Eighty one persons attended the annual Christmas Holiday Luncheon held by the St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association (STRSEA) on Thursday, December 14, at the David C. Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville.
Dee Wild, director of RSVP for the Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans, told the audience of the many opportunities to volunteer their skills and time, naming specific non-profit organizations that need those with teaching experience. Some of the groups she suggested were the Council on Aging, Faith in Action, Forest Manor Nursing Home, Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Lacombe Nursing Home, Park Provence, the SALT Council, the Senior Medicare Patrol and the Windsor Senior Living Center.
Other groups in need of volunteers are the local schools in the area, CASA, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife agency for their center in Lacombe, the New Heights Therapy Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club of Slidell, and the St. Tammany Humane Society. The Volunteers of America have a "RSVP Office" at 823 Carroll Street in Mandeville. People wishing to volunteer their time can contact that office and be matched with an organization that needs their particular skills.
President Roxanne Lagarde welcomed those present, with Bill Brady giving the invocation, Ron Caruso giving the treasurer's report, and vice presidents Lyn Monteleone and Cheryl Beaver giving membership reports and introducing the guest speaker.
The group now has 808 members, with 63 new members signing up in the last 12 months, the largest annual increase in membership ever accomplished. The next meeting will be held on January 23, 2018.
Here are some pictures from that event. Click on the images to make them larger.