Louisiana Association for Family and Community Education, Inc.
National FCE Convention - July 19 - 22
More than 300 FCE members celebrated at the 65th annual National Association for Family & Community Education conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme was "FCE - Weaving the Fabric of Our Lives." Attendees wove cloth art to express unity & love of its members.
National Award Winners-2001
Education - Gwen Miller, State FCE Literacy chairman, and Judy Libersat, State FCE Vice President for Program, accepted 1st place for Louisiana's educational program "Raise A Reader for Teen Moms" to reduce teen illiteracy. By collaborating with dozens of agencies and groups, 19,212 children were reached with the Character Critters program which promotes literacy and character education.
Leadership - Rena Labat, State FCE President, accepted 2nd place for showing the value of volunteer leadership to the state legislators by presenting them a ceremonial check for 137,254 volunteer hours worth $1,949,006.80. Six Louisiana FCE members are outstanding leaders in their communities serving as mayors.
Spirit of FCL Winner - 2001
Mary Samaha was one of only two State winners in the U.S.! Congratulations Mary!
Heart of FCE - State Winner 2001 FCE-TV Tune Out Violence Pledge Campaign-2001 Jane Simon was 1st in the nation with 4,641 signatures. Club winner - Camellias FCE Club,
of Lafayette, LA. gathered 1,872 signatures. President - Rena Labat, Terrebonne
FCE-TV Tune Out Violence Pledge Campaign-2001
Jane Simon was 1st in the nation with 4,641 signatures.
Club winner - Camellias FCE Club, of Lafayette, LA. gathered 1,872 signatures.
President - Rena Labat, Terrebonne
President Elect - Ethel Tarleton, Jefferson
Vice President for Program - Judy Libersat
Vice President for Public Policy - Martha Latimer, Livingston
Secretary - Sandra Chiasson, Lafourche
Treasurer - Arvella Dupre, Lafourche
Past President - Bernadette Mougeot, Allen
Parliamentarian - Myrle LeBlanc, Jefferson
Educational Chairs - Family Life - Judy Libersat, Literacy - Gwen Miller
Environment - Katherine Richardelle
Area 1 Director - Vi Vosbein & Secretary - Trudy Polozzola, St. Bernard
Area 2 Director - Barbara Chaisson, Lafourche & Secretary - Mary Samaha,Terrebonne
Area 3 Director - Gail Haynes & Secretary - Montine Williams, Ouachita
Area 4 Director - Virgie Foreman & Secretary - Helen Caitlin, Vermilion
Area 5 Director - Lavon Dunham & Secretary - Jean Davis, Sabine
LA FCE members and guests met in Many, La. to learn leadership skills, take part in new programs and share their knowledge with other state members. Thanks to hosts: East Baton Rouge FCE and Area 2 for a really great experience! Those attending were treated to lots of fun events. 33 parishes were represented. Seven new parishes joined, and 166 new members were gained. Total state membership is 1,988.
23 Family-Community-Leadership classes were held in Louisiana this year. Eleven were presented by state FCE and twelve were presented by parishes. The classes train members to become active community leaders.
Several programs gained state recognition: State funds will help Character Counts! expand to all parishes. Representative Beverly Bruce and Extension agent Johnny Arceneaux thanked FCE for presenting Character Counts! programs, and discussed their hopes for future state funding. 33 FCE members and 26 others presented Character Counts! programs reaching 7,335 people in 59 parishes.
The FCE Sting phone & mail fraud program will push for a 50% increase in participation this year. 201 members and 64 non-members volunteered 688 hours to stop fraud statewide. The State Attorney General's Office and U.S. Postmasters will continue to be our partners in The FCE Sting.
Project Read will be implemented on the 5th grade level, and Books for Newborns will continue as literacy programs. 8,790 volunteer service hours and 2,000 books were donated statewide. 827 FCE-TV programs were held and 9,282 pledges were signed for Tune Out Violence on TV Day, April 5th.
"Trim and Terrific Cooking" was presented by Holly Clegg, cookbook author and TV personality, who used everyday foods (not gourmet) to create delicious, nutritious meals that families can enjoy. We all laughed at the humor of Curt Boudreaux, author of "Never Kiss an Alligator on the Lips!," who stressed the importance of self-esteem and taking risks to accomplish your dreams. "How to ask for what you want and affirm what you have" was the theme of the "FOUR-Mula" workshop led by Martha Crawford, NAFCE Program Coordinator for the Southern Region. Attendees received 1 Ѕ FCL credit hours toward their certification.
Fun Night highlights included the Broadmoor High School chorus, Denham 'N Diamonds, with an excellent action-packed performance of song and dance from humorous - Fruitcake (a skit of how to make it), to drama - Preamble to the Constitution (truly patriotic), and just plain fun - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (a real toe-tapper)! Ask your FCE delegates about the Bloomin' Idiots rendition of the macarena with flower pot hats!
The installation banquet was top hat and tails time, set to the music of "New York, New York." It was a classy affair, and the perfect setting to present the Great American Family Award to the Latimer family. Quote of the night by a husband any woman would love to call her own: "A happy wife, a happy life!"
"A Day in Paradise" was the theme for the awards breakfast, and the huge palm trees really swept us away to the islands, where parrots peeked out of flowers and foliage on each table setting. What a great way to get us all in the mood for the national conference in Hawaii in July! Everyone was greeted with a colorful lei as we entered. Louisiana will have the honor of carrying in one of the flags at the national opening session, as we have 70 members going, the largest state FCE delegation.
FCL GRADUATION DAY - 1999
LA FCE Development Chairman, Jo Anne Bayer, Jefferson FCE, was a surprised, but delighted 1999 FCL graduate at the convention. Her blue mortarboard cap and diploma were presented by Jefferson Extension agent, Alexis Navarro. Congratulations, and LA FCE hopes to have more Family-Community-Leadership graduates next year.
LA FCE Convention 2000
Listen to the Heartbeat of Acadiana FCE! Come to the heart of Louisiana in 2000, and be a part of "FCE Meeting New Millennium Challenges."