Bejeweled high heels in every color imaginable representing holidays and periods in time adorned the tables at the recent Livingston for Volunteers & Families (LVFC) Appreciation Luncheon.

The Port Vincent VFC Club served as hostesses for this March 3 event held at Carter Plantation in Springfield and celebrated with the theme: Stepping Up With Livingston Volunteers for Family & Community.

The annual event celebrates the contributions the members have made in the community as well as recognizes members who have gone above and beyond.

The LVFC group is made of 75 females and one male. These Livingston Parish citizens are part of four LVFC Clubs in the parish: Albany Club, Can Do’s Club, Ladybugs Club, and Port Vincent Club.

They not only meet monthly but also conduct educational service projects in Livingston Parish.

The projects they conduct and programs they deliver strengthen the communities in the parish.

Jane Vizinat, President of the Port Vincent VFC Club, welcomed the members and guests.

The Club Collect and pledge were led by Fay Brady, Port Vincent VFC Vice President, Reporter and Photographer.

The introduction of guests and announcements was given by the LVFC President Sharyn Lobell.

Each year during the luncheon, awards are presented to those who joined LVFC within the year, those who had perfect attendance, and those who reached membership milestones.

Layne Langley, Area Nutrition Agent, and Gloria Flick, Past LVFC President and Albany President, presented the awards.

New Member Awards for 2016 were awarded to: Melonie Campbell, Vickie LeJeune, Marcelle Rayner, and Joyce Smith.

Those receiving Perfect Attendance for 2016 included: Becky Cambre, Carolyn Carpenter, Gloria Flick, Nelda Graham, Sharyn Lobell, Phyllis Mack, Janice McNabb, Brenda Portera, and Maxie Thompson.

Several members reached membership milestones and were recognized during the luncheon.

Congratulations to the following members: Gene Ducote - 5 years, Madeline Maehren - 5 years, Janice McNabb - 5 years, Della Smith - 5 years, Marie Matherne - 10 years, Jane Vizinat - 10 years, Donna Bencaz - 15 years, Fay Brady - 15 years, Mary Ann Kinchen - 15 years, Mona LeBlanc - 15 years, and Gayle Miller - 15 years.

Special recognition goes to Carolyn Carpenter for 30 years of service with LVFC and to Janella Condalary for a remarkable 35 years of service with LVFC.

A highlight of the Appreciation Luncheon was hearing the presidents give their reports.

The brief overview given by each club president told of the activities, projects, and services of the club.

Albany reported they donated 125 stuffed animals to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.

They also created Snack Totes and donated them to two local police departments in appreciation for their services.

At Christmas, they “adopted” several families and purchased gifts for the children.

The Can Do’s made 173 book bags for Head Start and donated diapers to the former Family Resource Center.

They also collected box tops and coupons for education.

The Ladybugs have been busy constructing weighted vests for the occupational and physical therapists to use in the Livingston Parish school system with autistic children.

This club has also made prayer blankets and constructed over 60 bibs for Hospice.

The Port Vincent FVC constructed 70 pillowcases and donated them to the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home.

They prepared 75 Raise a Reader Bags for the Livingston Health Unit.

They also made Mother’s Day pins for 50 nursing home patients who are mothers.

As a whole during the Annual Christmas Program, members donated more than 100 toys for Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade.

They also donated $2,000 to the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, money raised through club fundraisers like quilt raffles as well as personal donations.

A delightful lunch followed the reports.

After lunch, Phyllis Mack, Port Vincent VFC Treasurer, introduced the guest speaker.

Reverend Steven Spurlock, Church Liaison with the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, spoke to the group about the agency he works for and told about the three children’s homes in Louisiana.

Linda Furr with the Blue Star Moms addressed the members and thanked them for their continued support and donations.

Along with personal hygiene items, members donated $400 that day.

Before the luncheon was over, members of the Port Vincent VFC Club awarded door prizes.

Those lucky members who had their ticket pulled received one of the decorated high heels. Seeing which member received which shoe created much excitement.

The event was enjoyed by all who participated.

If you are interested in learning more about the Livingston Volunteers for Family & Community, contact the Livingston Extension office at 225-686-3020 or Layne Langley at lalangley@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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