Ascension Parish Retired Educators Association previews year at meeting

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
(Left to right-front row) Cynthia Gipson, Mildred Brunswick, Mary Jackson, Financial Secretary, Angelina Comminey, Vivian Folse, Claudia Celestine, Historian, Ora Bazile, Audrey Gaudin, (back row) Mary Ann Edwards, Treasurer, Jevella Williamson, President, Joyce Gaignard, Brenda Cost, Immediate Past President, Janet Stewart, First Vice-President, and Bennie Jenkins. (Not pictured) Sylvia Gipson, Photographer, Joyce Rome, Immediate Past President (District IV), Deloris Scieneaux, Rosetta Brown, Audrey Preston, Gail Cornish, Ruby Cornish, Annie Cornish, Secretary, Juanita Dandridge, and Catherine Davis, Second Vice-President.

The Ascension Parish Retired Educators Association (APRÈA) held its first regular meeting of the new year February 12, 2015, at City Hall in Donaldsonville. The group reviewed the new 2015-2016 Directory and discussed the upcoming programs and/or activities for the year. Also discussed were the legislative updates regarding TRSL benefits.

Among the several programs and/or activities planned for the year are Book Day, participation in the District IV Spring Meeting in Baton Rouge and the LRTA State Meeting in Alexandria, a visit to Chateau D'ville Rehab and Retirement, Annual Dinner Meeting for recognition of new retirees and area wide outstanding young adults, the Christmas Outreach and Christmas Dinner/Meeting for unit members. A regular monthly activity of the group is providing birthday cakes for the residents at Chateau D'ville Rehab and Retirement.

The hostesses for the month of February were Rosetta Brown, Mary Ann Edwards, Claudia Celestine and Mary A. Jackson. To celebrate Valentine's Day, the members exchanged gifts.

Thanks to Mayor Leroy Sullivan for the use of the Conference Room.