LAFAYETTE — The newly formed Acadiana Press Club kicks off its first monthly forum series with five area legislators who will discuss the upcoming legislative session at 11:45 a.m. March 18 at South Louisiana Community College’s Ardoin Building, 1101 Bertrand Drive.

Confirmed panelists include state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks; The lunch forum is $10 and cash or checks payable to the SLCC Foundation will be taken at the door.

For membership and other information, visit http://wand Reps. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette; Simone Champagne, R-Erath; Terry Landry, D-Lafayette; and Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette.

The goal of the forums is “to establish a regular forum to hear from newsmakers, dig deeper into news issues and create an opportunity for networking among those in the news business, club President Claire Taylor said in a news release.

“We also want to provide a source of professional development, to share challenges and concerns and hopefully enrich the journalism profession in Acadiana,” Taylor said. “We hope our colleagues will join us in this effort.”

The monthly forums will continue every third Monday.

The lunch forum and membership in the Acadiana Press Club are open to journalists, media professionals, public relations professionals, public information officers, communication professors and students, retired journalists, civic and political leaders, and the public.

The deadline to RSVP for the upcoming forum is Thursday and reservations may be emailed to