prior to the Regional Bee, Junior Auxiliary project members will hold a parent informational meeting and practice sessions with the finalists from each school to prepare for the regional competition. 

The regional winner from Xavier and his/her parent will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee being held in May in Washington, D.C.  Last year was the 29th year of this regional competition, involving over 200 children from over 50 schools. Bee Week 2018 will take place the last week in May. The national competition will be televised on ESPN.

Boyet Champion: (L-R) JAS Vice-President Judy Heimbuck, Bee Committee Chair Cassie Baker, Champion Michael Bartels, JAS President Deb Jones.
Boyet Jr. High Spelling Bee Finalists: (L-R) Anabelle Goggin, Trey McGill, Julia Spiess, BJH Faculty Sponsor Jennifer Crain, Champion Michael Bartels, Wilson Hou, Travis Elmore, Hannah Joseph, Christina Jackson.
Boyet Champion w/ Spelling Bee Committee: Lisha Bonson, Colleen Courtenay, Yeon Ham, Champion Michael Bartels, Spelling Bee Chair Cassie Baker, Stephanie Miller, Amy Wiggins
Clearwood Champion: JA President Deb Jones, Champion Olivia Holmes, Bee Committee Chair Cassie Baker.
Clearwood Jr High Finalists: (L-R) Kneeling: Amelia Britt, Sophia Weaver, Kaelyn Hardrick
Standing (L-R) Clearwood faculty sponsor, Christopher Brewin, Letrece McCoy, Amanda Krinsky, Champion Olivia Holmes, Brayden Bostick, Keara Harbin, Bee Committee Chair Cassie Baker.
Back Row: Doug Mouton (WWL-TV sportscaster)
JA Spelling Bee Support Team: (Front row L-R) Bee Committee Chair Cassie Baker, Linda DeLaughter, Yeon Ham, Amy Wiggins, Colleen Courtenay, Christie Stubbs, Lisha Bonson. (Back row L-R) Judy Heimbuck, Stephanie Miller, Senator Sharon Hewitt, Pronouncer Doug Mouton, Judges Sandra Chavers & Debra Mire, Deb Jones, Becky Rampon.






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.