The Junior League of Lafayette enticed new members with a swanky social at City Club. Some 40 women didn’t look like they needed much persuading, however, and the sign-in line was out the door. “Last year’s class was 63,” said JL President Maggie Simar. “It’s crazy the ladies who want to join.” There’s no prettier nonprofit to be sure, and among the prospects were Jennifer Boudreaux and Ayesha Martin. “I like everything they do in the community — their mission, everything,” said Martin. The ladies, like Catholic Services’ Sarah Clement, assembled to learn more about the organization, but what we’d really like to know is how Simar lawyers and leads at the same time. Some women do it all.

Let it roll

Social unveiled Lafayette’s new “signature cocktail,” The Rouler, at what else, a mid-afternoon cocktail meet ’n’ greet. Made of two parts each Sweet Crude Rum, sweet ’n’ sour, simple syrup and bitters, over the rocks with a splash of soda, it’s the brainchild of David Meaux, founder and manager of Rank Wildcat Spirits. “New Orleans has the Hurricane, and Lafayette has that identity but no signature cocktail,” said Meaux. “I left my job in the oilfield to do this.” It’s tasty, but just one and you’ll be on a roll. And letting les bons temps rouler were Mayor Joel Robideaux, new LCVC commish Susannah Malbreaux, Julie Calzone and Bobbye and Dick Meaux.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at