LVFC Newsletter - August/September 2019

Karen Cambre, Langley, Layne

Louisiana Volunteers for Family & Community
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Newsletter P.O. Box 158
Livingston, LA 70754
August/September 2019 Phone: 225-686-3020



A Look Ahead...

August 31 Deadline for $200 club dues to be paid to the Council
September 12 LVFC Council Meeting, LSU AgCenter Office 10am
September 26 Tangipahoa VFC Holiday Ideas Showcase/Bunco, Ponchatoula
September 27 Fall Seminar, Mandeville
September 28 Health Fair Immaculate Conception Church, Denham Springs
October 8-13 Livingston Parish Fair
October 10 LVFC Mini College
October 31 Pay dues to Club Treasurer
November 12 LVFC Council Meeting, LSU AgCenter Office 10am
December 6 LVFC Annual Christmas Program, Port Vincent Community Center
April 20-22 State VFC Convention, Houma


Albany News

Albany VFC members collected $996 worth of school supplies and donated them to the Albany schools.

Can Do's News

The Can Do's continue to construct walker caddies. Once they are completed, the club will be donating them to Golden Age Nursing Home.

Ladybugs News

The Ladybugs have acquired a new ongoing resource for their prayer blankets and fidget quilts. During the month of July, they made and delivered 31 prayer blankets and 10 fidget quilts to this nursing home. They are also still actively working on waterproof mats for the homeless and delivered two completed mats this month to Compassion Crochet. The Ladybugs have been volunteering with the Mighty Moms Project.


Area 1 Fun Day

Special thanks to Bob Becnel, Albany VFC, who traveled to Docville to participate in Area 1 Fun Day. Thanks for representing Livingston VFC!!

Attention members: State and Parish Dues of $17 are to be paid to your Club Treasurer by October 31. pigjpg

LVFC State Convention Held

The 88th Annual LVFC Convention "LVFC ROUNDUP: EDUCATION & INNOVATION" was held on May 14-16, 2019, at the Double Tree by Hlton in Lafayette. A total of 645 members attended from 14 parishes. Keynote speaker Executive Director - Susan Russell reminded us to Keep LA Beautiful with a new slogan LOVE THE BOOT, DON'T POLLUTE.

Love The BootpngSome of the programs presented included: Scams (How to Spot A Con Artist) by Nancy Boudreaux, ATRO (Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization) a non-profit organization that promotes the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities through equine facilitated activities, Faye's Fun Travels (vacations by rail), and Plants by Landscape Horticulturalist Lois Marcantel. If you'd like information about the presentations, feel free to reach out to Sharyn Lobell or Learah Moss. Each meal had a different western theme including entertainment. The silent auction brought in proceeds of $942 and the baskets $416. The memorial service relived the lives of nine members who have "ridden into the sunset".

To Remove Your Name from Mail & Call Lists

Both Learah and Sharyn shared at the LVFC Council Meeting one of the resources they picked up from the State VFC Convention. To remove your name and number from mailings and phone calls, please use the information below. Please note that it can take up to three months to see a significant reduction in third class mail and telemarketing calls. Note: Include all versions of your name, address, and telephone.

To remove your Home address from national mailing lists, contact This will stop offers for credit cards, catalogs, magazines and others. They also offer services to stop mail to a deceased individual or to a dependent in your care. There is a $2 fee that is good for 10 years.

To remove your Residential or Cell phone number from telephone solicitation lists, visit OR call 888-382-1222. NOTE: you must call from the phone number involved, whether it be your cell or residential phone. Charities, political groups, debt collectors, and surveys are exempt from this list.

To remove Your name from pre-approved credit card offer lists call 888-567-8688 OR visit Call to be added, permanently excluded, or excluded for just five years from all pre-approved credit offer mailing lists that use lists from Experian, Equifax, TransUnion, and Novus. NOTE: your social security number is necessary to process the request. You may continue to get marketing materials from companies who do not use consumer data to compile lists.

Fall Seminar to be hosted by St. Tammany Master Gardener Association

Interested in gardening? If so, then you will want to make plans to attend the Fall Seminar "Autumn: The Second Spring". The event is scheduled for September 27 from 8:00am-2:30pm. Registration and table talks begin at 8:00am. The program begins at 9:00am. There is a $45 per person fee which include a gourmet catered lunch.

MGjpgThe seminar will be held at Church of the King located at 22205 Little Creek Road (I-12 & Hwy 59) in Mandeville. Featured speakers include: P. Allen Smith who is an Award-Winning Designer, Gardening and Lifestyle Expert, and Television Host, Margot Shaw who is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Flower Magazine, Designer, Author, and Philanthropist, and June Mays who is a Garden Designer with diplomas in Garden Design and Plantmanship from the English Gardening School in London. For more information, contact Mary Kathryn Villere at 985-373-2950 or at You can register and pay online at

It's time to show off your talents!

The Livingston Parish Fair is scheduled for October 8-13th and we're looking for you to show off your TALENTS by entering items in the fair. Have household linens, handicrafts, or canned fruit items to enter? If so, we'll see you at the fair! Help will also be needed to take in/register the exhibits on Tuesday, October 8 from 8am-12pm and 12pm-5pm. The judging will be held on Thursday, October 10. Help is also needed to judge the entries from 9am-12pm. Please let me know if you can assist on October 8 and/or October 10 ASAP. You can reach me at 686-3020 or at LPFpng

Are You Ready for Some Bunco?

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Join the Tangipahoa VFC as they host the 38th Holidays Ideas Showcase/Bunco on September 26 at the Ponchatoula Community Center located at 300 North Fifth Street, Ponchatoula, LA. Registration will be from 9:00am-9:30am and the event will run from 9:30am-1:00pm. The $15 donation includes: lunch and door prizes. There will be a 32" TV raffle, 50/50 raffle, Parade of Prizes and some crafts for sale. Need more information? Contact Marie at 225-294-5174 or Kathy at 765-426-3218.

Health Fair Coming to Immaculate Church in Denham Springs

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 28 to attend the Health Fair that will be held at Immaculate Church in Denham Springs. It will be from 9am-12noon. If any members are interested in hosting table on behalf of the AgCenter, please let me know ASAP. I can arrange to provide you with display items and handouts.

AgCenter to Offer Tangi Gardener Classes

Are you interested in learning about gardening in Tangipahoa Parish? The LSU AgCenter is offering five classes covering a range of garden-and landscape-related topics between August 22 and September 26, 2019. Classes will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Thursday evenings. Topics will be as follows: Fruits and Nuts on August 22; Vegetables and Herbs on September 5; Ornamental Landscape Plants on September 12; Soils, Fertilizers, and Plant Nutrition on September 19, and Pest Management (including disease, insects, on weeds) on September 26. There will be no class on Aug. 29.
Fruit/nut (Aug. 22), vegetable/herb (Sept. 5), and soil/fertilizer/plant nutrition (Sept. 19) classes will be held at LSU AgCenter's Tangipahoa Parish office in Amite (305 East Oak Street). Ornamental plant (Sept. 12) and pest management (Sept. 26) classes will be held at the Hammond Research Station (21549 Old Covington Hwy., Hammond). Fruit/nut, soil/fertilizer/plant nutrition, and pest management clases will be taught by Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson. Ms. Jessie Hoover will teach vegetable/herb and landscape ornamentals classes. Jessie and Mary Helen are Horticulture Agents with the LSU AgCenter.
In addition to being an opportunity to learn about gardening, this series will provide an opportunity for those who are interested in taking the Louisiana Master Gardener course in the future to be exposed to some of the material that they would encounter in that course.
These classes are offered free of charge, but pre-registration is requested (call 985-748-5462 or email Mary Helen Ferguson).

Interested in Gardening

Contact Layne so she can share info on two additional gardening events: Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville October 18 & 19 and Folsom Fall Garden Festival September 28.

Super Foods

Eating well is important to good health for life. Making smart choices in your food selections will help you get the most nutrients from the foods you eat. Try some of the foods listed below from each food group. They are called "super foods" because they are very nutrient dense. This means they give you the most bang for the buck


Kale, collard greens, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, carrots, peppers, pumpkin*, winter squash*, potatoes with the skin* and sweet potatoes

(Vegetables marked with a star are starchy vegetables. If you have diabetes, you should include these foods in the grains/starch group.)

Make a smart choice: The most colorful vegetables have the most nutrients (with the exception of beets).


Fortified oatmeal, whole grain breakfast cereal, brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole green crackers


Make a smart choice: Read the ingredient list to make sure your grain product is made with whole grains or whole wheat.

Meat & Beans:


Dry beans (legumes), sardines with bones, fish, light meat turkey and chicken without skin, round or loin cuts of pork and beef, eggs cooked without addfed fat

Make a smart choice: If you prefer canned beans, drain and rinse them to remove excess sodium.

Oranges, cantaloupe, apricots, banana, strawberries, watermelon, blueberries and grapefruit

Make a smart choice: Choose canned and frozen fruit with no added sugar.


Non-fat or 1% milk fortified with vitamin D, low-fat yogurt, non-fat sour cream, Parmesan cheese, Ricotta cheese (part skim) and soy milk fortified with calcium and vitamin D

Make a smart choice:
If you are lactose intolerant, try lactose reduced milk products and fortified soy products

Source: Smart Choices for Seniors


Kindest Regards,


Layne Langley
Area Nutrition Agent

"The LSU AgCenter is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment."

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