August 9, 2021
Message from Our President

Hi Ladies,

I want to thank everyone for coming to the Smart Women's Day Out on July 15th. I would also like to thank our Speakers, Sponsors, and Board Members for making the event a great success. Our theme was Make Every Day Matter and our Speakers really focused on what matters to them to be a success. Two of my takeaways were what really matters today and don't worry about the small stuff. Secondly, make it count every day and don't give up on your hopes and dreams. 

Our next meeting is on August 19th, and we will hand out applications for members to nominate non-profit organizations for our 2022 Community Partners. Those applications will be due by our meeting on September 16th.

We are also looking for volunteers to join our Board for the upcoming year. If you are interested in finding out information about joining the Board, please call or email me. I am looking forward to seeing you on August 19th. 

Your President,
Julie Taylor
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July 19th General Meeting
11 am (doors open at 10:30
Melissa Hodgson, assistant vice president of communication for St. Tammany Health System, will provide an update about the system’s commitment to the community, specifically their focus on improving the health of our local population and growing their system to serve the needs of residents in west St. Tammany and surrounding areas. Her presentation will have information about the new Be Well Bus, bringing mammograms and other health screenings and clinical care into the field; their partnership with Ochsner Health, bringing specialty care closer to home especially with the new cancer center they have launched together; and the latest on the persistent presence of COVID-19 and its variants in our community. 

We will also talk about the upcoming Community Partner selection process and about Board of Director positions that will need to be filled next year.
What a great time we had!!! For photos, have a look at our website's Smart Women's Day Out page!
2021 Plans
Topics planned for later this year include:
  • September - Healthy Eating for Your Age - Rachel Posner, Registered Dietician 
  • October - Annual meeting, the election of board members & voting on Community Partners. The "Be Well Bus" from STHS will be present
  • November - Giving Thanks to Our Community Partners
  • December - Holiday luncheon - low key at some restaurant, order from a menu with self-pay

If you have any ideas of Adventures, PEGs, topics or speakers, please let us know!
Community Partners
It is that time of the year again! We will choose our Community Partners for 2022 at our October Meeting. All nominations are due by the September Meeting. Please see our website for the Application and Committment forms!
Don’t forget to Save The Date for the A Rhea of Hope family-friendly, traditional Oktoberfest fundraiser at the Covington Trailhead on Saturday, October 2 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. We will have 2 German bands, a schnitzel, bratwurst, big pretzels, lots of German beer and wine, and the Yum Yum Gimme Sum food truck. There will be a Kids Korner with looks of fun “bile duck “ games, songs, and interactive activities. We will have several games and interactive games for the adults too! Wear some German outfits to get in the mood or order our Oktoberfest t-shirt from Backyard Printing. It is all to raise awareness and funds for Cholangiocarcinoma, also called Bile Duct Cancer. We raised $10,000 for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation last time and I would love to double that! I am looking for clubs or groups to help sponsor a children’s activity (already have the activities, like making a pretzel necklace) and will also need lots of volunteers that day. A website with jobs and shifts listed will be online in September. 

Heidi is also planning her 12th year of Holiday Market for four nursing homes. It is a free Christmas shopping experience for the residents with new or nearly new donated items. More to come on this event!

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s 50th Anniversary
Community giving and generosity has always fueled Mary Bird Cancer Center and this year marks not only 50 years of providing comprehensive care to cancer patients, but also 50 years of generous philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, schools, and many others.

These decades of giving have provided us with resources to surround each patient with the most comprehensive and individualized care available in the region.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is hosting a special fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $50,000+ to support cancer patients and their families across the region.
For more information and to donate visit

The Hospice House is hosting a Hospice 101 Seminar this month Do you understand what hospice is? When you are eligible for their services? Come learn about how they benefit the whole family. Death is not a subject people want to talk about. Come educate yourself so you have the tools to be better prepared. - sign up for the August 19th event here!

They also really need our support! Their big fundraiser, the Crawfish Cookoff, was canceled due to Covid this past Spring, leaving a big hole in their annual operating budget. Any donations are appreciated!

In addition - you can actually purchase a Hospice House! These adorable creations may be just what you (or someone you know) can use! Details are here!
On Saturday, September 18, the Women's Center for Healing & Transformation will host our 1st Annual Women's Conference at The Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, LA. The conference is an all-day event designed to provide resources, support, connection, networking, and leadership skills to women of all ages. The conference showcases dynamic speakers, a vendor exhibit area featuring unique products and services to appeal to women, wellness breaks to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit, and much more. Attendees will leave feeling re-energized, inspired, and prepared to meet and face life’s challenges. For more information and to register click here!
World of Wonder, WOW - It is time to start donating to support the WOW Summer Camp for kids ages 3-5 at the Mandeville - Lacombe Head Start. Your $175 donation helps give an educational camp to one toddler for the summer!
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