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Chamber first Leadership Livingston class is success

Graduating members of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Leadership Livingston course are (sitting, from left) Jill Wyble, Heather Crain, Dawn Pevey-Mauk, Mickie Thompson, Sonya Allen, Shannon Bernard, Michelle Tranchina, Brandy Roberts, (first row) Jay Robicheaux, Shelby Carnahan Andrews, Sherry Mely, Parish President Layton Ricks, Donna Bliss, Travis Eiermann, Rhonda Nichols, Ashley Wyatt, Nick Terito, Ward 2 Marshal Jerry Denton, Jolene Ott, (back row) Regina Scott, Tim Whittington, Kim Sanders, Wayne Dugas, Sheriff Jason Ard, April Wehrs, and Derek Babcock. Participants Not pictured are Dean Williams, Jennifer Thomas, and Joshua Prejean.

Graduating members of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Leadership Livingston course are (sitting, from left) Jill Wyble, Heather Crain, Dawn Pevey-Mauk, Mickie Thompson, Sonya Allen, Shannon Bernard, Michelle Tranchina, Brandy Roberts, (first row) Jay Robicheaux, Shelby Carnahan Andrews, Sherry Mely, Parish President Layton Ricks, Donna Bliss, Travis Eiermann, Rhonda Nichols, Ashley Wyatt, Nick Terito, Ward 2 Marshal Jerry Denton, Jolene Ott, (back row) Regina Scott, Tim Whittington, Kim Sanders, Wayne Dugas, Sheriff Jason Ard, April Wehrs, and Derek Babcock. Participants Not pictured are Dean Williams, Jennifer Thomas, and Joshua Prejean.

The graduates of the first leadership class of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce were recognized and awarded their certificates June 12 at Carter Plantation in Springfield during the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. Sponsors were North Oaks Health System and Wright & Percy Insurance.

The Leadership Livingston program is based on a national model that has successfully helped participants become better leaders. The program divided the 29 participants into two teams for the classes that started with an initial overnight retreat and then met one full day a month for the next several months.

Both teams participated in team-building and leadership-building exercises. An exercise that divided the participants into three groups – the Have it Alls, Have Somes and Have Nothings – was an eye opening experience that participants said made them look at socio-economic groups with a different perspective and appreciate the circumstances of people different from themselves.

The teams took field trips to all corners of the parish and met with many of the mayors of the parish’s municipalities. Participants said they visited many places they had never been before and learned things they did not previously know about their own parish, including communities, local government and education, tourism, economic development and more.

Each team chose a community project to work on and complete during the classes and also chose a team leader. Team One was led by Derek Babock of Babcock Insurance Agency, and they chose Mighty Moms as their project. The team learned that Mighty Moms provides non-perishable food items for needy children to take home over the weekend so they won’t go all weekend without food. While school is out, the Mighty Moms have shifted their focus to supplying food to children in the Eastover Estates neighborhood.

The team identified two goals: build community awareness of child hunger in the parish and increase community support for the Mighty Moms program. The team acquired barrels from Coca-Cola which will be used as depositories for the public to donate foods that are non-perishable, healthy and can be opened safely by children. They also helped Mighty Moms apply for a grant; the recipient will be announced in August.

Team Two, led by Wayne Dugas of Lard Oil Company, chose two projects: improve the landscaping at the Veterans Memorial at Albany High School and improve the appearance of the Juban Road I-12 interchange. They placed concrete benches that were onsite but had not been installed and planted flowers and other landscaping. In conjunction with the Keep Livingston Beautiful organization, the team picked up litter at the interchange.

Teams selected a most outstanding member of their own team. Team 1 chose Brandy Roberts, and Team Two chose Wayne Dugas.

Anyone interested in applying for the next Leadership Livingston program must do so by July 18.  The fee is $725.  Application forms are on the Chamber website. Contact the Chamber office for more information.

 

New members:

Anytime Fitness – Bass Pro

240 Range 12 Blvd

Denham Springs, LA 70726

(225) 667-7100

Baton Rouge Community College

201 Community College Dr

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

(225) 216-8055

Beauty Addiction, Inc.

31126 Hwy 16 Suite A

Denham Springs, LA 70726

225-664-4093

Cajun Chillers, LLC.

17767 Chasefield Ave.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70817

225-937-6736

Cintas

205 N. 19th Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

(225) 383-5267

Darryl Wayne Peterson, MD APMC

31985 LA Hwy 16

Suite B

Denham Springs, LA 70726

(225) 664-0402

Geaux Creative Solutions, LLC.

1113 Range Ave Suite 110-109

Denham Springs, LA 70726

(225) 803-4323

Town of Killian and Police Department

28284 Hwy 22

Killian

(225) 695-6785

World Pay

11429 Juban Parc Ave.

Denham Springs, LA 70726

(504) 669-6729

(800) 859-5965

 

Save the Date:

June 20 – Ribbon cutting/ Livingston Parish Fire protection District 4, 10 am – 1:00 pm, 34893 hwy 1019, Watson

June 21 – Ribbon cutting / Beauty Addiction, 31126 Hwy 16 Suite A, Denham Springs

June 26 – Leads for Lunch, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Greystone Country Club

July 10 – Mayor’s Breakfast/general membership meeting, 7:30-9:00 am, Forrest Grove Plantation

July 18 – Leadership Livingston Application Deadline

Livingston Parish

Chamber of Commerce

133 Hummell Street

Denham Springs

225-665-8155 • Fax: 225-665-2411

staff@livingstonparishchamber.org

www.livingstonparishchamber.org