September 7, 2021
Message from Our President

Hi Ladies,

We hope that everyone is safe and well after the impact on Hurricane Ida to our community. As so many are still in the recovery mode and power and internet are not connected for many, we have made the decision to CANCEL our September meeting and move our "Women's Health" program to our October 21st meeting. We have also pushed back for one month our annual meeting and election of 2022 Community Partners. 

Our next meeting is on October 21st. We will hand out applications for members to nominate non-profit organizations for our 2022 Community Partners. Those applications will be due before our meeting on November 18th. Applications may also be downloaded from our website:

We are 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 October 21st. 

Your President,
Julie Taylor
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SAVE DATES to your calendar from our
"EVENTS" links on Facebook!

Updates will also be posted on our interactive calendar at
October 21st General Meeting
11 am (doors open at 10:30)
Benedict's Plantation
Our October meeting is all about Women's Health.

Be Well Bus: St. Tammany Health Systems will have their Be Well Bus with a technician who will do mammograms. If you would like to get on the list, please email

Healthy Eating for Your Age

Rachel A. Posner, MS, RD, LDN has been a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist since 2011.  Rachel is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and earned an M.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Systems in 2012. She completed her dietetic internship in Hattiesburg, Mississippi through USM’s dietetic internship program.

She began her career in 2012 at Ochsner Medical Center where she served as the Cardiac-Neuro ICU dietitian. In 2015, Rachel became the outpatient Registered Dietitian for St. Tammany Health System.
Rachel provides one-on-one nutrition counseling to patients at Northlake Surgical Associates. Her main focus is to provide patients with nutrition education on healthy eating and lifestyle changes to help optimize the patients’ nutritional status and knowledge. She provides counseling for various chronic conditions including weight loss, heart, renal, and gastrointestinal diseases. She also provides coaching for clients participating in Ideal Protein, a comprehensive weight management program at St. Tammany Health System.
Her presentation is entitled "Nutrition and Menopause" and will include:
  • Special consideration of certain nutrients during menopause
  • Culprits behind weight gain
  • Nutrient supplementation
  • Soy protein and women’s health 

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.
August Meeting Recap
Melissa Hodgson of St Tammany Health System told us all about the St. Tammany West's Hospital and other health services. She also shared the stress the hospital is under due to the recent spike in covid cases. If you are interested in the information that she shared, please let us know and we can share her slides.

Please note that we all kept our distances and all wore our masks to stay safe.
2021 Plans
Topics planned for later this year include:
  • September - Meeting canceled due to Hurricane Ida
  • October - Women's Health: Healthy Eating for Your Age - Rachel Posner, Registered Dietician and the "Be Well Bus" from St Tammany Health System.
  • November - Annual Meeting and Election of 2022 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 November Meeting. All nominations are due by the October Meeting. Please see our website for the Application and Committment forms!

Please check for updates on any changes/cancelations to Community Partner plans due to Hurricane Ida and COVID.

The 2020 Northshore Oktoberfest
by A Rhea of Hope 
will be a virtual event on 
October 24, 2020 from 5PM - 7PM
Ticketing and more information:

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

Please check their website for needs for their fully self-funded house.
'Refresh, Restore, Renew: Healing Ourselves in a Wounded World' 1st Annual Women's Conference sponsored by the Women's Center for Healing & Transformation, scheduled for Saturday, September 18, has been postponed due to the parish-wide state of emergency with COVID-19's current surge and its critical impact on hospitals in our area and across the state. We will update you with the new date as soon as it is confirmed. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 985-892-8111 or email
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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