November 2019 News & Events
Message from the President
Hi Ladies,

We are excited about our upcoming meetings with our November gift wrapping event to give back to our Community Partners and the December Holiday event. On November 21st* we will be wrapping your donations and presents to give to our Community Partners. If you were at the October's meeting and are not able to attend in November, you may bring your gifts or donations to the Hancock Whitney in Mandeville located by Dollar Tree. That address is  3201 Hwy 190 Mandeville, LA 70471 . Do you need a gift or donation suggestion? Email the board at for gift giving ideas.

We are also excited to announce your four new Community Partners for 2020! Information about these new partners can be found below.

On December 12, 2019* we will be hosting our annual Holiday Event . Remember to bring a friend. We will have membership drive, pictures with Santa Claus and fun activities during the evening. See the event page on our Facebook page or our website to purchase tickets and for more information or click here. Tickets which include your meal and all activities are $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

I will see you on November 21, 2019 at Benedict's Plantation.

Your President,
Julie Taylor 

* ADD THESE IMPORTANT DATES to your calendar from our
"EVENTS" links on Facebook!
Giving Back and Looking Forward
November 21, 2019
10:00 AM
Benedict's Plantation Meeting Location
and Keith Young's Steakhouse for Lunch

Every year, WIP members support our Community Partners with gifts to meet their unique needs to help those they serve. In place of a general meeting, during the month of November we gather as a community of members for fun and fellowship as we prepare the gifts for delivery to our partners with bright holiday wrappings.

Meeting attendees are asked to bring holiday wrapping paper, ribbon and tape to share during the Meeting.

At 12:00 noon, those that are able to join the L unch Bunch will be traveling to Keith Young's Steakhouse in Madisonville for an early "friendsgiving" lunch together. Reservations are required for this event and we need the number by November 9 ! So if you are planning to join the Lunch Bunch after the meeting please email us at . We will get your information to Laura and reply with details of the lunch including costs and menu options.
October 17, 2019 Voting Results

Announcing the WIP 2020 Non-Profit Community Partners

  1. CBIB – Compassionate Burial for Indigent
  2. James Samaritan - 
  3. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer 
  4. Northshore Enduring Hope -

Welcome to Our New Board Members for 2020
Dr. Bea Desper
Mary Ellen Guillory  
Linda Hudson 

Recent Activities and Adventures
This month's snapshots highlight three separate events. Our September 28, 2019 Adventure, Painting with a Purpose, helped us to raise $337.50 to divide among our four Community Partners.

Saturday, October 19, WIP members and guests enjoyed a tour of the beautiful St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College located in Benedict, Louisiana, just north of Covington on October 19th. "The Abbey Church and monks' refectory, were designated in 2007 in the National Register of Historic Places properties. In 1946, Abbot Columban Thuis commissioned the Benedictine artist Dom Gregory de Wit to execute a series of original murals in these buildings. "(1)

Thursday night, October 24 was the signature event for our Community Partner " You Night ." Members were in the audience to support our own Heidi Rhea and celebrate several brave women who demonstrated poise, beauty and strength on the glamorous runway.

Find more images and snapshots of these events by visiting our Facebook Page , Group Page and our website!

(1)“Saint Joseph Abbey.” Saint Joseph Abbey , 29 Oct. 2019,
Future Meetings and Events - Save the Dates!
November 21, 2019 - Giving Back- Gift Wrapping Event for our Community Partners at Benedict's Plantation. 10:00 AM and special Lunch Bunch at Keith Young's Steakhouse in Madisonville at noon. Reservations required by November 9th. Email

December 12, 2019 - Holiday Party @ Benedict's Plantation (4-7 PM)
Purchase Tickets Online at
Food, Music and Fun!
Members $40 and Non-Members $45

January 11, 2020 - ( PEG)-Personal Empowerment Group-Location TBD
Free Documents and Organizational Tools Training
from your Mobile Devices!
Presenter- Faith Carr
Bring your smartphone, laptop, iPad®, or Chromebook
Space is limited. Reservations will be
Watch our Facebook Page for Registration Information
  • Overview of how to turn your iPhone®, iPad®, Notebook, Chromebook® or laptop into a personal productivity device using FREE Google® and other Internet (cloud) based tools.
  • Create and access spreadsheets and documents from your mobile devices.
  • Expand your understanding of Internet based social networking and real time collaboration and computing with friends and coworkers from your mobile device.
  • Share calendars and documents
  • Explore Google drive capabilities and document "add-ons"
  • Attendees are requested to download the Google Drive app to their phones or devices before the meeting and set up their own account.

January 16, 2020 - General Meeting @ Benedict's Plantation (10:00 AM)

General Meetings begin at 10:00 am for connecting with friends and making new ones!
General Presentations begin at 10:30
The business portion starts at 11:30 following our speaker.
After each meeting we head to a local restaurant for
"Lunch Bunch" food and conversation.
Supporting Our Community Partners

Join the Children's Advocacy Center - Hope House for FREE Stewards of Children training and certification. Learn how to effectively recognize, react, and prevent child abuse within our community. Tour their facilities and learn about their important role within the St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

This two-hour course is perfect for organizations, professionals or individuals who work with kids. Parents too!

They'll have pizza and refreshments for everyone in the class.

To reserve a spot, please contact Jessica Fuselier at (985) 892-3885 ext. 1 or at Walk-ins welcome!

S ave December 17, 2019 on your calendar -- Pelicans v. the Nets!

The You Night sisters will be walking the runway on the court prior to the game! This is a FUNdraiser event for You Night with an empowering group experience for the ladies of you Night.

First -- do you want to throw out the game ball?
We are raffling tickets for $20/each so that one lucky person can win the opportunity to do the GAME BALL PRESENTATION to start the game!: The value of this opportunity is $550, but You Night is raffling off chances to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here's what you will get if you win:

--During the Pelicans Game Ball Presentation, the winner will be recognized on the Jumbotron while presenting the game ball with a referee and players from both teams.

--A PA announcement will be made while you stand center-court.
--Court access to present an NBA game ball prior to tip-off
--Post-game photo of your group with the Pelicans dancers
--Photo of you with the game ball
--Raffle tickets are being sold by calling Tara at 877-591-5936 x3

More information is available online at

November 16 and 17, 2019

Come out to support first responders in the Battle of the Badges , all for a good cause- because everyone deserves the chance to play! Live music, food, drinks sold on site, and the LSU/ Ole Miss Game on the big screen.

There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available!

Times will be confirmed closer to the date, so stay tuned!

More information is available online at

Join Hospice House for the 11th Annual Wine and Dine with Hospice

November 7, 2019

Sample over 100 wines and spirits and food from local restaurants while you browse the variety of items of the silent auction. A punch wall and live auction are also a part of the night.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through their event page at

Presented by Select Brands.

Read about this and more events benefiting Hospice House online at
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