March 7, 2021
Message from Our President

Hi Ladies,

We are close to springtime, and I am looking forward to the warmer weather. The board is planning for a great year with monthly speakers and Smart Women's Day Out in July.

Our next two meetings will be on Zoom. This month, we will learn about what do with our plants after winter. In April, we will hear about the Pro and Cons of CBD oil. Please remember to sign up for the Zoom meetings with the link below in our newsletter.

We are planning our next Smart Women's Day Out on July 15th at Benedict's Plantation from 1 pm to 4 pm. Lunch will be optional starting at noon if you are able to join. Prices and sponsorship will be posted soon by email and social media.

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

Thank You,
Julie Taylor

March 18, 2021
Zoom Meeting starts at 11:00
How does your Garden Grow?

Join us on Thursday, March 18th to hear from Will Afton with the LA Cooperative Extension Service. Will is the coordinator for the Master Gardener Program in our parish. He is an expert on home gardening and more! He will be talking about what we should be doing about our damaged gardens and how to get ready for Spring planting!!

We are still looking for a Sponsor!

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February Zoom Meeting
Last month, Julie Agan, Executive Director of COAST (Council on Aging St Tammany) shared some great information about the programs COAST offers. Did you know that COAST is not just about Transportation? If you missed the meeting, check out their website!

Thanks to Julie Taylor and Hancock Whitney Bank for sponsoring this meeting!
2021 Plans
Looking ahead
We hope you will be joining us for some great educational and fun topics that we are lining up for 2021! We will start the year on Zoom to keep us safe, given the spikes in Covid cases, and return to meeting in person when we can. We are planning our July Smart Women's Day Out, and praying that this Covid mess will allow us to have the event! As of now, these are the monthly topics we have scheduled:

April - What is CBD and why might you want to use it?
May - Dermatologist
June - Home/personal safety & scams

Later topics include:
CBD and/or essential oils
Healthy eating/cooking
Increasing your creativity
Women’s Health

In addition. we plan to have a fantastic Smart Women's Day Out, a meeting to Give Thanks to our Community Partners, and a Holiday Party. Once the Covid restrictions are relaxed, we will restart our Adventures and PEGs.

If you have any ideas of Adventures, PEGs, topics or speakers, please let us know!
Community Partners
SAVE THE DATE! Family friendly Oktoberfest fundraiser for Cholangiocarcinoma is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Covington Trailhead. First year about 1,200 attended and we hope to get 2,000 this year. Looking for sponsors and people who love to be on the committee to help. Email me, Heidi Rhea, at if you want to be a part of this fun event!!

Help Mary Bird Perkins provide cancer patients with Patient Care Boxes. Donations can be brought directly to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (1203 S. Tyler St.) or to Julie Taylor at Hancock Whitney on 190 in Mandeville, across from Whole Foods. Items needed for the hygiene boxes include: Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Wipes, Shampoo, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Deodorant, Face Masks, Gloves, Towel, Tissue pack, Socks, Washcloths, Soap, Hand / body lotion, Bandaids

Or, if you are a writer, bring notecards of encouragement for them to share with patients, especially those who may be struggling with treatment and have no family support.

Learn more about the impact Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center prevention and early detection program is making in our community
The Hospice House - To allow families to visit with their loved ones, they have had to increase the cleaning between visits due to Covid. The most needed items are bleach, PineSol, Lysol, and antibacterial wipes. Of course, they will take donations of other cleaning items and laundry detergent as well.

The Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation is celebrating Women’s History Month with a poetry slam entitled “This Woman’s Work”. The focus will be attuned especially to the truths of women and girls. Our goal is to create a shared space where women are seen and respected in their fullness and complexity. The Women’s Center hopes to encourage, lift up and promote women writers. To ensure the health of our participants and presenters amid the COVID-19 pandemic all readings will be presented virtually via the Zoom platform. Please join us on Friday, March 26th @ 6pm as we honor the incredible strength, courage, brilliance, and resilience that women carry within them. We will spotlight our young artists, girls ages 12-17 from 5:30p-6:00p. To register as a performer, please submit registration form here: 

Maybe you can help out with these immediate needs:

Cleaning Supplies - Clorox Wipes, Clorox, Lysol and/or Microban, and Garbage bags to sanitize.

Blessings Box - monetary donations, food and other non-perishables to keep the Blessings Box stocked and available to those in need.

Technology - laptop. streaming camera, and a wireless conference room sound system to set up for hybrid programs (virtual & in-person).
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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