Chamber Dateline

Regina Walker is announced as the Women’s Leadership Award Winner. Walker has been imparting music appreciation to multiple generations since 1959, and is the founder of the renown Livingston Parish Children’s choirs who have been invited to perform at many places around the world.

Regina Walker is announced as the Women’s Leadership Award Winner. Walker has been imparting music appreciation to multiple generations since 1959, and is the founder of the renown Livingston Parish Children’s choirs who have been invited to perform at many places around the world.

Regina Walker is named first Woman’s Leadership Award recipient
Denham Springs, LA – Regina Allen Walker, co-founder of Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs and well-known community leader, was awarded the inaugural Woman’s Leadership Award at the Sept.13 inaugural Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Event at Forrest Grove Plantation.
Speakers included Kristen Maddox, founder of A Door of Hope women’s ministry; Michele Sutton, President/CEO of North Oaks Health System; and keynote speaker Sara “D-D” Breaux, Head Coach of LSU Women’s Gymnastics for 40 years.
When Regina Walker was announced as the recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award, she expressed surprise at being chosen and noted that although she had been recognized in the music and art industry for her contributions, this was the first time she was presented a community award.
Walker received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Piano degrees from LSU. She has been acknowledged as the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award recipient, Baton Rouge Music Teachers Association Educator of the Year, and Arts Council of Denham Springs Hall of Fame member.
When asked if she would like to say a few words, she stated, “Well, you know I do!” She graciously accepted the award and acknowledged the collaborations to bring the current success of the choirs she has led.
In 1959, Walker started teaching piano plus formed a girls’ choir. When she started a boys’ choir, her charter choir had forty boys, including former Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin and current Louisiana Supreme Court Judge Jeff Hughes.
At the prompting of her daughter, Barbara, the Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs were later formed. The choirs performed in Washington, D.C., Austria and England to name just a few locations. She said one of the most memorable performances was for a group of veterans in Washington who stood with tears during patriotic ensembles.
Although her daughter Barbara is the primary choir instructor today, Walker faithfully attends performances and assists in ticket sales and sponsorships. Her passion for the choir has not waned, and she made a point of reminding the audience of upcoming performances.
LPCC board president, Shannon Bernard, said, “We are thrilled to see Mrs. Regina recognized for her leadership. She has had an impact on many in our parish and is deserving of this honor.”
April Wehrs, president of the Livingston Parish Chamber, stated, “The work and positive recognition that has been brought to the area by Mrs. Regina Walker made her an excellent choice for the award. We were proud to announce her as the winner and to acknowledge her life’s love of music, Denham Springs, Livingston Parish and the state.”

LIVE2LEAD in Livingston Parish 

Join the Chamber for Live2Lead Oct. 6, 8am-12 noon for this leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. Learn from world-class leadership experts and return to your office ready to implement your new action plan and lead with renewed passion and commitment. Teleconference presenters are John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Warrick Dunn and Cheryl Bachelder. Sponsor is Blount General Contractors. RSVP required. $39 members/$49 future members.

22nd Annual Golf Outing will have Halloween theme
Come out for an afternoon of fun Monday, Oct. 30, at Greystone Country Club. Sponsorship and team entry forms are available online at the Chamber website. Lunch is at noon, and the event tees off with a shotgun start at 1pm. Businesses can sponsor and set up a tent at a hole on the course and be eligible for prizes for best “vibe” at their tent – costumes are a must – as well as Best Food at the hole and best “Witches Brew.” Costumes are encouraged for everyone. Players, get your game on or just enjoy the fun stuff at each hole. Register online.

Save the Date
Oct. 25 – Leads & Learn for Lunch, 11:30 am-1pm @ Big Mike’s. October is “Invite a Guest” month at this networking event for Chamber members. RSVP required.

New Members
Accounting Services Unlimited, Americas Choice Insurance Agency, Captain D’s, Furniture City, Jon Fine Productions, Kent’s Companies Plumbing & Electrical, Optimal Wireless, Porky’s Boudin & Cajun Meats, Prime Lending, Realty Investment & Development,Vantage Health Plans. See Chamber website for more information.

BAKER Chamber

Baker announces annual banquet
The Baker 2017 Chamber of Commerce banquet will be Oct. 19 at the Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Rd., Baker. The event will honor Chamber members with business awards. It will also include a guest speaker, a silent auction, door prizes, music and food. Master of Ceremony is Clarence Buggs and guest speaker is East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. Doors open at 6 pm for networking, silent auction and raffle, and the program begins at 7 pm.To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Baker Chamber of Commerce at 225-706-0670 or email paula@bakercoc.com.

Central Chamber
Golf event at Greystone
The Central Chamber’s Golf Scramble is scheduled for Oct. 9, 11am-5pm at Greystone Country Club, 9461 St. Andrews Ct. in Denham Springs. Lunch is 11:30 and tee time is 1pm.
Details and registration at www.cityofcentralchamber.com/events/details/golf-scramble-2080.

Central Health & Business Expo 2017
The Chamber’s Health & Business Expo 2017 is Oct. 28, 9am-2pm, at Central Intermediate School, 12636 Sullivan Rd. The public is invited to visit with local businesses and get information about their services. Free admission, door prizes, food & beverages, drawing for Saints tickets, kids entertainment by BREC, free dress pass for students who attend (participating schools only). Vendors, see Chamber website for details.

Next membership meeting
The Central Chamber will meet Oct. 11, 11:30-1:00, at Sammy’s Grill, 14800 Wax Rd., Central

ZACHARY Chamber
Annual banquet
Zachary Chamber of Commerce annual banquet
The Zachary Chamber of Commerce annual banquet is October 19. Contact the Chamber office for ticket and sponsorship information.

Lights, camera, action!
Do you want fifteen minutes of fame – or at least five minutes? The Zachary Chamber has started a new video series that will highlight a new Chamber business each month, “A Day in the Life.” Do you want to be next? Contact Taylor Watts, taylor@zacharychamber.com.

Christmas parade theme announced
The theme for the annual Christmas parade which will march down Main Street on Saturday, December 9, is “Songs of Christmas.” Cost for entry is $125 for non-chamber members and $100 for Chamber members. Deadline for entry is November 20. For more information and entry forms, call 501-428-1166 or email taylor@zacharychamber.com.