The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on Tuesday, February 19 at Palazzo Bernardo in Donaldsonville.

The Donaldsonville Rotary Club was the guest at the February monthly meeting of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren at DHS. Donaldsonville Fire Chief James MacDonald demonstrated to the Grandparents the proper procedures of saving a chocking infant or toddler. There were toddler size manikins for on hand practice to preform the techniques. APSB Parent Facilitator, Wanda August requested the Rotary return to teach the students and those Grandparents not in attendance.   Mr. MacDonald said knowing what to do at that moment can be a determining factor of life or death.

Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on Tuesday, February 19 at Palazzo Bernardo in Donaldsonville. The 2019 new board members were introduced, in all it was a beautiful event with Lee Melancon acting as the MC of the night and the man of the hour Sheriff Bobby Webre delivering a very warm and touching message covering everything from his life path to the entire Ascension Parish and all that is happening on both the East and West sides of the river.

Sheriff Webre gave humor about growing up and expressed his goals and achievements as Sheriff. There was great attendance, and the meal was excellent. The annual awards were presented to Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Student of the Year and a special Humanitarian Award was also presented this year. Thanks to everyone for supporting this event and we look forward to next year.

Highlights of the event include: Hailey Wysingle sings national anthem. Mayor Leroy Sullivan gave the opening prayer and blessing of the food. Special guest speaker Sheriff Bobby Webre delivering the message. Chamber President, Jeffery Henry greeting guests. Jeffery Henry and Lester Lerch receiving Humanitarian Award. President Jeffery Henry and School Board Representative, District 1 Robyn Penn-Delany presenting Mason Zeringue the honors of being chosen as Student of the Year. Sonny Graugnard introducing the humanitarian award winner Mr. Lester Lerch. Jeffery Henry and Business of the Year winner Chad Blanchard with Walker Heating and Air. Jeffery Henry and John Daigle with Citizen of the Year, Reginald “Duck” Brown. The six students nominated this year were Alyric Asberry, DHS; Marie “Ceily” Grisaffe, ACHS; Keian Joseph, DHS; Julia “Camille” Lemann, ACHS; Chelsi Nicholas, DHS; and Mason Zeringue, ACHS.

Next, the Head Start daycare organized a walking parade for students during Mardi Gras. It helped them understand their cultural lessons more clearly. A resource center was opened for parents at the event and attended by Mayor Leroy Sullivan.

Moreover, Superintendent Dave Alexander and Assistant Superintendent Denise Graves were guest of Rotarian Robyn Penn Delaney at last week’s Rotary meeting. Presenting the club with information of improvements of all the parish schools on both structural and academic levels. Although the schools on the westside have been noted for fault-finding, on their standard grade levels, all schools when compared to state level scoring rank very high.

Others tend to remember the letter grade rankings, but don’t realize the other high scoring areas the schools have received. Members were urged to VOTE FOR the upcoming renewal of a property tax dedicated to funding general operation costs. This money is strictly use for the operations of schools such as programs, summer school, counseling, purchase books, classroom furniture, band equipment, just to name a few.

Black History Honors

Each year Jannette Davis is instrumental in getting the black history program coordinated to honor local individuals and groups in the area. This year honorees included Wanda August, West Ascension Minister’s Alliance, Four Seasons Garden Club, Elva Jacobs, Mildred Irvin, Linda and Stanford Knockum, and Eva Valentine.

AARP Monthly Meeting

The local Donaldsonville Chapter of AARP guest speaker for the month of February was Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Juanita C. Pearley. Members were given information of things happening in the city and a brief update of tourism. The club invites everyone over the age of 55 to join or come visit a meeting. The meeting is held every fourth Monday of the month at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at noon. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 25.