The Junior League of Greater Covington celebrated a 40th anniversary milestone with a festive banquet at Benedict’s Plantation on May 8. A slide presentation highlighted the many programs and organizations that were originated by the league.
Founding member Martha Green and charter member Blanche McCloskey spoke about the origin and early years of the league. Children’s Museum of St. Tammany board President Lisa Barnett gave an update on the museum, a project launched by the league.
Honored as Sustainer of the Year was past President Leslie Martin, principal of Marigny Elementary School. Martin is a board member of the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany and of the Leadership Foundation Board.
President Molly Burns handed over the gavel to incoming President Cyndi Bellina. Other officers installed were Michelle Davis, Bernie Taylor, Whitney Gower, Kayla Tolar, Adina Rivers, Cokie Kazan, Bonnie Sarver, Elizabeth Westervelt, Lauren Haislup, Susan Rideau and Susan Lenoir.
Introduced were provisional class members April Asher, Katie Bannerman, Jennifer Eustis, Amy Heintz, Mary Ann Landry, Paige Belle, Lindsey Saucier, Kimberly Thompson and Brianna Webb.
Service awards were presented to Polly Burrall and Tracey Paige. Burrall will join the ranks of sustainers along with Sheila Dugger and Melissa Stitt.
The cutting of a celebrity cake wrapped up the action-packed evening.
The Junior League of Greater Covington is an organization of women committed to volunteerism and improving the community. Current programs are Girls Health Day, Project Prom and Homecoming, Reading Every Day, Kids in the Kitchen and Museum Without Walls. Among the many programs originated by the league are Youth Service Bureau, Baby Think It Over, PRIDE, Meals on Wheels and Covington Head Start. For more information, go online to: www.jlgc.net.
News about west St. Tammany social events may be provided to Elizabeth Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org; 985.893.0612; or by mail to 20490 Johnsen Crossing, Covington LA 70435.