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4.14.22- Tina and Dawn from Backyard Sapphire talked to the club about recycling glass. They will do curbside pickup of glass for $10-$20 a month and recycle it into mulch and sand that they sell. Website is www.backyardsapphire.com for more info.

3.10.22-Erica Williams and Ella Arsement from the New Vision Leadership Foundation. Erica was so passionate about helping kids and exposing them to new experiences it was infectious. For those who could not make the meeting, visit her website and watch the video labeled State Farm Dream Achievers Award. Home | A New Vision Leadership Foundation of Acadiana.

3.3.22- Allison Brandon talked to the club about Wonderland Performing Arts and the Looking Glass Theatre Company.

2.24.22- Rusty Ruckstuhl spoke to the club about the history of Kiwanis of Acadiana.

12.2.21- Dr. Courmier with the Covid-19 Task Force talked to the club about the importance of vaccines and the effects of Covid on Acadiana.

11.11.21- Ashley Moran spoke about the Acadiana Regional Transportation Safety Coalition.

10.12.21- Pictured are David Raymond, Byron, Cuedette Smith, and Rhonda attending the impromptu UL social scheduled by John Claude. Other Kiwanians who attending the social were Carol McManus, Fritzie Fine, Melinda Koon, Brady Mouton, Jonathan, and JC.

10.02.21- Service Project in LaPlace, Louisiana. Rick, Kim, Bruce, Chris, David Raymond, David Romero, Melinda and Anissa volunteered to deliver our hurricane relief supplies from the money we collected over the last few weeks and to help prep meals that the Cortana and Dawnbuster Clubs that were cooking.  Special thanks to Bruce and Jane Sawvel who bought supplies with our donations.

09.09.21 – Tait Martin with Wildcat Brothers Distilling told the club abut their products and future plans to open their distillery to tours.

09.02.21 – The pictures below are of Mike Williams from Accelerated Leadership doing a short presentation on Creating Openness with the Idea Intro. Also included below is a picture of the 1st Place Newsletter from the Convention. This one goes to John Claude more than me, congrats sir!

08.26.21 – Blair Vidrine and pharmacist Kevin LaGrange, representing the Apothecary Shoppe, spoke to KOA members about the medical marijuana industry.

08.19.21 – KOA members heard from Christie Howard, Community Engagement Director with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Christie spoke about the value of connections between bigs and littles and their upcoming fundraiser, Wine, Women and Shoes.

08.12.21 – “Maytag” with Bikers Against Child Abuse, spoke to the Club about his organization and its efforts to prevent Child Abuse.

08.06.21 – 08.08.21 – Kiwanis Convention, Biloxi, MS

1st Picture – Members of KOA pose with Kiwanis International President, Arthur “Art” Riley

2nd Picture – Incoming Governor, Bruce Hammatt and his wife Joy, address the crowd

3rd Picture – Rick’s wife, Maggie, pins Rick to usher him in as the new Governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District

4th Picture – Governor Rick pins in Tom Long (Lafayette Club) as the new District 7 Lt. Governor

5th Picture – Members of KOA on hand to support Rick as he is installed as the new Governor

6th Picture – The ‘Home of the Governor’ banner is ceremoniously passed to JC from Jeff Southerland, President of the St. Bernard Kiwanis Club

7th Picture – KOA members capped of the weekend with a stop at Middendorf’s for some thin fried catfish

08.08.21 – KOA Members heard from Clarice Gallegos with Focus Club House about efforts her organization is doing to tackle mental health issues in the Lafayette area.

07.29.21 – Dr. DeWayne Bowie, UL’s Vice President of Enrollment Management spoke to the club about UL’s efforts to attract the best and brightest students across Louisiana and the United States.

07.22.21 – Rachel Thomas and Lin Fake from the WH Tupper Museum in Jennings informed the club about all the exciting things going on at the 1940’s country living museum

07.22.21 – New Member induction of Michelle Bernard. Congratulations!!!

07.15.21 – KOA members gathered at the Escape Room for the July Member Social. Pictured here are members from the ‘Bayou Nightmare’ room that could not get out… Pictured below are Kathy Ruckstuhl, Karen Fowler, Rusty Ruckstuhl, Billie Lis, Chris Bourque and Karla Bourque.

07.15.21 – Jonas Landry with the Acadiana Cane Cutters Baseball Team spoke to the club about their season and what we can expect.

07.08.21 – Teri Gore with the Hub Lafayette Urban Ministries spoke to the club and told us more about her organization and its mission.

07.01.21 – Lee De Leon with the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation spoke to the club about UL Athletics, fun things coming down the pipes and exciting ways one can get involved.

06.24.21 – Reecie Gilmore and Katherine LeBlanc spoke to KOA about all the things Maddie’s Footprints and Aylee’s Angels are doing for the local community.

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